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  1. Atlanta Hawks not going to miss Joe Johnson all that much

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    When a team’s leading scorer and acknowledged biggest star is going to be out for a month, the usual question is: Can they hold on? In Atlanta, it’s more like “Will it really matter?” Joe Johnson — the guy who got a bigger contract than LeBron James this summer — is going to be out…

  2. Foreshadowing? Heat’s plane has rough landing in Cleveland.

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

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    If you believe in omens, and you’re rooting against the Heat tonight, then keep on reading. The Heat literally had a rough landing in Cleveland last night coming in after beating Detroit, according to the Associated Press. Jackie Mayo, a spokeswoman for Cleveland Hopkins airport, says the crew of the Heat’s plane reported a wing…

  3. Dwight Howard can still block shots like nobody else

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

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    The Orlando Magic have the best defense in the NBA. They are giving up just 97.4 points per 100 possessions so far. That shouldn’t be a surprise, they have been at or near the top of the league for years. It is why they are contenders (if the offense will help out just a little…

  4. Kevin Durant’s knee injury not serious, listed as day-to-day

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

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    Kevin Durant — the leading scorer in the league, the beating heart of the Oklahoma City Thunder, most likely to be named Captain America — sat out Wednesday night’s Thunder triple-overtime win because of a sore knee. The words “sore knee” and “Durant” in the same sentence are enough to give any basketball fan pause,…

  5. Charles Barkley on playing Obama: “I’ll kick his (behind)”

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Charles Barkley speaks truth to power. Well, actually he just talks a lot. Some of it is truth, some bravado, some is… fertilizer. You can categorize Barkley’s comments to Conan O’Brien on taking on President Barack Obama in a game of one-on-one in in whichever of those categories you want (via Ball Don’t Lie). “I’m…

  6. Security in Cleveland tonight “not a police state”

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    There is a fair amount of security at every NBA game — men who sit behind the team benches watching the crowd, for example — but it’s not overwhelming. Like every professional sporting event that is not a Raiders game, there is kind of a belief that fans are not there cause harm to players…

  7. LeBron, Heat players respond to Gilbert’s tampering charge

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

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    Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert has allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Midwestern law firm to put together a tampering case with evidence against the Miami Heat and how they lured LeBron James from Cleveland to South Beach. What does LeBron think about that? Not much, he told FanHouse on the eve of…

  8. Forbes: Salary caps help make rich owners richer, poor poorer

    Dec 2, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    As we watch NBA owners and the Players Association play a game of chicken with our favorite sport, here comes a very interesting article out of Forbes (via Hardball Talk). Part of that CBA debate will be about the salary cap — keep the soft cap with exceptions that exists now or move to a…

  9. Russell Westbrook’s impressive putback slam

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

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    Three things about this play: 1) It’s damn impressive. 2) It should have been a technical for hanging on the rim. 3) It may have been his third best play in this game. His crossover breaking the ankles of Travis Outlaw followed by the drive where he got an and-one to seal he win in…

  10. Kings sue exercise ball maker for injury to Franciso Garcia

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

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    Back in October 2009, the Sacramento Kings’ Francisco Garcia was lifting weights while on the Gymnic “Burst Resistant” Plus Stability Ball — when it did burst. Sure, sounds funny, but Garcia fell to the ground, broke his right wrist and missed time. Now the Kings are suing the Italian makers of that ball for $4…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Carlos Boozer is back. Rusty, but back.

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:15 AM EDT

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    What you missed while wondering how a woman in Spain got to own the sun… Russell Westbrook owned the Nets once it got to the third overtime in our Game of the Night. Magic 107, Bulls 78: Finally Carlos Boozer returns and looked…well, like a guy who hasn’t played competitive basketball in two months and…

  12. Game of the night: Russell Westbrook apparently really likes triple overtime

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:16 AM EDT

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    There was no Kevin Durant, no Devin Harris. Their knees would not allow it. That is why a lot of people did not notice that the Thunder and Nets were hooking up Wednesday night — but it turned out to be the best game you didn’t watch. It had triple overtime. It had brilliant plays…

  13. Toronto’s Reggie Evans has foot surgery, to miss 8 weeks

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

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    That could have been much worse. Toronto Raptor Reggie Evans has surgery on his broken foot Wednesday and is expected to miss just two months, the Raptors announced Wednesday night. That would bring him back in mid-January. Evans had a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. He has surgery on his…

  14. Hawks Joe Johnson out 4-6 weeks after elbow surgery

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT

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    Joe Johnson, the Atlanta Hawks leading scorer and go-to guy in the clutch, will miss 4-6 weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, according to a tweet by Hawks public relations guy Arthur Triche. Johnson was out Wednesday night against the Grizzlies, with Mo Evans getting the start. Also, expect to see more…

  15. Report: Cavaliers hire team of attorneys to build LeBron tampering case against Heat

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    So Dan Gilbert is over LeBron leaving? Riiiiiight. The Cleveland Cavaliers owner has spent several hundred thousand dollars to pay a team of attorneys to build a tampering case against the Heat that he can then present to the NBA, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The NBA won’t launch an investigation into a tampering…

  16. Minnesota assigns Jonny Flynn to D-League for rehab

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

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    Jonny Flynn hasn’t played in a while, what with the off-season hip surgery and all. So the Minnesota Timberwolves have assigned him to Sioux Falls of the D-League, according to the Star Tribune. This will likely be for a one-game rehab assignment on Friday, after which he will return to the Timberwolves ever-so-clear backcourt situation…

  17. Yao, Aaron Brooks hoping to return to action in early December

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

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    It’s been a nightmare season for the 5-12 Houston Rockets, but help may be on the way soon. According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Aaron Brooks is hoping to return to the Rockets lineup by December 10th, while Yao Ming is hoping to return by December 7th. Both Brooks and Yao have been…

  18. Magic talking trade for Gilbert Arenas; Wizards deny it

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 5:18 pm: Wizards owner Ted Leonis shot down this trade rumor, telling the Washington Post that there was no truth to it. “The team is trying to rebuild and Gilbert is one of the leaders on the team,” Leonsis wrote. “Gilbert is the best player on the team right now…. It isn’t true. I…

  19. What’s wrong with the Lakers? The usual.

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Lakers have lost three games in a row and the San Andreas Fault is the only thing that shakes up Los Angeles worse. Despite back-to-back titles and a head coach who treats the regular season as a means to an end, Lakers fans can get pretty worked up — the team has only lost…

  20. Hornets attendance slump could let them break lease, move

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

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    Wins or not, Chris Paul or not, getting people to come to New Orleans Hornets games has not been easy. Frankly, it wasn’t easy when the team was the Jazz and Pistol Pete putting on the show. Today little has changed. The current downward slump in attendance will trigger a clause in the Hornets current…

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