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  1. Josh Childress channeling his inner Kobe, playing with splint on finger

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Josh Childress is out on the court for the Suns, he’s trying. He’s struggling, really only taking shots right at the rim (2.7 per game) and ignoring jumpers or threes (0.6 per game) unless he has to take them. It’s a far cry from the Childress who was a solid outside shooter in Atlanta before…

  2. Anderson Varejao is happy in Cleveland, thank you very much

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

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    Anderson Varejao’s name is coming up in all sorts of trade rumors. Well, very one sided trade rumors as in a lot of teams want to see if Cleveland is clearing he decks and are calling to see if the 6’10” always-hustling power forward is available. He is not. And he is happy in Cleveland,…

  3. Tiago Splitter has blue collar first night in the NBA, expect more of that

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

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    After seemingly years of hype, Tiago Splitter got a very cold reception to the NBA. He was trying to cover Blake Griffin on the right low block when Griffin put a lighting-quick spin move on him, went baseline and threw down a monster dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. There’s talent in Europe,…

  4. Game of the Night: The Clippers are fun. Not good, that’s the Spurs. But fun.

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:59 AM EDT

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    The Clippers are dynamic. They are athletic. They are fast and fun and give you monster dunks. They are not yet a basketball team, not in the true sense, not one that is going to win consistently in the NBA. The Spurs are what we thought they were — a relentless execution machine. A team.…

  5. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Raptors defense was a rumor

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:23 AM EDT

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    What you missed while you were watching the Giants win one for John “The Count” Montefusco… The Spurs 97-88 win over the Clippers was our Game of the Night, check out more detail by following that link. Kings 111, Raptors 108: Tyreke Evans did not start the second half of this game, an upset stomach…

  6. Grizzlies give Mike Conley five-year, $45 million extension. We have no idea why.

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:55 AM EDT

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    For the first three years of his career, Mike Conley has been a nice point guard, but not one who lived up to his lofty draft status and not one who looked like the future at the one in Memphis. Through this preseason and three games that count he has looked much better as a…

  7. Jared Dudley agrees to five-year extension with Suns

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:38 AM EDT

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    Jared Dudley hit another buzzer beater Monday night. Just before the midnight Eastern deadline, Dudley agreed to a five-year, $22.5 million extension to remain a Sun. Dudley talked about it on his twitter account. Breaking News!! This is bigger then @KingJames going to Miami, bigger then Brett Favre goin to Minn. I have just sign…

  8. Baron Davis’ bad day: Out with knee issue, ripped by coach

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT

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    If Baron Davis breaks into a chorus of Boomtown Rats — “I don’t like Mondays” — it would be hard to blame him. He is sitting out Monday night’s Clipper game against the San Antonio Spurs due to pain in his problem left knee. As his coach Vinny Del Negro was announcing that to the…

  9. Checking in with the new Richard Jefferson

    Nov 1, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Though Tiago Splitter was San Antonio’s big off-season addition, it’s an improved Richard Jefferson that could really give the ’10-’11 Spurs some teeth. San Antonio was a fine team last season, but with Splitter bolstering the Spurs’ depth and Jefferson revamping his approach, Duncan and company could conceivably improve enough to sniff the West’s top…

  10. Frustrated Beasley calls Minnesota “The worst team in the NBA”

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

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    It’s not going to be easy for the Minnesota Timberwolves to bounce back from a 15-67 season and become contenders again, but that doesn’t mean the Minnesota players and coaches won’t be frustrated after a loss like the the 109-89 beating the Memphis Grizzlies handed the Wolves last Saturday. According to Ray Richardson of the…

  11. LeBron ready for revenge on Tolliver for spoof; Tolliver somehow surprised

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

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    Tuesday night, the Miami Heat will destroy the Minnesota Timberwolves. At least that’s the expectation. And LeBron James will get to check off one name on his revenge list — Anthony Tolliver. That’s what he’s saying, Tolliver is surprised by all this. Here’s the backstory. You probably remember a little something in July where James…

  12. Al Horford’s in for Atlanta, but who’s out?

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

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    Al Horford and the Hawks agreed on a contract extension that will keep Horford in Atlanta for five more seasons, but the Hawks’ long-term problems are far from solved. Losing Horford should never have been an option, but the money he’ll be owed over the next five seasons is thrown on top of the substantial…

  13. Technical fouls calls up 27 percent this season

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Interesting numbers from the ESPN statistics folks, which Zach Harper lays out over at TrueHoop: Number of technical fouls per game through Oct. 31: 07-08 season, 1.18; 08-09 1.80; 09-10 1.76; This season it is 2.42 technicals per game. Per game that is a 27 percent increase over last season. Or look at it this…

  14. What to expect from Tiago Splitter’s NBA debut

    Nov 1, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

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    Tiago Splitter’s NBA career officially begins tonight, as the Brazilian star will likely take to the court for limited minutes against the Clippers. It’s been a long time coming, and for the Spurs, perhaps a long time needed. San Antonio has tried all kinds of stopgap solutions alongside Tim Duncan over the years, and perhaps…

  15. Ohio politician spoofs LeBron ad. ‘Tis the season.

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Lee Fisher is going to lose tomorrow. Election day comes and he is 22 points back in the polls for his senate race in Ohio, and he is out of money in his campaign. I know next to nothing about his politics or his opponents, but I know there are no 22-point shots. But Fisher…

  16. Reno’s selection of Nick Fazekas to kick off tonight’s D-League draft

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Tonight’s D-League draft features a deeper talent pool than ever, and according to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse, former Mavericks second round pick Nick Fazekas will be the first player selected overall. The Reno Bighorns, coached by former NBAer Eric Musselman, own the No. 1 pick, and will add Fazekas to an already talented group…

  17. One O’Neal in, one O’Neal out for Celtics

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

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    There will be an O’Neal starting at center for the Celtics Tuesday. But it won’t be Shaq, Doc Rivers said he will sit out Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, according to a tweet from Gary Washburn at the Boston Globe. Shaq has been dealing with knee issues that are slowing him down. Celtics fans,…

  18. Just how injured is Zach Randolph? Not that bad…

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 2:49 pm: The MRI revealed no fracture, so it’s just a bruised and very sore tailbone for Randolph. He is officially a game time decision against the Lakers Tuesday and is listed as day-to-day. 12:27 pm: Zach Randolph took a nasty fall in the Hawks first game in the season, landing on his backside.…

  19. NBA Power Rankings, where the top still looks like last year’s finals

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where nothing confuses us more than the Suns playing at the 20th fastest pace in the league. 1. Lakers (3-0). Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol have been the best front line in basketball through the first week. Kobe’s knee isn’t right, but it hasn’t mattered yet. Oh, and we told…

  20. Al Horford agrees to five-year, $60 million deal to stay with Hawks

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

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    One more member of the class of 2007 got an extension. Just in time for the deadline, Hawks center Al Horford agreed to terms on a five-year, $60 million deal to stay in Atlanta, according to a tweet from Michael Cunningham of the Journal Constitution. Incentives in the deal are still being decided, according to…

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