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  1. Boston still beasts of the East (and they’re enjoying it)

    Dec 22, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Why did the Orlando Magic dramatically reshuffle their roster last weekend? The Celtics. Orlando’s brain trust realized their current roster was not going to beat Boston come May. The Celtics knocked the Magic out of the playoffs last season and this season that gap widened. Orlando had to do something — and in doing so…

  2. Larry Brown steps down as Bobcats coach

    Dec 22, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    UPDATE 4:41 pm: Paul Silas is the leading candidate to replace Brown as the Bobcats coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Also in the mix: Patrick Ewing and Mike Woodson. Ken Berger of CBSSports says that Brown and Jordan came up with the list together and that other longshot names on it are current…

  3. Winderman: What other onerous contracts could be traded?

    Dec 22, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Well, the Magic, Wizards and Suns showed us, didn’t they? More to the point, they shut us up. “No one is taking on Gilbert’s deal.” “The Magic aren’t unloading Rashard’s contract.” “The Suns are stuck with Turkoglu.” We all either said it or thought it. For years, the crutch in shooting down the wildest trade…

  4. Chris Webber: Brandon Roy should sit the rest of the season

    Dec 22, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Brandon Roy’s knees are not good. He may well think playing alongside Andre Miller is the issue with his slipping performance but his knees and lack of explosiveness are the bigger problems. He is sitting out the next week, but NBA TV analyst and former player Chris Webber (speaking with Art Garcia) said he thinks…

  5. Clippers sign Ike Diogu as insurance policy

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

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    Craig Smith was not playing a lot of minutes for the Clippers (11 a game) because he and Blake Griffin were not blending well on the court. And when you have Blake Griffin you play him a lot. But when Smith went down with a herniated disc in his back, sidelining him for a couple…

  6. Charles Barkley dance mix, the new T-Mobile commercial

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

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    Here’s a fun little diversion for a hump day. Spike Lee is back making NBA commercials and this is the first one (it debuts on Christmas). Courtesy the fine folks at Dime Magazine, we bring you the latest Charles Barkley/Dwyane Wade ad for T-Mobile. Which is pretty amusing, as you expect from Lee. My only…

  7. Blake Griffin says he’ll do dunk contest if asked — and he’s never lost one

    Dec 22, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

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    Blake Griffin is a pretty humble, mild-mannered guy. Until you get between him and the rim. Just ask Timofey Mozgov. End up in the wrong spot and you end up on one of Blake’s fast-growing collection of poster shots. Griffin’s dunks are almost as big on YouTube as videos of kittens, so the next logical…

  8. It’s not just the Heat, NBA television ratings up 30 percent

    Dec 22, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

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    Make no mistake, LeBron James and the Miami Heat are the hottest story still going in the NBA — the team’s games broadcast on TNT and ESPN have seen ratings increases of 69 percent compared to Heat games a year ago. But taken Miami out of the equation completely and ratings are still up 23…

  9. Melo out against Spurs Wednesday due to death in family

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Carmelo Anthony will not suit up for the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs so that he can attend to issues regarding a death in the family, the team announced. “Our entire organization supports Carmelo during this difficult time for him and his family,” Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai…

  10. Meaningless rumor creates stir: Dwight Howard interested in Lakers?

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard can be a free agent in two years and that certainly was part of the motivation for Orlando swinging for the fences with trades to get Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu. The Magic are about the now. But what if it doesn’t work out? Sure, it’s two years away but ESPN’s…

  11. Slow start in Orlando doesn’t faze Gilbert Arenas in the least

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas is nothing if not confident. Two games into his Orlando Magic career he is 3 of 17 shooting. That’s 17.7 percent. Yet he told Tim Povtak of FanHouse he is worried about nothing. “I’m not playing too well yet, but I’m already `The Man,’ at the grocery store over near the house. I’m…

  12. No surgery for Vince Carter, just rest and rehab

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

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    Vince Carter’s knee still isn’t good, but it isn’t so bad as to need surgery either. That’s the good news from the doctors in Phoenix who looked at an MRI and decided what Carter needs is some rest and rehab, according to a tweet from Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Having his knee scoped…

  13. Larry Bird congratulates Dirk Nowitzki for passing him on all-time scoring list

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

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    When Dirk Nowitzki entered the league as a skinny German kid he became a bit of a sensation for the reasons he is a legend now — the guy can flat out shoot the rock and is 7-feet tall. But if you said he’d end up scoring more points than the Larry Bird you would…

  14. Video: Vladimir Radmanovic sends game to overtime

    Dec 22, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

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    Two seconds left in the game, up three — what should have been the Kings defensive priority? Defend the three point shot you say? Ha. Watch the video below of Vladimir Radmanovic’s dramatic shot to send the Kings/Warriors game to overtime Tuesday and look how well the Kings defend the paint on this one. Nobody…

  15. Bah! Humbug! Phil Jackson doesn’t like playing on Christmas

    Dec 22, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    It’s really not the Christmas season until Heat Miser and Cold Miser are on the television and Phil Jackson is complaining about having to play on Christmas. Well, the season is here, because before the Lakers ugly loss to the Bucks Tuesday night Jackson was complaining about having to face the Heat — well, anyone,…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Andrew Bogut’s one arm is better than the Lakers

    Dec 22, 2010, 6:21 AM EDT

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    What you missed while watching the Jib Jab year in review video… Bucks 98, Lakers 79: The Milwaukee Bucks came into this game averaging 100.2 points per 100 possessions — the worst offense in the NBA. They were without Brandon Jennings, Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden. They were on the second night of a back-to-back.…

  17. Brandon Roy to sit out another week

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:46 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Remember how Brandon Roy was going to be shut down for three games and then come back… well, if the vacation is going well why not extend it? During a video live-streaming pregame event for the Trail Blazers game Tuesday, team General Manager Rich Cho said Roy was taking another week off (via Blazers Edge).…

  18. Report: Mavericks throw hat in Melo sweepstakes — but only as a rental

    Dec 21, 2010, 11:56 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Now we have some confirmation on an early post on this site that came with a little bit of speculation — it is indeed the Dallas Mavericks that is the contending team that has thrown it’s hat into the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. However they only want him as a “rental,” according to Ken Berger of…

  19. Chicago Bulls sing “12 days of Christmas”

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    The singing is so bad in this video that we almost feel bad bringing it to you. Almost. Below you can hear the Chicago Bulls sing their version of the “12 days of Christmas.” Sure they are not exactly vocal stylists, but in the holiday spirit of acceptance we will call them singers and thank…

  20. Clippers’ Craig Smith out two weeks with herniated disc

    Dec 21, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

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    Craig Smith is the veteran big man off the bench who does the dirty work for the Los Angeles Clippers so their kids can go flying around the court. Except Rhino won’t be doing that for the next couple weeks — he will be out due to a herniated disc in his back. He had…

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