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  1. Doc Rivers ‘doesn’t like’ league fining Spurs for resting their starters

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    When David Stern issued a statement stating the league would be fining the Spurs $250,000 for resting four starters on Thursday night in Miami, it was sure to create some controversy. There was no rule specifically stating Gregg Popovich could not sit his players whenever he chooses, so handing down a steep punishment for it…

  2. Cavaliers snap Hawks’ six-game winning streak at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Pargo (8), Alonzo Gee (33),  Anderson Varejao (17), Dion Waiters

    The Hawks came into Friday night’s home contest against the Cavaliers riding a six-game winning streak, although a closer look at the teams they played during that stretch would reveal that it really wasn’t one that was terribly impressive. Atlanta recorded maybe one quality win in those six games, which came against the Clippers. But…

  3. Dwight Howard dominates as Lakers cruise past Nuggets

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:20 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers were coming off of a miserable 77-point performance against a defensive-minded Pacers team on Tuesday, and the Nuggets were coming to town after playing a wild one the night before on the road against the Warriors. The combination of those two factors, along with Denver’s fearlessness in playing uptempo basketball, spelled disaster for…

  4. Another sign Seattle arena becoming real — early designs released

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Seattle skyline

    They are getting closer to having an arena in Seattle. In the end, they are going to need an NBA (and maybe NHL) team in hand to start building and make the numbers work, but you still keep seeing the steps of development to ready them for that day. The latest step was the release…

  5. Commitment to Triangle Offense may be the reason Brian Shaw is not yet a head coach

    Nov 30, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw is currently an “associate head coach” with the Indiana Pacers, a title that may mean internally that he’s second in command, but has no league-wide significance beyond that. He’s an assistant coach to everyone else, and though he’s had plenty of interviews with teams for a head coaching spot — nine of them,…

  6. Derek Fisher to start at point guard for Mavericks

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    Derek Fisher was signed by the Dallas Mavericks this week, after beginning the season without a spot on an NBA roster. Fisher finished last year as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but found himself without a job to start the year while reportedly looking to catch on with a contender. Since no offers…

  7. Friday And-1 Links: The Hawks are playing really good defense

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Hawks Media Day Basketball

    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 more than football players like viagra. • Things we did not expect coming into…

  8. League fines Spurs $250,000 for not playing stars vs. Miami

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, David Stern

    David Stern has drawn his line in the sand… we think. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered about where that line is and what is and is not allowed. But the NBA has brought the hammer down. A big hammer. The NBA has fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000…

  9. Quote of the Day: Morey wants to bring analytics to dance teams

    Nov 30, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    “I have all these opinions about the dancers but they should be kept to myself. No one consults me. I keep asking to be invited to the dance tryouts but no one ever allows me there. I’ll just say this: My general philosophy is that you can teach them to dance.” —Rockets GM Daryl Morey…

  10. If Stern penalizes players who sit to rest, watch “injuries” rise

    Nov 30, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    David Stern

    Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. David Stern has a lot of questions to answer if he is going to fine Gregg Popovich or Spurs owner Peter Holt for sitting Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili on Thursday night against the Heat. We have already covered those questions in detail. It is…

  11. Amir Johnson’s Christmas tree is bigger than yours

    Nov 30, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    amir Johnson Christmas tree

    That, sir, is one big Christmas tree. The Raptors Amir Johnson is officially 6’9″ and that photo you see is him on a ledge in his home putting the star on top of his Christmas tree. Normally you need Yukon Cornelius to bring a Bumble into the house to get a star on top of…

  12. Ainge says Rondo an emotional player, confident he can control it

    Nov 30, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries

    Rajon Rondo is out for the Celtics next two games (Friday and Saturday nights), the result a suspension from a fight he instigated with Kris Humphries of the Brooklyn Nets after Humphries’ foul on Kevin Garnett caused an awkward fall. But this is not the first time — this is Rondo’s third suspension in the…

  13. Kevin Love questionable Friday due to illness

    Nov 30, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Another day, another update to the status of Timberwolves players who are in or out for the team’s next game. Minnesota will host the Bucks on Friday, but may have to do so without Kevin Love, who is questionable and will likely be a game-time decision, reports Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune. Love has…

  14. LeBron doesn’t think Popovich was wrong for resting Spurs starters against Heat

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    There’s been plenty of discussion over Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s decision to rest his three best players on Thursday, all of whom were healthy, for his team’s nationally televised contest in Miami versus the defending champion Heat. No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s tough to argue that the league would be…

  15. Hey D’Antoni, are Lakers starting to get your offense? “No.”

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Here’s a little overlooked fact — the Lakers have the ninth-best defense in the NBA right now. Seriously. They are giving up 99.5 points per 100 possessions (according to Hoopdata), tying them with the Spurs in the top 10. That despite some ugly performances on that end of the floor against the Grizzlies and Kings.…

  16. Andre Iguodala hits the game-winner that wasn’t (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson (11)

    ‘We broke down the wild finish to Thursday’s game between the Warriors and the Nuggets. And it could have been even wilder. This shot from Andre Iguodala would have capped it off perfectly, yet it was waived off by the officials after the ball appeared to still be in his hands when the red light…

  17. Pau Gasol still trying to find his place in D’Antoni’s offense

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-LAKERS-PACERS

    Pau Gasol is a unique talent in the NBA — he has the most polished, skilled post moves in the league with the ability to score with both hands going either direction, he also has a steady midrange game, and is a great passer if you want to have guys cutting off him while you…

  18. Nike unveils the KOBE 8 SYSTEM

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Nike_Zoom_Kobe_8_hero_15899

    Nike has unveiled the latest in the Kobe Bryant signature shoe series, the Kobe 8 System. We hear about some of the design elements in the video above, and though the look is very similar to the Kobe VII, there are some major changes. From the official release: “I’m always focused on improving my game,…

  19. Report: Knicks may get Christmas present of Stoudemire return

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Stoudemire celebrates a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Knicks may be getting a huge Christmas present, and like parents everywhere Christmas Day coach Mike Woodson is going to be asking himself “where do I put this?” Amare Stoudemire is eyeing a return somewhere around Christmas, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post. Amar’e Stoudemire’s goal is to return around Christmas, with…

  20. Suns to offer fans money-back guarantee for Dec. 6 game against Mavericks

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Gorin Dragic, Samardo Samuels

    The Suns are struggling to create fan interest in the post-Steve Nash era. Attendance is down, and the team, while having a few players on the roster who casual NBA fans should recognize, is lacking overall in any real star power. But the team has competed for most of its home games, and even had…

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