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  1. The Mike Conley contract may not be quite as horrible as we thought

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

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    Let’s get this out there up front — the Mike Conley contract is still a bad one. But it might not be as horrible as we first thought last night. Ronald Tillery, writing at a Commercial Appeal blog, had the contract breakdown for Conley’s deal. 1) The contract kicks in for the 2011-12 season, starting…

  2. Magic/Knicks game at Madison Square Garden postponed due to asbestos issue

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

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    Asbestos that fell from the ceiling of Madison Square Garden onto the playing surface area has led to the postponement of the Magic/Knicks game scheduled for tonight, according to the Knicks. Knicks officials say the game has been postponed out of “an abundance of caution” and that the arena will remain closed until the situation…

  3. Report: NBA owners confirm they want players to take a salary rollback

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

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    We’ve kind of known that NBA owners wanted to roll back existing NBA contracts across the board, even though that was never made official. Now it’s official — Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed it to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. “It’s part of our proposal,” Silver said. “It included a reduction of existing contracts in addition…

  4. Phil Jackson loves to needle Pau Gasol

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

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    He can’t help himself. It would be pretty hard to get on Pau Gasol for his play the first week of the season — he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for good reason. Averaged 25 and 10 on 52 percent shooting and threw in five dimes a game just for fun. But…

  5. What is up with Austin Daye?

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

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    There are a lot of things not working for the Detroit Pistons right now. A lot. But Austin Daye may be the most glaring. Last season coming primarily off the bench he gave them a solid if not spectacular 13 minutes a game, but you could see the athleticism and potential. Then in the preseason…

  6. Marcin Gortat thinks New York City is a “dirty, dirty place.” And it smells bad.

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    New York City isn’t for everyone. For one thing, it has way too many Yankee fans in it for my taste. And you have to like the true urban experience. Marcin Gortat and the Magic are in Orlando for a game tonight at MSG against the Knicks. Somehow when people visit NYC they always get…

  7. Eric Gordon makes a poster with Tim Duncan in it

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

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    We’re telling you, these Clippers are a lot of fun to watch. They easily won the highlight battle against the Spurs last night. We also told you that is very different than winning the game, the Clips are not there yet. Especially not against the Spurs who have beat them 17 of the last 18…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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