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  1. Curiously, Jeff Teague remains glued to the bench

    Jan 24, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Jeff Teague is no star. He’s a second-year guard who isn’t great at initiating the offense, and isn’t much of a perimeter shooter. He isn’t the type of talent who demands playing time, but merely suggests it politely with each correctly executed possession. He makes mistakes, doesn’t often induce awe, and clearly has a lot…

  2. Raptors to sign Trey Johnson to a 10-day contract, ink Sundiata Gaines in the meantime

    Jan 24, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Trey Johnson

    The Toronto Raptors have had a fairly busy Monday. According to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse, the Raps will soon bring Trey Johnson, member of the Bakersfield Jam and the D-League’s leading scorer, in for a 10-day contract. Additionally, Holly MacKenzie of The Score reported that the Raptors have signed former D-Leaguer Sundiata Gaines to…

  3. Pacers have no plans to fire O’Brien

    Jan 24, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Jim O'Brien

    It’s been a rough stretch for the Indiana pacers. After a promising start to the season, the Pacers have dropped five games in a row, and have lost eight of their last 10 contests. They are currently 1/2 a game out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern conference, and are heading in the…

  4. Mavs officially sign Peja Stojakovic

    Jan 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    After a slight delay due to waivers and a trade snag, the Mavericks announced that they have signed Peja Stojakovic. The deal is presumably for the rest of the season, and will likely pay Stojakovic the minimum salary. In order to free up a roster spot, Dallas traded Alexis Ajinca to the Raptors, satisfying Ajinca…

  5. After league review, Mavs complete trade to make Ajinca a Raptor

    Jan 24, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Alexis Ajinca

    Considering that the news that Peja Stojakovic had given the Mavs a verbal commitment to join the team essentially came paired with a report that Dallas would sent Alexis Ajinca to Stojakovic’s old team, the Toronto Raptors, in exchange for no tangible assets at all, it’s not surprising that league officials raised an eyebrow. Regardless,…

  6. You can get two tickets for .50¢ to see Nets vs. Cavaliers Monday

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

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    Would you pay the price of a gumball to see the New Jersey Nets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers? If so, you’re in luck — there are tickets available online for as little as .25¢ each at StubHub, as SLAM noticed when they looked. Why they looked, we have no idea. But we did and…

  7. Watch Chris Paul break Tony Parker’s ankles

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    Chris Paul is so, so good. This little mid-game crossover makes Tony Parker look the fool. And Parker is no fool, the man has the rings to prove it. He can defend. There are 25 teams in the league that would kill to have Parker as their point guard. And CP3 just breaks him off.…

  8. Mario Chalmers takes over as Heat starting point guard

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    Carlos Arroyo is out as the Heat’s starting point guard. Mario Chalmers is in. But it really doesn’t make that big a difference. These two remain interchangeable parts used depending on the situation. And there is a good chance next season it will be someone entirely new at the point in Miami. The fantastic Kevin…

  9. Shaq likely out Tuesday night, could miss more games

    Jan 24, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    shaquille o'neal Celtics

    Last summer Boston went out and got two centers — the O’Neals, Shaquille and Jermaine — to get them through the first half of the season until Kendrick Perkins returns. And Perk is only a couple weeks away, he continues to say he is targeting Feb. 4 for a return. But there are games between…

  10. Hornets reach attendance benchmark, they are staying put. For now.

    Jan 24, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Hornets

    There has been a real push since the NBA took control of the New Orleans Hornets to boost attendance — the reason being to reach a benchmark, otherwise a new owner of the team (once they find one) could easily move the team out of New Orleans (well, still would have had to pay $10…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Where the Spurs just keep on keeping it on

    Jan 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, not many changes at the top this week… or on the bottom. 1. Spurs (37-7). You’ve been wondering when you’ll see a kink in the Spurs armor. Well, they have just one home game between now and Feb. 23. That might be the time. Or, they might grow tighter and…

  12. Erik Spoelstra explains LeBron and Wade in pie charts

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    Erik Spoelstra is a detail guy. The pregame whiteboard in the Heat locker room is likely the most detailed, organized one in the league — two columns of diagrammed favorite plays of the opponents, a column of sets the Heat want to run, reminders of the night’s focus on offense and defense down the middle.…

  13. Is Pacers rookie Paul George about to take Brandon Rush’s job?

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Paul George

    When one gets hit over the head enough times, one learns a lesson. That lesson for the Pacers is that Brandon Rush is inconsistent, and gets lost on defense at times. For evidence of the later, watch the fantastic Sebastian Pruiti at NBA Playbook break down how Rush cheats off Carmelo Anthony last night again…

  14. Olajuwon says Dwight Howard puts lessons to good use (sorry Stan)

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    There has been a real growth in the variety of Dwight Howard’s post game the past two years. Nobody is going to confuse him with Pau Gasol — for a few reasons — but Howard is not all power moves and dunks now. He has a little running hook down the lane and has a…

  15. D’Antoni not that worried about Knicks six-game losing streak

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    When a hitter is in a slump in July — let’s say, hypothetically the entire Dodgers roster — there seems to be a game or two where he starts hitting the ball hard but still can’t buy a hit. You can feel the slump’s about to end, it just won’t. Mike D’Antoni sounds that way…

  16. Are the Lakers too old to play defense? Not if they slow you down.

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    When Jerry West spoke to some Orange County car dealers last week, he said that part of the problem with the Lakers defense was that they were too old. “The reason you can’t play defense is because you can’t,” he said. Phil Jackson agreed — with qualifiers — with that when speaking to the media…

  17. Steph Curry doesn’t like the idea of being traded

    Jan 24, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Last week, new Golden State owner Joe Lacob said that Stephen Curry was not untouchable. For the right offer, they would consider moving him. That was an official change of pace for the Warriors, even though Lacob made it clear you were going to have to blow the Warriors doors off with your offer. Before…

  18. Baseline to Baseline Weekend Edition 1.24.11: Light armor

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Boston Celtics

    What happened while you were watching that Haines guy no one knew about before Sunday… Friday Hornets 100 Hawks 59: There. I’ve mentioned it one more time. Now let’s never speak of it again. Celtics 110 Jazz 86: It’s rare that a loss to the best team in the Eastern Conference on the road is…

  19. Video shot of the weekend: Kevin Durant game winner

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    In case you missed it, Kevin Durant hit one of those superstar shots Saturday night — a game winning three from pretty much the first row of seats to beat the Knicks. Danilo Gallinari defended this well, he didn’t give Durant a lane to drive, and while maybe he could have had a hand more…

  20. Baseline to baseline recap: Denver looks good against Indy. For whatever that’s worth.

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:50 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    In the real game of the night, Ben Roethlisberger was making the kind of heady plays on the field he can never seem to make off it, plus Rex Ryan’s level of disgust on the sidelines was surprisingly entertaining. But this is an NBA blog. And so our actual Game of the Night had to…

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