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  1. Report: Manu Ginobili (among others) to sit out against Thunder

    Dec 17, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    The Spurs visit the Thunder tonight in a rematch of the thrilling Western Conference Finals from last spring. The Thunder come into the game having won their last 10 games and in possession of the conference’s best record. The Spurs enter the game winning six of their last eight games and have the conference’s second…

  2. Report: Pau Gasol to return to practice, return targeted for Tuesday

    Dec 17, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have been a punching bag through the first quarter of the season, taking beatings on the court in the form of losses and off the court in terms of media critiques. Injuries have been a big part of  their downfall with Steve Nash only playing in six quarters, Steve Blake also missing multiple…

  3. Report: Stoudemire could practice with Knicks Tuesday

    Dec 17, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Consider it a Christmas present — the Knicks may be about to get Amar’e Stoudemire back. The question is will this gift be a lump of coal. He’s been recovering from knee surgery and there have been hints he is getting close to getting back on the court, then comes this tweet from Marc Berman…

  4. Dr. .J to star on episode of “The Office” next year

    Dec 17, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly

    NBC’s hit comedy “The Office” is pulling out all the stops in its final season. Including Dr. J. NBA legend Julius Erving will have a cameo as himself in the Jan. 17 episode, getting into a business venture with Jim Halpert, reports The 700 Level (via Entertainment Weekly). In the episode, Dr. J becomes an…

  5. Jeremy Lin returns to Madison Square Garden Monday, without “Linsanity”

    Dec 17, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is back in the place it all came together for him. But it’s not the same. Monday night Jeremy Lin brings his new team the Houston Rockets into Madison Square Garden to take on the team where for a stretch he played stunningly good, exciting basketball that energized a sullen fan base. It…

  6. Report: Nets interested in trading for Ersan Ilyasova (but don’t bet on it)

    Dec 17, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Over the summer the Nets pursued (without great vigor) Ersan Ilyasova, a stretch four they wanted to add to a front line that already had a good shooting center in Brook Lopez. At least Ilyasova can rebound. They didn’t get him. Ilyasova re-signed with Milwaukee for five years, $40 million. The Nets responded by re-signing…

  7. Quote of the Day: Like all of us, Kobe is confused by Bynum’s hair

    Dec 17, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum hair

    “I don’t know what he’s doing with that perm.” —Kobe Bryant‘s comments on Andrew Bynum, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. The comments came after the Lakers win Sunday evening over the 76ers. It was also after Bynum suggested playing with Kobe stunted his growth as a player and might do the same…

  8. Hornets to bring in forward Dominic McGuire

    Dec 17, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Dominic McGuire slam dunks against New York Knicks in the first half of their pre-season NBA basketball game in Montreal

    The New Orleans Hornets, who want to add some depth at forward with Jason Smith out for a while, have found their man. The Hornets have signed Dominic McGuire, reports the Times-Picayune. McGuire has played five NBA seasons, bouncing between the Wizards, Kings, Bobcats, Warriors and most recently Raptors where he started nine games this…

  9. Andrew Bynum has advice for Dwight Howard: Get used to not touching the ball with Kobe around

    Dec 17, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum

    Dwight Howard tried to avoid talking about Andrew Bynum when the topic came up, and what he did say what right out of the “NBA cliché handbook.” Bynum on the other hand had no problem talking about Howard and the Lakers. He says he understands Howard’s challenges, because it’s not easy getting used to playing…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Hornets comeback runs into Lillard

    Dec 17, 2012, 4:17 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Roger Mason Jr.

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while buying an ugly Christmas sweater… Lakers 111, 76ers 98: Two wins in a row for the Lakers, both on the road — in this sad season for them so far that counts as something to celebrate. For Philly, more of…

  11. Three Stars of the Night: Blazers’ Batum with rare 5×5 night

    Dec 17, 2012, 3:24 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum

    Kobe had the kind of big stat line we take for granted (but that the Lakers need right now). Jose Calderon had the second triple-double of his career. But Nicolas Batum’s balanced stat line wins the night. Honorable mention to J.J. Hickson (24 points), Nick Young (30 in a losing effort, a lot in garbage…

  12. Damian Lillard hits the game-winner to send Blazers past Hornets (VIDEO)

    Dec 17, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Ryan Anderson, Greivis Vasquez, Luke Babbitt

    This was not an easy shot. Blazers rookie Damian Lillard continued his impressive start to the season, this time draining the game-winning shot from beyond three-point distance to give his team the 95-94 home victory over the Hornets. It would have been a shame for Portland to waste its win against the Spurs on Thursday…

  13. Lakers cruise to win over Sixers thanks to an efficient 34 points from Kobe Bryant

    Dec 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant shoots between the defense of the 76ers' Turner, Richardson and Brown during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    It’s not often we use the word “efficient” in the same sentence while describing the offensive play of the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. But in Sunday’s easy 111-98 victory over the Sixers, it was not only appropriate, but it fit the description exactly. Bryant finished with 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting, to go along with four…

  14. Joel Przybilla suspended one game for throwing the ball at a referee (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    Joel Przybilla

    Joel Przybilla of the Milwaukee Bucks has been suspended one game without pay for throwing the ball and hitting a referee, the league announced via official release. The incident, which can be seen in the video clip above, occurred with 1:36 remaining in Milwaukee’s blowout 111-85 loss at the hands of the Clippers on Dec.…

  15. Kwame Brown sends Dwight Howard’s shot into the stands (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    In the matchup at the center position between Kwame Brown and Dwight Howard on Sunday, who would you guess would be the one rejecting the other’s shot by swatting it several rows deep into the stands? Just as we all suspected, it was Kwame who defended Howard perfectly and got the emphatic block early in…

  16. Mark Jackson says win over Hawks shows Warriors are ‘for real’

    Dec 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    mark-jacksonwarriors

    The Warriors have been one of the nice surprises of the young season, getting out to a 16-8 start, and wrapping up the team’s longest road trip of the year with a 6-1 record after blowing out the Hawks on Saturday. Much was made of the fact that the Warriors, by virtue of their last-second…

  17. Nate Robinson with the monster rejection on MarShon Brooks (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' Keith Bogans during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    You never know what you’re going to get from Nate Robinson from a pure basketball perspective on a night-to-night basis, but his athleticism is something that always remains a constant. Robinson hustles back on defense in time to elevate and get just a monster rejection of this shot attempt from MarShon Brooks, who likely had…

  18. Report: Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans among those who could be traded this season

    Dec 16, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Neither Brandon Jennings nor Tyreke Evans received or agreed to lucrative contract extensions this past offseason. The thinking on both is that their respective teams need a little more time to decide on where they stand with these players in terms of making a long-term commitment, and since the Bucks and the Kings have the…

  19. Bargnani denies saying Toronto was “worst team”

    Dec 16, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Andrea Bargnani is already not exactly the most popular guy in Toronto. And that’s putting it kindly. He’s slightly ahead of Gary Bettman on the most hated sports figures list, but that’s about it. So reports last week that Bargnani told an Italian publication that the Raptors were the worst team (and he would be…

  20. Manu Ginobili leaves with leg injury, questionable for Spurs next game in OKC

    Dec 16, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Late in the first quarter of the Spurs’ win over the Celtics on Saturday, Manu Ginobili went down hard after colliding with Boston’s Chris Wilcox. The injury was reported to be a contusion to the left quadriceps, and Ginobili did not return. His status is up in the air for the team’s next game, a…

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