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  1. Tim Duncan won’t be campaigning for an All-Star spot

    Dec 12, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    tim duncan west all star

    When the league made changes to the All-Star voting process for this season, it was largely referred to as the Tim Duncan rule. There is no more designation specifically for the center position, one which the Spurs famously lobbied for Tim Duncan — who, for the most part, plays at center — to be excluded…

  2. Minnesota’s Rubio not playing Wednesday, likely Saturday

    Dec 12, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio will be back soon for Minnesota. But not tonight. The team announced that Rubio will not make his season debut against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night, the team announced. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune tweets that Rubio likely would not make his debut Friday on the first night of a back-to-back, so…

  3. Omer Asik receives warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Omer Asik received a warning for flopping against Tim Duncan during the Rockets loss to the Spurs on Dec. 10, the league announced. This is a good one, especially in slow motion. As the shot goes up, Asik battles Tim Duncan for rebounding position. Duncan uses his forearm to keep Asik from the ball, and…

  4. Video: Clippers with four huge dunks in two minutes on Bulls

    Dec 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    You’ll have to forgive the Clippers announcers hyperbole through this (or you can just turn the sound down — they shouldn’t be comparing Blake Griffin to Michael Jordan inside the United Center), but this was still must see video. The Clippers are still lob city, they still put on an arial show night after night.…

  5. Cousins responds to Mayo saying he had “mental issues”

    Dec 12, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    O.J. Mayo was ticked when DeMarcus Cousins elbowed him below the belt — because all guys are ticked or worse when we get hit there. Cousins said it wasn’t intentional, but Mayo fired shots at him postgame, saying, “”That guy has some mental issues, man…. He’s immature, man. Big maturity problem.” Cousins responded, speaking with…

  6. Kobe Bryant “baffled,” Lakers frustrated by recent losses

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Lakers fans, it’s not just you. The Lakers are frustrated with their recent play and string of losses, too. They see the loss in Cleveland as a new low-point in the season, too. Look at their post-game comments, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Starting with Kobe Bryant, who put up an efficient…

  7. Report: Lakers considering adding Delonte West, other point guard

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    Report: Lakers considering adding Delonte West, other point guard There are no easy answers for the Lakers, because their problems are not tied to just one thing. It’s point guard play, defensive rotations, a lack of outside shooting, transition defense, injuries and a laundry list of other things that has what was a preseason title…

  8. Video: Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving put on a show

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving

    It really felt like the Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant show at points Tuesday night. And it was damn entertaining. When the two went head-to-head Kobe got the best of the battle, but Irving and the Cavaliers fot the win. Both guys put up big lines but both were efficient, too — Kobe had 42…

  9. Report: Wizards’ owner rejected trade for James Harden

    Dec 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden — his playmaking skills, his 24.7 points per game and his beard — could have been members of the Washington Wizards. But owner Ted Leonsis balked at the cost. That according to a Washington Post report: The Washington Wizards turned down a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden this summer…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Carmelo has Knicks on top in New York

    Dec 12, 2012, 3:24 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Bill Kennedy

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while you were wondering who thought an Angry Birds movie was a good idea… Cavaliers 100, Lakers 94: It’s not just one thing with the Lakers – their offense was off, their defensive rotations are sloppy, their big men missed shots,…

  11. Three Stars of the Night: Big nights for Kobe, Carmelo

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:29 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony reacts after he scored past Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace in NBA game in New York

    This was one of those nights when a number of guys could have made the three-stars list — Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds; Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 13 rebounds; Ty Lawson with an impressive 26 points; and there were others in consideration. Even Andray Blatche. But in the end, these…

  12. Raptors’ Amir Johnson gets off light, one game suspension

    Dec 12, 2012, 1:28 AM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus, Amir Johnson

    Generally, if you get in a wrestling match over a ball with a referee then, when ejected, you take your mouthpiece and throw it at him, you are lined up for more than one game of suspension. But the Raptors Amir Johnson admitted afterward that he was “childish” and apologized, and with that he got…

  13. Kyrie Irving is back and sends Lakers to new low, new loss

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers Tyler Zeller during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game  in Cleveland

    If you’re a Lakers fan you have to believe that at some point they reach rock bottom and start to bounce back. It’s just that they hadn’t reached it yet. The Lakers offense took a vacation and their defense had no answer Kyrie Irving and the result of all that is the Lakers falling to…

  14. Video: Knicks’ Kidd drains game-winning three to beat Nets

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    New York returned the favor to Brooklyn on Tuesday night with a dramatic win — Jason Kidd with what turned out to be the game-winning three. Was it legit? Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t think so and he has a point, Kidd kicked out his leg to get Jerry Stackhouse on the foul. It worked and…

  15. Video: Varejao beats Howard off bounce, posterizes Hill

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    Anderson Varejao, Kobe Bryant

    This was pretty emblematic of how the first half of the game went for the Lakers — their front line got outplayed. Midway through the third quarter Dwight Howard, Jordan Hill and Metta World Peace were a combined 4-of-19 shooting. And their defensive rotations were not much better. Watch Anderson Varejao (not the most fleet-footed…

  16. Kevin Love vents frustrations about Timberwolves dealings

    Dec 11, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love is going to be a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves for the rest of this season. And next season. And the season after that. Then he can opt out of his deal if he wants (or he can stay another season), but we are a long way from even thinking about that). He…

  17. Video: Clippers players talk about how they like Del Negro

    Dec 11, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    When I put together a list of coaches who could be on the hot seat I added Vinny Del Negro because it was obligatory. Fans saw him in Chicago, they heard the now-gone GM wanted him out the middle of last season and there is a national sense he can’t be the guy that coaches…

  18. Lakers GM says he can’t really evaluate team yet, plan is to keep Gasol

    Dec 11, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    What is the identity of this Los Angeles Lakers team? What kind of team are they? You don’t know. I don’t know. It’s pretty clear the players don’t know. With the roster and coaching and system changes, they have not found their footing yet. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak doesn’t know either. He doesn’t like…

  19. Pau Gasol to miss Lakers game Tuesday. Maybe more.

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    While this news should come with about as much surprise as the news Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards once did drugs, we pass it along anyway. Pau Gasol will not suit up for the Lakers on Tuesday night against Cleveland due to knee tendonitis, reports the Los Angeles Times. This will be the fifth game…

  20. Who is next NBA coach to be fired? Watch your back, Dwane Casey

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

    We’ve had one coach canned in the first quarter of the NBA season, and just as we expected it was Mike Brown from the Lakers. Which is why it is ironic to listen to Lakers brass and supporters say it’s too early to judge Mike D’Antoni because so many players are injured and they haven’t…

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