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  1. Chris Paul injury forces Clippers to call-up Courtney Fortson from NBA Development League

    Jan 15, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Courtney Fortson

    Chris Paul suffered a strained hamstring in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 102-94 victory on Saturday night and, while the injury isn’t expected to keep him out for long, the team has a plan in place until their All-Star point guard returns to full strength. That contingency plan comes with the name Courtney Fortson, a waterbug-type…

  2. Are the Bulls taking too long to agree to an extension with Thibodeau?

    Jan 15, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    Tom Thibodeau won 62 games in his first season as Chicago’s head coach. He won Coach of the Year. He took his team to the Eastern Conference Finals. So naturally, the Bulls are taking their time agreeing to an extension with him. And now, there’s a report from New York that he’s not super-thrilled with…

  3. Boston is 4-7, if Kevin Garnett doesn’t turn it around neither will Boston

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    When Kevin Garnett came to the Celtics in 2008, he helped change the team culture by not putting up with excuses. He wanted his ring and this team was going to get him there — don’t pull your own weight at your own risk. To this day he still talks a good game. But this…

  4. Nets, Grizzlies continuing pursuit of Mayo trade

    Jan 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    O. J. Mayo

    O.J. Mayo is moving past last season’s disaster which featured a fist fight on a plane with a teammate, a suspension for PEDs, and the first benching of his since he started playing basketball at the competitive level. He’s played well on and off ball, has been more coachable and has rediscovered his scoring knack.…

  5. Lamar Odom nearly took sabbatical this season over personal isssues

    Jan 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Lost in discussions of his mental state on the floor and history, as well as the turmoil over a rejected trade that wasn’t good for two of the three teams anyway has been the fact that Lamar Odom had a rough summer. He was driving to the funeral of a cousin when his driver accidentally…

  6. Clippers showing a lot of room for improvement… and still winning

    Jan 15, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Chris Paul is still trying to get his guys to know what he wants them to do. Chauncey Billups is still firing away without enough consideration and dribbling like he’s the point guard at times. Caron Butler is still finding his legs. DeAndre Jordan is still adapting to being the anchor of the defense down…

  7. Chis Paul strains hamstring in win over Lakers

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    During the Clippers’ 102-94 win over the Lakers Saturday night, while Kobe Bryant was shooting his way out of an early game slump on his way to 42 points on 28 shots, Chris Paul was slicing and dicing for 33 of his own on 22 shots. Paul was a monster against the Lakers, and the…

  8. Danny Granger, Pacers will host dinner for Pacers workers affected by lockout

    Jan 14, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Danny Granger is good to his word. From the Indianapolis Star: Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will host the dinner he tweeted about during the NBA lockout. Sunday’s event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is for many of the part-time employees who did not get paid from July 1 until Nov. 26. “The plan was for…

  9. Report: If Howard goes to L.A., the Nets look to rebuild… again

    Jan 14, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Dwight Howard

    In the film “Rounders,” Matt Damon’s former poker genius character lists the “cardinal rule”: Always leave yourself outs. It sounds much simpler than it is. The natural impulse when you lose one hand is to try and compensate the next quality hand you’re dealt. The addictive nature of gambling and the desperate mental impact of…

  10. Chris Bosh: ‘(Heat) are still the best team in the league.’

    Jan 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    From Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida after Miami’s Friday night loss to the Nuggets: ChrisBosh-“We’re still the best team in the league You’re going to have to go through things like this Things aren’t always going to go wellSat Jan 14 06:57:06 via webChris Tomasson christomasson One problem, Boshness. You’re not. I had held…

  11. Video: Nike’s latest spot for the #KobeSystem: ‘Success for the Successful’

    Jan 14, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    KobeSystemImage_original

    While we showed you the teaser clip for the KobeSystem a couple of weeks ago, the ad campaign for Kobe Bryant‘s latest basketball shoe — the Nike Zoom Kobe VII — has now officially launched. It’s star-studded, and continues with the theme of Bryant as motivational speaker somehow convincing everyone that by adapting his system…

  12. Lakers-Clippers: 5 Things to Watch

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Clippers' Paul sails to the basket as Lakers' players watch during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    Saturday night is the first matchup of the new-look CP3-lead Clippers against the old guard Los Angeles Lakers. The Showdown at Staples, Part 1. The Lakers are coming in hotter than a pistol behind Kobe Bryant‘s 40-point streak, while the Clippers have also managed to hold on despite some questions about their defense, standing just…

  13. Injury notes: Blake out 3-4 weeks, Camby deals with ankle

    Jan 14, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    On top of Dwyane Wade‘s ankle injury, Marcus Camby also suffered a sprained wheel and will probably miss some time. From the Oregonian: Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby said he is in “a lot of pain” and unable to put weight on his left ankle after it rolled during the second quarter Friday night in…

  14. Weekend Observations 1.14.12: The Nightmarejao Effect

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Gregg Popovich’s talk about defense isn’t just his usual grousing. The Spurs were brilliant the first handful of games defensively but their regression has seemed very emblematic of last year’s team. They are slipping further and further away from what…

  15. Dwyane Wade suffers significant ankle sprain

    Jan 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    wade_ankle

    The Heat were blown out Friday night by a superior Nuggets team. They were outgunned, outran, out-hustled, outsmarted, and oh, yeah, out-clutched by a Denver team firing on all cylinders. And that wasn’t even the worst news of the night. Dwyane Wade suffered a severe ankle sprain in the second half and did not return.…

  16. Bulls show dominance in win over older Celtics

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:41 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    How this story usually goes: the veteran team looks polished if disinterested at times, but when it’s over they finish it off like a contender; the younger team looks overwhelmed early, overcomes its early struggles to make a game of it but falls short. This was the opposite of that. The Chicago Bulls pulled away…

  17. Ish Smith out, Earl Barron in for Golden State

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

    Ish Smith

    Kwame Brown got hurt in Golden State, and that has had the trickle down impact to other guys on the roster. Ish Smith, who had played well in limited minutes for Golden State this season, has been let go, reports the Contra Costa Times. He had not played much has a PER of 17.6 (above…

  18. Video: Magic CEO discusses Dwight Howard situation

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Amway-Center

    Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins was on Sports Biz with Darren Rovell and made his case for why Dwight Howard should stay in Orlando. The logic is a bit circular — he says they are a winning organization the last four years so Howard should stay, although Howard is the only reason they won those…

  19. Derrick Rose to play against Celtics Friday

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:59 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

    Derrick Rose has a sprained toe but he will play through it on Friday night, he told ESPN’s Ric Bucher. Rose injured the toe on Tuesday against Minnesota and sat out Wednesday against the lowly Washington Wizards (his replacement John Lucas III dropped 25). Friday against the Celtics was always another matter. You knew he…

  20. Carmelo Anthony doubtful for Saturday vs. Thunder

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    One of the biggest shows of the year is coming to Oklahoma City Saturday night — Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. But it looks like the part of Carmelo Anthony will be played by Bill Walker. Anthony did not practice with the Knicks on Friday and is doubtful for the game, tweets Howard…

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