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  1. It’s official, Chauncey Billups out for season with torn Achilles

    Feb 7, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups Clippers

    After watching Chauncey Billups have to be helped off the court Monday night, everyone feared the worst but was coming but hoping against hope it wasn’t true. It is. Chauncey Billups out for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. Usually these injuries take 12 to 18 months to…

  2. Samuel Dalembert gets benched as message from McHale

    Feb 7, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    Minutes — that is the most effective thing a coach can hold over a player’s head in the NBA. Kevin McHale did that Monday night — he didn’t like the activity level out of his big men against Denver, so he benched them. Samuel Dalembert and Jordan Hill played the first seven minutes of the…

  3. League admits Aldridge goaltend call on Durant was wrong

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Portland should have had the win. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge looked like he’d made the defensive play of the game, blocking a Kevin Durant layup on the last play of regulation, but then Scott Foster, the referee out near half court, called goaltending. Tie game, 103-103, and the Thunder went on to win in overtime. Tuesday…

  4. Nuggets say Gallinari suffers “significant” ankle sprain

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari

    It’s not good. It’s not as bad as was reported last night, so that’s a relief. But it’s not good. The Nuggets are reporting Danilo Gallinari‘s injury as a “significant” ankle sprain, but not the chip fracture that was reported last night. Here are the tweets of interest from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Nuggets…

  5. New York riding the wave of Jeremy Lin… but it will hit shore

    Feb 7, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    You know how you can be working hard on a really hot day, spending hours helping your friend move (including getting that couch up three flights of twisting stairs), and you really could go for a beer. When it’s all done, someone hands you a cold Bud Light and it tastes like the best beer…

  6. All-Star Weekend rookie/sophomore game to go playground

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    There’s always a bit of a playground element to the NBA Rookie Challenge — what you and I call the rookie/sophomore game — on Friday night of All-Star weekend. Remember last year John Wall threw a bounce-pass ally-oop last year, it’s all about as playground as it gets. So this year they decided to take…

  7. Kobe denies report of poor recruiting call with Howard

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    We passed along the report over the weekend, one that cropped up in a couple places, that a conversation where Kobe Bryant tried to recruit Dwight Howard to Los Angeles turned off the center. That Kobe told Howard that the offensive options would be first Kobe, then Pau Gasol, then Howard. Which struck me as…

  8. Chris Paul tells Dwight Howard “just keep playing hard”

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Chris Paul and Dwight Howard were going to be the twin Carmelo Anthonys for this season — guys in the last year of their contract holding that over their teams’ heads to get a trade to a destination of their choosing. Except the Hornets traded Paul to the Clippers and turned Los Angeles into a contender.…

  9. Carmelo Anthony out 1-2 weeks with groin strain

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    The good news is that Carmelo Anthony‘s groin strain is not serious. The bad news is this is a slow injury to heal and it has to be fully healed or it is easy to re-aggravate. The Knicks announced that Anthony will be out one-to-two weeks to heal the injury, reports Howard Beck of the…

  10. Tuesday And-1 links: Want to watch Gilbert Arenas workout?

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    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). Gilbert Arenas is going to conduct an open workout in Los Angeles this week so teams can come and decide for themselves if he’s got…

  11. Kobe Bryant says he’s not leaving Lakers to chase rings

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    Right now, Steve Nash is the guy in the “trade him so he can get a ring” spotlight, even though he’s not pushing for a trade. But if the Lakers keep deteriorating, it’s not impossible to imagine that day coming for Kobe Bryant, either. Well, it is for Kobe. He told Stephen A. Smith of…

  12. Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari out with chip fracture in ankle

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    This is a blow to a Nuggets team that has been one of the best offenses in the league Denver’s leading scorer Danilo Gallinari has gone down with a chip fracture in his ankle from when he rolled it in the third quarter of Denver’s loss to the Rockets Monday night. A chip fracture, also…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jeremy Lin is king of New York

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin Knicks

    What you missed while thinking that even though you didn’t love Madonna’s halftime show at the Super Bowl, it was better than the Black Eyed Peas doing Tron or whatever it was the year before…. 76ers 95, Lakers 90: It was the Kobe Bryant and Lou Williams show, and it was our game of the…

  14. Carmelo Anthony strains groin, may miss games

    Feb 7, 2012, 2:38 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    Already without Amar’e Stoudemire, who was away from the team following the unexpected death of his brother, the Knicks lost Carmelo Anthony on Monday night to injury. Midway through the first quarter the Jazz turned the ball over and Anthony started running up court when he pulled up hobbled. A pass was thrown to him…

  15. Chauncey Billups injures Achilles, may be done for season

    Feb 7, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

    Through the fourth quarter, Chauncey Billups was being his Mr. Big Shot self on Monday — he had 11 points in the quarter and had knocked down three from beyond the arc to help the Clippers take the lead. Then with 5:54 left he went down. Untouched. He had to be helped off the court.…

  16. Lakers live by the Kobe, lose by the Kobe (and Lou Williams)

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:20 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Lakers,

    Philadelphia keeps answering every question asked of them. Can they win against the best teams? They beat the Bulls, Hawks and Magic last week… and now you can add the Lakers to the list after a 95-90 76ers win Monday night. But Philly doesn’t have a superstar, who is going to score late in the…

  17. Derrick Rose leaves game with back spasms; now day-to-day

    Feb 6, 2012, 11:33 PM 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

    UPDATE 11:33 pm: After the game, Rose told our man Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com that it’s not that serious and that he is day-to-day. “Right now, I feel all right. Just back spasms, nothing to worry about. [Tuesday] we have a day off, get treatment, get a massage and hopefully I’ll be playing next game,”…

  18. Video: Kobe Bryant passes Shaq on all-time scoring list

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles as he hands the ball back to a referee in Minneapolis

    “It was inevitable” was how Kobe Bryant described himself eventually passing Shaquille O’Neal to move into fifth on the all-time NBA scoring list — which he did with a long two pointer in the second quarter against the 76ers Monday night. Kobe had all 24 he needed to move past Shaq in the first half.…

  19. League says officiating this season no different than last year

    Feb 6, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Mark Cuban came out and said what many have whispered this season — the officiating is worse. Then Cuban got fined for it and you realized why others were whispering it. But in a season of sloppy play and games by the players, the officials felt like they were part of that trend. Nobody is…

  20. Report: Knicks, Lakers talk to Rockets about Jonny Flynn

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn

    The Lakers and Knicks are starting to act like that balding guy with the shirt unbuttoned a little too far trying to hit on every girl in the bar as it gets closer to the 2 a.m. closing time. You can smell the desperation on them. They both need a point guard so badly they…

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