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  1. Jeremy Pargo gets nod to start in place of Kyrie Irving

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:32 PM EST

    Jeremy Pargo, Dominique Jones

    Well, that’s going to be a drop off. No offense to Jeremy Pargo, but he is no Kyrie Irving. However, with Irving out for a month with a fractured finger, Pargo has been given the starting job in Cleveland, tweets Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. That starts Wednesday night against Philadelphia. Pargo has…

  2. Klay Thompson plans to shoot way out of slump. Should he do it off bench?

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:13 PM EST

    Klay Thompson

    The question isn’t “can Klay Thompson shoot?” The guy came into the league a gunner and hit 41.4 percent from three as a rookie. But in a larger role this season — starting, more minutes, more touches — he can’t find his touch. He’s shooting just 33.3 percent from three (and averaging seven shots from…

  3. Gerald Wallace tried to get Kobe to shoot a free throw with his eyes closed

    Nov 21, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Gerald Wallace, Deron Williams

    Gerald Wallace is becoming my hero. And he had the right idea — if you’re going to get to Kobe Bryant, you appeal to his ego. Wallace is a talker and the Nets forward was jawing at Kobe near the end of the Lakers win over the Nets Tuesday night. Twice in the final 17…

  4. Metta World Peace rubs Nets coach Avery Johnson’s head after hitting a three (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:47 AM EST

    Metta World Peace

    Late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s win over the Nets, Metta World Peace hit a three from the corner to cut the New Jersey lead to two. There was no celebration, no flexing, and no kissing of his own biceps after doing so. But he did have a little something for Avery Johnson…

  5. Tom Thibodeau says Omer Asik a lot like Yao Ming

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:38 AM EST

    Omer Asik

    No, it’s not that Omer Asik is going to get voted in as an All-Star starter whether he deserves it or not. But Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau — who was an assistant with the Rockets and worked with Asik when he was on the Bulls last season — thinks that Asik and Yao Ming are…

  6. Dwight Howard airballs a free throw, laughs about it (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:21 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers got a solid win over a pretty good Nets team on Tuesday, but struggled mightily from the free throw line in the process. L.A. as a team was 19-of-37 from the stripe, while Dwight Howard had more than half of the attempts, but managed to knock down just 7-of-19. None were worse than…

  7. Doc Rivers rips Lakers for “embarrassing” Phil Jackson

    Nov 21, 2012, 10:59 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Generally a good rule of thumb is that if you’re the coach of the Boston Celtics you shouldn’t comment on the Lakers coaching search. It’s pretty much Mahmoud Ahmadinejad commenting on the U.S. Presidential election — nobody should care what he thinks. But Doc Rivers spoke for a lot of Lakers fans when he commented…

  8. Kobe (and others) impressed with Grinnell’s Jack Taylor’s 138-point game

    Nov 21, 2012, 10:12 AM EST

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    It is what the entire basketball world is buzzing about — Jack Taylor at little Grinnell University dropped 138 points in a game. He was 52-of-108 from the field and 27-of-71 from three. And if you haven’t heard from him yet, Rob Dauster at CollegeBasketballTalk spoke with him Tuesday night. Kobe Bryant had a good…

  9. Jeremy Lin thinks he will still be an All-Star. Someday.

    Nov 21, 2012, 8:42 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Based on his play so far this season, Jeremy Lin doesn’t deserve to be an All-Star. He’s been below replacement level. Frankly, he’s looked a young point guard learning how to play in the league and finding his game. He’ll improve, but that’s a process. This year, if the fans don’t vote in Chris Paul…

  10. Video: Nick Young’s ridiculous three. That falls, of course.

    Nov 21, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Nick Young was in fully Swaggy P mode Tuesday night, so that even when he takes a three pointer that would embarrass Kobe Bryant it goes in. Young was up against the shot clock here, still this shot had no right to go in. But it was that kind of night for Young.

  11. Lakers hold off Nets in D’Antoni’s head coaching debut

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:57 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles with Pau Gasol of Spain and Kobe Bryant during their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, as he makes his game coaching debut for the Lakers, in Los Angeles

    Mike D’Antoni made his long-awaited debut as Lakers head coach on Tuesday, but the team’s previous win over the Rockets looked much more like his style. Nevertheless, the substance was there as L.A. overcame some mistakes to get a 95-90 win over the Nets that pushed the team over the .500 mark for the first…

  12. Three Stars of the Night: Kobe, ‘Melo and Swaggy P

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:39 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    Only three games tonight, so how about we give the three stars to the key players from each of the three winning teams. Sounds good to me. Third Star: Kobe Bryant (25 points, 5 assists, +20) Kobe Bryant has spent almost his entire career in Phil Jackson’s triangle, the only times outside it were in…

  13. Nick Young brings the swagger, the points, the Philly win

    Nov 21, 2012, 12:01 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers' Young celebrates with teammates Richardson and Holiday while playing against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    Nick Young brought the full Swagy P to this game. Young can be maddening. His swagger, his confidence can lead to bad decisions. The kind of shots Kobe regrets taking Young doesn’t fear. For example, in the first quarter against the Raptors Tuesday night Young was in the right corner when he got a high…

  14. Knicks 102, Hornets 80: Carmelo Anthony breaks bad

    Nov 20, 2012, 11:04 PM EST

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony is on a sort of “basketball diet.” After years of not maximizing his full potential, Anthony has shown great restraint against the temptations of chucking this season, and as a result, he looks the best he ever has. He’s motivated. He has the desire to defend. He’s taking only what he needs and…

  15. Rasheed Wallace yells ‘ball don’t lie’ after missed free throw from Austin Rivers (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2012, 8:42 PM EST

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace loves to yell things out to opposing players at the free throw line. We showed you his trash talk at Arron Afflalo last week, and now, we give you Wallace yelling his patented “Ball don’t lie!” at Austin Rivers of the Hornets, after Wallace was whistled for the ticky-tack reach-in, and Rivers clanked…

  16. Hornets reach deal to buy out Matt Carroll, as expected

    Nov 20, 2012, 8:14 PM EST

    Carroll_Matt

    We told you this was coming not long after Matt Carroll was traded from Charlotte to New Orleans for Hakim Warrick — the Hornets did it to save money (Carroll made $500,000 less) and they planned to buy out Carroll from the start. That became official on Tuesday, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN. Hornets’ expected…

  17. Nowitzki plans return mid-December, wants to play to 2016

    Nov 20, 2012, 7:13 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    When Dirk Nowitzki underwent knee surgery during training camp, he was expected to be out until December, but Mavericks officials were hopeful he could be back closer to Thanksgiving. Turns out the original timeline was even a little optimistic. Nowitzki spoke with the media Tuesday and said it would be close to a month, mid-December…

  18. Anthony Davis out Tuesday vs. Knicks, day-to-day with ankle injury

    Nov 20, 2012, 6:56 PM EST

    Anthony Davis, Samuel Dalembert, Monta Ellis

    New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis will miss Tuesday night’s home game against the Knicks due to an ankle injury, according to multiple reports. Davis has tweaked his left ankle multiple times over the past week, and the injury wasn’t believed to be anything serious. After posting 28 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday in his…

  19. Tony Allen pulls Kenneth Faried’s hair (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

    tony allen

    Normally, my stance on players with long hair in professional sports goes something like this: It’s a free country and all that, but just know what you’re doing might make you a target. In the NFL, for example, it’s especially tantalizing for defenders when they see the long flowing locks of their opponent dangling out…

  20. Wade plans to return from foot injury Wednesday

    Nov 20, 2012, 5:44 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade missed Miami’s last two games due to a foot injury, originally suffered in the team’s Nov. 12 win over the Rockets. The Heat won both without him, but they won’t have to try to do it again Wednesday night versus the Bucks. After completing his second consecutive day of practice without any setbacks,…

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