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  1. Andre Johnson’s fight inspired Shane Battier

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    SBattier

    Everybody has seen Andre Johnson’s fight with with Cortland Finnegan from Sunday’s Texans/Titans game. (If you haven’t put on ESPN for about a minute, they are running it roughly that often.) Shane Battier saw it, and then he saw Johnson courtside Sunday night when the Rockets were taking on the Thunder. And Battier was inspired…

  2. A kinder, gentler Stan Van Gundy

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

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    There are few coaches more entertaining to watch stalking the sidelines than Stan Van Gundy. His arms are flailing, his expressions betraying every emotion coursing through his mind. Or at least he used to be. Now we have the more understanding, love-filled, softer Van Gundy. Okay, maybe not, but he isn’t being as negative as…

  3. Dirk Nowitzki has all that power

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    When I think of Dirk Nowitzki, the first person that always comes to mind is Kanye West. It’s not just the physical resemblance, it’s how both of them love and are inspired by the music of David Hasselhoff. Maybe you didn’t see the connection, but the fine folks in the Dallas Mavericks marketing department did,…

  4. NBA Power Rankings, where that Lakers/Heat finals seems a long ways away

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings. Right now the top four teams on this list are playing the best basketball, but if the playoffs started today I’d pick teams 5 and 6 to meet in the finals. However, this is November, so we’ll worry about the playoffs later. 1. Spurs (14-2). They were down 17 at…

  5. Clevelanders start drive to laugh at LeBron

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Courting LeBron Basketball

    What to do with LeBron when he and the Heat come to Cleveland on Thursday night? Should Clevelanders simply boo him every time he touches the ball? Ignore him, putting up newspapers like a college student section? How about laugh at him? LaughAtLeBron is a campaign, first noticed by TerezOwens.com, to try to put together…

  6. Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat players downplay bump, friction reports

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    We just told you there are all kinds of reports about friction in the Miami Heat locker room… Unless you ask the Heat directly. Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel did just that and both players coach Erik Spoelstra downplayed “the bump” and the rumors of locker room dissention. Of the bump with James, Spoelstra…

  7. Miami Heat players frustrated with Spoelstra, Riley’s shadow looms

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Spoelstra_cringe

    On every struggling team in the NBA there are players frustrated with the coach. But no other team has the star power or scrutiny of the Miami Heat. And no other team has the long shadow of Pat Riley cast across the organization and the head coach. So the reports out of ESPN’s Heat Zone…

  8. When Russell Westbrook goes to dunk, get out of the way

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook can bounce. He can attack the rim as well as anyone in the league. And as some of the Houston Rockets can tell you, when he attacks sometimes it is best to just get out of the way.

  9. Report: Magic still looking to make blockbuster move

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

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    The Orlando Magic are 12-4. There are only two teams in the entire NBA with a better record. But the Magic would still blow it all up for another superstar — a Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul — according to Brian Schmitz in the Orlando Sentinel. Basically, you can ask for anyone not named Dwight…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Pacers are playing some defense

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:57 AM EDT

    Granger_celebrates

    What you missed while watching Airplane one more time in honor of Leslie Nielsen (RIP): Pacers 95, Lakers 92: Indiana plays very good defense — and if you can do that to the Lakers you can thrown them off their game. Often, the result of that is Kobe Bryant tries to take over, and Sunday…

  11. Carmelo Anthony leaves game early due to flu (Nuggets win anyway)

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Like some kind of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” ending, a little virus has done what no line of defense could. Carmelo Anthony’s 134-game regular season streak of scoring in double digits came to an end Sunday night because he had to leave the game early due to the flu. He played the first…

  12. Byron Scott fined for prototypical post-game officiating comments

    Nov 28, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

    When you say something that indicates that you expect to be fined for your comments? Yeah, you’re pretty much locking up the fact that you’ll be fined. Byron Scott went off last Friday in a 110-100 loss to Orlando saying the Cavaliers were playing against eight players and your typical “we got screwed” conversations. On…

  13. Troy Murphy says he’s ready, Avery Johnson disagrees. Fun follows.

    Nov 28, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Troy_Murphy

    Smell that? Smells a lot like trade winds to me. Those winds are coming from the direction of Troy Murphy, who is a big expiring contract, is a stretch four that teams love, can’t crack the Nets lineup (he has been inactive for 11 straight games) and is feuding with Nets coach Avery Johnson. Take…

  14. David Lee returns from gross elbow injury

    Nov 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    David Lee had a scary injury when he was accidentally bitten by Wilson Chandler (Chandler lost a bunch of teeth in the collision). It was was also a really gross injury. You see, the human mouth has a ton of bacteria in it and getting sharp pieces of tooth stuck in your elbow tends to…

  15. Melo likes his space in the locker room

    Nov 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Denver Nuggets

    Those of you who had a student transfer or move during your high school years know the sweet joy of the locker next to yours being empty. All that space! Having all that room, and if the person on the other side wasn’t using it, you could even stash stuff in it if yours became…

  16. Stephon Marbury may be exiled in Chinese basketball, too

    Nov 28, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    marbury_china

    It looked so promising — Stephon Marbury had become the biggest name in the Chinese Basketball Association, seemingly transforming a moribund franchise in a quiet city into the talk of the Chinese Basketball Association. After a sort exile from the NBA he found a place where he was the man and had found a good…

  17. Apparently LeBron bumping his coach is a big deal

    Nov 28, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    I’ve never been on an NBA floor playing basketball and then having to walk to the bench for a timeout. Maybe it’s a really easy process and in order to bump into someone you have to deliberately aim or deliberately avoid avoiding people. It doesn’t seem like that when you watch it in person or…

  18. Miami Heat hold players-only meeting after (latest) disappointing loss

    Nov 28, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    The Heat will have to forgive us, the Heat-seeking public, if we’re not overly impressed by this latest overture. It’s not that it wasn’t, that it isn’t, needed, it was and is. It’s a good sign. But it’s just one lost among so many other bad, bad signs. After Saturday night’s 95-106 loss to the…

  19. Andrew Bynum back soon. Rinse, lather, repeat.

    Nov 27, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    No, for real this time, guys! No, it’s different from last time. And the time before that. And that business about Thanksgiving. And the “progressing” stuff.  This is for real, this time. Bynum said Saturday after practice that he’s three weeks out from returning. That’s his projection, not that of the coaching staff, who are…

  20. Heat’s love affair with the long two-pointer strangling offense

    Nov 27, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Miami got back in the win column Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. But the numbers from the winning box score are still jarring. The Heat took 31 shots from 16 feet out to the three-point line — those are long two pointers, the least efficient shot in the game — and another 16 shots…

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