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  1. Kobe needs to start kicking the Lakers a– right now

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    There may not have been a malaise like this since the Carter administration. Or at least it feels like it in Los Angeles. Lakers fans at Staples Center were booing the two-time defending NBA champs Sunday night because they were getting out hustled completely by the Memphis Grizzlies. Just like the Bucks a couple of…

  2. Kings talking trades for Omri Casspi, Carl Landry

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Sure the Kings have the worst record in the NBA, but there is talent on that roster. The kind of roster and situation other GM’s are looking to exploit and pick over like vultures on a carcas. Some of that talant is not available — Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins — but some of it is……

  3. Video: Paul Pierce dunks like he’s 25 again

    Jan 3, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

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    Paul Pierce certainly didn’t look like a crafty veteran when he took it to the rack against the Raptors on Sunday — he looked like the younger, athletic version of himself we sometimes forget. Pierce turned the corner after a high handoff from Rajon Rondo then took advantage of what passes for defensive rotations with…

  4. Game of the Night: Lakers get 2011 started on the right foot, then shoot it

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:01 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    Grizzlies 104 Lakers 85: So many places to go with this one. The Lakers turned the ball over on 22% of their possessions. The Grizzlies outscored them in transition 28-5. The Grizzlies dominated on the offensive glass 28% to 16% of all available offensive rebounds grabbed. What I’m trying to tell you is that the…

  5. Happy New Year! Everyone’s injured.

    Jan 2, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    It’s a fresh and bright new year, as 2011 is welcomed in. And with the coming of the new year, we celebrate the NBA in true fashion: by telling you the myriad number of people who are out with injuries. Gerald Wallace left practice Sunday after aggravating a bone bruise in his left ankle. Andre…

  6. Brandon Bass considering surgery

    Jan 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic

    Brandon Bass has been one of the stronger parts of the Orlando offense this season. Having a legit power forward next to Dwight Howard and someone who could score in the low-post and shallow mid-range fit in really well with the Magic. Now it’s possible that he could be out for several months as he…

  7. Is a triple-double worth running it up? The Ibaka-Hawks conundrum

    Jan 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    New Year’s Eve, the Thunder managed a solid win against the Hawks, and were up 101-92 with less than 24 seconds remaining. Game over, baby. Except that Russell Westbrook was one assist shy of a triple-double. Serge Ibaka leaked out in transition, caught an outlet, and dunked it home, making it 103-92. Okay, Ibaka was…

  8. Report: Cavs have interest in Andray Blatche

    Jan 2, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Houston Rockets

    The News Herald reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers have made inquiries into trading for Wizards forward Andray Blatche. It’s an interesting approach if they go down that road. The Cavaliers have Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson, though Hickson has fallen back into the riff-raff of the roster. Blatche would give them a legit starting power…

  9. Mavs fear serious injury for Caron Butler

    Jan 2, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    Caron Butler went down with the scariest of all injuries last night, clutching his knee before he even landed. An MRI Sunday will reveal what exactly Butler suffered, but the truth is, these things very rarely work out well. A calf like Kevin Garnett and you know it immediately. A shoulder can be bad, but…

  10. LeBron James says neither he nor Wade will win MVP

    Jan 1, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    LeBron James does not think he will win the MVP this season, nor will Dwyane Wade in the mind of the two-time defending Most Valuable Player. From ESPN: “When we decided to come together our Most Valuable Player chances kind of went out the window,” James said before the Heat played the Golden State Warriors…

  11. NBA starts the year off doing what they love: fining people

    Jan 1, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    The NBA today fined Paul Pierce $15,000 for throwing his headband (UPDATE: possibly gum -insert dramatic music) into the stands during the first quarter of the Celtics’ win over the Pacers last Tuesday. Stop. Think about that for a second. Think about every time you’ve carelessly tossed an object. Now imagine that when you did…

  12. Does Phil Jackson return if he doesn’t snare the 12th ring?

    Jan 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    To begin our discussion, this quote from the Los Angeles Times: Still, Jackson was asked again if he could see himself taking some time off and coming back to coach. “No,” Jackson responded quickly. Why not? he was asked. “I think I’ve put in my service time,” Jackson, 65, said. “I think I’ve done my…

  13. Who wants Corey Brewer? Eh? Eh?

    Jan 1, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Corey Brewer is available! Come on down! Anyone? Anyone? Assets they likely are willing to trade include two of their point guards, two extra first-round picks they possess and swingman Corey Brewer. via Despite young team’s struggles, Rambis sticking to plan | StarTribune.com. The Wolves are shopping for an upgrade at two-guard, and Corey Brewer is…

  14. Dwight Howard and the definition of insanity

    Jan 1, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    You’ve all heard Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity. “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Well, guess what? Dwight Howard is completely nuts. For whatever reason, Howard keeps toying with technical fouls, keeps drawing the ire of the officials, then complaining about it. Like that’s going to solve the problem.…

  15. Your New Year’s NBA Time Capsule: January 1st, 2011

    Jan 1, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Today is the first day of 2011 A.D.. It’s a brand new year, and by the end of it, things are unlikely to look much the way they look now, as it is with every 365 days.  So consider this your NBA Time Capsule, to dig up later and see what life was like on…

  16. We end 2010 with some LeBron James highlights

    Dec 31, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    The Lakers won the title and were the best team. Kobe Bryant added another layer to his legacy. Blake Griffin exploded on the scene. The Boston Celtics defied age all the way to the finals then this season the old guys have become the most social-media friendly team in the league. There have been more…

  17. Deron Williams thinks the Jazz have a lot of work to do

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    There was a lot of frustration in the Jazz locker room Thursday night after Utah lost to Portland for the second time in a week. They feel like things are slipping away. The Jazz are not bad (22-11, four seed in the West), but they are clearly not elite in the way the Spurs, Lakers…

  18. LeBron on dunk contest: “Blake Griffin has home court advantage”

    Dec 31, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James admitted to the Associated Press that he thinks about entering the dunk contest All-Star weekend, but he hesitates. One of the game’s best dunkers, James acknowledged Friday that he often considers committing to be part of the field, then finds himself waffling. James said at some points he tells himself, “Yeah, I’m going…

  19. One last Blake Griffin highlight package for 2010

    Dec 31, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Each year on New Year’s Eve we should look back at what we are thankful for in the previous year. I’m thankful for a lot of things — this blog and the chance to run it, the great people I work with (Matt Moore, Rob Mahoney and John Krolik) and all of you for taking…

  20. Dirk Nowitzki may rest through the weekend

    Dec 31, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks

    The Dallas Mavericks’ offense has been a bit of a mixed bag during Dirk Nowitzki‘s absence from the lineup, and it looks as though they’ll continue to roll the dice through their next two games. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas, Nowitzki doesn’t seem sold on the prospect of returning during either of the…

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