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  1. What happened to Tiago Splitter?

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Tiago Splitter

    Remember how certain people were really hyping Tiago Splitter before the season as the big man the Spurs really needed to balance out the front line with Tim Duncan? Remember how people were saying he was going to be a difference maker for the Spurs this season? Okay, that was me. I admit it. And…

  2. Steve Francis plays first game in China with ice taped on ankles

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Even halfway around the world Steve Francis is a story when he steps on the basketball court… just not always for the reasons he would hope Francis is playing in China for Beijing and finally got into a game — except it was a surprise to everyone including Francis, according to niubball.com (via Ball Don’t…

  3. Gilbert Arenas says goodbye to Washington

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Gilbert Arenas was a dichotomy in Washington — for a while he rekindled interest in what seemed a long-dead franchise. He could ball and he was entertaining. On the other hand there was the juvenile idiocy that led to the gun charges and suspension. Now he is sent off to try and resurrect his career…

  4. Report: Magic call about Knicks Ronny Turiaf as backup center

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    One of the clear issues for the Magic after their weekend mega-trades (or at least mega-salary trades) was at backup center. They went from having one of the best in the league with Marcin Gortat, to having Earl Clark. Which is tough in a conference where you want to beat the Boston Celtics. The Magic…

  5. Ron Artest, Lakers sing Jingle Bells

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Lakers Stocking

    As our Christmas present to you, dear reader, we give you the Lakers — including Ron Artest — singing Jingle Bells. We were going to buy you all a six pack of Stone IPA, but this is much, much better. Outside of Artest, maybe the best part of this is how the two Laker Girls…

  6. Brandon Jennings out 4-6 weeks with foot fracture, surgery

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

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    We tried to warn you something bad was afoot, so to speak, but this was worse news than expected. And very bad news for a Bucks team that finally got Andrew Bogut back and was trying to get back into the playoff chase. Brandon Jennings will be out four to six weeks when an MRI…

  7. Wizards to bring back Lester Hudson for point guard depth

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Lester Hudson

    Now that the Wizards have successfully ditched Gilbert Arenas’ massive contract for Rashard Lewis’ still-massive-but-not-quite-as-back-breaking deal, they’re in need of a little point guard help. John Wall is a stud and Kirk Hinrich a competent backup, but for games like tonight when Wall is out with injury and Hinrich is left to run the 1…

  8. NBA Power Rankings, cue Glenn Frey because the Heat is on…

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where Mavs fans are going climb on me for dropping them down to five, and I get that. I just think the four teams above them are better. 1. Celtics (22-4). They’ve won 13 in a row. Remember how we have said that Doc Rivers is willing to sacrifice regular…

  9. Bulls lose to the Clippers — think they miss Joakim Noah now?

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

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    For all of you out there insistent that the Bulls should put Joakim Noah in the offer package for Carmelo Anthony — did you watch your team Saturday? The Bulls lost at home to the Los Angeles Clippers. Yes, those Clippers, who picked up their seventh win of the season that night. Blake Griffin went…

  10. Sister, cousin of Hornet Willie Green killed in car accident after game

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Sunday was a homecoming for Willie Green. The Detroit native was back in town as part of the New Orleans Hornets and his family came out to the Palace at Auburn Hills to watch him play against the Pistons. Then on the way home from the game after midnight, his sister and cousin were killed…

  11. Did Orlando do enough to keep Dwight Howard in town?

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    In the summer of 2012, Dwight Howard can be a free agent. (He has a player option for 2013.) Orlando General Manager Otis Smith watched what happened in Cleveland last summer with keen interest — the superstar player in a smallish market who didn’t win the title he craved and bolted town because of it.…

  12. Steve Nash sells the company line on big trade

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash is a company man. As evidence, look what he told the Arizona Republic about the weekend trade that sent out Jason Richardson (and Hedo Turkoglu, technically, although not a huge loss there) and gave him Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat. “I’m optimistic that it can help us short- and long-term,” Suns…

  13. American Express returns as NBA sponsor, a sign of the league’s surging popularity

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

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    There was a time when American Express commercials were as much a part of NBA telecasts as Marv Albert. But five years ago, after the Jordan era and the Laker three-peat were history, the company walked away. Monday they will announce they are back in — American Express is returning as a league sponsor, the…

  14. Shaq is back and there is a party in Boston, complete with alley-oops

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

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    You can watch the video below to see Shaquille O’Neil throw down the alley-oop over Jeff Foster. On the fast break. And if you want you can pretend that Shaq ran the fast break and didn’t just cherry pick while you watch it. And you can pretend that Paul Pierce didn’t cherry pick as well,…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers and ex-Lakers all get wins

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic, Joe Johnson

    What you missed while watching Santa dance to Breakbot… Nets 89, Hawks 82: Sasha Vujacic finished with a game-high +23 in this one and had 10 points. Sasha was the butt of plenty of jokes in Los Angeles and was not a locker room favorite, but I will say this for the guy — he…

  16. LeBron James understands why Orlando brought Hedo Turkoglu back

    Dec 19, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    When the Orlando Magic reacquired Hedo Turkoglu this weekend in their batch of megatrades, the biggest reaction was confusion. Why would they bring back Turkoglu, who had been let go in 2009 because the Magic felt his skills would erode with age, and then that exact thing occurred? He was a washout with Toronto after…

  17. Suns owners says Nash will not be traded

    Dec 19, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Phoenix Suns end of the trade with Orlando was about saving money — getting the bloated Turkoglu deal off the books, getting in a Vince Carter contract that can be bought out next year. It was about clearing out cap space for the future while not making the team drastically weaker in the short-term…

  18. Is Joe Dumars messing with Pistons fans?

    Dec 19, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons Introduce John Kuester

    Piston fans are having a bad time of it lately. The team is 8-19, they’ve lost eight of their last ten. There’s rampant discussion that Kuester has lost the team (if he ever had them), and what’s worse, they continue to sit on the sidelines with two trade assets in Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.…

  19. Count J.R. Smith out of the dunk contest

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    I’m just saying… we could go ahead and give it to him anyway. J.R. Smith spoke to FanHouse after that absolute demolition of Gary Neal last week. You know, that dunk that was so bad Neal’s cousin’s realtor felt like he got yammed on? Turns out you shouldn’t expect to see J.R. lacing them up…

  20. Report: Josh Childress is on the block

    Dec 19, 2010, 1:21 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    The Phoenix Suns made a significant trade yesterday, moving Jason Richardson, arguably their second best player, along with the albatross contract of Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark to acquire Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and a first round draft pick. If reports are on target, they are not through dealing. Marc Stein of ESPN reports that…

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