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  1. Kobe Bryant with the flying acrobatic reverse layup vs. Knicks (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Late in the first quarter of the Lakers Christmas Day matchup against the Knicks, Metta World Peace terminated the dribble out top, and Carmelo Anthony was overplaying Kobe Bryant on the wing defensively in an attempt to deny him the basketball. Bad idea. Bryant faked Anthony one way, then cut backdoor, where World Peace found…

  2. Gerald Wallace grabs and holds Kevin Garnett’s shorts, causing brief altercation (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    In case you might have forgotten, the Nets and the Celtics simply do not like each other. The two teams got into it earlier this season, with a fight started by Rajon Rondo that spilled into the stands, and resulted in Rondo being suspended. As the two teams battled on Christmas Day, there was another…

  3. Marcus Camby to return for Knicks vs. Lakers

    Dec 25, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    LOS ANGELES — Marcus Camby will return to the Knicks lineup against the Lakers, head coach Mike Woodson confirmed to reporters outside the New York locker room a little more than an hour before tip-off. “We’re going to put him in there,” Woodson said. “We’re going to need him based on the bigs that they have…

  4. Nets’ Kris Humphries out Christmas, Wednesday with abdominal strain

    Dec 25, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    Kris Humphries may not have played a lot against Boston on Christmas Day anyway after being benched last game — although at some point during the second quarter Avery Johnson might have gone to him desperate for anything that worked — but he is out injured. Humphries has an abdominal strain and will be out…

  5. Celtics’ Bradley not playing Christmas or next three games

    Dec 25, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley

    Avery Bradley — the starting two guard for the Celtics that they are hoping starts to return some balance and depth to a disappointingly .500 team — is not playing on Christmas Day. And he will not be with them on a three-game West Coast road swing this week either, tweets Steve Bulpett of the…

  6. Video: Bulls players sing version of 12 Days of Christmas

    Dec 25, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng

    For our entertainment’s sake, let us hope the Bulls play better tonight against the Rockets than they performed this song. But it’s Christmas, and this could be worse (go find the video of Dwight Howard hamming it up singing holiday songs if you want to see what I mean). The only thing that would make…

  7. Why five games on Christmas day? Because you watch them.

    Dec 25, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    One year ago, the NBA season tipped off. After an ugly and protracted lockout that should have driven away fans, the NBA opened with five games on Christmas Day — and four of them set ratings records. You watched. So if you want to know why there are five Christmas Day games this year that’s…

  8. Video: NBA stars sing Jingle Bells. Badly.

    Dec 25, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Christmas basketball

    This should fully get you in the holiday spirit. That or make your ears bleed. One or the other. James Harden, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and some other NBA stars take a shot at Jingle Bells. They are not singers. Merry Christmas to the readers of PBT, and thanks for coming here. Have a cup…

  9. PBT Extra: Previewing Nuggets vs. Clippers Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin slam dunks against Grizzlies during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Kay Adams and I talk NBA desert on Christmas Day, the last game of the day could be the tastiest. The Nuggets want to run, the Clippers run with Blake Griffin getting lobs from Chris Paul. This could be fun. Plus, the always entertaining DeAndre Jordan vs. JaVale McGee matchup. One way or another that…

  10. PBT Extra: Previewing Rockets vs. Bulls Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    If you like clashes of style, this is the game for you — James Harden and the Rockets play at the fastest pace in the NBA, the Joakim Noah led Bulls want to grind it out. Kay Adams and I discuss if Jeremy Lin can find room to operate against the Bulls smothering defense.

  11. PBT Extra: Previewing Thunder vs. Heat Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    It’s the first time the Heat and Thunder have played since the finals last year. Miami has been up and down this season but when focused have looked like their formidable selves. The Thunder are a better team now than they were last June because Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka are improved. Of…

  12. PBT Extra: Previewing Knicks vs. Lakers Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    When they met a couple of weeks ago the Knicks blew the Lakers out of Madison Square Garden. If the Knicks move the ball like that again, and if the  Lakers defensive rotations are just as bad, the outcome will be the same. We’ll see how much Steve Nash and Pau Gasol can change that…

  13. PBT Extra: Previewing Celtics vs. Nets Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries

    When you break out the new iPad Christmas morning (dream big, maybe Santa will be good to you this year) and you stream your first game, it may be this early Christmas Day game. And it may be a bit hard to watch — these are two teams really struggling on offense. The Nets have…

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Clippers in top spot, which is close to Mayans being right

    Dec 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s not the end of the world in a classic way, or even in a “Michael Stipe feels fine” kind of way, but the Clippers being on top of the PBT power rankings are as close to the end of the world as we are getting this week. 1. Clippers (21-6, LW 2). Winners of…

  15. Mark Cuban calls championship argument for validating players ‘the stupid, macho element’ of sports

    Dec 24, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki

    If you’re a passionate NBA fan who likes to discuss the game with others, then invariably you’ve heard (but hopefully not given) this response when comparing one player’s impact to that of another. “Oh yeah? Who has more championships?” It’s become known mockingly as the “COUNT DA RINGZ” defense, used most often when comparing the…

  16. DeMarcus Cousins reinstated by Kings following suspension

    Dec 24, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins has been reinstated by the Sacramento Kings following a suspension that ultimately lasted just a single game, the team announced. Cousins was back with the Kings on Monday and practiced with the team. The suspension, originally scheduled to last “indefinitely,” was due to Cousins getting into it with Kings head coach Keith Smart…

  17. LeBron James, Chris Paul named conference players of the week

    Dec 24, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    Shocking news out of the league office this Christmas Eve, I know. But two of the game’s best players had two of the best weeks statistically speaking, and were therefore awarded for the accomplishment. LeBron James and Chris Paul were named Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, for games played from Dec. 17…

  18. Carmelo Anthony says anything less than a trip to the Eastern Conference finals would be ‘unacceptable’

    Dec 24, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony keeps ball away from Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams in NBA game in New York

    The Knicks have gotten off to a fantastic start this season, and one that is arguably better than most expected. The team is essentially still at the top of the Eastern conference standings — percentage points behind the Heat, but just one game back in the loss column, with two more wins. And, let’s not…

  19. Video: Highlights of Dirk Nowitzki’s return to NBA

    Dec 24, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand

    With the Mavericks on the road in San Antonio, you couldn’t expect a rousing welcome when Dirk Nowitzki entered the game Sunday, playing his first minutes of the season for Dallas following knee surgery he had during training camp. He was limited to 20 minutes but looked pretty solid, hitting 3-of-4 shots as he tries…

  20. Quote of the Day: LeBron praises Durant and his improvement

    Dec 24, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    “I think he’s a better player. He continues to get better.” —LeBron James speaking of Kevin Durant, via Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. And LeBron is right — what makes Oklahoma City better this year than last is that Durant is better, Russell Westbrook is better, Serge Ibaka is better and so on and so…

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