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  1. Marcin Gortat rips Suns defense

    Dec 30, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Baron Davis, Marcin Gortat

    Marcin Gortat wanted more minutes, for years having had to get by on the scraps Dwight Howard left behind in Orlando. But be careful what you wish for. Gortat was traded from the third best defensive team in the NBA (Orlando) to the worst defensive team in the NBA (Phoenix, based on points allowed per…

  2. Video: Wild ending to Kings, Grizzlies game

    Dec 30, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans O.J. Mayo

    Best. Ending. Ever. (Or at least this season) If you watch one video this year… why? But if you did, this would be a dang good choice, with O.J. Mayo and Tyreke Evans making it a dramatic 5.5 seconds. Enjoy, and don’t say we didn’t get you anything for Christmas this year.  

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Grizzlies and Kings with the finish of the year

    Dec 30, 2010, 6:51 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans Francisco Garcia Eugene Jeter

    What you missed while purchasing the iPhone bottle opener… Kings 100, Grizzlies 98: Two struggling teams that could use a win and it came down to this: Kings up 97-96 with 5.5 seconds left, no timeouts left for anyone. Memphis inbounds the ball from the sidelines to O.J. Mayo and runs a poorly-designed play —…

  4. Kevin Garnett leaves game with right calf injury

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:18 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    UPDATE #3 11:18 pm: Here is a post-game quote from Doc Rivers on Garnett, via the Associated Press: “It is a muscle injury, not a knee,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said. “You always worry when a guy goes down without anyone around him, because those always seem to be severe injuries, so that was the…

  5. Phil Jackson “not happy” about NBA ownership of Hornets

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Phil Jackson seems to enjoy his status as “NBA grand philosopher” and uses that platform to lob verbal hand grenades into other franchises or the league offices for fun. Such as bringing up Stan Van Gundy in relation to the Heat or saying the league shouldn’t play on Christmas. The latest grenade was him questioning…

  6. Nuggets called Timberwolves about Kevin Love last summer

    Dec 29, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    It seemed last season that the Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t have a ton of love for Kevin Love. This season his play demanded it. But before the Wolves caught on, there were teams that recognized what the Wolves had and they coveted it. Nuggets coach George Karl said Wednesday that Denver called Minnesota about Kevin Love’s availability last…

  7. The Heat should really be moving without the ball more

    Dec 29, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    The Heat have won 15 of their last 16 games. They are currently 3rd in the league in offensive efficiency, despite the fact that they don’t play at a very fast pace, have put most of their emphasis on defense, and have been without Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem.So talking about how the Heat’s offense…

  8. Dallas is in the zone. Literally.

    Dec 29, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat have just one loss in their last 16 games. Courtesy the new and improved Dallas Mavericks. A team that has actually swept the Heat this season and racked up wins against the Thunder, Magic, Jazz (twice) and the Spurs. And that is all in basically the last month alone. (Yes, the Mavericks…

  9. Flip Saunders will not coach Wizards Wednesday night

    Dec 29, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Wizards coach Flip Saunders had to leave the team Wednesday morning, missing shoot around due to a family emergency involving his mother. Now it has been announced he will not coach the Wizards against the Pacers on Wednesday night, according to the Washington Post. Assistant Coach Randy Wittman will sit in the big chair and…

  10. Winderman: This season, to the conference winners go the spoils

    Dec 29, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    No, this is not the NFL, where regular-season dominance translates into a playoff bye. But this season, there just might be a similar reward forthcoming in the NBA. With all due respect to the Bulls and Jazz and others teams perhaps outplaying their expectations to this point, each conference appears to have three prime championship…

  11. Report: Minnesota making push for O.J. Mayo, Anthony Randolph

    Dec 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    For a guy that the owner doesn’t sound like he wants to trade there are certainly a lot of teams asking about getting O.J. Mayo out of Memphis. The latest rumor is that the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to push to get Mayo, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.com. The Wolves actually drafted Mayo…

  12. Shaq’s reaction to $35,000 fine: “WHYYYYYY”

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

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    As you can see from the video below, Shaquille O’Neal is terribly broken up about the $35,000 fine he got for ripping the referees after he fouled out in 12 minutes on Christmas. Just devastated. (Please re-read that sentence with your best sarcastic voice.) (For the record, it apparently wasn’t the refs on Christmas as…

  13. Paul Silas sets D.J. Augustin free (in a good way)

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Darko Milicic

    Larry Brown is hard on young point guards, to the point they play tentative and scared. They are afraid to shoot, even when open. One mistake and they are in the coach’s doghouse — or he is in their ear — so they play trying not to make mistakes. Which never works. That was D.J.…

  14. More Rashard Lewis means less Al Thornton in Washington

    Dec 29, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Al Thornton

    We don’t know exactly how good the Wizards are going to be with Rashard Lewis as their fancy new stretch four — his first three games with the team have not impressed but there is an adjustment period. Plus, being shipped from a contender to one of the worst teams in the league takes some…

  15. Pau Gasol fondly remembers the days the Lakers worked inside-out

    Dec 29, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    When the Lakers are clicking on offense, Pau Gasol gets early touches in the post then makes quick decisions, either attacking or setting up cutting teammates. Tuesday night in San Antonio — and for the last couple weeks, really — neither of those things have happened. The Lakers have fallen out of the habit of…

  16. Devin Harris offended LeBron singled Nets out in contraction talk

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Jersey Nets

    Let’s be clear, LeBron James was not talking about contraction. He just mentioned “shrinking the (league)” which is so totally different than contraction. It’s just the media twisting his words. Whatever James was talking about, he mentioned the New Jersey Nets and wondered how Devin Harris would look on another roster. Harris told the Star-Ledger…

  17. Vince Carter expected to debut for Suns Wednesday

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Vince Carter,

    Steve Nash tweeted Tuesday night he was excited about Vince Carter‘s entry into the Phoenix lineup. It’s gonna be fun. He can do things no one on our team can do and will improve us The fun starts Wednesday night — Carter will make his debut for the Suns against the Philadelphia 76ers, coach Alvin…

  18. Miami’s first free agency meeting last summer was with Amar’e Stoudemire

    Dec 29, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    One more time, let’s jump in the WABAC Machine and visit the 2010 summer of free agency to think about how things might have been different… According to the New York Post, at the stroke of midnight opening free agency, Amar’e Stoudemire and his agent were meeting with Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat brain…

  19. Sacramento Kings not interested in Yao Ming

    Dec 29, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    As we told you yesterday the Houston Rockets are seeing if there is any interest in Yao Ming’s expiring contract around the league. They did contact the Sacramento Kings but were told, “thanks, but no thanks” according to the Sacramento Bee. The reason is the discussions started with DeMarcus Cousins, a rookie that — despite…

  20. Bulls looking for shooting guard: Jackson, Mayo on radar

    Dec 29, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    The Chicago Bulls have some pieces — a dynamic point guard, a power forward who can score inside and out, a rebounding and defense focused center (who is out injured), some quality role players. What they want is a shooting guard who can fit next to Derrick Rose. That’s what they are working hard to…

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