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  1. Blazers beat Bobcats behind…Luke Babbitt? Is this life?

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

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    If you’re down 17 points to the Charlotte Bobcats with a little over 5 minutes to play, what do you do? If you’re the Spurs, you’re enjoying first class luxury provided by Southwest Airlines. If you’re the Lakers, you come to grips with the fact that the Bobcats hold the series advantage, 8 wins to…

  2. Video: Byron Mullens with the Dunk of the Year? Let’s all go home.

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Remember when And-1 mixtapes ruled the world? Those were good times. If someone got dunked on in one of those games — I’m talking really embarrassed — they would yank the poor sucker off the court and tell him to go home. Sometimes they would just end the game, let the crowd rush the court,…

  3. Dear Santa, I want the Vancouver Grizzlies practice court

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Vancouver Grizzlies Court

    ‘Tis the season and all that, but what do you get for the basketball junkie in your life who already has everything? How about the Vancouver Grizzlies old practice court? Because it’s for sale. And of course, you can find the listing on Craigslist. Our company has moved into a new building which used to…

  4. LeBron talks about being named SI’s Sportsman of the Year

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Only one other basketball player in history had been the NBA MVP, NBA finals MVP, an NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist in one year — Michael Jordan. That was until LeBron James did it in 2012. So LeBron being named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year seemed fitting. If you’re a LeBron fan (or…

  5. Monday And-1 links: The new Jordan XX8 is… different

    Dec 3, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

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    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Steve Novak loves the corner three. • What really got twitter buzzing on…

  6. Chandler says Olympics made ‘Melo better player this year

    Dec 3, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    With three minutes left in the third quarter Sunday at Madison Square Garden Phoenix’s Shannon Brown leaked out in transition, brought in the long pass and was cruising in for a layup… When Carmelo Anthony came in with the chase down block. It wasn’t the athletic and emphatic LeBron James variety, but ‘Melo didn’t give…

  7. Lakers Steve Blake has surgery, will miss 6-8 more weeks

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    And the Darius Morris/Chris Duhon era continues in Los Angeles…. Just a day after Steve Nash said he would be out maybe another couple weeks (he’s not sure) came this news about his backup, via the Lakers official twitter account. Steve Blake will undergo laproscopic surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle.It is expected that…

  8. Mike Bibby wants to return to the NBA (hey, Derek Fisher did)

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby

    Mike Bibby wasn’t very good for the Knicks last season, shooting just 28.2 percent. He wasn’t very good for the Heat, Wizards or Hawks the season before that. In a league of quick, young guards he looked like the game had moved past him. But not shockingly, he wants back in. And when you see…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Heat, Thunder on top, it feels like 2011

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates win over Atlanta Hawks with Bosh and Allen during their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    It’s early in the season, very early, but there are moments it feels line the NBA finals come June could be a rematch of last year — Miami vs. Oklahoma City. And that really shouldn’t be a surprise. Right now those two teams are on top of the PBT power rankings. 1. Heat (12-3, last…

  10. Quote of the Day: Randy Wittman’s mom wants a John Wall update

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    “Until the doctor says he’s ready to go full bore. I don’t know what to tell you guys. I’m serious. I tell my mom, ‘I don’t know.’ She asks me every day, too. ‘When’s John coming back?’ ‘I don’t know mom.’ ” —Wizards coach Randy Wittman, talking about a timeline for the return of John…

  11. Nets winning despite Deron Williams struggling with his shot

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Brooklyn Nets are playing well — 11-5 on the season, a defense that is better than expected (11th in the league) and a signature win over the Knicks at home. But Deron Williams is not playing well, or at least not as well as he expected. He’s averaging 16.8 points per game on 39.9…

  12. Kobe Bryant; “I’ll kick everybody’s ass in this locker room” to turn team around

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is a little frustrated. Okay, a lot frustrated. He’s pissed off. And he should be after the Lakers Swiss-cheese defense was picked apart by the struggling Magic as they beat the Lakers Sunday night. The Lakers problems are not simple — it’s not just Pau Gasol not being comfortable, it’s not just Dwight…

  13. Stoudemire back by Christmas? Might not want to bet on it.

    Dec 3, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    A few days ago came the report that Amar’e Stoudemire new target was to be back on the court with the Knicks around Christmas. So, almost a month away still. But that may be too optimistic as well. Stoudemire isn’t saying more than two words to the media, but new leaked sources refuted the old…

  14. Video: Big Baby rejects Pau Gasol dunk attempt

    Dec 3, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    It wasn’t a good night for Pau Gasol. He shot 4-of-11 from the floor, he looked uncomfortable and a step slow again, and Mike D’Antoni benched him the final six minutes of the game. (Of course, Orlando put up 31 points in those final six minutes and won the game, so feel free to second…

  15. Sports Illustrated names LeBron “Sportsman of the Year”

    Dec 3, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    LeBron Sportsman of the Year

    When we reflect back on him in 20 years, we may remember 2012 as the year LeBron James started to fulfill his potential. And he can now add Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” to his list of accolades from 2012 that include NBA champion, NBA regular season MVP, NBA finals MVP and leading Team…

  16. Hornets’ Anthony Davis to be out at least another week

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    Anthony Davis has already missed the Hornets’ last seven games and he’s going to be out a while longer, coach Monty Williams told the Times Picayune. “If I have to guess, I think he’s a week away from us thinking about him ramping up his conditioning; let alone playing,” Williams said. “So I just think…

  17. Knicks’ Felton has bone bruise on non-shooting hand

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    Well, it could have been worse. It’s not broken. Raymond Felton suffered the hand injury in the fourth quarter against the Suns Sunday. The Knicks say an MRI revealed it to be a bone bruise, reports the New York Daily News. While it’s not his shooting hand, the severity of the injury would impact his…

  18. Steve Nash out at least another week, says he has “small improvement”

    Dec 3, 2012, 9:16 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash’s return is not going to be the cavalry charging over the hill to save the Lakers day that some fans (and maybe a certain head coach) seem to think it will be. Not when their defense gave up 31 points in the last 6 minutes of the game to lowly Orlando and Lakers…

  19. Dwight Howard still sounds like guy staying in LA

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard’s arrival in Los Angeles has stumbled out of the gate on the court — missed training camp due to back surgery recover, missed free throws, missed opportunities. But he still sounds like a happy guy. One who isn’t going anywhere. Dwight Howard will be a free agent this summer but pretty much everyone…

  20. Is Miami finding its defensive footing? If so, watch out.

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Miami has been getting it done with offense. It has the best record in the Eastern Conference, it has won six in a row and it’s mostly been because LeBron James is LeBron James and Chris Bosh is having a very efficient season. But the last couple games, the Heat’s defense has started to come together. They…

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