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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Two entertaining games and some ice cold Heat

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Durant Westbrook

    What you missed while thinking about the worst things people call food…. Thunder 125, Magic 124: Two teams that will make their bones in the playoffs on defense set it aside for a night, and that led to one really entertaining game. To be fair, there was a lot of hot offensive talent on the…

  2. Nuggets, Nets, Pistons three-team ‘Melo trade talks heat up again

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:25 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Smiles

    Two different reports have the much-discussed three-team trade that would have Carmelo Anthony landing in New Jersey heating up again. Those talks were moving very fast last weekend but reportedly lost momentum early this week when the Denver Nuggets pushed for the Nets to take on Al Harrington and his four-year, $28 million contract as…

  3. Why did Stoudemire get so many All-Star votes? NY star power.

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    There are a lot of perks to being the star of the New York Knicks. For one, every game you get to see what Clyde Frazier is wearing up close. You get to hang with Spike Lee and ask him to explain why he made “She Hate Me.” You probably never pay for a slice…

  4. LeBron out Thursday against Nuggets due to ankle sprain

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James is going to miss his first game of the season Thursday, sitting out the game in Denver against the Nuggets. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called James “doubtful” and since then multiple reports have him sitting out. James Jones will start in James’ place. LeBron was limping pretty badly when he rolled his ankle…

  5. While Nets stall out, Knicks and Grizzlies talk three-team ‘Melo trade

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

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    When Knicks GM Donnie Walsh told the New York Daily News: “I don’t have anything going with Denver,” Walsh told The News Wednesday. “Nothing.” That laughing you heard was people around the NBA, because nobody believed it. With words like “stalled” used around the Nets efforts to get Carmelo Anthony (due not to the Nets…

  6. Tyson Chandler willing to lose now in order to win later

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    tchandler_Mavs

    The Dallas Mavericks have Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry, and Shawn Marion, but they can’t win without Dirk Nowitzki. Having Caron Butler sidelined for the season and Rodrigue Beaubois still recovering from injury don’t exactly help matters, but Nowitzki is the type of player who makes all things go, and transforms a roster of…

  7. Larry Owens may be called up from the D-League by San Antonio

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Larry Owens

    UPDATE (9:10 EST): Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse and Ridiculous Upside offered his take on the Spurs’ situation: [For what it's worth], I’ve been told Spurs haven’t decided on Larry Owens for sure. It’s pretty likely, but not confirmed by anyone. Yet. 7:25 EST: Zabian Dowdell scored the honor of being the first D-League call-up…

  8. Antoine Walker flubs at D-League Showcase

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Antoine Walker schadenfreude is the internet’s unofficial pastime, which is reason enough to inform you that despite Walker’s relatively strong start with the D-League’s Idaho Stampede, he looked fairly incompetent during the two biggest games of his D-League career. Concluding today is the D-League Showcase, which is, Essentially, a matter of convenience; rather than assuming…

  9. Brandon Roy to have arthroscopic surgery on both knees

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Portland’s Brandon Roy — whose knees were already described as “bone on bone” — will go back under the knife for arthroscopic surgery, the team announced (via Blazers Edge). The surgery will happen next week but there is no official timetable for his return. “I’m trying to do the best thing I can to get…

  10. Winderman: Lose a free agent? You should get another draft pick.

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Among counterproposals offered recently by the National Basketball Players Association during collective-bargaining negotiations were various means to make it easier to facilitate trades. That, of course, is the type of item you put on the table as a means to eventually remove it when it comes down to cash concerns. But last summer, and this…

  11. The Bulls miss Joakim Noah on offense. Seriously.

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Do you want to know one key reason advanced statistics have found a foothold in the NBA front offices? Because they give you evidence to challenge your beliefs and understanding of the game. It can confirm or make you re-evaluate what you think you know. And a good GM is always questioning everything. For example,…

  12. Raptors sign Sundiata Gaines to 10-day contract

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Sundiata Gaines

    Is there a dramatic game winner in the Raptors future? Toronto has signed guard Sundiata Gaines to a 10-day contract, giving them a little more depth at the point as Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless fight through injuries. Gains made some fans last season in Utah — highlighted by hitting a dramatic game winner —…

  13. Fans send Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett to bench in latest All-Star balloting

    Jan 13, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Detroit Pistons, Game 6

    Apparently Boston sports fans have been so focused on what Tom Brady is going to do to the Jets secondary they forgot to vote for the NBA All-Star Game starters. How else do you explain the latest release of NBA All-Star voting which drops two Celtics from the starting lineup? Chicago’s Derrick Rose has leapfrogged…

  14. Nets Avery Johnson, Brook Lopez having some issues

    Jan 13, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    A couple of days ago, when asked if he dreamed of coaching someone like Carmelo Anthony, Nets coach Avery Johnson had a snappy comeback: “No. I dream of our center getting 10 rebounds.” Wednesday night, in the fourth quarter of a close battle with the Phoenix Suns, the Nets ran few plays for Lopez even…

  15. Clippers Kaman to be out until February. Then what?

    Jan 13, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    It wasn’t all good news for the Clippers Wednesday night. Center Chris Kaman — who has played only eight games this season with a severely sprained ankle he has re-injured once — said he will be out until next month, even longer than expected, he told ESPNLosAngeles. “It’s not right right now so I kind…

  16. Suns president apologizes to fans for team’s play

    Jan 13, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Lon Babby

    Tuesday night, a reeling Denver Nuggets team blew out the Phoenix Suns (that loss would have gotten a lot more attention if the Cavs hadn’t been historically bad and LeBron hadn’t tweeted about it). That loss was the Suns eighth in their last 10 games. Wednesday morning, Suns president Lon Babby went on his weekly…

  17. Knicks have deal to move Anthony Randolph for first-round pick

    Jan 13, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Milwaukee Bucks

    As it seems with everything lately, it all comes back to what Carmelo Anthony wants. And nobody seems to really know what he will do. If Anthony tells Denver it is “Knicks or bust” — killing the stalled big trade with the Nets — the Knicks can make a move to get a first round…

  18. Video proof: Baron Davis still has hops

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Clippers

    We were telling you this in talking about the Clippers win over the Heat — Baron Davis has been playing well lately. He’s not running down and just jacking up threes early in the clock (well, one time against Miami), he’s running the offense. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro talked about how he brings some…

  19. Brandon Roy still looking for answers for knee

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Portland Trail Blazers

    Brandon Roy is getting rest for his knee. Which is nice. But he also is meeting with doctors as he continues to look for long-term answers for the knee pain that has slowed him to average this season and has sidelined him for weeks. The Portland Tribune said one of the more radical plans is…

  20. Rip Hamilton gets dreaded DNP-CD; teammates confused

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Rip Hamilton put on his jersey as he has done before 822 other NBA games — but for the first time he could remember never got the sweats off. Pistons coach John Kuester never called Hamilton’s number. He had gone to a new starting lineup to try and bring a new energy, but Hamilton was…

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