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  1. Rasheed Wallace out Friday night, no return date set

    Dec 21, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    The NBA has just been more fun with Rasheed Wallace in it. Nobody else is calling Afflalo “Aflac” or getting ejected for yelling “Ball Don’t Lie.” But for the he will be out Friday night when the Knicks host the Bulls, tweets Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com. What’s worse is there is no set return date.…

  2. Video: Every NBA fan’s girlfriend

    Dec 21, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Mavericks Celebration Basketball

    This is funny. I particularly enjoyed the Philly fan girlfriend and the Bobcats “Can you stop blaming me for losing your Larry Johnson jersey” line. Great stuff again from NOC. Hat tip to BroBible.

  3. PBT Podcast: Previewing the Christmas Day games, and a conversation with Jared Dudley

    Dec 21, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Jared Dudley

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the state of the Heat after their blowout win in Dallas on Thursday, as well as the Thunder and their 12-game winning streak coming to an end at the hands of the Timberwolves. We then talk about the Finals rematch between…

  4. D’Antoni tells Gasol he won’t bench him at end of games

    Dec 21, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles with Pau Gasol of Spain and Kobe Bryant during their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, as he makes his game coaching debut for the Lakers, in Los Angeles

    Starting midway through the third quarter in the Lakers comeback win over the Bobcats Tuesday, Mike D’Antoni stopped playing Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard together. They subbed each other out and D’Antoni went small with a lot of Metta World Peace at the four. It worked, by the way. When Gasol and Howard shared the…

  5. Jrue Holiday returns, says he will play Friday vs. Atlanta

    Dec 21, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday stretches past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in Game 6

    Jrue Holiday — who has been the focal point of the Philadelphia offense for most of the season — has missed the last four games with a sprained foot. That he’s not totally sure how he got. Nonetheless the result has been four 76ers losses. The good new is he and Evan Turner told media…

  6. Knicks tried to trade Stoudemire, didn’t work. Now they have to fit him in.

    Dec 21, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Knicks are good. Top of the Eastern Conference, best offense in the land, getting fantastic play from Carmelo Anthony, steady point guard play from Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd, solid defense thanks to Tyson Chandler. And now they have to work in Amare Stoudemire. And everyone is a little usure what happens next. Stoudemire…

  7. Amir Johnson shaved Raptors logo in his hair

    Dec 21, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

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    Amir Johnson is getting a lot of attention this year. And more in the slightly-off-center Rasheed Wallace kind of way rather than his play. First there was his ejection and suspension for wrestling with a referee over the ball after a free throw. Now, this. What you see to the right. Johnson put the Raptors…

  8. Russell Westbrook may do Dunk Contest this year

    Dec 21, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

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    There may be no more explosive, athletic player in the NBA than Russell Westbrook. He is exactly the kind of guy we want to see in the All-Star weekend dunk contest, doing superhuman feats of dunking. And he may be up for it. Westbrook told the Oklahoman he wants to do it and sooner rather…

  9. Video proof Damian Lillard can dunk

    Dec 21, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    Damian Lillard — the guy well out in front of the pack in the Rookie of the Year race — can do a lot. Great court vision, can shoot with range, has shown poise at the end of games, has good size and is learning how to defend at an NBA level… And dunk. He’s…

  10. Nash practiced, said Christmas return seems “realistic”

    Dec 21, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

    It could happen Saturday. Steve Nash practiced with the Lakers Thursday full out, and is expected to practice again on Friday. Then Saturday afternoon he says he’ll decide if he is ready to play against Golden State that night on the road. But he’s thinking Christmas Day against the Knicks. He’s taking it slow. Here…

  11. Three Stars of the Night: All you need is Love

    Dec 21, 2012, 3:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    So the Mayans had it wrong, and The Beatles had it right. To end the Thunder’s winning streak, all the Wolves needed was Love (of the Kevin variety) and maybe some bruising play from Nikola Pekovic, some serious playmaking from Alexey Shved, and a pinch of J.J. Barea. Having Russell Westbrook join Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely…

  12. Nuggets set futility record going 0-22 from three in loss to Trail Blazers

    Dec 21, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    Kosta Koufos

    One week ago, the Portland Trail Blazers set an NBA record by going 0-for-20 from three. The Nuggets came into the Trail Blazers house on Thursday and did them two better. Denver went 0-for-22 from three to set a new NBA futility record — and still had a chance to win this game, but fell…

  13. Heat bring the defending champs to Dallas, have no trouble dismantling the Mavericks

    Dec 21, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James shoots on Dallas Mavericks Mayo during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    The Miami Heat are the defending champions for a reason. The overall talent on the roster, which includes the league’s best player in LeBron James, is enough to beat most teams in the league with ease, but only when everyone is engaged, and interested in defending to the level that they have proven to be…

  14. Dwyane Wade throws a touchdown to LeBron James (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    No Thursday Night Football? No problem. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have you covered. LeBron has always playfully flirted with the idea of strapping on the pads, and tonight he gave us a little taste of how easy he could make the life of a quarterback (non-New York Jets division) if he gave up the…

  15. Timberwolves snap Thunder’s 12-game winning streak

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    J. J. Barea

    The schedule-makers didn’t do the Thunder any favors on Thursday, and Oklahoma City may have known ahead of time that it was going to be in for a battle that was perhaps tougher than most expected, given the team’s record, along with that of a Timberwolves opponent that it was facing. The Thunder came to…

  16. Kevin Durant hits a ridiculous and-1 shot off the top of the backboard (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko, Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant is a scorer in a true sense of the word. The man can get buckets in virtually every way imaginable, including by using every part of the basket to get a shot to go down, as he did while converting this and-1 play in the third quarter of his team’s loss in Minnesota…

  17. Minnesota could lose Malcolm Lee for season to microfracture surgery

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Malcolm Lee

    Minnesota thought they had lost Michael Lee for a while, but a while may be the end of the season due to the dreaded microfracture surgery. Lee had been out indefinitely with a chrondal injury in his right knee (that involves the ligaments that cover each end of the bone in the knee) but Jerry…

  18. Kevin Durant featured with his mother in NBA’s new Christmas ad (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    In this latest spot from the NBA, we see Kevin Durant‘s mother Wanda Pratt, standing and cheering for her son in slow-motion, black-and-white video footage. Durant has the voice-over covered, and between the music and his words, we are painted an emotional picture. “It’s so surreal, it’s a blessing to look around and see all…

  19. All-Star Saturday to feature East vs. West format for the first time

    Dec 20, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    All-Star Saturday night, as part of the NBA’s All-Star weekend slate of festivities, has been largely about two events: the Slam Dunk Contest, followed by, to a much lesser extent, the Three-Point Contest. There are four events in total that make up the Saturday night program, however, and the league is trying something this year…

  20. Timberwolves release Josh Howard due to knee injury

    Dec 20, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Josh Howard

    Oh, the basketball gods can be cruel with their irony. Minnesota sighed Josh Howard in mid-November because they were shorthanded with injuries (Kevin Love’s hand, Ricky Rubio’s knee, Chase Budinger’s knee, Brandon Roy’s knees, J.J. Barea’s foot, and Nikola Pekovic’s ankle. But just as they started to get those guys back, Howard suffered a torn…

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