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  1. Rodney Stuckey benched. Five winless games in, are the Pistons imploding?

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

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    Things are not good in Detroit. No, we’re not talking about the economy (but no, that is not good). We’re talking about the Pistons… and no, not jut that they are now 0-5 on the season after a loss to Atlanta Wednesday. Although that’s not good either. We’re talking about players and the coach feuding.…

  2. Sixers coach Doug Collins does not coach second half due to vertigo

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:01 AM EDT

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    UPDATE Nov. 4, 8:01 am: Collins explained what happened to the Philadelphia Daily News after the game: “I had another one of those bouts that I had the other day,” said Collins, who spent the second half lying on the trainer’s table in the locker room. “I can’t take my medicine on days of games…

  3. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Celtics tried to give one away, but couldn’t

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:55 AM EDT

    Warriors celebrate

    What you missed while figuring out where to buy the Wii Michael Jackson game… Denver giving the improved Dallas defense their first real test was the Game of the Night. Celtics 105, Bucks 102 (OT): Boston got lucky. They were up 6 with 1:22 to play. Boston closes that out. Ray Allen doesn’t miss free…

  4. Game of the Night: Dallas’ defense isn’t all that, but it’s good enough

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:24 AM EDT

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    Dallas came into Wednesday night with the second best defense in the NBA. It’s true. We didn’t believe it either but they are giving up just 90 points per 100 possessions. Which is damn good. (The Heat are tops, by the way). Of course the reality was they had earned that against the Bobcats, Clippers…

  5. Former stiff NBA centers find politics no easier than basketball

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:26 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 11:26 pm: It was close, but the red tide was not enough to help out Chris Dudley in a blue state. He conceded the race tonight. 1:04 pm: Two former NBA centers were on the ballot last night, trying to win elected office. One lost, one had gone into overtime and is still waiting…

  6. Rivers defends Garnett, adds that in-game comments shouldn’t be tweeted

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:14 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Not shockingly, Doc Rivers stuck up for his star Kevin Garnett in comments made before the Celtics took on the Bucks. Last night, Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a “cancer patient” during the matchup between the two. Garnett denied this. Doc basically sounded like our own Ira Winderman with his comments to…

  7. Winderman: Villanueva violated “keep it on the court” code

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    For a moment, let’s move past the Big C, because that part of this Kevin Garnett debate is reprehensible, if uttered in any context. Instead consider something a bit more germane to these sports pages. And that’s Part B. Charlie Villanueva violated a prime tenet of the game and well could find himself receiving a…

  8. Madison Square Garden open again, Knicks/Wizards set for Friday

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

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    Good news Knicks fans — Madison Square Garden is open again, in plenty of time for John Wall to come to town Friday and shred your defense. The Knicks announced today that the building is open again, according to Howard Beck at the New York Times. The next scheduled event is the Knicks hosting the…

  9. Isiah Thomas to the Heat: embrace the hate

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Hating the Miami Heat has almost become the biggest bandwagon of the NBA season. Not that there isn’t some real venom for the Heat — and LeBron James in particular, but it seems more trendy than genuine for many. Still, it’s out there. And if the Heat want the advice of former Detroit Bad Boy…

  10. On the pseudo-campaigning for LeBron James as Defensive Player of the Year

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The media megaphone gives NBA players, coaches, front office officials, and owners a chance to call and respond. We’ve seen players poke at one another both jokingly and pointedly, coaches attempt to jar their players, opponents take shots from across the wall, and almost every conceivable combination of parties make comments of every ilk. In…

  11. Kevin Garnett denies calling Villanueva “cancer patient”

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

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    Kevin Garnett has responded to Charlie Villanueva’s claim that Garnett called him a “cancer patient” during Tuesday night’s game. In a statement released through the Celtics, Garnett denies making the statement. “I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night. My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in…

  12. Kevin Garnett talks trash. The league should do nothing about it.

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 4

    If you’ve ever sat near the court for a Kevin Garnett Celtics game, you know this — the man talks a lot of trash. A lot. Some genuinely nasty, personal stuff. He uses it to intimidate and to fire himself up. Charlie Villanueva thought KG crossed the line last night and called him on it,…

  13. Rashad McCants’ future with the Legends still uncertain

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    Rashad McCants

    Nothing is ever easy with Rashad McCants. After spending last season outside the NBA looking in, McCants signed a non-guaranteed contract with Dallas late in the preseason, and was cut almost immediately after. From a media perspective, the Mavericks’ intentions seemed rather obvious. However, McCants reportedly was told he would have a chance to make…

  14. Pistons would “strongly consider” trading Rip Hamilton for Josh Smith. Ya think?

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

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    The Detroit Pistons have not looked good. At all. They are 0-4 and sniping at each other and the coach already. Things are going to change in Detroit. One way or another (especially with the coming ownership change) — either there will be a lot more wins or a roster shakeup. Now enter all the…

  15. A 200-word summation of Michael Beasley, by Kevin Love

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Kevin Love, cult icon, borderline religious figure, and rebounding savant, has begun blogging for GQ. These are exciting times. In Love’s second post, he introduces those surely to be blog regulars: his teammates. Jonny Flynn, Darko Milicic, and Wesley Johnson area all introduced to Love’s audience, but his true masterwork as a writer to date…

  16. Carlos Boozer gets cast off, still expected back at end of the month

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

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    When Carlos Boozer fractured his hand — he just tripped over a bag, stop asking! — it was expected he would be out until the end of November. Today he got his cast off, which means he should be back… about the end of November. Sometimes those predictions are pretty accurate (unless Andrew Bynum or…

  17. The good, and the so bad it’s ugly surprises of the NBA season

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    We’re a week into the NBA season and some things are what we expected — the Lakers, Heat and Celtics are good; the Sixers are not; John Wall is dynamic; Kobe won’t talk about his injuries; and the Grizzles are making bad contract decisions. But there are surprises, and not to go all Forest Gump…

  18. Antawn Jamison’s knee becoming a bigger issue

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Antawn Jamison did not play for the Cavaliers Tuesday night in a loss to Atlanta, resting a gimpy left knee that has bothered him since the start of training camp. That’s not good on a few levels. It’s not good for a Cavaliers team that has now fallen to 1-3 on the young season. The…

  19. Coach calls 0-4 Pistons out. Prince says “right back at ya.”

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

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    Unfortunately for the Pistons, the new season has picked up right where the old one left off — lots of injuries and losses. And now, the infighting. After the Pistons were manhandled by the Boston Celtics Wednesday, coach John Kuester called out his players for a lack of leadership, as reported by the Detroit Free…

  20. Kobe Bryant tells Coach K he’ll be there in London if wanted

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Mike Krzyzewski is all about recruiting. College basketball ultimately is about recruiting, and you don’t get to Coach K’s status without being very good at it. He’s already started recruiting — and landing top players — for his side gig as USA Basketball head coach for the 2012 Olympics in London. First up, Kobe Bryant,…

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