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  1. Wittman says John Wall is “weeks” away from practicing

    Dec 10, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    The original timeline had John Wall back on the court for the Washington Wizards somewhere around Thanksgiving. Now we are getting to the point you need to start your Christmas shopping and he is not on the practice court, he’s not running, he’s nowhere near back. When the Wizards are asked about a timeline, they…

  2. Evan Turner’s key to improved three point shooting? Stop practicing.

    Dec 10, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    Kids, don’t try this at home. Eat your vegetables. Wear a helmet while skateboarding. Practice your jump shots. Evan Turner is having a career year, scoring 14.1 points per game, with a PER of 16. He hit a game winner against Boston over the weekend and is a key reason Philadelphia is 11-9 even without…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Oh-oh Thunder road, oh Thunder road

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    A lot of the preseason talk in the West focused on the Lakers… and it still does. And too often it ends with “and the Thunder are still contenders, too.” No, the Thunder are the defending Western Conference champs, the team to beat in that conference and they look pretty good right now. Thank you…

  4. Raptors’ Bargnani not bothered by trade rumors. Does anything bother him?

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    With his up and down play this season — what did you expect to change? — and the Raptors struggles, lots of Toronto faithful are hoping the franchise can finally send their former No. 1 pick somewhere. Anywhere. Trade the man. And rumors started to swirl about him in a Pau Gasol deal (that would…

  5. Report: Kyrie Irving expected to return vs. Lakers Tuesday

    Dec 10, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    After missing 11 games with a broken finger, the Cavaliers are expected to get Kyrie Irving back Tuesday night when they host the Lakers. Irving practiced with the team Monday and is expected to go, tweets Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. The return is about a week earlier than expected. Without Irving the…

  6. Joakim Noah trained with big wave surfer in off-season

    Dec 10, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    The trendy off-season workout for NBA players is MMA — it’s a hard workout, it teaches balance and core strength, plus it’s just cool. That’s not what Joakim Noah did last summer. He was in Southern California working out with famed big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton. And no, working out with him doesn’t mean jumping on…

  7. Video: Russell Westbrook block shuts down Roy Hibbert

    Dec 10, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Roy Hibbert

    Yoda: “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?” Russell Westbrook went all Yoda on Roy Hibbert Sunday, with maybe the best block of the season so far. Of course, size matters less when you can jump out of the building. Still, that is a great defensive effort, a fearless…

  8. Paul Millsap on Lakers: “They did it to themselves”

    Dec 10, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    The Lakers wounds are self-inflicted. Sure, injuries can strike any team, but that doesn’t impact the effort on defense. Or how you share the ball on offense. Or any host of things that plague the Lakers that have nothing to do with Steve Nash and Pau Gasol. Paul Millsap put it this way after he…

  9. George Karl has noticed the maturity in Carmelo Anthony’s game

    Dec 10, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony used to frustrate George Karl, and it wasn’t just a fondness for 20-foot contested jumpers. Karl needed Anthony to be a true leader on both ends of the floor. He needed Anthony’s focus on offense to translate to defense. He needed Anthony to do the little things that leaders do to push their…

  10. Derrick Rose talks, kind of vaguely, about his knee rehab

    Dec 10, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Reports leaked out last week that Derrick Rose was only a couple weeks away from practicing with the Bulls again. They came after video of him running some sprints next to the team’s practice court were shown. Rose himself would not be that specific. Nor does he sound like he is rushing it. The Bulls…

  11. Video: Suns passing nets fast break bucket, highlight of night

    Dec 10, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have lost seven in a row and there is not a whole lot to cheer, but this play Sunday certainly was. It starts with Markieff Morris getting the rebound and deciding he is Andrew Luck and throws a touchdown pass. Then Jared Dudley looks like he could have played a little tight end…

  12. Mike D’Antoni says Gasol will start when he comes back

    Dec 10, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Lakers fans are desperate. Mike D’Antoni is not that desperate. Yet. Lakers fans have been dreaming up ways to shake up a lackluster team and some latched on to the leaked idea of Pau Gasol as a sixth man when he returns from rest to heal up his knee tendonitis. Mike D’Antoni isn’t there yet,…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bucks tried to give up 29 point lead, hang on to beat Nets

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Mirza Teletovic, Jerry Stackhouse

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching some goat farmers win the Amazing Race… Jazz 117, Lakers 110: The Lakers most passionate and probably best player was Jordan Hill. That’s not a good sign. The Lakers defense was sad and Utah outworked them, we break it…

  14. Lakers defensive issues start at the top, lead to 117-110 Jazz win

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Utah Jazz are not the most talented team in the Western Conference, but they work hard. Every possession, every game. That is far more than the Lakers, who showed no passion or consistent effort on the defensive end. Starting with their stars and filtering down to everyone. The result of that sad effort was…

  15. Three Stars of the Night: Sunday Scorers

    Dec 10, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    On a night where scoreboards were getting lit up like Christmas trees, it’s probably prudent to celebrate some of the league’s best scorers. Of course, any talk of scoring has to include league leaders Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, who both put up some gaudy totals (34 for Kobe, 27 for Durant) despite off shooting…

  16. Stephen Jackson fined $25,000 for verbal threat to Ibaka

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    stephen-jackson-spurs

    Team officials keep telling players “anything you say on twitter is like saying it to a reporter.” It’s not a private communication. Stephen Jackson threatened Serge Ibaka on twitter after he saw Ibaka and Metta World Peace get tangled up a few days back (although Jackson said it was not about that). Eventually Jackson tried…

  17. Carmelo Anthony returns to lead Knicks past Nuggets

    Dec 9, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony had missed the Knicks’ last two games due to sustaining a cut on a finger of his non-shooting hand, one that required five stitches to seal. It kept him from playing in New York’s win over the Heat in Miami on Thursday, and also kept him out of his team’s loss in Chicago…

  18. Stephen Jackson apologizes for threatening Serge Ibaka

    Dec 9, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    stephen-jackson-spurs

    We told you on Saturday about the not-so-kind words that the Spurs’ Stephen Jackson posted to his Twitter account after Friday night’s game between the Lakers and the Thunder. Serge Ibaka and Metta World Peace got tangled up late in the contest while battling for rebounding position, and this apparently reminded Jackson of similar encounters…

  19. Dahntay Jones with the vicious slam on Patrick Patterson (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Patrick Patterson,Dahntay Jones

    There were plenty of slam dunk highlights from Saturday’s slate of games, but none more vicious or impressive than this monster jam from Dahntay Jones that came in the Mavericks’ win over the Rockets. Jones not only dunks all over Patterson, but pushes the ball through the defender’s hands before throwing it down. The best…

  20. Byron Scott fined $25K for criticizing officials after loss to Timberwolves

    Dec 9, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Byron Scott

    Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, the league announced via official release. The comments were made following Cleveland’s loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday, a game in which they managed to score just 73 points, but were outshot at the free throw line by their…

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