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  1. Cavs Zeller cleared to play; Harangody out six weeks after surgery

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    Tyler Zeller Cavaliers

    Tyler Zeller — who had been playing well off the bench for Cleveland until his face ran into the elbow of the Clippers D’Andre Jordan — has been cleared to return to the court, the team announced. Zeller suffered a concussion and a non-displaced fracture of his left orbital bone (the eye socket) from Jordan’s…

  2. Thunder likely to tweak Durant’s substitution pattern

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Scott Brooks

    In the Thunder’s loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, Kevin Durant played 44 minutes, and Russell Westbrook played 42. That’s some pretty heavy usage for the team’s two All-Stars, and it’s something that’s not likely to be sustainable over the course of an 82-game season. With James Harden‘s playmaking ability gone from the second unit,…

  3. The Knicks are legit. If they can keep this up is another question.

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith celebrates as he faces the crowd after making a shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks are 6-0, the last undefeated team in the NBA — and it’s not a fluke. They are defending better than anyone in the league, giving up just 93.6 points per 100 possessions, via Hoopdata. (Anyone who says they just started defending this year wasn’t watching last year.) Their offense with Carmelo Anthony at…

  4. Shawn Marion set to return from knee injury vs. Pacers

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, J.J. Hickson

    Shawn Marion has been nursing a sprained right knee and has missed the Mavericks last five games trying to get healthy. It looks as though he’s at the point where he’s good enough to give it a go and plans to play Friday night when the Mavs visit the Indiana Pacers. “I’m gonna give it…

  5. D’Antoni expected to make Lakers debut on Sunday

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni is interviewed by mobile phone as Lakers' championship trophies are seen in a window above the Lakers' practice court following a media conference at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    Mike D’Antoni led the Lakers through his first practice as the team’s new head coach on Thursday, and did so on crutches after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month. There were plenty of interesting tidbits that came out of his first press conference with the media — and in fact, we have a complete breakdown…

  6. Video: Deron Williams’ sweet no-look dish to Lopez

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Nets' Williams drives to the basket past Celtics' Barbosa in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    In case you missed it, Deron Williams was fantastic last night. It’s easier when Leandro Barbosa is covering you and not Rajon Rondo, but still he had 24 points and controlled the flow of the Nets offense as they beat the Celtics. Oh, and he had this sweet dime. Brook Lopez caught it and finished…

  7. George Karl wary of playing Faried and McGee together down the stretch

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried, Daniel Orton

    The Nuggets struggled offensively in Thursday night’s loss to the Heat, but one player who didn’t seem to have trouble scoring for Denver was JaVale McGee. Yet he was curiously absent from the floor in crunch time, where his team needed offensive production the most. McGee was 9-of-12 from the field on the night, and…

  8. Hornets extend contract of GM Dell Demps. Smart move.

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Dell Demps

    First new Hornets owner Tom Benson locked up coach Monty Williams with a multi-year deal. Now the Hornets have locked up general manager Dell Demps to keep their core in place. Smart move, Mr. Benson. The Hornets have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Demps, the team announced Friday. (We’re still trying to find…

  9. Keith Bogans stops Leandro Barbosa from scoring by grabbing him around the neck (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Late in the second half of the Nets’ win over the Celtics, Keith Bogans decided to stop Leandro Barbosa from scoring on a fast break. Not by playing actual defense, mind you, or even by attempting to make a play on the ball. No, Bogans simply grabbed Barbosa around the neck to end the play…

  10. Video: Tracy McGrady with throwback tomahawk dunk in China

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady, Wang Hai

    While you have been focused on the Knicks hot start, Tracy McGrady has been plying his trade in China as a member of the Qingdao Eagles. In his first game he dropped 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists… Oh, and he threw down that dunk. Nice to see the man still has some hops.…

  11. Kobe Bryant comes to defense of Jim Buss

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach D'Antoni walks on crutches as he passes by Bryant during practice in El Segundo, California

    Magic Johnson shredded Jim Buss — son of Jerry Buss and the guy running the Los Angeles Lakers now — on national television. And he spoke for a lot of Lakers fans when he did it. Magic said he trusted Jerry, not Jim. He said Mike Brown was a mistake hire from the start and…

  12. Nets’ coach Johnson says Garnett keeps calling out their plays

    Nov 16, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Chicago Bulls

    Most NBA teams run variations of some standard sets — “floppy,” “horns,” and so on — and players pick them up quickly. Or, know how to break them up quickly. Kevin Garnett is a student of the game and Nets coach Avery Johnson said before his Nets went out and beat the Celtics that Garnett…

  13. Video: Tony Parker crosses over Raymond Felton

    Nov 16, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker

    Tony Parker was impressive all night, getting into the lane seemingly whenever he wanted, putting up little floaters and finishing with 19 points and 12 boards. Oh, and he crossed over Raymon Felton something fierce. Felton got the last laugh because he was Key in the Celtics lat run to sel it.

  14. Three Stars of the Night: Two Knicks’ guards… and LeBron.

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:48 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton

    We should just name one of these stars after LeBron at this point. Aside that, the story of the night was the Knicks dramatic comeback win, so the two guards that led that charge are getting stars tonight. Third Star: Jason Kidd (14 points, 4-of-6 from three) His line isn’t that impressive, but it’s really…

  15. Heat don’t need Wade to beat offensively-challenged Nuggets

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

    This would have been an easy game for the Miami Heat to lose. The team was playing on the second night of a back-to-back after getting blown out in Los Angeles by the Clippers on Wednesday, and was playing without Dwyane Wade, who sat this one out due to a foot injury. All it would…

  16. Inconsistent Celtics miss Rondo, also miss win in Brooklyn

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    When it was all over none other than political stats guru Nate Silver tweeted that this was the “Biggest win in the history of the Brooklyn Nets.” Of course, statistically it had a 20% chance of that (this is only win five in Brooklyn) and as the others were against Toronto, Cleveland and Orlando twice…

  17. New York 104, San Antonio 100: Yes, the Knicks are for real.

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:09 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    You know how announcers talk about Shane Battier? How they say he “does things that don’t show up in the boxscore” and how his value can’t really be defined by common statistics? Well, no one ever really says those things about Carmelo Anthony. Ever. And that’s fair. Anthony’s entire career has been defined by the…

  18. Report: New Orleans working to buy out Matt Carroll

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    Carroll_Matt

    If you want to know why the New Orleans Hornets traded Hakim Warrick for Matt Carroll in a seemingly meaningless swap of bench players, the answer was clearly money. We can say that because Carroll already makes $500,000 less than Warrick ($3.5 million to $4 million) and now the Hornets are working to buyout Carroll,…

  19. Rockets beginning to fine Royce White for his absence

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Royce White

    On the surface, the impasse that has apparently been reached between the Houston Rockets and their rookie first round draft pick Royce White seems complicated, and the details seemingly make it difficult to choose sides. But look a little deeper, and you’ll see that it’s the team, and not the player, that’s truly the victim…

  20. Andrew Bogut undergoing injection treatment to try to speed up the recovery process

    Nov 15, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    The Golden State Warriors are off on a three-game road trip, but their key big man is staying in Los Angeles to try to get himself healthy enough to return to the lineup. Andrew Bogut has been undergoing injection treatments on his surgically repaired ankle, in hopes of expediting the healing process. He’ll continue to…

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