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  1. Mavs fear serious injury for Caron Butler

    Jan 2, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    Caron Butler went down with the scariest of all injuries last night, clutching his knee before he even landed. An MRI Sunday will reveal what exactly Butler suffered, but the truth is, these things very rarely work out well. A calf like Kevin Garnett and you know it immediately. A shoulder can be bad, but…

  2. LeBron James says neither he nor Wade will win MVP

    Jan 1, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    LeBron James does not think he will win the MVP this season, nor will Dwyane Wade in the mind of the two-time defending Most Valuable Player. From ESPN: “When we decided to come together our Most Valuable Player chances kind of went out the window,” James said before the Heat played the Golden State Warriors…

  3. NBA starts the year off doing what they love: fining people

    Jan 1, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    The NBA today fined Paul Pierce $15,000 for throwing his headband (UPDATE: possibly gum -insert dramatic music) into the stands during the first quarter of the Celtics’ win over the Pacers last Tuesday. Stop. Think about that for a second. Think about every time you’ve carelessly tossed an object. Now imagine that when you did…

  4. Does Phil Jackson return if he doesn’t snare the 12th ring?

    Jan 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    To begin our discussion, this quote from the Los Angeles Times: Still, Jackson was asked again if he could see himself taking some time off and coming back to coach. “No,” Jackson responded quickly. Why not? he was asked. “I think I’ve put in my service time,” Jackson, 65, said. “I think I’ve done my…

  5. Who wants Corey Brewer? Eh? Eh?

    Jan 1, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Corey Brewer is available! Come on down! Anyone? Anyone? Assets they likely are willing to trade include two of their point guards, two extra first-round picks they possess and swingman Corey Brewer. via Despite young team’s struggles, Rambis sticking to plan | StarTribune.com. The Wolves are shopping for an upgrade at two-guard, and Corey Brewer is…

  6. Dwight Howard and the definition of insanity

    Jan 1, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    You’ve all heard Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity. “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Well, guess what? Dwight Howard is completely nuts. For whatever reason, Howard keeps toying with technical fouls, keeps drawing the ire of the officials, then complaining about it. Like that’s going to solve the problem.…

  7. Your New Year’s NBA Time Capsule: January 1st, 2011

    Jan 1, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Today is the first day of 2011 A.D.. It’s a brand new year, and by the end of it, things are unlikely to look much the way they look now, as it is with every 365 days.  So consider this your NBA Time Capsule, to dig up later and see what life was like on…

  8. We end 2010 with some LeBron James highlights

    Dec 31, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    The Lakers won the title and were the best team. Kobe Bryant added another layer to his legacy. Blake Griffin exploded on the scene. The Boston Celtics defied age all the way to the finals then this season the old guys have become the most social-media friendly team in the league. There have been more…

  9. Deron Williams thinks the Jazz have a lot of work to do

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    There was a lot of frustration in the Jazz locker room Thursday night after Utah lost to Portland for the second time in a week. They feel like things are slipping away. The Jazz are not bad (22-11, four seed in the West), but they are clearly not elite in the way the Spurs, Lakers…

  10. LeBron on dunk contest: “Blake Griffin has home court advantage”

    Dec 31, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James admitted to the Associated Press that he thinks about entering the dunk contest All-Star weekend, but he hesitates. One of the game’s best dunkers, James acknowledged Friday that he often considers committing to be part of the field, then finds himself waffling. James said at some points he tells himself, “Yeah, I’m going…

  11. One last Blake Griffin highlight package for 2010

    Dec 31, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Each year on New Year’s Eve we should look back at what we are thankful for in the previous year. I’m thankful for a lot of things — this blog and the chance to run it, the great people I work with (Matt Moore, Rob Mahoney and John Krolik) and all of you for taking…

  12. Dirk Nowitzki may rest through the weekend

    Dec 31, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks

    The Dallas Mavericks’ offense has been a bit of a mixed bag during Dirk Nowitzki‘s absence from the lineup, and it looks as though they’ll continue to roll the dice through their next two games. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas, Nowitzki doesn’t seem sold on the prospect of returning during either of the…

  13. Gilbert Arenas says Mike D’Antoni didn’t want him; D’Antoni says “huh?”

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    During his “I’ll go anywhere to get out of Washington” campaign last summer, Arenas thought about the Knicks. Guard-friendly offense, big city that needs a star that can score… seemed like a fit in his head. Until he heard what D’Antoni said about him, Arenas told Newsday. “I heard he said I wasn’t his type…

  14. Iguodala out five games with Achilles tendinitis

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

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    A sore Achilles has hampered the Sixers Andre Iguodala all season, as a result he has been less explosive, which has led to a drop in shooting percentage (and with it scoring). He’s just not the same dynamic player. After missing the last two games due to Achilles tendinitis, the Sixers have announced that Iguodala…

  15. Rondo expected to play today against New Orleans…or not

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Nate Robinson has performed admirably during his temporary gig as the Celtics’ starting point guard, but it’s time for a return to normalcy in Boston. According to the team’s twitter account, Rajon Rondo is “expected” to play in today’s game against the Hornets, giving the Garnett-less Celtics a needed boost. Apparently no one told Doc…

  16. LeBron James on 2010: “I’m a happy man right now”

    Dec 31, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    New Year’s Eve is a time for reflection. And champagne. And singing Robert Burns. But also reflection. LeBron James was asked to reflect on his year – where he and his decision were the biggest story in the NBA and maybe all of sports — by Brian Windhorst at ESPN. LeBron mostly chose to look…

  17. Is Orlando a contender again? Maybe, maybe…

    Dec 31, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Dwight Howard

    Here was the conventional wisdom after the Orlando Magic made a series of trades to bring in Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson: Why? The Magic took on a lot of extra long-term salary and locked themselves in with a roster that is, at best, marginally better than what they had. The offense had…

  18. Anderson Varejao breaks cheekbone, to miss time

    Dec 31, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Wednesday night, DeSagana Diop’s elbow accidentally caught Anderson Varejao’s face during the Bobcats win over Cleveland. After the game Varejao’s face swelled and doctors have determined the shot broke Varejao’s cheekbone. The Brazilian will be out at least Saturday’s Cavaliers game against the Bulls, reports Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (via twitter). Varejao’s…

  19. Patrick Ewing may get his head coaching shot in Charlotte

    Dec 31, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Right next to Paul Silas’ name as the head coach in Charlotte is the word “interim.” And so long as that is there the speculation on who gets the job full time will take place. Clearly, Silas gets first crack. Turn the ship around enough this season and he gets to stay on as captain.…

  20. How Carmelo Anthony trade talks are like CBA negotiations

    Dec 31, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Right now there is more posturing around the NBA than after a Chris Bosh dunk. It is coming on two fronts — the Carmelo Anthony trade talks and the negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and owners. Two very different things that have one thing in common — with no imminent…

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