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  1. Winderman: Cleveland an opportunity for Heat to show heart

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    For a moment, let’s move past the powder, the banned T-shirts, the extra security. Instead, let’s move into the moment itself, the heated, contentious atmosphere that will greet the Miami Heat during its Thursday visit to Quicken Loans Arena. It will be as close as the NBA gets to playoffs in early December. And it’s…

  2. Blake Griffin has made the Clippers (yes, those Clippers) trendy

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    A couple weeks ago, Denver’s J.R. Smith popped up on twitter and asked if Blake Griffin was playing that night because he wanted to watch. He’s not alone — players around NBA locker rooms are talking about Griffin with an awe of his athleticism usually reserved for guys named LeBron. And count LeBron James in…

  3. Nets Devin Harris only has knee strain, will miss several games

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Boston Celtics

    If you watched what happened to the Nets offense when Devin Harris went out in the third quarter against the Nets last night, you know how badly they need him in the offense. So you know why there were sighs of relief when an MRI showed just a knee strain, the team announced Wednesday. Harris…

  4. Poll: How will Cleveland fans react to LeBron James Thursday?

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The anger in the building will be palpable, and when he does the pregame powder toss LeBron James better hope Cleveland fans are mature and aren’t tossing things at him. You know, mature like Albert Belle. There are campaigns to laugh at LeBron, to come up with chants or more mature responses. But it remains…

  5. Hilton Armstrong suspended by league for foul on Heat’s Anthony

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Hilton Armstrong’s shove of an airborne Joel Anthony, which sent the Heat player crashing to the floor, has earned him a one-game suspension from the league. Armstrong will sit out the Wizards game against the Raptors Wednesday night, a punishment handed down by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations. It is deserved. At…

  6. Odds better James gets in fight with Cleveland fan than passes on powder toss

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Gambling is bad, we certainly would never encourage it. You should not set up an offshore account and bet on unpredictable sporting events. You should definitely not take the Texans and the eight points against the Eagles on Thursday. This is strictly for entertainment. That said, the proposition bets posted by Bodog.com on LeBron James’…

  7. Magic sending Daniel Orton to the D-League

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

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    This one should have been expected. The Orlando Magic drafted Daniel Orton out of Kentucky knowing that he wasn’t going to contribute right away — this was all about potential. He needed some seasoning and conditioning. Then Orton needed knee surgery before the season and missed training camp rehabilitating. So now the Magic are about…

  8. Pistons have nothing in works to trade Rip Hamilton. For now.

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Detroit Pistons are a once great team awkwardly entering a rebuilding period. Right now they are an uncomfortable mix of the old and the new. They have a new coach — John Kuester — who has brought a different system, but many of the players are holdovers who fit best in the old system.…

  9. Major Canadian phone company trying to buy Raptors

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

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    Roger Communications of Canada apparently has watched Mike Ilitch in Detroit and thought, “we should do that.” The company is trying to create a monopoly by owning every major sporting team in Toronto (the way, once the Pistons sale is complete, Ilitch will own every sporting team in Detroit except the Lions, and if you’ve…

  10. Quote of the Day: Dan Gilbert is over LeBron. He means it. Really.

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

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    “I’m over it. I really am. That’s the truth,” he said. “I let it all out in about 24 hours. I just think we have such a great core and a great coaching staff. We have a lot of opportunities with the trade exception and the draft. I feel good about this team.” —Cavaliers owner…

  11. Video proof Josh McRoberts has hops

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s not every day when we can bring you a high-flying Josh McRoberts highlight. This is what the Pacers do well, pushing the ball and getting some points in transition. Great dish from TJ Ford. But in the end, it’s about McRoberts climbing the ladder in a way I’m not sure we thought he could.

  12. Albert Belle tells Clevelanders to be nice to LeBron

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

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    Albert Belle is now the voice of reason. Which also means the end times are upon us, so prepare yourself. Belle — the ill-tempered power hitter for the Indians who left for a big contract, and who knows what it is like to be booed by Clevelanders — is hoping everyone acts like adults when…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Lakers have quite the little losing streak

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies

    What you missed while wondering if the Ochocinco marriage is just another reality television show…. The battle for the soul of New York was our game of the night. Grizzlies 98, Lakers 96: This is three losses in a row for the Lakers, only the second time they have lost three in a row since…

  14. Game of the night: When Harris went down the Knicks ran away

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:16 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The grand plan with the Game of the Night is pretty simple — learn something from watching a game, then pass it on to you. So here’s what we learned watching the Knicks and Nets do battle for the hearts and souls of New York (okay, not really): The Nets are not very good without…

  15. Devin Harris leaves game with knee injury

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:13 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 10: 13 PM: Nets coach Avery Johnson said after the game that they would not know anything until Wednesday morning when an MRI is done on Harris’ knee but added that they are “concerned.” Harris said it was not that serious and that swelling was already going down after the game. Harris is out…

  16. Boozer debut with Bulls likely Wednesday night

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

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    For two days Carlos Boozer has taken part in full practices with the Chicago Bulls, his first two this season. When asked Tuesday if his high-priced star forward would be ready to go on Wednesday night against Orlando, coach Tom Thibodeau gave the Chicago Tribune as close to a yes as you are going to…

  17. Video: LeBron calls return to Cleveland “emotional”

    Nov 30, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James knows he is in for a tough night Thursday, when he and the Heat come to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers. It will be emotional — with many of those emotions being negative ones directed at LeBron by fans. But this was what he considered his home (yes, Akron, we know, but…

  18. Outlining the damning problems of the Heat’s offense

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    This season has gone pretty well for the Miami Heat, don’tcha think? They’re ranked seventh in the league in offensive efficiency, and sixth in the league in defensive efficiency. Aside from offensive rebounding rate, they rank in the top 13 teams in each of the offensive and defensive “four factors” (effective field goal percentage, effective…

  19. Rank your MVP candidates

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

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    Okay, you’ve had almost 20 games now, you should have some favorites for Most Valuable Player now, right? Kevin Durant came in as the preseason favorite for many, but his teammate Russell Westbrook has been better so far… so why not Westbrook? Or how about Chris Paul? Want to go with the old classics of…

  20. Big Z is coming home to Cleveland, too. Not sure what to expect.

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

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    One of the legendary names of Cavaliers basketball, a guy who was part of the fabric of the community, is coming to town for the first time in another jersey on Thursday. And he’s not sure what the reception will be. No, not that guy. We’re talking about Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Big Z spent a dozen…

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