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  1. Timberwolves snap Thunder’s 12-game winning streak

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    J. J. Barea

    The schedule-makers didn’t do the Thunder any favors on Thursday, and Oklahoma City may have known ahead of time that it was going to be in for a battle that was perhaps tougher than most expected, given the team’s record, along with that of a Timberwolves opponent that it was facing. The Thunder came to…

  2. Kevin Durant hits a ridiculous and-1 shot off the top of the backboard (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko, Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant is a scorer in a true sense of the word. The man can get buckets in virtually every way imaginable, including by using every part of the basket to get a shot to go down, as he did while converting this and-1 play in the third quarter of his team’s loss in Minnesota…

  3. Minnesota could lose Malcolm Lee for season to microfracture surgery

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Malcolm Lee

    Minnesota thought they had lost Michael Lee for a while, but a while may be the end of the season due to the dreaded microfracture surgery. Lee had been out indefinitely with a chrondal injury in his right knee (that involves the ligaments that cover each end of the bone in the knee) but Jerry…

  4. Kevin Durant featured with his mother in NBA’s new Christmas ad (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    In this latest spot from the NBA, we see Kevin Durant‘s mother Wanda Pratt, standing and cheering for her son in slow-motion, black-and-white video footage. Durant has the voice-over covered, and between the music and his words, we are painted an emotional picture. “It’s so surreal, it’s a blessing to look around and see all…

  5. All-Star Saturday to feature East vs. West format for the first time

    Dec 20, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    All-Star Saturday night, as part of the NBA’s All-Star weekend slate of festivities, has been largely about two events: the Slam Dunk Contest, followed by, to a much lesser extent, the Three-Point Contest. There are four events in total that make up the Saturday night program, however, and the league is trying something this year…

  6. Timberwolves release Josh Howard due to knee injury

    Dec 20, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Josh Howard

    Oh, the basketball gods can be cruel with their irony. Minnesota sighed Josh Howard in mid-November because they were shorthanded with injuries (Kevin Love’s hand, Ricky Rubio’s knee, Chase Budinger’s knee, Brandon Roy’s knees, J.J. Barea’s foot, and Nikola Pekovic’s ankle. But just as they started to get those guys back, Howard suffered a torn…

  7. Former NBA player Crittenton charged with domestic abuse

    Dec 20, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

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    Ugh. Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has racked up more legal trouble. This following him being suspended by the league for having guns in the locker room as the other guy in the Gilbert Arenas/Wizards incident. Or the time he was arrested for murder (that has not gone to trial yet). Or the time he…

  8. Thursday And-1 Links: Steve Nash went through a full practice with Lakers

    Dec 20, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    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. • Steve Nash went through a five-on-five, full contact practice with the Lakers Thursday.…

  9. That was quick: Spurs recall Kawhi Leonard from D-League

    Dec 20, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    I love that NBA teams are starting to use the D-League like a real minor league, like MLB teams use their farm clubs. For things like rehab assignments after injury. Which is what the Spurs did with Kawhi Leonard, sending him down to the Austin Toros. But it only lasted 24 hours as they have…

  10. Chris Paul’s son apparently not convinced Dad can dunk

    Dec 20, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    There is the video proof. I think we all knew Chris Paul could dunk, he’s plenty athletic, but he’s the below-the-rim guy on the high-flying Clippers. But CP3 threw a quality two hander down against the Hornets on Wednesday night and after the game he tried to get a respect from his son (who is…

  11. Video: Spike Lee showing love for the legend Bernard King

    Dec 20, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

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    As it tends to do, the NBA is breaking out some new promotional ads on Christmas and that is one of them. Spike Lee — staring and directing — giving some love to the New York legend Bernard King is one. And King can really never get enough love on this blog. There will be…

  12. Celtics GM Danny Ainge isn’t thinking trade. Yet.

    Dec 20, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    Coming into the season, the Celtics looked on paper like the likely breakout candidate in the East — some team was going to break out of the pack and challenge the Heat atop the East. Boston’s depth and veteran core made them seem a likely candidate. Instead, the Knicks have broken out and the Celtics…

  13. Magic’s Davis has shoulder sprain, likely out 4-6 weeks

    Dec 20, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    Glen Davis

    Well, this was about the best outcome that could be hoped for by Magic fans. Glen Davis, the heart of Orlando’s interior game, will be out for a bit with a sprained left shoulder suffered Wednesday night. There is no timetable for his return just plans for some rest. But there is no structural damage,…

  14. Derek Fisher to sit out at least three games for Mavericks

    Dec 20, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks

    Derek Fisher has been getting a lot of run at the point for Dallas — 27.9 minutes a night. And that he’s getting that while shooting 35.5 percent, turning the ball over on nearly 15 percent of the possessions he uses and not defending all that well — speaks to just what coach Rick Carlisle…

  15. It’s not Howard, Gasol says it is the system he is still trying to figure out

    Dec 20, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol

    Plenty of Lakers fans have been asking “can Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard play together?” But that’s not the right question, if you ask Gasol. Sam Amick of USA Today did and Gasol’s response questioned how they both fit in Mike D’Antoni’s system. “I don’t find (playing with Howard) tough,” Gasol said as he stood…

  16. Jason Terry takes shot at Ray Allen. Because Boston is doing so well.

    Dec 20, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Jason Terry

    After losing three straight, Boston got a sloppy win over a Cleveland team without Anderson Varejao on Wednesday night. A win they got because Paul Pierce channeled his 2002 self and dropped 40 points. So Jason Terry thought this was a good time to take a dig at Ray Allen. And maybe LeBron James in…

  17. Video: Is New York “Lob City?” Sure looks like it lately.

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Gerald Wallace

    The Clippers — with Chris Paul‘s impeccably-timed passes to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan — has been Lob City ever since Griffin said that when he found out CP3 was coming to Los Angeles. But no combo has connected on more alley-oop dunks this season than Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler of the Knicks. That…

  18. Eric Gordon to rejoin Hornets Saturday, start workouts to return this month

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon is about to be back with the Hornets. That’s when the work begins. First the work of practices and conditioning to get back on the court following the months of rehab to get his right knee healthy. Then there is the work of winning back a fan base that is ticked at him.…

  19. Video: Gerald Green with huge slam against Jazz “defense”

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    Gerald Green

    The Jazz haven’t been a very good defensive team this season, a trend that continued against the Pacers who shot 51.3 percent on their way to a win. Or, just look at the help rotations — or lack thereof — on this huge Gerald Green throwdown. Then look at how high Green got. Dunking is…

  20. Magic’s Glen Davis could be out a while with shoulder injury

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

    Glen Davis

    The play itself doesn’t look like much — Glen Davis is going hard to the rim and Emeka Okafor fouls him, getting him across the arms as Davis tries to go up with the ball. But Big Baby is almost instantly on the floor grabbing his shoulder in a lot of pain. Those kind of…

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