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  1. Raptors release injury update: Lowry out 10 days, Bargnani out indefinitely

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    The Raptors haven’t been very good when healthy this season, so one can only assume that prolonged absences due to injury from the team’s best players won’t help the situation. The team released an update to its injured players, and while the news is better than expected where Kyle Lowry is concerned, the news isn’t…

  2. Wednesday And-1 links: Iman Shumpert has a new Knicks anthem

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    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. • That would be Iman Shumpert‘s new Knicks anthem. Good to see he’s keeping…

  3. Injuries and a suspension have Raptors down to eight healthy players vs. Nets

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Calderon of Spain, Kleiza of Lithuania and Valanciunas of Lithuania, sit on the bench during the final minutes of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Nets have been struggling lately, and will head into Toronto on Wednesday night riding a five-game losing streak. Miami, Oklahoma City, and most recently, the Knicks have accounted for three of those losses, so it’s not anything to be too concerned about. And given the situation with the Raptors, it’ll be almost impossible for…

  4. Kevin Love is sorry for where he ripped Timberwolves, not what he said

    Dec 12, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Traditionally, guys who just signed four-year max deals don’t sit down and bash the team that just gave them a huge payday. But Kevin Love doesn’t fit your mold, on or off the court. So when he sat down with Adrian Wojnarowski he said what he felt — that him not getting the five-year max…

  5. Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins suspended one game for hitting O.J. Mayo in groin

    Dec 12, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Rodney Motte, DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins says what happened between he and O.J. Mayo was incidental and accidental. You watch the video above and tell that’s what you see, because I don’t. I see an intentional move. The league saw it as intentional and has suspended Cousins one game, it announced Wednesday afternoon. Cousins will be forced to sit…

  6. PBT Extra: Carmelo is unstoppable, the Lakers not so much

    Dec 12, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    It’s another edition of PBT Extra, and this time myself and irrepressible Kay Adams talk first about the Knicks chances of being the top seed in the East come the playoffs, then how Carmelo Anthony got them there and if he should be in the MVP conversation (he should). Then we head to the other…

  7. Michael Jordan played some one-on-one with Bobcats

    Dec 12, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    He’s not quite the same explosive player he was, even from his Wizards days, but it’s safe to say that even at age 49 Michael Jordan’s post footwork right now will best a lot of the Charlotte Bobcats. A few of them got to find out first hand as Jordan waded into a team practice…

  8. Terrell Owens asked for a 10-day contract with Clippers

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

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    Terrell Owens can’t get an NFL contract right now (39-year-old receivers rarely do), so he’s looking at some other career options. Like the NBA. Maybe not officially, but he’s been around the Clippers and their workout facility. Blake Griffin was talking about him on the Dan Patrick Show (which you can see on the NBC Sports…

  9. Report: Mike Bibby working out for the Grizzlies

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby

    The Lakers are in desperate need of point guard help, and are rumored to be weighing the Delonte West option for some immediate assistance until Steve Nash and Steve Blake are healthy enough to return to action. L.A. is a disaster at this point in the season, so the desperation is understandable. It’s a little…

  10. Shawn Marion ready to return to Mavericks’ lineup

    Dec 12, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, J.J. Hickson

    Shawn Marion has missed the last two games with a groin strain, one he suffered in his team’s win over the Suns in Phoenix last week. Marion’s team has managed just fine without him, however, winning a tough one in Houston before coasting to an easy one at home against the horrendous Sacramento Kings. Dallas…

  11. Zaza Pachulia receives warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    zaza pachulia

    Zaza Pachulia received an official warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping policy, it was announced on Tuesday. Omer Asik also received a warning this week, though Pachulia’s violation was much, much worse. The play Pachulia was cited for took place during the Hawks’ win over the Wizards on Dec. 7. Kevin Seraphin secures the rebound,…

  12. Jason Terry has no hard feelings toward Mavs, but he wants to beat them

    Dec 12, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    Jason Terry is an NBA veteran, and league veterans tend not to take the business of the Association too personally. So Jason Terry harbors no ill will toward Dallas, something he said as he and his Celtics teammates face Dallas Wednesday night. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t disappointed Mark Cuban decided to take the…

  13. Tim Duncan won’t be campaigning for an All-Star spot

    Dec 12, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    tim duncan west all star

    When the league made changes to the All-Star voting process for this season, it was largely referred to as the Tim Duncan rule. There is no more designation specifically for the center position, one which the Spurs famously lobbied for Tim Duncan — who, for the most part, plays at center — to be excluded…

  14. Minnesota’s Rubio not playing Wednesday, likely Saturday

    Dec 12, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio will be back soon for Minnesota. But not tonight. The team announced that Rubio will not make his season debut against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night, the team announced. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune tweets that Rubio likely would not make his debut Friday on the first night of a back-to-back, so…

  15. Omer Asik receives warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Omer Asik received a warning for flopping against Tim Duncan during the Rockets loss to the Spurs on Dec. 10, the league announced. This is a good one, especially in slow motion. As the shot goes up, Asik battles Tim Duncan for rebounding position. Duncan uses his forearm to keep Asik from the ball, and…

  16. Video: Clippers with four huge dunks in two minutes on Bulls

    Dec 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    You’ll have to forgive the Clippers announcers hyperbole through this (or you can just turn the sound down — they shouldn’t be comparing Blake Griffin to Michael Jordan inside the United Center), but this was still must see video. The Clippers are still lob city, they still put on an arial show night after night.…

  17. Cousins responds to Mayo saying he had “mental issues”

    Dec 12, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    O.J. Mayo was ticked when DeMarcus Cousins elbowed him below the belt — because all guys are ticked or worse when we get hit there. Cousins said it wasn’t intentional, but Mayo fired shots at him postgame, saying, “”That guy has some mental issues, man…. He’s immature, man. Big maturity problem.” Cousins responded, speaking with…

  18. Kobe Bryant “baffled,” Lakers frustrated by recent losses

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Lakers fans, it’s not just you. The Lakers are frustrated with their recent play and string of losses, too. They see the loss in Cleveland as a new low-point in the season, too. Look at their post-game comments, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Starting with Kobe Bryant, who put up an efficient…

  19. Report: Lakers considering adding Delonte West, other point guard

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

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    Report: Lakers considering adding Delonte West, other point guard There are no easy answers for the Lakers, because their problems are not tied to just one thing. It’s point guard play, defensive rotations, a lack of outside shooting, transition defense, injuries and a laundry list of other things that has what was a preseason title…

  20. Video: Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving put on a show

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving

    It really felt like the Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant show at points Tuesday night. And it was damn entertaining. When the two went head-to-head Kobe got the best of the battle, but Irving and the Cavaliers fot the win. Both guys put up big lines but both were efficient, too — Kobe had 42…

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