Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Nuggets add Anthony Randolph; Hill to Clippers

Minnesota Timberwolves' Anthony Randolph meets with the media

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Steve Nash is really bummed out. Why? One of Nash's former teammates will play for his new rival, the Clippers, during the 2012-13 season.

Here's a roundup of the free agent news you missed overnight:

Knick don't match on Lin

Just days after Mike Woodson told the media Jeremy Lin would start at point guard for the Knicks during the 2012-13 season, the franchise opted not to match...

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Reports: Jason Terry, Celtics close on deal

Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry (31) reacts

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Over the last two days, it appeared the Celtics had three main free agent targets at guard: Ray Allen, O.J. Mayo and Jason Terry.

They look to be close to securing one of them.

According to reports, the Celtics reached agreement on a three-year deal for the full mid-level exception with Terry. The deal would pay the veteran shooting guard $5 million per year.

Terry spent the...

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Report: Ray Allen to undergo ankle surgery Wednesday

Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen (20) shoots a

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Ray Allen will take care of the right ankle that made the NBA's best three-point shooter of all-time look frighteningly human from beyond the arc.

According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Allen will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his right anle on Wednesday. Murphy cites a source in the report.

Allen missed 17 games during the season -- 15 in the regular season, two in...

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Kevin Garnett keeps drinking from the Fountain of Youth

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) is surrounded

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At the end of January, it looked like it was time to stick a fork in Kevin Garnett.

The 17-year veteran was averaging just 13.5 points per game -- on pace for the lowest average since his  rookie year, when Garnett came off the bench for half the season -- on worse than 50 percent from the floor. The low mark had Garnett tracking toward a scoring average worse than 15 points for the third...

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Young fan really appreciates Miami's effort

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks

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Bring on the memes.

Following a home loss to the Boston Celtics last night, ESPN cameras followed the dejected Miami Heat walking through the tunnel toward the locker room.

Mike Breen, after finalizing his call with "A stunning result here at the American Airlines Arena," stopped talking for just a couple of seconds, letting Miami's defeat sink in. Just as Breen pulled away...

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110 seconds of the Sixers embarrassing the Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers' Andre Iguodala, center, smiles after hitting

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Looks like somebody at the NBA wanted to rub some salt in the Celtics' wounds.

The 76ers swept Wednesday night's top plays, with Thaddeus Young, Elton Brand, Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala filling up the top five.

Young's rejection of Game 5 hero Brandon Bass was fifth; Brand's dunk while surrounded by the swarming Celtics defense was fourth; Evan Turner had a reverse layup that came...

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The Sixers may have lost, but this fan won

Philadelphia 76ers superfan James Brister in a YouTube

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James "Big Daddy" Brister Jr. is one of the 76ers' biggest fans.

In more ways than one.

Following the Celtics' 107-91 win against the Sixers last night, Brister put on a show for TNT's cameras, performing a prolonged belly dance.

Brister, referencing the Charles Barkley-Shaquille O'Neal shirt-off from two nights ago, greeted the TNT postgame show by saying, "Hey...

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Rajon Rondo suspended for Game 2

NBA Exective Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson announced today that Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game for making contact with an official.

The suspension will keep Rondo off the court for Game 2 of the Celtics-Hawks series.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Hawks' 83-74 win against Boston, Rondo, incensed with a call, began arguing with a referee. When the referee...

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NBA playoff power rankings

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, Manu Ginobili,

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At the start of each playoff round, you can find updated power rankings in the Double Dribble. The rankings are formulated based on what team still playing is most likely to win the NBA championship. So, for example, you'd expect the No. 4 team to beat the No. 5 team in a playoff series, but the No. 4 team would likely lose to the No. 3 team.

1. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

The red-hot Spurs enter...

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First round NBA playoff predictions

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) and guard

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After the lockout, the Chris Paul trade fiasco, the Dwight Howard and Lamar Odom drama, the Metta World Peace elbow, and a lot of basketball in a short period of time, wer'e finally here: In less than 24 hours, the first round of the NBA playoffs tips off.

Here are predictions for the opening series:

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz Gregg Popovich’s management of the veteran...

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