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  1. Mike D’Antoni defends Pau Gasol, says he fits his system

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    After the Lakers loss Tuesday night to the Pacers — when Pau Gasol got out too high into a no-man’s land trying to defend George Hill on the final play, got his hips turned and watched Hill blow by him for the game winning shot — Lakers fans frustration with Gasol reached a new high…

  2. LeBron James back on top, King of NBA jersey sales again

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures during a free throw in the second quarter of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    The deepest of LeBron James haters didn’t want to hear it but we were telling you this from the day after the decision — win a ring and the public perception of him would change. He’s got a ring, a gold medal from London, he was the NBA regular season and finals MVP — and…

  3. Video: Rockets’ Asik scores in own basket, helps out Raptors

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Toronto needed help in their game against Houston, and Rockets center Omer Asik was just trying to lend them a hand. Is that so wrong? Okay, Asik’s “own goal” wasn’t intentional, and he did make up for it at the other end, but it is still pretty amusing. Even though he clearly didn’t think so.…

  4. Video: Joey Crawford’s blocking call dance is spectacular

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Joey Crawford

    Referee Joey Crawford was in full on “I want to be part of this game” mode on Tuesday night, injecting himself into the Pacers win over the Lakers with questionable calls and handing out technicals like candy on Halloween. But this blocking call was the best — maybe the best blocking call ever in NBA…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Sixers get win despite Vince Carter heroics

    Nov 28, 2012, 4:30 AM EDT

    Dorell Wright, Shawn Marion

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching a Christmas lights show timed out to “Gangnam Style”… Pacers 79, Lakers 77: Sometimes you watch a game and think neither team deserves to win it. That was this game. It was ugly. But despite 40 from Kobe Bryant…

  6. In ugly mess of game, George Hill’s pretty shot lifts Pacers over Lakers

    Nov 28, 2012, 3:34 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    At least Lakers fans got to leave Staples Center Tuesday night with a Chick Hearn bobblehead (the Lakers honored their legendary former broadcaster). I say that because I’m trying to help them find something positive. And there isn’t much else – the Lakers lost in an ugly game 79-77 to the Indiana Pacers. This was…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: Name Brand Edition

    Nov 28, 2012, 2:06 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    These are the guys you pay to come see. The guys whose jerseys are littered throughout the stands. The guys who will be in the all-star game come February. Every night a team’s star is supposed to step up big and help his team to victory. Tonight, our three stars represent that to the fullest.…

  8. Video: George Hill’s game winner lifts Pacers over Lakers

    Nov 28, 2012, 1:54 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    This was a beautiful shot by George Hill — going aggressively to the rim, the high arc touch off the glass, the soft bounce off the rim. There was more going on for the Pacers, but in the end this was Hill making a play. This was George Hill hitting the game winner with .01…

  9. Rockets will play tired to support coach McHale at daughter’s funeral

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    Kevin Mchale

    Wednesday in Minnesota there will be a memorial service for Sasha McHale, the 23-year-old daughter of Rockets coach (and Celtics legend) Kevin McHale. She lost a long battle with Lupus and, as a father, I can’t imagine McHale’s pain. My heart goes out to him. The Rockets players want to be supportive and they are…

  10. Stunning news: Kobe Bryant will play despite fighting flu

    Nov 27, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT

    kobe-game-3-thunder

    When it was announced that Kobe Bryant was a game-time decision on Tuesday for the Lakers, we dutifully reported it. He had the flu, that can wipe people out and keep them in bed, and it was news. We passed it along. But did anybody really think Kobe wasn’t going to lace them up and…

  11. Mavericks’ Carlisle frustrated enough with Collison to start Dominique Jones

    Nov 27, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has been frustrated with point guard Darren Collison this season — just the other day Carlisle ripped Collison’s defense. Offensively Collison’s overall numbers are pretty average for a starter — 12.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting, a PER right at the league average 15. That said, Collison is getting 30 percent…

  12. Kobe Bryant has flu, is game-time decision Tuesday vs. Pacers

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    UPDATE 6:47 pm: Kobe Bryant put this on his Facebook page, which doesn’t really answer the big question of if he plays or not: Laid up in bed.. I’m under the weather. Drinking a lot of fluids. Trying to shake the aches and chills thru rest, medicine and a lil Bob Marley on the speakers.…

  13. As Bulls bench suffers, starters racking up too many minutes

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    It has been one of the secrets of the Bulls regular-season success the past couple years — coach Tom Thibodeau fully trusted a bench made up of Omer Asik, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson. They could play big minutes, play tough defense and either hold or stretch leads the starters gave them. All…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: Dwight Howard not that influential. Apparently.

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Dwight Howard and James Dolan — congratulations! You made GQ’s list of least…

  15. Quote of the Day: Popovich talks about his “marriage” to Duncan

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

    “He doesn’t really even talk to me that much, anymore. We’ve been married so long that we . . .” Popovich trailed off. “Complete each other’s sentences,” chimed in a reporter… “Half the things I say he doesn’t hear, the other half he tunes out if he did hear… because he figures it’s bull****. Manu’s…

  16. Brian Shaw says it’s “mind boggling” way Lakers handled Phil Jackson

    Nov 27, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw was Phil Jackson’s lead assistant and right hand Jackson’s final few years in the league. Which is why Shaw isn’t the coach of the Lakers today — while he was the first choice of Kobe Bryant and the other Lakers players, management wanted a clean break from the Jackson era and went another…

  17. Rockets GM Morey talks about rolling dice on Royce White

    Nov 27, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey is an interesting interview. And when you put him on a podcast with the interesting questions and discussion run by the people at Slate, you get good insights. Morey was on a recent podcast and discussed Jeremy Lin, the state of analytics in the NBA and more, and relatively openly. (You…

  18. Are Griffin, CP3 comments the start of pressure on Vinny Del Negro?

    Nov 27, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    The Clippers are struggling — 1-4 in their last five. The why is that two of the reasons they showed so much improvement at the start of the season have regressed — their defense has been a total mess the past week plus and DeAndre Jordan has reverted to his old self. That and defenses…

  19. Video: Metta World Peace in a cell phone/watch advertisement

    Nov 27, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    “I can check the weather while I play basketball.” Does anyone doubt Metta World Peace would actually do this? And if he did that it would be the greatest NBA highlight ever? Above is Metta World Peace advertising the cell phone/watch you can buy at iCellWatch.com. As someone who hates to wear a watch, ever,…

  20. DeMarcus Cousins says referee cursed at him before ejection

    Nov 27, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    kings-cousins

    Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was ejected Saturday night, and that barely causes a ripple in the pond anymore. Cousins was called for a foul on Utah’s Enes Kanter, then after the whistle stopped play Cousins slapped the ball out of Kanter’s hands and that earned him his first technical. Shockingly, Cousins’ disagreed with a…

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