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  1. PBT Podcast: Nets coaching search, Clippers win streak, flagrant fouls, and Celtics talk with A. Sherrod Blakely

    Dec 28, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the recent firing of Avery Johnson by the Brooklyn Nets, and where they go from here in terms of finding a replacement that will live up to the extremely high expectations that management has for this team, whether justified or not.…

  2. Report: Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson serious candidate for Nets job

    Dec 28, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Kelvin Sampson

    When Rockets coach Kevin McHale took time away from the Rockets to be with his family and his ailing daughter (who passed away), Kelvin Sampson did a good job as coach in tough circumstances. The Rockets started to find their identity with him as coach and while they went just 7-6 with him in the…

  3. Brooklyn native Mike Dunleavy would love to coach Nets

    Dec 28, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Mike Dunleavy

    Brooklyn represent! How about one of your own as coach of the Nets? Mike Dunleavy — the well traveled former Lakers, Bucks, Blazers and Clippers coach — is Brooklyn born, even went to Nazareth Regional High School right in the borough. And he is a regular rotating co-host on Sirius XM’s really good basketball show…

  4. Anderson Varejao out all weekend for Cavaliers

    Dec 28, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have a two-game winning streak — when you have won 7 games all season that’s a big deal. But it may be hard to pick up wins on the weekend back-to-back of hosting Atlanta then traveling to Brooklyn because the Cavaliers will be without Anderson Varejao for both games, tweets the Cleveland…

  5. Video: Avery Johnson says this is part of coaching business

    Dec 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Avery Johnson

    This is from Avery Johnson’s press conference in Brooklyn after being let go by the Nets on Thursday. He sounds like a coach who isn’t happy but knows this is part of the business and knows that he is taking the fall for failings of the some players (we’re looking at you, Deron Williams) and…

  6. Unimpressive Dwight Howard not helping his image

    Dec 28, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Dwight Howard will be more than happy to tell you how he came back early from back surgery to help the Lakers. Doctors told him not to play until January but he pushed through pain so he could be out there from opening day for the Lakers. He’s clearly not yet 100 percent physically. He’s…

  7. Nene gets in Seraphin’s face, is generally frustrated with Wizards

    Dec 28, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Nene, Gustavo Ayon

    If you are playing for the 3-23 Washington Wizards and you are not frustrated then there is something wrong. Nene has played limited minutes in just 14 of the Wizards games, but he was supposed to be one of the leaders of this team along with John Wall. Injuries (in Nene’s case plantar fasciitis) have…

  8. Keith Smart “leaning toward” playing Cousins Friday

    Dec 28, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Sacramento is hosting the New York Knicks on Friday night. The question is will we see a Tyson Chandler vs. DeMarcus Cousins battle in the paint. Chandler will be there ready to go. But will Kings coach Keith Smart put his best player on the court? He’s leaning toward playing Cousins, Smart reportedly said on…

  9. Report Bradley will rejoin Celtics lineup Jan. 2

    Dec 28, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Avery Bradley is back in Boston, not with his Celtics teammates out West enjoying the balmy weather (although they didn’t much enjoy their welcome by the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night). But while Bradley did not make a West Coast swing, he likely will rejoin his teammates on Jan. 2 when they host the Memphis…

  10. Report: Phil Jackson “intrigued” by idea of Nets job’

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Thursday there came a direct statement from Phil Jackson’s agent that the legendary 11-time champion coach was not interested in the Brooklyn Nets coaching job in he wake of Avery Johnson’s firing. But an agent’s job is to negotiate, so you take that with a grain of salt. You can’t really negotiate without leverage and…

  11. Dwyane Wade gaining reputation as “dirty” player

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Last year during the NBA All-Star Game — and exhibition where matador defense is played — Dwyane Wade broke Kobe Bryant’s nose with the kind of hard foul reserved for the playoffs. Then during the playoffs, in the first round against the Knicks, Mike Bibby lost a show and Wade took it and threw it…

  12. Video: Westbrook, Durant put on a show against Mavs

    Dec 28, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    The entertaining game on Thursday night featured the Thunder needing to go to overtime to put away Mavericks.  And while Dallas’ Darren Collison had the play of the game, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had some highlights of their own.

  13. Want to know if the Clippers are for real? Ask the Celtics (who lost to them by 29)

    Dec 28, 2012, 3:11 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Jared Sullinger

    I’ve done some sports talk radio spots the last few days around the nation and this still seems to be the question on a lot of sports fans lips: Are the Clippers really that good? Like title contender good? Why don’t you go ask Doc Rivers or the Celtics? Or Rajon Rondo? Or Paul Pierce?…

  14. Thunder come through late to get overtime win over Mavericks

    Dec 28, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

    Thunder guard Westbrook and forward Durant celebrate after taking the lead against in overtime against the Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    The Oklahoma City Thunder barely had any business staying in this game, considering the lackluster effort they brought to the floor for the majority of its first three and a half quarters. But while Dallas had the energy, they simply didn’t have the execution when it mattered most, and OKC pulled away in overtime for…

  15. Darren Collison hits the one-legged three to send Mavericks to overtime in Oklahoma City (VIDEO)

    Dec 27, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    Mavericks guard Collison drives past Thunder guard Westbrook in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Darren Collison had his best game of the season for the Mavs in Oklahoma City on Thursday, finishing with a team-high 32 points in 40 minutes, while dominating the action for his team offensively. It wasn’t enough to keep Dallas from being beaten by the Thunder in overtime, but without Collison’s buzzer-beating heroics, Dallas wouldn’t…

  16. Deron Williams “surprised” Avery Johnson was fired

    Dec 27, 2012, 10:42 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Miami Heat

    “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” —Captain Renault, “Casablanca” Deron Williams sat out the Nets game Wednesday due to a sore wrist, an injury he had played through much of the season. That came after Williams saying publicly how much he liked the old “flex” offense Jerry Sloan used…

  17. Pau Gasol diagnosed with mild plantar fasciitis, probable Friday

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol, just back three games after sitting out eight due to tendonitis in his knees, now has another body wear-and-tear injury pop up. Following an MRI, Gasol was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, tweets official Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell. However, Gasol is listed as probable for the Lakers game Friday against Portland. Plantar fasciitis is…

  18. Dwyane Wade suspended one game for kicking Ramon Sessions in the groin

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    Heat Bobcats Basketball

    Dwyane Wade has been suspended one game without pay for his kick to the groin of Ramon Sessions on Wednesday, the league announced via official release. The league was more generous in describing Wade’s actions, saying the suspension was “for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of” Sessions. But let’s be honest…

  19. Dwight Howard fined $35K for flagrant-two foul on Kenneth Faried, but no suspension

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Dwight Howard has been fined $35,000 for the flagrant-two foul he committed by shoving Kenneth Faried in the face on Wednesday, the league announced in an official release. The league cited Howard’s “excessive contact with Faried above the shoulders” as the reason for the fine, and watching the multiple replays, it’s hard to disagree. The…

  20. Leandro Barbosa says he will return to Boston Friday

    Dec 27, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Brazilian backup point guard Leandro Barbosa has missed the Celtics last three games for personal reasons, going back to his native country to deal with some family issues. Not that Boston missed him all that much, he was playing less than 10 minutes a game in six out of the last seven games before he…

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