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  1. Gilbert Arenas from 75 feet, off the shot clock, nothing but net

    Dec 28, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    This is the shot of the year so far — even if it didn’t count. Yes, by the rulebook the refs got this one right. Shots that hit the shot clock are considered dead because the clock is out of play. So what? If you were going to break that rule once, this would be…

  2. Tony Allen is a charter member of the Paul Pierce fan club

    Dec 28, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    Tony Allen spent the first six years of his NBA career in Boston before signing a three-year deal with the Grizzlies this summer. That is six years along side Paul Pierce, defending Pierce in practices and watching how he works. Watching him win games for the Celtics and shoot them out of others. Allen soaked…

  3. Byron Scott calls lack of effort around NBA “scary”

    Dec 28, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Byron Scott is old school — he played for Pat Riley and his legendary four-hour practices. He was a scrappy role player on a team filled with competitive people — Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who only knew one way to play. That was not a team where you gave 50 percent some nights. Plus,…

  4. Tracy McGrady too stiff to play fourth quarter

    Dec 28, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Tracy McGrady had played at least 19 minutes in nine of the Piston’s 10 previous games coming into Monday night’s game in Charlotte, the second night of a back-to-back. McGrady played 10 minutes in the first half (scoring two points) but none in the second half, and the Detroit Free Press explains why. He said…

  5. Warriors send Jeremy Lin to D-League

    Dec 28, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Jeremy_Lin

    In a move that was expected, the Golden State Warriors have sent rookie Jeremy Lin to the Reno of the D-League, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “Obviously, I’d love to stay with the team, but I’m going to be able to get a lot of playing time,” Lin said. “It’s not the end of…

  6. Kings, Bobcats have talked to Rockets about Yao Ming trade

    Dec 28, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Yao_autographs

    We told you yesterday that Yao Ming and his $17 million expiring contract was available in a trade to a team looking for cap space, but we weren’t sure what teams were interested. Try the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats. That according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, who adds that the Rockets are…

  7. Ron Artest wants to close out games, Phil Jackson not on board

    Dec 28, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Ron Artest is a Laker starter, but when it comes time to close out games this season Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes tend to get the fourth quarter run. Mostly because those two are better offensive players. Don’t think that Artest hasn’t noticed. Kevin Ding has quotes from the Orange County Register. “I didn’t even…

  8. Serge Ibaka with the block of the season (so far)

    Dec 28, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Ibaka_block

    Now this is protecting the rim. Tyson Chandler came in for the massive dunk and Serge Ibaka risked being in a poster to go for the rejection — and oh, does he get it. You’re not going to see many better than that this season.

  9. Dirk Nowitzki leaves game with “sore knee,” will have MRI Tuesday

    Dec 28, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki’s shot looked just fine — 13 points on 4-of-6 — but he left Monday night’s game against the Thunder in the second quarter with what was officially called a “sore knee” and now will have an MRI on Tuesday. The play happened when Nowitzki went up for a midrange jumper and was fouled…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Injuries or not, Dallas just keeps rolling along

    Dec 28, 2010, 7:10 AM EDT

    Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Dwight Howard

    What you missed while contemplating that Elton John is now a father… The Bobcats winning their first game under Paul Silas is our game of the night. Mavericks 103, Thunder 93: Dirk Nowitzki went down in the second quarter — the Mavs are saying it is not serious but he is going to have an…

  11. Game of the Night: For one night at least, the Bobcats were fun

    Dec 28, 2010, 3:34 AM EDT

    Shaun Livingston, DeSagana Diop, Derrick Brown, Paul Silas

    There may be no coach harder on point guards than Larry Brown. Monday night D.J. Augustin was freed from that yoke — Brown was out and Paul Silas was in. It seemed to make Augustin a new player — one who attacked, drained jumpers, scored 27 points and had no turnovers. Augustin was having fun,…

  12. Tyreke Evans considering laser procedure for foot, would sideline him three months

    Dec 28, 2010, 2:29 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, John Salmons

    Tyreke Evans has been battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot all season, a painful condition that is slowing his game and frustrating him. Not that it really showed on Monday when he dropped 32 on the Clippers, but he has missed games and seen a foot specialist due to the pain. Pain that has…

  13. Miami Heat slowing it down, still winning

    Dec 27, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    There has been a stylistic debate about the Heat this season — should they run more or slow it down? Frankly Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are fearsome both in transition and in the half court, but what works best for the team? I was in the camp that with the Heat’s pressure defense they…

  14. Former sixth-man stud Junior Bridgeman now owns 282 restaurants

    Dec 27, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    junior_200_080218

    Junior Bridgeman is often remembered as part of a trivia question: Who was traded for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? (Bridgeman was just drafted by the Lakers and was part of the deal with Dave Meyers, Elmore Smith and Brian Winters.) Later in his career Bridgeman was traded for Terry Cummings, but that rarely comes up in trivia…

  15. Josh McRoberts’ dunk-contest campaign has begun

    Dec 27, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    White Men Can't Jump 2

    After last year’s disaster of a dunk contest, everybody is hoping that this year’s dunk contest competitors will do something special. Most people are hoping that Clippers rookie Blake Griffin and his CGI hops will be the one to save the dunk contest in his home arena, but Pacers forward Josh McRoberts wants to have…

  16. Lakers’ Devin Ebanks among three sent to D-League around NBA today

    Dec 27, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    The trend of NBA teams using the D-League like a real minor league — which it is but wasn’t really used like it — continues with three more NBA players under rookie contracts being sent down for seasoning Monday. The biggest name is Devin Ebanks, the Lakers second-round pick who has played in 12 games…

  17. LeBron says he never supported contraction

    Dec 27, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    Nets Heat Basketball

    When LeBron James recently said that he believes the league’s talent level has become “watered down,” and illustrated his point by asking people to imagine what the league would look like if the best players from the Timberwolves and Nets were distributed among the rest of the teams in the NBA. Although LeBron did say…

  18. Derrick Rose, knocking down threes but missing in the midrange

    Dec 27, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    You know what Derrick Rose was doing this summer? Well, besides eating a lot of Skittles? Working on his jump shot and three point shooting. He would tell anyone and everyone around Team USA about the new form and how it was going to help. And it has helped. When he uses it. Rose is…

  19. Christmas Day games get huge ratings

    Dec 27, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    No matter how many people say that Christmas Day games are just another game and the Miami Heat are just another good team, everybody sure did tune in when the Heat and the Lakers met on Christmas Day. The Heat-Lakers game drew a fast national rating of 6.4, which is a 45% increase in ratings…

  20. Cavaliers waive Jawad Williams

    Dec 27, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Jawad Williams

    Jawad Williams got a chance – the Cavaliers certainly had an opening at the small forward spot. He got about 15 minutes a game but gave the Cavaliers only four points a game on 32.5 percent shooting (and 28 percent from three). That was not good enough and Monday the Cavaliers announced they had waived…

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