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  1. NBA Power Rankings: Western Conference dominates top spots

    Dec 31, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin, Jordan, Crawford, and Paul, celebrate a three pointer by teammate Green during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Los Angeles

    We enter 2013 off a week where the two best teams in the East — Miami and New York — looked sloppy while the teams at the top of the Western Conference looked strong and took over the top spots in the weekly rankings. 1. Clippers (25-6, Last week ranked No. 1). The win streak…

  2. Kobe says this is the best Clippers team he’s ever seen

    Dec 31, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    The Clippers are the best team in Los Angeles. Right now, it’s not all that close. But Los Angeles is still a Lakers town. So when people want to validate how good the Clippers are they go and ask the Lakers about it. Because that’s just kind of how L.A. works. So ESPNLA.com’s Dave McMenamin…

  3. Stan Van Gundy says Dwight Howard not as explosive

    Dec 31, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Lakers Howard leaves the court after being ejected for a flagrant foul on Nuggets Faried during their NBA basketball game in Denver

    A lot of people think Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy hate each other, but that’s not the case. They got over their little spat in Orlando pretty quickly and now text each other regularly. Van Gundy probably knows Howard’s game as well as anyone and told the Los Angeles Times the back surgery has…

  4. Kevin Garnett: ‘This is where all the plastic people melt’

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    This is rock bottom for the Celtics. They hope. But that loss to the Sacramento Kings on the road looked nothing like the Boston Celtics we expected to see this season — the Celtics defense was terrible, their rotations slow to nonexistent, their offense continues to struggle and there was just no passion. And if…

  5. Video: Blake Griffin’s between-the-legs warmup slam

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    What’s crazy is how nonchalant Blake Griffin is about this dunk. You know, just your usual between-the-legs slam one throws down every day. Which I guess if you are Blake Griffin you do, but still. He and the Clippers are a walking, talking highlight show. But one that is defending well, forcing turnovers and that…

  6. Report: Celtics, Mavericks among four teams trying to work Cousins trade

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    Know this — the scenario about to be laid out tells you what DeMarcus Cousins and his people are thinking and hoping for. What it does not do is tell you the reality of the situation. Not in the least. The reality here is a complex dynamic that starts with Cousins firing his long-time agent…

  7. Frustrated Carlisle threatens Mavs players with suspensions

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Carlisle reacts to call from officials NBA basketball game against Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dallas has lost six in a row and nine of their last 10 now. It hasn’t been pretty, especially the two losses to the Spurs where Dallas was barely even a threat. Coach Rick Carlisle is frustrated — frustrated with the effort level of his team. Frustrated with the professionalism. And he threatened his players…

  8. DeMarcus Cousins records first career triple-double against Celtics (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Bass

    How’s that for a showcase game? With trade winds swirling around DeMarcus Cousins, the big man went out and put his skills on full display for Celtics GM Danny Ainge to get a good long look at in a huge 118-96 win at home. This wasn’t the prettiest triple-double game you’ll ever see — Cousins…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston’s defense has serious issues

    Dec 31, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while in a massive food fight including flour and eggs…. Clippers 107, Jazz 96: The Clippers win streak is at 17 and if you are having an early season MVP discussion and not including Chris Paul in the mix, you…

  10. Three Stars of the Night: The Butler did it

    Dec 31, 2012, 2:14 AM EDT

    Ryan Anderson, Caron Butler

    Four games, three stars on a Sunday night. As always there are some honorable mention guys left out — Tony Parker with his 21, Monta Ellis with 30 points and 9 assists, and Al Jefferson with 30 against the Clippers front line almost made the cut. But instead, it’s an all-perimeter guys three stars tonight.…

  11. Clippers sweep the month of December, beat Jazz for 17th straight win

    Dec 31, 2012, 1:59 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    They say you make your own luck, but in the month of December, the Clippers have had little need to manufacture much of it. They’ve blown out most of their opponents, coasting to victory easily and often sitting their starters the entire fourth quarter. For a franchise that many thought was legitimately cursed once upon…

  12. Video: Vince Carter can still get up, throw it down

    Dec 30, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Vince Carter

    There were not many highlights for Dallas out of Sunday night — the Mavs were lackluster and the Spurs were their usual efficient selves. The final result was 111-86 San Antonio. But there was Vince Carter channeling his 2002 self with an impressive spinning dunk over just returned Kawhi Leonard. So enjoy that Mavs fans.…

  13. Nets GM Billy King: “P.J. Carlesimo is our coach”

    Dec 30, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Brooklyn Nets

    After the Brooklyn Nets fired Avery Johnson, we heard all the big names come up. Phil Jackson. Jeff Van Gundy. Jerry Sloan. But according to Nets GM Billy King, he has “not contacted anybody” about the coaching position yet. While you would hope that King would be involved in the coaching search, considering he’s the…

  14. What’s wrong with Roy Hibbert?

    Dec 30, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    Last night in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert played just 20 minutes. He grabbed one rebound, didn’t score a single point, and according to Pacers beat writer Mike Wells, he declined postgame comment for the first time in his five-year career. Pacers head coach Frank Vogel simply said this…

  15. NBA issues flopping warnings to Royal Ivey, Gustavo Ayon and Tony Parker

    Dec 30, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, flop

    Tony Parker? Flop? Well, I never! The NBA has officially warned Parker, Royal Ivey and Gustavo Ayon today for violating the anti-flopping policy established this season. While this is solely a warning for all three players, if they’re accused of violating the policy again, they will be subject to a $5,000 dollar fine. Parker’s flop…

  16. Jarrett Jack isn’t exactly buying that playing with Chris Paul helped him

    Dec 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jarrett Jack, Jrue Holiday

    Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul have a long-standing friendship. The two floor generals have known each other since they were teenagers on the AAU scene, and that carried over into a friendly ACC rivalry at Georgia Tech (Jack) and Wake Forest (Paul). When Jack was traded…

  17. Could the Wizards land DeMarcus Cousins?

    Dec 30, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Over the course of the next few months, we’re going to hear an awful lot of trade speculation regarding DeMarcus Cousins. Different trade scenarios will surface, and all the while, the Kings will likely hold the public position that they “have no interest in trading Cousins” right up until they actually do it. The latest…

  18. Royce White refusing assignment to D-League. Ugh.

    Dec 30, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Royce White

    For a second time this season, the Houston Rockets have assigned Royce White — the No. 16 overall pick from the last draft — to their D-League team. And for the second time he has refused the assignment. And from here it’s just hard to see him ever playing a moment for the Rockets. After…

  19. Monta Ellis officially loses his mind, compares himself to Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

    Dec 30, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis, Tristan Thompson

    So the Bucks had a really great win against the Miami Heat last night. Monta Ellis had 14 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. Decent night. He shot a lot of shots, 18 to be exact, but that’s kind of what Ellis does. Well, he does that, and apparently he also gives ridiculously awesome interviews. And apparently…

  20. Derrick Rose returns to Bulls practices, but no contact yet

    Dec 30, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    Derrick Rose is not going to show up in the Bulls lineup next week, his recovery is not that far along and the Bulls still do not wish to rush him. But things are getting better. Rose has started practicing with the Bulls, just not taking on contact, reports Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com. But CSNChicago.com…

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