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  1. Coach says Jeremy Lin benched in fourth because of defense

    Nov 23, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    It was a back-and-forth game in the fourth quarter Wednesday night between the Rockets and Bulls, one that wasn’t decided until a late 10-0 Rockets run. And Jeremy Lin wasn’t on the court for much of it. After a regular nearly 9 minute stint to open the second half, Lin came out and barely got…

  2. Jeremy Lin says he thinks ‘Melo, Stoudemire can coexist, too

    Nov 22, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Knicks are off to an impressive 8-2 start, their offense is clicking at the highest level in the league (111.7 points per 100 possessions), yet there is a big question looming over New York’s season — can Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire play well together? Stoudemire has been out all season following knee surgery,…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers, Celtics both lose; it’s not the ‘80s anymore

    Nov 22, 2012, 5:22 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Our nightly recap of the games from around the NBA. Or, what you missed while going out tonight because you have to deal with your family tomorrow… Thunder 117, Clippers 111 (OT): Nobody stops Chris Paul, but the Thunder did a better job of slowing him down than anyone has this season and that’s how…

  4. Tom Thibodeau says Omer Asik a lot like Yao Ming

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    No, it’s not that Omer Asik is going to get voted in as an All-Star starter whether he deserves it or not. But Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau — who was an assistant with the Rockets and worked with Asik when he was on the Bulls last season — thinks that Asik and Yao Ming are…

  5. Kobe (and others) impressed with Grinnell’s Jack Taylor’s 138-point game

    Nov 21, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

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    It is what the entire basketball world is buzzing about — Jack Taylor at little Grinnell University dropped 138 points in a game. He was 52-of-108 from the field and 27-of-71 from three. And if you haven’t heard from him yet, Rob Dauster at CollegeBasketballTalk spoke with him Tuesday night. Kobe Bryant had a good…

  6. Jeremy Lin thinks he will still be an All-Star. Someday.

    Nov 21, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Based on his play so far this season, Jeremy Lin doesn’t deserve to be an All-Star. He’s been below replacement level. Frankly, he’s looked a young point guard learning how to play in the league and finding his game. He’ll improve, but that’s a process. This year, if the fans don’t vote in Chris Paul…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nuggets, Warriors win thrillers

    Nov 20, 2012, 2:26 AM EDT

    Andre Miller, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while being thankful you don’t live next door to the guy with 478 birds… Clippers 92, Spurs 87: The temptation is to say it’s too early to say the Clippers are legit contenders. And it is, but they have now beaten…

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot goes walking in Memphis

    Nov 19, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant

    Memphis has moved into the top spot in the poll this week, but notice the top three are teams we kind of expected to be on the second or third tier in the NBA this season. The question remains can they keep it up. Oh, and at the other end the Wizards still suck. 1.…

  9. Jeremy Lin enjoying peaceful season in “low-key” Houston

    Nov 19, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Rockets guard Jeremy Lin comes under the basket against Lakers center Jordan Hill during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Jeremy Lin is still one of the faces of the franchise — he is the image the team use to sell season tickets, to lure in sponsors, him and now the beard of James Harden. That is what is sold, along with hope for the future. But being the face of the Houston Rockets and…

  10. Kobe all in favor of league’s stance against flopping

    Nov 19, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    LOS ANGELES — This season is the first that the NBA has entered with the realization (at least publicly) that flopping is a problem, and something that neither fans nor players enjoy seeing as a consistent part of the game. The league has implemented a system where it will first warn, and then fine players…

  11. Terrence Jones posterizes Jodie Meeks on the fast break (VIDEO)

    Nov 18, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    terrence jones

    Terrence Jones is a bad, bad man. Jodie Meeks did not know this, apparently, as he tried to get in position to take a charge from Jones on the fast break. Bad idea, as Jones went untouched for three-quarters of the court, continuing to gain speed before jumping right over Meeks for the serious posterization.

  12. Royce White says he’s prepared to walk away from NBA over dispute with Rockets

    Nov 17, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Royce White

    The situation between Royce White and the Houston Rockets appears to getting worse before it gets better. And that’s if it gets better at all, a prospect that’s becoming less likely with each passing tweet and interview that White stubbornly continues to put out there. The short version of what’s going on is this: White…

  13. Kevin Martin receives warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    Kevin Martin, Kyle Singler

    Kevin Martin of the Oklahoma City Thunder became the third player to receive a warning for flopping under the NBA’s new policy, but his infraction was a little bit different than those who have been warned earlier this season. While J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan received similar warnings for infractions that occurred on the defensive…

  14. Thunder likely to tweak Durant’s substitution pattern

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Scott Brooks

    In the Thunder’s loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, Kevin Durant played 44 minutes, and Russell Westbrook played 42. That’s some pretty heavy usage for the team’s two All-Stars, and it’s something that’s not likely to be sustainable over the course of an 82-game season. With James Harden‘s playmaking ability gone from the second unit,…

  15. Rockets beginning to fine Royce White for his absence

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Royce White

    On the surface, the impasse that has apparently been reached between the Houston Rockets and their rookie first round draft pick Royce White seems complicated, and the details seemingly make it difficult to choose sides. But look a little deeper, and you’ll see that it’s the team, and not the player, that’s truly the victim…

  16. Wizards sign Shaun Livingston, cut Jannero Pargo

    Nov 15, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Shaun Livingston Deron Williams

    John Wall is still out and the idea that he could be back around Thanksgiving is about as done as you’re turkey is going to be next Thursday — there is no timetable for his return. The Wizards had brought in Jannero Pargo to help out with Wall out, but they have changed course on…

  17. Grizzlies continue impressive start with road win over Thunder

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    The Memphis Grizzlies look like a team ready to compete in the postseason. The Thunder look like a team still searching for answers. The result of the meeting between these two teams reflected that on Wednesday, as Memphis had little trouble in cruising to a convincing 107-97 win in Oklahoma City. When we last saw…

  18. NBC SportsTalk: Could Rockets be doing more to accommodate Royce White?

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Royce White

    There are no simple, easy answers with Royce White in Houston. He is a rookie frustrated with playing time — something a lot of rookies are — but his issues there should not be tied to the anxiety order that he is dealing with. Not completely, anyway. It’s messy. Wednesday on Sports Talk on the…

  19. Rockets Royce White skips game, practice, to be sent to D-League

    Nov 13, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Royce White

    UPDATE 10:19 pm: Royce White took to twitter to answer critics and defend himself on Tuesday night. He said first hat the flight to Detroit the Rockets had to take was not the issue. I’m most definitely* not AWOL… There are many things here ppl don’t know, #Honesty is what I’m sticking with. @houstonrockets “Luke…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about the Boston offense

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while being scared by the idea of a Hillary Clinton decorating show…. Jazz 140, Raptors 133 (3OT): Utah got its first road win but the Raptors made them really work for it — they needed the second three of Al Jefferson’s…

  21. Three Stars: We are all witnesses

    Nov 13, 2012, 2:02 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    What a night. We saw Utah and Toronto battle it out in a triple-overtime slugfest high on theatrics. We saw the Pistons put a scare into the Thunder before collapsing, and the Bulls make things interesting against the Celtics. There were a lot of memorable moments from tonight’s games, but like anyone who has stood…

  22. NBA Power Rankings: The Knicks are on top? The Knicks are on top.

    Nov 12, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith celebrates as he faces the crowd after making a shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks on top of the PBT Power Rankings? Well, that’s it, you need to stock up on canned goods, bottles of water and flashlight batteries because the end is neigh. But no denying, they have earned it the past two weeks. 1. Knicks (4-0, last week ranked No. 3). Through a couple weeks,…

  23. Kevin McHale to take immediate leave of absence from Rockets

    Nov 10, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    Kevin McHale will be taking a leave of absence from the team effective immediately, according to a team release. The absence is family-related, which always makes these types of situations that much more sensitive. From the official release: Houston Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale will be taking an immediate leave of absence from the team…

  24. Denver 93, Houston 87: Kenneth Faried and the Nuggets get freaky

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    kenneth-faried

    Crunch time. Two possession game. James Harden has been completely locked up due to some stingy perimeter defense, but he still lurks as a viable closer. Rockets forward Patrick Patterson is hitting corner 3-pointers, which is apparently a thing that happens now. This has been a sloppy game, but it’s winning time for the Nuggets.…

  25. Thunder get right with blowout destruction of Raptors

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    If you want the short version of how things went for the Raptors in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, we have that for you here and here. For those that want the excruciating details, feel free to continue. It’s amazing how any the talk of chemistry issues and in-house bickering suddenly disappears when a weaker opponent…

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