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Clips announce Billups (tendonitis) out indefinitely

Clips announce Billups (tendonitis) out indefinitely

CNNSI.com Updated Dec 5, 2012
Clips announce Billups (tendonitis) out indefinitely
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  • Jefferson powers Jazz but hurts back late

    Jefferson powers Jazz but hurts back late

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to an 87-81 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
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  • Smith key late as Hawks knock off Nuggets

    Smith key late as Hawks knock off Nuggets

    ESPN.com nba.com Dec 5, 2012
    Josh Smith's steal, jam and free throw with 31 seconds remaining extended Atlanta's lead and the Hawks held on to beat the Denver Nuggets 108-104 on Wednesday night.
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  • Celts knock off Timberwolves in Rondo's return

    Celts knock off Timberwolves in Rondo's return

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten against his former team as the Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-94 on Wednesday night in Rajon Rondo's return from a two-game suspension.
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  • Scott doles out dolls, strollers to Cavs' rookies

    Scott doles out dolls, strollers to Cavs' rookies

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    Byron Scott has put a new spin on rookie hazing. The Cleveland Cavaliers coach presented each one of his rookies, Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones, with baby dolls and pink strollers before Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls.
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  • Stern: Hornets have not filed for name change

    Stern: Hornets have not filed for name change

    nba.com grantland.com Dec 5, 2012
    NBA Commissioner David Stern says the New Orleans Hornets have yet to file required paperwork with the league to change the team's name.
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  • Stern: Spurs rested too many too soon

    Stern: Spurs rested too many too soon

    nba.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012
    NBA Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday his $250,000 fine of the San Antonio Spurs was justified because the club went beyond what league owners agreed was a reasonable approach to resting healthy players.
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  • Smith's buzzer-beater lifts Knicks past Bobcats

    Smith's buzzer-beater lifts Knicks past Bobcats

    ESPN.com nba.com Dec 5, 2012
    J.R. Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give the New York Knicks a 100-98 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
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  • Carmelo cuts finger diving for ball in Knicks' win

    Carmelo cuts finger diving for ball in Knicks' win

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony suffered a laceration on his left middle finger in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats, according to MSG.
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  • NY Knicks will get best shot from LeBron James and defending NB…

    NY Knicks will get best shot from LeBron James and defending NBA champion Miami Heat

    nydailynews.com Dec 5, 2012
    Everything is stacked against the Knicks on Thursday night, which makes it an even better setting if Mike Woodson’s team can get out of Miami with a win over the defending champs.
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  • Thibodeau doesn't expect fine for comments

    Thibodeau doesn't expect fine for comments

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau does not expect to get fined for his comments after Tuesday night's loss to the Indiana Pacers.
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  • Kobe Bryant becomes the youngest ever to reach 30,000 career po…

    Kobe Bryant becomes the youngest ever to reach 30,000 career points (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com nba.com ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    Los Angeles Lakers mega-star Kobe Bryant now has another NBA record to his name. With 1:17 left in the first half of Wednesday night's game against the New Orleans Hornets, Kobe cut through the lane and scored over center Robin Lopez to score the 30,000…
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  • Grizzlies off to unusually fast start

    Grizzlies off to unusually fast start

    nba.com Dec 5, 2012
    Sitting atop the NBA standings is new territory for Memphis. Getting off to a winning start is just as unusual for the Grizzlies.
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  • Bobcats' Kidd-Gilchrist, Blazers' Lillard named Rookies of Mont…

    Bobcats' Kidd-Gilchrist, Blazers' Lillard named Rookies of Month

    nba.com Dec 5, 2012
    NEW YORK -- The Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November.
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  • Bulls' Hamilton (foot) could miss two weeks

    Bulls' Hamilton (foot) could miss two weeks

    nba.com Dec 5, 2012
    Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says veteran guard Richard Hamilton could miss two weeks because of a foot injury.
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  • Heat's James, Thunder's Durant take monthly honors

    Heat's James, Thunder's Durant take monthly honors

    nba.com Dec 5, 2012
    NEW YORK -- The Miami Heat's LeBron James and the Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November.
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  • Cavaliers guard Waiters out vs. Bulls

    Cavaliers guard Waiters out vs. Bulls

    nba.com Dec 5, 2012
    Cavaliers rookie guard Dion Waiters is out for Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sprained left ankle.
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  • Lakers' Blake undergoes abdominal surgery

    Lakers' Blake undergoes abdominal surgery

    nba.com ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    Lakers guard Steve Blake underwent successful surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle on Wednesday.
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  • DeMarcus Cousins says he has no confidence

    DeMarcus Cousins says he has no confidence

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 2012
    It is commonly accepted by reasonable people that Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is not the easiest player to deal with. In addition to getting questionable suspensions for confronting announcers, Cousins is an emotional, volatile personality…
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  • Nets' Wallace fined $5K for flopping; Billups warned

    Nets' Wallace fined $5K for flopping; Billups warned

    nba.com yahoo.com ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for flopping, joining teammate Reggie Evans as the only repeat offenders under the league's new penalty system.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring ‘BALL DON’T LIE!’

    The 10-man rotation, starring ‘BALL DON’T LIE!’

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 2012
    A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: New York Times. In case you missed it,…
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  • The NBA has finally reached a deal to televise selected games l…

    The NBA has finally reached a deal to televise selected games live in the United Kingdom

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 2012
    One would think, after committing time and significant resources to the NBA publicity tour that was officially known as "Team USA Men Basketball" last summer, that the league would be quick to tap into the United Kingdom's potential following …
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  • Lamar Odom on the lockout year spent in Dallas: ‘Basketball jus…

    Lamar Odom on the lockout year spent in Dallas: ‘Basketball just wasn’t there for me at that time’

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 2012
    Lamar Odom won't have to visit Dallas on Wednesday night, he won't be faced with the indignity of playing his former team in Texas until late March, but he and his Clippers will face the Mavericks in Los Angeles on Wednesday and the press has already st…
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  • Looking Ahead: How does the 2012 Sportsman follow up a year in …

    Looking Ahead: How does the 2012 Sportsman follow up a year in w…

    CNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012
    How does the 2012 Sportsman follow up a year in which he took home a title, an MVP and a gold? Rob Mahoney and Ben Golliver look at that and more burning questions for King James.
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  • 5-on-5: Nuggets-Hawks, Mavs-Clippers

    5-on-5: Nuggets-Hawks, Mavs-Clippers

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    5-on-5: Breaking down the four teams heading into ESPN's doubleheader
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  • Create-a-Caption: D.J. Augustin wishes Nate Robinson would be q…

    Create-a-Caption: D.J. Augustin wishes Nate Robinson would be quiet

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 2012
    "Hey, D.J.? Thanks. Seriously." - Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas, Mike D'Antoni, Doc Rivers, Scott Brooks, Mark Jackson and Tom Thibodeau, probably. Best caption wins a compendium of Quiet Time Tales, courtesy of Grandpa Read and Champ (not really). Good luc
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  • Kendrick Perkins Is Mentoring His OKC Teammates & Smoothing…

    Kendrick Perkins Is Mentoring His OKC Teammates & Smoothing Egos In The Locker Room

    dimemag.com Dec 5, 2012
    Even though the Thunder’s hulking center has a reputation for toughness on the court that sometimes mimics his terrifying countenance, off the court he’s turned into a bit of a mentor for the Oklahoma City Thunder. This current Thunder team might be p
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  • Russell Westbrook debuts the Air Jordan XX8 during Thunder win …

    Russell Westbrook debuts the Air Jordan XX8 during Thunder win over Nets (PHOTOS)

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 2012
    When Nike and Jordan Brand unveiled the Air Jordan XX8, the latest iteration of their most iconic basketball shoe, the immediate, gut-level response from many observers was mixed, to say the least. My colleague Eric Freeman noted the controversy surroun…
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  • One Of The Clippers’ Best Players Is Holding Them Back

    One Of The Clippers’ Best Players Is Holding Them Back

    dimemag.com Dec 5, 2012
    Frontcourt players are constantly trying to expand their game and their range. It’s part of becoming a well-rounded basketball player, but it shouldn’t come at the detriment of what’s made someone successful. While Blake Griffin‘s outside shot has
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  • Drunk On Victory, Local DC Sports Reporter Loses His Mind After…

    Drunk On Victory, Local DC Sports Reporter Loses His Mind After A Wizards Win

    deadspin.com Dec 5, 2012
    The lowly Wizards beat the Miami Heat in a real-life basketball game last night. It was a nice moment for one of the most awful teams in the league, but for local DC sports reporter Michael Jenkins, it was so much more. A deliriously giddy Jenkins, who …
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  • Wizards win ‘on the road at home’ over Heat, 105-101, as RGIII …

    Wizards win ‘on the road at home’ over Heat, 105-101, as RGIII looks on

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 2012
    We swear, we won't do a special post every time the Washington Wizards win a game, but considering Tuesday night's four-point triumph was just their second in 15 tries and that it came over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat, a bit of acknowledgement…
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  • The Top 10 NBA Player Rivalries Of All Time

    The Top 10 NBA Player Rivalries Of All Time

    dimemag.com Dec 5, 2012
    In all sports the basic concept is to beat your opposition. You never want to lose a game to anyone, but when your rival beats you there’s a different feel. When your rival beats you, there’s suddenly an everlasting second wind about you. When your ri
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  • Rockets Announcer Rubs It In After Houston Win: "The Laker…

    Rockets Announcer Rubs It In After Houston Win: "The Lakers Have Just Pooped Their Big-Boy Pants!"

    deadspin.com Dec 5, 2012
    Pau Gasol is rapidly falling out of favor in L.A. On Sunday, for the second time in a week, Gasol was benched for the last few minutes of the game, and he's growing frustrated. Kobe Bryant had a message for him: More »
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  • Dwight Howard deflects blame from his free-throw shooting after…

    Dwight Howard deflects blame from his free-throw shooting after Lakers loss (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 2012
    The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five of their last seven games, which means they're currently in the midst of their 47th crisis of the still-young season. Their latest defeat, a 107-105 road loss to the Houston Rockets, stung quite sharply. Leading by …
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  • Rockets erase 13-point deficit, rally past Lakers

    Rockets erase 13-point deficit, rally past Lakers

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    Toney Douglas had a season-high 22 points and Greg Smith added a career-best 21 to help the Houston Rockets overcome a tough outing by James Harden and rally for a 107-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
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  • Durant, OKC eclipse 100 points in 10th straight game

    Durant, OKC eclipse 100 points in 10th straight game

    CNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012
    Durant, OKC eclipse 100 points in 10th straight game
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  • LeBron, The Heat Lose To The NBA’s Worst Team; New Orleans Has …

    LeBron, The Heat Lose To The NBA’s Worst Team; New Orleans Has A Terrible New Team Name

    dimemag.com Dec 5, 2012
    LeBron James dropped a ridiculous triple-double last night (26 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) but no one’s going to remember him carving up the Wizards. They’ll remember that with about 20 seconds left, he missed a wide-open wing triple that could”
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  • The Place for Doubt in the Celebrated Return of Ricky Rubio

    The Place for Doubt in the Celebrated Return of Ricky Rubio

    grantland.com Dec 5, 2012
    With nine minutes left in the fourth quarter of the Timberwolves' November 16 loss to the Warriors, a middle-aged couple descended from the stands at ...
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  • Two Questions About This Photo of the Cleveland Cavs Locker Roo…

    Two Questions About This Photo of the Cleveland Cavs Locker Room

    grantland.com Dec 5, 2012
    1. Why is Kyrie Irving's locker so messy? 2. What in the name of all that is holy is Dion Waiters doing with a toy baby in a stroller?
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  • Chris Brody Was Right: The Wizards Beat the Heat

    Chris Brody Was Right: The Wizards Beat the Heat

    grantland.com Dec 5, 2012
    A couple of weeks ago on Homeland, the often neglected Chris Brody told his surrogate father, Magic Mike, that the Wizards were beating the Heat. It s...
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  • About Last Night: Break Up the Wizards!

    About Last Night: Break Up the Wizards!

    grantland.com Dec 5, 2012
    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Tuesday: LeBron James posted a triple-double, but Jordan Crawford...
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  • Video - Highlight Of The Night 01:18

    Highlight Of The Night

    Dec 5
    Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points, in the Lakers' 103-87 victory.
  • Video - Celtics Win In Rondo's Return 01:03

    Celtics Win In Rondo's Return

    Dec 5
    Rajon Rondo drops a double-double in return to Celtics.
  • Video - Hawks Knock Off Nuggets, 108-104 01:12

    Hawks Knock Off Nuggets, 108-104

    Dec 5
    Hawks sneak past Nuggets.
  • Video - Kobe Bryant Youngest To 30,000 Points 03:03

    Kobe Bryant Youngest To 30,000 Points

    Dec 5
    Kobe Bryant becomes fifth player in NBA history with 30,000 points.

Sports Columnists

  • Sources: Los Angeles Lakers rebuffing trade inquiries for Pau Gasol

    Dec 5
    The Los Angeles Lakers, largely at the behest of general manager Mitch Kupchak, have rebuffed trade inquiries from at least two teams for Pau Gasol, according to sources with knowledge of the Lakers' thinking.
  • Daily Dime: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers a lesson in NBA busines…

    Dec 5
    J.A. Adande examines the Clippers' win over the Mavericks
  • Ian Thomsen: Lillard excels after unexpected rise to NBA lottery pick

    Dec 5
    Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is the early favorite to win Rookie of the Year, and yet it was only six years ago that he remembers a decisive conversation with a high school coach that ended sadly.