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  1. Eric Bledsoe with the incredible chase-down block against the Kings (VIDEO)

    Dec 22, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Eric Bledsoe is an insane athletic talent, but buried on a very deep Clippers roster, has only gotten on the court for about 18 minutes per game this season. When he does get out there, however, good things happen more than they do not. Bledsoe got loose for this chase-down block against the Kings’ Thomas…

  2. DeMarcus Cousins benched for second half for Kings after argument with coach

    Dec 22, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    We told you there was plenty of friction in the Kings locker room… DeMarcus Cousins was left in the Kings locker room for the second half of the team’s loss to the Clippers Friday following a halftime argument with coach Keith Smart. Smart wouldn’t get into specifics after the game, saying Cousins was benched for,…

  3. Carmelo Anthony among multiple Knicks ejected in ugly loss to Bulls

    Dec 21, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    The best teams in the league don’t enjoy losing, and they especially don’t take well to getting blown out at home by a team it doesn’t believe is up to that task. Chicago came into Madison Square Garden on Friday and used its trademark defense to obliterate the team at the top of the Eastern…

  4. Cavaliers may rest Anderson Varejao through the weekend

    Dec 21, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

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    Once you look past Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao has not only been the Cavaliers’ best and most consistent player this season, he’s also been the subject of trade discussions and rumors that may see him dealt before the deadline, should teams covet him enough to offer enough of a package. Durability is the only question…

  5. Eric Gordon regrets comments he made in restricted free agency

    Dec 21, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon‘s rehabilitation from injury is progressing to the point that he’s expected to rejoin the Hornets very soon. The relationship between Gordon and the hometown fans has been tenuous at best,  thanks to some comments he made last summer while immersed in the restricted free agency process. “I strongly feel they are the right…

  6. Trimester Awards: A Naughty and Nice List

    Dec 21, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Can you believe it? The NBA season is somehow a third of the way finished, which means it’s probably time to take stock of what we’ve seen so far this year. We’ll give out some awards — ’tis the season and all that — but we’ll also dish out some coal. After all, what are…

  7. No real change: Andrew Bynum can increase activity but no return timetable

    Dec 21, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    It’s another non-news update for Andrew Bynum. You think we all would be used to that by now, but Bynum himself had said a new MRI and meeting with a specialist afterwards on Thursday would give some direction to what was next. That update is Bynum can start to increase his activity level, however there…

  8. Nash says playing Saturday iffy, but he will go Christmas Day for sure

    Dec 21, 2012, 5:34 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Steve Nash watch has reached its final days — sometime in the next few days Nash is going to be back on the court as a Laker. The only question is Saturday against Golden State or Christmas Day against the Knicks? Nash hinted Christmas, as reported by Mark Medina at the Daily News. “There’s probably…

  9. Ainge: “There’s just no excuse for the way we’re playing”

    Dec 21, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rando look on from the bench against the Brooklyn Nets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    We told you earlier this week that Celtics decision maker Danny Ainge is preaching patience — he is not looking at a roster shakeup. Yet. But don’t confuse that with being happy. Like every Celtics fan right now, he is frustrated with the inconsistent play from a veteran team (no matter what Doc Rivers wants…

  10. Russell Westbrook looking… like himself in GQ spread

    Dec 21, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Courtesy GQ

    Let’s be kind here, because he can pull it off like you and I can’t — Russell Westbrook makes some daring clothing choices. So if you are going to give someone in the NBA a spread in GQ, Westbrook is a good call. He’s not going to just play it safe. The brilliant Lang Whitaker…

  11. Rasheed Wallace out Friday night, no return date set

    Dec 21, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    The NBA has just been more fun with Rasheed Wallace in it. Nobody else is calling Afflalo “Aflac” or getting ejected for yelling “Ball Don’t Lie.” But for the he will be out Friday night when the Knicks host the Bulls, tweets Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com. What’s worse is there is no set return date.…

  12. Video: Every NBA fan’s girlfriend

    Dec 21, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Mavericks Celebration Basketball

    This is funny. I particularly enjoyed the Philly fan girlfriend and the Bobcats “Can you stop blaming me for losing your Larry Johnson jersey” line. Great stuff again from NOC. Hat tip to BroBible.

  13. PBT Podcast: Previewing the Christmas Day games, and a conversation with Jared Dudley

    Dec 21, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Jared Dudley

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the state of the Heat after their blowout win in Dallas on Thursday, as well as the Thunder and their 12-game winning streak coming to an end at the hands of the Timberwolves. We then talk about the Finals rematch between…

  14. D’Antoni tells Gasol he won’t bench him at end of games

    Dec 21, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles with Pau Gasol of Spain and Kobe Bryant during their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, as he makes his game coaching debut for the Lakers, in Los Angeles

    Starting midway through the third quarter in the Lakers comeback win over the Bobcats Tuesday, Mike D’Antoni stopped playing Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard together. They subbed each other out and D’Antoni went small with a lot of Metta World Peace at the four. It worked, by the way. When Gasol and Howard shared the…

  15. Jrue Holiday returns, says he will play Friday vs. Atlanta

    Dec 21, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday stretches past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in Game 6

    Jrue Holiday — who has been the focal point of the Philadelphia offense for most of the season — has missed the last four games with a sprained foot. That he’s not totally sure how he got. Nonetheless the result has been four 76ers losses. The good new is he and Evan Turner told media…

  16. Knicks tried to trade Stoudemire, didn’t work. Now they have to fit him in.

    Dec 21, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Knicks are good. Top of the Eastern Conference, best offense in the land, getting fantastic play from Carmelo Anthony, steady point guard play from Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd, solid defense thanks to Tyson Chandler. And now they have to work in Amare Stoudemire. And everyone is a little usure what happens next. Stoudemire…

  17. Amir Johnson shaved Raptors logo in his hair

    Dec 21, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

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    Amir Johnson is getting a lot of attention this year. And more in the slightly-off-center Rasheed Wallace kind of way rather than his play. First there was his ejection and suspension for wrestling with a referee over the ball after a free throw. Now, this. What you see to the right. Johnson put the Raptors…

  18. Russell Westbrook may do Dunk Contest this year

    Dec 21, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

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    There may be no more explosive, athletic player in the NBA than Russell Westbrook. He is exactly the kind of guy we want to see in the All-Star weekend dunk contest, doing superhuman feats of dunking. And he may be up for it. Westbrook told the Oklahoman he wants to do it and sooner rather…

  19. Video proof Damian Lillard can dunk

    Dec 21, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    Damian Lillard — the guy well out in front of the pack in the Rookie of the Year race — can do a lot. Great court vision, can shoot with range, has shown poise at the end of games, has good size and is learning how to defend at an NBA level… And dunk. He’s…

  20. Nash practiced, said Christmas return seems “realistic”

    Dec 21, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

    It could happen Saturday. Steve Nash practiced with the Lakers Thursday full out, and is expected to practice again on Friday. Then Saturday afternoon he says he’ll decide if he is ready to play against Golden State that night on the road. But he’s thinking Christmas Day against the Knicks. He’s taking it slow. Here…

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