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  1. Video: Mark Cuban did not enjoy Eric Bledsoe’s dunking exhibition

    Dec 6, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    It was garbage time at the end of the Clippers win over the Mavericks Wednesday night — well, technically the entire fourth quarter was basically garbage time, the Clips were in control the entire way — and Eric Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford teamed up for a little dunking exhibition. To the delight of the Staples…

  2. Report: Kyrie Irving a couple weeks away from practicing

    Dec 6, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    It’s been a rough go for the Cleveland Cavaliers since Kyrie Irving broke his finger — they are 2-6 with him out of the lineup. In the last five games they have an offensive rating of 96 (points per 100 possessions), which would be second worst in the NBA this season, ahead of only the…

  3. Video: Kobe talks 30,000 points milestone with Dan Patrick

    Dec 6, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant high fives fans as he leaves the court after their NBA basketball game against the Hornets in New Orleans, Louisiana

    Kobe Bryant swung by the Dan Patrick radio show on Thursday to talk about becoming the fifth NBA player ever to score 30,000 points. He talked about having people like Michael Jordan to chase, how much longer he will go in the league and what number the Lakers will retire for him, 24 or 8.…

  4. Sounds like Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki is out until 2013

    Dec 6, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas is going to have to keep struggling along without Dirk Nowitzki for longer than he wanted or expected. Nowitzki had said he hoped to be back in mid-December, which is about what the timeline for recovery from his knee surgery during training camp suggested could happen. But it’s not going to happen, Nowitzki told…

  5. If Hornets want to become Pelicans, Stern will expedite process

    Dec 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    David Stern

    The NBA is a massive, global marketing machine. So if a team wants to change its name — or even its color and logo, as the Nets did this year — it is an entire process that includes approvals. For a name change, the other owners have to approve it. It takes years. But if…

  6. Clippers will be without Chauncey Billups for two weeks

    Dec 6, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

    Well, at least they are used to playing without him. We told you that Clippers starting two guard Chauncey Billups sat out Wednesday night’s game with what was described as an ankle injury, but there was no timeline. Now we’ve got one — about two weeks reports the Orange County Register. And they are saying…

  7. Report: Lakers shoot down trade talks for Gasol from Raptors, Timberwolves

    Dec 6, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol, JaVale McGee

    Whatever the reason — because they want to see the entire team together healthy before making a decision, or because they promised Steve Nash he could play with him — the Lakers are not talking about trading Pau Gasol yet. But other teams are trying to talk to them, and the Lakers are saying turning…

  8. Video: Jamal Crawford’s ridiculous reverse alley-oop pass

    Dec 6, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    It’s not the dunk here that’s impressive — although DeAndre Jordan can throw it down with the best of them — but it’s the set up. Watch the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford pick up the tipped post entry pass, decide to attack Chris Kaman, go behind the back then recognize Jordan is going baseline and make…

  9. Report: Avery Bradley to return to Celtics practice in 10 days

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Avery Bradley

    Celtics fans, it hasn’t been the best start to the season. You deserve some good news. So how about this — Avery Bradley could be back practicing in 10 days. That’s what A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com is reporting. That would mean Bradley would be back on the court in game action around the first…

  10. Report: Lakers promised Nash he could play with Gasol

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    This much is clear from pretty much every source west of the Mississippi River — the Lakers are not shopping Pau Gasol right now. Despite the wishes of some Lakers fans. They say they want to see what happens when they get Gasol and Steve Nash healthy at the same time, and pair them with…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers show up for a half, that’s enough in New Orleans

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching Bilbo Baggins going on a drunken ‘Unexpected Journey’… Lakers 103, Hornets 87: On night where Kobe Bryant became only the 5th player in NBA history to hit the 30,000 career point plateau, the Lakers also got the win. And so…

  12. Three Stars of the Night: Kobe Bryant makes history

    Dec 6, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    There were plenty of stellar performances on a night that featured an 11-game slate. Kyle Lowry continues to toil in obscurity in Toronto, putting up 34 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a loss to the equally horrendous Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had no problem getting his confidence back in the same game with a 25-point,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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