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  1. Udonis Haslem eyes return for playoffs

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:01 AM EST

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    The Miami Heat miss Udonis Haslem, who is out with a broken foot. They miss his rebounding. They miss his versatility on the defensive end. Those are things they will really need come the playoffs, and Haslem hopes to be back by then. He hopes to be back by April he told Tim Reynolds of…

  2. Kings assign Hassan Whiteside to the D-League

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EST

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    This is exactly how NBA teams should use the D-League. Hassan Whiteside is just a ridiculous athlete, but he’s still figuring out how to play basketball at the NBA level. He needs time on the court, something Paul Westphal can’t really give him in Sacramento right now. So Whiteside has been assigned to the D-League’s…

  3. Heat organization, Spoelstra in particular standing up to LeBron

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

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    We mentioned something that seemed quite clear in our post about Heat players being unhappy with Erik Spoelstra — that leak had to come from either LeBron James camp or CAA, the agency that represents all of the Heat’s big three. Just people trying to protect their players by shifting blame to the coach. Adrian…

  4. Monta Ellis is tearing it up

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:14 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Golden State Warriors

    There may be no more entertaining player to watch in the league right now than Monta Ellis. There are better ones, but few people are putting on a show every time they hit the court quite like Ellis this season. Warrior fans finally have owners trying to figure out how to make it work the…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Miami’s big three go off for a night

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:10 AM EST

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    What you missed while trying to figure out if NASA has discovered a form of extraterrestrial life… Heat 105, Wizards 94: Dwyane Wade had 22 in the second half and the big three of the Heat combined for 76 of the team’s points. The Heat were balanced and their big guns attacked and got to…

  6. Game of the night: The Thunder are getting their groove back

    Nov 30, 2010, 2:20 AM EST

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    Teams don’t really win games when they shoot 37.8 percent for the night. However, Oklahoma City did  Thursday, and did it with defense. Or at least a spurt of good defense, when the went on a late 13-0 run and pulled out the 95-89 win against the Hornets Monday. That the Thunder won this and…

  7. LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra have pregame meeting

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

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    Officially, no air was cleared. We all know that’s what it was — a clear the air meeting — but officially no. Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James had a 30-minute closed door meeting before the team’s game against the Wizards Monday, talking about their relationship and the team. And probably about having fun. “I call…

  8. Everything about Dwight Howard’s free throws is wrong

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:54 PM EST

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    Dwight Howard is a bad free throw shooter. We all know this. Howard is a career 59.6% free throw shooter, and this season Howard is only making 53.8% of his free throws. If you’ve watched any Magic games this season, you know that Dwight now takes a really, really long time to shoot his free…

  9. Wall, Yi will miss Miami game with injuries

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:11 PM EST

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    According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, both John Wall and Yi Jianlian will miss tonight’s Heat-Wizards tilt due to knee injuries. Wall has missed five of his last seven games, and he had his worst performance as a pro in his most recent game. Yi has missed the last seven Heat games. This is a bummer…

  10. Quote of the Day: LeBron says that everything is completely relatively fine between him and Spoelstra

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:53 PM EST

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    “”I didn’t realize. I don’t think Coach realized it either, until it was brought up to our attention. Incidental contact.” – Heat forward LeBron James on the “bump” that recently occurred on the court between James and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. LeBron and Spoelstra then went on to say some semi-reassuring things about the state…

  11. Boozer practices, may play on Wednesday

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

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    According to ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell, Bulls forward Carlos Boozer practiced for the first time in two months on Monday and may be ready to play against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau liked what he saw of Boozer in practice. “He looked fine. He was very active,” Thibodeau said. “He didn’t…

  12. DeMarcus Cousins kicked out of Sacramento practice

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:21 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Remember how at Summer League a lot of people were watching DeMarcus Cousins play and saying, “how did he drop all the way to No.5?” (I’m sheepishly raising my hand…) Well, um, the rumors of him being difficult to deal with are apparently more than rumors. DeMarcus Cousins was kicked out of Kings practice today…

  13. Dwyane Wade in the middle of everything wrong with Miami

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

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    Dwyane Wade remains the beating heart of the Miami Heat. He remains the focus, the center of the storm. The Heat are struggling in part because he is struggling — with his shot, with how to play along side LeBron, with the offense, and maybe with this coach. And until he figures it out, the…

  14. This season’s top rebounders on pace for all-time mark

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:10 PM EST

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    The NBA has seen a lot of fantastic rebounders in its history, but never before has the the league seen so many prolific board men grace its courts at one time. Even during the all-or-nothing days, the Vanishing Point days, the Dirty Mary Crazy Larry days, the NBA typically boasted just one or a few…

  15. Antoine Walker may sign with Idaho of D-League today

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:33 PM EST

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    UPDATE 4:33 pm: All you hard-core NBA fans in Idaho — both of you — are in luck, because the Antoine Walker comeback parade is headed your way. Walker will be part of the Idaho Stampede, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. The Stampede did sent Anthony Tolliver and Sundiata Gains, among others, to the…

  16. Tracy McGrady says Wade’s, LeBron’s games “really don’t mix”

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

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    Tracy McGrady is clairvoyant. Ms. Cleo incarnate. He says he saw this coming. While the world is talking about the 9-8 Heat, the slow start and the frankly ugly offensive basketball they have settled into, McGrady told the Detroit Free Press this is what he expected. “It’s what I expected,” McGrady said of the Heat’s…

  17. Kings waive Antoine Wright

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:26 PM EST

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    Antoine Wright, the seldom-used swingman of the Sacramento Kings who has only made headlines this season for a DUI, has been waived by the team, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. The Kings signed him this summer out of Toronto, but he has barely gotten off the bench. Wright has played just 31 minutes total…

  18. Phil Jackson is tired of waiting for Andrew Bynum

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:04 PM EST

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    We told you this weekend, Andrew Bynum is close to returning. No, we really mean it this time. Phil Jackson reacts to that like a coach — he wants to win games now. He knows he needs Andrew Bynum healthy come May and June to get his three-peat, but he sees Indiana being able to…

  19. Andre Johnson’s fight inspired Shane Battier

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:44 PM EST

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    Everybody has seen Andre Johnson’s fight with with Cortland Finnegan from Sunday’s Texans/Titans game. (If you haven’t put on ESPN for about a minute, they are running it roughly that often.) Shane Battier saw it, and then he saw Johnson courtside Sunday night when the Rockets were taking on the Thunder. And Battier was inspired…

  20. A kinder, gentler Stan Van Gundy

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:08 PM EST

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    There are few coaches more entertaining to watch stalking the sidelines than Stan Van Gundy. His arms are flailing, his expressions betraying every emotion coursing through his mind. Or at least he used to be. Now we have the more understanding, love-filled, softer Van Gundy. Okay, maybe not, but he isn’t being as negative as…

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