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  1. Lead referee explains what they saw, decisions on Nets/Celtics fight

    Nov 29, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

    NBA officials rarely speak to the media after games (there actually is a guard outside their dressing room door), but they make exceptions in special cases. The fight between the Celtics and Nets — the one started when Rajon Rondo went at and shoved Kris Humphries and spilled out into the stands — is a…

  2. Video: Stan Van Gundy, Chris Mannix talk Pau Gasol trade

    Nov 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    Former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy knows a thing or two about fitting in with Dwight Howard, and like most coaches around the league he realizes that talent wins. He also realizes Pau Gasol is talented. And so when asked by NBC Sports Radio host Erik Kuselias about it Van Gundy sounds like a coach…

  3. Expect Rajon Rondo to get lengthy suspension for fight

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

    The NBA league office doesn’t take kindly to its players fighting on the court. It really doesn’t take kindly to said fights spilling over into the very-expensive seats of people who sit courtside at NBA games. That’s what happened when a fight broke out between the Celtics and Nets Wednesday night, when Rajon Rondo came…

  4. Report: Stoudemire willing to come off bench for Knicks

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    The New York Knicks have the best offense in the NBA right now, scoring 111.5 points per 100 possessions — they are shooting the ball well and turning it over on fewer possessions than any other team in the Association. And they are doing it all with Carmelo Anthony playing the four. The power forward…

  5. Three Stars of the Night: Return of the Stack

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:52 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Mark Morrison is not one of our Three Stars of the Night, mainly because he does not play professional basketball. For those unfortunate souls who are unfamiliar, Morrison is a singer who made a name for himself way back in 1996 with the hit single “Return of the Mack.” While Mark Morrison and that awesome…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets beat Celtics with TKO

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching a guy do a backflip on a surfboard…. Thunder 120, Rockets 98: Welcome back to Oklahoma City James Harden. After a warm reception from the crowd Harden was 3-of-16 shooting and struggled to defend Kevin Durant (who doesn’t?). And…

  7. Thunder have no problem with Rockets in James Harden’s return to OKC

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    James Harden returned to Oklahoma City as a member of the the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, his first time doing so since the Thunder traded him out of town due to a failure to agree on a contract extension prior to the start of the season. While the fans gave Harden a warm welcome during…

  8. Derek Fisher to sign with the Mavericks

    Nov 28, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Derek Fisher was unceremoniously traded from the Lakers to the Rockets last season, before ultimately signing with the Thunder in mid-March. He played meaningful minutes while in OKC, and averaged over 22 minutes per game in the team’s Finals loss at the hands of the Miami Heat. Fisher’s services were not retained by the Thunder,…

  9. The streak is dead — Wizards win first game of season. But they made it hard on themselves.

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Washington Wizards

    Break up the Wizards. Okay, maybe we’re not there yet. But Washington’s 12-game losing streak to start the season came to an end at home with an 84-82 win over Portland. They did it with 19 points from Jordan Crawford off the bench, with Trevor Ariza being efficient (14 points on 6-of-9 shooting) and with…

  10. Suns somehow lose by 40 to Pistons

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

    Jared Dudley, Brandon Knight, Tayshaun Prince

    It isn’t easy to lose big in the NBA. You have to really work at it, the same way you need to work at securing a victory by even the smallest of margins, especially on the road. But the Suns found a way in Detroit on Wednesday, losing by 40 points to a Pistons team…

  11. Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries ejected after altercation spills into the stands (VIDEO)

    Nov 28, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Jose Calderon

    Late in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game in Boston between the Celtics and the Nets, Kris Humphries committed a hard foul on Kevin Garnett, with the Nets leading by 16 points at the time. Rajon Rondo took exception to the contact, a hit that landed above the shoulders and knocked Garnett to the…

  12. New online game: Dikembe Mutombo’s 4½ weeks to save the world

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    dikembe mutombo saves the world

    I don’t know what I want for Christmas anymore because the people at Old Spice just gave me everything I have ever dreamed of. Old Spice has launched a new online video game: Dikembe Mutombo’s 4½ weeks to save the world. You can find it at OldSpiceSavesTheWorld.com I will forever owe a debt of gratitude to…

  13. Ricky Rubio cleared for full-contact practice

    Nov 28, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    We told you over the weekend about Ricky Rubio and his scheduled visit with his doctor early this week, which was to hopefully be nothing more than a formality in getting him back on the court practicing for an earlier-than-expected return to action. It appears that all went well, as Rubio has been cleared to…

  14. Steve Blake out at least two more weeks with abdominal strain

    Nov 28, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    The Lakers point guard situation will continue to be an unresolved struggle for a little while longer, as Steve Blake will miss at least two more weeks due to the abdominal strain that’s already sidelined him for the last eight games, according to a team release. An MRI on Wednesday confirmed the need for Blake…

  15. Wednesday And-1 links: Who has the better Eurostep, Wade or Ginobili?

    Nov 28, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Marvin Williams, Paul Millsap, Manu Ginobili

    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 like Texans love barbecue. • Who has the better Eurostep move, Dwyane Wade or…

  16. Bogut had microfracture surgery on ankle; may be out months more

    Nov 28, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Marc Gasol

    UPDATE 5:07 pm: Andrew Bogut and Warriors GM Bob Meyers met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to try and clear the air, to say they were all on the same page and always have been. That they knew it would take time for Bogut’s ankle to heal after a serious surgery and there was…

  17. Wizards have closed-door meeting, vent concerns to coach

    Nov 28, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    If the Washington Wizards beat the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night, it’s most likely because Nene returned from his foot injury and played well (he was +31 in limited minutes this season). Talent is what wins in the NBA. But you have to use that talent wisely, and how to do that seems to be…

  18. Mike D’Antoni: “I shouldn’t have gone to New York”

    Nov 28, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike D’Antoni — along with Steve Nash and the “seven seconds or less” Phoenix Suns — didn’t win a ring but they have changed the face of the NBA. Now you see the NBA champion Miami Heat going with a guy thought of as a forward at center (as do other teams), like the Suns…

  19. Report: Billups to return to Clippers Wednesday, will start

    Nov 28, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups Clippers

    Most players who have a major Achilles tendon injury at age 36 are done. It’s time to walk away from the game, spend more time with your family and your golf game. Not Chauncey Billups. Not Mr. Big Shot. The Clippers guard was going to leave the game on his own terms and worked hard…

  20. Knicks Jason Kidd out again Wednesday, maybe much longer

    Nov 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd didn’t play for the Knicks Monday night in Brooklyn due to a bad back. Now he has been officially announced out for Wednesday night’s game in Milwaukee. We shouldn’t be shocked Kidd misses a few games, he’s not young. It feels like his rookie season with the Mavericks Mark Aguirre was in the…

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