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  1. Game of the Night: For one night at least, the Bobcats were fun

    Dec 28, 2010, 3:34 AM EDT

    Shaun Livingston, DeSagana Diop, Derrick Brown, Paul Silas

    There may be no coach harder on point guards than Larry Brown. Monday night D.J. Augustin was freed from that yoke — Brown was out and Paul Silas was in. It seemed to make Augustin a new player — one who attacked, drained jumpers, scored 27 points and had no turnovers. Augustin was having fun,…

  2. Tyreke Evans considering laser procedure for foot, would sideline him three months

    Dec 28, 2010, 2:29 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, John Salmons

    Tyreke Evans has been battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot all season, a painful condition that is slowing his game and frustrating him. Not that it really showed on Monday when he dropped 32 on the Clippers, but he has missed games and seen a foot specialist due to the pain. Pain that has…

  3. Miami Heat slowing it down, still winning

    Dec 27, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    There has been a stylistic debate about the Heat this season — should they run more or slow it down? Frankly Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are fearsome both in transition and in the half court, but what works best for the team? I was in the camp that with the Heat’s pressure defense they…

  4. Former sixth-man stud Junior Bridgeman now owns 282 restaurants

    Dec 27, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

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    Junior Bridgeman is often remembered as part of a trivia question: Who was traded for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? (Bridgeman was just drafted by the Lakers and was part of the deal with Dave Meyers, Elmore Smith and Brian Winters.) Later in his career Bridgeman was traded for Terry Cummings, but that rarely comes up in trivia…

  5. Josh McRoberts’ dunk-contest campaign has begun

    Dec 27, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    White Men Can't Jump 2

    After last year’s disaster of a dunk contest, everybody is hoping that this year’s dunk contest competitors will do something special. Most people are hoping that Clippers rookie Blake Griffin and his CGI hops will be the one to save the dunk contest in his home arena, but Pacers forward Josh McRoberts wants to have…

  6. Lakers’ Devin Ebanks among three sent to D-League around NBA today

    Dec 27, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    The trend of NBA teams using the D-League like a real minor league — which it is but wasn’t really used like it — continues with three more NBA players under rookie contracts being sent down for seasoning Monday. The biggest name is Devin Ebanks, the Lakers second-round pick who has played in 12 games…

  7. LeBron says he never supported contraction

    Dec 27, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    Nets Heat Basketball

    When LeBron James recently said that he believes the league’s talent level has become “watered down,” and illustrated his point by asking people to imagine what the league would look like if the best players from the Timberwolves and Nets were distributed among the rest of the teams in the NBA. Although LeBron did say…

  8. Derrick Rose, knocking down threes but missing in the midrange

    Dec 27, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    You know what Derrick Rose was doing this summer? Well, besides eating a lot of Skittles? Working on his jump shot and three point shooting. He would tell anyone and everyone around Team USA about the new form and how it was going to help. And it has helped. When he uses it. Rose is…

  9. Christmas Day games get huge ratings

    Dec 27, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    No matter how many people say that Christmas Day games are just another game and the Miami Heat are just another good team, everybody sure did tune in when the Heat and the Lakers met on Christmas Day. The Heat-Lakers game drew a fast national rating of 6.4, which is a 45% increase in ratings…

  10. Cavaliers waive Jawad Williams

    Dec 27, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Jawad Williams

    Jawad Williams got a chance – the Cavaliers certainly had an opening at the small forward spot. He got about 15 minutes a game but gave the Cavaliers only four points a game on 32.5 percent shooting (and 28 percent from three). That was not good enough and Monday the Cavaliers announced they had waived…

  11. Shaq fined $35,000 for ripping refs on Christmas

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    As expected after he let it fly to the media after the Orlando game, Shaquille O’Neal has been fined $35,000 for criticizing the officials, the league has announced. Shaq played just 12 minutes in the Christmas Day game and was in constant foul trouble. Which happens to guys trying to guard Dwight Howard, but Shaq…

  12. Quote of the Day: Avery Johnson disagrees with LeBron on what’s good for the league

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

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    “I disagree. Maybe the league would be better if we didn’t have three stars on one team.” —New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson, after being told LeBron James suggested New Jersey was a team that could be contracted (via the New York Daily News). James suggested that the 1980s were an NBA golden age of…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Dallas sweeps through Florida, right to the top

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Grant Hill

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where the top four teams are all 9-1 in their last 10 and probably could be ranked in any order. 1. Mavericks (23-5). They move into the top spot on the strength of their sweep of Miami and Orlando on back-to-back nights. That depth Mark Cuban touted really helps them…

  14. Al Harrington dislocates thumb, listed as day-to-day

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Harrington injured

    UPDATE 12:48 pm: The X-rays are in and there is no serious damage to Harrington’s thumb. He is listed as day-to-day. This could have been much worse, it’s a great break for the Nuggets. 11: 34 am: It was pretty clear when it happened Sunday that Al Harrington was in a lot of pain —…

  15. Report: Rockets listening to trade offers for Yao Ming

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming may be done playing for the season but he still has value in the NBA world — he is a $17 million expiring contract. Heading into a new Collective Bargaining Agreement — whatever it ends up looking like — that’s a lot of money saved and cap room freed up. The Rockets may…

  16. How Nate Robinson hurts the Celtics

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson Marquis Daniels

    It was clear at the end of the Celtics Christmas Day loss to Orlando how much Boston misses Rajon Rondo. In a tight game late, the Celtics were not getting the shots they wanted (and missed the couple they did get). Part of that was Orlando’s defense, which pushes you out of your comfort zones,…

  17. Avery Johnson to Derrick Favors: Give us a reason to start you

    Dec 27, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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    At some point this season, Derrick Favors is going to be starting for the New Jersey Nets. That point is not now, and Sunday coach Avery Johnson told the Star-Ledger the reason is Favors. “What we told him today — he’s got to give us a reason to start him,’’ Johnson said on a conference…

  18. Could Nate McMillan end up coaching Charlotte?

    Dec 27, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Portland Trail Blazers - Game 6

    Paul Silas will have his first game as the interim head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats Monday, replacing Larry Brown. But already there is speculation about who will replace Silas next season (Silas does not want to give up the job so easily). Marc Stein of ESPN threw out an interesting name. Look for Blazers…

  19. Blake Griffin with another spectacular dunk. Yawn.

    Dec 27, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    It’s getting ridiculous. Every time Blake Griffin plays there is a spectacular dunk. Well, there are  a lot of dunks — Griffin leads the league in total dunks this season (ahead of traditional winner in this category Amar’e Stoudemire). But the Clippers are using it well because all you have to do is throw a…

  20. Jason Williams hinting at retirement due to foot pain

    Dec 27, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

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    Jason Williams may have played his last game as a member of the Orlando Magic. He is staying behind from Magic’s upcoming back-to-back road trip to get tests done. He has an arthritic foot and told the Orlando Sentinel doctors are telling him there is not a lot they can do, he told the Orlando…

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