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  1. Kobe getting pain killing injection in wrist before every game

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant passes around Houston Rockets Courtney Lee and Kyle Lowry during their NBA game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant’s wrist injury seems to impact him on the court in spurts. There bad shooting nights and some lost control on the dribble, then he’ll turn around and look like his old self for a stretch. In the Lakers loss to Denver Kobe shot 6-of-28 and there were questions, he bounced back with 14-of-29…

  2. Frustrated John Wall, Wizards lash out after another loss

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT

    Nick Young, John Wall, JaVale McGee

    The Washington Wizards are 0-6, and that really doesn’t do justice to how poorly they have played. After another loss Wednesday night — a game that started with a 12-0 Orlando run, that started with Washington going 0-12 shooting, and never got much better — John Wall let his frustrations out, speaking with Michael Lee…

  3. Stephen Curry rolls right ankle, leaves game. Again.

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Nicola Vucevic, Lou Williams, Jrue Holiday

    Off-season surgery to tighten the ligaments. Rest. New shoes. Just about every tape job imaginable. Stephen Curry has tried everything. And yet, he rolled his right ankle again in the third quarter Wednesday night and had to leave the game, reports Matt Steinmentz at CSNBayArea.com. This is the third time in the last three weeks.…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bobcats and Knicks have the same record

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:14 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    What you missed while watching West Virginia score more first half points than 15 the NBA teams playing last night (seriously)…. Bobcats 118, Knicks 110: Boris Diaw outplayed Amare Stoudemire. Gerald Henderson took it to Landry Fields at every turn. The Charlotte Bobcats outworked a Knicks team that has a lot of talent but looks…

  5. LeBron James rolls ankle, questionable for Thursday

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James walks during a time out in the closing minutes of his team's loss to the Atlanta Hawks in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Miami could be without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on Thursday in Atlanta. Wade was already day-to-day with a sore foot then late in the third quarter Wednesday night LeBron rolled his ankle when he inadvertently stepped on the foot of Paul George during a fast break. LeBron stayed in the game for another seven…

  6. Courtesy of a technical difficulty: A brief, precious symphony of basketball

    Jan 4, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Every Tuesday, Turner Sports allows NBA fans worldwide to decide which game will be broadcast — in glorious high definition — nation-wide on their basketball-only network, NBA TV. “Fan Night” is the channel’s most overt catering to the game’s faithful, and a nice treat for basketball fans that, for whatever reason, opt not to invest…

  7. Rip Hamilton back in Detroit… but as a Bull. That’s weird.

    Jan 4, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    I’m still not used to it. Richard Hamilton is a Chicago Bull now and — when healthy and in the lineup — a key part of the diversification of the Chicago offense. He’s fitting in well. But it still seems a little weird to see the facemask and headband with a Bulls uniform, not a…

  8. Paper cites Baron Davis injury as a “herniated d*ck”

    Jan 4, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Due to the “people in glass houses” rule I am loath to report on the typos of other publications, but this one is too funny to pass by without a note. The Charlotte Observer’s game story about the Bobcats vs. Cavaliers had a note about Baron Davis (remember he was on the Cavaliers roster when…

  9. Does it really matter if Durant, Westbrook like each other?

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant Russell Westbrook

    Another interview, another chance for Kevin Durant to downplay any tension between himself and Russell Westbrook. This time it was with Hoopsworld, and if you want to see the video follow this link. Here is the money quote from KD: “There’s a lot of people that want to see us fail, of course, but it’s…

  10. NBA releases All-Star ballot, here are my early votes

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    All-star-nba-logo0103_rdax

    You can vote — and not just if you’re a Republican in Iowa. The NBA opened All-Star Game voting to the fans on Wednesday, so you can pick who will not play any defense in Orlando Feb. 26. Fan voting picks the starters, the coaches for the teams help pick the rest of the squad.…

  11. Flip Saunders seat not hot at all in Washington

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    If you were trying to names coaches on the hot seat early this season, Flip Saunders name would come to mind. Because his Wizards squad is the lone winless team in the NBA, for one. Because even with John Wall and JaVale McGee in the lineup the Wizards have the very worst offense in the…

  12. ‘Melo’s late three against Raptors not a shot D’Antoni loved

    Jan 4, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    With 17.7 seconds left Monday night the Knicks were down three to the Toronto Raptors. With Amare Stoudemire out, everyone west of the Mississippi knew that the ball would be in Carmelo Anthony’s hands. They isolated him on the right side, and he went with the quick pull-up contested three. He missed, Raptors win. That…

  13. Zach Randolph out up to 8 weeks with torn knee ligaments

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    It looked bad when it happened, but the Grizzlies said it was just a bruise. No, it’s bad, bad news and they are singing the blues in Memphis. Zach Randolph will be out up to two months with a tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, reports the Commercial Appeal. The injury…

  14. Manu Ginobili to have hand surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The San Antonio Spurs are going to have to get by without their best player for a couple weeks longer than they thought. Ginobili is going to have surgery on his broken hand Thursday and will be out six to eight weeks, coach Gregg Popovich announced, tweets Mike Monroe of the Express-News. Ginobili tweeted that…

  15. Deron Williams, Kris Humphries out for Nets vs. Celtics

    Jan 4, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    We knew it was going to be a few more days before fans could get back to booing Kris Humphries due to a sprained shoulder, but now another key Nets player will be out Wednesday against Boston. Deron Williams will sit out the game due to sore ribs, reports Stefan Bondy at the New York…

  16. Dwyane Wade questionable for Wednesday with sore foot

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    Miami Heat shooting guard Wade drives past Hawks center Horford and center Collins to score in the first half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Dwyane Wade has been playing through a sore foot and rather than risk it getting worse he may sit out the team’s Wednesday night contest against the Pacers. That is what coach Erik Spoelstra told the media Wednesday as Wade had skipped the morning shootaround because of the injury. Here is what Spoelstra said, via…

  17. UPDATE: Grizzlies, 76ers, Hornets agree to Speights trade

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Marreese Speights

    UPDATE 1:52 pm: This trade became official, according to the Commercial Appeal. And as we feared, it’s because the Zach Randolph injury was more serious than first thought. UPDATE 11:17 am: This has grown into a three-team trade involving the New Orleans Hornets that is “on course” to come to fruition Wednesday, reports Marc Stein…

  18. Wednesday And-1 links, where Wade is eating plant food

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    Welcome to our morning 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). Dwyane Wade is eating Chlorophyll as part of his new diet. Seriously. Is Zach Randolph’s knee injury worse than the Grizzlies first let on? We…

  19. Winderman: Meet the new Kobe, same as the old Kobe

    Jan 4, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Courtney Lee, Kyle Lowry

    At the conclusion of Tuesday’s play, only one NBA player was averaging more than 19 shots per game. That player, in fact, was averaging 22.3, essentially putting him in a league of his own. Which, of course, is where Kobe Bryant long has considered himself. The question now is whether 22.3 is too many, whether…

  20. Nets’ Shelden Williams dunks on himself

    Jan 4, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

    shelden-williams-dunk-face

    There will be thousands upon thousands of photos taken of NBA games this season, but none will be better than this. We bring you “Shelden Williams dunks on his own face.” Enjoy and revere this as the work of art it is. No other caption is needed (but if you’ve got one put it in…

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