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  1. Game of the night: When the Jazz are down 18, they have you just where they want you.

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:14 AM EDT

    Vince Carter, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap

    A huge comeback in an NBA game — to pick a random number, let’s say from 18 points down — is not a one-sided exercise. That’s how fans see it, how coaches often see it. Stan Van Gundy looks at how Orlando lost to Utah 104-94 Wednesday night after leading by 18 and sees his…

  2. Yao Ming leaves game with leg injury

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

    Joel Przybilla Yao Ming

    Yao Ming played physical basketball, the only way he really knows how. And the results seemed sadly familiar, if not that serious Yao played 6:14 of the first quarter — having a couple run ins with JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards — and he left at that point with a tendon injury.  The run…

  3. Kobe looks good in slo-mo

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Fun video of Kobe Bryant making it a rough night for OJ Mayo and the Memphis Grizzlies. As he has done so many others. But watching him in slow motion — and the reactions of Mayo trying to stay with him — gives you a real sense of just how difficult he is to defend.

  4. Where does Al Horford fit in the positional revolution?

    Nov 10, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    Al Horford

    When we debate and deliberate over the nature of conventional positions and their obvious anomalies (LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, etc.), Al Horford is rarely a name that drives the conversation. Yet, as Bret LaGree pointed out in a video at Hoopinion, Horford may somehow be the Hawks’ best interior and perimeter defender, their strongest post…

  5. Magic Johnson says that Miami is responsible for Los Angeles’ dominant start

    Nov 10, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    The Miami Heat have had their ups and downs over the first eight regular-season games, but at least they can take some credit for the Los Angeles Lakers’ absolute dominance in the early part of the NBA season. That probably wouldn’t cheer Miami up, of course, but Magic Johnson says it’s the truth: Magic Johnson…

  6. D’Antoni to bench Mosgov, start Chandler

    Nov 10, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    Italy Nba Basketball

    According to Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni plans on going back to a small-ball starting lineup against the Warriors tonight. Rookie center Timofey Mosgov will start the game on the bench, Amar’e Stoudemire will start at center, and Wilson Chandler will start at the power forward spot. When explaining…

  7. Ellis expects to play against New York

    Nov 10, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Here’s the latest on the injured Monta Ellis, courtesy of the Contra Costa Times’ Marcus Thompson: Warriors guard Monta Ellis is expecting to play tonight. At Wednesday’s shootaround, he said he felt “fine,” just that he was sore. “Yeah,” Ellis said, “I’m playing.” Ellis is officially listed as a game-time decision. He will be examined…

  8. Lakers to unveil Jerry West statue in front of Staples Center All Star Weekend

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t get any more iconic than being “The Logo.” So it seems fitting that the Lakers are going to honor Jerry West — the legendary Lakers player and general manager — with a statue in Star Plaza outside Staples Center. The statue will be unveiled All-Star Weekend (which is at Staples this year). West…

  9. Report: Hornets looking at trades, even called about Iguodala

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

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    While we’re all marveling at the transformation we see in New Orleans, let’s not pretend that they are testing the Lakers — or likely even the Spurs or Mavericks — come the playoffs. The Hornets are much better, but not elite or really on that next tier yet. The Hornets front office gets that, too.…

  10. Tons of Steve Nash trade chatter, none of it from Phoenix

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Suddenly everybody wants to talk about where Steve Nash is going to end up, he is second on the “most discussed trade” hit parade, right behind Carmelo Anthony, and everyone is speculating about an end destination. How about Phoenix? For all the talk, there are a number of reasons that the Suns are just not…

  11. This three year old can name more Bucks players than you can

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    This 3-year-old boy can name every Bucks player and does it with almost as cute a voice as Scott Skiles. And, the kid can name Scott Skiles. Sure, he’s reading them but HE’S THREE. Reading. Knowing rosters. Get the kid a blog, it’s time. (Via the fertile mind of Tas Melas of The Basketball Jones.)

  12. Gilbert Arenas admits he feared being booed

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Arenas_drive

    Gilbert Arenas always came off as a guy above it, a guy who didn’t care what you think. He was playing the game, his way, you could love it or leave it. Agent Zero was footloose and care free. Except that’s not the case, especially after last season’s gun suspension. He missed a home game…

  13. Shocking news: The Players Association doesn’t like the salary rollback idea

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

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    It’s too early in the process to get to the “just lock them in a room together until they figure it out” stage of negotiations on a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. But as both sides continue to posture, I am all for moving up that deadline just to stop the tit-for-tat. The latest salvo…

  14. Former Bull Quintin Dailey found dead

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Former Chicago Bull Quintin Dailey has been found dead in his Las Vegas home, having succumbed to heart disease at age 49, according to the Associated Press. Daily came to the NBA out of the University of San Francisco, drafted seventh overall in 1982 by Bulls and had a solid NBA career that included stops…

  15. Center spot has become black hole for Suns

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT

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    Last season, the Phoenix Suns got a solid 20 points and 10 rebounds a game out of the center position. They had a tag team of Robin Lopez — who could defend other true centers plus defend the rim — and three-point specialist Channing Frye. They shot 56 percent combined and held opposing centers to…

  16. Now even Miami hotels have NBA fever

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Behind the Scenes

    NBA teams have been coming to Miami since 1988. It’s a favorite stop for many of the players because… well, if I have to explain that to you then you were never 22. It’s Miami, we’ll leave it at that. But now, everybody there cares about the NBA. Even the hotels. Okay, the hotels only…

  17. New Orleans finds path to winning runs through San Antonio

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

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    The New Orleans Hornets are standing at the top of the hill, 7-0. They beat the Clippers last night, but the lineup before that — Milwaukee, San Antonio, Denver and even Miami — is a bunch of teams that would bring most teams to their knees. Standing there, the Hornets have a good view. They…

  18. Video evidence the Pacers could not miss

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    If you’ve ever watched an NBA team in pregame shootaround you realize what ridiculously good shots these guys have. DJ Mbenga will knock down threes. Guys will stand in the first row of seats and drain three of four. That’s what it was like for the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter Tuesday night —…

  19. Brandon Roy has fluid drained from knee, to see specialist

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    Tayshaun Prince, Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy is not right. Ron Artest called it after defending him the other night. Roy conceded he had not been attacking as much, one of the best players in the Association at getting in the lane and drawing contact has been settling for more jumpers. He tried to play it off as part of…

  20. Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and the night of complacency

    Nov 10, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

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    Thousands of miles away Tuesday night — on different coasts with different parties in the arena — the high-profile teams many keep calling the two best in basketball shared a little something. Complacency. They got comfortable, started looking past their opponents and paid a price. The Lakers still got the win because they were playing…

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