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  1. Three stars of the Night: Kobe, Durant and a defensive gem

    Nov 19, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Seeing names like Kobe and Durant on the three stars of the night can get a bit routine, even when they are both putting up a triple double. But we have a first at the three stars — someone making it because of their defensive efforts. And it’s well deserved. Honorable mention to DeMarcus Cousins…

  2. Celtics chase Rondo’s assists streak in blowout loss to Pistons

    Nov 18, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo shouts instructions from the bench against the Brooklyn Nets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Rajon Rondo had a streak of 33 consecutive games with 10 or more assists coming into Sunday’s game against the Pistons. He left with that streak intact, although making it happen came under some questionable circumstances. The Celtics were in the middle of getting blown out by a Detroit team that had won just once…

  3. Terrence Jones posterizes Jodie Meeks on the fast break (VIDEO)

    Nov 18, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    terrence jones

    Terrence Jones is a bad, bad man. Jodie Meeks did not know this, apparently, as he tried to get in position to take a charge from Jones on the fast break. Bad idea, as Jones went untouched for three-quarters of the court, continuing to gain speed before jumping right over Meeks for the serious posterization.

  4. Mike D’Antoni postpones debut as Lakers coach, plans to retain Bernie Bickerstaff

    Nov 18, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni is interviewed as Lakers' championship trophies are seen in a window above the Lakers' practice court, following a media conference at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    LOS ANGELES — Mike D’Antoni will not be on the sidelines for the Lakers on Sunday, postponing his debut until later this week due to health reasons. He said that the team doctors talked him out of it, knowing that his energy level would be a question mark in the later parts of the game,…

  5. Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love both take part in Minnesota walkthrough

    Nov 18, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    There was a very encouraging sign at Minnesota Timberwolves practice Sunday: Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio were both going through the 5-0 walkthrough part of the practice, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. This was the first time for both of them. It doesn’t mean their return is imminent — Love is not due…

  6. Andrew Bynum confirms he had knee setback due to bowling

    Nov 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Injured Philadelphia 76ers Andrew Bynum smiles before the start of the NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia

    Well, at least he owned up to it instead of coming up with some lame excuse. That’s something. Andrew Bynum confirmed to the media Sunday he thinks his latest setback in recovery from a knee injury happened when he went bowling. Ugh. From the twitter account of John Finger of CSNPhilly.com. Bynum says he thinks…

  7. Mike D’Antoni says he’s ’50-50′ on making coaching debut Sunday

    Nov 18, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni is interviewed as Lakers' championship trophies are seen in a window above the Lakers' practice court, following a media conference at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    There’s been no official announcement, and no promise from either the Lakers or from Mike D’Antoni himself that he would make his coaching debut Sunday night in Los Angeles. But it seemed probable, since D’Antoni has been in place for five days now, and skipped Friday’s contest against the Suns to get a couple of…

  8. Spoelstra calls Chris Bosh Heat’s ‘most important player’

    Nov 18, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    PHOENIX — On a night when Lebron James was playing through illness and needed to save himself as much as possible, Chris Bosh provided the offensive support Miami needed to take care of business. Bosh had 16 first-half points, and finished with 24 on 9-of-11 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, and…

  9. Reggie Evans receives warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Nov 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green reacts after Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans steals the ball in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Reggie Evans, as Steve Kerr mentions in the video clip above, was somewhat featured in the video compilation that the league put together to show teams and media before the season to demonstrate the types of plays that players would be warned for this year under the new rules against flopping. Apparently, he didn’t get…

  10. Gentry says changes coming to Suns starting lineup

    Nov 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    The fact that the Suns lost to the Miami Heat on Saturday, even with Dwyane Wade out due to injury and LeBron James playing through illness, wasn’t by itself cause for concern. But the way the team started, flat once again and failing to score in the game’s first 4:14 on the way to a…

  11. Coach Rasheed Wallace? He reportedly wants it to happen.

    Nov 18, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace’s teammates love him — because of his demeanor, because he understands the game. Guys listen to him — and that’s the first thing a coach needs. So why not NBA coach Rasheed Wallace? Don’t laugh. He wants it to happen, his friends told Yahoo Sports. “I know for a fact that’s his aspiration,”…

  12. Video: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan with steals, lobs, slams

    Nov 18, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    There are other contenders for the title, but the Clippers remain the king of highlights. In part because they have Blake Griffin and D’Andre Jordan — the most athletic front line in the NBA. But mostly because they have Chris Paul — watch the lobs on the second of these dunks, almost a volleyball set…

  13. LeBron plays through illness to help Heat take care of Suns

    Nov 18, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — A little more than 90 minutes before tip-off, the status of LeBron James was still uncertain. With Dwyane Wade already ruled out for the second straight game with a foot injury, Miami may have been in trouble if James too was unable to go. Thankfully for the Heat, James found a way to…

  14. Report: Sixers think Bynum’s knee setback due to bowling

    Nov 18, 2012, 12:44 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    There is no denying Andrew Bynum’s talent, no denying how good he can be on the court when focused. He’s an All-Star for a reason. But the Lakers were willing to consider trading him in part because they had concerns about his maturity and about that focus. Which brings us to this report from Brian…

  15. Lakers say any changes to remaining coaching staff will be D’Antoni’s decision

    Nov 17, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    When the Lakers parted ways with Mike Brown just over a week ago and replaced him by bringing in Mike D’Antoni, the rest of the coaching staff, to this point, has remained in place. Bernie Bickerstaff has assumed the head coaching duties for the last four games, though his reign is expected to come to…

  16. Rajon Rondo says MVP is ‘in the picture’ after 20-assist performance (VIDEO)

    Nov 17, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Jose Calderon

    Rajon Rondo singlehandedly took apart the Toronto Raptors, dishing out 20 assists in Boston’s 107-89 win on Saturday. And actually, he thought he should have had more. From A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com: “He was actually mad about the 20 assists,” said teammate Courtney Lee. “He thought he could have gotten 30.” It was the…

  17. Kings hold players-only meeting after loss to Hawks

    Nov 17, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Rodney Motte, DeMarcus Cousins

    The Sacramento Kings fell to 2-7 on the season after dropping a lopsided game at home to the Hawks on Friday. The team’s record isn’t a surprise to the league pundits who predicted yet another rough season in Sacramento, but the players who have to live with it day in and day out are already…

  18. Report: Hawks not interested in trading Josh Smith for Pau Gasol

    Nov 17, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    There’s a certain percentage of Lakers fans that constantly go back and forth about their feelings for Pau Gasol. One month he’s exactly the kind of skilled, versatile big man that is vital to a team’s championship hopes, the next month he’s soft and these people want to see him traded out of town. The…

  19. Dwyane Wade ruled out, LeBron James a game time decision against Suns

    Nov 17, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

    UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET: LeBron James will be in the starting lineup tonight in Phoenix, though Erik Spoelstra did say before the game that they’ll be monitoring his vitals very closely. The schedule-makers didn’t do the Suns any favors, but some injury concerns from their next opponent may give them a bit of a break…

  20. Kobe Bryant is NBA’s leading scorer and D’Antoni could keep him there

    Nov 17, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant had a pretty standard night for himself Friday against the Suns compared to his past couple seasons — 31 points on a not terribly efficient 10-of-24 shooting but getting to the line a lot (10-of-11 from the stripe). With that night, Kobe has averaged 26.9 points per game and moved past James Harden…

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