SH Blog: Garnett earns ejection, suspension for fracas, while Howard gets neither

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Does an open-handed shove qualify as a punch? In what could set an important standard for future player altercations, the NBA league office seems to be saying that it does not. You’ve likely all seen the story. In the first quarter of Monday night’s game in Brooklyn between the Rockets and Nets, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard got into a bit of a scuffle. It started with a pair of minor slaps after a foul by Garnett and escalated when Garnett virtually lost his

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Bernucca: For West Teams, Trade Grades as Deadline Arrives Early

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After last week’s loss in Atlanta, Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger – whose team has the fifth-best record in the NBA – lamented his roster’s shortcomings. “We have to get another playmaker on the floor,” Joerger said. “We’re going to have to start playing multiple point guards (at the same time). We’ve got to be able to get inside of defenses.” It doesn’t matter that the Grizzlies have been at or near the top of the league for most of the season.

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James Harden’s surprising defensive improvement makes him MVP contender

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When you’re already a proven NBA superstar, improvement usually comes in subtle ways. For Houston Rockets star James Harden, his ascent into the MVP conversation (it’s essentially a two-man race at this point between he and Stephen Curry, unless Anthony Davis’ New Orleans Pelicans make the playoffs) has come from a slight improvement across and board and an understanding that league MVPs are, and always will be, two-way players. The Rockets have had to rely on Harden this year more than

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VIDEO: Rockets, Kings should target Knicks’ Calderon

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Now that the entire NBA knows that Phil Jackson will take pennies on the dollar for his few remaining assets, there are two tams that should be picking up the phone this morning and trying to take Jose Calderon off his hands. Those teams are the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings. Both are in win-now mode, and both could use a 41 percent career 3-point shooter who knows how to run an offense and get the ball into the hands of

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Tweet of the Day: Atlanta Hawks Have Issues with Tobias Harris

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A player must be a really bad man [in that tough guy kind of way] for a team to be weary of him alone. If you follow the Twitter account of the Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks, perhaps one of the most entertaining sports team handles out there to follow, then you know they have a way of taking the negative in situations and making it a bit humorous. After having the league’s best record in December and running off 18 wins

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Tweet of the Night: Houston Rockets twitter handle joins in on the “Temecula” fun

James Harden

If you were using twitter on Christmas, you might have noticed the word “Temecula” trending everywhere. Hell, it’s still trending. Basically, well, you can read about what happened here. To make a long story short, two men (as you can see in the photoshopped work of a twitter user) on twitter got into an argument about Kobe Bryant and some other basketball-related things and decided it was time to take things to the next level by meeting up in Temecula (one of

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Sprung: The Truth on Pierce: Passive Aggressive Leadership

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When Paul Pierce signed with the Washington Wizards on July 11, it seemed like Washington downgraded from Trevor Ariza, who departed to Houston. Two months into the season, it’s time for a fresh look. In our own free agency tracker, there were not kind words for the aging Pierce. “And while this may seem like a fine consolation prize for Ernie Grunfeld and Randy Wittman, anybody in Boston or Brooklyn who has been watching Pierce closely for the past two years

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Scotto: Greg Monroe to Knicks in ’15? Rival Executive Thinks So

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Now that Josh Smith is gone, what does the long-term future hold for Greg Monroe? A rival executive believes he will end up with the New York Knicks. “I could see $48 million for four years. I don’t think he’s a max (contract) guy, but he is pretty good. He might get more based on who is left on the board. I could see New York overpaying him,” the executive told SheridanHoops. Monroe has a trade veto after signing his qualifying offer

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