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  1. Wizards beat Heat because they care while Heat don’t (about defense)

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:44 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Miami has been coasting this season and it shows on defense. Yes they were 12-3, but they had the 19th ranked defense in the NBA on points per possession (via Hoopdata). They play a style based on aggression, on using their athleticism and length to pressure you into mistakes. If you play that going half-speed,…

  2. Eddy Curry signs to play in China for rest of season

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:30 PM EST

    Eddy Curry Mavs

    Don’t make Chinese food buffet jokes here, they don’t have those buffets in China. Which is something Eddy Curry is going find out. After not being able to stick with the Spurs and Mavericks (or any other NBA team) he is headed to China, tweets Sportando. Eddy Curry has signed in China with Zhejiang Golden…

  3. Report: New Orleans to change name from Hornets to Pelicans

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:51 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    There are a whole lot of NBA teams with names that don’t match their cities cultures — the Jazz in Utah, the Lakers in the desert of Los Angeles, the Grizzlies in Memphis (not Vancouver). New Orleans doesn’t want to be another one of those. Hornets and Hornets Nest is a Charlotte nickname dating back…

  4. Rockets plan to break out the hack-a-Dwight vs. Lakers

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    You know how long we are going to see teams use hack-a-Dwight against Dwight Howard and the Lakers? Until it stops working. Orlando fouled Howard seven times in the final seven minutes of their game Sunday night, and the Lakers were up six points when Howard entered the game. While Howard hit 7-of-14 free throws…

  5. Rondo went to Mexico while on suspension. Not exactly contrite now.

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo shouts instructions from the bench against the Brooklyn Nets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    When David Stern and the NBA suspended Rajon Rondo for two games following a fight/pushing match with Kris Humphries and the Brooklyn Nets, he didn’t exactly go back to his room and think about what he had done wrong. Instead, he went to Mexico. That’s what he told reporters, you can see the CSNNE.com video…

  6. Wizards think they could beat Miami Tuesday. Sure they can.

    Dec 4, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    On paper it is the biggest mismatch of the year — the 12-3 Miami Heat (tied for the best record in the NBA) vs. the 1-13 Washington Wizards, clear and away the worst team in the NBA. The Heat have the second best offense in the NBA (110.5 points per 100 possessions), the Wizards have…

  7. Lakers Pau Gasol could be out a lot longer than one game

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:47 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    There is only one real cure for tendinitis — rest. And the Lakers are going to give Pau Gasol all he needs. Gasol will sit out Tuesday night as the Lakers start a three-game road trip in Houston and he is listed as day-to-day, but Lakers coach Mike told ESPNLA.com they will rest him until…

  8. Felton to play through bruised thumb; Kidd may return, too

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:03 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    It’s not his shooting hand, but still it is a bone bruise in his hand near his thumb. I’ve never dribbled a ball with a bone bruise in my hand — or had a defensive player hit my hand in that situation while trying to swipe the ball — but I imagine it’s not a…

  9. Video: Kevin Love’s smooth jazz to get you to donate coats

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:43 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    This is the fifth year Kevin Love has been part of a coat drive in Minnesota to help the less fortunate and…. well, he’s never done a PSA quite like that one. Smooth Jazz (which is one of the great evils of society, if you want jazz go listen go put in “Birth of the…

  10. Alonzo Mourning misses old school, physical NBA. But hey, it’s marketing.

    Dec 4, 2012, 1:24 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Miami Heat

    It was a different NBA in a lot of ways when Alonzo Mourning suited up. It was a more physical game — you could put a hand on a guy out on the perimeter or body him up inside in a way that draws a whistle now. That physical play led to emotional outbursts —…

  11. Pau Gasol out for Lakers on Tuesday due to knee tendinitis

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    This is one way to make sure Gasol isn’t benched for key parts of the fourth quarter. Bench him the whole game. Pau Gasol will not suit up for the Lakers Tuesday night in Houston due to tendinitis in both knees, tweets Dave McMenamin of ESPN (as well as the rest of the Lakers press…

  12. Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t expect to play EuroBasket 2013

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:19 PM EST

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    Next summer is the European championship of basketball — EuroBasket — taking place in Slovenia. Followed in 2014 by the World Cup/World Championship. Followed in 2015 by Olympic qualifying games. Followed in 2016 by the Olympics in Rio. We know how most owners feel about their elite players choosing country over club and risking injury…

  13. Utah’s Favors officially diagnosed with plantar fasciitis

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:57 AM EST

    favors-fined

    If you want to know how much the Utah Jazz miss Derrick Favors, watch Chris Paul’s layup that gave the Clippers the lead for good on Monday night. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are good players, but Favors provides athleticism on the defensive end they do not. And that the Jazz miss. And Utah may…

  14. Dwight Howard bolted court without shaking Magics’ hands

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:38 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    This is one of those situations that really says more about how you feel about players being friendly with opponents than it does about the situation. The Orlando Magic not only beat the Dwight Howard and his new team the Lakers on Sunday night, they embarrassed their own teammate. They went to hack-a-Dwight on the…

  15. Video: Ridiculous sidearm full-court shot in high school game

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:11 AM EST

    Spaulding NBA basketball

    That is luck. Kid should have bought a lottery ticket. This video — courtesy The Big Lead — is believed to be from a Wisconsin high school game. But it doesn’t matter where it is from, because crazy shots that fall are universal. Just a little something to enjoy with your Tuesday morning coffee.  …

  16. Report: Derrick Rose a couple weeks away from returning to practice

    Dec 4, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose looks on from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Derrick Rose is getting better — that is video of him running sprints at the Bulls practice facility on Monday. That’s a good sign. Then comes this report out of the Chicago Sun-Times (hat tip to SLAM) According to an NBA source, while ‘‘The Return’’ to the court for NBA games is still up in…

  17. D’Antoni says his older, slower Lakers can’t play half speed

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    Mike D'Antoni

    These Lakers — with an abundance of big men and some age on the perimeter — were never going to look like the “seven seconds or less” Suns. But they’ve looked more like some guys who need walkers to get to the bingo room at the assisted living home. The Lakers have looked old and…

  18. Video: Chris Paul with the go-ahead driving layup vs. Jazz

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    This is about Chris Paul being Chris Paul and making the play that put the Clippers up for good and got them the win. But it’s also about the Jazz defense and how they miss Derrick Favors. Paul called DeAndre Jordan out and uses the screen well to pick-off DeMarre Carroll, but notice how Al…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Robin Lopez, Luke Babbitt key wins. It was that kind of night.

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:42 AM EST

    Brandon Jennings, Robin Lopez

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while trying to decide if you love or hate the new Air Jordan XX8…. Clippers 105, Jazz 104: Blake Griffin has his biggest scoring game of the year and the Clippers hand the Jazz their first home loss of the year.…

  20. Clippers 105, Jazz 104: Don’t make Chris Paul angry

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:13 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    The city of Los Angeles may not have Phil Jackson, but Chris Paul is doing his best to carry on some of the Zen Master’s most notable traits. Remember how Jackson would never call timeouts when his team was on the bad end of a big run? Timeouts were considered to be bailouts. Jackson wanted…

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