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  1. Rondo says he should have taken the layup after slipping on game-winning shot attempt

    Dec 8, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    We showed you Evan Turner‘s game-winner from Friday night’s contest between the Celtics and Sixers. It wouldn’t have been the deciding basket, though, had Rondo been more decisive on the game’s final possession. Boston had a final chance, inbounding the ball on their end of the floor trailing by one with 2.7 seconds remaining. It goes…

  2. Report: Kobe’s trash talk got on Durant, Westbrook’s nerves during Olympics

    Dec 8, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    When team USA scrimmaged this summer, Kobe Bryant often lined up opposite Russell Westbrook to guard him. To challenge him. And in vintage Kobe fashion, he talked a lot of smack. Did you watch the first half of the Lakers loss to the Thunder Friday night? When Westbrook went off for 27 points and hit…

  3. Dwight Howard: Ghost Hunter (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    This is the latest spot from Foot Locker and adidas, sticking to the theme of showing us what NBA stars might look like if they were to engage in seemingly random and ridiculous off-the-court activities. First we had Ricky Rubio as “backyard wrestler,” and now we get Dwight Howard: ghost hunter. Yeah, I don’t really…

  4. Heat may be forced to break up superstar core due to league’s upcoming payroll taxes

    Dec 8, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    The lockout that shortened the 2011-12 NBA season was about money above all else. The owners were willing to scrap the season if they didn’t secure a much larger share of revenue in the new collective bargaining agreement, and that’s exactly what they were able to do, even if it took holding the players and…

  5. Metta World Peace and Serge Ibaka get tangled up, receive double technicals (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Metta World Peace, Mike Callahan, Sean Corbin

    Friday night’s game between the Thunder and the Lakers wasn’t close, but Serge ibaka and Metta World Peace appeared to try to make up for that by getting tangled up in the closing minutes. With under three minutes to play and Oklahoma City leading by 10, Ibaka and MWP were fighting for position on a…

  6. Westbrook’s stellar first half helps Thunder bury the Lakers

    Dec 8, 2012, 12:44 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Darius Morris

    The Lakers weren’t expected by anyone to go into Oklahoma City on Friday and take down a Thunder team that was not only playing its best basketball of the young season, but was also riding a six-game winning streak. But it didn’t have to go down like this. Russell Westbrook destroyed the Lakers with a…

  7. Video: Evan Turner goes iso, hits game winner vs. Celtics

    Dec 7, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

    Evan Turner

    There are couple ways to look at Evan Turner‘s game. You can say he had 26 points and 10 points and that’s a good night. But I look at him shooting 10-26 — that’s 37.5 percent — and I see a gunner who was volume shooting not being efficient. Basically, he wasn’t good he just…

  8. JaVale McGee literally throws it down on the Pacers (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    The leaping ability of JaVale McGee has been well-documented, yet he gave us another example of his skill in this department on Friday night against the Pacers. McGee gets the ball on the wing, and after a single dribble, elevates and throws it down over Ian Mahinmi — literally. Afterward, he celebrates by … shoveling…

  9. Michael Beasley may be heading to the bench in Phoenix

    Dec 7, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

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    The Suns are currently riding a five-game losing steak, after coming close but ultimately falling short in a 97-94 loss to the Mavericks on Thursday. And fair or not, the blame for a lot of the team’s struggles, especially offensively, is being placed squarely on the shoulders of Michael Beasley. Beasley was benched for the…

  10. Dwight Howard says he’s done listening to free throw advice

    Dec 7, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard and his poor free throw shooting have been the subject of much consternation for the Lakers. Howard is shooting under 47 percent from the line, and has attempted 211 foul shots — more than any other player in the league by a wide margin. Howard showcases his gregarious personality on the regular with…

  11. Stern slams New Jersey Governor Christie over sports betting

    Dec 7, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    David Stern

    Professional sports leagues work at staying as far away from gambling as possible (unless it’s fantasy leagues, but they pretend you don’t put money into those). They don’t want the reality or perception of sports gambling leading to shaved points or game fixing. So, not shockingly, NBA Commissioner David Stern — and the commissioners of…

  12. Video: Byron Scott answers reporter’s phone during press conference

    Dec 7, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

    A lot of reporters — myself included — use a recording app on our smart phones to tape interviews with players/coaches/whoever. Your great fear — somebody decides to call at just the wrong moment. As happened Wednesday night during Byron Scott’s pregame press conference. What we learn out of this is that Scott has very…

  13. Friday And-1 links: Injury updates for Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon

    Dec 7, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    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. • The good news is the Hornets’ Anthony Davis is on the court and…

  14. Video: The 76ers have world’s largest T-shirt cannon… it’s ginormous.

    Dec 7, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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    The Sixers’ T-shirt cannon looks like something that did a tour in Afghanistan. I’m not kidding. “Big Bella” that can shoot out 60 T-shirts in 10 seconds, they can shoot out 360 in a minute, and get some of them all the way to the upper level. It has two 20-pound CO2 tanks.   This…

  15. Is Dwyane Wade just having a slow start or is this something bigger?

    Dec 7, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat did not lose to the New York Knicks solely because Dwyane Wade had a 3-of-13 off night shooting. They lost because the Knicks are playing well and the Heat’s defense is not. But Wade certainly didn’t help. And we’ve seen a lot more of this Dwyane Wade this season. The one that…

  16. Shaq wants to be the “Pat Riley of comedy.” No, I don’t know what that means either.

    Dec 7, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    When he’s not dragging down TNT’s Inside the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal has a lot of other things going on. A bunch of businesses. A brand to promote. And a comedy tour. Shaq’s “All Star Comedy Jam” where he’s trying to get some young comedians exposure. And when talking to the Associated Press about it, he…

  17. PBT Podcast: Talking Knicks, Heat, Lakers and some quality time with Adrian Wojnarowski

    Dec 7, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' J.R. Smith hangs on the rim after dunking in the second half as teammate Tyson Chandler and Miami Heat's Chris Bosh look on in their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the Knicks, following their big win over the Heat on Thursday. We wonder if New York is for real, while breaking down what ails the Heat, and whether or not we believe Miami’s truly in trouble at this early stage of…

  18. Rip Hamilton could be out month for Bulls, maybe less

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    While a number of NBA players will miss games this season with irritation and pain in their plantar fascia — the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot — Richard Hamilton tore his. What does that mean? He could be out a month he told Chicago media, including Aggrey Sam of CSNChciago.com.…

  19. Report: Pau Gasol to sit out against the Thunder

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    After sitting out the first two games of the Lakers three game road trip, there was a sliver of hope that he might try to play Friday night against the Thunder. The thought was that the extra rest may help his knees feel good enough to give it a go in what is certainly a…

  20. Ricky Rubio will play not Friday, likely will next week

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    UPDATE 1:03 pm: Ricky Rubio may want to play Friday night but he will not, the Timberwolves announced on their official twitter account. But he is close, so don’t be shocked if we see him next Wednesday or at some point during the week. The Timberwolves could really use him on the offensive end and…

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