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  1. Video: Evan Turner goes iso, hits game winner vs. Celtics

    Dec 7, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

    Evan Turner

    There are couple ways to look at Evan Turner‘s game. You can say he had 26 points and 10 points and that’s a good night. But I look at him shooting 10-26 — that’s 37.5 percent — and I see a gunner who was volume shooting not being efficient. Basically, he wasn’t good he just…

  2. JaVale McGee literally throws it down on the Pacers (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    The leaping ability of JaVale McGee has been well-documented, yet he gave us another example of his skill in this department on Friday night against the Pacers. McGee gets the ball on the wing, and after a single dribble, elevates and throws it down over Ian Mahinmi — literally. Afterward, he celebrates by … shoveling…

  3. Michael Beasley may be heading to the bench in Phoenix

    Dec 7, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

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    The Suns are currently riding a five-game losing steak, after coming close but ultimately falling short in a 97-94 loss to the Mavericks on Thursday. And fair or not, the blame for a lot of the team’s struggles, especially offensively, is being placed squarely on the shoulders of Michael Beasley. Beasley was benched for the…

  4. Dwight Howard says he’s done listening to free throw advice

    Dec 7, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard and his poor free throw shooting have been the subject of much consternation for the Lakers. Howard is shooting under 47 percent from the line, and has attempted 211 foul shots — more than any other player in the league by a wide margin. Howard showcases his gregarious personality on the regular with…

  5. Stern slams New Jersey Governor Christie over sports betting

    Dec 7, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    David Stern

    Professional sports leagues work at staying as far away from gambling as possible (unless it’s fantasy leagues, but they pretend you don’t put money into those). They don’t want the reality or perception of sports gambling leading to shaved points or game fixing. So, not shockingly, NBA Commissioner David Stern — and the commissioners of…

  6. Video: Byron Scott answers reporter’s phone during press conference

    Dec 7, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

    A lot of reporters — myself included — use a recording app on our smart phones to tape interviews with players/coaches/whoever. Your great fear — somebody decides to call at just the wrong moment. As happened Wednesday night during Byron Scott’s pregame press conference. What we learn out of this is that Scott has very…

  7. Friday And-1 links: Injury updates for Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon

    Dec 7, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    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. • The good news is the Hornets’ Anthony Davis is on the court and…

  8. Video: The 76ers have world’s largest T-shirt cannon… it’s ginormous.

    Dec 7, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    The Sixers’ T-shirt cannon looks like something that did a tour in Afghanistan. I’m not kidding. “Big Bella” that can shoot out 60 T-shirts in 10 seconds, they can shoot out 360 in a minute, and get some of them all the way to the upper level. It has two 20-pound CO2 tanks.   This…

  9. Is Dwyane Wade just having a slow start or is this something bigger?

    Dec 7, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat did not lose to the New York Knicks solely because Dwyane Wade had a 3-of-13 off night shooting. They lost because the Knicks are playing well and the Heat’s defense is not. But Wade certainly didn’t help. And we’ve seen a lot more of this Dwyane Wade this season. The one that…

  10. Shaq wants to be the “Pat Riley of comedy.” No, I don’t know what that means either.

    Dec 7, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    When he’s not dragging down TNT’s Inside the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal has a lot of other things going on. A bunch of businesses. A brand to promote. And a comedy tour. Shaq’s “All Star Comedy Jam” where he’s trying to get some young comedians exposure. And when talking to the Associated Press about it, he…

  11. PBT Podcast: Talking Knicks, Heat, Lakers and some quality time with Adrian Wojnarowski

    Dec 7, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' J.R. Smith hangs on the rim after dunking in the second half as teammate Tyson Chandler and Miami Heat's Chris Bosh look on in their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the Knicks, following their big win over the Heat on Thursday. We wonder if New York is for real, while breaking down what ails the Heat, and whether or not we believe Miami’s truly in trouble at this early stage of…

  12. Rip Hamilton could be out month for Bulls, maybe less

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    While a number of NBA players will miss games this season with irritation and pain in their plantar fascia — the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot — Richard Hamilton tore his. What does that mean? He could be out a month he told Chicago media, including Aggrey Sam of CSNChciago.com.…

  13. Report: Pau Gasol to sit out against the Thunder

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    After sitting out the first two games of the Lakers three game road trip, there was a sliver of hope that he might try to play Friday night against the Thunder. The thought was that the extra rest may help his knees feel good enough to give it a go in what is certainly a…

  14. Ricky Rubio will play not Friday, likely will next week

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 1:03 pm: Ricky Rubio may want to play Friday night but he will not, the Timberwolves announced on their official twitter account. But he is close, so don’t be shocked if we see him next Wednesday or at some point during the week. The Timberwolves could really use him on the offensive end and…

  15. Quote of the Day: Joakim Noah used to be a Knicks fan

    Dec 7, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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    “But you have to remember: I hated the Bulls growing up. I was a Knicks fan. I was in (Madison Square) Garden when Michael Jordan wore No. 45 and scored 55. I was a sad little boy.” —Bulls center Joakim Noah, when talking about the possibility of him being the first Bulls center to be…

  16. Will slap across face from Knicks finally wake Heat up?

    Dec 7, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    The Knicks are legit, give them their due. In Miami Thursday night, even without Carmelo Anthony, they were the aggressors. Raymond Felton attacked and he Heat tried to react. It’s early, but New York is positioning itself to be the threat to Miami in the East. But let’s be honest — Miami has looked awful.…

  17. Harden is recruiting players to come join him in Houston

    Dec 7, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    James Harden

    In Oklahoma City, James Harden didn’t have all the responsibilities of being the face of the franchise. There were fewer demands on his time off the court, and fewer touches on it. Now the Rockets’ future is tied to him. That means on the court where he will be the focal point of the offense…

  18. Kobe doesn’t want to be like Mike when it comes to team ownership

    Dec 7, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    With his milestone of reaching 30,000 points, there has been a lot of talk of Kobe Bryant’s legacy once he does hang up his Nikes. And that almost always means Michael Jordan gets mentioned — everyone of this era who comes forward will be compared to him, but Kobe invited even more of that with…

  19. Kevin Durant says people want him to hate LeBron

    Dec 7, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Kevin Durant and LeBron James are buds. They hang out and work out together in the summer. They spent time together as part of Team USA. They are friends. That is hard to swallow for people who long for a 1960s mentality where the players on opposing teams didn’t really know each other. They want…

  20. Video: Allen to Wade to LeBron for the double alley-oop

    Dec 7, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade tries to pass against New York Knicks Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    The Miami Heat had the highlight of the night — Ray Allen to Dwyane Wade to LeBron James for the double alley-oop. It was one of their few highlights as the Heat didn’t play much defense, Raymond Felton carved them up like a Christmas turkey and the Knicks stomped on the Heat Thursday night. Still,…

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