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  1. Five best in-game dunkers in the NBA

    Feb 23, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Dunking in a game is radically different than dunking in the Dunk Contest. As Eric Freeman pointed out at The Baseline — in game the “how” is often tightly defined as the dunker has a small window and defenders are closing in on him. It’s a race to the basket. The best dunks often come…

  2. Nash sidelined, enter the Dragic

    Feb 23, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    If Steve Nash is the brain of the Phoenix Suns and Amar’e Stoudemire the heart, then I guess that would make Goran Dragic something like a nose or an ear; he provides a service that aids in survival, but he hardly represents something essential for the Phoenix Suns. Until today. According to Paul Coro of…

  3. Spurs rodeo ride shows them to be average

    Feb 23, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    The legendary “rodeo trip” — when the San Antonio Spurs are forced into a long road trip because horses, bulls and cowboys fill the AT&T Center — is usually when the Spurs bond and start to make a run heading into the end of the season and the playoffs. This year, not so much. They…

  4. Study: Winners touch a lot. Appropriately. We think.

    Feb 23, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    A recent study of the NBA outlined in the New York Times this morning states that there is a high correlation between the frequency of touching between teammates on the floor and their performance. From the NYTimes: In a paper due out this year in the journal Emotion, Mr. Kraus and his co-authors, Cassy Huang…

  5. Jeanie Buss wants schoolyard All-Star Game

    Feb 23, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    There have been more suggestions on how to fix the All-Star game than there are Dunkin’ Donuts in Boston. Well, that’s an exaggeration, there may be more Dunkin’ Donuts than people in Boston, but there has been a lot of All-Star Game discussions. Lakers Vice President of Business Operations Jeanie Buss (you know, the Buss…

  6. Don Nelson's job is safe

    Feb 23, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    The Warriors have won 16 games so far this season and are on pace to win about 22. Last season they won just 29. They are a terrible defensive team (28th in the league in points surrendered per possession). In virtually every other NBA town that would have the media asking for the coach’s head…

  7. Quote of the day

    Feb 23, 2010, 8:07 AM EDT

    “It’s how we’re gonna fit back in with Kobe. Don’t get it twisted, man. This is the Mamba show.” –Ron Artest, when asked how Kobe would fit back in Tuesday night on a Lakers team that went 4-1 while he was out. (Via Andrew Kamenetzky and the Land O’ Lakers blog)

  8. Deron Williams out for at least a game

    Feb 23, 2010, 8:04 AM EDT

    UPDATE 2/23 8:04 am After the game, Williams said that he expects to play on Wednesday. 2/22 9:19 pm Utah’s All-Star point guard Deron Williams was in street clothes for his team’s game against the Atlanta Monday night. He sustained a thigh bruise crashing into Marcus Camby on a drive during their game with the…

  9. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Feb 23, 2010, 1:49 AM EDT

    Our game recaps from Monday, or what you missed while bidding on Action Comics No. 1… Atlanta 105, Utah 100: The last time Atlanta won in Utah? The same year that Dr. Dre released The Chronic. We’re talking old school. The Jazz had all kinds of excuses for this one — no Deron Williams, no…

  10. Mark Cuban doesn't think Josh Howard was hungover, and he would know

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:28 PM EDT

    Josh Howard was pretty unhappy when rumors of him being hungover for a game he was supposed to have missed with a stomach illness came out. He flat out denied it and tonight, his former owner backed him up, in his own entertaining way. The Dallas Morning News transcribed an interview Cuban did with the…

  11. This may be the worst Pacer team of all time

    Feb 22, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

    On Eight Points, Nine Seconds, Tim Donahue tackles the question of whether the 09-10 Indiana Pacers are the worst team in the 34 years the franchise has been in the NBA. Tim uses lots and lots of stats to support his thesis, and if this isn’t the worst Pacer team ever, it’s certainly close. Their…

  12. Rodriguez replaces Duhon in starting lineup

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    According to Chris Sheridan’s twitter account, the Knicks will replace Chris Duhon with Sergio Rodriguez as their starting point guard. Duhon has struggled to run Mike D’Antoini’s offense this season. He is currently shooting an abysmal 34.4% from the field this season, and his 10.12 PER is the worst mark of his career. Rodriguez is…

  13. Andris Biedrins may set an unfortunate record

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Golden State of Mind has a post up today which builds on Scott Ostler of SF Gate’s observation that Andris Biedrins may be on pace for the worst free-throw shooting season of all time: “Biedrins is 3-for-23 from the line this season. The NBA record low percentage, one season, for a player shooting at least…

  14. Ellis, Jefferson have their value questioned

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    One of the most divisive debates in NBA circles is the value of a high-volume scorer whose efficiency isn’t all that great. Those who doubt their value say that any player can create a low-percentage shot attempt at any time, and creating shots is not an inherently valuable skill. The counter to that argument is…

  15. Dr. J turns 60

    Feb 22, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    Julius “Dr. J” Erving, a former superstar in both the ABA and the NBA, turned 60 years old today. Dr. J is perhaps best-known for his high-flying style, breathtaking moves, and fantastic nickname, but his game was just as effective as it was impressive. Erving was a three-time MVP of the ABA and won an…

  16. Butler writes good-bye letter to Wizards fans

    Feb 22, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    The Dallas Morning News has a post up today with a transcript of the good-bye letter Caron Butler had published in the Washington Post. Here’s the beginning of the letter: “When you get traded, you don’t get time to say goodbye. More important, you don’t get the opportunity to say, “Thank you.” Thank you, to…

  17. Can the NBA stop Big Z from returning to Cleveland?

    Feb 22, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    UPDATE 5:02 pm According to a high-level NBA official reached by Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the NBA is not going to get in the way of Big Z returning to the Cavaliers, if that is what he wants. There is no evidence of this deal already being in place before the…

  18. Minnesota tickets now half off

    Feb 22, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    How much would you pay for Timberwolves tickets? $50? $25? What if we threw in a Shamwow and a Snuggie for your dog? Minnesota has struggled on the court this season so they have offered a deal — all of their March game tickets in the 2010-11 season will be half off. (Just so w…

  19. The NBA is invading Russia

    Feb 22, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    The Russians are coming to the NBA — billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is about to buy the New Jersey Nets (then promptly move them out of New Jersey… insert your own “told you he was a smart businessman” jokes here). This is not to mention guys who used to play for the former USSR, like Arvydas…

  20. That LeBron guy is pretty good

    Feb 22, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    As if you needed more evidence of just how good LeBron James is, how about blocking Dwight Howard’s shot. And then taking it the length to score.

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