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  1. Manu Ginobili leaves with leg injury, questionable for Spurs next game in OKC

    Dec 16, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Late in the first quarter of the Spurs’ win over the Celtics on Saturday, Manu Ginobili went down hard after colliding with Boston’s Chris Wilcox. The injury was reported to be a contusion to the left quadriceps, and Ginobili did not return. His status is up in the air for the team’s next game, a…

  2. Rubio fires bounce pass through defender’s legs for the assist (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    Ricky Rubio was stellar in his return to the Timberwolves lineup on Saturday, and plays like this were a big reason why. It wasn’t so much the statistical impact that Rubio had in his team’s overtime win over the Mavericks, though he did finish with nine assists in only 18 minutes of action. It was…

  3. Pau Gasol likely to return to Lakers lineup next week

    Dec 16, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s easy to say that the Lakers should be winning more basketball games than they have been, simply because of the presence of Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard on the floor together in the same lineup. But it’s not that simple, especially when the rest of the supporting cast has been, from a talent standpoint,…

  4. Ricky Rubio impresses in first game back with Timberwolves, an overtime win over Dallas

    Dec 16, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves lineup on Saturday, his first game action since tearing two knee ligaments last March. In his first stint back, it was as though he never left. Rubio was dazzling in his relatively brief appearance, and his mere presence brought an energy to the game that the Mavericks, over…

  5. Kyrie Irving scores career-high 41 points, but Knicks hang on to beat Cavs

    Dec 15, 2012, 11:08 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Irving brings the ball up court against New York Knicks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Carmelo Anthony sat out Saturday night’s game against the Cavaliers due to a sprained ankle he suffered in Thursday’s win over the Lakers. Without him, the Eastern Conference leading Knicks almost ended up with a loss to a Cavaliers team that now has a record of just five wins against 20 losses on the season.…

  6. Report: Jazz will deal Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap before trade deadline

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

    The Utah Jazz will have some interesting decisions to make this summer. And they involve whether or not to keep the team’s two best players. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both legitimate starting frontcourt players, each with a unique skill set that would have tremendous value for a multitude of NBA teams. There are…

  7. Kyrie Irving broke bone in jaw, will play wearing mask

    Dec 15, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, C.J. Miles

    Kyrie Irving is injured again, another fracture. But this time he is not missing any games — he just returned last week from missing 11 games with a fractured finger — he’s just going to join Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller as part of the Cavaliers masked men. Irving suffered a fractured bone in his…

  8. Dwight Howard shuts down Andrew Bynum questions in advance of Lakers next game against Sixers

    Dec 15, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum

    The storylines are predictable anytime one team is set to face another that features one of its former players. The new player will be asked about the old one, and that’s especially true when those players were All-Stars who were swapped for one another in a deal that anyone would classify as nothing short of…

  9. Carmelo Anthony to miss Saturday’s game vs. Cavaliers

    Dec 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    UPDATE 7:30 p.m. ET: It’s now official — Anthony will be out for Saturday night’s game against the Cavaliers, according to multiple reports. Carmelo Anthony went down hard in the third quarter of his team’s blowout win over the Lakers on Thursday, and did not return after suffering a sprained ankle. The injury is not…

  10. Thibodeau defensive about major minutes for Noah, Deng

    Dec 15, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    Joakim Noah is playing 40.1 minutes a game, a healthy jump from the 30.4 points per game we saw last season. Luol Deng is playing 41 minutes a game (but he did play more than 39 a game the two previous seasons. With Derrick Rose out, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is leaning heavily on his…

  11. Ricky Rubio to make season debut Saturday for Timberwolves

    Dec 15, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio will make his season debut Saturday night when the Timberwolves host the Mavericks, the team announced via official release. Rubio tore both his ACL and LCL last March, and hasn’t played in a game since. “I’m excited to get back on the floor with my teammates and play in front of the best…

  12. Wizards’ owner says finances were not a factor in turning down deal for James Harden

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Houston Rockets

    Earlier this week, Michael Lee of the Washington Post reported that the Wizards turned down a potential trade with the Thunder that would have landed them James Harden. The cost in terms of assets the Wizards would have to give up to Oklahoma City was relatively low — Bradley Beal and Chris Singleton were the…

  13. Danilo Gallinari throws it off the backboard to himself for the dunk against Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    No one is going to confuse the game of Danilo Gallinari with that of, say, Tracy McGrady. But pulling a stunt like this, and doing so successfully in a real live NBA contest that counts in the standings is not only bold, but it’s also damn impressive. With Denver trailing by two and under nine-and-a-half…

  14. Report: Anderson Varejao ‘highly available’ in trade, but asking price remains high

    Dec 15, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The trade talk for Anderson Varejao has been consistently present in recent seasons, but the asking price the Cavaliers organization placed on him has always been too steep for teams to consider. That might change this year, with Varejao leading the league in rebounding and having an All-Star caliber season — even if, as we…

  15. Kevin Garnett and Kevin McHale share an emotional embrace after Rockets beat Celtics (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Kevin Garnett

    The show of support and respect from around the league for Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, who has returned to the team following an extended leave of absence after the passing of his daughter, has truly been amazing to see. It shows that the brotherhood of those involved with the game runs much deeper than…

  16. JaVale McGee catches Zach Randolph’s shot attempt (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has a shot blocked by Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    We need a name for whatever this play was. It was half rebound, half block (with a sprinkle of goaltend), but all the way amazing. I just wish we knew what to call it. A reblock? A yoink? Help me out. Naming this aside, let’s focus on JaVale McGee being quite possibly the most entertaining…

  17. Joe Johnson hits game-winner in double overtime to bury the Pistons (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson hits winning shot over Detroit Pistons Tayshaun Prince in NBA game in New York

    They don’t call him Iso Joe for nothing, kids. With the Nets really struggling to create offense once things got tight, Joe Johnson came to the rescue with multiple big buckets before hitting the really big one to finally put away a game Detroit Pistons team, 107-105 in double overtime. There were a lot of takeaways…

  18. Lakers snap four-game losing streak with win over Wizards

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Washington Wizards

    It’s been an ugly stretch for the Lakers recently. With the team losing four straight and six of its last seven, a win by any means necessary would be welcome in Los Angeles — even against the team with the league’s worst record, the Washington Wizards. Thursday night’s destruction at the hands of the Knicks…

  19. Brook Lopez returns to Nets lineup after missing seven games due to injury

    Dec 14, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Brook Lopez returned to the Nets starting lineup on Friday night against the Pistons, after missing the last seven games with a foot injury. Brooklyn struggled with Lopez out, losing five of those seven contests. It appears that Lopez will have a minutes limit initially to see how he responds to the activity, and to…

  20. Three productive players who slipped through the cracks

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Greg Smith

    It’s not as easy for prospects to go under the radar as it once was. With improved technology, better analytics and easier scouting methods, productive players rarely go unnoticed anymore. But that doesn’t mean every good NBA player gets drafted. An NBA GM once told me that his draft strategy in the second round was…

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