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  1. Three Stars of the Night: Justified Jumpers

    Jan 2, 2013, 3:18 AM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    Play enough basketball and chances are you’ll run into a player who likes to justify his relentless jump shooting with a catchy phrase like, “you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take” or “there’s a reason it’s called feeling it instead of thinking it” or maybe “I was open.” These people, of course,…

  2. Avery Bradley expected back as Celtics starter Wednesday

    Jan 2, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Avery Bradley

    The Celtics — at 14-16 and losers of four out of five — need a boost. Enter Avery Bradley. The Celtics starting two guars should be back with the team Wednesday when the Celtics face a good Grizzlies team, reports A. Sherrod Blakely on CSNNE.com. Bradley is coming off off-season surgery on both shoulders. “Avery’s…

  3. Ice-cold Clippers win streak ends at 17 in Denver

    Jan 2, 2013, 12:47 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The Clippers were not going to win the next 50 games, there was going to be a day when the shots would just clang off the rim. There was going to be a night when nothing went right. That night was Jan. 1 in Denver. The Clippers had shot 48.3% last 15 games, and 41.9…

  4. Pistons’ Villanueva ejected for hard foul on Kings’ Thomas (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    As fouls you get ejected for go, that is on the soft end of the scale. Just before halftime the Kings’ Isaiah Thomas drove the lane and the Piston’s Charlie Villanueva rotated over to stop him and did so with a hard foul that sent Thomas sprawling on the ground. Thomas came up angry and…

  5. Ricky Rubio likely out next couple games for Timberwolves

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    His knee is getting there — although he remains on a sharp minutes limit and is not playing both games of back-to-backs — but Ricky Rubio sat out Minnesota’s win last weekend over Phoenix due to back spasms. Those spasms will keep Rubio out of the Timberwolves two games this week, reports the Star Tribune.…

  6. NBA’s best crossovers of 2012 (video)

    Jan 1, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    I like a good dunk as much as the next guy, but if you give me my highlight loop of choice it would be crossovers. These are just so much fun. The fine folks at NBA.com have been putting together these year-end compilations, which have been fun. Well, this one wasn’t a lot of fun…

  7. Former NBA player Marcus Williams suspended in China for failed marijuana test

    Jan 1, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Marcus Williams

    The Chinese Basketball Association had never had a player suspended for violating its drug policy… until now. Multiple reports out of China now say former NBA player Marcus Williams has been suspended for testing positive for marijuana use. Hoopshype noticed this first, but here is the report from xinhuanet.com. Former NBA player Marcus Williams has…

  8. Rockets waive Daequan Cook to sign James Anderson

    Jan 1, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Houston Rockets are switching up their swingmen buried on the bench (in hopes the new one is not going to be so buried). The Rockets have waived Daequan Cook to sign free agent James Anderson, reports the Houston Chronicle. They didn’t get it done in time for Monday night’s game but they will by…

  9. Deron Williams says two years of constant playing may have worn him down

    Jan 1, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Brooklyn Nets

    Deron Williams was unimpressive Monday against Tony Parker and the Spurs — he was 3-of-11 shooting, finishing with eight points, one assist and he was a -35 in a game the Nets lost by 31. It really fits with a season where he is shooting 39.9 percent overall, 30 percent from three and has a…

  10. LeBron takes ‘walking the dog’ to an entirely new level (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    With under two minutes remaining in overtime of Miami’s game against the Magic on Monday, the Heat were trailing, and wanted to preserve every precious second on the clock to ensure enough possessions were available for the team to come back and get this victory. They got it down the stretch, but time ended up…

  11. Kings GM says DeMarcus Cousins not on trade block

    Jan 1, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Klay Thomspon, DeMarcus Cousins, Andrew Bogut

    While there has been a lot of buzz about it, don’t expect to see a DeMarcus Cousins trade anytime soon. Why not? There are a few reasons. Kings GM Geoff Petrie says the key one is Cousins is not on the trade block. He was very direct about it when speaking to David Aldridge writing…

  12. Top 10 NBA dunks of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Jared Sullinger

    WIth 2012 officially in the books, it’s time to look back on the top 10 dunks of the past year. And just as we all expected, Byron Mullens makes the list and kicks things off at number 10. Yeah, I don’t know either. But his flying jam down the lane after getting his own rebound…

  13. Report: Amar’e Stodemire to make season debut Tuesday

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Tuesday night we get to see what the Knicks are really going to look like this season… well, except for the part where Raymond Felton is out and Carmelo Anthony is questionable (with a hyperextended knee). But Amar’e Stoudemire will be back. That is what Adrian Wojnarowski reports at Yahoo Sports. After undergoing preseason knee…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bobcats snap 18-game losing streak with win over Bulls

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kemba Walker, Taj Gibson

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s games in NBA action. Or, what you missed while ringing in the New Year with an 80-pound Moon Pie … Heat 112, Magic 110 (OT): Orlando was without Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson in this one due to injury, but Miami played down to the level of its competition just…

  15. Top 10 NBA bloopers of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    As we count down to the new year, let’s relive some of the lighter NBA moments of 2012 that we were fortunate enough to experience. At 10, we have Lamar Odom saying he’s with the Lakers in his first season with the Clippers. Wishful thinking, my friend. At 9, we have Omer Asik tipping the…

  16. Nikola Vucevic grabs a franchise record 29 rebounds in Magic’s loss to Heat

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Shane Battier, Nikola Vucevic

    Setting a franchise record in any statistical category in the NBA is no doubt something to be celebrated. But when you do it in an area that’s traditionally dominated by big men, for a franchise that’s had two of the greatest frontcourt players of this era, it’s even more impressive. Allow me to introduce you…

  17. Report: Nets will try to talk to Phil Jackson ‘in the next few days’

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Nets GM Billy King can say that P.J. Carlesimo is the team’s head coach all he wants. We all know the expectations are a little out of control in Brooklyn, and with the firing of Avery Johnson taking place earlier this week, the team will be looking to get a big-name coach on the payroll…

  18. Wade’s overtime steal seals Heat’s win over Magic (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    It’s not like the Heat weren’t supposed to beat the Magic on Monday, especially with Orlando missing both Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson due to injury. But after a strong start, Miami was complacent in the second quarter, getting outscored by 15 in the period, which gave the home team some confidence that allowed them…

  19. Bobcats win! Bobcats win! Losing streak ends at 18.

    Dec 31, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Kemba Walker, Taj Gibson, Marquis Teague

    The Charlotte Bobcats had lost 18 games in a row. Until they met the Chicago Bulls on New Year’s Eve. The Bulls played like they were thinking about where they were going to be at midnight — or like they started the party the night before — and the Bobcats played like a team that…

  20. Monday And-1 Links: Will Shaq be at Kobe’s jersey retirement?

    Dec 31, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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    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 like you will pretend to like champagne on New Year’s Eve…. • Will Kobe…

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