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  1. J.R. Smith throws down on poor Greg Stiemsma (VIDEO)

    Dec 23, 2012, 11:31 PM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith celebrates as he faces the crowd after making a shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Oh, Greg. Bless your heart. You were busy covering Tyson Chandler, and you saw J.R. Smith driving towards you. Your natural reaction was to run right back towards him. You’re a very tall dude. You wanted to stop him from getting to the rim. That’s good. That part was good. The end result, though? Baaaaad.…

  2. Kris Humphries gets benched, Nets get win

    Dec 23, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    Kris Humphries

    It’s not everyday you see a player who makes $12 million dollars a year get a healthy DNP, but that’s where the Nets are at with Kris Humphries right now. Coming into Sunday’s matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Nets were just 2-8 in their last ten games and on a serious slide down the…

  3. Shocker: Dirk Nowitzki makes his return against Spurs

    Dec 23, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    Wow. It was hard to see this one coming. Dirk Nowitzki has been sidelined all year after undergoing knee surgery roughly two months ago, but he’s active tonight against the San Antonio Spurs. Nowitzki put in his first full practice on Wednesday, and apparently the knee is feeling well enough to test it in his…

  4. New Year’s Resolutions for the NBA

    Dec 23, 2012, 6:55 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors' Ezeli dunks against Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland

    Did you catch the Lakers-Warriors game on Saturday night? It was close to perfect. The crowd in Oakland is always wonderful, but with the hated Lakers in town, they really stepped it up a notch. The on-court play was obviously great. The storylines were there. If you watched, regardless of who you were rooting for,…

  5. Mo Williams out indefinitely with right thumb injury

    Dec 23, 2012, 5:08 PM EST

    Mo Williams

    This may be the nudge the Utah Jazz needed. Thanks in large part to a brutal road schedule (17 of first 28 games on the road), Utah has been a bit disappointing to start the season. Ty Corbin has done a lot of lineup juggling, but the trade winds are understandably swirling given Utah’s immense…

  6. LeBron James: “If I wanted to, I could lead the league in scoring.”

    Dec 23, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James passes against the Detroit Pistons in a preseason NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James has been great this season, but he’s not leading the league in scoring. That title currently belongs to Kobe Bryant; a guy who has more buckets than someone in Seattle with a leaky roof. LeBron is actually 5th in the NBA in scoring right now (behind Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and James…

  7. Wizards waive Barron, Livingston; Look for another move soon.

    Dec 23, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

    Shaun Livingston Deron Williams

    The Wizards made a move that in and of itself would barely ripple the NBA waters — on Sunday they waived guard Shaun Livingston and center Earl Barron. Both were on non-guaranteed contracts. Yawn. Both guys saw very limited minutes and there contributions were minimal. (For the Lakers fans and others that will inevitably tweet…

  8. Report: DeMarcus Cousins changes agents

    Dec 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins has made a mess for himself. He’s lashed out at opponents, coaches, announcers — pretty much everyone. He’s been fined, he’s been suspended. The Kings are tired of apologies. Cousins is sick of losing. And around and around we go. No matter whose side you’re on, it’s safe to say that Cousins has…

  9. Kyrie Irving crosses up Monta Ellis and drops a perfect dime (VIDEO)

    Dec 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Kyrie Irving

    Kyrie Irving has the best handle in the NBA. Look, I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably worried that the Clippers’ winning streak has caused me to develop temporary amnesia and forget about the existence of Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford. Those guys are great, but I don’t remember seeing a player with a handle…

  10. Kevin Love out for Knicks game with eye injury

    Dec 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Late in Minnesota’s big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night, Kevin Love took a pretty gnarly poke to the eye. Love eventually ended up stumbling to the free throw line, and in a half Michael Jordan-ish display, hit the freebie without being able to really see. Love appeared to be in amazement…

  11. Video: Anthony Davis with the reverse alley-oop

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:31 AM EST

    Anthony Davis

    First, that is Greivis Vasquez with the lob and the bad beard. The guy finishing the dunk is your No. 1 overall pick, one Anthony Davis. He has the ability to pop out, too, making him even more dangerous as a pick-and-roll partner. But being able to do that is at the heart of getting…

  12. Brandon Jennings thought he and Rajon Rondo were going to fight during Bucks’ game against Celtics

    Dec 23, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings

    The Bucks got a nice road victory over the Celtics on Friday, one that required overtime in Boston to achieve that desired result. Monta Ellis and Paul Pierce did the heavy lifting for their respective teams in the scoring department, but there was a battle going on at the point guard spot that might have…

  13. Steve Nash returns, Lakers come from 14 down to get overtime win over Warriors

    Dec 23, 2012, 2:11 AM EST

    Steve Nash

    The Lakers played far from their best game of the season on Saturday. But it may end up being one of their most important. L.A. showed true grit in this one, and playing at full strength for the first time since Oct. 31 with Steve Nash back in the starting lineup, came from 14 down…

  14. Sixers Doug Collins owes a lot of people Big Macs

    Dec 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    Doug Collins

    Fans love the food give-a-ways. “We want ta-cos” chants and people yelling for pizza are the norm. In Philadelphia, the giveaway is Big Macs — if the Sixers win and score 100 points everyone gets a free Big Mac coupon. Which brings us to the video above. Philly has 99 points and is going to…

  15. Reports: Steve Nash will play when Lakers visit Warriors on Saturday

    Dec 22, 2012, 6:14 PM EST

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

    It’s been an epic struggle for the Lakers this season. But we may be reaching the point where things might finally begin to turn in the right direction. With expectations at a “championship-or-bust” level after the offseason acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and deservedly so, a 12-14 record in Los Angeles is simply…

  16. Mavericks release Derek Fisher at his request

    Dec 22, 2012, 5:44 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks

    It was believed that veteran point guard Derek Fisher had finally found a home for this season, after being unemployed for the first couple of months while reportedly waiting for the right situation to present itself. But after spending just a few weeks in Dallas, Fisher has come to the conclusion that family is more…

  17. Raptors rookie Valanciunas out indefinitely with broken finger

    Dec 22, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

    Raptors forward Valanciunas grabs his right hand during NBA basketball game against Magic in Toronto

    Midway through the first quarter against the Magic Friday night Raptors prized rookie Jonas Valanciunas was scrambling for a loose rebound on the ground and came up grabbing his finger. Turns he broke the ring finger on his right hand and is going to be out indefinitely. The Raptors have not yet given us an…

  18. DeMarcus Cousins suspended indefinitely by Kings

    Dec 22, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    The Sacramento Kings have announced that they’ve suspended DeMarcus Cousins “indefinitely for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.” The suspension comes less than 24 hours after Cousins got into it with Kings head coach Keith Smart during Friday night’s game, and was benched in the second half as a result. This is just…

  19. Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah ejected after altercation (VIDEO)

    Dec 22, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    New York Knicks Jason Kidd and Chicago Bulls Kirk Hinrich attempt to separate Bulls Joakim Noah and Knicks Tyson Chandler during altercation in NBA game in New York

    It was an ugly game at Madison Square Garden on Friday, where the Knicks melted down as they were being manhandled during a blowout loss to the Bulls. Carmelo Anthony and head coach Mike Woodson were ejected for arguing with officials, but the play that brought things to a head occurred with 4:39 to play…

  20. Nets head coach Avery Johnson not concerned about job security

    Dec 22, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson

    Avery Johnson was lauded for his work as Nets head coach during the fist two months of the season, when he led his team to an 11-4 start and was named Eastern Conference coach of the month in both October and November. Since then, however, Brooklyn is just 2-8, in part because Brook Lopez went…

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