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  1. Best NBA video of season: “A very NBA Christmas” CD

    Dec 18, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    nba-basketball-on-christmas

    The guys at The Basketball Jones — J.E. Skeets, Trey Kerby and Tas Melas — are simply the best. THE BEST. This is the funniest basketball related thing you will see these holidays. Or at least a close second to the JaVale McGee first two months of the season blooper reel, but I would still…

  2. Quote of the Day: Randy Wittman would welcome exorcism for Wizards

    Dec 18, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    “If anybody knows an exorcist that can come into this building. I don’t believe in that stuff, but I’m not going to stop it.” —Wizards coach Randy Wittman, speaking to CSNWashington.com about his troubled 3-18 team. He is understandably frustrated. This wasn’t going to be a great team to start with, it’s best player hasn’t…

  3. Jrue Holiday likely out, what Sixers really need is free throws

    Dec 18, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    After taking some shots at shootaround Tuesday morning, Jrue Holiday told Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com that his injured foot hurt more than it did on Monday morning. That was the morning after he worked out before the Sixers lost to the Lakers. Nothing is official, but draw your own conclusions on him playing Tuesday night…

  4. Report: Magic plan to trade Redick, but later rather than sooner

    Dec 18, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    J.J. Redick is a valuable outside shooter on a rebuilding team in the last year of a very reasonable $6.1 million contract. It doesn’t really take a sophisticated NBA follower to see he is a prime trade target. Ric Bucher of CSNBayArea.com confirms that on Sulia, but adds that this is more likely to be…

  5. It’s official: Pau Gasol back, to start for Lakers Tuesday

    Dec 18, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-LAKERS-PACERS

    In the eight games Pau Gasol sat out resting knee tendonitis, the Lakers went 3-5 and looked sloppy most of the time — their defensive rotations sagged to the point of nonexistent and on offense no Gasol (and Steve Nash) meant the ball more in Kobe Bryant’s hands. Which meant more Kobe Bryant shots. We’ll…

  6. Knicks formally assign Stoudemire to D-League, but just for workouts

    Dec 18, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Amare Stoudemire is a member of the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League. The team announced the move Tuesday but Stoudemire is not going to play a game for Erie — this was simply about getting him some workouts. Stoudemire has been cleared to practice following his knee surgery (to deal with a ruptured popliteal cyst)…

  7. PBT Extra: Knicks fans outside MSG talk feelings for Lin

    Dec 18, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Lin looks on against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Welcome to the rare PBT Exra without me in it, just Kay Adams and some Knicks fans. Jeremy Lin returned to Madison Square Garden Monday night and reminded everyone just how special he can be when everything comes together for him, dropping 22 points and leading his new Rockets team to an easy win. Everything…

  8. Slumping Deron Williams throws some blame toward Nets system

    Dec 18, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson

    Remember how Deron Williams felt confined in the Jazz “flex” offense and reportedly his clashes with Jerry Sloan led to the long-time coach’s exit? In hindsight, that offense wasn’t so bad. In his last season in Utah (53 games before a surprising mid-season trade) Williams was averaging 21.3 points a game on 45.8 percent shooting,…

  9. Rivers says Celtics not a veteran team like you think they are

    Dec 18, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    As we debated whether or not the Celtics should bring back the band for one more run or break it up and start to rebuild, one question we never discussed was “are the Celtics a veteran team?” Because it seems obvious. But Celtics coach Doc Rivers doesn’t see it that way. Rivers told CSNNE.com these…

  10. Video: Jeremy Lin looks like old self in return to New York

    Dec 18, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin‘s magical run last season in New York was a perfect storm of a situation. Desperate for offense at the time the Knicks turned to Lin to do the one things he does well — push the pace and attack off the pick-and-roll — while surrounding him with shooters and a good pick-and-roll big…

  11. Tyreke Evans could keep missing games with sore knee

    Dec 18, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, Tobias Harris

    Because the Sacramento Kings needed something else to go wrong… The Kings, loser of five in a row — including one to the Suns Monday night where they fell apart in the second half — could be without Tyreke Evans for an extended period of time, reports the Sacramento Bee. Evans has missed seven of…

  12. Report: Steve Nash targeting Saturday for return to Lakers

    Dec 18, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers could get their Christmas gift a few days early. We told you that Steve Nash has returned to the Lakers practices and hoped to be playing by Christmas, now comes a report from Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports that Nash is targeting Saturday for return. Steve Nash is eyeing a return to the…

  13. Report: Celtics want another big, may offer Lee to get it

    Dec 18, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Things are not right in Boston — this was a veteran team that was expected to break out of the pack in the East and be the team that would challenge Miami for conference supremacy. Instead the Knicks have broken out of the pack while the Celtics have floated around .500 (12-11) and they are…

  14. Video: Watch Serge Ibaka show off his skills at both ends

    Dec 18, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook

    Don’t go thinking Serge Ibaka is a shot blocking, defense only kind of player. He has developed a quality offensive game too that makes him a dangerous pick-and-roll partner because he can roll hard to the hoop or pop out and hit the midrange. Watch the highlights of Ibaka’s 25 points against the Spurs and…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Serge Ibaka is to be feared as Thunder beat Spurs

    Dec 18, 2012, 3:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while thinking “if you’re going to play Santa make sure you fit down the chimney”…. Rockets 109, Knicks 96: Jeremy Lin was back in New York and he doesn’t just play well at Madison Square Garden when Carmelo Anthony is out,…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: It’s your world, baby.

    Dec 18, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    After trading Dwight Howard and not getting a heck of a whole lot in return, the Orlando Magic were left for dead by everyone — yours truly included. But after taking out a hot Minnesota team and improving to a very respectable 11-13 record on the season, Glen “Big Baby” Davis made it clear in…

  17. Video: Blake Griffin put on an exhibition in Motown

    Dec 18, 2012, 12:43 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin and the Clippers still can put on a show and he did it in Detroit Monday. First, there was the end-to-end block at one end alley-oop at the other. He is unbelievable. Second is the highlight of the night — Matt Barnes with the off-the-backboard pass to Griffin for the tomahawk dunk. Not…

  18. Jeremy Lin loves New York, Knicks weak transition defense. Rockets cruise to win.

    Dec 17, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Lin defended by New York Knicks Chandler in first quarter of NBA basketball game in New York

    The obvious line is easy — Jeremy Lin has always been at his best when playing in Madison Square Garden with Carmelo Anthony out. The reality is that Jeremy Lin and his Rocket teammates are perfectly suited to expose some of the Knicks weaknesses. And some new troubling Knicks trends. The result was Lin, James…

  19. Video: Watch Kobe rack up points in Philly in “Phantom” slo-mo

    Dec 17, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Among the cool things they do at the NBA’s official YouTube site is to put together “Phantom” videos of certain nights or plays — slow motion shots with music. Seeing what Kobe does in slow motion can be amazing. Kids at home, you watch his footwork, that’s what you should mimic. The rest of us…

  20. Monday And-1 Links: Should the Rockets send Jeremy Lin to the bench?

    Dec 17, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    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. • Should the Houston rockets bring Jeremy Lin off the bench? What has been…

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