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  1. Winderman: Post-lockout schedule leaves players hurting, fans wanting

    Jan 19, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    Glance at those NBA ads promoting broadcasts of games and you’ll notice the small print that reads: “Scheduled to appear.” That disclaimer is becoming the motto of this NBA season. Because what you’re planning for isn’t always what you’ll get. Just ask the TNT folks, who on Thursday night were primed to show Kobe vs.…

  2. LeBron sent home from shootaround, game time decision

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    I’ll say it up front — he’ll play. Just watch. LeBron James has been battling what was described as a “flu-like symptoms” for a few days now, and there were reports that if Dwyane Wade had been able to go against the Spurs Tuesday LeBron may not have. Things have not gotten better. LeBron was…

  3. Thursday And-1 links: Glen Davis drops his shorts

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    Welcome to our 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). Glen Davis, you need to keep your pants on when talking to the ref. It’s pretty much an automatic technical. What are the Sixers doing right…

  4. This isn’t Kobe vs. LeBron, it’s Heat break vs. Lakers big men

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Thursday night’s showdown in South Beach is not Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. Not totally. Yes, they are the league’s top two scorers, but LeBron is a game time decision after being sent home sick from shoot around. He’s been fighting a cold for a few days. Either way, you can be sure Kobe is…

  5. Would Danny Ainge really blow up the Celtics? Yes.

    Jan 19, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    Go ahead and be sentimental for Paul Pierce. Think whatever you wish of Boston’s slow start this season and the potential of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to turn the ship around. Just do not underestimate Danny Ainge’s willingness to blow the whole thing up. It’s not that he wants to blow up this Celtics…

  6. Video: Chauncey Billups hits game winner for Clippers

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Billups game winner

    One play before this, the youngster D’Andre Jordan made a defensive mistake sliding off Jason Terry to get back to Ian Mahinmi, and we thought we’d be showing a Jason Terry three in this space. Instead, it’s Chauncey Billups. At the end of games he has to be one of the most feared Clippers, the…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s Bizzaro World night in NBA

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    What you missed while watching the Australian Open and thinking “I need to go to vacation there”…. Wizards 105, Thunder 102: Yes, you are reading that right. The worst team in the NBA (1-12 entering the game) just beat a title contender (12-2 before this started). It gets weirder — Oklahoma City shot 48.1 percent…

  8. Blazers Batum sent to hospital with eye injury, not serious

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:52 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    It looked like an innocent play at the time — there wasn’t even a foul called. Atlanta’s Tracy McGrady tried to reach up and block a pass from Portland’s Nicolas Batum, missed it and in the process swiped his face. But he got Batum in the eye. On possession later Batum was out of the…

  9. Mavericks’ assistant coach Darrell Armstrong arrested

    Jan 19, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Boston Celtics

    Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Darrell Armstrong was arrested in Los Angeles Tuesday on an outstanding warrant related to a casino debt in Las Vegas, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Mavericks were in town between taking on the Lakers and Clippers. Armstrong was pulled over for a traffic violation in Marina Del Rey and the…

  10. Rajon Rondo leaves with wrist injury, X-rays negative

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    Celtics point guard Rondo reacts after being fouled by Raptors center Gray in Boston

    If there is one player the Boston Celtics could not afford to lose this seas0n, it would be Rajon Rondo. Which is why there were deep breaths taken Rondo took a hard foul by Toronto’s Linas Kleiza with 2:12 left in the third quarter. Rondo — who was in scoring not assist mode all night, finishing…

  11. Mike Miller back with Heat (which is good for LeBron)

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Heat shooting Mike Miller celebrates after scoring against the Spurs in the second half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    One note we kind of glossed over from the Miami Heat’s dramatic comeback win over the Spurs Tuesday — Mike Miller is back. The three-point specialist missed the start of the season due to a sports hernia but he was back running with the Heat on Tuesday night and went 6-of-6 from three in 15…

  12. Eddy Curry could debut for the Heat Thursday. We’re serious.

    Jan 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Eddy Curry

    Yes, Thursday night Hitler and Jack the Ripper may get in a snowball fight in Hell, also. Long dismissed — but well paid — center Eddy Curry could make his debut for the Miami Heat, reports our own Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel. Instead of again summarily ruling the bulky veteran center out of…

  13. Clippers not willing to trade Blake Griffin for Dwight Howard

    Jan 18, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    We all knew this instinctively, because it’s the only smart choice. Now maybe this rumor can die. League officials have confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that while Dwight Howard may have interest in them the Clippers are not willing to trade Blake Griffin for Howard — and the Magic are not interested in the…

  14. Steve Nash sums up the Suns, and it’s not pretty

    Jan 18, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The Phoenix Suns are not good. They are 4-9, have a terrible defense and their once-feared offense is average (13th in the league in points per possession). It’s not hard to figure out what is going on, and Steve Nash summed it up honestly in a quote at the end of the game story in…

  15. Barkley not impressed with Joakim Noah, Thibodeau shrugs

    Jan 18, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah is not off to a good start this season. He is shooting just 41.2 percent (down from 52.5 percent last year), he is rebounding a little less and turning the ball over a little more. His defense is still good, but feels inconsistent. He has been benched a number of fourth quarters in…

  16. Grant Hill admits he gave Bulls serious consideration

    Jan 18, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    The Bulls had a target during the frenetic free agency period post-lockout — get a veteran upgrade at the two guard. They got one in Richard Hamilton, who has given Chicago 12.2 points per game, a new offensive option to relieve some pressure off Derrick Rose, and he has played solid team defense. But that…

  17. Feared Blake Griffin, Chris Paul pick-and-roll lacks the roll

    Jan 18, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Clippers

    From the second Blake Griffin said “lob city,” every one of us pictured his pick-and-roll with Chris Paul as potentially the most devastating play in the NBA. We pictured unstoppable dunks. So far, not so much. Through 11 games this season, Blake Griffin has gotten a shot attempt as the roll man in the pick-and-roll…

  18. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named Global Cultural Ambassador

    Jan 18, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Few people can represent both the diversity and opportunity in the United States like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. So he makes an interesting and smart choice as a United States Global Cultural Ambassador, something Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton named him on Wednesday, the White House announced. He will soon be going to Brazil in his…

  19. DeMarcus Cousins speaks highly of Keith Smart. So far.

    Jan 18, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    In just his second season in the league, DeMarcus Cousins has a reputation in some quarters as hard to deal with and a coach killer. Fair or not, it’s out there. Paul Westphal is out and Keith Smart — who went from a nearly impossible situation in Golden State (due to an ownership change) to…

  20. Andrew Bynum sings the praises of Dwight Howard

    Jan 18, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Friday night Andrew Bynum lines up against Dwight Howard as the Lakers face the Magic in Orlando. So, please use this small sample size to decide that Bynum should/should not be traded for Howard. We all know one game tells you all you need to know, not how a player performs over a stretch of…

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