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  1. Report: Clippers have contacted Celtics about trading for Kevin Garnett

    Feb 3, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have been sliding a bit recently, but that’s been largely due to the absence of Chris Paul, who’s missed more time than initially expected with a bruised knee. That apparently hasn’t deterred the franchise’s thinking, however, that with all of its pieces healthy, it can contend legitimately for the title this season. This…

  2. Heat take care of Raptors, Erik Spoelstra earns All-Star head coaching spot

    Feb 3, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's coach Spoelstra directs his players against Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Erik Spoelstra locked up the honor of coaching the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game, thanks to the Heat’s 100-85 victory over the Raptors on Sunday. The Heat clinched the conference’s best record through Feb. 3 with the win, which was the deadline the league had in place for making the coaching selection. Miami…

  3. Lakers hold off Pistons, have now won five of their last six

    Feb 3, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Jason Maxiell

    It certainly wasn’t pretty, and at times it seemed as though the Lakers were trying to give this game away more than they were trying to win it. But ultimately, L.A. held off the Pistons for a 98-97 victory, the team’s fifth win in its last six games. Dwight Howard missed his second straight game…

  4. Metta World Peace receives a flagrant foul for his subtle uppercut to Brandon Knight (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jason Maxiell, Metta World Peace

    Late in the second quarter of Sunday afternoon’s game between the Lakers and the Pistons, Metta World Peace got tangled up away from the ball with Brandon Knight. Knight didn’t appreciate the rough play from World Peace, and used a forearm to his neck to try to achieve separation. There was no foul called on…

  5. Kyrie Irving scores 35 points, hits huge shots down the stretch to beat Thunder (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving

    The Cavaliers aren’t supposed to be able to take down a team like the Thunder. But when you have Kyrie Irving making shots like these down the stretch, anything is possible. Irving scored 35 points on the night, but 13 of those came in the final 2:52, with the game on the line and the…

  6. Knicks coach Woodson will have to cancel his vacation if Heat lose to Raptors

    Feb 3, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks coach Woodson reacts during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference playoff against Miami Heat in Miami

    Gregg Popovich locked up the head coaching spot for the Western Conference All-Stars a few days ago, by ensuring that his Spurs will have the best record in the conference after the Feb. 3 deadline has passed. In the East, however, it’s going to come down to the final day. After the Knicks put a…

  7. Dwight Howard out Sunday against Pistons

    Feb 3, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    UPDATE Feb. 3 11:30 a.m. ET: Howard is out for Sunday’s game against the Pistons, according to multiple reports. He still has pain in that right shoulder, and as we speculated yesterday, it makes more sense for him to get a couple of extra days of rest in advance of the game against the Nets…

  8. Dikembe Mutombo blocks everything in new GEICO commercial (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo

    Dikembe Mutombo last appeared on an NBA roster back in 2009, but it seems like a lot longer ago than that. His legacy as one of the better shot blockers of his time remains, as evidenced by his appearance in this latest ad for GEICO insurance. His voice is pure comedy to begin with, and…

  9. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist leaves on a stretcher after suffering a head injury against the Rockets (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

    Michael Kidd Gilchrist

    Anytime a player leaves on a stretcher as a precaution, the injury sustained has to be considered to be extremely serious. It’s just that it didn’t look that way initially in the case of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG took a knee to the back of the head from teammate Jeff Taylor, as he went up to…

  10. Jamal Crawford broke his nose, will be a game-time decision Sunday against Celtics

    Feb 2, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    The Clippers are already struggling to put together wins with Chris Paul missing time due to a bruised knee, and now they’re facing the possibility of playing without their highest-powered scoring option off the bench. Jamal Crawford broke his nose in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ loss in Toronto on Friday, reports Brad Turner…

  11. Report: ‘Most teams’ expect J.J. Redick to be traded before the deadline

    Feb 2, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    The Orlando Magic are in a full-fledged rebuilding situation, which doesn’t lend itself to signing veteran role players in free agency during the offseason. This is just one of the factors that makes it extremely likely that J.J Redick is expected to be dealt before the feb. 21 trade deadline passes. From Marc Stein of…

  12. Jeff Green throws down two monster dunks on the Magic (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    Despite the recent troubles in Boston, where the Celtics have seen Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger go down in the same week with season-ending injuries, the team managed to keep it together enough to take care of a slumping Orlando Magic team on Friday. The play off Jeff Green was a huge reason why. Green…

  13. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle fined for criticizing officials

    Feb 2, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Rick Carlisle

    We knew this was coming. After the Mavericks lost to the Warriors on Thursday, in a game where a critical call (or in this case, a non-call) didn’t go the team’s way for a second straight game, Rick Carlisle was critical of the officials afterward. “The game came down to the call that wasn’t made,”…

  14. LeBron, Wade unfazed by Heat’s latest loss to Pacers

    Feb 2, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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

    After the Heat lost to the Pacers in Indiana on Friday for the second time this season, there was no worry, panic, or even concern form Miami’s two biggest stars. LeBron James didn’t seem all that interested in the fact that his team has struggled against the top teams in the East this season, and…

  15. adidas Basketball unveils All-Star edition shoes for Dwight Howard, Jrue Holiday, and Tim Duncan

    Feb 2, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star 2013 (L_R - Crazy Fast, D Howard Light, Crazy Light 2

    Earlier this week, adidas unveiled the colorways for the shoes that Dwight Howard, Jrue Holiday, Tim Duncan and others will wear for the All-Star game in Houston on Feb. 17. From the official release: “The NBA All-Star editions feature an impact camo pattern, which is designed to stand out on the court, showcase bold style…

  16. Rudy Gay scores 20 points in debut with Raptors (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Rudy Gay played his first game with the Raptors on Friday, after being the main piece in a three-team trade that sent him out of Memphis due to the team’s finances more than anything else. Gay came off the bench in his Toronto debut, and finished with a team-high 20 points in 33 minutes as…

  17. Michael Beasley, after missing 11 of 13 shots in loss to Dallas: ‘I shot the ball great tonight.’ He was serious.

    Feb 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Lindsey Hunter, Michael Beasley

    PHOENIX — When the Suns signed Michael Beasley as a free agent last summer, they had high hopes that by immersing him in their offense-first system, he’d turn out to be the team’s main scoring threat on a very consistent basis. It hasn’t exactly worked out that way for Beasley in his first season in…

  18. Caron Butler tricks Jonas Valanciunas, gets a steal at end of Clippers blowout loss to Raptors (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The Clippers essentially didn’t bother to show up Friday night in Toronto, falling behind by as many as 31 points before eventually losing 98-73. Caron Butler shot just 3-of-12 from the field in 37 minutes, which may explain why he attempted to trick Jonas Valanciunas into getting one more chance to score as the clock…

  19. LeBron James, Tony Parker named conference players of the month

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    LeBron James and Tony Parker were named conference players of the month for games played in January, the league announced via official release. It was the third straight player of the month award for James, and for Parker, while his numbers weren’t necessarily dominant, he led his team to a Western Conference best record of…

  20. PBT Podcast: Talking Rudy Gay trade, angry Westbrook, Celtics without Rondo, and Lakers without Dwight

    Feb 1, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless tries to defend against against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to review the Thursday night TNT games. We discuss the Grizzlies without Rudy Gay, and whether or not the team has a chance to actually improve before the end of the season once Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis get acclimated to life in…

  21. Warriors hang on to beat Mavericks in battle of shorthanded teams

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:07 AM EDT

    David Lee, Andrew Bogut

    The second half of the TNT doubleheader on Thursday lost some of its luster before the game even started, with both Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks being ruled out due to injury. But the game turned out to be exciting nonetheless, as others stepped up on both sides to…

  22. Vince Carter fakes injury before cutting to the basket for a two-handed slam (VIDEO)

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    vince carter motorcycle celebration

    Vince Carter taught Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes a bit of a lesson as the first half came to an end at Oracle Arena on Thursday, and we’re all a little better off because of it. With the Mavericks playing for the last shot of the half as point guard Darren Collison dribbled down the clock…

  23. Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul named team captains for All-Star Saturday Night

    Jan 31, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    dwyane wade chris paul

    We know what you’re thinking. Since when does All-Star Saturday Night — the evening of skill-based competitions that includes the Slam Dunk Contest — have team captains? Since this season. And since it’s all in the name of charity, we don’t see any reason it shouldn’t happen. Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul were named team…

  24. Gregg Popovich earns spot as Western Conference head coach for 2013 NBA All-star game

    Jan 31, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    Gregg Popovich has earned the spot as head coach of the Western Conference All-Stars, thanks to the Spurs’ win over the Bobcats on Wednesday. The victory ensured that San Antonio will have the best record in the West by the Feb. 3 deadline the league uses to make the determination. While it’s possible for thje…

  25. Dwight Howard re-injures right shoulder in loss to Suns

    Jan 31, 2013, 4:59 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant

    PHOENIX — Dwight Howard re-aggravated the injury to his right shoulder in Phoenix on Wednesday night, and it didn’t look to be anything minor either on the court or in the locker room afterward. While there was no speculation by anyone that Howard would be forced to miss time, it was clear that he was…

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