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  1. Isiah Thomas is back on your TV as analyst for NBA TV

    Dec 19, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

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    As you read this story, a lot of you will be testing out the mute button on your remote (something I tend to reserve for the Spurs broadcast team). But hear me out, this may not be a bad thing. Isiah Thomas is going to be back on your television as a studio analyst for…

  2. Spurs coach Popovich went to the ‘Hack-a-JaVale’ strategy just to get his team some rest

    Dec 19, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    If there’s a team in the league that makes a bigger deal of playing a game on the second night of a back-to-back than the Spurs, feel free to point me in that direction. It just doesn’t seem possible, especially considering what we’ve seen and heard from Gregg Popovich about it so far this season.…

  3. As Celtics offense falls off map they search for an identity

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    It’s been this bad — in the last 10 games the Celtics offense has averaged 96.9 points per 100 possessions (via NBA.com’s own stats), which over the course of the season would be 29th in the NBA. Barely better than what’s left of the Wizards. At the other end, Boston’s defense has been inconsistent (it…

  4. Christmas edition kicks for LeBron, Kobe, and Kevin Durant (PHOTOS)

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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    In what has become a favorite holiday tradition for sneakerheads, Nike unveiled the colorways for the shoes that LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant will be wearing on Christmas Day. There’s a story behind the choices for each. From the official release: KOBE 8 SYSTEM “In keeping with the snake-inspired design of Kobe Bryant’s…

  5. Video: Highlights of Joakim Noah’s triple-double

    Dec 19, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose who? Okay, maybe it hasn’t gone that far in Chicago yet, but Joakim Noah is a gifted passer  and has a steady jumper and with the Bulls running their offense through him they are starting to find a groove. Boston has been playing good defense of late (their offense is another story) but…

  6. D’Antoni again benched Gasol in final minutes. Again Gasol didn’t like it.

    Dec 19, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    The pattern at the end of the Lakers win over the Bobcats was unmistakable — Pau Gasol would sub for Dwight Howard, then a few minutes later Howard would sub for Gasol. There’s a reason for that — lineups with both Gasol and Howard were -22. Against the Bobcats. Mike D’Antoni isn’t stupid, he saw…

  7. Joakim Noah stops “finger guns” celebrations after shootings

    Dec 19, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    It was meant to be all in fun. But it didn’t feel that way anymore to Joakim Noah. When Noah would hit a big shot or make a big play, his trademarked celebration was to make guns out of his fingers, pretend to fire them off then holster them at his side. But in the…

  8. Video: Gerald Henderson dunks spectacularly on Dwight Howard

    Dec 19, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Los Angeles Lakers

    Damn. That dunk had the Staples Center crowd buzzing when it was replayed — and he just did that over their new hero. Gerald Henderson cut down the lane and showed no fear going up over Dwight Howard with authority and dunking on the Lakers big man. Granted, Howard didn’t jump to defend it, but…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Joakim Noah is all the offense Bulls need

    Dec 19, 2012, 3:27 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Noah celebrates basket against Boston Celtics' Terry during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Golden Eagle snatches kid video over and over… Lakers 101, Bobcats 100: Pau Gasol returned but that kind of got overshadowed by the Lakers barely winning a game they were supposed to cruise in. We’ve got all the…

  10. Gasol returns, Lakers barely slip by Bobcats. But you can start to see the plan.

    Dec 19, 2012, 2:25 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Los Angeles Lakers

    There are a couple ways Lakers fans will look their team barely escaping the Charlotte Bobcats with a 101-100 win Tuesday night. Some will say “a win is a win and right now the Lakers need wins.” Plus they got Gasol back — he had 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks but look rusty…

  11. Three Stars of the Night: No conscience edition

    Dec 19, 2012, 2:14 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Every team has at least one of them. You know, the guy that has no conscience and won’t stop taking shots regardless of the circumstance. When things are going bad, these guys will shoot you out of a game with nary a second thought. But when they have it going and start to hit them,…

  12. Video: Brook Lopez with the trick shot (that doesn’t count)

    Dec 18, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Brook Lopez reacts as he is fouled by Utah Jazz Paul Millsap in NBA basketball game in New York

    The Nets ended up losing to the Jazz by two, they could have used this bucket. When Randy Foye ran into Lopez trying to keep up with his man, Lopez knew it was a foul and did exactly what he should, threw the ball up at the basket. It went in. Then the ref made…

  13. Fighting 11-game losing streak, Bobcats coach trying to teach young team professionalism

    Dec 18, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

    Mike Dunlap

    The Bobcats are not a good basketball team. We knew that going into the season, even if it was masked when they won five out of six at one point in mid November. They were a young team, not a very talented team, and you knew the regression to the mean was coming. But an…

  14. Rubio’s second game back much more of a struggle than his first

    Dec 18, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

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

    Ricky Rubio returned to the basketball court for the first time since March on Saturday, and he largely played as if he never left. The energy he brought to his team while coming off the bench turned the game in Minnesota’s favor, even if it took them until overtime to ultimately come away with the…

  15. Tyson Chandler elbows Jeremy Lin in the head, picks up flagrant foul (VIDEO)

    Dec 18, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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

    Jeremy Lin got some revenge over the Knicks on Monday, the team where he played a season ago and vaulted into the national spotlight during his personal run of “Linsanity.” New York wouldn’t pay him what he commanded on the open market, hence the “revenge” angle that really isn’t all that important. What was important…

  16. Amar’e Stoudemire has ‘no doubt’ he can play alongside Carmelo Anthony

    Dec 18, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Knicks sit at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a mark of 18-6, and have been every bit as formidable as their record would suggest. If there’s a problem in New York, besides the question of whether or not the team’s torrid three-point shooting is sustainable, it’s that the early-season success has…

  17. Watch out Diddy — Shaq launching his own line of vodka

    Dec 18, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    If you’ve watched an NBA game this season — heck, if you’ve watched television in the past month period — you have seen the Rat Pack inspired Diddy commercial to push his new vodka Ciroc. Shaq wants in. Maybe not in the Rat Pack, but he wants in the vodka game and will launch his…

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

    Dec 18, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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