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  1. Carmelo returns against soft Nets defense, sparks Knicks win

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony keeps ball away from Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams in NBA game in New York

    We’ve got a way to go before this “battle of the boroughs” resembles a real rivalry. Or maybe even a fair fight. After Wednesday night, the once-hot Brooklyn Nets are 2-8 in their last 10 games, and it all comes back to defense. Which we thought would be a weakness before the season even tipped…

  2. Kings players want Isaiah Thomas to start; don’t know what they’re running on offense

    Dec 19, 2012, 10:17 PM EDT

    Isaiah DeMarcus

    If you’ve caught yourself watching a Sacramento Kings game lately and thought to yourself, ‘this can’t get any worse’ only to see it get much, much worse – you’re not the only one. As it turns out, the Kings players themselves are having a real hard time understanding the train wreck they’re a part of…

  3. Is the Lakers biggest problem really Kobe Bryant? No.

    Dec 19, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

    Lakers Bryant reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the 76ers during their NBA game in Philadelphia

    While Steve Nash and Pau Gasol were out, Kobe Bryant has carried the Lakers. He is leading the league with 29.5 points per game, scoring more points per game than he has since before Pau Gasol arrived as a Laker. Back when Kobe had to carry Kwame Brown and Smush Parker (remember they both started).…

  4. Anderson Varejao inactive against Celtics due to knee injury

    Dec 19, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics- Game Three

    Anderson Varejao will miss Wednesday’s game in Boston against the Celtics, thanks to a knee injury he sustained in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s loss to the Raptors. Varejao was listed as inactive on the Cavaliers’ pregame lineup sheet. The injury, which Cleveland listed as a bruised knee, caused him to go to the…

  5. Report: Pistons shopping seldom-used Austin Daye

    Dec 19, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

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    There was a time when Austin Daye was thought part of the future being build from the ground up in Detroit. They have Greg Monroe. They have Andre Drummond. Another young forward makes that something to build around. But it sounds like the Pistons are throwing in the towel on Daye. You can say that…

  6. Carmelo Anthony to play vs. Brooklyn Wednesday

    Dec 19, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony is a go for the Knicks when they host the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night. Anthony tweaked his ankle in the third quarter of the Knicks blowout win over the Lakers last Thursday night (he left the game, but the game was decided at that point). He missed one game but was testing the…

  7. LeBron James bikes to most of Heat home games

    Dec 19, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Miami Heat

    Because an NBA game is not enough of a workout… LeBron James — reigning NBA MVP, best player walking the face of the earth, Miami Heat franchise anchor — rides his bicycle to most home games. And practices. And shootarounds. He had done this a little in the past but it has become the norm…

  8. Brooklynite Jamaal Tinsley directs Jazz’s bus driver to team hotel in NYC

    Dec 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jamaal Tinsley, Robert Sacre

    Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley is a Brooklynite — born in the borough, went to Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, he knows his way around. Which was a good thing, because the Jazz’s team bus driver didn’t. Tinsley had to pitch in as a human GPS when Utah first landed in New York, reports…

  9. Nowitzki practices with Mavs for first time since surgery

    Dec 19, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

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    The Mavericks could be about to get the only thing they really wanted for Christmas this year — Dirk Nowitzki back. The German scoring machine practiced with the team Wednesday for the first time since his knee surgery to clean out debris during the preseason, reports ESPNDallas.com. Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki participated in a…

  10. Spurs assign Kawhi Leonard to D-League

    Dec 19, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    Kawhi Leonard has missed the Spurs last 18 games, after being shut down due to tendinitis in his left knee back in mid-November. It appears he’s getting closer to being healthy enough to return to the lineup. San Antonio assigned Leonard to their D-League affiliate on Wednesday, likely to continue his rehab and work toward…

  11. Bulls may waive Nate Robinson before Jan. 10

    Dec 19, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls are currently sitting at fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, and have gotten there without any help form their injured All-Star point guard Derrick Rose. It’s a testament to Chicago’s defense-first style, and to the coaching of Tom Thibodeau, who consistently utilizes the available playes in the right combinations to maximize his…

  12. NBA trademarks five names for Hornets… Mosquitos? Really?

    Dec 19, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Whatever they are going to be, the NBA’s New Orleans franchise is not going to be the Hornets much longer. Even David Stern said he would help speed along a name change for the franchise. But are they going to be the Pelicans? A lot of people on online ripped that name when it leaked…

  13. Highlights from Kyrie Irving’s career-high 41 against the Knicks through NBA’s Phantom Cam (VIDEO)

    Dec 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Irving brings the ball up court against New York Knicks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Kyrie Irving put on a show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, pouring in a career-high 41 points as the Cavaliers gave the Knicks fits for most of the night, before ultimately falling 103-102. Irving was forced to wear a mask during the game due to a broken bone in his jaw, which made the…

  14. Isiah Thomas is back on your TV as analyst for NBA TV

    Dec 19, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

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    As you read this story, a lot of you will be testing out the mute button on your remote (something I tend to reserve for the Spurs broadcast team). But hear me out, this may not be a bad thing. Isiah Thomas is going to be back on your television as a studio analyst for…

  15. Spurs coach Popovich went to the ‘Hack-a-JaVale’ strategy just to get his team some rest

    Dec 19, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    If there’s a team in the league that makes a bigger deal of playing a game on the second night of a back-to-back than the Spurs, feel free to point me in that direction. It just doesn’t seem possible, especially considering what we’ve seen and heard from Gregg Popovich about it so far this season.…

  16. As Celtics offense falls off map they search for an identity

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    It’s been this bad — in the last 10 games the Celtics offense has averaged 96.9 points per 100 possessions (via NBA.com’s own stats), which over the course of the season would be 29th in the NBA. Barely better than what’s left of the Wizards. At the other end, Boston’s defense has been inconsistent (it…

  17. Christmas edition kicks for LeBron, Kobe, and Kevin Durant (PHOTOS)

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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    In what has become a favorite holiday tradition for sneakerheads, Nike unveiled the colorways for the shoes that LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant will be wearing on Christmas Day. There’s a story behind the choices for each. From the official release: KOBE 8 SYSTEM “In keeping with the snake-inspired design of Kobe Bryant’s…

  18. Video: Highlights of Joakim Noah’s triple-double

    Dec 19, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose who? Okay, maybe it hasn’t gone that far in Chicago yet, but Joakim Noah is a gifted passer  and has a steady jumper and with the Bulls running their offense through him they are starting to find a groove. Boston has been playing good defense of late (their offense is another story) but…

  19. D’Antoni again benched Gasol in final minutes. Again Gasol didn’t like it.

    Dec 19, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    The pattern at the end of the Lakers win over the Bobcats was unmistakable — Pau Gasol would sub for Dwight Howard, then a few minutes later Howard would sub for Gasol. There’s a reason for that — lineups with both Gasol and Howard were -22. Against the Bobcats. Mike D’Antoni isn’t stupid, he saw…

  20. Joakim Noah stops “finger guns” celebrations after shootings

    Dec 19, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    It was meant to be all in fun. But it didn’t feel that way anymore to Joakim Noah. When Noah would hit a big shot or make a big play, his trademarked celebration was to make guns out of his fingers, pretend to fire them off then holster them at his side. But in the…

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