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  1. Watch out, Dwight Howard has developed a jumper

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:48 AM EST

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    We saw it on display a little opening night against the Wizards. Monday night in tight game against the Atlanta Hawks Howard went to it in the clutch, a little Duncanesque bank shot from 12 feet (he missed that one, but has made plenty this season). Dwight Howard has developed a little midrange jumper. Something…

  2. Gerald Wallace likes to block shots. And is good at it.

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

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    Charlotte is having a rough start to the season (again), what with the 1-6 record and loss to the Spurs on Monday. Part of the problem is the defense that carried them last year just isn’t the same so far this season. But Gerald Wallace can still block shots. Like few others.  

  3. Alvin Gentry says Hedo Turkoglu overmatched at the four, but will still start anyway

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

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    Hedo Turkoglu did not look comfortable once again at the four in Monday night’s Suns loss to the Grizzlies. Three quick fouls trying to defend the bigger Zach Randolph sent him to the bench — which was a good thing, because then Hakim Warrick came in and played better at both ends. Warrick ended up…

  4. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where Dirk does what Dirk does, just with shorter hair

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:27 AM EST

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    What you missed while watching Conan debut his new show. Atlanta at Orlando reran a playoff game from last season and that was our… wait, this was a new game? Because it looked a lot like the old ones. Anyway, it’s still our game of the night, learn more here. Mavericks 89, Celtics 87: Fun…

  5. Game of the night: Orlando reminds Atlanta of the gap between the Hawks and the elite

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:02 AM EST

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    Last season, Orlando swept Atlanta right out of the playoffs. Then this summer, both teams essentially went with the status quo. So maybe we should not be surprised by Monday night’s outcome, a 93-89 Orlando victory. Except that the Hawks were off to a fast start, had a new coach, have been incorporating radical ideals…

  6. Monta Ellis leaves game after hard fall, spending night in Toronto

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:15 PM EST

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    With less than two minutes to go in Golden State’s win Monday night Monta Ellis took a hard fall on his back under the Toronto basket. He was down in pain for a couple minutes before he helped up and to the locker room, and X-rays were taken of his back. The results of those…

  7. NBA office may answer New Yorkers’ prayers, keep Isiah Thomas away from Knicks

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:57 PM EST

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    The NBA has formally begun its investigation into the alleged improper pre-draft workouts conducted by the New York Knicks. One possible upshot of this: Isiah Thomas could be suspended — in practice banned — from the Knicks. Oh, there would be dancing in the streets the likes of which has not been seen since Mick…

  8. Hornets’ defensive success cast from the Spurs’ mold

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:34 PM EST

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    In the last decade of basketball, there have been few forces more power than the San Antonio Spurs’ defense. That vaunted defense has regressed in recent years, but from 2000-2007 (and, for that matter, from 1997-2000), San Antonio never allowed more than 99.7 points per 100 possessions, a mark that routinely put the Spurs’ defense…

  9. Winderman: “Respect for the Game” not easy to define, even for LeBron, Terrence Williams

    Nov 8, 2010, 7:41 PM EST

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    While much has been made of the NBA’s crackdown on “respect for the game,” with the league’s whistle-blowing onslaught of technical fouls, the sought-after upgrade in decorum is actually more about respect for referees. But what exactly is respect for the game? Is it sideshow antics during games that seemingly make players bigger than their…

  10. Jerry Sloan likely to re-sign with Jazz. Also, Pope to remain Catholic.

    Nov 8, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

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    It would seem weird if it were any other way. Jerry Sloan is close to agreeing to an extension with the Jazz, as he does just about every year about this time, as the Salt Lake Tribune reports. “It’s just a matter of time and we’ll probably we get it worked out,” Sloan said. “This…

  11. The Lakers and 72 wins? Phil Jackson isn’t into it.

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:32 PM EST

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    Before the season the talk was about the Heat and 72 wins, with everybody sane saying it wouldn’t happen and wasn’t worth the effort. But that never stops the talk. But the Lakers? They are off to a 7-0 start. They look deeper, they have a healthy Kobe Bryant and a rested Pau Gasol and…

  12. LeBron says Heat are not showboating. Really? They should do more.

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:54 PM EST

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    It’s certainly a show when the Miami Heat come to town — a high-flying acrobatic circus of shots and athleticism. Which has led a few to suggest that the Heat are about the show more than anything. That they are showing off. LeBron James will have none of that, as he told the Ira Winderman…

  13. Rumor: Pistons may be shopping Tayshaun Prince to Hawks

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:23 PM EST

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    Interesting little note — like there always seems to be — in Sekou Smith’s Hangtime blog at NBA.com. He heard the Pistons and Hawks were talking a trade: Tayshaun Prince and filler to Atlanta for Jamal Crawford and Jeff Teague. This actual trade strikes me as not a great move for either side, but there…

  14. Wizards coach Flip Saunders walks off court during practice, disgusted by effort

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:43 PM EST

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    You could tell when my favorite high school hoops coach was really mad — he wouldn’t say anything. He would yell to motivate, to get points across. But when he was genuinely enraged (and our team could do that to you) he just stared and said nothing and walked away. Sounds like Flip Saunders. Saunders…

  15. Jameer Nelson out, Vince Carter in for Magic tonight

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

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    Interesting game tonight for the Magic and Hawks — two teams with good records that aren’t drawing the love of the Heat and Celtics. Good test for both of them early in the season. But the Magic will again be without starting point guard Jameer Nelson, who is still not over the sprained ankle he…

  16. Carmelo Anthony sounds happy in Denver. Right now.

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

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    The Nuggets are playing well — they are right in the mix on the second tier in the west with the Hornets and Spurs. They are 4-2, that with Chauncey Billups struggling with his shot and basically the entire front line injured. So how does that affect Carmelo Anthony’s desire to leave? Hard to say,…

  17. NBA Power Rankings, where the Hornets are all the buzz

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:07 PM EST

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where we are starting to believe in the Hornets but not the Hawks. Oh, and just bench Baron Davis. 1. Lakers (7-0). Best offense in the NBA so far, defense is solid (10th in league in defensive points given up per possession) and all that without Andrew Bynum. The schedule…

  18. Peja Stojakovic has had courtside seats for the Hornets hot start

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:52 AM EST

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    Peja Stojakovic has played 21 minutes total this season, garbage time at the end of two of the Hornets six wins. Mostly, he has just been the guy with really good courtside seats to a good team. This is the same guy brought in five years ago to help space the floor for Chris Paul…

  19. Allen Iverson has landed in Turkey, photos are classic

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:11 AM EST

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    We promise we will not be bringing you wall-to-wall coverage of Allen Iverson in Turkey. Even though when the European Turkish fans watch him jack up contested 15 footers ignoring the open guy beyond the arc, we want to see their faces. However, we do bring you this: The American basketball icon has landed in…

  20. Chris Bosh: “I get a little lost out there.”

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:20 AM EST

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    It’s a process. An adjustment. There are moments that make you forget that Miami has really only been playing together for a few weeks, that they are still growing and learning. But they are 4-2 because they are still learning, because there are nights where it does not all click. And the guy it is…

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