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  1. Carmelo says he ‘doesn’t know’ if he’ll play Thursday against Heat after getting stitches in Charlotte

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Knicks beat the Bobcats in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, but Carmelo Anthony wasn’t on the court to see J.R. Smith’s heroics. Anthony was forced out of the game and into the locker room after suffering a laceration to a finger on his left hand, after diving into the stands to chase down a loose…

  2. Chauncey Billups out again with a new ankle injury

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Randy Foye

    Chauncey Billups has only been back with the Clippers for the team’s last three games, but he’s already sidelined once again due to injury. Billups went down with a torn Achilles tendon last season, and worked extremely hard to make it back. But he was forced to sit out of Wednesday night’s home contest against…

  3. J.R. Smith hits the step-back jumper at the buzzer to help Knicks beat Bobcats (VIDEO)

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    The last few possessions of this game were pretty crazy, so it’s only fitting that things ended on a shot like this. The Knicks beat the Bobcats on Wednesday in a game that was closer than expected, likely due to the fact that it was a look-ahead contest for them with a nationally televised game…

  4. Kobe Bryant becomes fifth player in NBA history to score more than 30,000 points (VIDEO)

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    As expected, Kobe Bryant joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, and Wilt Chamberlain on Wednesday as the only players in NBA history to score more than 30,000 career points. Bryant achieved the milestone with 1:16 left in the first half in New Orleans, by converting a right-handed floater in the lane over Hornets center…

  5. Wednesday And-1 links: David Stern broke the huddle at Saints Practice

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    David Stern Saints practice

    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. • David Stern broke the huddle with the Saints in New Orleans. We’re not…

  6. Another report Allen Iverson is hemorrhaging money

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six

    We had this same discussion a couple years ago. When Allen Iverson was playing in Turkey, a report came out of Philadelphia about how Iverson was just hemorrhaging money and was broke. Which is stunning for a guy who made an estimated $154 million in NBA salary alone. Other reports have echoed this. That was…

  7. Heat could be without Mario Chalmers for five games

    Dec 5, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers

    The idea of the point guard in the position-less Miami Heat offense is… not traditional. You may bring the ball up but LeBron James or Dwyane Wade really initiate the offense. You need to be a good spot-up shooter who can play in transition. Mario Chalmers has never been great in that role, but he’s…

  8. David Stern defends $250,000 fine to Spurs for resting stars

    Dec 5, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern stepped on to a slippery slope in fining the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 for sitting Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili for a nationally-televised game against the Miami Heat last Thursday. This was not something has drawn even a peep from the league in past years, when late in the season it…

  9. Nets’ Gerald Wallace becomes second player fined for flopping

    Dec 5, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James is defended by Brooklyn Nets' Gerald Wallace during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami,

    Got to say this for Gerald Wallace — he saves his flops for the biggest stars. Wallace became the second NBA player fined for flopping, getting to write a $5,000 check to the league for clearly trying to sell a call against LeBron James last Saturday. LeBron made contact with his right arm but then…

  10. Chauncey Billups latest to receive warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Dec 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Billups walks past fans after second half of NBA game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Chauncey Billups became the latest offender of the league’s policy against flopping on Wednesday, receiving a warning for this kickout of his left leg late in the Clippers win over the Jazz on December 3. It’s a clear flop, but the problem is that it worked to perfection. L.A. was trailing by two, and Billups…

  11. Wizards’ Trevor Ariza could be out three weeks with calf strain

    Dec 5, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Trevor Ariza

    The Wizards beat the Heat… still a bit shocking. But it’s not all good news for the Wizards. In the third quarter of the game starting small forward Trevor Ariza went to the locker room with a calf injury. After the game he was seen in a walking boot. Now comes word that he could…

  12. Blazers coach Stotts says criticism of LaMarcus Aldridge is undeserved

    Dec 5, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol

    Overall, LaMarcus Aldridge is playing at a high level for the Blazers. But the fact that he’s seemingly reverted to jump-shots over post play has resulted in some criticism that his head coach doesn’t feel is appropriate at this time. Aldridge’s points-per-game average of 20.8 is down alost a point from last season, but his…

  13. Knicks Camby has plantar fasciitis, could be out a while

    Dec 5, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Marcus Camby Knicks

    Marcus Camby has only played in six games for the Knicks this season, and he had limited minutes in those games. And Knicks fans are not going to see the guy slated to lighten Tyson Chandler’s role on Wednesday or Thursday either. In fact it may be a while, he has been diagnosed with plantar…

  14. Lamar Odom says he won’t have any emotions when facing his former team (the Mavericks)

    Dec 5, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen

    The Lakers traded Lamar Odom to the Mavericks before last season began, but after Odom had just finished his best all-around year in 12 NBA seasons. Odom took home the Sixth Man of the Year trophy in 2011, and yet L.A. had no problem dealing him to a Western Conference rival in exchange for nothing…

  15. Avery Johnson can be a bit of a control freak with Brooklyn

    Dec 5, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Miami Heat

    Avery Johnson won a lot of games as the coach of the Dallas Mavericks, but things were done his way, his style of play with defense and a slow-it-down, controlled offense. Dirk Nowitzki referred to it as a dictatorship. Things have not changed much, just the venue. The Brooklyn Nets are winning a lot of…

  16. DeMarcus Cousins says he doesn’t have ‘any confidence at all’

    Dec 5, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Rodney Motte, DeMarcus Cousins

    The Kings are once again terrible, just as they’ve been every season for the past seven years. Help was supposed to be on the way, thanks to solid young talent acquired through the draft in Tyreke Evans, the 2010 Rookie of the Year, and mercurial big man DeMarcus Cousins. Evans has regressed since that stellar…

  17. LeBron, did Miami learn lesson from loss to Wizards? No.

    Dec 5, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    It’s still a little stunning to see the score: Washington Wizards 105, Miami Heat 101. Sure, it’s an early season NBA game, which gives it about as much weight at Kate Moss, but still this is the kind of win the Heat should get easily. They didn’t. And you totally get why Wizards coach Randy…

  18. Rockets broadcaster says Lakers ‘pooped their big boy pants’ after losing in Houston

    Dec 5, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Greg Smith

    After the Lakers fell at home on Sunday to the Orlando Magic, Kobe Bryant was quoted as saying that Pau Gasol needed to “put on his big boy pants” and start playing with a little more toughness. Gasol missed the Lakers loss in Houston on Tuesday due to tendinitis in his knees, but the Rockets…

  19. Just 13 points away, Kobe should become youngest to 30,000 Wednesday

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Wednesday night in New Orleans, before the Lakers game becomes about hack-a-Dwight, Kobe Bryant will reach a milestone: With 13 more points, Kobe will become the youngest player in NBA history to 30,000 points. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 years old and 179 days, 10 days faster than Karl Malone did it. Kobe is 34. Kobe’s…

  20. Kevin Durant missed this dunk, but it would have been amazing (VIDEO)

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    We’re not in the habit of bringing you highlights of missed dunks or shots that don’t count, but for this clip of Kevin Durant from the Thunder’s win over the Nets on Tuesday, an exception needs to be made. This one is great for a lot of reasons. Durant seemed to have been eyeing this…

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