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  1. Brook Lopez out two games (at least) with foot sprain

    Nov 29, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    Andray Blatche, it’s time for your close-up. Blatche will become the Nets starting center the next two games because Brook Lopez will be out with a mild sprain of his right foot, tweets Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. This could be a bigger blow if Kris Humphries is suspended for his part…

  2. Mavericks to release Troy Murphy to make way for Fisher

    Nov 29, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Dallas Mavericks

    The Troy Murphy era in Dallas lasted 14 games. The Mavericks are expected to release Murphy on Thursday, reports ESPN Dallas and multiple other sources. He is being let go to make way for guard Derek Fisher, who is supposed to come in and stabilize the Mavericks backcourt (they are in for a shock, but…

  3. Andrew Bynum in nasty lawsuit with California neighbors

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Nothing brings out the best in people like disputes with neighbors. And by “best” I mean most petty, childish, scuzzy behavior possible. For seven years Andrew Bynum has owned a home in Westchester, an area of Los Angeles not too far from the Lakers practice facility (the Lakers traded him to Philadelphia last summer), and…

  4. Hasheem Thabeet’s strange ejection, then reversal by refs

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden, Omer Asik

    Hasheem Thabeet was taking part in the block party the Thunder were bringing to James Harden on Wednesday night (Russell Westbrook had the best Harden block with Serge Ibaka a close second. But in the second quarter, when Thabeet had blocked consecutive Harden shots, the two jawed a bit. And referee Marc Davis was there.…

  5. Doc Rivers: “We’re a soft team; we have no toughness”

    Nov 29, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    Wednesday night after another Celtics loss, Doc Rivers was relaying a lesson most of us learned somewhere along the way: It’s not the tough guys that get in fights. The Celtics have lost three of their last five, were pushed around by the Nets and more importantly are a bottom 10 defensive team in the…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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