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  1. DeMar DeRozan dislocates finger, it is gross

    Oct 23, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    In last night’s Raptors preseason finale, DeMar DeRozan dislocated his finger. I’m not talking like “oh, it got bent out of shape” like your cranky boss gets bents out of shape. I’m saying his finger was placed in a position to which it is not natural to point. I’m not kidding. It was gross. Seriously…

  2. To get Andrei Kirilenko in a trade, you better blow Utah’s doors off with the offer

    Oct 23, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Andrei Kirilenko’s name came up in the now-dead four-team Carmelo Anthony to the Nets deal. It’s going to come up a lot this season in a lot of trade talks — he has a $17.8 million expiring contract. He is the perfect guy to bring in for teams because he can give you some points…

  3. Celtics won’t attack LeBron James at point guard

    Oct 23, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a second here, because, guys. You guys. We have actual basketball-related stuff that actually matters to talk about. I know. I’m excited too. Okay, back to your regularly scheduled program. Turns out the Celtics have been talking a little bit about how they’re going to defend the Heat come Thursday’s opener. Particularly, the…

  4. Blazers will sign Fabricio Oberto

    Oct 23, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    The Portland Trail Blazers, as you may have heard, kind of have a problem with healthy bigs. Greg Oden, still out. Joel Przybilla, still out. Jeff Pendergraph, now out for the year. Basically, if I’m Marcus Camby, I’m investing in tape. Lots and lots of tape. And the Blazers, apparently, are investing in a new…

  5. Saturday Starting Five: Underground storylines before the season tip

    Oct 23, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Hey, so, you’re stuck with me on the weekends, so I thought we’d put together something you can count on. Every weekend here at PBT we’ll have the Saturday Starting Five. Five elements, chosen thematically (so I’m not just basically vomiting words onto a screen for you) and brought for discussion about the NBA. Today’s…

  6. Why other players love what LeBron did this summer: He stuck it to the owners

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Fans have not been loving what LeBron James did this summer. Well, outside of Miami anyway, there they love it. Understandably. But you’ve seen the polls and heard the pundits for months — most of the country thought the way he handed this summer was amateurish and some thought the decision itself flawed. Other NBA…

  7. On the eve of the season, one more trip back to the finals

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    The last Friday night before the season starts. A chance to kick back, relax and take one more walk through last year’s NBA finals. Before it officially becomes history and we start watching the path to the next championship.

  8. NBA Previews: The whole league from PBT

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Here are the PBT previews. The Association entire, division by division, all 30 teams. We look at what happened this summer, what you’re impossible fan dreams are, and then we’re looking at reality. This also gives you an easy place to look back at the end of the season so you can remind us just…

  9. Heat’s Mike Miller out until January

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

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    Bad news on the thumb injury Miami Heat sharpshooter Mike Miller suffered in practice — he will be out until January, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. The injury was a fluke — Miller’s thumb just got caught in another player’s jersey and got pulled. He underwent a 45-minute procedure Friday to repair…

  10. NBA Cancels Orlando vs. Miami preseason game in Tampa due to wet floor

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Finally they sell out a sporting event in Tampa Bay… and it’s canceled. The NBA cancelled the preseason game in Tampa between the Heat and Magic, which was schedule for tonight (and was to be shown on ESPN). Officially the NBA says it is because of unsafe playing conditions. Officially — the floor is wet.…

  11. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Oct 22, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    Last season: 29-53, a season that seemed lost when Blake Griffin fractured his kneecap landing after a monster dunk in the preseason. But only the Clippers can find ways to bring that down even farther: there was the Mike Dunleavy firing (which is on its way to court), Baron Davis checked out mentally, then there…

  12. David Stern says it will be the best season ever… except for all that lockout stuff

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

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    David Stern realizes what is happening, that there is a genuine swell of interest and excitement around the NBA. I think we’re going to have perhaps our best season ever this year,” he said during a conference call with reporters on Friday. He talked about the buzz and acknowledged the fan interest in the Miami…

  13. David Stern talks contraction: We’re not that serious, but we’re going to talk about it anyway.

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

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    One David Stern quote from his conference call with the media Friday showed just how of two minds the league is on the idea of contraction (folding one or more struggling franchises). “The issue of contraction is one that has to be asked as part of negotiation with players…” Stern said. “But if there are…

  14. Magic, Heat slip-sliding away on damp court in Tampa before tonight’s game

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

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    NBA courts get a little wet, what with sweaty men running up and down it, running into each other and falling to the ground. There’s a reason people are out there drying off the courts all game. But when the court is wet even before the game starts? Not good. That’s what is happening today…

  15. It’s official: DeJuan Blair is your starting center in San Antonio

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

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    We told you it was coming, and now that day is here: DeJuan Blair is the starting center for the San Antonio Spurs. ACLs are over-rated. Gregg Popovich made it official talking to the Express-News. Blair gets the nod in just his second season, at age 21, on a team with big aspirations this season.…

  16. Suns commit to Robin Lopez, things get awkward for Earl Clark

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

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    The option deadline is typically a series of no-brainer announcements, in which NBA teams declare what everyone already knows: that many of their recent draft picks are useful, and worthy of keeping on an economical rookie-scale salary, either on the basis of production or potential. It also gets just a little bit awkward for those…

  17. Mavericks tab Rashad McCants, Sean Williams for their D-League affiliate

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Last month, the NBA and D-League announced a new affiliate allocation rule, through which NBA teams are able to pick up the D-League rights of up to three of their last training camp cuts for their D-League affiliates. Effectively, it allows NBA squads to keep an even closer eye on the prospects that interested them…

  18. Referee crackdown will continue because owners like it

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Players are complaining. Pundits have ripped it. The players union has threatened a legal challenge. Fans – well, at least some fans — have laughed at it or mocked it. But the NBA’s crackdown on complaining and the fast technicals are here to stay. Why? Because the NBA owners like it, as David Stern said…

  19. Player’s union responds to David Stern with “come on now…”

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

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    David Stern threw out the over-the-top negotiations red herrings yesterday after meeting with the owners — suggesting cutting at least $750 million in player salaries (more than one-third reduction) and maybe even contraction. As he kind of had to do, Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBA Players Association (the players union), released a statement,…

  20. Paul Pierce still The Truth, has new ink to prove it

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Paul Pierce is ready for the season, ready for another serious run at a ring. How can we tell? Because he got a new tattoo. Of course. What, you thought we could tell because he leads the Celtics in scoring this preseason with 14 points a game on 51.7 percent shooting? No. It’s preseason, what…

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