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  1. LeBron James misses practice, hopes to play against Bulls on Friday

    Jan 3, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    Yes, LeBron James is human. Although he’s 7th in the NBA in minutes played per game (38.4), James has played 48 minutes and 42 minutes in his last two games, both overtime wins for Miami. Today, he earned some well deserved rest and some treatment on his bruised right knee. According to Michael Wallace of…

  2. Kobe Bryant confirms that the Clippers are championship worthy (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Say what you will about Kobe Bryant, but he might be the best interview in all of sports. He’s candid, he doesn’t bite his tongue, and he rejects stupid questions like he was Dikembe Mutombo. Every interview with him is like a Gregg Popovich sideline interview, only a little bit longer and slightly more terrifying.…

  3. Spurs forward Stephen Jackson trips on courtside waitress, leaves with injury (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

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    Well, this was bizarre. Stephen Jackson was spotting up in the corner for a 3-point attempt against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden tonight, and after his shot attempt, he suddenly crumpled to a heap as play went the other way. Why? Because a courtside waitress that was serving New York Mayor Michael…

  4. Pistons’ Villanueva to appeal fine for foul on Kings’ Thomas

    Jan 3, 2013, 7:56 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva doesn’t really get it. He was ejected with a Flagrant Two foul then was fined $25,000 for the foul he committed on the Kings Isaiah Thomas. Later Thomas called Villanueva a dirty player. Villanueva both denied that and told the Detroit Free Press he plans to appeal the fine. “Dirty player? Not…

  5. Marcus Camby to start for Knicks as they go big vs. Spurs

    Jan 3, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Camby gestures while waiting for foul shot by Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    San Antonio rolls into Madison Square Garden with one of the best front lines nobody is talking about. Well, people are talking about and know who Tim Duncan is because he’s been an efficient machine for 15 years, one of the greatest power forwards to ever play the game. But not a lot of people…

  6. Mike James heads to D-League hoping to impress Mavericks

    Jan 3, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

    Mike James

    Mike James, the veteran guard who has played for 10 NBA teams in a 10-year career, is hoping to make it 11 teams in 11 years with one more comeback. So at age 37 he is headed to the Texas Legends of the D-League to prove his worth to the Dallas Mavericks, reports Marc Stein…

  7. David Stern says “for sure” there will be NBA teams in Europe in 20 years

    Jan 3, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    There is no bigger supporter of globalizing the NBA brand than David Stern. When he steps aside as commissioner in 2014 and hands everything over to Adam Silver, Stern is expected to stay on as a consultant with the league in some role specifically to grow the game around the globe. With all that, it…

  8. Rondo frustrated not enough “sore losers” on Celtics

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Rondo drives to the basket between Memphis Grizzlies' Allen and Gasol during their NBA basketball game in Boston

    You’ve already seen the numbers — the Boston Celtics have lost four in a row and eight out of their last 10. They are 14-17 on the season now and look like a team that will be struggling with Philadelphia and Brooklyn and Milwaukee just to make the playoffs, not pushing the Heat at the…

  9. Latest All-Star voting returns in, Charles Barkley will not be happy

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Apparently, you folks have no concern whatsoever for Charles Barkley’s feelings. The day after Barkley said Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett have not played well enough to be part of the All-Star starters, they are both in. Howard solidly, he’s a lock, and Garnett has stretched out his lead over Chris Bosh. Basically, nothing has…

  10. Rajon Rondo fakes Tony Allen out of the building (Video)

    Jan 3, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    This was fun because the guy Rajon Rondo has flying halfway out of the building is Tony Allen, the former Celtic and one of the better perimeter defenders in the league. It was a bright spot in a night not really filled with bright spots for the Celtics. Most of the last few games have…

  11. No team has a drop off like Portland when Lillard, Aldridge sit

    Jan 3, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Pablo Prigioni

    The first thing you should know about the +/- stat is that is says as much about the person who replaces a player as it does the player himself. Which makes sense when you look at a fantastic bit of work by NBA.com’s John Schuhmann, a list of the NBA’s biggest difference makers — a…

  12. Royce White speaks out on situation, says trade is not answer

    Jan 3, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    Royce White

    For a lot of fans who know mostly of the Royce White situation via twitter, here is first thing they noticed during White’s interview with the Off The Dribble show on Sirius XM: He’s not some irrational, crazy lunatic. He always was rational and measured if you heard him speak, but his portrayal has moved…

  13. Raptors have gone 8-2 without Bargnani. Coincidence?

    Jan 3, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    On December 10, the enigmatic Andrea Bargnani went down with a ligament tear in his left elbow. Two nights later the Raptors lost to the Brooklyn Nets to fall to 4-19 on the season. But since then the Raptors are 8-1, including a thumping of the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Coincidence? Yes and no.…

  14. Blake Griffin three hits side of backboard; Warriors, fans have fun with that (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    That Blake Griffin missed a three isn’t really news — he’s 2-of-11 from there this season and most of those shots, like the one above, come late in the clock when he doesn’t have the time to get a better one. But when you are All-Star Blake Griffin and you hit the side of the…

  15. Boston’s defense is a mess right now, but at least they admit it

    Jan 3, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    If the first step to fixing a problem is to admit you have one, well, the Boston Celtics have taken the first step with their defense. On the season, the Celtics are giving up 102.1 points per 100 possessions, which is a middle of the road 14th in the NBA. But in the last 10…

  16. Raptors’ Johnson gets away with blatant double-dribble (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

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    Even Amir Johnson thought this was funny. Notice how he is laughing as he runs back down the court. Of course, the Trail Blazers didn’t find it as amusing. Watch the video again — Toronto’s Johnson gets the ball out 21 feet from the rim and dribbles to the elbow extended and picks up his…

  17. Celtics’ Fab Melo walks into doorway, gets concussion

    Jan 3, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    Finally, Fab Melo got a call up to the Boston Celtics. The rookie center out of Syracuse has been with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League working on his game (despite the Celtics need for a big man). All he had to do to get called back up was walk into a hotel doorway…

  18. Charles Barkley doesn’t think fans should be voting for All-Star starters

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    Charles Barkley thinks you’re wrong. Probably about a lot of things, but in this case he’s talking about your All-Star voting. Each and every one of you. For years the NBA has had the fans vote in the starters for each conference at the All-Star Game — and Barkley thinks you have got it all…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets, Warriors get statement wins

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while figuring out what’s in and what’s out for 2013… Nets 110, Thunder 93: Well, P.J. Carlesimo has his signature win and for a night the Nets looked like the team from the first weeks of the season. Oh, they’re…

  20. Three Stars of the night: Getting your team wins against elite

    Jan 3, 2013, 2:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    There were so many people who could have made three stars of the night tonight we could have done 10 stars of the night. But, for the sake of my sanity (such as it is) we are keeping it at three. So how do you separate the top three? It’s not just numbers, but who…

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