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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Serge Ibaka is to be feared as Thunder beat Spurs

    Dec 18, 2012, 3:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while thinking “if you’re going to play Santa make sure you fit down the chimney”…. Rockets 109, Knicks 96: Jeremy Lin was back in New York and he doesn’t just play well at Madison Square Garden when Carmelo Anthony is out,…

  2. Three Stars of the Night: It’s your world, baby.

    Dec 18, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    After trading Dwight Howard and not getting a heck of a whole lot in return, the Orlando Magic were left for dead by everyone — yours truly included. But after taking out a hot Minnesota team and improving to a very respectable 11-13 record on the season, Glen “Big Baby” Davis made it clear in…

  3. Video: Blake Griffin put on an exhibition in Motown

    Dec 18, 2012, 12:43 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin and the Clippers still can put on a show and he did it in Detroit Monday. First, there was the end-to-end block at one end alley-oop at the other. He is unbelievable. Second is the highlight of the night — Matt Barnes with the off-the-backboard pass to Griffin for the tomahawk dunk. Not…

  4. Jeremy Lin loves New York, Knicks weak transition defense. Rockets cruise to win.

    Dec 17, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Lin defended by New York Knicks Chandler in first quarter of NBA basketball game in New York

    The obvious line is easy — Jeremy Lin has always been at his best when playing in Madison Square Garden with Carmelo Anthony out. The reality is that Jeremy Lin and his Rocket teammates are perfectly suited to expose some of the Knicks weaknesses. And some new troubling Knicks trends. The result was Lin, James…

  5. Video: Watch Kobe rack up points in Philly in “Phantom” slo-mo

    Dec 17, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Among the cool things they do at the NBA’s official YouTube site is to put together “Phantom” videos of certain nights or plays — slow motion shots with music. Seeing what Kobe does in slow motion can be amazing. Kids at home, you watch his footwork, that’s what you should mimic. The rest of us…

  6. Monday And-1 Links: Should the Rockets send Jeremy Lin to the bench?

    Dec 17, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    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. • Should the Houston rockets bring Jeremy Lin off the bench? What has been…

  7. Carmelo Anthony out Monday night vs. Rockets

    Dec 17, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    Carmelo Anthony is missing his second consecutive game due to a sprained ankle — Knicks coach Mike Woodson announced his star forward was out Monday night when the Knicks host the Rockets. The Knicks were able to beat the Cavaliers without Anthony. Barely. By one point. Despite how well Kyrie Irving played in that game,…

  8. John Wall could start physical activity Tuesday, but don’t expect him back soon

    Dec 17, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    There is not a lot of patience around the return of John Wall in Washington. That happens when the team’s best player missed the first quarter of the season and the team is 3-18. Wall has been cleared to “ramp up” his physical activity, but that did not mean just stepping into practice on Monday…

  9. Steve Nash: “Hopefully I can play by Christmas”

    Dec 17, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Lakers may be close to getting all their stars on the court at once. Then we can finally see how good (or not) this team actually is. Pau Gasol could return on Tuesday and now Steve Nash thinks he could be back on the court in time for the Lakers Christmas Day rematch with…

  10. Avery Bradley returns to Celtics practice Monday

    Dec 17, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley

    Here’s some good news for a Celtics team floating around .500 (12-11) and the bottom half of the Eastern Conference, they are about to get a starter back. Avery Bradley returned to Celtics practice Monday following surgery on both shoulders this off-season, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. It’s still too soon to say when…

  11. Ricky Rubio to sit out Tuesday vs. Heat due to back-to-back

    Dec 17, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    The Miami Heat keep catching breaks at home (and their home fans keep losing out). There was the much publicized — and expensive — time Gregg Popovich sat out Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in Miami. But that was just the tip of the iceberg —Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis all…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Right now, Clippers are second best in West

    Dec 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin and Chris Paul run off the bench to celebrate a basket against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    What we see in December is not always a great predictor of what we see in the playoffs, but the Clippers look very good lately. Better than their more talked about roommate in Los Angeles. 1. Thunder (19-4, Last week ranked No. 1). They are the winners of 10 in a row. I still think…

  13. Report: Manu Ginobili (among others) to sit out against Thunder

    Dec 17, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    The Spurs visit the Thunder tonight in a rematch of the thrilling Western Conference Finals from last spring. The Thunder come into the game having won their last 10 games and in possession of the conference’s best record. The Spurs enter the game winning six of their last eight games and have the conference’s second…

  14. Report: Pau Gasol to return to practice, return targeted for Tuesday

    Dec 17, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have been a punching bag through the first quarter of the season, taking beatings on the court in the form of losses and off the court in terms of media critiques. Injuries have been a big part of  their downfall with Steve Nash only playing in six quarters, Steve Blake also missing multiple…

  15. Report: Stoudemire could practice with Knicks Tuesday

    Dec 17, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Consider it a Christmas present — the Knicks may be about to get Amar’e Stoudemire back. The question is will this gift be a lump of coal. He’s been recovering from knee surgery and there have been hints he is getting close to getting back on the court, then comes this tweet from Marc Berman…

  16. Dr. .J to star on episode of “The Office” next year

    Dec 17, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly

    NBC’s hit comedy “The Office” is pulling out all the stops in its final season. Including Dr. J. NBA legend Julius Erving will have a cameo as himself in the Jan. 17 episode, getting into a business venture with Jim Halpert, reports The 700 Level (via Entertainment Weekly). In the episode, Dr. J becomes an…

  17. Jeremy Lin returns to Madison Square Garden Monday, without “Linsanity”

    Dec 17, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is back in the place it all came together for him. But it’s not the same. Monday night Jeremy Lin brings his new team the Houston Rockets into Madison Square Garden to take on the team where for a stretch he played stunningly good, exciting basketball that energized a sullen fan base. It…

  18. Report: Nets interested in trading for Ersan Ilyasova (but don’t bet on it)

    Dec 17, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Over the summer the Nets pursued (without great vigor) Ersan Ilyasova, a stretch four they wanted to add to a front line that already had a good shooting center in Brook Lopez. At least Ilyasova can rebound. They didn’t get him. Ilyasova re-signed with Milwaukee for five years, $40 million. The Nets responded by re-signing…

  19. Quote of the Day: Like all of us, Kobe is confused by Bynum’s hair

    Dec 17, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum hair

    “I don’t know what he’s doing with that perm.” —Kobe Bryant‘s comments on Andrew Bynum, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. The comments came after the Lakers win Sunday evening over the 76ers. It was also after Bynum suggested playing with Kobe stunted his growth as a player and might do the same…

  20. Hornets to bring in forward Dominic McGuire

    Dec 17, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Dominic McGuire slam dunks against New York Knicks in the first half of their pre-season NBA basketball game in Montreal

    The New Orleans Hornets, who want to add some depth at forward with Jason Smith out for a while, have found their man. The Hornets have signed Dominic McGuire, reports the Times-Picayune. McGuire has played five NBA seasons, bouncing between the Wizards, Kings, Bobcats, Warriors and most recently Raptors where he started nine games this…

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