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  1. Chris Kaman sprains ankle, leaves game, out 2 to 3 weeks

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:52 PM EDT

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    Clippers center rolled his left ankle in the first quarter of the Clippers loss to the New Orleans Hornets Tuesday and had to leave the game. He made a hard plant and it just gave way and rolled He did not return. Kaman underwent X-rays, which showed no structural damage, but the Clippers are saying…

  2. In case you forgot, Donald Sterling can be an embarrassment

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

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    Donald Sterling. While other owners strive to reach his level he remains to gold standard. Well, maybe the coal standard. Or, um, fertilizer standard. Let’s ignore his Clippers slow start on the court — they are entertaining and show some promise in spite of everything — and talk about him off the court. Remember that…

  3. Nenad Krstic wonders how good the Thunder will be

    Nov 9, 2010, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Basketball should be the last thing Nenad Krstic should be worried about right now. Read this fascinating story by Henry Abbott at TrueHoop — Krstic’s hometown in Serbia, where his father still lives, has been decimated by an earthquake. But he’s still here and still playing basketball for an Oklahoma City Thunder team that isn’t…

  4. Patrick Patterson assigned to D-League by Rockets

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

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    The Rockets went with what they thought was the best man at the board, drafting power forward Patrick Patterson at No. 14 last June. A big man who has a midrange game and a nice jump hook, who just had to learn how to play defense a little bitter. Problem is, there was no way…

  5. Pistons deny they talked trade with Hawks

    Nov 9, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we reported the rumor that the Hawks and Pistons were talking about a deal that would have sent Tayshaun Prince to Atlanta for Jamaal Crawford and Jeff Teague. We also said that trade itself didn’t make a lot of sense. Now the Pistons have denied such talks, according to MLive.com. Which is smart, those…

  6. NBC’s MVP fan ranker is up and, um, ranking

    Nov 9, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

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    You don’t have an MVP vote. Neither do I. But we here at NBC wanted to make you feel included, like you have a voice. We care like that. So check out our new MVP fan ranker — you can go on and rate any of a dozen guys on a scale of 0 to…

  7. Lamar Odom sues IRS over deductions

    Nov 9, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

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    Apparently Lamar Odom enjoys being audited. Because I have to think when you sue the Internal Revenue Service over deductions you raise red flags on your returns from now until eternity. But sue he did, according to Forbes. Without an attorney — these are personally signed pleadings. Odom is fighting over two specific deductions —…

  8. Nuggets shake up front office, what does that mean for ‘Melo?

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    The changing of the guard continues in Denver. With Josh Kroenke — team president and incoming owner — taking a more active role in the front office since this summer there have been a number of changes. Mark Warkentien and Rex Chapman walked out the door this summer. Now Bret Bearup – a powerful advisor…

  9. Luke Ridnour’s hamstring is just strained

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 3:14 pm: The reports are in from the specialist Ridnour saw and it is just a strained hamstring, nothing torn or more severely injured, according to a tweet from Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. Hamstrings can linger if not fully rested, which seems to be the case here. Ridnour is with the team…

  10. That “average” Lakers defense is better than you think

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

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    The Lakers are the defending champions and undefeated and on top of everyone’s power rankings two weeks into the season. Well, almost everyone’s. Come June all that and $4 will get them a latte at Pete’s. What matters is what they are building (and what the Heat are building, and the Magic, and the Celtics).…

  11. Avery Johnson just wants someone, anyone to be aggressive

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

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    We’ve picked up on a subtle theme in Avery Johnson’s talks to his team. Subtle like an Oliver Stone movie or a Metallica guitar riff. First he ripped the Nets as being basically tissue paper as they watched the tape of the team getting destroyed by the Heat (the day after they lost to the…

  12. Monta Ellis’ back injury just a strain, listed as day-to-day

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 1:09 pm: Official word from the team is that Ellis simply has a back strain, that the X-rays and a CT scan showed nothing serious. He is listed as day-to-day and is catching up with the Warriors in New York, where the team faces the Knicks Wednesday night. 10:53 am: If you watched the…

  13. Manhattan NBA store leaving Fifth Avenue, Adidas to run new location

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

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    The NBA’s flagship store is leaving its prime New York City location just after the start of next year. The NBA Store has been on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan — right in the heart of the city’s prime shopping district, where the store was as much an ad for the league as anything else —…

  14. Dallas sags off Rajon Rondo for the win

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    O.J. Mayo said recently that Rajon Rondo is the player he’d most want to play with because of how he sets teammates up. During the Nuggets broadcast last night, Kenyon Martin came on for a while and during that time said that Rondo is a better point guard than Derrick Rose. But Dallas didn’t fear…

  15. What’s going on with the Heat offense?

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    The 5-2 Miami Heat are certainly not a bad offensive team. In fact, they are a very good offensive team — as of today, they are 5th in the NBA in offensive efficiency. Considering how good the Heat have been defensively (they’re #1 in defensive efficiency), Miami could certainly make a championship run without significantly…

  16. Watch out, Dwight Howard has developed a jumper

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

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    We saw it on display a little opening night against the Wizards. Monday night in tight game against the Atlanta Hawks Howard went to it in the clutch, a little Duncanesque bank shot from 12 feet (he missed that one, but has made plenty this season). Dwight Howard has developed a little midrange jumper. Something…

  17. Gerald Wallace likes to block shots. And is good at it.

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Charlotte is having a rough start to the season (again), what with the 1-6 record and loss to the Spurs on Monday. Part of the problem is the defense that carried them last year just isn’t the same so far this season. But Gerald Wallace can still block shots. Like few others.  

  18. Alvin Gentry says Hedo Turkoglu overmatched at the four, but will still start anyway

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

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    Hedo Turkoglu did not look comfortable once again at the four in Monday night’s Suns loss to the Grizzlies. Three quick fouls trying to defend the bigger Zach Randolph sent him to the bench — which was a good thing, because then Hakim Warrick came in and played better at both ends. Warrick ended up…

  19. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where Dirk does what Dirk does, just with shorter hair

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:27 AM EDT

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    What you missed while watching Conan debut his new show. Atlanta at Orlando reran a playoff game from last season and that was our… wait, this was a new game? Because it looked a lot like the old ones. Anyway, it’s still our game of the night, learn more here. Mavericks 89, Celtics 87: Fun…

  20. Game of the night: Orlando reminds Atlanta of the gap between the Hawks and the elite

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:02 AM EDT

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    Last season, Orlando swept Atlanta right out of the playoffs. Then this summer, both teams essentially went with the status quo. So maybe we should not be surprised by Monday night’s outcome, a 93-89 Orlando victory. Except that the Hawks were off to a fast start, had a new coach, have been incorporating radical ideals…

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