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  1. Dwight Howard leads everyone in first All-Star ballot returns

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    You didn’t love Dwight Howard as much as Derrick Rose and LeBron James when it came time to award the MVP last year (I know you didn’t get to vote on that, neither did I, but sentiment on this site ran heavy to Rose among commenters). But you love him now. Howard, the Magic’s center,…

  2. Bulls’ Derrick Rose sits due to sprained toe

    Jan 11, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    Anthony Randolph, Luke Ridnour, Derrick Rose

    If you wondered just what happens to the Chicago Bulls offense when Derrick Rose isn’t there to create everything, watch Wednesday night’s game. Rose did not suit up against the Wizards and John Wall due to a sprained big toe. “It’s a pain tolerance thing. It’s a sprain. He’s gotten a lot of treatment. He…

  3. Flip Saunders thinks John Wall played too many summer games

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders John Wall

    The counterbalance to the suits and greed of the NBA lockout this past summer was the rise of the rec league games. The Goodman League. The Drew League. Rucker Park. More than ever NBA players were rolling into these leagues and playing, and soon the leagues were playing each other like the epic Goodman vs.…

  4. Break out the champagne — the Wizards win!

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards Trevor Booker (right) and John Wall celebrate a basket during the second half of their NBA game against the Toronto Raptors in Washington

    It all came together for one night. At home, against a tired Toronto team on the second night of a back-to-back. Flip Saunders put in a new starting lineup of guys playing with some grit — Chris Singleton and Trevor Booker start, and Andray Blatche comes off the bench. It worked — the Washington Wizards…

  5. Jeff Green had successful heart surgery Monday

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Jeff Green

    Good news out of the Boston area — Jeff Green had successful heart surgery Monday. Green was to be a key part of the Celtics bench until a routine preseason physical found an aneurysm — an abnormal ballooning of an artery near the heart — that required surgery. That surgery went well, according to CSNNE.com.…

  6. Wizards need more than just better talent, need culture change

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    John Wall, Trevor Booker, JaVale McGee

    There’s a reason, beyond just good scouting, that the San Antonio Spurs seem to find guys deep in the draft who can contribute. It’s a culture thing, a character thing. They have built a culture of responsibility and accountability around that franchise — no matter who you are you fit the system and play your…

  7. Yi Jianlian recalled by Mavericks, solving all their problems

    Jan 9, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Yi Jianlian

    The Dallas Mavericks don’t just want one low-cost project big man to fill out their rotation. They want all of them. Dallas’ signing of Ian Mahinmi last summer has paid off nicely this year, and in an effort to find a similarly successful player on an equally affordable salary, the Mavs signed former lottery pick…

  8. Wizards deny any spat between Rashard Lewis, Sam Cassell

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis, Glen Davis

    Rashard Lewis did not play for the Washington Wizards Sunday night and was not on the bench for the game. But on Monday everyone around the team has denied that it was due to fight between Lewis and assistant coach Sam Cassell that led Lewis to walk away for a night, as reported by CSNWashington.com.…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Blazers best in West

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James does a dance with Chalmers during a time-out in overtime after they tied their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    A little shifting up at the top but nothing too dramatic. Your big movers this week is the 76ers, who are playing well and moving up the rankings, and the Hornets dropping like a rock. 1. Heat (8-1 last week ranked No. 1). Chris Bosh drops 33 on the Hawks and wants you to remember…

  10. Andray Blatche has Flip Saunders’ back in the worst way

    Jan 9, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche, Ryan Anderson

    Andray Blatche was just trying to help, trying to explain the reasons the Washington Wizards are 0-8 has nothing to do with coach Flip Saunders. And in doing so, he backed over Saunders with the bus. Here is the quote, via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. “Flip is definitely doing his job,” Blatche said. “I just…

  11. The NBA D-League Showcase Begins Today. Wait, What’s A D-League Showcase?

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    Antoine Walker D-League

    The eighth annual NBA Development League Showcase will tip off at 1 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon as executives from all 30 NBA teams (and your’s truly for Pro Basketball Talk) converge on Reno, Nev., to get an in-person look at the top prospects playing in the NBA’s official minor league. The D-League has quite…

  12. Rashard Lewis fights with Sam Cassell, refuses to play

    Jan 9, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT

    Rarshard Lewis jumper

    How could the 0-8 Washington Wizards come off as more dysfunctional? Well…. Rashard Lewis got into a pregame fight with assistant coach Sam Cassell and refused to play in the Wizards loss to Minnesota Sunday, reports to CSNWashington.com. He was not on the Wizards bench during the game (officially because of a sore knee, but…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Spurs look old

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Kendrick Perkins

    What you missed while watching Tim Tebow resurrect after three games…. Lakers 90, Grizzlies 82: This was our game of the night, where the Lakers flaws are showing and it doesn’t matter. Thunder 108, Spurs 96: Both teams were tired — third game in three nights for Oklahoma City, fourth game in five nights for…

  14. Weekend Observations: 25 things from the week that was

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Ramon Sessions is not shooting well, but he’s drawing a lot of contact and his assists are up this year. He’s got a 19.5 PER and can’t get over 25 minutes per game on the Cavaliers. He’s much more of…

  15. Ray Allen talks about team building blocks, Wizards

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Nick Young

    Ray Allen has been around for a while, seen the mountain top and more than one valley. There’s some wisdom there. In an interesting interview at CSNWashington.com, Allen talks about the kind of team and franchise culture high-profile players look for when deciding where to play as a free agent. Yes, the main motivation is…

  16. Winless Wizards conduct players-only meeting

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    Something needs to happen in Washington to turn the Wizards around. And while NBA players-only meetings usually have about all the impact of the Iowa Straw Poll it is worth a shot, so veteran Maurice Evans called one, reports CSNWashington.com. “We needed to address ourselves and identify what were some of the problems that the…

  17. Friday And-1 links, where it’s Jan Vesely time

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Welcome to our morning 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). Jan Vesely’s hip better and the Washington rookie is expected to make his NBA debut Friday vs. the Knicks. Maybe that will help, because the…

  18. Frustrated John Wall, Wizards lash out after another loss

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT

    Nick Young, John Wall, JaVale McGee

    The Washington Wizards are 0-6, and that really doesn’t do justice to how poorly they have played. After another loss Wednesday night — a game that started with a 12-0 Orlando run, that started with Washington going 0-12 shooting, and never got much better — John Wall let his frustrations out, speaking with Michael Lee…

  19. NBA releases All-Star ballot, here are my early votes

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    All-star-nba-logo0103_rdax

    You can vote — and not just if you’re a Republican in Iowa. The NBA opened All-Star Game voting to the fans on Wednesday, so you can pick who will not play any defense in Orlando Feb. 26. Fan voting picks the starters, the coaches for the teams help pick the rest of the squad.…

  20. Flip Saunders seat not hot at all in Washington

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    If you were trying to names coaches on the hot seat early this season, Flip Saunders name would come to mind. Because his Wizards squad is the lone winless team in the NBA, for one. Because even with John Wall and JaVale McGee in the lineup the Wizards have the very worst offense in the…

  21. Wizards’ Ronny Turiaf breaks his hand, out 5-6 weeks

    Jan 3, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf

    You thought Manu Ginobili was the only player who broke his hand Monday, but the Argentinian was not the trend setter here. Wizards backup center and energy guy Ronny Turiaf is out with a broken hand. Here is the tweet from Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Ronny Turiaf has a broken left hand –…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the living upsets

    Jan 3, 2012, 6:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James walks during a time out in the closing minutes of his team's loss to the Atlanta Hawks in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while watching Oregon and Wisconsin score another touchdown…. Hawks 100, Heat 92: Miami was zoned out again. The Hawks went to a zone defense a lot starting in the second quarter and it stalled out the Heat, who shot just 37 percent in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Tracy McGrady alone had 13…

  23. John Wall’s growth stunted by lack of veterans around him

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    John Wall was everybody’s pick to have a breakout season, so much so that during preseason prediction season it felt like you had to choose someone else and not take the obvious route. So far the Wizards are 0-4 and Wall has been pedestrian. He’s only shooting 32 percent on the year — not only…

  24. NBA Power Rankings: Blazers climb, Heat on top of mountain

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James

    Lots of big moves up and down as the rankings start to shake themselves out a little. In college football they should hold off doing polls through those early weeks because said polls impact the postseason, but as the NBA has a playoff to determine who is best let’s dive in. 1. Heat (5-0, last…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Denver makes lay-ups, beats L.A.

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:38 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while breaking your New Year’s resolutions already… Nuggets 99, Lakers 90: Best game of the night and there was a little fire to this one — second nights of a home-and-home often carry over some tension. Denver jumped out early with Kobe Bryant shooting only 1-of-10 in the first half and the…

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