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  1. Derrick Rose talks, kind of vaguely, about his knee rehab

    Dec 10, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Reports leaked out last week that Derrick Rose was only a couple weeks away from practicing with the Bulls again. They came after video of him running some sprints next to the team’s practice court were shown. Rose himself would not be that specific. Nor does he sound like he is rushing it. The Bulls…

  2. Video: Suns passing nets fast break bucket, highlight of night

    Dec 10, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have lost seven in a row and there is not a whole lot to cheer, but this play Sunday certainly was. It starts with Markieff Morris getting the rebound and deciding he is Andrew Luck and throws a touchdown pass. Then Jared Dudley looks like he could have played a little tight end…

  3. Mike D’Antoni says Gasol will start when he comes back

    Dec 10, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Lakers fans are desperate. Mike D’Antoni is not that desperate. Yet. Lakers fans have been dreaming up ways to shake up a lackluster team and some latched on to the leaked idea of Pau Gasol as a sixth man when he returns from rest to heal up his knee tendonitis. Mike D’Antoni isn’t there yet,…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bucks tried to give up 29 point lead, hang on to beat Nets

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Mirza Teletovic, Jerry Stackhouse

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching some goat farmers win the Amazing Race… Jazz 117, Lakers 110: The Lakers most passionate and probably best player was Jordan Hill. That’s not a good sign. The Lakers defense was sad and Utah outworked them, we break it…

  5. Lakers defensive issues start at the top, lead to 117-110 Jazz win

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Utah Jazz are not the most talented team in the Western Conference, but they work hard. Every possession, every game. That is far more than the Lakers, who showed no passion or consistent effort on the defensive end. Starting with their stars and filtering down to everyone. The result of that sad effort was…

  6. Three Stars of the Night: Sunday Scorers

    Dec 10, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    On a night where scoreboards were getting lit up like Christmas trees, it’s probably prudent to celebrate some of the league’s best scorers. Of course, any talk of scoring has to include league leaders Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, who both put up some gaudy totals (34 for Kobe, 27 for Durant) despite off shooting…

  7. Stephen Jackson fined $25,000 for verbal threat to Ibaka

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    stephen-jackson-spurs

    Team officials keep telling players “anything you say on twitter is like saying it to a reporter.” It’s not a private communication. Stephen Jackson threatened Serge Ibaka on twitter after he saw Ibaka and Metta World Peace get tangled up a few days back (although Jackson said it was not about that). Eventually Jackson tried…

  8. Carmelo Anthony returns to lead Knicks past Nuggets

    Dec 9, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony had missed the Knicks’ last two games due to sustaining a cut on a finger of his non-shooting hand, one that required five stitches to seal. It kept him from playing in New York’s win over the Heat in Miami on Thursday, and also kept him out of his team’s loss in Chicago…

  9. Stephen Jackson apologizes for threatening Serge Ibaka

    Dec 9, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    stephen-jackson-spurs

    We told you on Saturday about the not-so-kind words that the Spurs’ Stephen Jackson posted to his Twitter account after Friday night’s game between the Lakers and the Thunder. Serge Ibaka and Metta World Peace got tangled up late in the contest while battling for rebounding position, and this apparently reminded Jackson of similar encounters…

  10. Dahntay Jones with the vicious slam on Patrick Patterson (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Patrick Patterson,Dahntay Jones

    There were plenty of slam dunk highlights from Saturday’s slate of games, but none more vicious or impressive than this monster jam from Dahntay Jones that came in the Mavericks’ win over the Rockets. Jones not only dunks all over Patterson, but pushes the ball through the defender’s hands before throwing it down. The best…

  11. Byron Scott fined $25K for criticizing officials after loss to Timberwolves

    Dec 9, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Byron Scott

    Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, the league announced via official release. The comments were made following Cleveland’s loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday, a game in which they managed to score just 73 points, but were outshot at the free throw line by their…

  12. Chris Wilcox fined $25K for making obscene gesture to fans during game

    Dec 9, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    Chris Wilcox has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture to fans during the game between the Celtics and the Sixers on Dec. 7, the league announced. The incident occurred during a timeout with 8:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. But what exactly did Wilcox do to deserve such a hefty fine? From Chris…

  13. Video: Frustrated Tracy McGrady with cheap elbow in China

    Dec 9, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady of the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles drives the ball to the basket next to a U.S. All-Star team player during their basketball match in Qingdao

    Tracy McGrady was welcomed almost like a conquering hero when he landed to play in China — this is the guy who stared next to Yao Ming. When they could stay healthy. Now he had come to play in the Chinese Basketball Association. Now his Qingdao Eagles are 0-7. At the bottom of the standings. And…

  14. Mavericks players line up to individually greet Kevin McHale as he returns to coach Rockets (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Mchale

    Kevin McHale returned to coach the Rockets on Saturday, after being away from the team for an extended leave of absence due to the passing of his daughter a couple of weeks back. Before tip-off, the Mavericks players lined up to individually greet, hug, and shake hands with McHale as a show of empathy for…

  15. No Gasol for Lakers Sunday; Nash, Gasol possible next week

    Dec 9, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada and Pau Gasol of Spain, watch the Lakers play against Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After shootaround on Sunday, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said that Pau Gasol will miss another game due to the knee tendonitis that kept him out three games already, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell. That really wasn’t a surprise. What was interesting was reporters seeing Steve Nash moving much better going through workout drills at…

  16. Roy Hibbert says he will be the ‘best center in the league’

    Dec 9, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Larry Bird

    Roy Hibbert made the All-Star team a season ago, one in which he averaged career highs of 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, while anchoring the defense for a Pacers team that pushed the eventual champion Heat to six games in the second round of the playoffs. That performance convinced Indiana to match a…

  17. GM Colangelo calls Raptors play “unacceptable,” “embarrassing”

    Dec 9, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Raptors general manager Colangelo takes questions during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    Last season the Toronto Raptors weren’t very good, but they had a pretty good defense (12th in the NBA) that kept games close. So it stood to reason that if you added Kyle Lowry’s offense, the much anticipated Lithuanian big Jonas Valanciunas and rookie Tereence Ross, this team would take another step forward. Nope. The…

  18. Ezeli’s block on Beal saves the day for the Warriors (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Festus Ezeli

    The Warriors got themselves a nice win in Brooklyn over the Nets on Friday, so it would have been a shame for them to follow that up with a loss to the now 2-15 Washington Wizards. They can thank Festus Ezeli was for the fact that they escaped Washington with a win. There was good…

  19. Kevin Garnett finishes with zero rebounds in Celtics’ win over Sixers

    Dec 9, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett complains about a foul during their NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Boston

    Kevin Garnett anchored the Celtics offensively on Saturday, leading his team in scoring with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting during Boston’s 92-79 win over the Sixers. The game was a blowout, which was somewhat to be expected considering the way the Celtics lost to this same team in Philadelphia just the night before. Evan Turner…

  20. Lakers may bring Pau Gasol off the bench when he returns from injury

    Dec 9, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol has missed the Lakers last three games, two of which were losses, due to tendinitis in his knees. It’s been evident watching him in the young part of this season that he doesn’t have the energy or the explosiveness necessary to give his team what is expected, so maybe the injury is the…

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