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  1. Quote of the day: Kevin Garnett is a little Chihuahua

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

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    “I’d love to see Charlie (Villanueva) and KG (Kevin Garnett) in the ring. I’d pick Charlie  I’ve seen KG get his ass whupped. … He’s always barking, and when it’s time to get physical, he’s always been a little chihuahua…. I ain’t never seen him bark up a bear. He’s always being a little chihuahua.…

  2. Report: Bulls considering trading James Johnson to Charlotte

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

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    James Johnson has found a bit of a place in Tom Thibodeau’s rotation in Chicago — Thursday night he got 8:16 off the bench. But the Bulls are exploring trading him to Charlotte, according to Mark Stein of ESPN. Exactly what they would get that they need out of this transaction remains unclear. Chicago also…

  3. Suns, it’s time to bench Turkoglu and start Warrick

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

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    Look at the comparison of two power forwards playing almost the exact same minutes per game: Player A is scoring 12.3 points per game, hitting 57.1 percent of his shots and getting to the line five times a game, pulling down 5.5 boards and has a PER of 21.7. Player B is scoring 8.5 points…

  4. It’s Danny Ainge’s turn to stick up for Kevin Garnett

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Just when you were hoping the whole Kevin Garnett/Charlie Villanueva/”cancer patient” controversy had run its course, Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge jumps in the fay. Ainge has a weekly radio show on WEEI in Boston and — shockingly — backed his player Garnett 100 percent, as transcribed by ESPNBoston. “There’s one thing that I know…

  5. Sonics mascot Squatch shows up for Thunder game, carries “homeless” sign

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

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    Lest you think the people of Seattle have forgotten, they have not. Oh, they have learned to live with the Sonics leaving for Oklahoma City, with owners who betrayed them. But don’t think they are over it. For example, the former Sonics mascot “Squatch” walked around Portland’s Rose Garden — with a “homeless” sign —…

  6. Games of the Night: Where Derrick Rose had really good seats for the ending

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:17 AM EDT

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    Knicks 120, Bulls 112: Bulls fans are going to get all over rookie coach Tom Thibodeau for not putting Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah back in when the team was on a run and pulled within nine late. Instead, the Bulls two best players sat the entire end of the contest. That was not where…

  7. Isiah dreams of coming back to the Knicks, says he could have signed LeBron

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:51 AM EDT

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    Isiah Thomas may have been spurned by the Knicks, but he is not over her. He wants another shot at the relationship. We kind of knew that, but he misses her more than we thought. And like anyone spurned and wanting back in a relationship, he is a little bit delusional about what really happened.…

  8. Heat fly jerk…er, fan down to Miami for a game…or not

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 11:30 pm: The Miami Heat have changed their mind. Matthew Bellamy is not going to a Heat game unless he pays his own way. Here is the team statement, via The Heat Index: “An invitation was prematurely extended to [Bellamy] prior to the approval process being completed,” according to a Heat team statement released…

  9. Andrew Bynum could return to practice court next week, will start when returns

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

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    It’s not like the Lakers are struggling, they are 5-0 and with one of the best point differentials in the league. Kobe is clearly 100 percent, playing in the World Championships has Lamar Odom in midseason form, Gasol is Gasol, and Steve Blake and Matt Barnes are fitting in well. But it is all about…

  10. Marvin Williams suffers right knee bone bruise, out one game

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 9:32 pm: Tests showed Williams has just a bone bruise. We say “just” but those things hurt. Still, no structural damage and while he will sit out Friday he could be back as soon as Sunday. 4:33 pm: The undefeated Atlanta Hawks will be without starting forward Marvin Williams for Friday’s game against the…

  11. Portland’s Fabrico Oberto retires due to heart condition

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Two nights ago Fabricio Oberto left Portland’s game against Milwaukee due to dizziness. That led to tests to see what was the cause. It was a heart condition, recurrent palpitations, that Thursday forced him to retire, according to the team. “I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball,”…

  12. Kings to start Dalembert over Cousins

    Nov 4, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

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    According to James Ham of The Purple Pajandrum, Kings coach Paul Westphal plans to start veteran center Samuel Dalembert over rookie DeMarcus Cousins now that Dalembert is healthy: “I am going to change the line.  Hopefully it will be the last time this year.  Now that Sammy’s healthy, I think he is the right fit…

  13. Wizards owner Leonsis offers/threatens to “Dougie” if Wizards sell out a game

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

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    Dougie fever continues to sweep the NBA, and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is the latest one to try and squeeze some publicity out of the dance Cali Swag District introduced to the world. Wizards rookie John Wall’s performance of the Dougie has been the most talked-about NBA Dougie of the year so far, and Leonsis…

  14. The unexpectedly expected rise of Dorell Wright

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

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    If you had Dorell Wright pegged as a 20-point scorer or the league leader in three-pointers made a week into the season, I’d politely ask that you step toward the stake surrounded by kindling. We don’t take kindly to witches and soothsayers around here. In retrospect, though, it makes complete sense. Maybe not Wright’s .545…

  15. Dwight Howard will continue blocking shots out of bounds, thank you very much

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

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    At last year’s MIT Sloan Stats and Analytics conference, there was some controversy and discussion surrounding a paper about the value of Dwight Howard’s blocks. John Huizinga studied shot blocks based on their possible outcomes — the offensive team keeping possession of the ball, the block leading to a defensive rebound and a change of…

  16. Trail Blazers rookie Elliot Williams out for season with knee surgery

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    We haven’t seen much of Portland Trail Blazers rookie Elliot Williams, and not we will not until next season. Williams dislocated his right patella during drills at the team practice facility, according to the Trail Blazers. He will have surgery and miss the rest of the season, according to the team. Portland took Williams out…

  17. Dahntay Jones rightfully moves to the end of the Pacers’ bench

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Dahntay Jones spent the initial stage of last season on an unprecedented tear. After a series of unimpressive campaigns for the Grizzlies, Kings, and Nuggets, the power of a Pacer uniform somehow brought out the best in him. Through the ’09-’10 season’s first 15 games, Jones averaged 16.7 points (on 45% shooting) and four rebounds…

  18. Rose says he missed TV shoot because he “overslept”

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    NBA fans will have plenty of chances to see Derrick Rose on TV playing basketball this season, but Rose fans who were hoping to see his acting chops on display are out of luck. Rose was supposed to film a cameo on CBS’ “The Good Wife” recently, but according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago,…

  19. LeBron James misses practice with shin bruise

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

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    According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, Heat forward LeBron James did not participate in Thursday’s practice because of a shin bruise James suffered while the Heat were playing the Nets last Sunday: LeBron James sat out the Miami Heat’s practice Thursday with what he calls a deep right shin bruise. But coach Erik Spoelstra plans…

  20. Kevin Love swears Minnesota is not as bad as they look

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Sure, they lost their last two games by a combined 74 points. Sure, they are 1-4. Sure, they can’t even successfully execute a low five. But the Timberwolves are not that bad. Really. Well, maybe they are but Kevin Love doesn’t think so, as he told the Star Tribune. “I couldn’t have said this with…

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