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  1. Wizards lose to Heat in impressive fashion even for Wizards

    Dec 19, 2010, 12:25 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Of course it had to happen this way. Without John Wall (injury), without Gilbert Arenas (traded), the Wizards used the energy of Josh Howard and the hot shooting of Nick Young to push the Heat to the very brink. The Heat seemed to have very little interest in taking this game. It seemed too difficult…

  2. Kobe Bryant has sprained pinkie, X-rays negative

    Dec 18, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Philadelphia 76ers

    This will not affect Kobe Bryant. These injuries just don’t bother him. I don’t know if it’s because he just blocks out the pain or if his body just doesn’t react to damage like a Terminator. But this sprained pinkie for Kobe Bryant? Won’t bother him. Because he’s not human. But a sprained pinkie it…

  3. Rudy Gay suspended for Saturday; George Karl, Andre Miller each get fined

    Dec 18, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    NBA VP of basketball operations and official Scrooge Stu Jackson was a busy man Saturday handing out lumps of coal to players and coaches he thought had been naughty. Rudy Gay has been suspended one game for his body check from behind of Luis Scola in the Grizzlies loss Friday night to the Rockets. The…

  4. Orlando makes trades: sends Vince Carter and others to Phoenix, get Arenas from Washington

    Dec 18, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

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    Otis Smith just swung for the fences. We’ll see if he connects. The Orlando Magic have traded Vince Carter, Mikael Pietrus, and Marcin Gortat to the Phoenix Suns for Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, a first-round pick and Earl Clark. The Magic have also traded Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards for Gilbert Arenas. ESPN, CBSSports.com,…

  5. Rockets off and running without Yao

    Dec 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

    Here’s the little thing everyone has missed while talking about Yao Ming for the past couple years — without him the Rockets are one of the league’s more entertaining teams. In the last two seasons — save for the handful of games Yao played — the Rockets have become a running team. Right now they…

  6. Report: Suns brought into Magic trade talks about Hedo return

    Dec 18, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Phoenix Suns

    Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Magic have contacted the Phoenix Suns and are discussing a trade which would return Hedo Turkoglu to Orlando where he had his best years. Multiple reports have the Magic considering sending Vince Carter along with Marcin Gortat in exchange for Turkoglu, and potentially Jason Richardson. These talks are…

  7. LaMarcus Aldridge makes a Michael Beasley poster

    Dec 18, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Think of this as just a fun little time killer while we wait for the Orlando Magic to hammer out a deal that brings them two aging, very expensive players with long term deals as a way to improve their title chances… Lamarcus Aldridge and Rudy Fernandez ran a pretty little wing pick-and-roll where both…

  8. Reports: Rashard Lewis on the table for Gilbert Arenas

    Dec 18, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

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    UPDATE 11:07 am: Ken Berger of CBSSports has thrown an interesting twist in these talks with his latest update — the Suns may be involved as a third team, meaning Hedu Turkoglu could be making a return to Orlando as part of the deal. In this scenario the Magic would be shipping out Marcin Gortat…

  9. Game of the Night: LeBron, Miami outclass Stoudemire, Knicks

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Even if you believe your city has a legitimate reason to hate LeBron James, it might be best to drop it when the Heat come to town. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned this season, it’s that you won’t like LeBron James when he’s angry. LeBron, who has always played well at Madison Square…

  10. Magic reportedly likely to make a move soon, could be targeting Gilbert Arenas

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

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    UPDATE (10:14 PM EST): One more confirmation of the initial reports, courtesy of Michael Lee of the Washington Post: The rumor that will never die has regained new life, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Wizards are engaged in serious discussions with the Orlando Magic to acquire Gilbert Arenas. According to…

  11. Hawks Joe Johnson returns from elbow surgery

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

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    We were not expecting to see Joe Johnson return to the Hawks lineup after elbow surgery until we had all sung Auld Lang Syne and then the next morning tried to remember through the blur what we had done the night before for New Year’s Eve. But there he was Friday night, starting for the…

  12. Joe Dumars may have overstated trade possibilities for Pistons

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    Here are two excerpts from interviews Pistons GM Joe Dumars recently gave to local media members. The first one comes from an interview Dumars gave to Matt Dery of 97.1 The Ticket: Two conversations I had with teams today, and they say, “You know what? Uh, that might work for us, but, you know, got…

  13. New York vs. Miami: Defend the pick-and-roll and win.

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat run devastating pick-and-roll combinations — LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas have been doing it for years, and now a few times a game LeBron is setting picks for Wade and that can be an unstoppable combination. After a slow start to the season, the Knicks Raymond Felton/Amare Stoudemire pick-and-roll has become a…

  14. Suns players not surprised by Stoudemire’s New York success

    Dec 17, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Tonight, the two biggest free agent acquisitions of the summer face off. While LeBron James’ former teammates in Cleveland haven’t had much to say about him since he left for Miami, Amar’e Stoudemire’s former Suns teammates had plenty of good things to say about the MVP candidate. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic has the…

  15. To start off the weekend right, watch Nate Robinson flip over Paul Pierce

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Really, nothing will get you more in the mood for a fun weekend than watching Nate Robinson try to recreate his Shrek and Donkey move with Glen Davis from the finals by jumping on the back of Paul Pierce. And Pierce keeps right on running, doing his airplane thing. And Robinson just drops. Enjoy. Well,…

  16. Grizzlies’ owner Heisley gives O.J. Mayo pep talk

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    O.J. Mayo was sent to the bench in favor of rookie Xavier Henry — and that has been best for the team and him, now that Mayo has started to accept the bench scorer role and put up double digit points the last three games, including 24 against the Bobcats. But that doesn’t mean it’s…

  17. Portland shuts down Brandon Roy for next three games

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Brandon Roy’s now chronically sore knees — the left one is flaring up this time — has now caused him to be shut him down for the next three games, the team announced today. Roy will be re-evaluated next week. Roy has been in and out of the lineup with knee issues this season, and…

  18. Mehmet Okur returns to Jazz tonight

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

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    The 18-8 Utah Jazz will get better tonight. Soon that may be significantly better. Center Mehmet Okur — out since rupturing his Achilles tendon in the first game of the playoffs last season — will suit up and come off the bench for the Jazz tonight, the team announced at shoot around this morning. Not…

  19. Kobe wears his Lower Merion shorts under his Lakers shorts every game

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Jordan, every time he put on his Chicago Bulls shorts for a game, had a pair of North Carolina shorts on underneath them. Kobe Bryant, every time he has put on his Los Angeles Lakers shorts, has a pair of his old Lower Merion High School shorts on underneath. We all learned that later…

  20. This is it for Antonio McDyess, he says he’s ready to retire

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    You know how some athletes say they are going to retire but they just keep coming back year after year after year, then they send pictures of their junk to hot young reporters, then they come back again. None of that is happening with Antonio McDyess. Check out what he told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse…

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