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  1. See Blake Griffin dunk.

    Oct 20, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

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    In honor of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective’s correlative study linking winning and dunking — and in honor of everything that is good and awesome in this world — we have a special treat for you today. Few players in the league have been on-highlight-par with Blake Griffin throughout the preseason, and the NBA was…

  2. Dunk more, win more games. It’s that simple.

    Oct 20, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    We love watching dunks in games because, well, that’s what we wish we could do. It’s exciting. Shannon Brown throwing it down in a game is way better than Shannon Brown in the dunk context. According to the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective (via Slam) dunks are also good strategy if you want to win games.…

  3. LeBron brings sunshine to some vile “haters”

    Oct 20, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

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    The great thing about social media like Twitter is it opens us up to all the people of the world. The bad thing about Twitter is that some people we’re exposed to are just scum. Nobody knows that like professional athletes. There are plenty of “haters” of LeBron James out there, but Tuesday he decided…

  4. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Last season: 57-25, top seed in the West, which they rode all the way to their second consecutive NBA crown. They came within half-a-quarter of losing to Boston on their home court in Game 7, but no Kendrick Perkins and no balloons in the rafters this time gave room for a dramatic comeback win. Head…

  5. All those nagging Miami Heat injuries will disappear next Tuesday

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

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    Dwyane Wade has his sore hamstring. Mike Miller has a sprained ankle. LeBron James had his sore hamstring and may or may not still have a sore elbow. Mario Chalmers ankle is still acting up. Next Tuesday it will be like the Heat visited Lourdes. When the games matter the nagging injuries will vanish, as…

  6. Frivolous lawsuit alert: Baron Davis sued by paparazzi photographer for throwing dirt

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

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    Maybe when you’re a member of the paparazzi and you spend your days on stakeouts in the bushes near a celebrity’s home, things lose a little perspective. Case in point, the lawsuit filed against the Clippers Baron Davis, as reported on TMZ.com The photog — not our guy — claims he and a pack of…

  7. Training camps is almost over, time for Erick Dampier to make a decision

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

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    If one were cynical, one might think that free agent center Erick Dampier has taken his sweet time making a decision on where he will play this season just to avoid training camp. We are that cynical. But training camp is almost over, so it’s time and Dampier is about to choose a team. Probably…

  8. Heat waive Shavlik Randolph, Kenny Hasbrouck

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

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    The end of the Heat bench — the guys we’re talking about today then likely not mentioning again all season — is starting to shake itself out. The Heat have cut loose Shavlik Randolph and Kenny Hasbrouck, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel on twitter. What that means is that there is one…

  9. Raymond Felton is really the man who can revive New York basketball

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

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    The Knicks are back. Massive billboards in Times Square proclaim it, so it must be true. And it would be good for the league, in the same way it is good for baseball to have the Yankees in the playoffs. New York is good for the league. Amar’e Stoudemire has brought his high-flying dunks and…

  10. Jerry West admits drafting Drew Gooden over Amar’e Stoudemire was a mistake. No kidding.

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Nobody is harder on Jerry West than Jerry West. Nobody. Read the brilliant biography by Roland Lazenby and you get the portrait of a man haunted by failure and more relieved than joyous about success. So when you ask West about his time as the head of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball side and ask if…

  11. Amar’e Stoudemire starting to feel at home in the Garden

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    How good the Knicks will be this season remains to be seen, but they will be a lot more entertaining. And on any given night, Amar’e Stoudemire can just go off. Like putting up 39 points in a preseason game.

  12. Kevin Durant wanted Nenad Krstic to feel the love, too

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

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    Just some more proof that the Oklahoma City locker room vibe is different than other teams in the NBA… Sports Illustrated NBA preview magazine hit the streets Wednesday featuring Kevin Durant on the cover. Which makes sense — he’s a budding superstar and all — and is a welcome break from the expected Miami Heat…

  13. Josh Childress breaks fingertip, out at least one week

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

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    At least in Greece when something like this happened he could numb the pain with Ouzo… The Suns Josh Childress fractured the fingertip on the index finger of his right hand (his shooting hand) during the Suns Tuesday night exhibition game against the Warriors, according to the Associated Press. He will sit out a week,…

  14. Knicks fans, do you realize with ‘Melo you get a lot of contested jumpers?

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Knicks fans are dreaming of Carmelo Anthony like children at Christmas — a top forward to put along side Amar’e Stoudemire and form two-thirds of the dynasty needed to beat the Heat and bring Willis Reed-like glory back to Madison Square Garden. Except, can Anthony really do that? No doubt he can put points up…

  15. Target return dates for Nuggets: Birdman Dec. 1, Martin on New Years Day

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

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    On the night of New Year’s day, when your hangover is finally gone and you settle in for a disappointing Fiesta Bowl featuring Oklahoma and Utah, something else may catch your attention. Kenyon Martin may be back in an NBA game. George Karl said Tuesday that he hoped to have Martin back by Jan. 1,…

  16. Report: Knicks making progress on Carmelo Anthony trade (or he may stay put)

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:37 AM EDT

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    New York has always been the team at the top of Carmelo Anthony’s wish list as he tried to force a trade out of Denver (through back channels, as not to be fined). Now it appears there may be progress in making that wish come true. In recent days the Knicks have made significant steps…

  17. Doc Rivers reports he’s cancer free after surgery

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:03 PM EDT

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    This is very good news, the last thing we want to see is another top coach with throat cancer. Doc Rivers returned to the Celtics practice today and said that biopsies taken during his Sunday surgery to relieve pressure on his vocal chords (that kept him out of practice Monday) came back as benign. He…

  18. Mavericks bring in Rashad McCants for a look

    Oct 19, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Dallas is a looking for a guy to maybe be an insurance policy on a team built to win now. Rashad McCants maybe can help there, he is a guy who can put up points. Not terribly efficiently, and he zones out on defense, plus he’s had run ins with coaches. But he can score.…

  19. Another look at ESPN’s Marvel Comics-themed season preview, featuring the Miami Heat

    Oct 19, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

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    A little more than a week ago, ESPN and Marvel Comics announced their plans to release an NBA season preview issue of ESPN the Magazine featuring the characters and iconography of the Marvel universe. The first two images released featured Kobe Bryant and a number of other NBA stars, and this latest image, provided by…

  20. Eddie House to practice with Heat Wednesday, play Thursday

    Oct 19, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

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    Eddie House has been cleared to get off the bench and go… well, to the Miami Heat bench. But from there get in the game. House has been out of training camp, recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, but doctors cleared him on Tuesday, according to a tweet from our own Ira Winderman, writing for the…

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