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  1. Report: Jazz will deal Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap before trade deadline

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

    The Utah Jazz will have some interesting decisions to make this summer. And they involve whether or not to keep the team’s two best players. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both legitimate starting frontcourt players, each with a unique skill set that would have tremendous value for a multitude of NBA teams. There are…

  2. Kyrie Irving broke bone in jaw, will play wearing mask

    Dec 15, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, C.J. Miles

    Kyrie Irving is injured again, another fracture. But this time he is not missing any games — he just returned last week from missing 11 games with a fractured finger — he’s just going to join Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller as part of the Cavaliers masked men. Irving suffered a fractured bone in his…

  3. Dwight Howard shuts down Andrew Bynum questions in advance of Lakers next game against Sixers

    Dec 15, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum

    The storylines are predictable anytime one team is set to face another that features one of its former players. The new player will be asked about the old one, and that’s especially true when those players were All-Stars who were swapped for one another in a deal that anyone would classify as nothing short of…

  4. Carmelo Anthony to miss Saturday’s game vs. Cavaliers

    Dec 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    UPDATE 7:30 p.m. ET: It’s now official — Anthony will be out for Saturday night’s game against the Cavaliers, according to multiple reports. Carmelo Anthony went down hard in the third quarter of his team’s blowout win over the Lakers on Thursday, and did not return after suffering a sprained ankle. The injury is not…

  5. Thibodeau defensive about major minutes for Noah, Deng

    Dec 15, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    Joakim Noah is playing 40.1 minutes a game, a healthy jump from the 30.4 points per game we saw last season. Luol Deng is playing 41 minutes a game (but he did play more than 39 a game the two previous seasons. With Derrick Rose out, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is leaning heavily on his…

  6. Ricky Rubio to make season debut Saturday for Timberwolves

    Dec 15, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio will make his season debut Saturday night when the Timberwolves host the Mavericks, the team announced via official release. Rubio tore both his ACL and LCL last March, and hasn’t played in a game since. “I’m excited to get back on the floor with my teammates and play in front of the best…

  7. Wizards’ owner says finances were not a factor in turning down deal for James Harden

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Houston Rockets

    Earlier this week, Michael Lee of the Washington Post reported that the Wizards turned down a potential trade with the Thunder that would have landed them James Harden. The cost in terms of assets the Wizards would have to give up to Oklahoma City was relatively low — Bradley Beal and Chris Singleton were the…

  8. Danilo Gallinari throws it off the backboard to himself for the dunk against Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    No one is going to confuse the game of Danilo Gallinari with that of, say, Tracy McGrady. But pulling a stunt like this, and doing so successfully in a real live NBA contest that counts in the standings is not only bold, but it’s also damn impressive. With Denver trailing by two and under nine-and-a-half…

  9. Report: Anderson Varejao ‘highly available’ in trade, but asking price remains high

    Dec 15, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The trade talk for Anderson Varejao has been consistently present in recent seasons, but the asking price the Cavaliers organization placed on him has always been too steep for teams to consider. That might change this year, with Varejao leading the league in rebounding and having an All-Star caliber season — even if, as we…

  10. Kevin Garnett and Kevin McHale share an emotional embrace after Rockets beat Celtics (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Kevin Garnett

    The show of support and respect from around the league for Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, who has returned to the team following an extended leave of absence after the passing of his daughter, has truly been amazing to see. It shows that the brotherhood of those involved with the game runs much deeper than…

  11. JaVale McGee catches Zach Randolph’s shot attempt (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has a shot blocked by Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    We need a name for whatever this play was. It was half rebound, half block (with a sprinkle of goaltend), but all the way amazing. I just wish we knew what to call it. A reblock? A yoink? Help me out. Naming this aside, let’s focus on JaVale McGee being quite possibly the most entertaining…

  12. Joe Johnson hits game-winner in double overtime to bury the Pistons (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson hits winning shot over Detroit Pistons Tayshaun Prince in NBA game in New York

    They don’t call him Iso Joe for nothing, kids. With the Nets really struggling to create offense once things got tight, Joe Johnson came to the rescue with multiple big buckets before hitting the really big one to finally put away a game Detroit Pistons team, 107-105 in double overtime. There were a lot of takeaways…

  13. Lakers snap four-game losing streak with win over Wizards

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Washington Wizards

    It’s been an ugly stretch for the Lakers recently. With the team losing four straight and six of its last seven, a win by any means necessary would be welcome in Los Angeles — even against the team with the league’s worst record, the Washington Wizards. Thursday night’s destruction at the hands of the Knicks…

  14. Brook Lopez returns to Nets lineup after missing seven games due to injury

    Dec 14, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Brook Lopez returned to the Nets starting lineup on Friday night against the Pistons, after missing the last seven games with a foot injury. Brooklyn struggled with Lopez out, losing five of those seven contests. It appears that Lopez will have a minutes limit initially to see how he responds to the activity, and to…

  15. Three productive players who slipped through the cracks

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Greg Smith

    It’s not as easy for prospects to go under the radar as it once was. With improved technology, better analytics and easier scouting methods, productive players rarely go unnoticed anymore. But that doesn’t mean every good NBA player gets drafted. An NBA GM once told me that his draft strategy in the second round was…

  16. Former NBA player Shawne Williams arrested on drug charges

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    shawne williams nets arrested

    Former NBA player Shawne Williams was arrested Thursday on drug charges, according to a report from the Memphis Commercial Appeal. An officer was on routine patrol outside a Cricket wireless store in the 3400 block of Austin Peay near the Raleigh Springs Mall. The officer approached Williams in his nearby Porsche Panamera after smelling marijuana,…

  17. Globetrotters offer to let Kobe, Lakers face Washington Generals

    Dec 14, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Globetrotters

    It was a good line from Kobe Bryant, which is why it was our quote of the day. “At this point I wish we had the Washington Generals on our schedule.” Of course, the Harlem Globetrotters are a marketing machine with a basketball team attached, so you knew they would jump on that. And they…

  18. Still no timetable, but doctors clear John Wall to start “ramping up” activity

    Dec 14, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    John Wall’s return to the NBA from a stress fracture in his patella is not going to come with the lightning speed of him on the dribble. No, it’s going to come in small, measured steps. Which is what the Wizards announced Friday through a statement from the team physician, Dr. David Altchek, as reported…

  19. Report: Raptors waiting to get healthy before talking trades

    Dec 14, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    There may be no team that will be a seller at the trade deadline like the Toronto Raptors — this is an organization where the ownership group met this week with GM Bryan Colangelo and his lead consultant Wayne Embree was brought in. It feels like something is going to change and Colangelo shouldn’t feel…

  20. Timberwolves’ Malcolm Lee out indefinitely with knee injury

    Dec 14, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

    Malcolm Lee

    Just as Minnesota is going to get Ricky Rubio back, they are going to lose another young guard for a while. Malcolm Lee suffered a chrondal injury in his right knee during Wednesday night’s game against the Nuggets and will be out indefinitely, the team announced. A chrondal injury involves the ligaments that cover each…

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