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  1. Game of the Night: LeBron, Miami outclass Stoudemire, Knicks

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Even if you believe your city has a legitimate reason to hate LeBron James, it might be best to drop it when the Heat come to town. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned this season, it’s that you won’t like LeBron James when he’s angry. LeBron, who has always played well at Madison Square…

  2. Magic reportedly likely to make a move soon, could be targeting Gilbert Arenas

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

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    UPDATE (10:14 PM EST): One more confirmation of the initial reports, courtesy of Michael Lee of the Washington Post: The rumor that will never die has regained new life, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Wizards are engaged in serious discussions with the Orlando Magic to acquire Gilbert Arenas. According to…

  3. Hawks Joe Johnson returns from elbow surgery

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

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    We were not expecting to see Joe Johnson return to the Hawks lineup after elbow surgery until we had all sung Auld Lang Syne and then the next morning tried to remember through the blur what we had done the night before for New Year’s Eve. But there he was Friday night, starting for the…

  4. Joe Dumars may have overstated trade possibilities for Pistons

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    Here are two excerpts from interviews Pistons GM Joe Dumars recently gave to local media members. The first one comes from an interview Dumars gave to Matt Dery of 97.1 The Ticket: Two conversations I had with teams today, and they say, “You know what? Uh, that might work for us, but, you know, got…

  5. New York vs. Miami: Defend the pick-and-roll and win.

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat run devastating pick-and-roll combinations — LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas have been doing it for years, and now a few times a game LeBron is setting picks for Wade and that can be an unstoppable combination. After a slow start to the season, the Knicks Raymond Felton/Amare Stoudemire pick-and-roll has become a…

  6. Suns players not surprised by Stoudemire’s New York success

    Dec 17, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Tonight, the two biggest free agent acquisitions of the summer face off. While LeBron James’ former teammates in Cleveland haven’t had much to say about him since he left for Miami, Amar’e Stoudemire’s former Suns teammates had plenty of good things to say about the MVP candidate. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic has the…

  7. To start off the weekend right, watch Nate Robinson flip over Paul Pierce

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Really, nothing will get you more in the mood for a fun weekend than watching Nate Robinson try to recreate his Shrek and Donkey move with Glen Davis from the finals by jumping on the back of Paul Pierce. And Pierce keeps right on running, doing his airplane thing. And Robinson just drops. Enjoy. Well,…

  8. Grizzlies’ owner Heisley gives O.J. Mayo pep talk

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    O.J. Mayo was sent to the bench in favor of rookie Xavier Henry — and that has been best for the team and him, now that Mayo has started to accept the bench scorer role and put up double digit points the last three games, including 24 against the Bobcats. But that doesn’t mean it’s…

  9. Portland shuts down Brandon Roy for next three games

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Brandon Roy’s now chronically sore knees — the left one is flaring up this time — has now caused him to be shut him down for the next three games, the team announced today. Roy will be re-evaluated next week. Roy has been in and out of the lineup with knee issues this season, and…

  10. Mehmet Okur returns to Jazz tonight

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

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    The 18-8 Utah Jazz will get better tonight. Soon that may be significantly better. Center Mehmet Okur — out since rupturing his Achilles tendon in the first game of the playoffs last season — will suit up and come off the bench for the Jazz tonight, the team announced at shoot around this morning. Not…

  11. Kobe wears his Lower Merion shorts under his Lakers shorts every game

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Jordan, every time he put on his Chicago Bulls shorts for a game, had a pair of North Carolina shorts on underneath them. Kobe Bryant, every time he has put on his Los Angeles Lakers shorts, has a pair of his old Lower Merion High School shorts on underneath. We all learned that later…

  12. This is it for Antonio McDyess, he says he’s ready to retire

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    You know how some athletes say they are going to retire but they just keep coming back year after year after year, then they send pictures of their junk to hot young reporters, then they come back again. None of that is happening with Antonio McDyess. Check out what he told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse…

  13. Mike Miller could return to Heat lineup sooner than you think

    Dec 17, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Mike Miller will not be launching threes for the Miami Heat tonight in Madison Square Garden — which is good for New York, the Knicks have enough matchup problems with the Heat without Miller in the mix. But he could play — Miller said at shootaround today that he is well enough to go, according…

  14. New York tabloids welcome LeBron with all the love you’d expect

    Dec 17, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Maybe the only thing worse than a woman scorned is a New York tabloid headline writer scorned. And make no mistake, New York feels scorned by LeBron. They thought he could choose nowhere else because, hey — they’re New York. It’s inconceivable you would choose warm weather and other superstars over New York. Tonight LeBron…

  15. What to do with Rashard Lewis? Bring him off the bench?

    Dec 17, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 3

    Rashard Lewis was always a bit of an overpaid specialist, a stretch four that worked pretty well in the Orlando system but was making way too much money to do it. But this season, his stats have taken a step backward. His shooting percentage — both overall and from three — have taken a step…

  16. Report: Brandon Roy doesn’t like fit with Andre Miller

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

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    Andre Miller is a classic point guard — a guy who wants the ball in his hands to create shots for himself and others, to set up the offense. Brandon Roy is part of a new breed of elite two guards — a guy who wants the ball in his hands to create shots for…

  17. Bobcats testing trade market for Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Charlotte Bobcats

    We have a shocking development in Charlotte: Larry Brown has grown tired of the players on his roster and covets what other teams have. Okay, this was as inevitable as Democrats and Republicans feuding. Larry Brown has done two things everywhere he has coached — moved on and thought other team’s players were better than…

  18. Video: J.R. Smith’s vicious two-hand dunk

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    The Spurs players end up on a lot of posters because they try to take the charge — and it won them the game last night. But rookie Gary Neal, he’s just in a poster. This was as insane and powerful a dunk as you are going to see. Just put this on a loop…

  19. Watch Manu Ginobili win a game

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    For the second night in a row, Manu Ginobili made the play. Or in this case, plays. He made the acrobatic off-the-glass layup. Then he beat Carmelo Anthony to the spot and took the charge. And this time nobody is questioning if he traveled. Or if the guy knows how to compete.

  20. Games of the night: The Spurs and Celtics keep right on winning

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:54 AM EDT

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    Spurs 113, Nuggets 112. Manu. Flipin. Ginobili. First Manu hits an acrobatic four-footer — twisting, splitting the double team and kiss it off the glass with English — to give the Spurs a one-point lead with 4.2 seconds left. Then on the other end he makes a perfectly-timed double team — not moving until Carmelo…

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