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  1. Video: Shaq conducts the Boston Pops

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Shaquille O’Neal, classical music conductor. You can add that to the list that includes NBA center, All-Star, rapper, policeman and statue. As you can see from the video below (via the Boston Pops) Shaq did quite well conducting the holiday standard “Sleigh Ride” with the Pops. Because the orchestra really needed a conductor on this…

  2. Clippers Ryan Gomes interviewed as part of federal probe of Connecticut Attorney General

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Ryan Gomes

    Connecticut State Attorney John Connelly is being investigated regarding his relationship with attorney Martin Minnella, with the theory that Minnella used his relationship with Connelly to get reduced sentences for his clients, according to the Hartford Courant. One of Minnella’s clients who saw his sentence reduced with an okay by Connelly is Keith Gomes, cousin…

  3. Vince Carter considering knee surgery, would miss month

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic

    Vince Carter has yet to suit up for the Phoenix Suns — and it could be a while before he does. Carter is considering having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, according to Paul Coro in the Arizona Republic. His left knee has bothered him all season and this would, in theory, clean up the…

  4. New NBCSportsTalk app to put on that iPhone you are getting for Christmas

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    NBC_Sports_Talk_iPhone-Grid

    Those of you getting an iPhone this Christmas… what took you so long? The cool kids have all had them for a couple years. And upgraded them three times. Whatever. Let’s move on to the important stuff — now we have a new way for you to have ProBasketballTalk and all the NBCSports blogs at…

  5. Video: Mike Dunleavy tips in Pacers victory

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:11 AM EDT

    Jeff Foster, Mike Dunleavy, Chris Paul, David West

    The Pacers and the Hornets put on barn burners seemingly every time they get together, yet Monday night’s ending may be the best of the group. Danny Granger got the good look three for the win, and it went almost all the way down then spun back out, but it was nobody boxing out Mike…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Magic need a little more practice together.

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:07 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Jeff Teague

    What you missed while wondering what happens when architects play too much Tetris… Dallas beating the Heat again — hey, have another team meeting! — is our game of the night. Hawks 91, Magic 81: It’s going to take some time for the Magic to figure this all out. They started Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson,…

  7. Game of the night: Miami looks good, but not Dallas good

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:17 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    The first time the Miami played Dallas back in November, the Heat players were still figuring it out. They seemed to be taking turns on offense more than working off each other, they were playing slow, it wasn’t outright confusion but they looked uncomfortable. But after winning a dozen in a row they were past…

  8. Kurt Rambis sees Kevin Love as the evolution of the power forward

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

    Love_Rambis

    Kurt Rambis was a power forward who did what power forwards of his generation were supposed to do — get in the paint, bang, get rebounds and do the dirty work. Now he is coaching Kevin Love, who is having a breakout season doing some dirty work like rebounding — and doing that better than…

  9. It’s official: The Hornets are the league’s problem now

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    The long-discussed NBA league purchase of the New Orleans Hornets got the final rubber stamp of approval when the Board of Governors — you know, the other owners, the ones footing the bill — agreed to purchase the team, the league announced today. It now falls to Jac Sperling to find a buyer while Hugh…

  10. John Wall has bone bruise in knee, likely out at least a week

    Dec 20, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards

    As of Monday night when the Wizards took on the Bobcats, rookie and franchise guy John Wall will have missed five of the last six for Washington. Don’t expect him back soon. What had been thought of as tendonitis (which coach Flip Saunders said could be chronic) he is also fighting through a bone bruise…

  11. Tyson Chandler is to Dallas as Kevin Garnett is to Boston? Dirk says true.

    Dec 20, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    tchandler_Mavs

    Last season, 26 games into the season, Dallas was 19-7 and it went on to a 55-win season. This season their offensive production is almost identical, but the Mavs look like a different, better team. One you might really be scared of come the playoffs. They are 21-5 heading into a showdown with a rejuvenated…

  12. Beaubois finally beginning to heal

    Dec 20, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Beaubois

    After an extremely promising rookie campaign, Rodrigue Beaubois had a rough summer. First, he struggled with his shot in Las Vegas as he tried to turn himself into more of a two-guard. That wasn’t great. Then he broke his foot, which was much worse. The hyper-athletic combo guard hasn’t played a minute this season, and…

  13. What happened to Tiago Splitter?

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Tiago Splitter

    Remember how certain people were really hyping Tiago Splitter before the season as the big man the Spurs really needed to balance out the front line with Tim Duncan? Remember how people were saying he was going to be a difference maker for the Spurs this season? Okay, that was me. I admit it. And…

  14. Steve Francis plays first game in China with ice taped on ankles

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Even halfway around the world Steve Francis is a story when he steps on the basketball court… just not always for the reasons he would hope Francis is playing in China for Beijing and finally got into a game — except it was a surprise to everyone including Francis, according to niubball.com (via Ball Don’t…

  15. Gilbert Arenas says goodbye to Washington

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Gilbert Arenas was a dichotomy in Washington — for a while he rekindled interest in what seemed a long-dead franchise. He could ball and he was entertaining. On the other hand there was the juvenile idiocy that led to the gun charges and suspension. Now he is sent off to try and resurrect his career…

  16. Report: Magic call about Knicks Ronny Turiaf as backup center

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    One of the clear issues for the Magic after their weekend mega-trades (or at least mega-salary trades) was at backup center. They went from having one of the best in the league with Marcin Gortat, to having Earl Clark. Which is tough in a conference where you want to beat the Boston Celtics. The Magic…

  17. Ron Artest, Lakers sing Jingle Bells

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Lakers Stocking

    As our Christmas present to you, dear reader, we give you the Lakers — including Ron Artest — singing Jingle Bells. We were going to buy you all a six pack of Stone IPA, but this is much, much better. Outside of Artest, maybe the best part of this is how the two Laker Girls…

  18. Brandon Jennings out 4-6 weeks with foot fracture, surgery

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

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    We tried to warn you something bad was afoot, so to speak, but this was worse news than expected. And very bad news for a Bucks team that finally got Andrew Bogut back and was trying to get back into the playoff chase. Brandon Jennings will be out four to six weeks when an MRI…

  19. Wizards to bring back Lester Hudson for point guard depth

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Lester Hudson

    Now that the Wizards have successfully ditched Gilbert Arenas’ massive contract for Rashard Lewis’ still-massive-but-not-quite-as-back-breaking deal, they’re in need of a little point guard help. John Wall is a stud and Kirk Hinrich a competent backup, but for games like tonight when Wall is out with injury and Hinrich is left to run the 1…

  20. NBA Power Rankings, cue Glenn Frey because the Heat is on…

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where Mavs fans are going climb on me for dropping them down to five, and I get that. I just think the four teams above them are better. 1. Celtics (22-4). They’ve won 13 in a row. Remember how we have said that Doc Rivers is willing to sacrifice regular…

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