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  1. Video: Tim Duncan running hook game winner

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs' Duncan works against New Orleans Hornets' Okafor during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans

    Somebody had the DeLorean with the flux capacitor in New Orleans because clearly somebody went and got the 2001 Tim Duncan and brought him to the game Monday night. That or the night off Saturday really helped him, because we were treated to a vintage Duncan performance (28 points). The highlight of that is the…

  2. Boston plays best game of season, routs Orlando. Don’t read much into it.

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:55 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnette

    For one night, it felt like 2008 in Boston again. The Celtics played with tremendous defensive energy, shutting off driving lanes and seeming to choke off whatever the opposing offense wanted to do. They contained Dwight Howard and chased down a lot of three-point shooters. Boston set a franchise record for fewest points allowed. The…

  3. Rumors everywhere, but Grizzlies not planning Mayo trade

    Jan 23, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bynum

    O.J. Mayo shows up in almost as many trade rumors as Dwight Howard. The Grizzlies shopped him around last year, when he was having a rough season, and there were so many rumors it seemed like he was destined to be gone. But things are different this year — Mayo is having his best season,…

  4. Video: Steve Nash pulls “The Corn Chopper” on a snowboard

    Jan 23, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    2-time MVP Steve Nash has always been game for a good viral video. His latest entry involves him auditioning for ESPN’s “Winter X Games Real Snow” competition by pulling the ultra-dangerous “corn chopper,” which is apparently too awesome to be shown — all we get to see is Nash’s teammates reacting to the trick, rather…

  5. Gasol not thrilled with Lakers offense, wants more post touches

    Jan 23, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Shane Battier, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh

    One of the reasons the triangle offense worked for the Lakers is that Pau Gasol can pass or knock down the jumper from the elbow. He has a polished set of skills on the low block, too. In the Lakers new offense Gasol gets a lot more touches at the elbow or in the midrange,…

  6. Rose admits foot pain may linger for rest of season

    Jan 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    Derrick Rose will be back on the court with his Chicago Bulls Monday, slicing and dicing what passes for the New Jersey Nets defense. He’d missed five games with a sprained big toe, essentially a turf toe injury by any other name. He tested it out at shootaround and then later in warmups and decided…

  7. Spurs to retire Bruce Bowen’s No. 12 jersey

    Jan 23, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Bruce Bowen

    Bruce Bowen was the guy asked to cover Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson — whoever was the best perimeter player on the other team. Night after night, playoffs after playoffs. His elite defense, as well as his reliable corner three, were key parts of three San Antonio Spurs titles, so the team is going…

  8. All-Star rookies vs. sophomores game may see changes

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    john-wall-021811

    It’s one of the “highlights” — and we use the term loosely — of Friday night of All-Star weekend: NBA rookies taking on NBA sophomores (officially called the Rookie Challenge). There’s a lot of showboating and not a lot of defense — basically a less interesting version of the All-Star game itself. But this year…

  9. Baron Davis returns to practice, but can his ailing back bear New York’s wildest expectations?

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

    baron davis

    Abandon all expectations ye who enter here: alleged Knicks savior Baron Davis is officially playing basketball again. Davis underwent a full practice for the first time since signing with New York in December, and according to the Associated Press, the team hopes he’ll be available for his regular season debut at some point during the…

  10. Robert Horry says Shaq vs. Kobe feud was all Phil Jackson

    Jan 23, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Lakers v Nets

    Who was the big culprit in the Kobe Bryant vs. Shaquille O’Neal feud that broke up the Lakers? Was it the Type A personality of Kobe driving the wedge? Did Shaq need to be “the man” so bad that he held back Kobe (Shaq wouldn’t learn to share the spotlight until Miami)? Robert Horry will…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls on top after quarter of season

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Believe it or not, we are about a quarter of the way through the condensed NBA season already. And with that, these rankings are starting to take some solid shape. Which is bad news for Celtics and Knicks fans. But it’s all good in Chicago. 1. Bulls (15-3, last week ranked No. 1). If Derrick…

  12. Video: Kobe Bryant on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition”

    Jan 23, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In case you missed it because you were busy watching the Harbaugh family suffer on national television, Kobe Bryant was on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” helping people who actually suffered. Real loss. The show was working with a family in Joplin, Missouri, who lost everything last year in a tornado that decimated the town. Kobe…

  13. Bill Walton feeling good… and predicts a Lakers/Heat finals

    Jan 23, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Bill+Walton

    Bill Walton is a guy with his priorities in the right place. Three years laying on your back will do that — he told me again that he thought his life was over at points during that time — and now that he is back up after an innovative surgery his outlook on every day…

  14. Knicks fans, Phil Jackson will not be your savior

    Jan 23, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    There is some logic here — the Knicks current roster is better set up for Phil Jackson’s triangle than Mike D’Antoni’s seven seconds or less. And Jackson admits there is a lure to New York City. But Knicks fans, Phil Jackson is not going to walk through that door into Madison Square Garden. He is not…

  15. Report: Anthony, Stoudemire to meet, discuss Knicks woes

    Jan 23, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Amar’e Stoudemire was an afterthought in the Knicks offense for much of the second half against the Nuggets — he had just three shot attempts through the final 24 minutes and two overtimes. Carmelo Anthony put up 20 in that same time. In a game that became the Knicks sixth straight loss. Coincidence? Anthony acknowledged…

  16. Monday And-1 links: Apparently Web surfers love the Magic

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Here is our daily 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). Which three teams lead the NBA is traffic to their Web sites? Two are pretty obvious — the Lakers and Heat. But the third is…

  17. Heat without Wade: Less slashing, more shooting

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Against Milwaukee on Sunday, the Heat role players shot the ball like, well, the Heat role players from last season. Take LeBron James and Chris Bosh out of the equation and the Heat shot 25.7 percent for the game, and were just 2-of-9 from three. That stood out because it had not been the case…

  18. Could Al Horford be the next Players Association president?

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Al Horford

    After watching the grind that Derek Fisher went through this summer as president of the National Basketball Players Association — the players union — it’s hard to imagine a lot of guys lining up for that job. Then again, look at the pressure and public beating any United States president takes and you wonder why…

  19. Video: Pacers mascot shatters high school backboard

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Boomer Pacers mascot

    It seems like such a great promotion — invite Boomer, the Indiana Pacer Mascot, to your high school game. He fires up the crowd, provides some half time entertainment with a dunk, promotes the team, everybody wins. Or not. Apparently this school did not have the NBA-standard breakaway rims installed and, well, the second half of…

  20. Bulls expect Rose to return, Deng to be out Monday

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The good news: Derrick Rose should be back for the Bulls Monday. The bad news: Don’t expect Luol Deng to be in the lineup with him. The Bulls have some sort of Seinfeld-like “even Stephen” thing going on — Joakim Noah may be back in the lineup but Taj Gibson is likely out. Rose has…

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