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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Celtics don’t bother with defense

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:27 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    What you missed while watching a national championship game that lived up to the hype… Rockets 108, Celtics 102: There are some fighters — whether boxing or MMA — that you just never look good fighting. It’s clenching and grappling and just no flow, and it takes you out of your game. That is what…

  2. Kahn says not to expect big moves from Timberwolves

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:40 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Sure, the Timberwolves are 9-29, the third worst record in the league. But to hear Team President David Kahn is to hear someone preach of a Zen like patience and understanding. To hear someone who understands their chance will come and not to rush headlong into anything. That or it’s to hear someone trying to…

  3. Antoine Walker doing well in D-League, thank you very much

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

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    On the off chance you haven’t caught some of the Idaho Stampede of the D-League this season — what cave have you been living in? — we have a little note for you: Antoine Walker is playing pretty well. He is averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Dime Magazine has a…

  4. The NBA’s Anaheim Kings? Come, connect the dots with us.

    Jan 10, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    honda-center-of-anaheim

    With the latest stadium deal now dead in Sacramento, it doesn’t take much to get people in certain other markets dreaming of the NBA in their home town. Pictures of DeMarcus Cousins dominating in the paint and Tyreke Evans getting treatment for plantar fasciitis in their city fill the minds of young children with NBA…

  5. Mavericks sign Sasha Pavlovic to 10-day contract

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Pavlovic

    The Dallas Mavericks have signed former Cavaliers and Timberwolves swingman Sasha Pavlovic to a 10-day contract. The 27-year old Pavlovic was a crucial part of the Cavaliers’ starting lineup when the team went to the finals in 2007, but he missed the first part of the 07-08 season due to a contract dispute and his…

  6. Kobe Bryant stops practicing with the Lakers. Again.

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    It was during the Colonel Kurtz-like decent into darkness that was the Lakers play around Christmas that Kobe Bryant decided to do something very Kobe — fight through his knee pain and swelling because he needed to practice with the team again. That knee had kept him from practicing all season but it was no…

  7. Spoelstra: The Heat have “not shown greatness yet”

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    Spoelstra_cringe

    The Miami Heat have been pretty good recently. They’re 30-9, they’ve lost one game since November 27th, they have two of the top three players in PER, they’re a top-three team in both offensive and defensive efficiency, and they are winning games by an average of 9.5 points a night. Oh, and they’re a few…

  8. Who are the best mid-range shooters in the league?

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The mid-range game is becoming a bit of a lost art in the NBA, and for good reason: according to Hoopdata.com, NBA players make 64% of their shots at the rim and 36.2% of their threes (which translates to an eFG% of 54.3%), but only make 38.4% of their shots from 10-15 feet and 39.7%…

  9. Carmelo Anthony hints the Knicks may not want him, trade may take time

    Jan 10, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony practiced with the Denver Nuggets Monday — a sign that nothing is imminent on the trade front — as did everyone else whose name has come up in recent trade talks. The exception was Chauncey Billups (officially out due to a headache, which I bet all the trade rumors have become for him).…

  10. NBA Power Rankings, where the Heat has finally risen to the top

    Jan 10, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where the effect of LeBron James’ decision is the difference between No. 1 and No. 30. 1. Heat (30-9). Nine wins in a row and 21 of the last 22. We said before the season this team should be a regular season powerhouse and they are proving to be. They…

  11. West still dominating East in head-to-head matchups

    Jan 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    Amare Stoudemire went from the Suns to the Knicks. Carlos Boozer went from the Jazz to the Bulls. With everything that went down in Miami and other teams in the conference entering an arms race to keep up, it felt as if the NBA’s balance of power had shifted from the West to the East.…

  12. What’s the holdup on ‘Melo deal? Al Harrington’s bad deal.

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Al Harrington

    UPDATE 12:53 pm: Here is the latest, from multiple reports, at this time on the still pending Carmelo Anthony trade: Everything seems to be in Denver’s court, but they continue to tweak offers and try to work out the best deal — they have even pushed the Nets to take on Renaldo Balkman in addition…

  13. Stephen Jackson says Bobcats had to fire Larry Brown

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Charlotte Bobcats are 4-2 since Larry Brown got fired. This was a listless 9-19 team that was being ground down by Brown. Point guard D.J. Augustin was playing trying not to make a mistake, because every time he did Brown was all over him. Or benching him. That same attitude seemed to permeate the…

  14. Garnett questionable for Monday, blogs about frustrations

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Garnett injured

    Boston is one of the few teams playing on Monday night, with the NBA not scheduling much against the BCS championship game. Actually, Boston hopes that its game against Houston is lower scoring than Auburn vs. Oregon. Kevin Garnett did not go through shootaround Monday morning. While he is still officially questionable for Monday’s game,…

  15. Would Stoudemire be happy if Knicks don’t get ‘Melo?

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony has long said his preferred destination was the New York Knicks, but it looks like a deal sending him to the New Jersey Nets is close to fruition (‘Melo may love New York but apparently what he loves more is the $10 million or so he would likely give up going there as…

  16. Vintage Artest got physical with Knicks, new Artest says don’t expect that again

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    In a lot of ways, it looked like vintage Ron Artest on Sunday when the Lakers played the Knicks. He was physical and a pest. He picked up a flagrant foul for a hard hit on Amar’e Stoudemire and got a technical for getting into it with Shawne Williams. Except the new Ron Artest regretted…

  17. LeBron James: “I’ve kind of accepted this villain role”

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers

    LeBron James was the dominant force on the court as the Heat beat the Trail Blazers Sunday in Portland. It was the kind of performance — 44 points total, 19 in the final three minutes of regulation and overtime, plus 13 rebounds — that we saw a lot of when James was a Cavalier. Except…

  18. If ‘Melo trade happens, Devin Harris could be moved again

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Jersey Nets

    One of the many parts on the move in the proposed and on-the-cusp Carmelo Anthony trade is point guard Devin Harris going from New Jersey to Denver. But that might not be his final stop. The Dallas Mavericks might make a move to go get Harris from Denver, according to Mark Stein at ESPN. And…

  19. Andrew Bynum dunks on Amar’e Stoudemire

    Jan 10, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Leon Wood

    Andrew Bynum was back Sunday, playing his best game since this summer’s knee surgery. Of course it was against the Knicks, who didn’t have the bodies to contain him. The only guy who could stop Bynum from adding to  his 18 point total was referee Leon Wood, who had a quick trigger and ejected him.…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron James can play some basketball, by the way

    Jan 10, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers

    What you missed while watching the original True Grit… Heat 107, Trail Blazers 100 (OT): Hate him if you want. Pull for his team to lose every game. But recognize this — LeBron James is a force of nature. He is the best player in the game right now. Not the biggest winner, but the…

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