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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,”…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Lakers lose to Suns in Nash’s return to Phoenix

    Jan 31, 2013, 4:19 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    PHOENIX — Steve Nash returned to Phoenix for the first time as a member of the Lakers on Wednesday, after leaving the Suns team he played eight seasons for via a sign-and-trade deal that sent him to Los Angeles last summer. It hasn’t turned out to be a better situation for Nash with his new…

  20. Steve Nash receives a huge ovation in his return to Phoenix with the Lakers (VIDEO)

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    SPO-BKN-LAKERS-HORNETS

    PHOENIX — Steve Nash returned to Phoenix as a member of the Lakers on Wednesday, in what was his first trip back to town since being traded to Los Angeles over the summer. Nash played eight seasons for the Suns, and became the face of the franchise thanks to his personal style of play that…

  21. Matt Barnes ejected for flagrant-two foul on Greg Stiemsma (VIDEO)

    Jan 30, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    Matt Barnes was ejected in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game between the Clippers and the Timberwolves, after violently grabbing the neck of Greg Stiemsma. Barnes apparently didn’t like the screen Stiemsma set, and initially shoved him while trying to fight through, before delivering the far more violent shot the second time around. It…

  22. Andrew Bogut may play for Warriors Monday night against Raptors

    Jan 28, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    Andrew Bogut has appeared in just four games for the Warriors this season, thanks to a broken left ankle that has been slow to recover after undergoing surgery last April. It has been Bogut’s decision all along to come back to the court when he feels ready, and that time may be upon us as…

  23. Jeff Van Gundy rips Dwight Howard during nationally televised game between Lakers and Thunder (VIDEO)

    Jan 28, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    During Sunday’s nationally televised game between the Lakers and Thunder — one where Kobe Bryant racked up 14 assists in helping his team to a much-needed win — color commentator Jeff Van Gundy had some strong words for Dwight Howard. Howard has been up and down this season, and is clearly not all the way…

  24. Ray Allen says he’ll ‘always be a Celtic’ (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Paul Pierce stands beside former teammate and current Miami Heat player Ray Allen in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    Ray Allen played five seasons with the Boston Celtics and was a member of the 2008 team that won the NBA title. Due to some internal disagreements and the opportunity that arose for him in Miami, Allen left Boston and joined the defending champion Heat in time to start this season. Sunday marked Allen’s first…

  25. Kobe’s 14 assists facilitate Lakers’ win over Thunder

    Jan 27, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers seem to have found some life recently, in this season that seemed more and more like one that would die without a playoff berth despite the massive amount of talent that’s been assembled on the roster. Kobe Bryant dished out 14 assists for the second straight game, and the results in each have…

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