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  1. Usual suspects lead early All-Star balloting

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Results from the first few weeks of All-Star balloting are in and… well, it’s exactly what you’d expect. Pretty boring stuff, really. Lots of Heat, Celtics, Lakers and Chinese voters. For the Eastern Conference, LeBron James would start at forward in the East with Kevin Garnett (Amar’e Stoudemire is third among East forwards), the guards…

  2. Report: Knicks have asked about Joel Przybilla

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Depth is clearly an issue for the Knicks — they went with an eight-man rotation technically against the Celtics, but it was really six as that is how many played 10 minutes or more. Every starter played at least 36 minutes. Big minutes will mean wear and tear on guys like Raymond Felton and Amar’e…

  3. Jeremy Lin could be headed to the D-League soon

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

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    Stephen Curry’s ankle sprain will heal eventually, and when it does Jeremy Lin could be headed to Reno and the D-League. You remember Lin, the Harvard star and Summer League sensation who was invited to camp and fought his way on to the Warriors roster with hustle and effort? The Warriors think he could be…

  4. Winderman: Stoudemire vs. Bosh moves from free agency to Madison Square Garden

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

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    We’re not sure if Friday’s Heat-Knicks game will match Wednesday’s Celtics-Knicks for drama. But the matchup already has presented Miami and New York with a win-win situation. The Knicks have their singular star in Amare Stoudemire. The Heat have their complete complement in Chris Bosh. Although this will be the first time the power forwards…

  5. Video: Mike D’Antoni talks about loss to Boston

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks were about as happy as a team could be after a heartbreaking loss. Consider it the dreaded moral victory if you want, but they went up against a title contender and stood toe-to-toe. Granted, a title contender without key parts of its front line, but still a contender. You take the victories where…

  6. Kobe Bryant endorses Turkish Airlines, Los Angeles Armenian community protests

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Turkish Airlines is going to start non-stop service from Los Angeles to Istanbul next March, and they wanted to raise their profile in America and abroad with an international star as an endorser. Meet Kobe Bryant. He’s big worldwide and pretty much the king of Los Angeles, so the two sides inked an endorsement deal.…

  7. Pistons sale hits rocks when real revenue numbers get seen

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

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    Karen Davidson inherited the Detroit Pistons when her husband Bill passed away last year. The Pistons were his passion, not hers, she didn’t want to run a team. So she hired Citi Private Bank Sports Advisory to help her sell the Pistons and the Palace. They found a buyer in Michael Ilitch — who already…

  8. Did Manu Ginobili travel on his game winner? Yes he did.

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

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    It was the other dramatic game winner Wednesday night — Manu Ginobili hit a step-back from the elbow as the buzzer sounded giving the Spurs 92-90 win over the Bucks. But was it legal? Watch the video below, Ginobili travels. Ginobili drives left (of course he does) with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on him,…

  9. Video: Paul Pierce’s game winner, Stoudemire’s almost answer

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

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    It was one of the most dramatic endings to a game this season — and worth watching again. Paul Pierce with the veteran move trying to drive, getting his body into Stoudemire then hitting the step back. Stoudemire answering with a three to win the game — but just about .02 seconds too late (and…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Cleveland played better against the Heat. That counts for something.

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    What you missed while wondering if snails can glow in the dark… Amar’e Stoudemire being .02 late and the Celtics winning in MSG is our game of the night. Heat 101, Cavaliers 95: It was the first meeting with the Heat that seemed to throw Cleveland into a funk. This game against the Heat seemed…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

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    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.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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