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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Heat, Spurs win big showdowns. Well, big for February.

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Antonio McDyess

    What you missed while wondering if Ronald Regan would have wanted a 400-pound cake… Heat 104, Magic 100: This game was all about the shooting. LeBron James owned this game from the start, putting up 23 points in the first quarter on his way to a season high 51. Thing is, they were not easy…

  2. Winderman: All-Star reserves show things still deeper out West

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:35 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Thursday’s lesson is simple and to the point. West? Good. East? Not so good. Granted All-Star selections are subjective. But after the All-Star reserves were announced Thursday night for the Eastern Conference, there sort of was a shrug, a “that’s about right” reaction. No righteous indignation. One can only muster so much outrage over the…

  3. Do the Lakers have to beat the Spurs tonight?

    Feb 3, 2011, 6:49 PM EST

    Lakers introduction

    If the Lakers lose tonight, there will be full-fledged panic on the part of Lakers fans. You should hear talk radio in Los Angeles today, where the idea of the Lakers trading for Carmelo Anthony is getting serious discussion. (Two quick thoughts here Lakers fans: 1. The Nuggets want draft picks, great young players and…

  4. Kobe Bryant tells critics to kiss his a–

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Jerry West. Magic Johnson. Seemingly every fan on a Lakers message board for the past week. Kobe Bryant has a message for you. He was asked in a post-practice reporters scrum Wednesday about the criticism the team has had and the rumors of trades to motivate the team, and his response (captured by Lakers.com) was…

  5. Lakers’ Andrew Bynum likely to return Thursday against Spurs

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:40 PM EST

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    See, we told you there was nothing to worry about. Why would you worry about Andrew Bynum’s knees? The center who missed last game with a bruised knee practiced (limited, but practiced) with the Lakers today and seems likely to go Thursday night against the Spurs, Phil Jackson told the Orange County Register. “He says…

  6. Old man game is winning in the NBA

    Feb 2, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    In the NBA — like in society at large — we have this fascination with youth. Blake Griffin is a YouTube sensation. We all fall in love with the up-and-coming Oklahoma City Thunder. Fans obsess over draft picks. But what about the other end of the spectrum — who are the oldest teams in the…

  7. Learn the fundamentals of basketball with the one and only Matt Bonner!

    Feb 2, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

    Matt Bonner

    The NBA features many great teachers of the game. One could fill a book with notes of Kobe Bryant‘s footwork, or lessons of Luis Scola‘s infinite moves and counters in the post. Yet if asked to name the wisest of all the league’s fine instructors, the entire basketball world would cry out Matt Bonner’s name…

  8. Deron Williams out again Wednesday, to see wrist specialist

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    The Utah Jazz are not right without Deron Williams. No offense intended Earl Watson, but the offense is sluggish and sloppy with him out. If you’ve seen the Jazz without Williams, it has not been pretty (even if they have won two of three). It will not be pretty tonight either, when Williams misses a…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another Wizards road loss sets up a “showdown” in Cleveland

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:34 AM EST

    John Wall

    What you missed while wondering why you were watching highlights of Super Bowl media day…. Hornets 97, Wizards 89: For the first time in 306 games Emeka Okafor has to sit one out, and Jason Smith steps in and tries to Wally Pip him. Smith had 20 points on 11 shots, established himself early (10…

  10. The Lakers problem isn’t Kobe, it’s Gasol. And defense.

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:54 PM EST

    los angeles lakers

    It’s easy and maybe even trendy to say it was Kobe’s fault. It wasn’t. True, Sunday the Lakers offense against Boston Celtics was a heavy dose of Kobe Bryant. And way too much Kobe in isolation. It’s an easy storyline to say Kobe shot too much, but it’s not wholly accurate. The reality is there…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: How would you feel about a Spurs/Celtics NBA finals?

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where we’re thinking that the finals could be Spurs and Celtics because no teams are executing anywhere near their level right now in crunch time. 1. Spurs (40-7). They are now 7.5 games ahead of the second place Lakers in the Western Conference (and 4 ahead of Boston for the…

  12. Jerry West says he wasn’t calling those Lakers old

    Jan 26, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

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    A couple of days ago Jerry West — in what seemed a low-key venue in front of a bunch of car dealers in Southern California — questioned the Lakers defense, how long they could remain on top and used a favorite phrase of your grandparents, “long in the tooth.” But he wasn’t talking about those…

  13. Tim Duncan is fine, expected to play Wednesday in Utah

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    Tim Duncan

    This is just going to fuel the “Tim Duncan is the ultimate basketball-playing robot and not human” conspiracy theory (those people are crazy and would better be served proving how the moon landings didn’t happen). Tim Duncan left in the second quarter of the Spurs Tuesday night win over the Warriors after his knee buckled…

  14. Gregg Popovich is your West All-Star Game coach

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

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    One side is official — Spurs coach Greg Popovich will coach the West in the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 20. With the Spurs win over the Warriors Monday they clinched having the best record in the West on the Feb. 6 cutoff date. He’ll probably be on his best behavior, but we can hope that…

  15. The Spurs are not playing that fast – but teams try to against them

    Jan 24, 2011, 7:45 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Much has been made of how much faster the San Antonio Spurs are playing this season — they are playing more than a possession a game faster than last season, and that number has come down over the last month or so. At the start of the season, the Spurs were surprisingly fast. Except that…

  16. Watch Chris Paul break Tony Parker’s ankles

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    Chris Paul is so, so good. This little mid-game crossover makes Tony Parker look the fool. And Parker is no fool, the man has the rings to prove it. He can defend. There are 25 teams in the league that would kill to have Parker as their point guard. And CP3 just breaks him off.…

  17. NBA Power Rankings: Where the Spurs just keep on keeping it on

    Jan 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, not many changes at the top this week… or on the bottom. 1. Spurs (37-7). You’ve been wondering when you’ll see a kink in the Spurs armor. Well, they have just one home game between now and Feb. 23. That might be the time. Or, they might grow tighter and…

  18. The Spurs and the new balance of attack

    Jan 22, 2011, 3:37 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

    San Antonio has lost six times out of 43 games.  That to me, puts it in the best perspective. They’ve had success 86% of the time. They’ve failed less than 15% of the time. That’s insane. This from a team with a trio of aging stars and late first round and early second round picks…

  19. Nets GM says Troy Murphy did not demand a trade

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    Troy_Murphy

    The end result is the same — Troy Murphy is sitting at home waiting to be traded. But Net’s General Manager Billy King wanted to make clear that Murphy did not ask for a trade, as had been reported previously. Well, it was reported that way because that’s exactly what King said. But King now…

  20. NBA Power Rankings, the mid-season report edition

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    Shawn Marion,  Tim Duncan

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, with a focus on the first half of the season and what to look forward to. So for you Cavs fans, we should start talking draft. 1. Spurs (35-6). Well, that first half couldn’t have gone much better. We knew the Spurs would be good, they always are, but one…

  21. How do contending teams perform in the fourth quarter?

    Jan 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Always Be Closing. That’s the name of the game, isn’t it? Great teams close out strong. They finish well together. They’re able to end games with finality. It’s that ability to lock down in the fourth quarter and finish teams off that separates the men from the boys. Young, weak teams can’t get it done,…

  22. Larry Owens may be called up from the D-League by San Antonio

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:25 PM EST

    Larry Owens

    UPDATE (9:10 EST): Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse and Ridiculous Upside offered his take on the Spurs’ situation: [For what it’s worth], I’ve been told Spurs haven’t decided on Larry Owens for sure. It’s pretty likely, but not confirmed by anyone. Yet. 7:25 EST: Zabian Dowdell scored the honor of being the first D-League call-up…

  23. Bucks, Rockets “win” contest for most injured team

    Jan 12, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Caron Butler

    So far this season the Milwaukee Bucks have been without key players — such as Andrew Bogut — for 77 man-games due to injury, including 56 to what would be their starting five in an ideal, bubble-wrapped, injury free world. The Rockets are right on their tail with 59 games lost and 51 for starters…

  24. For the right price, Jefferson could have been a Net

    Jan 7, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Richard Jefferson

    Richard Jefferson didn’t have to play for the Spurs this season. He didn’t have to accept an offer that would pay him $8.4 million this year to play for the team with the league’s best record. He didn’t have to work personally with one of the best coaches in the NBA over the summer, or…

  25. Celtics, Spurs prove the antidote to the L.A./Miami show

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:57 AM EST

    Manu Ginobili, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    This was a basketball’s fan’s matchup. It wasn’t about the hype or the reality shows, it was about the game. With all the focus on Los Angeles and Miami, too many have missed that Boston and San Antonio have played the best basketball and have the best records in the league. It is far too…

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