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  1. Andrew Bynum practicing, may well return this week

    Dec 6, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Pau Gasol’s sore hamstring wants this to happen sooner rather than later. Andrew Bynum has been participating in full practices with the Los Angeles Lakers for several days now and could return to the team this week. He practiced Monday but said he wants a couple more before he gets into game action, he told…

  2. NBA confirms it is buying Hornets; players shrug.

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

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    The NBA finally officially confirmed Monday what had been reported for days — the league is going to take over operations of the New Orleans Hornets in the coming days. George Shinn will sell the team to the NBA — meaning the other owners will put up the money to buy him out — then…

  3. Doc Rivers might consider sitting Rajon Rondo for a stretch

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    We saw this attitude last season — Boston’s Doc Rivers was willing to sacrifice regular season games to keep his guys healthy and rested come the playoffs. It worked. Sunday, Rajon Rondo sat out for the Celtics, a last-minute scratch due to a sore hamstring. But hamstrings can be slow to heal and Rondo has…

  4. Daniel Orton injures knee — again – this time in D-League stint

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

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    The Orlando Magic send Daniel Orton, their first-round draft pick out of Kentucky, down to the D-League to let him rehabilitate his knee and start to mold the raw lump of potential into something the Magic could use. Except two games in to his D-League stint in New Mexico, he injured his left knee, according…

  5. Dwight Howard likely for Monday night as Magic gets over flu

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

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    It looks like the Magic will be nearly back on their feet Monday night after a stomach virus left the team on its back — or more accurately, kneeling over a toilet — for the past week. Stan Van Gundy said that Dwight Howard was taking IV fluids Monday and the coach was “optomistic” he…

  6. Timberwolves Tolliver out 6-8 weeks with knee sprain

    Dec 6, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

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    Just so we’re clear, in Timberwolves vocabulary “a while” is six to eight weeks. Anthony Tolliver sprained his knee last Friday and the team’s official twitter account said he would be out “a while” on Saturday, with an MRI to come. The MRI came Monday and it showed an MCL sprain that will keep him…

  7. NBA Power Rankings, ones that will make Mark Cuban smile

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings. Dallas, Boston and Denver all on seven-games or longer winning streaks… and the Knicks could join them this week. 1. Mavericks (16-4). Winners of nine in a row, they are getting fantastic play from Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd… which makes you wonder if they can keep it up as…

  8. George Karl to go for 1,000th win Tuesday in Charlotte

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Right now, six coaches in NBA history have had 1,000 or more wins —Lenny Wilkens, Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan and Phil Jackson. Elite coaches. Soon that will be seven, as George Karl stands at 999 and ready to walk through that door. He told FanHouse he’s not convinced he belongs. “There’s…

  9. Heat’s struggles against good teams meaningless come playoffs

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    At some point, the Miami Heat are going to have to consistently beat very good teams to reach their goal. That point is in May. Nearly six months from now. Right now, the Heat’s much publicized 3-7 record against teams over .500 is pretty meaningless as a predictor of future success. The Heat team that…

  10. As expected, Sixers deny rumors they are shopping Iguodala

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

    This was expected. Like the baseball Hall of Fame snubbing Marvin Miller or Brett Favre looking old, there are some things you just know are going to happen in sports. So when the rumors surfaced that the Sixers are shopping Andre Iguodala around, you knew the denial was not far behind. It wasn’t, and Phillyburbs.com…

  11. Knicks looking for low-cost backup for Raymond Felton

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

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    Raymond Felton is averaging 38.1 minutes a game. That’s a lot of run, particularly on a team that wants to run. So the Knicks have started looking for a backup PG they can trust, according to Jonathan Abrams at the New York Times. The Knicks have made inquiries to other teams about acquiring a low-cost…

  12. Kevin Garnett hints if there is a lockout he could walk away

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

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    Kevin Garnett has two years left on his contract, this season and $21 million next season. But what if there is no next season? Not likely, but with a looming lockout it’s possible. There are some owners pushing for a hard line and major changes to NBA finances, which could lead to a doomsday scenario.…

  13. Blazers president, players back Nate McMillan

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Portland Trail Blazers

    It doesn’t sound like Nate McMillan is going anywhere. After a weekend of speculation that Nate McMillan’s seat was getting warm after a slow start for the Trail Blazers and a recent six-game losing streak, team president Larry Miller threw water on that fire. Miller went on 95.5 FM in Portland’s pregame show and sounded…

  14. What is going on with Ron Artest?

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Twice last week, when the Lakers needed a bucket at the end of the game, the ball ended up in the hands of Ron Artest. And he missed. It seemed fitting, because Artest has not seemed himself — however you wish to define that — lately.  This was the guy was the Lakers MVP of…

  15. Video to start your week — Top 10 Dunks of November

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

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    Is there a better way to start your week than that cup of coffee and videos of Andre Iguodala, Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook making posters? No, of course there isn’t. We’ll, unless you’ve got a nice bagel to go with it. Either way, enjoy.

  16. Baseline to Baseline Weekend Edition: Knicks Gone Wild

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:45 AM EDT

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    What you missed this weekend while worrying that your extra virgin olive oil isn’t such a virgin… Celtics 104 Bulls 92 (Friday): I know the Bulls thought they were an elite team. The Celtics, however, are currently the only Eastern team (and maybe the only NBA team) at that level right now. If we’re looking…

  17. Nate McMillan admits he may not be reaching Blazers, a step on the road to unemployment

    Dec 5, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

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    Sunday night the Blazers are getting healthy at the expense of the Los Angeles Clippers, which is a good team to get healthy against. It will snap a six-game losing streak that has seen some ugly play out a Blazers team many thought would rebound this season. There are injury issues in Portland — Gregg…

  18. Eddy Curry healthy enough to play, D’Antoni smart enough not to

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    The New York Knicks could use some more scoring and defensive presence in the paint — Ronny Turiaf has been in and out of the lineup with injuries, and Timofey Mozgov is still learning how to do more than just pick up fouls in the NBA. Well, there is Eddy Curry…. He is healthy enough…

  19. Wolves Anthony Tolliver out for “a while” with sprained knee

    Dec 5, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Anthony Tolliver — the guy better known as “why are they playing him and not Kevin Love more?” — will be out for “a while” with a sprained right knee, the team announced. He will get another evaluation on Monday that may give us a better timeline for his return. He sprained it Friday night…

  20. League takeover of Hornets to come by Wednesday

    Dec 5, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    It comes down to this: owner George Shinn is out of money he will spend to run the New Orleans Hornets and he can’t find a buyer. The league is going to step in and step in soon — both ESPN and Sports Illustrated are reporting the league could take over operations of the team…

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