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  1. Game of the night: Welcome back to big-time basketball, New York

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

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    Paul Pierce was taking bows after a December regular-season game. Spike Lee was out on the court yelling at the referees and the Celtics. The biggest stars were spectacular on a court lit like a stage. There was an impressive game-winner and almost a stunner that topped it — the best ending to a game…

  2. Joakim Noah set to have thumb surgery

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

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    According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Bulls center Joakim Noah will undergo thumb surgery and could be out of the lineup for as many as 10 weeks. From Johnson’s report: Noah played with the injury Wednesday night against the Raptors after team physicians determined he could do no further damage to the injury.…

  3. Kevin Durant named USA Basketball men’s player of year

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Was there any other choice? After leading Team USA to the FIBA World Championships gold medal this summer — the first time in 16 years the USA earned that — naming Kevin Durant USA Basketball male athlete of the year seems a no brainer. He was the FIBA Tournament MVP, making the selection even more…

  4. Bucks turn to Chris Douglas-Roberts, Ersan Ilyasova for some offense

    Dec 15, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Last season the Bucks offense was no juggernaut — they finished 23rd in the league in offensive efficiency — but especially after the addition of John Salmons midseason they scored enough points so that, paired with one of the best defenses in the league, they were a threat. This season, the Bucks defense is even…

  5. Shaq to conduct the Boston Pops

    Dec 15, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

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    Boston loves Shaquille O’Neal. They flock to see the guy when he decides to be a statue for an hour. Now he’s decided to be Arthur Fiedler. Shaq will be conducting the Boston Pops, the Associated Press reports. Next Monday the legendary orchestra will continue its annual holiday concert series at Symphony Hall and Shaq…

  6. David Lee’s elbow still gross, still hurting

    Dec 15, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    When David Lee’s elbow collided with Wilson Chandler’s face, we thought Chandler got the worst of it — and he didn’t get off lightly, unless you’re a masochist and four hours of dental work sounds like fun to you. But that’s a whole lot better than what Lee has gone through, as Lee detailed in…

  7. Bulls evaluating Joakim Noah’s thumb injury, surgery not out of question

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Wednesday night Joakim Noah will put on his Bulls uniform and likely have a good game against what passes for interior defense by the Toronto Raptors. Thursday, back in Chicago, he will see a specialist about a thumb injury that has the Bulls concerned there is ligament damage, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago.…

  8. Dallas “touches base” with Denver about Melo, but reality says no way

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    We’re not telling you about this because it is likely to happen — you’re more likely to read a headline that says “President Obama, Rush Limbaugh now BFFs” — but rather to show just how widespread the interest in Carmelo Anthony is around the league. The Dallas Mavericks have “continued to touch base” with the…

  9. Yi Jianlian out two to four weeks with knee sprain

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

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    Tuesday night in some jostling under the basket, Ron Artest and Yi Jianlian collided and you could see Yi’s knee buckle a little. Yi still got called for the foul on Ron Ron, of course. Wednesday Yi had an MRI that has showed a sprain in the knee and he will be out two to…

  10. Should the Lakers be worried about the Spurs, Mavericks?

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The NBA championship is not decided in December. The NBA season is a long slog where contending teams want to develop good habits, win games and stay healthy for the second season. We get that. But we can’t help but wonder… When you look at the West right now what do you see? Dallas just…

  11. J.R. Smith to Chicago? Maybe. (And what that means about Melo.)

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

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    The theory goes like this: If the Denver Nuggets are going to trade Carmelo Anthony, then they are going to strip the roster down and rebuild. That means Chauncey Billups is gets moved, it means J.R. Smith is out and maybe more. In the NBA you sell the fan base one of two things —…

  12. Three-team trade becomes official, Terrence Williams is a Rocket

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Terrence Williams

    The big three-team trade that came up last night is now official. Which means the Nets will soon call Denver about Carmelo Anthony… who are we kidding, that call happened already. The deal breaks down like this: The Nets ship out Terrence Williams — once they get him out of Avery Johnson’s doghouse and tell…

  13. Ron Artest says JaVale McGee is playing too many video games

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Usually when you talk about playing too many video games you’re talking about the national childhood obesity problem. Well, that or you’re an over 50 curmudgeon and think all video games are a blight — “We didn’t have them growing up in the 60s and we got along just fine… by doing a lot of…

  14. Remember Manu Ginobili’s UFO? Try Red Bull skydivers.

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    Last week we had concerns about Manu Ginobili being abducted by aliens. Or at least seeing a UFO of some kind while the team was in Los Angeles to knock off the Clippers. Ginobili saw lights flying through the air in unusual ways that could not easily be explained…. Unless they were Red Bull skydivers.…

  15. It’s December 15, so who is going to get traded?

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Starting as of now, players signed to free agent contracts over the summer can be included in trades. Basically, guys where fans said in August “he is really going to help us” that have become “guys we should move to get something useful for.” Those guys. Ira Winderman gave us a list of eight last…

  16. Knicks, Timberwolves have talked Sebastian Telfair trade

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair

    We told you last week the Knicks have made a priority of finding a backup point guard for Raymond Felton, who is logging heavy minutes (38.6 per game) and is their only true quality point guard (sorry Toney Douglas). How about Sebastian Telfiar? According to Jonathon Abrams with the New York Times the Knicks have…

  17. DeMar DeRozan with a monster slam

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

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    You kids watching at home, this is why you move without the ball. This was not only the dunk of the night it’s one of the better ones of the season — DeMar DeRozan should be proud. Still, my favorite part of this video is at the very end, where Michael Jordan is shown looking…

  18. Rockets trade Jermaine Taylor to Sacramento

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    Houston needed to clear out a roster spot so they can get Terrence Williams in the much-discussed three-way trade (that is not really about any of the people in the trade). So the Rockets are shipping Jermaine Taylor to the Kings for a future second round pick, according to Mark Stein of ESPN. Taylor, in…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando’s defense went to Disneyworld for the night

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:32 AM EDT

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    What you missed while answering very hard hockey trivia questions…. Nuggets 111, Magic 94: There’s an old coaching axiom that offense can be hit or miss but defense never takes a night off. Orlando tried its best to prove that wrong Tuesday. Orlando played defense like Golden State for a night. Carmelo Anthony (in his…

  20. Anthony-to-Nets rumor not true. Yet, anyway.

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    UPDATE 1:33 am: After his nightly news broadcast, KGMH sports anchor Lionel Bienvenu clarified his news station’s tweet saying “No, Melo was not traded. Deal is in works. Trade could happen.” So, what the rest of us have been hearing for weeks. This does not explain why the original tweet was sent out saying the…

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