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  1. Five things we learned watching the NBA on Christmas

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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

    The NBA gave five Christmas day presents to the fans… which were really more like belated birthday gifts disguised as Christmas gifts because we should have opened the NBA season on Nov. 1. But we’ll forgive and move on, like we do with family around the holidays. We’re just glad to have the NBA back.…

  2. Monday And-1 links (formerly one morning liners)

    Dec 26, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    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). Kobe Bryant had experimental work done on his ankle last summer as well as his knee. At this point if you…

  3. Lakers still aren’t going to trade Bynum and Gasol for Howard

    Dec 26, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Mike Brown, Pau Gasol

    There’s a feeling out there that the Lakers are going to cave — that they are eventually going to agree to trade both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol to get Dwight Howard. That’s the feeling in Orlando, where they sit on Howard waiting for the deals to improve. (Or him to change his mind, but…

  4. You’re Never Alone: Appreciating TNT’s magnificent ‘NBA Forever’

    Dec 26, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    NBA Forever

    The NBA kicked off its season in predictably insane style on Sunday, but Opening Day’s pièce de résistance may have come prior to the official commencement of the new basketball year. As a lead-up to the season’s first game, the masterminds at TNT dimmed the lights and unveiled their latest promotional wonder: a jaw-dropping video…

  5. Garnett could face fine, suspension for end of game scuffle

    Dec 26, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Well, that didn’t take long. Kevin Garnett could be in trouble with the league after one game. On the final play of the game the Knicks Bill Walker was trying to contest Garnett’s shot (only because Walker picked his teammate Tyson Chandler off Garnett, giving KG a very good look) and when it missed Walker…

  6. Video: Watch Derrick Rose drain the game winner in L.A.

    Dec 26, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    These were the deciding plays in the Bulls win over the Lakers on Christmas Day. There is a smart trap play by the Bulls — they didn’t just foul right away, they went for the steal first — that leads to a poor pass from Kobe Bryant that gets picked off. Watch Derrick Rose come…

  7. Chris Paul is really good, which makes Clippers better than Warriors

    Dec 26, 2011, 6:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    For three-plus quarters, the Clippers did not look like the Golden Child, the team anointed to take over Los Angles, lob city, Western Conference contenders. Their half court offensive execution was unimpressive and Chauncey Billups suddenly had the shot selection of a rookie. Then Chris Paul took over the game. In the final 6:07 of…

  8. Thunder crushes Magic, reminds you they are contenders

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Oklahoma City Thunder

    This game went pretty much like everyone expected. The Oklahoma City Thunder looked like the contenders with Kevin Durant playing like an MVP candidate, the team playing balanced on offense and showing real depth with their second unit. The Magic just looked confused. Dwight Howard looked off. In the end that led to a blowout.…

  9. Chicago 88, L.A. Lakers 87: Bulls erase a six-point deficit in the final minute to steal it

    Dec 25, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Ronnie Brewer, Taj Gibson

    The Lakers surprised many with their play for most of Christmas Day, hanging with the Bulls without suspended center Andrew Bynum and integrating a lot of new pieces into a new head coach’s system. L.A. erased a seven-point halftime deficit quickly, built its lead to as many as 11 late in the fourth quarter, and…

  10. Miami 105 Dallas 94: Heat unleash the Nightmare on Christmas for Mavs

    Dec 25, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    A three-part preface, to begin, before we cover the Heat’s shelling/drilling/slaughter of the Mavericks. It’s the first game of the season, and the first game of the season is never indicative of how the season will go for either team, even if it seems like it in retrospect. Th Celtics beat the Heat in the…

  11. Knicks rookie Shumpert sprains knee, out 2-4 weeks

    Dec 25, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Spike Lee was clearly on his way to making Iman Shumpert his new favorite player. Spike was out of his seat plenty cheering on the athletic rookie out of Georgia Tech and you had a feeling Lee’s omnipresent Landry Fields jersey was in danger of being sidelined. But it is Shumpert that will be sidelined…

  12. Video: LeBron, Wade convert double alley-oop against the Mavericks

    Dec 25, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    The Christmas Day, Finals rematch between the Heat and the Mavericks clearly meant a lot more to Miami than it did to Dallas. The Heat led by 32 points at the end of three quarters, and weren’t only dominating, but were doing so in style. Check out this alley-oop from Mario Chalmers to LeBron James,…

  13. Knick show better poise, execution in clutch to beat Celtics

    Dec 25, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    If we told you first thing this morning that the team that executed better at the end, that showed the more poise under pressure — and after the whistle — was going to win the season opener between the Knicks and Celtics, we all would have thought it would be the veteran combo from Boston.…

  14. 5 Things to Watch, Bulls-Lakers: Where the Lakers look for the… upset?

    Dec 25, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

    GAMES. There will be actual NBA games played today starting at noon. To get you pumped, ready, and primed for the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season, we give you five things to keep an eye on today in Heat-Mavericks. To get you pumped:   Point of defense Things which terrify Lakers fans: Derek Fisher,…

  15. 5 Things to Watch, Heat-Mavericks: Christmas revenge

    Dec 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    GAMES. There will be actual NBA games played today starting at noon. To get you pumped, ready, and primed for the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season, we give you five things to keep an eye on today in Heat-Mavericks. To get you pumped: The devil you know is worse than the devil you don’t…

  16. 5 Things to Watch, Celtics-Knicks: A good ol’ fashioned Christmas brawl at the bowery

    Dec 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    GAMES. There will be actual NBA games played today starting at noon. To get you pumped, ready, and primed for the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season, we give you five things to keep an eye on today in Celtics-Knicks. To get you pumped:   Not just an old-fashioned love song. The Knicks didn’t put…

  17. Paul Pierce is in New York, will be game-time decision

    Dec 25, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    The Boston Celtics will tip off the NBA season with the New York Knicks at noon Chrstmas day, and they may also have the first major player to miss games due to injury for the season. Paul Pierce is in New York with the Celtics but whether he plays is a game-time decision due to…

  18. Grizzlies trade Vasquez to Hornets for Pondexter

    Dec 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

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    In a trade that if it winds up affecting the NBA season means something has gone horribly horribly wrong, the Memphis Grizzlies traded guard Greivis Vasquez to the New Orleans Hornets for guard-forward Quincy Pondexter. Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins has spoken highly of guard Jeremy Pargo backing up it Mike Conley in preseason play,…

  19. Heat waive Eddie House

    Dec 24, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Eddie House

    The Heat announced Saturday that they have waived Eddie House. House joined the Heat last season as a free agent after being traded from the Celtics in 2010 when the Knicks acquired Nate Robinson, who was coincidentally also waived by the Thunder on Saturday. House played limited minutes for the Heat last year, with a…

  20. The gift-giving guide for NBA Christmas Sunday

    Dec 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Wait, so we’re going to have actual, real-life games on Sunday? Like, for real? With defense and actual coordinated playsets (as opposed the summer exhibitions) and everything? BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER. And since ’tis the season and all, we thought it would be good to put together what the teams playing in Sunday’s season openers really…

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