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  1. Mavericks players line up to individually greet Kevin McHale as he returns to coach Rockets (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Mchale

    Kevin McHale returned to coach the Rockets on Saturday, after being away from the team for an extended leave of absence due to the passing of his daughter a couple of weeks back. Before tip-off, the Mavericks players lined up to individually greet, hug, and shake hands with McHale as a show of empathy for…

  2. No Gasol for Lakers Sunday; Nash, Gasol possible next week

    Dec 9, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada and Pau Gasol of Spain, watch the Lakers play against Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After shootaround on Sunday, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said that Pau Gasol will miss another game due to the knee tendonitis that kept him out three games already, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell. That really wasn’t a surprise. What was interesting was reporters seeing Steve Nash moving much better going through workout drills at…

  3. Roy Hibbert says he will be the ‘best center in the league’

    Dec 9, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Larry Bird

    Roy Hibbert made the All-Star team a season ago, one in which he averaged career highs of 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, while anchoring the defense for a Pacers team that pushed the eventual champion Heat to six games in the second round of the playoffs. That performance convinced Indiana to match a…

  4. GM Colangelo calls Raptors play “unacceptable,” “embarrassing”

    Dec 9, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Raptors general manager Colangelo takes questions during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    Last season the Toronto Raptors weren’t very good, but they had a pretty good defense (12th in the NBA) that kept games close. So it stood to reason that if you added Kyle Lowry’s offense, the much anticipated Lithuanian big Jonas Valanciunas and rookie Tereence Ross, this team would take another step forward. Nope. The…

  5. Ezeli’s block on Beal saves the day for the Warriors (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Festus Ezeli

    The Warriors got themselves a nice win in Brooklyn over the Nets on Friday, so it would have been a shame for them to follow that up with a loss to the now 2-15 Washington Wizards. They can thank Festus Ezeli was for the fact that they escaped Washington with a win. There was good…

  6. Kevin Garnett finishes with zero rebounds in Celtics’ win over Sixers

    Dec 9, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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

    Kevin Garnett anchored the Celtics offensively on Saturday, leading his team in scoring with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting during Boston’s 92-79 win over the Sixers. The game was a blowout, which was somewhat to be expected considering the way the Celtics lost to this same team in Philadelphia just the night before. Evan Turner…

  7. Lakers may bring Pau Gasol off the bench when he returns from injury

    Dec 9, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol has missed the Lakers last three games, two of which were losses, due to tendinitis in his knees. It’s been evident watching him in the young part of this season that he doesn’t have the energy or the explosiveness necessary to give his team what is expected, so maybe the injury is the…

  8. O.J. Mayo out-duels James Harden as Mavs beat Rockets

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    This was one of the more fun contests from a 10-game Saturday night slate. We had a superstar from each team putting in a dominant performance, and we had wild swings in the control of the game, with each team gaining a double-digit advantage at various points throughout. Ultimately, the Mavericks found a way to…

  9. Bulls use trademark defense to shut down the Knicks

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Chicago Bulls

    The Knicks came into Saturday’s contest in Chicago against the Bulls at the top of the league in offensive efficiency, averaging 111.2 points per 100 possessions. The problem was, they were facing a Bulls team that was fourth in the league in the same category on defense, and playing without Carmelo Anthony, Chicago was able…

  10. Kidd-Gilchrist told Calipari he was “scared to death” he couldn’t make it in NBA

    Dec 8, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist shows a lot of promise as a rookie. Oh, there are flaws in his game (the jump shot) but he rebounds, hustles, defends and gets to the rim and out of that he has a PER of 17 — well above the league average. Kidd-Gilchrist looks like a guy who could have…

  11. Russell Westbrook and Kobe Bryant with dueling four-point plays (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook signals "three" after scoring and being fouled by a Lakers defender in the first half of NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    This play was really just the icing on the cake that was the entire first half for Russell Westbrook in the Thunder’s destruction of the Lakers on Friday. He realizes he has Chris Duhon isolated defending, and after a dribble or two in near the free throw line, he simply backs up and drains the…

  12. Stephen Jackson has strong words for Serge Ibaka

    Dec 8, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

    Late in the Thunder’s win over the Lakers on Friday, Metta World Peace and Serge Ibaka got tangled up while battling for rebound position inside. Both players received technical fouls, a few words were exchanged, and that was that. But another NBA player watching from afar sided with World Peace, and had some strong words…

  13. Report: McHale to rejoin, coach Rockets Saturday Night

    Dec 8, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Jeremy Lin

    UPDATE 6:04 p.m. ET: Fran Blinebury of NBA.com reports that McHale will indeed coach the team tonight against the Mavericks. He will face off against a friend of his from the coaching fraternity, and former Celtics teammate, Rick Carlisle. 4:30 ET: Kevin McHale, who has been away from the Rockets for a month on a…

  14. Shawn Marion likely out against Rockets due to groin strain

    Dec 8, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, J.J. Hickson

    Shawn Marion left the Mavericks’ win over the Suns on Thursday in the third quarter due to suffering a groin strain. That injury is likely to keep him out of Dallas’ game in Houston against the Rockets on Saturday. Marion actually seemed to be getting around just fine after Thursday’s game in Phoenix, and said…

  15. Carmelo Anthony out for Knicks in Chicago

    Dec 8, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    UPDATE  7:20 p.m. ET: Anthony told reporters before the game that he would be out for tonight’s contest. Carmelo Anthony sustained a cut to a finger on his left hand in the Knicks’ win over the Bobcats on Wednesday. The wound required five stitches, and it was painful enough to keep Anthony out of New…

  16. Rondo says he should have taken the layup after slipping on game-winning shot attempt

    Dec 8, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    We showed you Evan Turner‘s game-winner from Friday night’s contest between the Celtics and Sixers. It wouldn’t have been the deciding basket, though, had Rondo been more decisive on the game’s final possession. Boston had a final chance, inbounding the ball on their end of the floor trailing by one with 2.7 seconds remaining. It goes…

  17. Report: Kobe’s trash talk got on Durant, Westbrook’s nerves during Olympics

    Dec 8, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    When team USA scrimmaged this summer, Kobe Bryant often lined up opposite Russell Westbrook to guard him. To challenge him. And in vintage Kobe fashion, he talked a lot of smack. Did you watch the first half of the Lakers loss to the Thunder Friday night? When Westbrook went off for 27 points and hit…

  18. Dwight Howard: Ghost Hunter (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    This is the latest spot from Foot Locker and adidas, sticking to the theme of showing us what NBA stars might look like if they were to engage in seemingly random and ridiculous off-the-court activities. First we had Ricky Rubio as “backyard wrestler,” and now we get Dwight Howard: ghost hunter. Yeah, I don’t really…

  19. Heat may be forced to break up superstar core due to league’s upcoming payroll taxes

    Dec 8, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    The lockout that shortened the 2011-12 NBA season was about money above all else. The owners were willing to scrap the season if they didn’t secure a much larger share of revenue in the new collective bargaining agreement, and that’s exactly what they were able to do, even if it took holding the players and…

  20. Metta World Peace and Serge Ibaka get tangled up, receive double technicals (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Metta World Peace, Mike Callahan, Sean Corbin

    Friday night’s game between the Thunder and the Lakers wasn’t close, but Serge ibaka and Metta World Peace appeared to try to make up for that by getting tangled up in the closing minutes. With under three minutes to play and Oklahoma City leading by 10, Ibaka and MWP were fighting for position on a…

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