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  1. If Derrick Rose is an MVP candidate, what does that make Russell Westbrook?

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Derrick Rose has made it clear that he intends to produce at an MVP level this season, but he’s off to a bit of a rough start. In total, Rose’s numbers against the Thunder were nice: 28 points, six assists, four rebounds, and only two turnovers. That’s enough to get Rose into the discussion, if…

  2. Matt Bonner out 10 to 14 days with ankle sprain

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

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    Matt Bonner had one of those dreaded but inevitable basketball injuries we all fear in the third quarter Wednesday night — went up for a rebound, came down on a teammates foot, rolled his ankle. He’ll be out 10 days to two weeks as the ankle recovers, according to a tweet from Marc Spears of…

  3. LeBron used in Ohio political attack ad — everything you’re sick of in one place

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    I laughed at my in-laws last night, in visiting California from their home outside Vegas, when they said they were happy to get to out of Nevada and away from all the attack ads on television. Wait until they see the relentless bashing from our lesser-of-two-evils choice for governor, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman. I’d…

  4. Is LeBron’s new commercial the right move?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

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    The latest Nike/Weiden and Kennedy/LeBron ad was widely considered a triumph, and I’ll admit that there’s a lot about it that can be admired. It deals with the elephant in the room, and it strikes a decent balance between self-deprecation and self-pity. It’s funny and honest, the “what should I do” line functions as an…

  5. Blake Griffin is must watch. Baron Davis is still Baron Davis.

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

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    My god Blake Griffin. This was his first NBA basket, and it wasn’t even his best of the night. The guy electrified Staples Center had had people talking about him being the second best basketball player in Los Angeles right now. (Fourth or fifth may be more accurate, which after one game is gigantic.) Every…

  6. Dwight Howard, Slim Chin and a cheetah

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    You’re going to see this one a lot tonight — the new Dwight Howard/Slim Chin Adidas commercial. Like you haven’t seen enough of them the last few nights, but we thought we’d give you a preview. You can thank us later.

  7. LeBron James finally visiting the low post

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

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    It’s a myth that LeBron James never got the ball in the post in Cleveland — last season 6.3 percent of his possessions came on a post up, according to Synergy Sports. And he shot 52 percent when he got the ball there. But the perception that James didn’t go into the post enough is…

  8. Ron Artest opens raffle for Championship ring, traffic volume crashes site

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    We know what you were doing last night, the same thing you do every night — watching Larry King Live. Celebrities and softball questions from a guy older than your dad? Sign me up. So we’re sure you saw Artest on the show last night launching the raffle to get his ring. Really the best…

  9. Rambis says defense reason Kevin Love got benched. But Beasley and Darko stayed in?

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

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    Kevin Love played just under nine minutes in the second half of the Timberwolves season opener. He came out at the 8:38 mark of the fourth quarter never to return. Love, the one guy on the Timberwolves part of USA Basketball this summer, the guy considered the face of the franchise and the future by…

  10. Minnesota asks league to investigate if Portland knowingly traded injured player

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Martell Webster will be out the next six weeks, give or take, after having undergone surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back this week. If you recall, Webster was moved out of Portland to Minnesota this summer in a trade for the draft rights to No. 16 pick Luke Babbitt. Now Minnesota is…

  11. In case you thought Carmelo Anthony might change his mind… nope.

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

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    There were some in the Denver front office that held out hope once Carmelo Anthony got to Denver, once he got around George Karl and his teammates things would be different. If he just sat down with management things would change. He would smile, remember how much he loves it here and decide to sign…

  12. Larry Brown benches Stephen Jackson. Anyone care to read the tea leaves?

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Larry Brown

    Stephen Jackson was clearly item 1A on the Dallas Mavericks’ scouting report for last night’s game. The Mavs assigned Jason Kidd, the top perimeter defender in Dallas’ starting lineup, to Jackson duty, and threw double teams Jackson’s way almost every time he touched the ball. It was an effective strategy for a spell, but eventually…

  13. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Clippers are fun to watch

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:27 AM EDT

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    Our game of the night was Kevin Durant doing Durant like things all over the Bulls in the closing minutes. Which was a great choice because after the slog of ugly basketball that was much of Heat/Celtics opening night we needed new energy. But that wasn’t the only good show Wednesday night. Blake Griffin’s first…

  14. Cleveland’s healing process begins with a green light

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:25 AM EDT

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    In the five stages of grief, the last is acceptance. Let’s back up. The folks in Cleveland are a long way from that. It’s going to take a few seasons and likely a new star for Cleveland to move past this summer, “The Decision,” and everything that came with it. They’ll be booing LeBron well…

  15. Game of the Night: Bulls get reminder Kevin Durant and friends are good

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:22 AM EDT

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    Damn. This was so much more fun to watch than the slog that was Miami and Boston the night before. Wednesday night in Oklahoma City wasn’t perfect — it looked like an opener with some poor decisions because players are not used to the speed of the game — but it was exciting and athletic.…

  16. Heat do not sell out Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

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    Even in down years in a slow market, there are certain teams that just sell out NBA buildings. When the Lakers come to your city, the building is full. Same with the Celtics. The Heat are supposed to be one of those teams. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together? A guaranteed sell out,…

  17. Marc Gasol out for Grizzlies home opener, Darrell Arthur got the start

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

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    Tough start for the Memphis Grizzlies — starting center Marc Gasol missed the start due to a sprained ankle. The good news is that an MRI of the ankle showed no serious damage, he should be back soon. That sounded like trouble because it meant Darrell Arthur had to start against Al Horford and the…

  18. Antawn Jamison came off the bench for Cleveland, and he didn’t like it

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    Byron Scott made the smart move — he started J.J. Hickson at power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night. It’s smart because the Cavaliers are building for the future, and Hickson is young and needs the experience. It’s smart because the Cavaliers want to run and Hickson is maybe the best athlete on the…

  19. NBA moving draft out of New York City to Newark for one year

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 7:44 pm: It’s official, the NBA Draft next summer — the one fun things fans get to experience before the lockout — will be in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center. David Stern made the announcement in New Jersey before the Nets home opener. Why? Because of renovations to the Madison Square Garden…

  20. Dan Gilbert says he has no regrets. He probably should.

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

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    The Cavaliers tip-off the post-LeBron James era tonight, coincidentally the same way LeBron kicked off his post-Cleveland era last night — against the Celtics. It will probably end about the same way for both of them. Tied into the season opener, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert had a lengthy interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, where…

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