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  1. Rockets will play tired to support coach McHale at daughter’s funeral

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:01 PM EST

    Kevin Mchale

    Wednesday in Minnesota there will be a memorial service for Sasha McHale, the 23-year-old daughter of Rockets coach (and Celtics legend) Kevin McHale. She lost a long battle with Lupus and, as a father, I can’t imagine McHale’s pain. My heart goes out to him. The Rockets players want to be supportive and they are…

  2. Stunning news: Kobe Bryant will play despite fighting flu

    Nov 27, 2012, 9:09 PM EST

    kobe-game-3-thunder

    When it was announced that Kobe Bryant was a game-time decision on Tuesday for the Lakers, we dutifully reported it. He had the flu, that can wipe people out and keep them in bed, and it was news. We passed it along. But did anybody really think Kobe wasn’t going to lace them up and…

  3. Mavericks’ Carlisle frustrated enough with Collison to start Dominique Jones

    Nov 27, 2012, 7:25 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has been frustrated with point guard Darren Collison this season — just the other day Carlisle ripped Collison’s defense. Offensively Collison’s overall numbers are pretty average for a starter — 12.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting, a PER right at the league average 15. That said, Collison is getting 30 percent…

  4. Kobe Bryant has flu, is game-time decision Tuesday vs. Pacers

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:47 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    UPDATE 6:47 pm: Kobe Bryant put this on his Facebook page, which doesn’t really answer the big question of if he plays or not: Laid up in bed.. I’m under the weather. Drinking a lot of fluids. Trying to shake the aches and chills thru rest, medicine and a lil Bob Marley on the speakers.…

  5. As Bulls bench suffers, starters racking up too many minutes

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau

    It has been one of the secrets of the Bulls regular-season success the past couple years — coach Tom Thibodeau fully trusted a bench made up of Omer Asik, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson. They could play big minutes, play tough defense and either hold or stretch leads the starters gave them. All…

  6. Tuesday And-1 links: Dwight Howard not that influential. Apparently.

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    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. • Dwight Howard and James Dolan — congratulations! You made GQ’s list of least…

  7. Quote of the Day: Popovich talks about his “marriage” to Duncan

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

    Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

    “He doesn’t really even talk to me that much, anymore. We’ve been married so long that we . . .” Popovich trailed off. “Complete each other’s sentences,” chimed in a reporter… “Half the things I say he doesn’t hear, the other half he tunes out if he did hear… because he figures it’s bull****. Manu’s…

  8. Brian Shaw says it’s “mind boggling” way Lakers handled Phil Jackson

    Nov 27, 2012, 3:57 PM EST

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw was Phil Jackson’s lead assistant and right hand Jackson’s final few years in the league. Which is why Shaw isn’t the coach of the Lakers today — while he was the first choice of Kobe Bryant and the other Lakers players, management wanted a clean break from the Jackson era and went another…

  9. Rockets GM Morey talks about rolling dice on Royce White

    Nov 27, 2012, 3:17 PM EST

    Daryl Morey

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey is an interesting interview. And when you put him on a podcast with the interesting questions and discussion run by the people at Slate, you get good insights. Morey was on a recent podcast and discussed Jeremy Lin, the state of analytics in the NBA and more, and relatively openly. (You…

  10. Are Griffin, CP3 comments the start of pressure on Vinny Del Negro?

    Nov 27, 2012, 1:46 PM EST

    Vinny Del Negro

    The Clippers are struggling — 1-4 in their last five. The why is that two of the reasons they showed so much improvement at the start of the season have regressed — their defense has been a total mess the past week plus and DeAndre Jordan has reverted to his old self. That and defenses…

  11. Video: Metta World Peace in a cell phone/watch advertisement

    Nov 27, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

    Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    “I can check the weather while I play basketball.” Does anyone doubt Metta World Peace would actually do this? And if he did that it would be the greatest NBA highlight ever? Above is Metta World Peace advertising the cell phone/watch you can buy at iCellWatch.com. As someone who hates to wear a watch, ever,…

  12. DeMarcus Cousins says referee cursed at him before ejection

    Nov 27, 2012, 12:42 PM EST

    kings-cousins

    Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was ejected Saturday night, and that barely causes a ripple in the pond anymore. Cousins was called for a foul on Utah’s Enes Kanter, then after the whistle stopped play Cousins slapped the ball out of Kanter’s hands and that earned him his first technical. Shockingly, Cousins’ disagreed with a…

  13. Lakers not actively trying to trade Pau Gasol. Not yet, anyway.

    Nov 27, 2012, 11:42 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers players Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum sit on the bench shortly before their defeat by the Denver Nuggets in Denver

    Can you have a Lakers season where a chunk of their fans don’t want to trade Pau Gasol? It hasn’t happened yet, but for the first time since Gasol came to Los Angeles from Memphis and was central to them winning two NBA titles, there may be some validity to the talk. Gasol is struggling…

  14. Video: Derrick Rose “The Return” episode 6, “All In”

    Nov 27, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

    Derrick Rose in Family Story Tee and D Rose Snapback

    There has been some criticism of Adidas for doing so much to market the rehab from injury of Derrick Rose. It’s seen as cashing in on his injury. (I don’t see it that way, I see it as he sells shoes and they sell him and they are doing this the way Nike would if…

  15. Andray Blatche takes shot at Wizards. Who are still better off without him.

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:42 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Brooklyn Nets

    Note to Andray Blatche: The Brooklyn Nets are not 9-4 because of you, they are 9-4 because of Brook Lopez and Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace and occasionally even Jerry Stackhouse. And the Wizards are not 0-12 because you are gone — you are at the heart of the problems still. They invested years and…

  16. Video: Russell Westbrook’s huge dunk on the Bobcats

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook

    It must have felt like this for most of the night for the Thunder — one quick move and it was a wide-open path to the basket. The result in this case, right before the half, was a monster dunk by Russell Westbrook made it a 40-point Thunder lead at the break. The Bobcats, who…

  17. Could 0-12 Wizards reach NBA record of 0-18 start?

    Nov 27, 2012, 8:48 AM EST

    Trevor Booker, Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza

    It is the NBA record for early-season futility — in 2009 the Lawrence Frank coached Nets started the season 0-18 (Frank was gone after 16 of those, Kiki Vandewighe came in). It was ugly and bested the 1988-89 Heat and 1998-99 Clippers who had started 0-17. It was just part of the history the Nets…

  18. Video: Dwight Howard pokes fun at Kobe on team plane

    Nov 27, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Note, if you are very sensitive to language, don’t watch this video. There are none of George Carlin’s seven words in here, but there is one that could offend some. You’ve been warned. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard approach things differently. This video likely came after the Lakers loss to Sacramento (the day before Thanksgiving,…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jazz, Bucks make it night of the comebacks

    Nov 27, 2012, 7:34 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets' Iguodala is ejected during their NBA basketball game against Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while thinking there are some really screwed up people in Germany…. Nets 96, Knicks 89 (OT): It certainly wasn’t the best-played, prettiest game of the young season, but it was the most intense. The one with the most playoff feel, both…

  20. Thunder 114, Bobcats 69: Breaking it down by the numbers

    Nov 27, 2012, 2:18 AM EST

    Ramon Sessions, Jeff Taylor, Byron Mullens

    The Charlotte Bobcats were historically bad last season — the team with the worst winning percentage in the history of the NBA. They were 7-59. And their performance Monday night in a 114-69 loss to the Thunder may have been their worst game yet. Which seems out of place for a Bobcats team that is…

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