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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Knicks try but the Heat outclass them

    Dec 29, 2010, 3:29 AM EDT

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    What you missed while watching Tuesday night NFL football… The Spurs taking care of the Lakers was our game of the night. Heat 106, Knicks 98: The Heat jumped out early because of… Zydrunas Ilgauskas? Well of course, who did you expect? Big Z had 12 points and 9 boards in the first quarter as…

  2. Game of the night: Kobe can’t will the Lakers past the Spurs

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    From the opening tip, it was obvious this was one of those games Kobe Bryant wanted to take over. Call it ego, call it leadership, just know that it has worked before. Many times. He has elevated the Lakers by his sheer will. It worked Tuesday on one level — this was the most energy…

  3. Carmelo Anthony to return to Nuggets Thursday

    Dec 28, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Carmelo Anthony missed a fourth game Tuesday night following the death of his sister, but the Nuggets announced that he will return to the team Thursday. Mark Spears of Yahoo was first with the news on twitter. The Nuggets had lost three in a row without Anthony coming into Tuesday (they had an 18 point…

  4. Atlanta’s point guard conundrum

    Dec 28, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New Orleans Hornets

    At Summer League, the Atlanta Hawks coaching staff was trying to pump Jeff Teague full of confidence — he could be the starting point guard for the Hawks if he would just take the job away from Mike Bibby. He needed to find his dog. The job is available because the Hawks have a problem…

  5. In wake of fight, Wizards to gauge trade value of Blatche, McGee

    Dec 28, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

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    Right now, if you are on the Washington Wizards roster and are not a point guard known for doing the dougie, you should know you could be traded. And if you embarrass a franchise that is still sore from the Gilbert Arenas gun foolishness, you can bet that you are being shopped immediately. Which explain…

  6. Earl Boykins suspended for Tuesday’s game

    Dec 28, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    The league has announced that Earl Boykins of the Milwaukee Bucks will be suspended for tonight’s game against the Chicago Bulls after making “intentional contact with an official.” This suspension comes a week after Boykins’ breakout performance against the Lakers, when Boykins poured in 22 points on only 12 shots to help propel the Bucks…

  7. Antoine Wright may be heading to China

    Dec 28, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

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    Here’s the report, courtesy of NIUBBall.com: A source told me this morning that Antoine Wright, who last played in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors last season, is working out a deal with an undisclosed CBA team.  Expect a lot of foreign player movement in the next few weeks as teams being to clear out…

  8. Cavaliers sign Alonzo Gee

    Dec 28, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

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    Everywhere he has landed in the NBA, Alonzo Gee has heard mostly good things about his skills. He has been told he belongs in the NBA. Then he has been cut. Gee was the D-League Rookie of the Year, was a favorite with the Washington Wizards, left for more guaranteed money in San Antonio and…

  9. Larry Drew latest in long line of coaches to talk shot selection with Josh Smith

    Dec 28, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Josh Smith’s unwavering confidence in his midrange jump shot is to be admired — he sticks with it in the face of all available evidence that he shouldn’t take it. There is something impressive about that stubbornness. In the Atlanta Hawks six games before Monday night Smith has taken 33 shots from beyond 15 feet…

  10. Rudy Gay offers more honest take on contraction

    Dec 28, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

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    LeBron James came off as full of fertilizer — first he talks about how cool it would be if you could “shrink the league.” Then when that sparked a debate about contraction he said he didn’t even know what the word contraction meant. As Kelly Dwyer said so well at Ball Don’t Lie, contraction means…

  11. Dirk Nowitzki MRI shows only sprain, out Tuesday

    Dec 28, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Grant Hill

    Dirk Nowitzki will not suit up when the Mavericks take on the Raptors Tuesday night — and he may miss a couple more games — but the news for Mavericks fans is all good. An MRI of Nowitzki’s knee showed only a sprain, no serious damage, according to Art Garcia of NBA.com (via twitter). He…

  12. Gilbert Arenas from 75 feet, off the shot clock, nothing but net

    Dec 28, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

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    This is the shot of the year so far — even if it didn’t count. Yes, by the rulebook the refs got this one right. Shots that hit the shot clock are considered dead because the clock is out of play. So what? If you were going to break that rule once, this would be…

  13. Tony Allen is a charter member of the Paul Pierce fan club

    Dec 28, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    Tony Allen spent the first six years of his NBA career in Boston before signing a three-year deal with the Grizzlies this summer. That is six years along side Paul Pierce, defending Pierce in practices and watching how he works. Watching him win games for the Celtics and shoot them out of others. Allen soaked…

  14. Byron Scott calls lack of effort around NBA “scary”

    Dec 28, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Byron Scott is old school — he played for Pat Riley and his legendary four-hour practices. He was a scrappy role player on a team filled with competitive people — Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who only knew one way to play. That was not a team where you gave 50 percent some nights. Plus,…

  15. Tracy McGrady too stiff to play fourth quarter

    Dec 28, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Tracy McGrady had played at least 19 minutes in nine of the Piston’s 10 previous games coming into Monday night’s game in Charlotte, the second night of a back-to-back. McGrady played 10 minutes in the first half (scoring two points) but none in the second half, and the Detroit Free Press explains why. He said…

  16. Warriors send Jeremy Lin to D-League

    Dec 28, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

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    In a move that was expected, the Golden State Warriors have sent rookie Jeremy Lin to the Reno of the D-League, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “Obviously, I’d love to stay with the team, but I’m going to be able to get a lot of playing time,” Lin said. “It’s not the end of…

  17. Kings, Bobcats have talked to Rockets about Yao Ming trade

    Dec 28, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

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    We told you yesterday that Yao Ming and his $17 million expiring contract was available in a trade to a team looking for cap space, but we weren’t sure what teams were interested. Try the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats. That according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, who adds that the Rockets are…

  18. Ron Artest wants to close out games, Phil Jackson not on board

    Dec 28, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Ron Artest is a Laker starter, but when it comes time to close out games this season Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes tend to get the fourth quarter run. Mostly because those two are better offensive players. Don’t think that Artest hasn’t noticed. Kevin Ding has quotes from the Orange County Register. “I didn’t even…

  19. Serge Ibaka with the block of the season (so far)

    Dec 28, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

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    Now this is protecting the rim. Tyson Chandler came in for the massive dunk and Serge Ibaka risked being in a poster to go for the rejection — and oh, does he get it. You’re not going to see many better than that this season.

  20. Dirk Nowitzki leaves game with “sore knee,” will have MRI Tuesday

    Dec 28, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki’s shot looked just fine — 13 points on 4-of-6 — but he left Monday night’s game against the Thunder in the second quarter with what was officially called a “sore knee” and now will have an MRI on Tuesday. The play happened when Nowitzki went up for a midrange jumper and was fouled…

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