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  1. After league review, Mavs complete trade to make Ajinca a Raptor

    Jan 24, 2011, 5:48 PM EST

    Alexis Ajinca

    Considering that the news that Peja Stojakovic had given the Mavs a verbal commitment to join the team essentially came paired with a report that Dallas would sent Alexis Ajinca to Stojakovic’s old team, the Toronto Raptors, in exchange for no tangible assets at all, it’s not surprising that league officials raised an eyebrow. Regardless,…

  2. You can get two tickets for .50¢ to see Nets vs. Cavaliers Monday

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:44 PM EST

    Nets4

    Would you pay the price of a gumball to see the New Jersey Nets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers? If so, you’re in luck — there are tickets available online for as little as .25¢ each at StubHub, as SLAM noticed when they looked. Why they looked, we have no idea. But we did and…

  3. Watch Chris Paul break Tony Parker’s ankles

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    Chris Paul is so, so good. This little mid-game crossover makes Tony Parker look the fool. And Parker is no fool, the man has the rings to prove it. He can defend. There are 25 teams in the league that would kill to have Parker as their point guard. And CP3 just breaks him off.…

  4. Mario Chalmers takes over as Heat starting point guard

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:08 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    Carlos Arroyo is out as the Heat’s starting point guard. Mario Chalmers is in. But it really doesn’t make that big a difference. These two remain interchangeable parts used depending on the situation. And there is a good chance next season it will be someone entirely new at the point in Miami. The fantastic Kevin…

  5. Shaq likely out Tuesday night, could miss more games

    Jan 24, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    shaquille o'neal Celtics

    Last summer Boston went out and got two centers — the O’Neals, Shaquille and Jermaine — to get them through the first half of the season until Kendrick Perkins returns. And Perk is only a couple weeks away, he continues to say he is targeting Feb. 4 for a return. But there are games between…

  6. Hornets reach attendance benchmark, they are staying put. For now.

    Jan 24, 2011, 2:39 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Hornets

    There has been a real push since the NBA took control of the New Orleans Hornets to boost attendance — the reason being to reach a benchmark, otherwise a new owner of the team (once they find one) could easily move the team out of New Orleans (well, still would have had to pay $10…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Where the Spurs just keep on keeping it on

    Jan 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, not many changes at the top this week… or on the bottom. 1. Spurs (37-7). You’ve been wondering when you’ll see a kink in the Spurs armor. Well, they have just one home game between now and Feb. 23. That might be the time. Or, they might grow tighter and…

  8. Erik Spoelstra explains LeBron and Wade in pie charts

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    Erik Spoelstra is a detail guy. The pregame whiteboard in the Heat locker room is likely the most detailed, organized one in the league — two columns of diagrammed favorite plays of the opponents, a column of sets the Heat want to run, reminders of the night’s focus on offense and defense down the middle.…

  9. Is Pacers rookie Paul George about to take Brandon Rush’s job?

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Paul George

    When one gets hit over the head enough times, one learns a lesson. That lesson for the Pacers is that Brandon Rush is inconsistent, and gets lost on defense at times. For evidence of the later, watch the fantastic Sebastian Pruiti at NBA Playbook break down how Rush cheats off Carmelo Anthony last night again…

  10. Olajuwon says Dwight Howard puts lessons to good use (sorry Stan)

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    There has been a real growth in the variety of Dwight Howard’s post game the past two years. Nobody is going to confuse him with Pau Gasol — for a few reasons — but Howard is not all power moves and dunks now. He has a little running hook down the lane and has a…

  11. D’Antoni not that worried about Knicks six-game losing streak

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:36 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    When a hitter is in a slump in July — let’s say, hypothetically the entire Dodgers roster — there seems to be a game or two where he starts hitting the ball hard but still can’t buy a hit. You can feel the slump’s about to end, it just won’t. Mike D’Antoni sounds that way…

  12. Are the Lakers too old to play defense? Not if they slow you down.

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    When Jerry West spoke to some Orange County car dealers last week, he said that part of the problem with the Lakers defense was that they were too old. “The reason you can’t play defense is because you can’t,” he said. Phil Jackson agreed — with qualifiers — with that when speaking to the media…

  13. Steph Curry doesn’t like the idea of being traded

    Jan 24, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    SCurry_surrounded

    Last week, new Golden State owner Joe Lacob said that Stephen Curry was not untouchable. For the right offer, they would consider moving him. That was an official change of pace for the Warriors, even though Lacob made it clear you were going to have to blow the Warriors doors off with your offer. Before…

  14. Baseline to Baseline Weekend Edition 1.24.11: Light armor

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Boston Celtics

    What happened while you were watching that Haines guy no one knew about before Sunday… Friday Hornets 100 Hawks 59: There. I’ve mentioned it one more time. Now let’s never speak of it again. Celtics 110 Jazz 86: It’s rare that a loss to the best team in the Eastern Conference on the road is…

  15. Video shot of the weekend: Kevin Durant game winner

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    In case you missed it, Kevin Durant hit one of those superstar shots Saturday night — a game winning three from pretty much the first row of seats to beat the Knicks. Danilo Gallinari defended this well, he didn’t give Durant a lane to drive, and while maybe he could have had a hand more…

  16. Baseline to baseline recap: Denver looks good against Indy. For whatever that’s worth.

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:50 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    In the real game of the night, Ben Roethlisberger was making the kind of heady plays on the field he can never seem to make off it, plus Rex Ryan’s level of disgust on the sidelines was surprisingly entertaining. But this is an NBA blog. And so our actual Game of the Night had to…

  17. Darrelle Revis has a bunch of kids posterize Amar’e… kind of

    Jan 23, 2011, 5:31 PM EST

    New York City Premiere of Milton Hershey School Documentary

    Darrelle Revis has himself a pretty big day this afternoon as he tries to help lead the Jets to the Super Bowl against the Lakers of the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he has also engaged in an interesting exercise. Having kids posterize Amar’e Stoudemire. Kind of.   And of course, Amar’e got his revenge.…

  18. The Rip Hamilton situation in Detroit probably could get uglier, but we’re not sure how

    Jan 23, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    Could be worse. I mean, Rip Hamilton could be lighting stuff on fire. Or Sheed could still be around. Or … yeah, that’s pretty much it. From the Detroit Free Press: But here is what we do know. Kuester said he “made overtures” and “reached out” to Hamilton. Hamilton said he did not meet with…

  19. Greg Oden still wants to “dominate”

    Jan 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    You’re going to read a lot more positive pieces about Greg Oden in the coming months. The poor guy’s a restricted free agent this summer and he and his agent have to try and put as positive a spin on his situation as possible. So while Oden in his two previous season-ending knee surgeries (geez,…

  20. The Rubio Dilemma deepens for Wolves

    Jan 23, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Spain v USA

    Ricky Rubio is supposed to be the savior. That’s the plan. He’s the piece that will come in and make all the misfit toys shine like new. And to be honest, even with the Timberwolves sucking for another year, the idea of Rubio being added to Micheal Beasley and Kevin Love with Wes Johnson thrown…

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