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  1. Kobe Bryant “baffled,” Lakers frustrated by recent losses

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Lakers fans, it’s not just you. The Lakers are frustrated with their recent play and string of losses, too. They see the loss in Cleveland as a new low-point in the season, too. Look at their post-game comments, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Starting with Kobe Bryant, who put up an efficient…

  2. Report: Lakers considering adding Delonte West, other point guard

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    Report: Lakers considering adding Delonte West, other point guard There are no easy answers for the Lakers, because their problems are not tied to just one thing. It’s point guard play, defensive rotations, a lack of outside shooting, transition defense, injuries and a laundry list of other things that has what was a preseason title…

  3. Video: Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving put on a show

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving

    It really felt like the Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant show at points Tuesday night. And it was damn entertaining. When the two went head-to-head Kobe got the best of the battle, but Irving and the Cavaliers fot the win. Both guys put up big lines but both were efficient, too — Kobe had 42…

  4. Report: Wizards’ owner rejected trade for James Harden

    Dec 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden — his playmaking skills, his 24.7 points per game and his beard — could have been members of the Washington Wizards. But owner Ted Leonsis balked at the cost. That according to a Washington Post report: The Washington Wizards turned down a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden this summer…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Carmelo has Knicks on top in New York

    Dec 12, 2012, 3:24 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Bill Kennedy

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while you were wondering who thought an Angry Birds movie was a good idea… Cavaliers 100, Lakers 94: It’s not just one thing with the Lakers – their offense was off, their defensive rotations are sloppy, their big men missed shots,…

  6. Three Stars of the Night: Big nights for Kobe, Carmelo

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:29 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony reacts after he scored past Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace in NBA game in New York

    This was one of those nights when a number of guys could have made the three-stars list — Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds; Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 13 rebounds; Ty Lawson with an impressive 26 points; and there were others in consideration. Even Andray Blatche. But in the end, these…

  7. Raptors’ Amir Johnson gets off light, one game suspension

    Dec 12, 2012, 1:28 AM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus, Amir Johnson

    Generally, if you get in a wrestling match over a ball with a referee then, when ejected, you take your mouthpiece and throw it at him, you are lined up for more than one game of suspension. But the Raptors Amir Johnson admitted afterward that he was “childish” and apologized, and with that he got…

  8. Kyrie Irving is back and sends Lakers to new low, new loss

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers Tyler Zeller during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game  in Cleveland

    If you’re a Lakers fan you have to believe that at some point they reach rock bottom and start to bounce back. It’s just that they hadn’t reached it yet. The Lakers offense took a vacation and their defense had no answer Kyrie Irving and the result of all that is the Lakers falling to…

  9. Video: Knicks’ Kidd drains game-winning three to beat Nets

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    New York returned the favor to Brooklyn on Tuesday night with a dramatic win — Jason Kidd with what turned out to be the game-winning three. Was it legit? Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t think so and he has a point, Kidd kicked out his leg to get Jerry Stackhouse on the foul. It worked and…

  10. Video: Varejao beats Howard off bounce, posterizes Hill

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    Anderson Varejao, Kobe Bryant

    This was pretty emblematic of how the first half of the game went for the Lakers — their front line got outplayed. Midway through the third quarter Dwight Howard, Jordan Hill and Metta World Peace were a combined 4-of-19 shooting. And their defensive rotations were not much better. Watch Anderson Varejao (not the most fleet-footed…

  11. Kevin Love vents frustrations about Timberwolves dealings

    Dec 11, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love is going to be a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves for the rest of this season. And next season. And the season after that. Then he can opt out of his deal if he wants (or he can stay another season), but we are a long way from even thinking about that). He…

  12. Video: Clippers players talk about how they like Del Negro

    Dec 11, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    When I put together a list of coaches who could be on the hot seat I added Vinny Del Negro because it was obligatory. Fans saw him in Chicago, they heard the now-gone GM wanted him out the middle of last season and there is a national sense he can’t be the guy that coaches…

  13. Lakers GM says he can’t really evaluate team yet, plan is to keep Gasol

    Dec 11, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    What is the identity of this Los Angeles Lakers team? What kind of team are they? You don’t know. I don’t know. It’s pretty clear the players don’t know. With the roster and coaching and system changes, they have not found their footing yet. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak doesn’t know either. He doesn’t like…

  14. Pau Gasol to miss Lakers game Tuesday. Maybe more.

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    While this news should come with about as much surprise as the news Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards once did drugs, we pass it along anyway. Pau Gasol will not suit up for the Lakers on Tuesday night against Cleveland due to knee tendonitis, reports the Los Angeles Times. This will be the fifth game…

  15. Who is next NBA coach to be fired? Watch your back, Dwane Casey

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

    We’ve had one coach canned in the first quarter of the NBA season, and just as we expected it was Mike Brown from the Lakers. Which is why it is ironic to listen to Lakers brass and supporters say it’s too early to judge Mike D’Antoni because so many players are injured and they haven’t…

  16. James Harden practices Tuesday, likely to play Wednesday

    Dec 11, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden sat out for a game with a sprained ankle Monday night and the Rockets responded with a little “Linsantity” flashback. Well except for the winning part, the Spurs did that. But things look like they will be back to normal for the Rockets on Wednesday. James Harden returned to practice Tuesday, tweets Jonathan…

  17. Wizard’s Wittman tries to keep perspective on 2-15 start

    Dec 11, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    The Washington Wizards are a league-worst 2-15, a team not exactly deep with talent to start now beset by injuries, a team where the healthy veterans are not living up to their billing and the young players look like young players. Often that is when a coach feels pressure, although Wittman shouldn’t. For one, it’s…

  18. Pacers Stephenson uninjured in minor car accident

    Dec 11, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard Lance Stephenson

    It’s good to see that this ended up being minor. The Pacers’ Lance Stephenson was on his way to an Indianapolis area mall for a “Shop with the Pacers” event when he got into a minor car accident, reports WLFI: The 23-year-old rear ended another car just after 6 p.m. at US 31 South and…

  19. Quietly Charlie Villanueva has become solid part of Pistons

    Dec 11, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva, Stephen Curry

    For the first month of the season, Charlie Villanueva might as well have been a ghost. You saw only fleeting glimpses of him in a Pistons uniform, seemingly out of the corner of your eye. Up to Nov. 23, Villanueva had only set foot on the court three times, for a total of 20 minutes.…

  20. LeBron defends Wade: “Charles Barkley needs to shut up”

    Dec 11, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    Last Thursday, Charles Barkley sat on his TNT soapbox and said that Dwyane Wade‘s game had taken a step back. Wade had just had a 3-of-13 shooting night against the Knicks, which came on the heels of a 9-for-19 game a couple nights before versus Washington. Barkley said Wade was “starting to lose his athletic…

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