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  1. Utah’s Favors officially diagnosed with plantar fasciitis

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    favors-fined

    If you want to know how much the Utah Jazz miss Derrick Favors, watch Chris Paul’s layup that gave the Clippers the lead for good on Monday night. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are good players, but Favors provides athleticism on the defensive end they do not. And that the Jazz miss. And Utah may…

  2. Dwight Howard bolted court without shaking Magics’ hands

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    This is one of those situations that really says more about how you feel about players being friendly with opponents than it does about the situation. The Orlando Magic not only beat the Dwight Howard and his new team the Lakers on Sunday night, they embarrassed their own teammate. They went to hack-a-Dwight on the…

  3. Video: Ridiculous sidearm full-court shot in high school game

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

    Spaulding NBA basketball

    That is luck. Kid should have bought a lottery ticket. This video — courtesy The Big Lead — is believed to be from a Wisconsin high school game. But it doesn’t matter where it is from, because crazy shots that fall are universal. Just a little something to enjoy with your Tuesday morning coffee.  …

  4. Report: Derrick Rose a couple weeks away from returning to practice

    Dec 4, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose looks on from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Derrick Rose is getting better — that is video of him running sprints at the Bulls practice facility on Monday. That’s a good sign. Then comes this report out of the Chicago Sun-Times (hat tip to SLAM) According to an NBA source, while ‘‘The Return’’ to the court for NBA games is still up in…

  5. D’Antoni says his older, slower Lakers can’t play half speed

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    These Lakers — with an abundance of big men and some age on the perimeter — were never going to look like the “seven seconds or less” Suns. But they’ve looked more like some guys who need walkers to get to the bingo room at the assisted living home. The Lakers have looked old and…

  6. Video: Chris Paul with the go-ahead driving layup vs. Jazz

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    This is about Chris Paul being Chris Paul and making the play that put the Clippers up for good and got them the win. But it’s also about the Jazz defense and how they miss Derrick Favors. Paul called DeAndre Jordan out and uses the screen well to pick-off DeMarre Carroll, but notice how Al…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Robin Lopez, Luke Babbitt key wins. It was that kind of night.

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:42 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Robin Lopez

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while trying to decide if you love or hate the new Air Jordan XX8…. Clippers 105, Jazz 104: Blake Griffin has his biggest scoring game of the year and the Clippers hand the Jazz their first home loss of the year.…

  8. Clippers 105, Jazz 104: Don’t make Chris Paul angry

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:13 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    The city of Los Angeles may not have Phil Jackson, but Chris Paul is doing his best to carry on some of the Zen Master’s most notable traits. Remember how Jackson would never call timeouts when his team was on the bad end of a big run? Timeouts were considered to be bailouts. Jackson wanted…

  9. Three Stars of the Night: The all power forward edition

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:02 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Tonight we will play the four — three power forwards who keyed their teams’ wins. Third Star: Glen Davis (24 points, 6 rebounds) A night after an emotional win in Los Angeles — don’t think for a second those Magic players didn’t enjoy beating and embarrassing Dwight Howard after standing up for him for years…

  10. Blazers beat Bobcats behind…Luke Babbitt? Is this life?

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

    BABBITT_LUKE

    If you’re down 17 points to the Charlotte Bobcats with a little over 5 minutes to play, what do you do? If you’re the Spurs, you’re enjoying first class luxury provided by Southwest Airlines. If you’re the Lakers, you come to grips with the fact that the Bobcats hold the series advantage, 8 wins to…

  11. Video: Byron Mullens with the Dunk of the Year? Let’s all go home.

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Remember when And-1 mixtapes ruled the world? Those were good times. If someone got dunked on in one of those games — I’m talking really embarrassed — they would yank the poor sucker off the court and tell him to go home. Sometimes they would just end the game, let the crowd rush the court,…

  12. Dear Santa, I want the Vancouver Grizzlies practice court

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Vancouver Grizzlies Court

    ‘Tis the season and all that, but what do you get for the basketball junkie in your life who already has everything? How about the Vancouver Grizzlies old practice court? Because it’s for sale. And of course, you can find the listing on Craigslist. Our company has moved into a new building which used to…

  13. LeBron talks about being named SI’s Sportsman of the Year

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Only one other basketball player in history had been the NBA MVP, NBA finals MVP, an NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist in one year — Michael Jordan. That was until LeBron James did it in 2012. So LeBron being named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year seemed fitting. If you’re a LeBron fan (or…

  14. Monday And-1 links: The new Jordan XX8 is… different

    Dec 3, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    air-jordan-xx8

    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 like Steve Novak loves the corner three. • What really got twitter buzzing on…

  15. Chandler says Olympics made ‘Melo better player this year

    Dec 3, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    With three minutes left in the third quarter Sunday at Madison Square Garden Phoenix’s Shannon Brown leaked out in transition, brought in the long pass and was cruising in for a layup… When Carmelo Anthony came in with the chase down block. It wasn’t the athletic and emphatic LeBron James variety, but ‘Melo didn’t give…

  16. Lakers Steve Blake has surgery, will miss 6-8 more weeks

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    And the Darius Morris/Chris Duhon era continues in Los Angeles…. Just a day after Steve Nash said he would be out maybe another couple weeks (he’s not sure) came this news about his backup, via the Lakers official twitter account. Steve Blake will undergo laproscopic surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle.It is expected that…

  17. Mike Bibby wants to return to the NBA (hey, Derek Fisher did)

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby

    Mike Bibby wasn’t very good for the Knicks last season, shooting just 28.2 percent. He wasn’t very good for the Heat, Wizards or Hawks the season before that. In a league of quick, young guards he looked like the game had moved past him. But not shockingly, he wants back in. And when you see…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Heat, Thunder on top, it feels like 2011

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates win over Atlanta Hawks with Bosh and Allen during their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    It’s early in the season, very early, but there are moments it feels line the NBA finals come June could be a rematch of last year — Miami vs. Oklahoma City. And that really shouldn’t be a surprise. Right now those two teams are on top of the PBT power rankings. 1. Heat (12-3, last…

  19. Quote of the Day: Randy Wittman’s mom wants a John Wall update

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    “Until the doctor says he’s ready to go full bore. I don’t know what to tell you guys. I’m serious. I tell my mom, ‘I don’t know.’ She asks me every day, too. ‘When’s John coming back?’ ‘I don’t know mom.’ ” —Wizards coach Randy Wittman, talking about a timeline for the return of John…

  20. Nets winning despite Deron Williams struggling with his shot

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Brooklyn Nets are playing well — 11-5 on the season, a defense that is better than expected (11th in the league) and a signature win over the Knicks at home. But Deron Williams is not playing well, or at least not as well as he expected. He’s averaging 16.8 points per game on 39.9…

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