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  1. Nicolas Batum with the double-overtime game-winner (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    This clip of Nicolas Batum highlights (and lowlights) from Saturday night’s double-overtime win over the Cavaliers is great, because we get to experience the struggle before the ultimate redemption. It begins with two missed dunks in the first and second quarters, shots that Batum (and most NBA players with his skill set) can usually get…

  2. Mark Cuban says David Stern was right to fine Spurs

    Dec 2, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Mavericks owner Cuban argues a call during NBA basketball game against Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Mark Cuban sticking up for David Stern. Maybe the Mayans were right, the end of the world might be nigh. That said, Cuban will be quick to remind you that the NBA is a business. And the first rule of business is “the customer is always right.” When Gregg Popovich sat Tim Duncan, Tony Parker…

  3. Popovich ‘disappointed’ by league’s fine against Spurs

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    After the NBA fined the Spurs $250,000 for resting four healthy starters for Thursday’s game in Miami against the defending champs, plenty of people weighed in on the decision. Saturday night before the Spurs faced the Grizzlies, it was Gregg Popovich’s turn. And while he didn’t use very strong words when explaining his feelings about…

  4. Dwight Howard says it will be “weird” to face Magic Sunday

    Dec 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard All-Star

    Dwight Howard looked like a guy getting healthy Friday night, like a guy finding his footing with a new team in a brand new offense — 28 points and 20 rebounds. He started to look like the best center in the game. And now on Sunday night he gets to take another step against a…

  5. Turns out Celtics players don’t like being called soft

    Dec 1, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett complains about a foul during their NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Boston

    Doc Rivers knew exactly what he was doing. He us a former player who knows the reaction he got when he called his team soft (and frankly, their defense was). The Celtics responded with a very comfortable 96-78 win against Portland on Friday. Then Celtics players responded by saying they didn’t really like being soft.…

  6. Dwight Howard says he could have handled things better in final months with Orlando. You think?

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard will face his former team for the first time Sunday, when the Orlando Magic come to Los Angeles to take on his Lakers. The two teams aren’t too far apart record-wise at the moment, with Orlando at 5-10 and L.A. at just 8-8 after a tumultous start to their season. No one expects…

  7. Popovich’s run-in with Stern over resting players could affect his chances to coach Team USA

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The NBA is no different than the company you work for, in that political alliances go a long way in terms of who gets promoted into certain positions. When Gregg Popovich effectively slapped the league in the face on Thursday by sending home four of his healthy starters to rest them instead of having them…

  8. Video: Dwight Howard caps off his big night with a three pointer

    Dec 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Andrew Bynum is so jealous. When Bynum was with the Lakers his attempted three pointer against the Warriors landed him on the bench. Against the Nuggets, Dwight Howard took a three and everyone loved him for it. I guess that’s what happens when yours goes in. Howard capped off his 28 point, 20 rebound night with…

  9. Video: Stan Van Gundy talks fine on Spurs, David Stern

    Dec 1, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    In a struggle between a coach and David Stern, where did you think Stan Van Gundy would come down? Stan Van Gundy was on NBC Sports Talk on the NBC Sports Network Friday and was making the point I keep hearing around the league — what is the standard? How will this be decided going…

  10. Stern discussed issue of resting players with teams in 2010, was fine with it unless ‘discretion was abused’

    Dec 1, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    In April of 2010 after a meeting of the league’s Board of Governors, David Stern addressed the media, as is his custom. The topic of when teams should or shouldn’t be able to rest players came up then, and Stern said he and the teams discussed it. No conclusion was reached in terms of outlining…

  11. Video: Danilo Gallinari throws it down on the Lakers

    Dec 1, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

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

    One of the things that makes Danilo Gallinari such an intriguing player is his multi-faceted game at a player his size. Though he’s known as a shooter, Gallo is also a good defender and has a better than advertised off the dribble game where he can finish in the paint. This is something the Lakers…

  12. Russell Westbrook had a statistical performance for the ages in win over Jazz

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    Russell Westbrook is a divisive player among fans, mainly because he sometimes takes on too much of the offensive burden when he has one of the game’s greatest pure scorers in Kevin Durant usually playing right along side him. There’s no doubting Westbrook’s athleticism and talent, however, and he put up a statistical line that…

  13. Kobe called out teammates for lack of toughness at Thursday’s practice

    Dec 1, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Lakers seemed to have an extra pep in their step during Friday’s blowout win over the Nuggets. Kobe Bryant was measured in his offensive attack, getting his teammates involved before himself, and Dwight Howard was dominant from the moment the ball went up on both ends of the floor. As it turns out, there…

  14. Doc Rivers ‘doesn’t like’ league fining Spurs for resting their starters

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    When David Stern issued a statement stating the league would be fining the Spurs $250,000 for resting four starters on Thursday night in Miami, it was sure to create some controversy. There was no rule specifically stating Gregg Popovich could not sit his players whenever he chooses, so handing down a steep punishment for it…

  15. Cavaliers snap Hawks’ six-game winning streak at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Pargo (8), Alonzo Gee (33),  Anderson Varejao (17), Dion Waiters

    The Hawks came into Friday night’s home contest against the Cavaliers riding a six-game winning streak, although a closer look at the teams they played during that stretch would reveal that it really wasn’t one that was terribly impressive. Atlanta recorded maybe one quality win in those six games, which came against the Clippers. But…

  16. Dwight Howard dominates as Lakers cruise past Nuggets

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:20 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers were coming off of a miserable 77-point performance against a defensive-minded Pacers team on Tuesday, and the Nuggets were coming to town after playing a wild one the night before on the road against the Warriors. The combination of those two factors, along with Denver’s fearlessness in playing uptempo basketball, spelled disaster for…

  17. Another sign Seattle arena becoming real — early designs released

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Seattle skyline

    They are getting closer to having an arena in Seattle. In the end, they are going to need an NBA (and maybe NHL) team in hand to start building and make the numbers work, but you still keep seeing the steps of development to ready them for that day. The latest step was the release…

  18. Commitment to Triangle Offense may be the reason Brian Shaw is not yet a head coach

    Nov 30, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw is currently an “associate head coach” with the Indiana Pacers, a title that may mean internally that he’s second in command, but has no league-wide significance beyond that. He’s an assistant coach to everyone else, and though he’s had plenty of interviews with teams for a head coaching spot — nine of them,…

  19. Derek Fisher to start at point guard for Mavericks

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    Derek Fisher was signed by the Dallas Mavericks this week, after beginning the season without a spot on an NBA roster. Fisher finished last year as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but found himself without a job to start the year while reportedly looking to catch on with a contender. Since no offers…

  20. Friday And-1 Links: The Hawks are playing really good defense

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Hawks Media Day Basketball

    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 more than football players like viagra. • Things we did not expect coming into…

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