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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Tom Thibodeau is good but still learning

    Jan 6, 2011, 7:40 AM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    What you missed while listening to Josh Groban sing the tweets of Kanye West… The Celtics and Spurs were our Game of the Night. Nets 96, Bulls 94: Tom Thibodeau has turned the Chicago Bulls into one of the best defensive teams in the league. He has them winning despite injuries to key players. He…

  2. Celtics, Spurs prove the antidote to the L.A./Miami show

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:57 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    This was a basketball’s fan’s matchup. It wasn’t about the hype or the reality shows, it was about the game. With all the focus on Los Angeles and Miami, too many have missed that Boston and San Antonio have played the best basketball and have the best records in the league. It is far too…

  3. Marvel at Amar’e Stoudemire

    Jan 5, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Amar’e Stoudemire is putting up monster numbers — which we knew he could do, we’ve seen it before. But he has carried the weight of the Knicks franchise in a way not everyone thought he could. NBA.com put together a highlight package that is worth watching. There aren’t many athletes like him on the planet,…

  4. Blake Griffin has some “things up my sleeve” for dunk contest

    Jan 5, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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    It wasn’t just basketball fans thinking about Blake Griffin in the All-Star Dunk Contest, apparently he’s been thinking about it, too. In a video interview on NBA.com (via The Rookie Wall), Griffin says in his kind of understated way that he has been thinking about this and may have a few ideas. “I think I’m…

  5. Maybe revenue sharing isn’t the answer for owner, players

    Jan 5, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

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    If there is one thing that both the players and owners almost, kind of agree on in the new Collective Bargaining Talks is the concept of increased revenue sharing. The players see it as a way to help make small market teams competitive — allowing those teams to pay higher salary and avoid issues such…

  6. Nets to give Derrick Favors first start Wednesday

    Jan 5, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Nick Collison

    The day was coming. If the Nets weren’t 9-25 it might have come later — Kris Humphries has played pretty well as the starting power forward for the New Jersey Nets and put up a 12 points and 14 rebounds last game. But at some point No. 3 pick Derrick Favors was going to be…

  7. It’s official because Ryan Seacrest says so: “Khloe and Lamar” now a show

    Jan 5, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    AXE Music "One Night Only" Concert Series Featuring Weezer

    We all knew this was coming, even if we hoped against hope it wasn’t. But now it’s official, and to rub salt in the wound it is Ryan Seacrest who announced it on his site today: We here at Ryan Seacrest Productions are proud to officially announce our latest installment in the Kardashian saga, “Khloé…

  8. It’s official: Blake Griffin to beat JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka, Brandon Jennings in dunk contest

    Jan 5, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

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    Word leaked out about this Tuesday night so the NBA decided to just make it official on Wednesday: Your 2011 All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest participants are Blake Griffin (Clippers), JaVale McGee (Wizards), Serge Ibaka (Thunder) and Brandon Jennings (Bucks). Let’s be honest, this is essentially Blake Griffin — on his home court at Staples Center…

  9. Memphis ends gambling on flights

    Jan 5, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    Professional athletes gambling while traveling is far from some new issue — what do you think Babe Ruth did to pass the time on train rides, read? Today, when players travel by charter plane, card game gambling is commonplace. Fights over money won and lost are not uncommon (very few make it public). The latest…

  10. Kevin Garnett back on court shooting

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Garnett injured

    Kevin Garnett will not be on the court when the Celtics take on the Spurs Wednesday at the TD Garden. Not that we should be reading much into January games in the first place, but that really squashes any thoughts of “the two best teams battle” giving us much to chew on. But Garnett is…

  11. Teams cut players at rapid rate as contract deadline approaches

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Brian Skinner

    The list of bench players waived by teams this week continues to grow faster than the mold on the Christmas leftovers still in the back of your refrigerator (you really should throw those out now). Brian Skinner in Milwaukee, John Lucas III in Chicago, Ronald Dupree in Toronto, Ime Udoka in San Antonio, Damien Wilkins…

  12. Kobe says these Lakers better off than 2002 three-peat team

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    Doesn’t it seem like every January we need to have some discussion about how the Lakers are struggling, and this time it’s serious, that the omens are bad, that they can’t win a title playing like this, yada yada yada… It’s true, even after last night’s Lakers thumping of the hapless Pistons, if Los Angeles…

  13. Cavaliers to give homeless Internet sensation job, house

    Jan 5, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

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    If you haven’t seen the video of the homeless Columbus, Ohio, man with the golden radio voice, where have you been? This video tells the story of Ted Williams, a Brooklyn native with this fantastic voice who fell down the hole of alcohol and drug abuse. It has been sweeping the Internet the past few…

  14. Gregg Popovich played for the long term, not the win Tuesday

    Jan 5, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

    Be clear about this — the Knicks earned their victory over the Spurs. For the first time seemingly in memory, the Knicks pushed an elite team into their game. The Knicks hit their shots (ones provided by unusually poor defense from the Spurs, but the Knicks hit them). They made the plays. It’s a signature…

  15. Nets GM says Brook Lopez will never be a 10 rebound a game guy

    Jan 5, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Brook Lopez is not a terrible rebounder. He’s just a terrible rebounder for a guy who is 7-feet tall and spends his time hanging out near the basket. He’s averaging an uninspiring 8.6 rebounds per game. Or, look at it this way: so far this season, Lopez is bringing down about 10.4 percent of the…

  16. Mark Cuban calls Phil Jackson Jeanie Buss’ “boy toy;” Phil’s good with that.

    Jan 5, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    Mark Cuban and Phil Jackson sure do enjoy a little verbal sparing with each other. The latest round started out seemingly innocently Sunday night, when Phil Jackson tried to say he thought the loss of Caron Butler would be a big blow to the Mavericks. Butler — who played for the Lakers but was traded…

  17. Shaq on Letterman show

    Jan 5, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Shaq_dunk

    We know you didn’t watch David Letterman last night because you were busy watching the Tonight Show, but if you had you could have caught Boston’s Shaquille O’Neal. trying to squeeze into a seat built for normal sized humans. Play the video below to see Shaq’s sport coat with a hoodie and his response when…

  18. Memphis’ O.J.Mayo, Tony Allen fight on team plane

    Jan 5, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Tuesday night, O.J. Mayo was out of the Memphis lineup with what was officially called a case of bronchitis, but a swollen face may be the real cause. Mayo and teammate Tony Allen got into a fight over a debt from a card game on the team’s Sunday night flight and had to be separated…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Knicks, Spurs play a game without defense

    Jan 5, 2011, 3:01 AM EDT

    Knicks Celebrate

    What you missed while watching the video of the homeless guy with the golden pipes… Knicks 128, Spurs 115: Remember when the Spurs were a defensive team? Actually, they are still a pretty good defensive team — sixth best in the league in defensive efficiency this season — but they forgot how to play it…

  20. Report: Blake Griffin, JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka, Brandon Jennings in dunk contest

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:23 AM EDT

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    We thought it looked like Blake Griffin was going to be in the All-Star Weekend dunk contest, and now that appears all but official. This 2011 dunk contest will feature the Clippers Blake Griffin, the Wizards’ JaVale McGee, the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka and the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings, according to the Los Angeles Times. The official…

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