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  1. Keith Smart “leaning toward” playing Cousins Friday

    Dec 28, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Sacramento is hosting the New York Knicks on Friday night. The question is will we see a Tyson Chandler vs. DeMarcus Cousins battle in the paint. Chandler will be there ready to go. But will Kings coach Keith Smart put his best player on the court? He’s leaning toward playing Cousins, Smart reportedly said on…

  2. Report Bradley will rejoin Celtics lineup Jan. 2

    Dec 28, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Avery Bradley is back in Boston, not with his Celtics teammates out West enjoying the balmy weather (although they didn’t much enjoy their welcome by the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night). But while Bradley did not make a West Coast swing, he likely will rejoin his teammates on Jan. 2 when they host the Memphis…

  3. Report: Phil Jackson “intrigued” by idea of Nets job’

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Thursday there came a direct statement from Phil Jackson’s agent that the legendary 11-time champion coach was not interested in the Brooklyn Nets coaching job in he wake of Avery Johnson’s firing. But an agent’s job is to negotiate, so you take that with a grain of salt. You can’t really negotiate without leverage and…

  4. Dwyane Wade gaining reputation as “dirty” player

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Last year during the NBA All-Star Game — and exhibition where matador defense is played — Dwyane Wade broke Kobe Bryant’s nose with the kind of hard foul reserved for the playoffs. Then during the playoffs, in the first round against the Knicks, Mike Bibby lost a show and Wade took it and threw it…

  5. Video: Westbrook, Durant put on a show against Mavs

    Dec 28, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    The entertaining game on Thursday night featured the Thunder needing to go to overtime to put away Mavericks.  And while Dallas’ Darren Collison had the play of the game, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had some highlights of their own.

  6. Want to know if the Clippers are for real? Ask the Celtics (who lost to them by 29)

    Dec 28, 2012, 3:11 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Jared Sullinger

    I’ve done some sports talk radio spots the last few days around the nation and this still seems to be the question on a lot of sports fans lips: Are the Clippers really that good? Like title contender good? Why don’t you go ask Doc Rivers or the Celtics? Or Rajon Rondo? Or Paul Pierce?…

  7. Thunder come through late to get overtime win over Mavericks

    Dec 28, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

    Thunder guard Westbrook and forward Durant celebrate after taking the lead against in overtime against the Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    The Oklahoma City Thunder barely had any business staying in this game, considering the lackluster effort they brought to the floor for the majority of its first three and a half quarters. But while Dallas had the energy, they simply didn’t have the execution when it mattered most, and OKC pulled away in overtime for…

  8. Darren Collison hits the one-legged three to send Mavericks to overtime in Oklahoma City (VIDEO)

    Dec 27, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    Mavericks guard Collison drives past Thunder guard Westbrook in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Darren Collison had his best game of the season for the Mavs in Oklahoma City on Thursday, finishing with a team-high 32 points in 40 minutes, while dominating the action for his team offensively. It wasn’t enough to keep Dallas from being beaten by the Thunder in overtime, but without Collison’s buzzer-beating heroics, Dallas wouldn’t…

  9. Deron Williams “surprised” Avery Johnson was fired

    Dec 27, 2012, 10:42 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Miami Heat

    “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” —Captain Renault, “Casablanca” Deron Williams sat out the Nets game Wednesday due to a sore wrist, an injury he had played through much of the season. That came after Williams saying publicly how much he liked the old “flex” offense Jerry Sloan used…

  10. Pau Gasol diagnosed with mild plantar fasciitis, probable Friday

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol, just back three games after sitting out eight due to tendonitis in his knees, now has another body wear-and-tear injury pop up. Following an MRI, Gasol was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, tweets official Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell. However, Gasol is listed as probable for the Lakers game Friday against Portland. Plantar fasciitis is…

  11. Dwyane Wade suspended one game for kicking Ramon Sessions in the groin

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    Heat Bobcats Basketball

    Dwyane Wade has been suspended one game without pay for his kick to the groin of Ramon Sessions on Wednesday, the league announced via official release. The league was more generous in describing Wade’s actions, saying the suspension was “for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of” Sessions. But let’s be honest…

  12. Dwight Howard fined $35K for flagrant-two foul on Kenneth Faried, but no suspension

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Dwight Howard has been fined $35,000 for the flagrant-two foul he committed by shoving Kenneth Faried in the face on Wednesday, the league announced in an official release. The league cited Howard’s “excessive contact with Faried above the shoulders” as the reason for the fine, and watching the multiple replays, it’s hard to disagree. The…

  13. Leandro Barbosa says he will return to Boston Friday

    Dec 27, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Brazilian backup point guard Leandro Barbosa has missed the Celtics last three games for personal reasons, going back to his native country to deal with some family issues. Not that Boston missed him all that much, he was playing less than 10 minutes a game in six out of the last seven games before he…

  14. Reports: Phil Jackson, Stan Van Gundy not interested in Nets job

    Dec 27, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    In the wake of Avery Johnson being fired, P.J. Carlisimo is the Brooklyn Nets head coach. Whenever GM Billy King was asked about a coaching search during his press conference, he blew the idea off and went back to Carlisimo being the coach. Nobody believes him. Everybody knows there will be a full blown coaching…

  15. John Wall goes through first practice with Wizards, coach optimistic

    Dec 27, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    John Wall

    After missing 26 games so far this season recovering from a knee injury, John Wall said Wednesday that he hopes to be back on the court next month. That became a step closer to reality on Thursday when Wall went through his first practice with the team, reports CSNWashington.com. It was a non-contact, no defense…

  16. Nets GM King not sure what will work for team, just knows it wasn’t Johnson

    Dec 27, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Press Conference Announcing Firing Of Head Coach Avery Johnson

    Nets GM Billy King spoke with the media about the firing of coach Avery Johnson and this was my takeaway from it: He doesn’t know what’s wrong but he knows Johnson wasn’t the answer. “Watching us, we just didn’t have the same fire we had when we were 11-4,” King said. “Been talking with Avery,…

  17. Brandon Roy says he could return to Minnesota Saturday

    Dec 27, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    We’re not sure how long it will last, but Brandon Roy is close to making his return to the Timberwolves following rehab from the seventh knee surgery of his career. It could happen this weekend, reports Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. BRoy says he could play some Saturday if he comes through tomorrow’s back-to-back…

  18. Who’s next on the Brooklyn hot seat? Here’s a list of recycled coaches they may call.

    Dec 27, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    It may be a while before we know who will be the next coach for the Brooklyn Nets in the wake of Avery Johnson’s sudden firing on Thursday. As in 2013. Sam Amick of USA Today reports the Nets don’t plan to really jump start the coaching search until after the first of the year.…

  19. No changes atop latest All-Star voting, but Lin and Bosh could sneak in

    Dec 27, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    NBA fans around the globe love Kobe Bryant. Stunning, I know. The latest update on the NBA All-Star voting is out and there are no changes among the starters for either conference — but it’s starting to get close for a few guys. What is different is that Kobe moved past LeBron James as the…

  20. Chase Budinger hopes to be back with Minnesota in March

    Dec 27, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson

    Minnesota just needs to get healthy — Ricky Rubio is back but is still playing 24 minutes a night or less, Kevin Love is back from a broken hand but is battling the flu, and the nagging injury list in Minnesota goes on and on and on. Minny also misses Chase Budinger, who was off…

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