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  1. Nocioni pleads no contest to DUI

    Feb 22, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings forward Andres Nocioni was popped for a DUI back on Nov. 5, and today his attorney pled no contest to the charge. Portanova says his client wants to “take his medicine and move on.” As part of his sentence, Nocioni will serve two days in a work program operated by the Sacramento County…

  2. Ron Artest, PETA spokesman

    Feb 22, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Ron Artest used to have a dog, but by his own admission gave it away because he didn’t know hot to take care of it. His dogs spent more than two months in a county shelter because he neglected them while he was in Sacramento. Two of his dogs died after being hit by cars.…

  3. NBA, TNT sit down to talk dunk contest changes

    Feb 22, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    This year’s dunk contest stunk. Everybody but Nate Robinson’s mother is on board with that. The competitors were plenty athletic, but save one throw down by DeMar DeRozan it seemed like we had seen it all before. And we were bored. The NBA and TNT don’t want that — the dunk contest gets as much…

  4. Like the Cavs need another good player

    Feb 22, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    As if the Cavaliers were not stacked enough, they are about to get deeper and more athletic along the front line. Leon Powe is due back Tuesday night for Cleveland against New Orleans, according to the Cavaliers guru that is Brian Windhorst. He will be playing in his first game for the Cavaliers this season,…

  5. Quote of the day

    Feb 22, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    “I was trying to focus on breathing. I was just focusing on breathing so I didn’t die.” –Darko Milic (Via Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) of SLAM) on being traded and having to play his first game for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

  6. Nash not a fan of USA/Canada results

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Like everywhere else in America, when the score of the thrilling USA/Canada hockey match at the Vancouver Olympics was announced the fans at the USA Airways Center in Phoenix erupted with joy. On the court, Steve Nash gave it a double thumbs down. Pretty amusing, but like a lot of Canadians, Nash doesn’t find it…

  7. Mavericks showing improvement without practice

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Integrating players acquired at the trade deadline really does come with its own unique set of challenges, and the Dallas Mavericks are finding ways to cope despite fighting through some pretty unfortunate scheduling last week. The Mavs went 3-1 in playing four games in five nights, and showed steady improvements in each of their contests.…

  8. Should the Celtics follow the Lakers' lead?

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Of all the battles that NBA teams face, short-term thinking vs. long-term planning may be the most crucial. On one hand, most teams are trying to win today, because dropping a loss at an inopportune time makes them prey in the standings. The team has an eye to the standings in an effort to connect…

  9. NBA power rankings

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Ranking all 30 NBA teams, even the ones that deserve relegation (if only we had the English soccer system). Everybody at the top of the standings had had a recent loss, so the question becomes, whose loss bothers you the least? 1. Lakers (42-14) They lost to the Celtics at home, but they can play…

  10. Carmelo Anthony and the wonders of threat construction

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony feels wronged. It fuels him in practice, keeps him hungry, and serves as a constant reminder that he has to hit the court every night in an effort to prove someone wrong. Wronged by whom, you ask? Why, the ever-ambiguous media bogeyman, of course. From Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse: Denver Nuggets forward…

  11. Rudy Gay said he would play for Nets

    Feb 22, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh has made it clear — the New Jersey Nets don’t need to inquire about his services this summer. Rudy Gay on the other hand… “The record doesn’t mean much when you’re dealing with a team,” Gay said before scoring 29 points Sunday. “You’re thinking about yourself and how you can contribute, and that’s…

  12. Von Wafer is close to being a Maverick

    Feb 22, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks are very close to brining gunner fan-favorite gunner Von Wafer back into the NBA. Dallas worked him out and now all Wafer has to do is pass his physical, according to Art Garcia. Normally this is just a formality — he’s a 24-year-old, well-conditioned NBA player, how is he going to fail…

  13. Nash to miss at least one game

    Feb 22, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    When the rest of the Phoenix Suns board a plane to Oklahoma City today, Steve Nash will not be with them. Nash has had back pain and abdominal pain for about a month now (really, the back pain for about four years now), but has played through it. He has still averaged 14.5 points and…

  14. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Feb 22, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    What happened while you were chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!” (or, for our Canadian brethren, feeling blue)…Magic 101 Cavs 95: Let today stand as the reminder that the East is still cyclical. At different points this season, Orlando, Boston, and Cleveland have all been declared as the obvious best team in the East, with the Hawks drawing…

  15. Why Philadelphia's decision to stand pat may be bad for Eddie Jordan

    Feb 21, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    It’s a dog eat dog world. Life’s not fair. Insert cliche here. The fact is that the Philadelphia 76ers are awful. Awful. And there are consequences to that. Every member of the organization is in the red for what’s owed to the fans and ownership this season. But as Kate Fagan recounts for the Philadelphia…

  16. How good is Calipari at developing NBA talent? Ask the Thunder's newest player.

    Feb 21, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Coach John Calipari of Kentucky has produced two top-two players out of the last two drafts, and likely the last two Rookie of the Year award winners. He’s likely to have three of his players in the top ten this year (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson). And if you need any further proof of…

  17. Kevin Durant moving from rare to 'You have to be kidding me' territory

    Feb 21, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant will try to continue a phenomenal streak tonight as he faces the Minnesota Timberwolves. Durant has scored at least 25 points for 27 games in a row, tying Allen Iverson’s 2001 streak. If he goes for more than 25 tonight, he’ll be chasing Michael Jordan in the 25+ streak, who did it an…

  18. Is Mike Woodson burning out his starters?

    Feb 21, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Hawks blog Hawk Str8Talk has a few qualms with Hawks’ coach Mike Woodson, regarding his rotation. After the Hawks lost to the Suns on Friday, Woodson said he wanted to try something new by not playing his bench, hardly at all, going to a tighter rotation. Jamal Crawford was the only non-starter to log double…

  19. Tony Parker out tonight, MRI results pending

    Feb 21, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Tony Parker seems to take one-step forwards, two steps towards the trainer’s table. The San Antonio Express is reporting that Parker will miss tonight’s game with a hip flexor. This alone is no big deal considering the number of games Parker has missed with plantar fasciitis, but more concering is an upcoming MRI to determine…

  20. Orlando wins statement game against Cleveland

    Feb 21, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    The Magic’s stretch four landed a huge shot after Cleveland’s stretch four fouled out, and that was pretty much the ballgame. After Antawn Jamison fouled out preventing a Dwight Howard gimme dunk late in the game, Rashard Lewis nailed a corner three to put the Magic up six late and hold on for a 101-95…

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