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  1. Good news for Bucks, Monta Ellis probable for Friday

    Jan 10, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    When Monta Ellis went limping off the court near the end of the Bucks win over the Bulls Wednesday night, there was some legitimate reason for concern. But while Ellis skipped practice on Thursday coach Jim Boylan said he is expected to play Friday when the Bucks host the Pistons, tweets Andrew Gruman of FoxSportsWisconsin.com.…

  2. Thursday And-1 links: More Carmelo/Garnett fallout

    Jan 10, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • The punishment has come down, Carmelo Anthony is sitting out the Knicks Thursday…

  3. Brandon Jennings was in a groove against the Bulls (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Jim Boylan, Brandon Jennings

    Brandon Jennings keyed the Bucks win over the Bulls on Wednesday — he had four threes and 20 points in the third quarter when the Bucks pulled away. Jennings had 35 for the game. It’s one thing to drop 35 on the Bobcats, it’s another thing entirely to do it on the Bulls. He’s got…

  4. Another report Oden hasn’t given up NBA dream; Heat interested

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

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    Reports of Greg Oden’s comeback always seem to come from the people around him. The man himself seems to have a healthier perspective. Fitting that pattern comes the latest report of a potential Oden comeback, this one from Oden’s former college teammate Mike Conley (now the Grizzlies point guard). He spoke with Ric Bucher of…

  5. Report: Kings will consider offers to trade Tyrke Evans

    Jan 10, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, Tobias Harris

    Figuring out what the Sacramento Kings are going to do approaching the trade deadline is about like what was going on in any 1990s David Lynch movie (“Lost Highway,” “Inland Empire,” take your pick). It’s futile. The team is in the middle of sale talks that could move them to Seattle and whatever happens they…

  6. Gortat doesn’t want to escape “sinking boat” in Phoenix

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, Jared Sullinger

    The Phoenix Suns are bad. They are just flat out not a good team, which is part of what you expect for a couple years during a rebuilding process. As the trade deadline nears, teams are going to call up and ask about Marcin Gortat — a quality NBA center who makes a reasonable contract…

  7. Minnesota coach Adelman missed last two games to be with ill wife

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Minnesota coach Rick Adelman has missed the last couple of games with what the team would only describe as “personal reasons.” But he may miss more so the team issued a statement on Thursday: Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman has missed the team’s last two games in order to be with his wife, Mary…

  8. LeBron agrees with everyone else: Damian Lillard is Rookie of the Year

    Jan 10, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas

    There’s a little more than half a season to go, so nothing is set in stone. But the one post-season award that seems most set is Damian Lillard winning the Rookie of the Year. Don’t take my word for it, ask LeBron James, whose Heat face Lillard and the Blazers on Thursday night. From the…

  9. Steve Nash is your new all-time free throw percentage leader

    Jan 10, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Steve Nash only got to the free throw line twice on Wednesday night during the Lakers fifth straight loss. As you expect, he hit both. With that he moved a little farther ahead of Mark Price as the NBA’ all-time free throw shooting percentage leader, notes Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Nash entered…

  10. The Extra Pass: Identifying Offensive Calling Cards

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at which teams are outperforming all others in specific areas of the game. Play logging has been used by NBA teams for quite some time, but the derived numbers…

  11. Referee caught telling D’Antoni, Popovich he is stalling for television (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    television

    Veteran referee Billy Kennedy clearly didn’t know he had a hot mic… which makes this all the better. Just let it serve as another reminder that television rules everything. EVERYTHING. Seconds after Kennedy said this the broadcast went to a commercial, but not until Mike Breen has a good “you’re not fooling anybody” moment on…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas makes the Clippers work for it

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while listening to an ice record… Spurs 108, Lakers 105: The Lakers went on a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter to make this game interesting down the stretch, but in the end the result was the fifth straight Los…

  13. Three Stars of the Night: Manimal Style

    Jan 10, 2013, 2:55 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried

    There are only two food items on the menu at the west coast burger chain In and Out — burgers and fries — but there’s something called “Animal Style” where they put…heck, I don’t even know what they do, but it’s messy and it involves mustard-grilled something or other and it’s just all over the…

  14. Spurs avoid total meltdown, hand Lakers their 5th straight loss

    Jan 10, 2013, 12:27 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich, Manu Ginobili

    In what’s been a familiar site lately, the Lakers lost a game on Wednesday night, this time to the Spurs 108-105. The loss drops them to 15-20 on the season and represents another shovel of dirt on their playoff chances in what’s been their most disappointing season…maybe ever. The win gave the Spurs their 15th…

  15. Uncle Jeff throws down on the Suns, Uncle Drew beats the buzzer against Atlanta (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    Being an uncle is pretty cool. You get to buy your nieces and nephews annoyingly loud toys to passive-aggressively torture your brother or sister. You get to give the kids lots of candy and ice cream and it automatically makes you cool. It’s a pretty easy gig. Dunking on a 7-footer in the NBA, or beating…

  16. Report: Spurs continue to shop DeJuan Blair

    Jan 9, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

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    With just about every NBA General Manager in the same gym at the D-League showcase in Idaho, you’re going to see a lot of trade talk start to heat up. However, when it comes to the San Antonio Spurs and DeJuan Blair, that heat is more like an enduring flame than a spark. Basically, the…

  17. Kings to Seattle: It’s not done. But don’t be shocked if it is soon.

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Things can change. There was already what was supposed to be a final game in Sacramento that turned out to not be so final. And anyone who doesn’t think the Maloofs can change their mind at the last minute didn’t watch the arena negotiations in Sacramento a year ago. But the Maloof family selling the…

  18. John Wall goes through full practice, looks good for Saturday

    Jan 9, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards

    It’s not going to be official until he steps on the court, but it looks more and more like he will go this Saturday for his first game this season. Owner Ted Leonsis hinted at as much the other day. Wall himself sounded pretty eager after going through his first full practice with the team…

  19. Carmelo suspended one game for trying to confront Garnett

    Jan 9, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Nothing really happened. But that was more than the league wanted to happen. So the NBA league office has suspended the Knicks Carmelo Anthony one game for trying to confront the Celtics Kevin Garnett after the game between their teams Monday night. Anthony and Garnett were often matched up on the court, particularly with KG…

  20. Doctors tell Woodson to reduce Stoudemire’s minutes

    Jan 9, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

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    Amar’e Stoudemire played 28 minutes Monday night against the Celtics. That caused some soreness, so doctors have ordered Mike Woodson to cut back the Stoudemire’s minutes starting Thursday against the Pacers, reports ESPNNewYork.com. “He was probably a little sore and that’s probably the reason for it. So I’ve got to be open-minded to that and…

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