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  1. Otis Smith content with LeBron’s jumper-driven explosion

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Otis Smith, Orlando Magic

    LeBron James dominated the Miami Heat’s Thursday night game against the Orlando Magic. After hitting his first 11 shots and dropping 23 on Orlando in the first quarter alone, James finished with 51 points (on a mere 25 shots), 14 rebounds, and eight assists and led the Heat to a win that wasn’t quite as…

  2. Detroit deactivates Rip Hamilton

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    Just when you think there isn’t any love to be lost at all between the Detroit Pistons and Rip Hamilton, news arrives in the latest tear in the once-strong relationship between franchise and player. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Detroit has formally deactivated Hamilton, removing even the slightest possibility that he’ll touch the…

  3. Arenas served with court papers at halftime

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    Well, this is certainly strange. Here’s the report, courtesy of the Associated Press’ Kyle Hightower: Orlando guard Gilbert Arenas has been served with child support and custody papers as he was leaving the court during halftime of a Magic game. A process server stopped Arenas as he walked off the court Thursday night against the…

  4. Kevin Love selected to replace Yao Ming in the All-Star Game

    Feb 4, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    KLove_jumper

    UPDATE (7:36 PM EST): The league has announced that Kevin Love will indeed serve as Yao Ming’s injury replacement for the All-Star Game. Before we all get too excited: what does it say about the All-Star system that there’s actual jubilation when players are chosen correctly? At this point, it should be regarded as truth…

  5. The Mavericks are still zoning up, and it’s still working

    Feb 4, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks, Tyson Chandler, Derrick Rose

    NBA teams are — by rule — prevented from running true zone defenses. The defensive three second violation was put in place specifically to prevent zones from clogging up the paint and slowing down the game, and as a result, even though most teams utilize some sort of zone coverage in pick-and-roll situations and the…

  6. Steve Novak and Mike Taylor head back to the D-League

    Feb 4, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Steve Novak

    Former D-Leaguers-turned-NBAers Steve Novak and Mike Taylor aren’t quite ready to give up playing pro ball here in the States, and are looking to start again from square one. Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse has reported that both Novak and Taylor have signed contracts to return to the D-League in an effort to showcase their…

  7. Wade to start against Bobcats

    Feb 4, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    According to Ira Winderman of the Flordia Sun-Sentinel, Dwyane Wade will start against the Charlotte Bobcats tonight. Wade suffered a lower back contusion after colliding with Dwight Howard during Thursday’s Heat-Magic game, and his status for the game against the Bobcats had been questionable. The last time the Heat played the Bobcats, Wade scored 31…

  8. Avery Johnson fined $25,000

    Feb 4, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Mavericks Johnson Fired  Basketball

    The NBA announced this today: NEW YORK, February 4, 2011 – New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson hasbeen fined $25,000 for improper conduct towards a game official surroundinghis ejection, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive VicePresident, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter of the Nets’106-92…

  9. The Jimmer Fredette in the NBA debate rages on

    Feb 4, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    BYU v Kansas State

    Want to start a fight in a room full of NBA scouts? All you need are two words: Jimmer Fredette. The BYU scoring machine divides them (like it seems to divide the commenters on this site). There are those that think he can be another Stephen Curry at the NBA level. There are those that…

  10. Video: Gary Neal’s insane buzzer beater

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Gary Neal

    The Spurs beat the Lakers by one point. Remember that as you watch how Gary Neal ended the first quarter with a fluke-yet-impressive H-O-R-S-E shot for two. Yes, the game would have played out differently at the end if the score had been different, but you get the point. This mattered. Right now, everything seems…

  11. Deron Williams returns Friday against Denver

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    A couple days ago Deron Williams didn’t play, saying his wrist hurt if he tried to shoot the ball. Friday, he is good to go. Or good enough, anyway. Williams will return to the court when the Jazz are at the Nuggets Friday night, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. He went through morning shootaround…

  12. Start your planning early, the top 25 free agents of 2011

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Today, we’re not thinking about lockouts and franchise tags. Today, just for today, we’re going to pretend that the owners and players are not so stupid as have a protracted lockout during a recession killing the momentum the league is building this season. A man can dream, can’t he? Along those lines, right about now…

  13. Just how good was LeBron James on Thursday?

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Did you see it? Did you see just how fantastic LeBron James was last night? If you didn’t, you missed the best regular season performance of this season and maybe the last few. Our man Matt Moore (writing for CBSSports) did the research on just how amazing he was. James took 25 shots and only…

  14. Wade believes Heat can win it all with or without home court

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    As you are reading this Friday afternoon, the Miami Heat are 2.5 games back of the Boston Celtics for the top seed in the East. The Chicago Bulls are just half a game back of Miami. The Celtics (after falling in Game 7 of the finals on the road last season) are making a push…

  15. Video: Golden State’s 70-foot ally-oop

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Dorell Wright Ally-Oop

    You may not believe this, but players other than Blake Griffin finish impressive ally-oop passes too. I mean it. Just because you never get to see the highlights doesn’t mean it’s not happening. As proof, we give you Stephen Curry‘s 70-foot pass Thursday night to Dorell Wright. Just like Keith Smart drew it up. Great…

  16. Andre Miller is not on the Blake Griffin All-Star Bandwagon

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin — the rookie highlight package of the Clippers — is in the All-Star Game. Kevin Love and his video game stats are out. LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland is out as well. Andre Miller, the Trail Blazers point guard, thinks that’s a travesty, as Jason Quick reported in the Oregonian. “It’s all publicity and…

  17. Yes, Doc Rivers plans to play his four Celtics All-Stars at once

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Doc Rivers has a strategic advantage come the All-Star Game — Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Four Celtics. Throw those four out at the same time and you have guys familiar with each other and guys who can run more complex offensive sets (or defensive help rotations) than the vanilla ones…

  18. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Gilbert Arenas returns to Washington D.C. and the Verizon Center tonight. He will be booed. “At this point, it really doesn’t matter, because if they boo or cheer I’m gone the next night anyway,” Arenas said. Gilbert Arenas talks about why his ex goes public with dirty details and why all his sharks are dead.…

  19. Isiah Thomas still looms over the Knicks. Not figuratively, either.

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Not only does Knicks GM Donnie Walsh not have his contract extension picked up in spite of the team’s turn around on the court (and in payroll), but Walsh hasn’t even really talked about the situation with James Dolan, the Knicks owner. The two haven’t talked about the team, its resurgence or a contract. Nothing.…

  20. Suns Alvin Gentry: I lost a little respect for Kevin Garnett

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Remember a week ago when Kevin Garnett pulled a couple bush-league moves, tapping Channing Frye in the, um, groin area and stepping under him as he came down from a jump shot? Both moves intended to bully and intimidate. Both pretty cheap. He got ejected for it (but no suspension). Alvin Gentry remembers, and said…

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