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Maybe their hatred isn't as intense, but there's no denying that the bad blood still exists, as evidenced by Andrea Bargnani's first career ejection, three near- scuffles and six technical fouls issued during the Knicks' 113-83 nationally televised romp at Barclays Center Thursday night. The Nets displayed some fire during those three staredowns. The final one occurred with just over eight minutes left. Referee Joey Crawford ejected Bargnani after he drilled a jumper, talked some serious smack to Kevin Garnett and picked up his second technical foul. NY Newsday
Asked what Bargnani said to him, Garnett quipped: "I don't understand Italian." Bargnani said: "I wasn't speaking Italian, but that's not important. The game is important. I'm happy we won. I don't want to talk about that." Bargnani and Garnett previously had gotten tangled up on the floor after a loose rebound, leading to some extracurricular activity in which double technicals were called. NY Newsday
"Everybody's in here trying to stay positive," Garnett said. "We come in trying to work as hard as we can. We're trying to carry over to games. We've got guys beat up and we're not whole, period! . . . But we're a fighting team. We're trying to do the right thing and come out and play together." NY Newsday
On Kidd’s soda spill, which has been criticized by some current and former coaches for his tactic to get what essentially was an extra timeout, Barkley said, “Everybody made a big deal out of it. I thought it was funny, to be honest with you,” Barkley said. “He just got jobbed by technology.” When sparks flew between Andrea Bargnani and Kevin Garnett with 9:12 left in the fourth, Barkley said, “Don’t they realize we got stuff to do later? They’re not gonna fight. There’s not a fighter in that group out there.” NY Daily News
For all the talk of LeBron James’ impending free agency decision, he sure looked like he was back in Cleveland on Thursday night. And not when that team was winning 66 games. The Chicago Bulls pounded the Miami Heat, 107-87 on the scoreboard and 49-27 on the glass. Outside of James, no Heat player looked capable of mounting any fight against the Bulls. The loss was a far departure from opening night, when Miami defeated a Chicago team with Derrick Rose. Miami Herald
“This is not an individual sport, I never feel like I have to do it alone,” James said. “When there are opportunities there I take it. I try to get my guys involved as well.” As for his health, James said it was “a challenge” playing through his bumps and bruises. James has specifically had issues with back spasms and jammed fingers this season. Miami Herald
Ray Allen started in place of Wade, and he finished with just 9 points. Allen found out he would be starting Thursday morning, but he nor any other Heat players were sure about the specifics of Wade’s status. Allen’s insertion into the starting lineup — his first start since his days in Boston — shuffled the Heat’s rotation. A second quarter lineup of Beasley, Rashard Lewis, Udonis Haslem, Roger Mason Jr. and Norris Cole seemed more apt for a game at the end of the season instead of December. Miami Herald
Though he originally planned to make the trip, 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams did not travel with the team for Friday's game against the Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C., because of right-knee soreness. Carter-Williams did not practice Thursday but said afterward that he planned to test the knee during Friday's shootaround in Charlotte. Philadelphia Inquirer
While the Heat do not stress offensive rebounding, I'm starting to wonder whether all this perimeter play is making Chris [Bosh] passive on both ends. Yes, LeBron James has been effective in the post, and, yes, Dwyane Wade is at his best when the lane is open for slashing. But the minimization of Chris in the post has made him into somewhat of an incredible shrinking All-Star. When Bosh has been in shooting slumps, the Heat have gone out of their way to get him the ball. Perhaps it's time to get him to the boards on both ends to end this rebounding malaise. Your starting center can't have only four rebounds against the Bulls when you're starting Shane Battier at power forward. South Florida Sun Sentinel
As of Thursday night, the Kings averaged the second-fewest turnovers in the NBA at 13.4 per game. They were 18th in assists at 21.1 per game but ranked 23rd in field-goal percentage (.431) and 3-point percentage (.332). The Kings were 21st in scoring at 96.9 points. The Kings have a habit of extending scoring droughts that have proven too hard to overcome. Coach Michael Malone likes how the team has made an effort to shed its selfish, one-on-one team label but knows there are still areas in which to improve to help the Kings go from losing close games to winning them. Sacramento Bee
The Golden State Warriors have waived center Dewayne Dedmon, the team announced today. Dedmon, 24, was originally signed as a D-League Call-Up from the Santa Cruz Warriors on November 18. The 7’0” center appeared in four games with Golden State, logging a total of six minutes. InsideHoops
The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned center Henry Sims and guard/forward Carrick Felix to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Sims has appeared in six games for the Cavs this season, averaging 1.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 5.8 minutes per game and Felix has appeared in three games, averaging 1.3 points in 5.0 minutes per game. InsideHoops
NBA TV has added former NBA executive and head coach Stu Jackson as a contributor on league-related topics including rules clarifications, discipline, and general league operations. His first in-studio appearance is scheduled for NBA GameTime on Friday, Dec. 13. InsideHoops
LeBron James, already a major star in the NBA, could soon become a Hollywood headliner too. According to Deadline.com, James will co-star with Philly's own Kevin Hart in a basketball comedy titled "Ballers." It's sure to be a suspend-belief flick as the 6-8 James and 5-3 Hart are cast as brothers. Sounds like a hoops version of "Twins," which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and the vertical-challenged Danny DeVito. Philadelphia Daily News
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