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  1. Andrew Bogut playing limited minutes, says he feels “OK”

    Nov 6, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Marc Gasol

    Andrew Bogut started for the Golden State Warriors in a loss to the Kings Monday night. He played 5:16, had four points, 1 assists, 1 block and was a +1. Then he sat the rest of the first half (and the Warriors were down 6 at the half). He played 13:32 of the second half,…

  2. Blake Griffin to play through burst bursa sac in right elbow

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Blake Griffin is shooting 45.1 percent this young season, a dramatic drop off from the 54.9 percent of last season. The result is he is scoring 16.3 points per game, down from 20.7 last season, and he is doing it far less efficiently. After the Clippers loss to the Cavaliers we found out why —…

  3. Video: David Stern played announcer during Memphis/Utah game

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern is not going to pick up a side gig as an announcer come Feb. 2, 2014. But one of the perks of being the commissioner is that when you are doing a broadcast, if you want to do a little play-by-play then you get to do it. As he did during the Utah…

  4. Video: J.R. Smith’s monster slam dunk

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks blew out the Sixers for the second time in as many days, and this slam dunk from J.R. Smith provided the exclamation point. Two things to love about this one: First, the way Smith’s entire body seems to arch back as he’s flying toward the rim before throwing it down is amazing. And…

  5. Video: Kings coach Keith Smart getting a tarp off the court

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Keith Smart

    There are some tarps over part of the scoreboard at the Sleep Train Arena where the Sacramento Kings play, covering up a former sponsor no longer involved with the team. During the Kings home opener Monday (a win over Golden State) one of those tarps fell on to the court. But don’t worry, Keith Smart…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs, Knicks remain undefeated

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:42 AM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace, Tyson Chandler

    Our nightly recap of every game around the NBA. We catch you up on what you missed while you were finding out where Superman’s home planet Krypton actually was…. Spurs 101, Pacers 79: Don’t look now, but the Spurs are defending again this year. Which is how they crushed the Pacers. We broke it down.…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: When Duty Calls

    Nov 6, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    Points are put on a pedestal in the NBA, so what happens when a team loses its big scorer to injury or simply doesn’t have one on the roster? Other guys step up. We tend to forget, but just about every NBA player (earmuffs, Reggie Evans) can score when given enough chances. It might not…

  8. Spurs show Pacers, everyone that defense is why they are 4-0

    Nov 6, 2012, 1:49 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    San Antonio has the advantage of continuity. Sure, they have the advantage of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, too. But the reason they have been as good as anyone in the NBA through the first week is they have continuity — same system, same coach, same core players they have had for a…

  9. Video: Doug Collins is not impressed with J.R. Smith’s huge dunk

    Nov 5, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    My favorite part of this video is not J.R. Smith‘s dunk, although it is impressive and powerful. It is not Smith going over looking to say some magical words to the fans in Philly who just witnessed said dunk. It is not Pablo Prigioni getting in the air then getting bailed out with the 25-foot back…

  10. Dwight Howard doesn’t like center being taken off All-Star ballot

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard All-Star

    When you get around to doing your NBA All-Star voting this year, it will be a little different — you will vote for two guards and three frontcourt players per conference. The NBA wisely decided to get rid of the center position on the ballot because it simply didn’t fit with today’s game — do…

  11. Nash return now estimated at 7-to-10 days; Kobe skips practice

    Nov 5, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada and Kobe Bryant react during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    It’s time for some Lakers injury updates, featuring Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant. The Lakers are going to be cautious with Steve Nash and take their time, so if you ask if they will wait a month they will say they will wait a month. But the original reports of a week or so are…

  12. First NBA flopping warnings go to J.J. Barea, Donald Sloan

    Nov 5, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Barea Hinrich

    Congratulations J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan, you have gotten the historic first warnings from the NBA for flopping. The league announced Monday that Minnesota’s Barea and Cleveland’s Sloan got warnings — there are no fines until their second offense (and then it is just $5,000 for the next offense). The goal rather is to leak…

  13. Doc Rivers wants to keep Rondo’s minutes under control

    Nov 5, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    Celtics' Rondo looks at head coach Rivers as he walks off the court during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    The Boston Celtics aren’t off the best start this season, posting a 1-2 record in their first three games. In those contests, Rajon Rondo has racked up a lot of minutes. If you ask Doc Rivers, it’s been too many minutes. Since he is in a position to do something about it, he plans to:…

  14. Video: The Nets new mascot — Brooklyn Knight. Um, okay.

    Nov 5, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

    That was the rather ridiculous entrance of the Nets new mascot opening night — meet Brooklyn Knight. You see what they did there: Brooklyn Knight, Brooklynite. Get it? Really clever stuff. I’m not sure there’s a good way to introduce a mascot, but whatever it might be that wasn’t it. I guess the Nets worked…

  15. Barkley could leave Inside the NBA sooner rather than later

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    We all watch Inside the NBA on TNT because the personalities make it work — Charles Barkley as the loud mouth, Kenny Smith trying to walk the funny and serious line, Ernie Johnson trying to keep everybody coloring inside the lines. Oh, and Shaq is there. But Barkley sounds like he’s not having as much…

  16. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs and Knicks movin’ on up

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Fans celebrate as Knicks' Anthony sinks a three-point shot against Heat during NBA basketball game in New York

    The first few power rankings of the year show the most volatility — we don’t have established patterns for teams and so if someone gets hot or cold for a few games there is no context yet to put that in. It’s Small Sample Size Theatre. The Magic are 2-0 but I don’t think they…

  17. What is wrong with Rodney Stuckey’s game?

    Nov 5, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey, Anthony Morrow

    At this stage of the season, all analysis of teams and players should be framed by the small sample size caveat. Whether a player is is shooting the lights out or stinking up the joint, allowing performance to regress (or progress) to the mean is going to be the best approach. It’s too long a…

  18. Former Bulls, ESPN NBA announcer Jim Durham dies at age 65

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Jim Durham - 2003

    Jim Durham had one of the great voices ever to broadcast NBA games. He worked for the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, most recently he was ESPN’s radio play-by-play announcer, having worked Boston at Miami on opening night. He died Sunday at his home outside Houston at the age of 65. He had been the…

  19. Now Kobe says he might want to play until age 40

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    When Kobe Bryant had to go through the grind of workouts and treatments to get ready for another season, he talked seriously about wanting to just walk away from all of it in two years. Now that he’s a couple games into a season — the fun part of the job, playing games and competing…

  20. Strain of change leading to concerns about Thunder chemistry

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    It has been a strange thing to see — barking and bickering among the tight chemistry of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s come up every game so far this season, Darnell Maryberry of the Oklahoman described Sunday’s incident in a loss to the Hawks. At the end of the first quarter, Thabo Sefolosha and Russell…

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