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  1. NBA postpones Chicago at Indiana Wednesday due to weather

    Dec 26, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Christmas Weather

    There’s a blizzard hitting Indiana and specifically the Indianapolis area hard right now — up to a foot of snow had fallen as of this writing in some areas with more to come, leading to a host of traffic accidents, roads closing, shopping malls closing (on one of the busiest days of the year) and…

  2. Ryan Anderson says Magic did not try to keep him last summer

    Dec 26, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson, Jarrett Jack

    New GM Rob Hennigan’s plan in Orlando was pretty clear — trade Dwight Howard for prospects, get young and get cheap and free up cap space to start chasing free agents in 2014 (he might have pictured a high lottery pick in there too, but Jacque Vaughn has his team overachieving and playing hard). Hennigan’s…

  3. No, the Lakers are not adding Derek Fisher. Or anyone else.

    Dec 26, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

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    Steve Nash is back for the Lakers and that means less Chris Duhon and Darius Morris. Which is good thing for the Lakers offense. But plenty of Lakers fans saw Derek Fisher ask out of the Dallas Mavericks and say, “we should totally pick him up, he could help us.” Which is absolutely not true,…

  4. Quote of the Day: Doc Rivers compliments Sullinger. Sort of.

    Dec 26, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks on in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York

    “Jared was wonderful. He’s such a smart player. When you watch him, you don’t see rookie. You just see a big fat guy playing basketball.” —Doc Rivers, Celtics coach, throwing some kind words toward Jared Sullinger… sort of. Quote via the Boston Globe. Sullinger had a 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, plus 7 rebounds in…

  5. With Nash on court, Lakers offense full of options

    Dec 26, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash celebrate after teammate Pau Gasol scored against the Knicks during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Lakers are 2-0 since the return of Steve Nash, both wins over quality teams in Golden State and New York. Let’s not go overboard with what this means — it means they won two games in December. It doesn’t speak to the playoffs. But we are starting to see just how things open up…

  6. NBA Christmas Day television ratings down from post-lockout tip-off, up from two years ago

    Dec 26, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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    Last year, following an ugly lockout, the NBA returned to action on Christmas Day with its first games being the best matchups shown on national television. Fans said “what lockout?” and watched in record numbers. This Christmas, with one-third of the NBA season gone? Numbers were down slightly over last year but up from a…

  7. As if you didn’t see them enough, here are some NBA ads from Christmas

    Dec 26, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    It’s not exactly the Super Bowl, but on Christmas day you can usually expect to see some new ads featuring NBA stars. Of course it happened this year, and we have already showed you the Blake Griffin one, his latest for KIA. Here were a couple other new ones featuring Chris Paul and Kevin Durant…

  8. Amar’e Stoudemire could return to Knicks on Jan. 1

    Dec 26, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Fashion's Night Out At SAKS Fifth Avenue

    Could the New York Knicks ring in 2013 with Amar’e Stoudemire? The New York Knicks host the Portland Trail Blazers on New Years Day (which is fine because nobody in New York cares about college football anyway). And Stoudemire told Al Iannazzone of Newsday that could be against the Trail Blazers (via Sulia): Amar’e Stoudemire…

  9. Wizards sign point guards Shelvin Mack, Garrett Temple

    Dec 26, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    George Hill, Shelvin Mack

    The biggest problem with the Wizards recent moves at point guard is that it does not involve the name John Wall. Until it does, the Wizards are spinning their wheels, stuck in the mud with the worst offense in the NBA. Washington did make some changes at point guard — Shaun Livingston is out (he’s…

  10. Cavaliers claim Shaun Livingston off waivers, release Sloan

    Dec 26, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Shaun Livingston was let go by the Washington Wizards last week but got a Christmas Day gift from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland claimed him off waivers and Livingston is going to get the chance to be Kyrie Irving’s backup, reports the Beacon Journal. Right now that job often falls to rookie Dion Waiters, who like…

  11. Pau Gasol with the monster slam dunk to seal Lakers win over Knicks (VIDEO)

    Dec 26, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    LOS ANGELES — With the game on the line and the Lakers clinging to a three-point lead with possession of the ball, it wasn’t Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, or Steve Nash who found themselves taking the final shot. No, that honor went to Pau Gasol, whose diminished role on a newly-stacked team this season hasn’t…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Rockets, Celtics, Clippers get Christmas blowouts

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while running to the store to buy more double-AA batteries for those Christmas toys…. Celtics 93, Nets 76: The Nets are not a good defensive team, rather they are prone to lapses, like the second quarter when Boston put up 34…

  13. Mike D’Antoni says Carmelo Anthony is having an MVP season

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — Mike D’Antoni coached Carmelo Anthony for parts of each of the last two seasons while owning the head coaching job with the New York Knicks, so he knows as well as anyone how much Anthony can dominate a game at times. Part of the reason D’Antoni ended up resigning as Knicks head…

  14. Three Stars of the Night: MVP Candidates shine on Christmas

    Dec 26, 2012, 3:26 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Christmas Day is a showcase day for the NBA. No NFL. No college bowl games. Just hoops. And as you can imagine any league run by David Stern doing, it put its biggest stars on display on the biggest early season stage. The second opening day, if you will. The stars on Christmas were the…

  15. Jamal Crawford Calls His Own Shot, Delivers the Shake and Bake Crossover (VIDEO)

    Dec 26, 2012, 2:16 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Following NBA players on Twitter is kind of an adventure. JaVale McGee retweets all his own tweets, Iman Shumpert talks almost solely in the third person…you get the idea. While some guys are hit and miss on that social media outlet, Jamal Crawford is usually hit. He answers fan questions, comments on articles that come…

  16. Heat knock Thunder out of rhythm, hang on for close win

    Dec 25, 2012, 11:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka in Miami

    If this is going to be the NBA finals again, I am all good with that. In fact, can we start it tomorrow? The Thunder and Heat gave us all the Christmas Day gift of what felt as close to playoff game as you are going to get in December— it was physical, intense, even…

  17. Video: LeBron James has your Christmas dunks

    Dec 25, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    For a guy who is never going to do the dunk contest, LeBron James is really good at the whole dunking thing. He had a couple of monster ones as the Heat beat the Thunder and showed them… nothing really. If these two teams meet in the finals again (a distinct possibility) this game on…

  18. Lakers earn fifth straight victory with Christmas Day win over Knicks

    Dec 25, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant guards New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — The Lakers beat the Knicks 100-94 on Christmas Day to earn their fifth straight victory, one that came in an intense and competitive game that came down to the final few possessions. Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony each finished with 34 points, J.R. Smith had 25 off the bench for New York,…

  19. Celtics show promise in Christmas win. Nets… it wasn’t pretty.

    Dec 25, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Jared Sullinger, Andray Blatche

    Boston should be better than a .500 team, which is how they came into Christmas Day. We keep expecting them to have a nice easy win, a jumpstart to start finding their groove. They need to find a team that would roll over and pretty much die for them. Enter the Nets on Christmas. How…

  20. Kobe Bryant with the flying acrobatic reverse layup vs. Knicks (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Late in the first quarter of the Lakers Christmas Day matchup against the Knicks, Metta World Peace terminated the dribble out top, and Carmelo Anthony was overplaying Kobe Bryant on the wing defensively in an attempt to deny him the basketball. Bad idea. Bryant faked Anthony one way, then cut backdoor, where World Peace found…

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