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  1. Is Miami finding its defensive footing? If so, watch out.

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Miami has been getting it done with offense. It has the best record in the Eastern Conference, it has won six in a row and it’s mostly been because LeBron James is LeBron James and Chris Bosh is having a very efficient season. But the last couple games, the Heat’s defense has started to come together. They…

  2. Video: Metta World Peace drives by half the Magic for dunk

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:19 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Believe it or not Lakers fans, there were highlights out of the game Sunday night. Well, not from the fourth quarter. And not of Dwight Howard at the free throw line. But they did exist. Like this one — Metta World Peace blowing by half the Magic players for a dunk in the first quarter…

  3. Magic get ultimate revenge on Dwight Howard, beating the Lakers and humiliating him in the process

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Glen Davis, J.J. Redick

    There really is nothing that could happen in one game for the Orlando Magic that could possibly make up for what Dwight Howard put them through a season ago, considering the way he forced his way out of town and left the franchise in a full-blown rebuilding situation. But for a single night, the Magic…

  4. Sebastian Telfair flops after hitting Pablo Prigioni in the face (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair, Brandon Rush

    The league has begun to crack down on flopping this season. Players who are caught in the act will first receive a warning, before then receiving fines escalating in value for each subsequent violation. Sebastian Telfair may find himself on the league’s radar, after this play that occurred during the Knicks’ win over the Suns…

  5. MRI reveals Rip Hamilton suffered torn plantar fascia, which is actually good news

    Dec 2, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    In the third quarter of the Bulls’ win over the Sixers on Saturday, Rip Hamilton was forced to leave the game with a foot injury, the severity of which was unknown at the time. Hamilton returned in the game’s closing seconds to ice it for his team at the free throw line, but afterward, his comments…

  6. Tim Duncan can still dunk, does so over Marc Gasol (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan spreads his arms during a stop in play during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Tim Duncan has been nicknamed the “Big Fundamental” for a reason, one that is showcased nicely in this highlight from the Spurs’ overtime win over the Grizzlies on Saturday. The spin move and the up and under on the way to the dunk were almost more impressive than the slam itself. Duncan isn’t a leaper…

  7. Trade talk for Anderson Varejao expected to heat up

    Dec 2, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Image (1) varejao-thumb-250x218-21449.jpg for post 4424

    The Cavaliers aren’t exactly having a great season, but if nothing else they play hard just about every time out under head coach Byron Scott. Once Kyrie Irving returns from injury things should improve a bit, but even in his absence, Anderson Varejao is making an impact in every one of his court appearances. Varejao…

  8. Celtics ‘wary’ of bringing in Kenyon Martin to fill team’s roster spot

    Dec 2, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    The Celtics need help on the boards, and could use an experienced big man to fill the team’s open roster spot. Someone like Kenyon Martin, maybe, who is out there and waiting to be picked up by any team that will have him. Boston has always been a team sensitive to the personalities it brings…

  9. Video: Rasheed Wallace gets ejected for yelling “ball don’t lie”

    Dec 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    The NBA is just more interesting when Rasheed Wallace is in it. Wallace picked up  his first ejection of his return to the NBA today and did it in classic Sheed fashion. Wallace picked up the first technical foul for some after-the-whistle contact on Luis Scola on a foul call. It was a classic Sheed…

  10. Suns’ turnovers, Knicks’ offensive rebounds earn New York win

    Dec 2, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    In the seminal NBA advanced stats book “Basketball on Paper,” Dean Oliver identifies his four factors in winning a basketball game. At the top of the list is the most obvious thing — shooting. It represents 40 percent of the outcome, Oliver said. The Suns shot better than the Knicks in a Sunday matinee at…

  11. Brandon Jennings’ three seals Bucks win over Celtics (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Ben Uzoh

    The Celtics were playing in Milwaukee on Saturday without Rajon Rondo, who was serving the second game of his two-game suspension for starting the altercation with the Nets’ Kris Humphries on Wednesday. Boston won the first without Rondo in blowout fashion over the Blazers on Friday, and was on pace to do it again after…

  12. Nicolas Batum with the double-overtime game-winner (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    This clip of Nicolas Batum highlights (and lowlights) from Saturday night’s double-overtime win over the Cavaliers is great, because we get to experience the struggle before the ultimate redemption. It begins with two missed dunks in the first and second quarters, shots that Batum (and most NBA players with his skill set) can usually get…

  13. Mark Cuban says David Stern was right to fine Spurs

    Dec 2, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Mavericks owner Cuban argues a call during NBA basketball game against Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Mark Cuban sticking up for David Stern. Maybe the Mayans were right, the end of the world might be nigh. That said, Cuban will be quick to remind you that the NBA is a business. And the first rule of business is “the customer is always right.” When Gregg Popovich sat Tim Duncan, Tony Parker…

  14. Popovich ‘disappointed’ by league’s fine against Spurs

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    After the NBA fined the Spurs $250,000 for resting four healthy starters for Thursday’s game in Miami against the defending champs, plenty of people weighed in on the decision. Saturday night before the Spurs faced the Grizzlies, it was Gregg Popovich’s turn. And while he didn’t use very strong words when explaining his feelings about…

  15. Dwight Howard says it will be “weird” to face Magic Sunday

    Dec 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard All-Star

    Dwight Howard looked like a guy getting healthy Friday night, like a guy finding his footing with a new team in a brand new offense — 28 points and 20 rebounds. He started to look like the best center in the game. And now on Sunday night he gets to take another step against a…

  16. Turns out Celtics players don’t like being called soft

    Dec 1, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett complains about a foul during their NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Boston

    Doc Rivers knew exactly what he was doing. He us a former player who knows the reaction he got when he called his team soft (and frankly, their defense was). The Celtics responded with a very comfortable 96-78 win against Portland on Friday. Then Celtics players responded by saying they didn’t really like being soft.…

  17. Dwight Howard says he could have handled things better in final months with Orlando. You think?

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard will face his former team for the first time Sunday, when the Orlando Magic come to Los Angeles to take on his Lakers. The two teams aren’t too far apart record-wise at the moment, with Orlando at 5-10 and L.A. at just 8-8 after a tumultous start to their season. No one expects…

  18. Popovich’s run-in with Stern over resting players could affect his chances to coach Team USA

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The NBA is no different than the company you work for, in that political alliances go a long way in terms of who gets promoted into certain positions. When Gregg Popovich effectively slapped the league in the face on Thursday by sending home four of his healthy starters to rest them instead of having them…

  19. Video: Dwight Howard caps off his big night with a three pointer

    Dec 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Andrew Bynum is so jealous. When Bynum was with the Lakers his attempted three pointer against the Warriors landed him on the bench. Against the Nuggets, Dwight Howard took a three and everyone loved him for it. I guess that’s what happens when yours goes in. Howard capped off his 28 point, 20 rebound night with…

  20. Video: Stan Van Gundy talks fine on Spurs, David Stern

    Dec 1, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    In a struggle between a coach and David Stern, where did you think Stan Van Gundy would come down? Stan Van Gundy was on NBC Sports Talk on the NBC Sports Network Friday and was making the point I keep hearing around the league — what is the standard? How will this be decided going…

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