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  1. Lakers find groove for second game in a row… bring on the real test (Miami)

    Jan 16, 2013, 2:07 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles Lakers

    It was a gimmick — after the Lakers ugly loss to the Thunder last Friday night, Mike D’Antoni said that the Lakers season really started Sunday night. Well, the Lakers are 2-0 in their “new” season, and both wins looked a lot more like what everyone expected of the team this season — Dwight Howard…

  2. Michael Beasley continues to be messed with by ‘gremlins’

    Jan 16, 2013, 12:15 AM EST

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    A funny thing happened during the Suns’ loss to the Thunder in Phoenix on Monday, and it wasn’t anything new if you’ve been following the career of Michael Beasley relatively closely. Beasley has had his ups and downs in his first year in Phoenix — mostly downs, if we’re being honest — but has contributed…

  3. Injuries, defensive woes have Timberwolves playoffs hopes fading

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:15 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio

    Early in the season it was impressive — without stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio the Timberwolves were winning enough games to stay above .500. They were defending. The schedule was helpful, but it felt like once they got Kevin Love back from his broken hand and Ricky Rubio back from injury they would bolt…

  4. Chris Paul to miss a second game for Clippers due to knee

    Jan 15, 2013, 8:04 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    It was expected at first that Chris Paul would miss both games in Texas that the Clippers had this week — he bumped knees with J.J. Redick on Saturday and sat out Monday night with a bruised kneecap. He’s going to be out Tuesday night as well, tweets Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. That…

  5. Spurs sued by Miami lawyer for resting top players vs. Heat

    Jan 15, 2013, 6:57 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    If you buy any product any product and it’s not what it is promised to be, you can ultimately sue the company that made it to get your money back. Should you be able to sue a professional sports team if they do not provide the players expected to perform? One Miami lawyer thinks so…

  6. “Bank of Cuban is open,” look for Dallas to be aggressive at deadline

    Jan 15, 2013, 4:53 PM EST

    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban made a gamble — he stripped down his championship roster to go after a big time free agent, to restock a roster while Dirk Nowitizki’s championship window is still open. It didn’t work this summer — Deron Williams stayed in Brooklyn. It’s not likely to work next summer because people close to the…

  7. Tuesday And-1 links: Chris Bosh to guest star on Disney Channel’s “Jessie”

    Jan 15, 2013, 4:15 PM EST

    DEBBY RYAN, KARAN BRAR, CAMERON BOYCE, CHRIS BOSH

    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 your grandma loves QVC… • If you don’t have a tween daughter, you…

  8. Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson lays out framework for Kings to stay put

    Jan 15, 2013, 3:03 PM EST

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    With reports swirling that the Kings’ move to Seattle is a mere formality at this point, the story on the ground in Sacramento is much, much different. In the end, this story comes down to three things: 1. Can Seattle’s Chris Hansen close a deal with the Maloofs to buy the Kings? (According to reports,…

  9. Others confirm report: Knicks taping Carmelo Anthony on court

    Jan 15, 2013, 2:48 PM EST

    Referee Brothers moves to break up New York Knicks' Anthony and Boston Celtics' Garnett as they argue during their NBA basketball game in New York

    I still don’t get it, but it really seems to be happening and it may continue. Using a guy who looks like the bassist for the heavy metal cover band that plays at your local bar, the Knicks are indeed recording what is said to and by Carmelo Anthony on the court, reports both the…

  10. Kevin Durant throws it down over the Suns (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2013, 1:40 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, P.J. Tucker

    As the marketing campaign has been telling us, KD is not nice. The best part of this play by Kevin Durant is obviously the finish over a helpless Marcin Gortat, but I was almost as impressed by how he put himself in position to throw it down in the first place. Working in isolation against…

  11. Deron Williams doesn’t think he deserves to be All-Star

    Jan 15, 2013, 1:06 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    Just a couple years ago Deron Williams was an All-Star automatic — if the fans didn’t vote him in, the coaches would. And should have. In 2010 he averaged 18.7 points and 10.5 assists per game with a PER of 20.6. He got mentioned next to Chris Paul in the “best point guard in the…

  12. Larry Drew frustrated with Hawks team appearing in free-fall

    Jan 15, 2013, 12:43 PM EST

    Larry Drew

    The Atlanta Hawks have just been plain ugly the past few weeks. They are 3-7 in their last 10. In those 10 games the Hawks defense has been the biggest issue — they are giving up six points per 100 possessions more than their season average. But of late their offense has joined the “we’re…

  13. Knicks on road trip to London — and they’re happy for the rest

    Jan 15, 2013, 12:04 PM EST

    Tyson Chandler, Steve Novak, Carmelo Anthony

    For the past couple weeks, the Knicks have not looked anything like the early season team that could be a threat to the Heat. New York is 4-6 in its last 10 games. Both the offense and defense have taken steps back in that time (both are a few points per possession off their season…

  14. Dwyane Wade has fan ejected from front row in Utah (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2013, 11:38 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    We don’t have a lot of context here, we don’t know what this man said that earned him having Dwyane Wade asking security to kick him out. But Wade did, even helped by showing the way. This with just a little over three minutes left in the third quarter a game where Wade and Chris…

  15. Nuggets’ Mozgov thinks he could be traded by deadline

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:33 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Timofey Mozgov is out of George Karl’s rotation in Denver. He has played in just two of the team’s last five games and in the two he played he got a total of 14 minutes. Combine that with him being in the last year of his contract and Mozgov being 7’1” and you have the…

  16. Ish Smith jumps over John Wall, still blocks Wall’s shot (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:07 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Washington Wizards

    We already showed you how John Wall broke Ish Smith’s ankles with a crossover when the Wizards beat the Magic, but these two had one other great play in this game. Wall cuts down the lane and gets a nice pass from Trevor Ariza, stops to gather himself and gives a little pump fake as…

  17. The Extra Pass: Teams in the basement

    Jan 15, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we hope David Stern isn’t reading.  Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who have had their memory cleansed of everything lockout related, but try and remember this. Before everything went…

  18. Quote of the Day: D’Antoni doesn’t know how to describe Kobe’s off-the-ball defense

    Jan 15, 2013, 8:31 AM EST

    Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant

    “Umm, it’s good … You know. I think sometimes he just … You know … Umm … Yeah, it’s good.” —Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, when asked to describe Kobe Bryant‘s off-the-ball defense, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com. When Kobe has to defend on the ball — stop his man when said man has…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami’s little slump getting serious

    Jan 15, 2013, 7:55 AM EST

    Utah Jazz guard Hayward watches as Miami Heat forward James reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while getting sucked into the “Good Will Hunting” oral history… Thunder 102, Suns 90: Kevin Durant is really, really good. Not sure if you knew that. The Suns were given a first-hand reminder when KD dropped 41 on the Suns in their home…

  20. Three Stars of the Night: Volatile Stars Edition

    Jan 15, 2013, 2:01 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    On a night where the Atlanta Hawks scored 58 points, the Memphis Grizzlies shot 30 percent from the field, and the Orlando Magic lost by 29 points…to the Washington Wizards…we could probably use some offensive outbursts to distract us, right? Well, I’ll tell you what — if it’s outbursts you want, our Three Stars are plenty capable…

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