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  1. NBC SportsTalk: Breaking down Harden’s new role in Houston, updates on Knicks and Lakers

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    James Harden, Wesley Matthews

    On this segment of NBC SportsTalk, Adrian Wojnarowski goes deeper into the James Harden saga, and also discusses Jeremy Lin and how he may fit with Harden from a relationship standpoint. Woj also expects Steve Nash to be out two or three weeks with that leg fracture, and will Kobe Bryant still be playing at…

  2. Stan Van Gundy thinks new NBA flopping rule will flop

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    Already two NBA players — J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan — have gotten warnings about flopping. Do it again and they get fined, although the real goal of the new NBA flopping rules is make it kind of a public embarrassment that has players hesitating to make a grandiose gesture to sell a foul. But…

  3. Hornets coach Williams fined $25,000 for concussion comments

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Monty Williams

    Our own Brett Pollakoff called this in his original post on the news — Hornets coach Monty Williams was going to be writing a check to the league. Tuesday the NBA fined Williams $25,000 for his comments critical of the league’s concussion policy. For some background, Hornets star (and No. 1 overall pick) Anthony Davis…

  4. Obama spent part of election day playing hoops with Pippen

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

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    You know how in college you woke up after about two hours of sleep before the 9 a.m. test you were cramming for most of the night before, and when you got out of bed you were kind of resigned to a “I’ve tried, whatever happens now happens” attitude. Sounds like Barack Obama is there…

  5. Kirilenko, Pekovic forced Alexey Shved to get a haircut

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    alexey-shved-haircut

    We’re not exactly hair experts here at PBT, but we noticed that Russian rookie guard Alexey Shved entered the NBA with kind of a Ricky Rubio mop-head look going on. It worked for him, I guess. But we noticed as Shved was putting up 10 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota to lead their…

  6. Billups could rejoin Clippers by Thanksgiving. Grant Hill… not so much.

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups Clippers

    Here is where things stand Clippers fans — Chauncey Billups, at age 36 and recovering from a major Achilles tendon injury, will be back with your team before Grant Hill. Billups could be back by the time you’re taking a nap after eating too much turkey and stuffing, with a side of sweet potatoes. That’s…

  7. What’s up with Rodney Stuckey? Ear infection Maggette says.

    Nov 6, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    We at PBT asked the question yesterday — what is going on with Rodney Stuckey? The attacking Pistons guard is 1-of-23 shooting this season, is not attacking the rim like he used to, not hunting out contact in the lane, not knocking down his shots and is being marginalized in the Pistons offense. It’s pretty…

  8. Thunder only gave Harden an hour to consider final contract offer

    Nov 6, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    James Harden

    There should be no looking back at this pont for James Harden. He’s flourishing in his new role with his new team, leading the league in scoring through three games with the Rockets at an average of over 35 points per contest. But Oklahoma City was a special situation; there was a core of young…

  9. Jason Richardson says photographers don’t belong on the baseline after suffering ankle sprain

    Nov 6, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson

    Less than two minutes into the Sixers’ loss to the Knicks on Sunday, Jason Richardson stepped on a cameraman out of bounds along the baseline, and sprained his ankle in the process. The video clip above tells the story, and it was nothing out of the ordinary, really — the cameraman was where they always…

  10. Shawn Marion out at least three games with sprained MCL

    Nov 6, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, J.J. Hickson

    The Mavericks are off to a 3-1 start, one that is certainly better than expected considering they’ve played all four of those games without the injured Dirk Nowitzki. We’ll see if Dallas can keep it together for a little longer without another one of its starters. Shawn Marion will miss the team’s next three games…

  11. Steve Blake fined $25K for inappropriate language toward a fan during Lakers’ loss to Clippers

    Nov 6, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant and Blake celebrate beating Denver Nuggets at their NBA Western Conference playoff in Los Angeles

    You may not think L.A. fans are all that passionate about their basketball — and the people in the lower bowl seats at most Lakers home games are there to be seen more than they are to cheer on the basketball, so the reputation is at least based on something real. But just as many…

  12. Stan Van Gundy says he’d have no issue coaching Dwight Howard in the future

    Nov 6, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    There’s no other way to put it: Last season was a complete train wreck for the Orlando Magic. Dwight Howard held the team hostage with his trade demands, went back and forth as to whether he would or wouldn’t re-up with the team, and even at one point opted in for the final year of…

  13. Gerald Henderson to miss 2-4 weeks with foot sprain

    Nov 6, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Gerald Henderson

    Gerald Henderson is having the worst week ever. It started about seven days ago, when the Bobcats opted not to extend his contract, despite the fact that he led them in scoring during the 2011-12 season. Then, Henderson had to watch draft classmate DeMar DeRozan get 40 million dollars over four years, despite the fact…

  14. Adventures in offense, featuring Nick Young

    Nov 6, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Ronnie Brew, Kurt Thomas, Nick Young

    Nick Young‘s detractors would say that he’s a gunner with a low basketball IQ who shoots without conscience, and without a regard for consequences. And if they watched even just the first quarter of the Sixers’ blowout loss to the Knicks on Monday, they would likely have sore necks this morning from nodding in agreement…

  15. Video: Chris Paul has some sick handles (in case you forgot)

    Nov 6, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Dion Waiters, Anderson Varejao,  Chris Paul

    Chris Paul got outplayed by Kyrie Irving on Monday night. Which really says less about CP3, who was trying to set up teammates, than it does about how good Irving is (and he has less guys around him one would want to set up). But lest you think CP3 has lost anything, enjoy the video…

  16. Andrew Bogut playing limited minutes, says he feels “OK”

    Nov 6, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Marc Gasol

    Andrew Bogut started for the Golden State Warriors in a loss to the Kings Monday night. He played 5:16, had four points, 1 assists, 1 block and was a +1. Then he sat the rest of the first half (and the Warriors were down 6 at the half). He played 13:32 of the second half,…

  17. Blake Griffin to play through burst bursa sac in right elbow

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Blake Griffin is shooting 45.1 percent this young season, a dramatic drop off from the 54.9 percent of last season. The result is he is scoring 16.3 points per game, down from 20.7 last season, and he is doing it far less efficiently. After the Clippers loss to the Cavaliers we found out why —…

  18. Video: David Stern played announcer during Memphis/Utah game

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern is not going to pick up a side gig as an announcer come Feb. 2, 2014. But one of the perks of being the commissioner is that when you are doing a broadcast, if you want to do a little play-by-play then you get to do it. As he did during the Utah…

  19. Video: J.R. Smith’s monster slam dunk

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks blew out the Sixers for the second time in as many days, and this slam dunk from J.R. Smith provided the exclamation point. Two things to love about this one: First, the way Smith’s entire body seems to arch back as he’s flying toward the rim before throwing it down is amazing. And…

  20. Video: Kings coach Keith Smart getting a tarp off the court

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Keith Smart

    There are some tarps over part of the scoreboard at the Sleep Train Arena where the Sacramento Kings play, covering up a former sponsor no longer involved with the team. During the Kings home opener Monday (a win over Golden State) one of those tarps fell on to the court. But don’t worry, Keith Smart…

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