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  1. Clippers upend Memphis in battle of wanna be contenders

    Jan 27, 2012, 4:15 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    It wasn’t the prettiest thing you’ll ever see. No, I’m not talking about the ABA throwback uniforms…. well, those too. But I meant the game. Doesn’t matter, the Clippers will take it. In a battle of teams trying to ascend to contender status, the Clippers executed better down the stretch and won 98-91. Nobody with…

  2. Orlando chokes, breathes new life into Boston’s season

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Boston was having serious trouble finding itself this season — they looked old and the talk was about what was the best way to rebuild — but now there is hope. Hope because twice this week the pressure of Boston’s defense turned the Orlando Magic into jelly. The first was a Boston 31-point blowout Monday…

  3. Dirk Nowitzki looking at Sunday return to lineup

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki’s mid-season break — call it to rest his knee, or get in better condition, or practice his color commentary skills — is about to come to an end. He is looking at a Sunday return in a nationally televised game against the Spurs, he told reporters Thursday, as reported by the Associated Press.…

  4. Andrew Bogut out ‘indefinitely’ with fractured ankle

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bogut hasn’t had very good luck throughout his NBA career when it comes to injuries, a fact that was once again made all too clear again following an MRI on Thursday. The Milwaukee Bucks announced their center has a fractured ankle that will force the Australian big man to be out “indefinitely.” Bogut didn’t…

  5. Quote of the Day: Wine is good for Popovich, Spurs

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    “As he gets older and drinks more wine, he gets more patient.” —Tony Parker, talking about San Antonio coach coach Gregg Popovich and discussing how he doesn’t erupt in anger like he used to. Popovich did snap finally as the Spurs struggled against the Hawks Wednesday night. Popovich is quite the oenophile, by the way.…

  6. Kobe Bryant doesn’t think the Clippers are a rival, but was proud of Lakers’ performance

    Jan 26, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers picked up a 96-91 victory over their Staples Center roommates on Wednesday night, but don’t get it twisted: Kobe Bryant and Co. certainly don’t view a victory over the Clippers as a big win in a rivalry game. “Please,” Bryant said when asked about what the rivalry victory…

  7. Eric Gordon says of not reaching deal, “business is business”

    Jan 26, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon rejected the Hornets for an extension to his rookie contract. Gordon is the centerpiece coming to New Orleans from the Chris Paul trade with the Clippers, but Gordon has only played two games with his new team due to a bruised knee. And it is now going to be at least three more…

  8. Kosta Koufos agrees to three-year extension with Nuggets

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

    Koufos_Kosta

    While we were all focused on Kevin Love and Eric Gordon’s contract extensions (well, in the case of Gordon the lack of extension), there were a few other notes that flew under the radar. For one, the Denver Nuggets extended center Kosta Koufos for three years, $9 million, something first reported by Sam Amick of…

  9. Dwight Howard says he would consider Boston. Well, sure.

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Remember how first LeBron James went around the country the season before “The Decision” and whenever he got to a new city and was asked if he could see himself playing there he said yes? Then last year Carmelo Anthony tried a calmer version of that same play, but would never say no to any…

  10. Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio looking stylish in GQ spread

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    0212-GQ-FERR01.01

    Ricky Rubio is answering the questions on the court. Which means a lot more people want to ask him questions. He is an in-demand media request but he handles it — like he handles pressure on the court — with the calm demeanor of a veteran. Probably has something to do with him having played…

  11. Video: Dallas Mavericks championship ring ceremony

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    Has Mark Cuban ever had more fun? Here is the Dallas Mavericks ring ceremony from Wednesday night. By the end of it, even Cuban was glad he decided to go with the rings after all. Nice touch by the way to give Mavs legends Brad Davis and Rolando Blackman rings. Classy. And no, they could…

  12. Chris Paul wants Pau Gasol to know he’s not his kid

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    los-angeles-lakers, Kobe, Chris Paul, Pau Gasol, Clippers

    There is starting to be a real rivalry is Los Angeles. It showed up in a little end of game sequence from the Lakers win over the Clippers Wednesday night between Chris Paul and Pau Gasol. Chris Paul was walking near Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant and all were talking a little when Gasol reached…

  13. Andrew Bogut to have MRI on ankle, but he’s not optimistic

    Jan 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier

    In the first quarter Wednesday night, Andrew Bogut sprained his left ankle when he stepped on Kyle Lowry foot. He never returned to the game. He was wearing a walking boot after the game and will get an MRI Thursday. But he didn’t sound optimistic in talking to the Journal Sentinel. “It wasn’t good,” Bogut…

  14. Most ludicrous rumor ever: LeBron back to Cleveland

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    I think Thomas Wolfe was right — you can’t go home again. Especially if you are LeBron James. Certainly not in the near future. You are not going to returning to the Cavaliers. At PBT we try to avoid the craziest, most ludicrous rumors out there (Dwight Howard for Amare Stoudemire, for example) and bring…

  15. Thursday And-1 links: Heat arena as homeless shelter?

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    AAArena_Night

    Here is our daily 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). Some politicians want to force Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena to house the homeless on non-game nights (that was part of the public financing plan). Feels like…

  16. Bad blood created as Blazers, Batum fail to reach extension

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum defends against Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton in Portland

    Nicolas Batum is a key role player in Portland — he’s already one of the league’s best perimeter defenders, scores 11.1 points per game off the bench and can stretch the floor shooting 40 percent from three this season. But the two sides could not reach a deal on an extension to his rookie contract…

  17. Andrea Bargnani re-aggravates calf injury, says it’s “worse”

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Andrea Bargnani missed six games with a calf injury, and the Raptors were 0-6. He returns and the pick up two wins — beating Phoenix (where he had 36 points) and in Utah. But in the overtime against the Raptors, Bargnani hobbled to the bench, apparently re-aggravating the calf injury that had kept him out.…

  18. Video: Blake Griffin was a highlight reel against Lakers

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin had it going on against the Lakers — he was in rare highlight form. Even for him. So we’re bringing a few to you. It was more than just the dunks, by the way — Griffin was 6-of-9 from 10 feet out to the arc. He is far from consistent on his midrange…

  19. Luol Deng could return to Bulls lineup Sunday against Heat

    Jan 26, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    When the Bulls said earlier this week that Luol Deng would be out “for a while” what they meant was less than a week. Apparently. Deng has torn ligaments in his wrist but could return to the lineup Sunday when the Bulls have a big showdown with the Miami Heat, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Indiana gets a little revenge

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Danny Granger, David West

    What you missed while being exhausted, just like Demi Moore…. Lakers 96, Clippers 91: This was feisty like a playoff game and was our game of the night. Pacers 95, Bulls 90: Last year in the first round of the playoffs the Bulls brushed the Pacers aside with ease — this game was evidence of…

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