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  1. Shaq likely play tonight against Miami

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal went through morning shoot around with the Boston Celtics and Doc Rivers said after practice there is a “good chance” he will to play Thursday night in a marquee showdown against Miami. Jermaine O’Neal did not go through anything with the team this morning. So while both O’Neals are listed as game time…

  2. Knee pain has robbed him of explosiveness, but Brandon Roy still starting

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Brandon Roy played just 20 minutes against Detroit Tuesday night. Roy the explosive athlete and game changer is missing, his left knee is bothering him to the point the Trail Blazers are having everything reviewed by a specialist in Los Angeles, with an answer expected maybe early next week. But when the Blazers hit the…

  3. Teams calling Timberwolves about Kevin Love, getting nowhere

    Nov 11, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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    “You know, if you’re not going to play him, we’ll take him off your hands…” The Minnesota Timberwolves front office has gotten a few calls that essentially went like that, inquiring about the availability of Kevin Love in a trade, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. All those inquiries “have been met with an…

  4. Robin Lopez admits he’s not the same player physically

    Nov 11, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    We’ve detailed how Robin Lopez is off to a slow start this season, which is bad news for a Suns team that is tissue paper inside without him. Now he has fessed up to why the slow start — while his back isn’t painful from last year’s bulging disc issue, he’s never fully regained his…

  5. Nets to take over D-League’s Springfield Armor

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    No, the New Jersey Nets are not a D-League team. Stop it, that joke is not funny. Anymore. But the Nets are going to own a D-League team, according to the Associated Press. The Nets are going to take over operations of the Springfield Armor, much in the same way the Rockets run the Rio…

  6. Report: Miami, Phoenix start talking to Erick Dampier again

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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    The Erick Dampier free agency experiment really has defied easy explanation. He was bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats back well before the season to save cash, that was a given. Then we expected he would latch on pretty quickly somewhere — he’s a serviceable backup big man who would play for near the minimum,…

  7. Miami ready to push back on physical play

    Nov 11, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    The first edition of the “how to beat Miami” book is out around the league — and there is a whole chapter on “pushing them around.” Being physical. Miami is ready to push back, they told ESPN. “You have to anticipate that teams are going to be physical with us … are going to try…

  8. Joakim Noah on Kevin Garnett” “I don’t like him”

    Nov 11, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics, Game 2

    There was a time — old timers will tell you a better time, I’m not so convinced — when the players didn’t shake hands before the game, didn’t hang out together and workout together in the offseason, didn’t know or really like each other. Joakim Noah is a bit of a throwback that way, as…

  9. Miami still figuring out how to use Chris Bosh

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

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    Every fanbase seems to pick someone on the team to be their whipping boy — the guy whose fault it is, even when it isn’t. Someone to be the lightning rod of fan wrath. In Miami, it seems to have become Chris Bosh. And with the now national Heat fan base, he has taken incoming…

  10. John Wall’s triple-double, we have video evidence

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

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    John Wall is just fun to watch play the game. Fast and smooth. Last night he picked up his first NBA triple-double — 20 points, 13 assists and 10 boards. The only guys to get a triple-double faster in the NBA have names like Magic and Oscar. And Wall is still just figuring it out,…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where this Wall kid, we kind of like him

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:24 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards

    What you missed while trying to wrap your head around the idea the T-Rex was probably covered with feathers… Our game of the night had the Jazz completing a sweep of Florida by beating the Magic. Get the details here. Wizards 98, Rockets 91: Triple-double for young John Wall in this one — 20 points,…

  12. Game of the night: When the Jazz are down 18, they have you just where they want you.

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:14 AM EDT

    Vince Carter, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap

    A huge comeback in an NBA game — to pick a random number, let’s say from 18 points down — is not a one-sided exercise. That’s how fans see it, how coaches often see it. Stan Van Gundy looks at how Orlando lost to Utah 104-94 Wednesday night after leading by 18 and sees his…

  13. Yao Ming leaves game with leg injury

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

    Joel Przybilla Yao Ming

    Yao Ming played physical basketball, the only way he really knows how. And the results seemed sadly familiar, if not that serious Yao played 6:14 of the first quarter — having a couple run ins with JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards — and he left at that point with a tendon injury.  The run…

  14. Kobe looks good in slo-mo

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Fun video of Kobe Bryant making it a rough night for OJ Mayo and the Memphis Grizzlies. As he has done so many others. But watching him in slow motion — and the reactions of Mayo trying to stay with him — gives you a real sense of just how difficult he is to defend.

  15. Where does Al Horford fit in the positional revolution?

    Nov 10, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    Al Horford

    When we debate and deliberate over the nature of conventional positions and their obvious anomalies (LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, etc.), Al Horford is rarely a name that drives the conversation. Yet, as Bret LaGree pointed out in a video at Hoopinion, Horford may somehow be the Hawks’ best interior and perimeter defender, their strongest post…

  16. Magic Johnson says that Miami is responsible for Los Angeles’ dominant start

    Nov 10, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    The Miami Heat have had their ups and downs over the first eight regular-season games, but at least they can take some credit for the Los Angeles Lakers’ absolute dominance in the early part of the NBA season. That probably wouldn’t cheer Miami up, of course, but Magic Johnson says it’s the truth: Magic Johnson…

  17. D’Antoni to bench Mosgov, start Chandler

    Nov 10, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

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    According to Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni plans on going back to a small-ball starting lineup against the Warriors tonight. Rookie center Timofey Mosgov will start the game on the bench, Amar’e Stoudemire will start at center, and Wilson Chandler will start at the power forward spot. When explaining…

  18. Ellis expects to play against New York

    Nov 10, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Here’s the latest on the injured Monta Ellis, courtesy of the Contra Costa Times’ Marcus Thompson: Warriors guard Monta Ellis is expecting to play tonight. At Wednesday’s shootaround, he said he felt “fine,” just that he was sore. “Yeah,” Ellis said, “I’m playing.” Ellis is officially listed as a game-time decision. He will be examined…

  19. Lakers to unveil Jerry West statue in front of Staples Center All Star Weekend

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t get any more iconic than being “The Logo.” So it seems fitting that the Lakers are going to honor Jerry West — the legendary Lakers player and general manager — with a statue in Star Plaza outside Staples Center. The statue will be unveiled All-Star Weekend (which is at Staples this year). West…

  20. Report: Hornets looking at trades, even called about Iguodala

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

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    While we’re all marveling at the transformation we see in New Orleans, let’s not pretend that they are testing the Lakers — or likely even the Spurs or Mavericks — come the playoffs. The Hornets are much better, but not elite or really on that next tier yet. The Hornets front office gets that, too.…

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