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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Deron Williams has hired his own beat reporter to cover him

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams wants to make sure Deron Williams gets fair coverage. So he hired a reporter to cover him. It’s a continuation down the road journalism is taking — newspapers are struggling, more people are getting their news online at places like this (and NBCNews.com) but companies are still trying to figure out how to…

  11. Celtics not interested in Kenyon Martin, Dampier maybe

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    The Celtics are looking for depth along the front line. Kenyon Martin is the best free agent big man out there on the market. But with Martin can come an attitude — he had issue with Vinny Del Negro last season, he’s outspoken and has the reputation of rubbing both management and some players the…

  12. D’Antoni is not going to bench Howard during hack-a-Dwight

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    It’s not about winning the battle, it’s about winning the war for Mike D’Antoni. That’s why he hasn’t done what a lot of Lakers fans are calling for — sub in Jordan Hill for Dwight Howard when the other team starts hack-a-Dwight. Both the Magic and Rockets were able to make fourth quarter comebacks against…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Thunder put up a lot of points on Nets “defense”

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams reacts as he is blocked by Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant in NBA game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while making sure our nation was prepared for a zombie apocalypse…. Wizards 105, Heat 101: Now do you think there might be a problem with the Heat defense? Giving up triple digits to the worst offense in the land? We broke…

  14. NBA owners forced to choose between Maloofs and Sacramento in remake of Major League

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    George Maloof

    Every good story needs a villain, but the NBA probably doesn’t want to remake the movie Major League in order to sell its product. Indeed, George Maloof and his brothers have done their best Rachel Phelps impression, complete with bottom-four payrolls over the past four seasons and little-to-no improvement to the franchise whatsoever. In the…

  15. Another game, another fourth quarter collapse, another Lakers loss, this time to Rockets

    Dec 5, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

    Greg Smith

    It boils down to this — the Lakers are not good enough right now for their stars to make mistakes and still win, while the Rockets were just good enough to exploit those mistakes. For two games in a row the Lakers have taken leads deep into the fourth quarter. Then blown them as the…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: Welcome Back, Z-Bo.

    Dec 5, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    What a night. Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George scored nearly half of his team’s points (34 points on 14-for-25 shooting) in a victory over the Bulls, and he didn’t make the list. Deron Williams had 33 points and 7 assists, nearly carrying the Nets to a victory over the Thunder, and you won’t find him…

  17. Wizards beat Heat because they care while Heat don’t (about defense)

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Miami has been coasting this season and it shows on defense. Yes they were 12-3, but they had the 19th ranked defense in the NBA on points per possession (via Hoopdata). They play a style based on aggression, on using their athleticism and length to pressure you into mistakes. If you play that going half-speed,…

  18. Eddy Curry signs to play in China for rest of season

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Eddy Curry Mavs

    Don’t make Chinese food buffet jokes here, they don’t have those buffets in China. Which is something Eddy Curry is going find out. After not being able to stick with the Spurs and Mavericks (or any other NBA team) he is headed to China, tweets Sportando. Eddy Curry has signed in China with Zhejiang Golden…

  19. Report: New Orleans to change name from Hornets to Pelicans

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    There are a whole lot of NBA teams with names that don’t match their cities cultures — the Jazz in Utah, the Lakers in the desert of Los Angeles, the Grizzlies in Memphis (not Vancouver). New Orleans doesn’t want to be another one of those. Hornets and Hornets Nest is a Charlotte nickname dating back…

  20. Rockets plan to break out the hack-a-Dwight vs. Lakers

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    You know how long we are going to see teams use hack-a-Dwight against Dwight Howard and the Lakers? Until it stops working. Orlando fouled Howard seven times in the final seven minutes of their game Sunday night, and the Lakers were up six points when Howard entered the game. While Howard hit 7-of-14 free throws…

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