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  1. It’s one game, but Ricky Rubio sure looked good in debut

    Dec 27, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    When I saw the Timberwolves schedule my first thought was “welcome to the NBA Ricky Rubio, we’d like you to meet Russell Westbrook.” Tough way to debut. But Rubio was not fazed in the least, he looked good in his first NBA game. Very good. The numbers are modest — six points, six assists, five…

  2. Knicks snatch up Jeremy Lin, which might be a good fit for him

    Dec 27, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Jeremy_Lin_Warriors

    Jeremy Lin came out of Harvard with a fearless game — he attacked the rim at every opportunity. Even the times he shouldn’t. But his aggressiveness and some good finishes made him a fan favorite in Las Vegas at the Summer League a couple years ago. He’s quick but his game is a bit raw.…

  3. Stephen Curry tweaked ankle. Again. Will sit out Knicks game.

    Dec 27, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    stephen curry

    UPDATE 1:42 PM: Stephen Curry is going to sit out the Warriors game against the Knicks Wednesday, his agent told the USA Today. This would be the smart thing to do, he’s rolled the same surgically repaired ankle twice in the past week. The good news out of this is that X-rays showed no serious…

  4. Video: Ira Winderman talks evolution of the Miami Heat

    Dec 27, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Heat forward James and guard Wade laugh during the closing minutes against the Mavericks in Dallas, Texas

    The Miami Heat were a running team. LeBron James was camped out in the post, as was Dwyane Wade. It’s just one game, but our own Ira Winderman — who covers the team — talks the evolution of the Heat this season and how they are trying to grow things. How these Heat are different…

  5. What is wrong with 0-2 Dallas? A lot of things.

    Dec 27, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks have started out 0-2. An ugly 0-2. They have been blown out by the Heat and the Nuggets on their home court, losing by a combined 33 points (and it wasn’t really that close, garbage time runs have made it look better than it was). What in the name…

  6. Lockout? What lockout? NBA Christmas ratings set records

    Dec 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Mavericks forward Marion, guard Kidd, guard Terry and forward Nowitzki stand with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy before their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    David Stern finally gave ground during lockout negotiations to get games on Christmas. That is when the average fan starts paying attention to the NBA. Start playing by then and you limit the backlash… What backlash? There’s apparently no backlash. NBA telecasts on Christmas set record ratings, reports the USA Today. Four of the five…

  7. Tuesday And-1 links: Why all the Kris Humphries hate?

    Dec 27, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    Kris Humphries, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards

    New name, same drill. This is our morning 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). Washington Wizards fans booed Kris Humphries all night long Monday. Well done, Washingtonians. Way to side with the woman who became…

  8. Andray Blatche calls out his coach, wants ball in the post more

    Dec 27, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    Andray Blatche is not happy with how the Wizards are using him. The only real surprise there is it came after only one game rather than midway through the season. After the Wizards come-from-ahead loss Tuesday against the Nets (how do you blow a 20-point lead against the Nets?), Blatche said he needs the ball…

  9. Video: Eric Gordon with the game winner for Hornets

    Dec 27, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon is very, very good. In a few years he will be one of the best slashing guards in the league. The Clippers were only going to trade him for a handful of players in the league (Chris Paul being one of them). Here he is getting the Hornets a win over the Suns…

  10. Baseline to baseline recaps: Dallas has some issues

    Dec 27, 2011, 7:48 AM EDT

    Chris Andersen, Vince Carter,

    What you missed while out celebrating Boxing Day…. Kings 100, Lakers 91: We covered this one already in our game of the night. Nuggets 115, Mavericks 93: Mavericks forward Sean Williams threw up when subbed out in the fourth quarter of this game, which got a lot of laughs on the Mavs bench but pretty…

  11. Your Los Angeles Lakers are 0-2 and look very confused

    Dec 27, 2011, 6:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain walk towards the bench for a time out after losing possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Stability mattered more than ever this season. Shortened training camps and just two preseason games means switching systems was going to be a challenge. But Jim Buss was intent on wiping all traces of Phil Jackson from the Lakers, not keeping Brian Shaw and the triangle offense with a team built to run it. No,…

  12. Now off to the races: the Miami Heat

    Dec 26, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Tom Haberstroh has some thoughts on the Miami Heat’s new “Pace and Space” offense after the Heat’s opening-day blowout of the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. Here’s a quick excerpt from his post, which starts with a description of LeBron James drawing a foul on a fast break after a made basket: LeBron blurred past the…

  13. Stephen Jackson admits he checked out after Wallace trade

    Dec 26, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Bobcats fans are going to just read this nod in agreement. Bobcats front office members, too. Stephen Jackson admitted last season when Charlotte traded Gerald Wallace to Portland he pretty much mentally checked out from the Bobcats. Here are the quotes, via Rock Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer. “When Gerald left, I really left,’’ Jackson…

  14. Garnett will not be suspended, fined for Walker altercation

    Dec 26, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2011

    According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Garnett won’t have to give any additional Christmas presents to a charity of the NBA’s choice because of his altercation with the Knicks’ Bill Walker yesterday: Celtics Kevin Garnett won’t receive suspension or fine for physical incident with Knicks Billy Walker, NBA says. Garnett’s antics have become…

  15. Man in process of robbing Lou Williams decides not to rob Lou Williams

    Dec 26, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Lou Williams Jumper

    From Williams’ twitter account (by way of Larry Brown Sports and Ball Don’t Lie): Almost got robbed today.. But homie said he recognized me and the good I’ve done for his hood so that made him change his mind… WOW After the game Williams detailed the incident, saying he took the man to a local…

  16. DeMarcus Cousins will try to play smarter this season

    Dec 26, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    From Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee: Mention some of DeMarcus Cousins‘ less-than-flattering statistics from last season and you won’t hear any excuses for them.Cousins doesn’t blame his teammates’ inability to catch passes for averaging 3.3 turnovers, ninth-most in the NBA. Nor is there complaining about officiating as a reason Cousins led the NBA with…

  17. Nate Robinson would prefer GMs ignore Shaq’s new book

    Dec 26, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Guard Nate Robinson of the New York Knic

    When you go job hunting, do you look at what you posted — or others posted about you — of Facebook and wince? Welcome to Nate Robinson’s world. Robinson is a free agent looking for a job. Complicating matters is Robinson did not come off well in Shaquille O’Neal’s new book. “Nate was always trying…

  18. Video: Lil’ Wayne breaks down the NBA season with CP3

    Dec 26, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

    As a belated Christmas present, we bring you rapper ‘Lil Wayne predicting the NBA season. With Chris Paul on the phone. Yea, that’s way better than that purple sweater your mom got you. You can thank us later. Thanks to SLAM for finding “Weezy’s Sports Corner.”

  19. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks fall, Heat race into top spot

    Dec 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Only one third of the teams in the NBA have played a game, but it was enough to move some teams around and give us a new No. 1. 1. Heat (1-0, last week ranked No. 2). They had 100 possessions in their opening game, nine more than they averaged last season. If they do…

  20. Is Adidas keeping Dwight Howard out of Chicago?

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Bulls fans don’t get why Dwight Howard doesn’t have the Bulls on his list of teams where he will sign an extension. The Bulls are big market team, they are contenders with a good core of role players, and with Howard and Derrick Rose they would be in title contention for a decade. Plus Chicago…

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