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  1. Clippers showing a lot of room for improvement… and still winning

    Jan 15, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Chris Paul is still trying to get his guys to know what he wants them to do. Chauncey Billups is still firing away without enough consideration and dribbling like he’s the point guard at times. Caron Butler is still finding his legs. DeAndre Jordan is still adapting to being the anchor of the defense down…

  2. Chis Paul strains hamstring in win over Lakers

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    During the Clippers’ 102-94 win over the Lakers Saturday night, while Kobe Bryant was shooting his way out of an early game slump on his way to 42 points on 28 shots, Chris Paul was slicing and dicing for 33 of his own on 22 shots. Paul was a monster against the Lakers, and the…

  3. Danny Granger, Pacers will host dinner for Pacers workers affected by lockout

    Jan 14, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Danny Granger is good to his word. From the Indianapolis Star: Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will host the dinner he tweeted about during the NBA lockout. Sunday’s event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is for many of the part-time employees who did not get paid from July 1 until Nov. 26. “The plan was for…

  4. Report: If Howard goes to L.A., the Nets look to rebuild… again

    Jan 14, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Dwight Howard

    In the film “Rounders,” Matt Damon’s former poker genius character lists the “cardinal rule”: Always leave yourself outs. It sounds much simpler than it is. The natural impulse when you lose one hand is to try and compensate the next quality hand you’re dealt. The addictive nature of gambling and the desperate mental impact of…

  5. Chris Bosh: ‘(Heat) are still the best team in the league.’

    Jan 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    From Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida after Miami’s Friday night loss to the Nuggets: ChrisBosh-“We’re still the best team in the league You’re going to have to go through things like this Things aren’t always going to go wellSat Jan 14 06:57:06 via webChris Tomasson christomasson One problem, Boshness. You’re not. I had held…

  6. Video: Nike’s latest spot for the #KobeSystem: ‘Success for the Successful’

    Jan 14, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    KobeSystemImage_original

    While we showed you the teaser clip for the KobeSystem a couple of weeks ago, the ad campaign for Kobe Bryant‘s latest basketball shoe — the Nike Zoom Kobe VII — has now officially launched. It’s star-studded, and continues with the theme of Bryant as motivational speaker somehow convincing everyone that by adapting his system…

  7. Lakers-Clippers: 5 Things to Watch

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Clippers' Paul sails to the basket as Lakers' players watch during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    Saturday night is the first matchup of the new-look CP3-lead Clippers against the old guard Los Angeles Lakers. The Showdown at Staples, Part 1. The Lakers are coming in hotter than a pistol behind Kobe Bryant‘s 40-point streak, while the Clippers have also managed to hold on despite some questions about their defense, standing just…

  8. Injury notes: Blake out 3-4 weeks, Camby deals with ankle

    Jan 14, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    On top of Dwyane Wade‘s ankle injury, Marcus Camby also suffered a sprained wheel and will probably miss some time. From the Oregonian: Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby said he is in “a lot of pain” and unable to put weight on his left ankle after it rolled during the second quarter Friday night in…

  9. Weekend Observations 1.14.12: The Nightmarejao Effect

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Gregg Popovich’s talk about defense isn’t just his usual grousing. The Spurs were brilliant the first handful of games defensively but their regression has seemed very emblematic of last year’s team. They are slipping further and further away from what…

  10. Dwyane Wade suffers significant ankle sprain

    Jan 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The Heat were blown out Friday night by a superior Nuggets team. They were outgunned, outran, out-hustled, outsmarted, and oh, yeah, out-clutched by a Denver team firing on all cylinders. And that wasn’t even the worst news of the night. Dwyane Wade suffered a severe ankle sprain in the second half and did not return.…

  11. Bulls show dominance in win over older Celtics

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:41 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    How this story usually goes: the veteran team looks polished if disinterested at times, but when it’s over they finish it off like a contender; the younger team looks overwhelmed early, overcomes its early struggles to make a game of it but falls short. This was the opposite of that. The Chicago Bulls pulled away…

  12. Ish Smith out, Earl Barron in for Golden State

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

    Ish Smith

    Kwame Brown got hurt in Golden State, and that has had the trickle down impact to other guys on the roster. Ish Smith, who had played well in limited minutes for Golden State this season, has been let go, reports the Contra Costa Times. He had not played much has a PER of 17.6 (above…

  13. Video: Magic CEO discusses Dwight Howard situation

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Amway-Center

    Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins was on Sports Biz with Darren Rovell and made his case for why Dwight Howard should stay in Orlando. The logic is a bit circular — he says they are a winning organization the last four years so Howard should stay, although Howard is the only reason they won those…

  14. Derrick Rose to play against Celtics Friday

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose has a sprained toe but he will play through it on Friday night, he told ESPN’s Ric Bucher. Rose injured the toe on Tuesday against Minnesota and sat out Wednesday against the lowly Washington Wizards (his replacement John Lucas III dropped 25). Friday against the Celtics was always another matter. You knew he…

  15. Carmelo Anthony doubtful for Saturday vs. Thunder

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    One of the biggest shows of the year is coming to Oklahoma City Saturday night — Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. But it looks like the part of Carmelo Anthony will be played by Bill Walker. Anthony did not practice with the Knicks on Friday and is doubtful for the game, tweets Howard…

  16. D-League Showcase’s top prospects included Blake Ahearn And Greg Ostertag

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    Blake Ahearn

    The NBA Development League Showcase wrapped up on Thursday night following 16 teams playing a total of 16 games over the course of four days in lovely Reno, Nev. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told Pro Basketball Talk that the talent at the annual event was at an all-time high so it seems to…

  17. His new coach talks DeMarcus Cousins and maturity

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    Somewhere near the top of the list of things Keith Smart has to do that his predecessor as coach of the Sacramento Kings (Paul Westphal) couldn’t do is build a good relationship with DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is immensely talented but with an ego to match. He’s not loved in his own locker room, other teams…

  18. San Antonio Spurs defense suddenly their weakness

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Richard Jefferson, Danny Green, Tim Duncan

    When they were winning rings, San Antonio did it with defense. Sure there was Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, but it was the defense that set them apart. Right now, the Spurs defense is ranked 25th in the NBA. They re giving up 103.7 points per 100 possessions, the league average is…

  19. Video: Top 10 plays from Heat vs. Clippers

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Yes, I know the game was a couple of days ago, but what do you want to watch — Blake Griffin and LeBron James or a parade of guys going to the free throw line from Thursday? Exactly. D’Andre Jordan is all over this highlight mix with blocked shots. You can decide for yourself if…

  20. Mike Brown says Kobe more “serious minded” than LeBron

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    While he tried to be diplomatic about it, Lakers coach Mike Brown said what we’ve all thought for a while: Kobe Bryant is far more intense than LeBron James. Here is the quote, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register: “There’s just a different feel to the two guys,” Brown said…. “LeBron is a…

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