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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs, Knicks remain undefeated

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:42 AM EST

    Rasheed Wallace, Tyson Chandler

    Our nightly recap of every game around the NBA. We catch you up on what you missed while you were finding out where Superman’s home planet Krypton actually was…. Spurs 101, Pacers 79: Don’t look now, but the Spurs are defending again this year. Which is how they crushed the Pacers. We broke it down.…

  2. Three Stars of the Night: When Duty Calls

    Nov 6, 2012, 3:07 AM EST

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    Points are put on a pedestal in the NBA, so what happens when a team loses its big scorer to injury or simply doesn’t have one on the roster? Other guys step up. We tend to forget, but just about every NBA player (earmuffs, Reggie Evans) can score when given enough chances. It might not…

  3. Spurs show Pacers, everyone that defense is why they are 4-0

    Nov 6, 2012, 1:49 AM EST

    Tim Duncan

    San Antonio has the advantage of continuity. Sure, they have the advantage of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, too. But the reason they have been as good as anyone in the NBA through the first week is they have continuity — same system, same coach, same core players they have had for a…

  4. Video: Doug Collins is not impressed with J.R. Smith’s huge dunk

    Nov 5, 2012, 10:29 PM EST

    J.R. Smith

    My favorite part of this video is not J.R. Smith‘s dunk, although it is impressive and powerful. It is not Smith going over looking to say some magical words to the fans in Philly who just witnessed said dunk. It is not Pablo Prigioni getting in the air then getting bailed out with the 25-foot back…

  5. Dwight Howard doesn’t like center being taken off All-Star ballot

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:29 PM EST

    Dwight Howard All-Star

    When you get around to doing your NBA All-Star voting this year, it will be a little different — you will vote for two guards and three frontcourt players per conference. The NBA wisely decided to get rid of the center position on the ballot because it simply didn’t fit with today’s game — do…

  6. Nash return now estimated at 7-to-10 days; Kobe skips practice

    Nov 5, 2012, 7:07 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada and Kobe Bryant react during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    It’s time for some Lakers injury updates, featuring Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant. The Lakers are going to be cautious with Steve Nash and take their time, so if you ask if they will wait a month they will say they will wait a month. But the original reports of a week or so are…

  7. First NBA flopping warnings go to J.J. Barea, Donald Sloan

    Nov 5, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

    Barea Hinrich

    Congratulations J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan, you have gotten the historic first warnings from the NBA for flopping. The league announced Monday that Minnesota’s Barea and Cleveland’s Sloan got warnings — there are no fines until their second offense (and then it is just $5,000 for the next offense). The goal rather is to leak…

  8. Doc Rivers wants to keep Rondo’s minutes under control

    Nov 5, 2012, 5:23 PM EST

    Celtics' Rondo looks at head coach Rivers as he walks off the court during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    The Boston Celtics aren’t off the best start this season, posting a 1-2 record in their first three games. In those contests, Rajon Rondo has racked up a lot of minutes. If you ask Doc Rivers, it’s been too many minutes. Since he is in a position to do something about it, he plans to:…

  9. Video: The Nets new mascot — Brooklyn Knight. Um, okay.

    Nov 5, 2012, 5:07 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

    That was the rather ridiculous entrance of the Nets new mascot opening night — meet Brooklyn Knight. You see what they did there: Brooklyn Knight, Brooklynite. Get it? Really clever stuff. I’m not sure there’s a good way to introduce a mascot, but whatever it might be that wasn’t it. I guess the Nets worked…

  10. Barkley could leave Inside the NBA sooner rather than later

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:34 PM EST

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    We all watch Inside the NBA on TNT because the personalities make it work — Charles Barkley as the loud mouth, Kenny Smith trying to walk the funny and serious line, Ernie Johnson trying to keep everybody coloring inside the lines. Oh, and Shaq is there. But Barkley sounds like he’s not having as much…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs and Knicks movin’ on up

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Fans celebrate as Knicks' Anthony sinks a three-point shot against Heat during NBA basketball game in New York

    The first few power rankings of the year show the most volatility — we don’t have established patterns for teams and so if someone gets hot or cold for a few games there is no context yet to put that in. It’s Small Sample Size Theatre. The Magic are 2-0 but I don’t think they…

  12. What is wrong with Rodney Stuckey’s game?

    Nov 5, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    Rodney Stuckey, Anthony Morrow

    At this stage of the season, all analysis of teams and players should be framed by the small sample size caveat. Whether a player is is shooting the lights out or stinking up the joint, allowing performance to regress (or progress) to the mean is going to be the best approach. It’s too long a…

  13. Former Bulls, ESPN NBA announcer Jim Durham dies at age 65

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:47 PM EST

    Jim Durham - 2003

    Jim Durham had one of the great voices ever to broadcast NBA games. He worked for the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, most recently he was ESPN’s radio play-by-play announcer, having worked Boston at Miami on opening night. He died Sunday at his home outside Houston at the age of 65. He had been the…

  14. Now Kobe says he might want to play until age 40

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    When Kobe Bryant had to go through the grind of workouts and treatments to get ready for another season, he talked seriously about wanting to just walk away from all of it in two years. Now that he’s a couple games into a season — the fun part of the job, playing games and competing…

  15. Strain of change leading to concerns about Thunder chemistry

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    It has been a strange thing to see — barking and bickering among the tight chemistry of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s come up every game so far this season, Darnell Maryberry of the Oklahoman described Sunday’s incident in a loss to the Hawks. At the end of the first quarter, Thabo Sefolosha and Russell…

  16. Gerald Wallace out at least one game, maybe longer

    Nov 5, 2012, 12:27 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets Gerald Wallace on court after fouling Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry to prevent layup in NBA game in New York

    The Nets won their first game of the season but lost a key player in the process. Late in the the victory over the Raptors, Wallace sprained his ankle and left the game. X-rays were negative, he still isn’t recovered enough to play in tonight’s game vs the Timberwolves: Gerald Wallace and Josh Childress both…

  17. Andray Blatche ran out of gas on the highway. Which is about the most Blatche thing ever.

    Nov 5, 2012, 12:19 PM EST

    Jason Terry, Jared Sullinger

    We’ve all been there — the gas warning light comes on and you think to yourself “I can still make it home, then I’ll get gas in the morning.” Then the next morning comes and you’re running late and it’s “I can make it to work, I think, then I’ll get gas afterwards.” And you…

  18. Video: Jeff Teague dunks all over Kevin Durant

    Nov 5, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

    Jeff Teague, Russell Westbrook Kendrick Perkins

    Jeff Teague has looked pretty good for the Hawks through two games this season — 15 points a game on 59 percent shooting, plus dropping six dimes a game. Oh, and he can get up and dunk. And if you are late on the rotation to stop him — even if you have the freakishly…

  19. Front office guy Jason Levien leaving Philly for Memphis

    Nov 5, 2012, 10:22 AM EST

    DC United Introduce New Ownership Partners

    You may not know Jason Levien, but Josh Harris likely doesn’t own the Philadelphia 76ers without him. Levien, a former agent and Sacramento Kings executive, helped bring together the Harris deal and became a minority owner in the Philly franchise. Now he’s out so he can take a larger role with the new ownership in…

  20. Kenyon Martin says he will play for anyone. At league minimum.

    Nov 5, 2012, 10:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Kenyon Martin doesn’t have an NBA team. Which seems a little strange — at age 34 last season he struggled a little with knee issues and that led to shooting struggles (he shot 44.8 percent last season, down from 51 percent the season before) and rebounding issues. His PER fell to 9.8. But his knee…

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