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  1. Three Stars of the Night: Finals MVP edition

    Feb 11, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There were actually multiple performances worthy of recognition on Sunday, but three stood out as most deserving. And sometimes, the guys who have been the primary force behind their team’s championship effort in the past show up during the regular season. On to the winners. Third Star: Paul Pierce (27 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists,…

  2. Pacers may get Danny Granger back this week

    Feb 10, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    The Pacers have managed to do just fine to this point of the season without Danny Granger, who was by far the team’s leading scorer a season ago. They may not have to be without him for much longer. Granger practiced on Sunday, and Indiana may get him back into the lineup as early as…

  3. LeBron, Wade both dominant in Heat’s win over Lakers

    Feb 10, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    There were stretches during Sunday afternoon’s contest between the Heat and the Lakers where L.A. appeared to be coming together, and seemed capable of challenging Miami on its home floor. The Lakers found themselves tied at halftime, and were getting solid performances from multiple players, while taking good shots and limiting their turnovers. Even if…

  4. Blake Griffin throws down the alley-oop against the Knicks (VIDEO)

    Feb 10, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The Clippers had it working from the very beginning during their win over the Knicks on Sunday, and Blake Griffin helped get things going with this highlight slam off of the perfect alley-oop pass from Lamar Odom. The curious part about this is that Tyson Chandler, a strong defender who’s made a career on the…

  5. DeMarcus Cousins joins in on ‘the wave’ in Sacramento (VIDEO)

    Feb 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jazz Kings Basketball

    It was a big night in Sacramento for the Kings on Saturday, though it had little to do with the game being played against the visiting Utah Jazz. Fans in Sacramento organized a “Here We Buy” night to show support for the franchise, as the city works to keep the Kings in town after the…

  6. Warriors have ‘no panic’ after 25-point loss in Dallas, their fourth straight

    Feb 10, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mark Jackson

    The Warriors have been a nice surprise this season, playing better than most expected while winning enough games early to be in solid playoff position for essentially the entire year. Things have changed recently, with the team suffering its fourth straight loss on Saturday at the hands of the Mavericks, and not really competing very…

  7. Dwight Howard not interested in responding to comments his father made about his situation with the Lakers

    Feb 10, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    In advance of the Lakers playing the Heat on Sunday, Dwight Howard was once again asked to respond to comments regarding his situation in Los Angeles, and whether or not all parties involved — including Howard, Kobe Bryant, and Mike D’Antoni — were going about things in the best way possible. Earlier this week, it…

  8. Antawn Jamison says Michael Jordan could average double digits in the NBA now, even at age 50

    Feb 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Could Michael Jordan still play in the NBA today, even at age 50? No one knows for sure. But at least one veteran believes that Jordan could still be effective, despite the diminishing physical skills that all players deal with as the years continue to go by. Antawn Jamison of the Lakers spoke on the…

  9. Charlie Villanueva hits the game-winning three to send Pistons past Bucks (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    Charlie Villanueva hit this three-pointer as the shot clock expired with about 10 seconds remaining that ended up being the game-winner in the Pistons 105-100 win over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday. Villanueva was in the right place at the right time, planted at the top of the three-point arc and available when Will…

  10. Report: Suns pursuing trade with Knicks for Iman Shumpert

    Feb 9, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    There were reports circulating that the Knicks had interest in acquiring Jared Dudley from the Suns, but the assets most thought that New York would actually be willing to part with to make the deal work didn’t seem to be anything that would be considered enticing by Phoenix. Now that the name of Iman Shumpert…

  11. Report: Bucks interested in trading for Magic guard J.J. Redick

    Feb 9, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    J.J. Redick

    The Magic don’t have a lot of reasons to retain J.J Redick in free agency this summer, considering the team is in a full-fledged rebuild and Redick, though in the middle of his best statistical season yet, is likely to have an asking price higher than it would make sense for Orlando to pay. This…

  12. Carmelo Anthony followed into arena by trash-talking fan in Minnesota

    Feb 9, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Detroit Pistons - Previews

    Before New York played the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday, Carmelo Anthony was apparently the target of a trash-talking fan who followed Anthony into the arena to make sure his harassing comments were heard loud and clear by the Knicks All-Star. Marc Berman of the New York Post has the details: Carmelo Anthony was confronted…

  13. Rashard Lewis believes Dwight Howard will re-sign with Lakers

    Feb 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    dwight rashard lewis

    As the Lakers continue to make their way through this especially turmoil-filled season, one thing looming large at the end of it all will be the decision that Dwight Howard will need to make this summer as an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers certainly weren’t worried about the possibility of Howard leaving when they traded…

  14. LeBron says he doesn’t buy the notion that Kobe has become a distributor

    Feb 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    There was a time recently where Kobe Bryant was uncharacteristically racking up assists instead of points, and the Lakers, equally uncharacteristically, were actually winning some games this season. Near the end of January, Bryant notched 14 assists in a win over the Jazz, another 14 in another win over the Thunder, 11 in a win…

  15. Kevin Durant with the vicious throw-down on Suns’ Morris (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Markeiff Morris

    Showing highlights of one of the best teams in the league putting the wood to one of the worst seems a little crass, but when we’re talking about a play like this from one of the game’s biggest stars, it simply can’t go unnoticed. Midway through the second quarter of a game the Thunder ended…

  16. Report: Hawks taking trade offers for Josh Smith

    Feb 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Josh Smith has been among the names most frequently mentioned in trade rumors this season. It’s not because he can’t play or that his current Atlanta Hawks team no longer wants him. The problem is, they no longer want him at the price he’s likely to command this summer. Smith will be an unrestricted free…

  17. Rudy Gay hits the overtime game-winner to beat the Pacers (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Rudy Gay was just 3-13 from the field and scored six total points through three quarters of the Raptors’ win over the Pacers on Friday. Indiana led 72-64 after three at home, and was poised to close it out against a Toronto team that it had simply been better than to this point in the…

  18. Tyler Hansbrough throws Jonas Valanciunas to the ground (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough

    Midway through the fourth quarter of Friday’s game between the Pacers and the Raptors, Tyler Hansbrough got a little more physical than the rules should allow while battling for position under the basket with Jonas Valanciunas. Hansbrough literally throws Valanciunas to the ground near the end of the play, but the officials on the floor…

  19. LeBron passes the ball back and forth with fan in the stands during Heat – Clippers (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Miami's LeBron James complains to an official against the Pacers during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis.

    These are the moments that make attending a professional sporting event in person so amazing. Near the end of the first half of the contest between the Heat and the Clippers on Friday, the ball inadvertently ended up a few rows back in the stands, and in the hands of one of the fans in…

  20. Pistons rookie Andre Drummond out at least a month due to back injury

    Feb 8, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Detroit Pistons rookie Andre Drummond is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a stress fracture in his back, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. A report from Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News has the injury as a fractured tailbone, but either way, it will require rest rather than…

  21. Chris Bosh and Ray Allen out Friday against Clippers, L.A. will have Paul and Billups back in the lineup

    Feb 8, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    Ray All

    We told you this was a possibility earlier today, and now it’s official, according to multiple reports. Both Chris Bosh and Ray Allen will miss Friday’s home game against the Clippers due to flu-like symptoms, according to multiple reports. The Heat, at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, don’t have anything to gain by…

  22. PBT Podcast: Lakers, Dwight Howard, Nuggets, Dunk Contest, and Bulls talk with Aggrey Sam

    Feb 8, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    gerald green cupcake

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the state of the Lakers, following Thursday night’s destruction at the hands of the Celtics. We wonder if Dwight Howard came back too soon thanks to some encouragement from his teammates, and if the lack of energy he seems to be playing…

  23. Report: Rajon Rondo may return sooner than expected

    Feb 8, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Before you get your hopes up Celtics fans, we’re still not talking about this season. But the latest news coming out of the camp of Rajon Rondo is seen as a positive, and if true and the rehab goes according to planned, Boston could see its All-Star point guard return before the beginning of next…

  24. Kevin Garnett reaches 25,000 career-point milestone against the Lakers (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett acknowledges the crowd after it was announced that he scored his 25,000th career point against the Los Angeles Lakers

    With a spinning, fadeaway jumper over the Lakers’ Earl Clark midway through the second quarter of Boston’s destruction of L.A. on Thursday, Kevin Garnett reached 25,000 career points, becoming the 16th player in NBA history to record the accomplishment. The list of players Garnett joined with at least 25,000 career points is an impressive one,…

  25. Celtics earn sixth straight win by taking apart the Lakers

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The Celtics and Lakers have the most storied rivalry in the history of the NBA. No matter what’s happening with each team individually throughout the course of a given season, whenever the two teams meet, there’s always a special kind of buzz and energy that surrounds those contests. That wasn’t the case in Boston on…

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