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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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).…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 —…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.  

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Monta Ellis leaves game after hard fall, spending night in Toronto

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

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    With less than two minutes to go in Golden State’s win Monday night Monta Ellis took a hard fall on his back under the Toronto basket. He was down in pain for a couple minutes before he helped up and to the locker room, and X-rays were taken of his back. The results of those…

  15. NBA office may answer New Yorkers’ prayers, keep Isiah Thomas away from Knicks

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

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    The NBA has formally begun its investigation into the alleged improper pre-draft workouts conducted by the New York Knicks. One possible upshot of this: Isiah Thomas could be suspended — in practice banned — from the Knicks. Oh, there would be dancing in the streets the likes of which has not been seen since Mick…

  16. Hornets’ defensive success cast from the Spurs’ mold

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

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    In the last decade of basketball, there have been few forces more power than the San Antonio Spurs’ defense. That vaunted defense has regressed in recent years, but from 2000-2007 (and, for that matter, from 1997-2000), San Antonio never allowed more than 99.7 points per 100 possessions, a mark that routinely put the Spurs’ defense…

  17. Winderman: “Respect for the Game” not easy to define, even for LeBron, Terrence Williams

    Nov 8, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

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    While much has been made of the NBA’s crackdown on “respect for the game,” with the league’s whistle-blowing onslaught of technical fouls, the sought-after upgrade in decorum is actually more about respect for referees. But what exactly is respect for the game? Is it sideshow antics during games that seemingly make players bigger than their…

  18. Jerry Sloan likely to re-sign with Jazz. Also, Pope to remain Catholic.

    Nov 8, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

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    It would seem weird if it were any other way. Jerry Sloan is close to agreeing to an extension with the Jazz, as he does just about every year about this time, as the Salt Lake Tribune reports. “It’s just a matter of time and we’ll probably we get it worked out,” Sloan said. “This…

  19. The Lakers and 72 wins? Phil Jackson isn’t into it.

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Before the season the talk was about the Heat and 72 wins, with everybody sane saying it wouldn’t happen and wasn’t worth the effort. But that never stops the talk. But the Lakers? They are off to a 7-0 start. They look deeper, they have a healthy Kobe Bryant and a rested Pau Gasol and…

  20. LeBron says Heat are not showboating. Really? They should do more.

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

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    It’s certainly a show when the Miami Heat come to town — a high-flying acrobatic circus of shots and athleticism. Which has led a few to suggest that the Heat are about the show more than anything. That they are showing off. LeBron James will have none of that, as he told the Ira Winderman…

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