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  1. Are Griffin, CP3 comments the start of pressure on Vinny Del Negro?

    Nov 27, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    The Clippers are struggling — 1-4 in their last five. The why is that two of the reasons they showed so much improvement at the start of the season have regressed — their defense has been a total mess the past week plus and DeAndre Jordan has reverted to his old self. That and defenses…

  2. Video: Metta World Peace in a cell phone/watch advertisement

    Nov 27, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    “I can check the weather while I play basketball.” Does anyone doubt Metta World Peace would actually do this? And if he did that it would be the greatest NBA highlight ever? Above is Metta World Peace advertising the cell phone/watch you can buy at iCellWatch.com. As someone who hates to wear a watch, ever,…

  3. DeMarcus Cousins says referee cursed at him before ejection

    Nov 27, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was ejected Saturday night, and that barely causes a ripple in the pond anymore. Cousins was called for a foul on Utah’s Enes Kanter, then after the whistle stopped play Cousins slapped the ball out of Kanter’s hands and that earned him his first technical. Shockingly, Cousins’ disagreed with a…

  4. Lakers not actively trying to trade Pau Gasol. Not yet, anyway.

    Nov 27, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers players Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum sit on the bench shortly before their defeat by the Denver Nuggets in Denver

    Can you have a Lakers season where a chunk of their fans don’t want to trade Pau Gasol? It hasn’t happened yet, but for the first time since Gasol came to Los Angeles from Memphis and was central to them winning two NBA titles, there may be some validity to the talk. Gasol is struggling…

  5. Video: Derrick Rose “The Return” episode 6, “All In”

    Nov 27, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose in Family Story Tee and D Rose Snapback

    There has been some criticism of Adidas for doing so much to market the rehab from injury of Derrick Rose. It’s seen as cashing in on his injury. (I don’t see it that way, I see it as he sells shoes and they sell him and they are doing this the way Nike would if…

  6. Andray Blatche takes shot at Wizards. Who are still better off without him.

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Brooklyn Nets

    Note to Andray Blatche: The Brooklyn Nets are not 9-4 because of you, they are 9-4 because of Brook Lopez and Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace and occasionally even Jerry Stackhouse. And the Wizards are not 0-12 because you are gone — you are at the heart of the problems still. They invested years and…

  7. Video: Russell Westbrook’s huge dunk on the Bobcats

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    It must have felt like this for most of the night for the Thunder — one quick move and it was a wide-open path to the basket. The result in this case, right before the half, was a monster dunk by Russell Westbrook made it a 40-point Thunder lead at the break. The Bobcats, who…

  8. Could 0-12 Wizards reach NBA record of 0-18 start?

    Nov 27, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Trevor Booker, Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza

    It is the NBA record for early-season futility — in 2009 the Lawrence Frank coached Nets started the season 0-18 (Frank was gone after 16 of those, Kiki Vandewighe came in). It was ugly and bested the 1988-89 Heat and 1998-99 Clippers who had started 0-17. It was just part of the history the Nets…

  9. Video: Dwight Howard pokes fun at Kobe on team plane

    Nov 27, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Note, if you are very sensitive to language, don’t watch this video. There are none of George Carlin’s seven words in here, but there is one that could offend some. You’ve been warned. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard approach things differently. This video likely came after the Lakers loss to Sacramento (the day before Thanksgiving,…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jazz, Bucks make it night of the comebacks

    Nov 27, 2012, 7:34 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Iguodala is ejected during their NBA basketball game against Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while thinking there are some really screwed up people in Germany…. Nets 96, Knicks 89 (OT): It certainly wasn’t the best-played, prettiest game of the young season, but it was the most intense. The one with the most playoff feel, both…

  11. Thunder 114, Bobcats 69: Breaking it down by the numbers

    Nov 27, 2012, 2:18 AM EDT

    Ramon Sessions, Jeff Taylor, Byron Mullens

    The Charlotte Bobcats were historically bad last season — the team with the worst winning percentage in the history of the NBA. They were 7-59. And their performance Monday night in a 114-69 loss to the Thunder may have been their worst game yet. Which seems out of place for a Bobcats team that is…

  12. Three Stars of the Night: Super Sub Edition

    Nov 27, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    The towel waver. The dancer. The 27-step handshake guy.  Every bench player has their role, but our Three Stars of the Night broke the mold and did a whole lot more than watch the starters. On a night where Brooklyn beat up on their big brother and the Hornets bested Chris Paul, anything seemed possible…so…

  13. Knicks show their flaws, Nets get big win for franchise

    Nov 26, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony controls a rebound in front of Brooklyn Nets' Wallace during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Games in November don’t have a playoff atmosphere… usually. But every once in a while there is an exception. And this was it — Brooklyn’s first home game against the Knicks may have been in November but New York fans were treating this like a hockey playoff game. There was constant chanting like a Brazilian…

  14. Video: Rockets Patterson latest warned for flopping (and he did)

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

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    Patrick Patterson of the Houston Rockets, come on down — you’re the next contestant in the “NBA league office has warned you for flopping.” And rightfully so, watch the play above. He anticipates the contact with Tyson Chandler but that contact never happens and Patterson still hits the deck. That is a vintage flop, the…

  15. Phil Jackson says Lakers coaching decision a “midnight coup,” but fair

    Nov 26, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    Phil Jackson was in Santa Barbara because… I don’t know but it is one of the great vacation getaways in the United States so he can choose pretty much any reason he wants. TMZ cameras were in Santa Barbara because, well, they are TMZ. They are everywhere. So the result is you have got TMZ asking…

  16. Video: Tyson Chandler’s monster putback dunk over half the Nets

    Nov 26, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    Tyson Chander came out a man on a mission against the Nets Monday night, rolling hard to the rim on pick-and-rolls and getting some good looks. He had 10 points by midway through the second quarter to lead the Knicks at that point. Oh, and there was this putback dunk in the middle of all…

  17. Kings’ Aaron Brooks fined $25K for mouthpiece toss

    Nov 26, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks, Jamaal Tinsley

    Aaron Brooks was frustrated. Which is something he has in common with the entire Sacramento fan base, but that’s another topic. The Kings had just fallen to the 104-102 to the Utah Jazz and Brooks was ticked — with 15 seconds to go he had driven the lane and thought he was fouled but nothing…

  18. Rockets to wear armband, have moment of silence to honor Sasha McHale

    Nov 26, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kevin Mchale

    The entire NBA nation feels for Kevin McHale right now, who lost his daughter to her battle with Lupus over the weekend. The Houston Rockets – the team McHale coaches but is on a leave of absence from — has come up with ways to honor McHale and his late daughter, Sasha, reports the Houston…

  19. Monday And-1 links: Andrew Bogut did not practice Monday

    Nov 26, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    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 shopaholics love Black Friday… • Andrew Bogut did not practice with the…

  20. Report: Lakers’ Nash and Blake ruled out for Pacers game

    Nov 26, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There was some optimism (or at least some wishful thinking from Lakers’ fans) that Steve Nash, Steve Blake, or both would be healthy enough to play Tuesday against the Pacers. Well, it looks like Mike D’Antoni will go (at least) another game without his top two signal callers. Both Nash and Blake have already been…

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