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Brett Pollakoff

  1. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade both out for Heat vs. Spurs

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

    A possible NBA Finals preview between the Heat and the Spurs on Sunday in San Antonio will now be nothing more than a regular season contest featuring at least one team playing mostly with its reserves. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers will all be out for the Heat due to injury, the team…

  2. Kobe plans to decide on retirement date this summer

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant will enter the 2013-14 season in the final year of his current Lakers contract, one that will pay him over $30 million for next season. Bryant and the Lakers could come to terms on an extension this summer, but before doing so, Bryant would first need to decide that he wishes to continue…

  3. Carlos Boozer accidentally punches referee below the belt (VIDEO)

    Mar 31, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Boozer reacts after being called for a foul in their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    This looked at lot worse than it was. After converting a shot in the lane and drawing a foul call on Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Boozer was excited. So excited, in fact, that he failed to notice referee Danny Crawford standing right next to him. Boozer went for the celebratory fist pump, which ended up accidentally…

  4. DeMarcus Cousins attempts two three-pointers in final seconds of loss to Lakers, fails miserably (VIDEO)

    Mar 31, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins ranks 11th out of 12 Sacramento Kings players in three-point shooting percentage this season. He’s 4-21 from beyond the arc, good for a mark of 19 percent. This is a relevant statistic in light of the events that took place on the Kings’ final meaningful offensive possession during Saturday night’s 103-98 home loss…

  5. Bulls’ hard foul on LeBron upgraded to a flagrant

    Mar 31, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James holds his face after a play as Chicago Bulls' Boozer looks on, during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    After the Bulls snapped the Heat’s 27-game winning streak, LeBron James wasn’t pleased with the physical way that Chicago played him defensively, and lamented the lack of flagrant fouls called on two specific plays. Those comments apparently made their way to the league office, where at least one play from that game was reviewed, and…

  6. Vinny Del Negro rips Clippers’ effort after loss to Rockets

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Most who saw the Clippers lose a heart-breaker in San Antonio on Friday would have expected a lackluster effort in Houston on Saturday. Vinny Del Negro did not expect it, and was anything but pleased with his team afterward. L.A. not only lost to a Rockets team playing without James Harden, who sat out with…

  7. LeBron, Kobe, Durant get special edition shoes for Easter (PHOTOS)

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Nike_Easter_Pack_Group_18290

    Another special occasion, another reason to drop special edition shoes for Nike Basketball’s biggest stars. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant are getting Easter-themed colorways of their signature shoes in time for Sunday’s holiday. From the official release: “The LEBRON X LOW, LeBron James’s new low-cut signature shoe, continues the celebration of his 10-year…

  8. Kobe passes Wilt Chamberlain on all-time scoring list (VIDEO)

    Mar 31, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    BKN-NBA-LAKERS-NETS

    Kobe Bryant moved into fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Saturday, after hitting a pull-up jumper from 15 feet out with 7:55 remaining in the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings. The shot pushed Bryant past Wilt Chamberlain, who now sits at fifth with 31,419 career points. Bryant trails only Michael Jordan (32,292),  Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem…

  9. Magic, Bird, Kareem, Russell appear in new AT&T spots (VIDEO)

    Mar 30, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    Apparently, that guy in the AT&T commercials is tired of speaking with children in order to highlight the company’s service offerings. The wireless provider went out and got Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bill Russell to appear in its most recent iteration of television spots, with the one in the video clip above…

  10. James Harden out Saturday against Clippers

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    James Harden was held out of Saturday night’s game against the Clippers due to a sore right foot, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale told reporters before tip-off. Harden scored in single digits for just the second time all season on Friday, finishing with seven points on 3-9 shooting in 27 minutes in a loss to…

  11. Zaza Pachulia to undergo season-ending surgery, may have played his last game for the Hawks

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Zaza Pachulia

    Zaza Pachulia has missed the last 15 games with a sore right Achilles, and after seeking several medical opinions on the injury, has opted to undergo season-ending surgery. From Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Details of the surgery, a procedure to repair the sore Achilles, and the recovery period are to be determined. “After…

  12. Dirk Nowitzki hits game-winning three-pointer to bury the Bulls (VIDEO)

    Mar 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    We talked about the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West between the Jazz and the Lakers earlier today, but the Mavericks are likely to be in the conversation through the end of the regular season, as well. Dallas has finally gotten Dirk Nowitzki back healthy, and has now won 11…

  13. Manu Ginobili suffers leg injury, out for Spurs vs. Heat on Sunday

    Mar 30, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    The Spurs got a big win over the Clippers on Friday, thanks to 34 points and 11 rebounds from Tim Duncan, including the game-winning and-1 with just a couple of seconds remaining. San Antonio did it without Manu Ginobili, who (as seen in the video clip above) left the game late in the first quarter…

  14. Larry Drew not happy with (Josh Smith’s) shot selection after loss to Celtics

    Mar 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Larry Drew, Josh Smith, Kyle Korver

    Hawks head coach Larry Drew lamented his team’s poor shot selection after a loss in Boston on Friday, one where his team gave up 118 points to a Celtics squad that hadn’t scored that many since an overtime win over the Nuggets way back on Feb. 10. Atlanta shot 45.5 percent from the field as…

  15. Jazz back in playoff picture, Lakers out with nine games left in the regular season

    Mar 30, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap

    The Jazz came from 14 points down in the second half to get a big win in Portland on Friday, and by doing so, temporarily reclaimed the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings. The victory was significant, for multiple reasons. It brought Utah’s record on the season to 37-36, which is…

  16. LeBron scores 23 points in less than six minutes in Heat’s win over Hornets (VIDEO)

    Mar 30, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Darius Miller

    LeBron James turned in a special performance during the first half of the Heat’s blowout win in New Orleans on Friday, pouring in 23 of his 36 points in a span that lasted less than six minutes. James began his assault with three straight three-pointers near the end of the first period, and followed it…

  17. Suns players bothered by team’s decision to sit a healthy Goran Dragic

    Mar 30, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Lindsey Hunter, Goran Dragic, Wesley Johnson

    When the Suns decided to rest a perfectly healthy Goran Dragic for the team’s last two games, there was really no question as to the reasons why. Phoenix is all the way out of the playoff picture, and has been for some time. Winning games is no longer the priority for these Suns, while player…

  18. Chauncey Billups out with groin strain, status for remainder of the season in doubt

    Mar 29, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    The Clippers could certainly use the veteran and capable presence of Chauncey Billups as they finish the regular season, while heading into a postseason battle that could be extremely difficult if the team should end up as part of the 4-5 first round matchup. Billups has played just 20 games for the Clippers all season,…

  19. Amar’e Stoudemire hopes to be back in time for the playoffs

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Fashion's Night Out At SAKS Fifth Avenue

    It’s been almost three weeks since it was discovered that Amar’e Stoudemire would require knee surgery which would keep him out of the Knicks lineup for the rest of the regular season, at the very least. Stoudemire, speaking on a conference call to promote an upcoming documentary, said that the rehabilitation process is going well,…

  20. PBT Podcast: Lakers fading, Suns tanking, LeBron’s complaining

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:39 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the state of the Lakers following Thursday night’s loss to the Bucks. We look at how the latest injuries to Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash might affect the team with just nine regular season games remaining, and wonder if the injuries,…

  21. Three Stars of the Night: Larry Sanders, DeMarcus Cousins focus on the game instead of the officials

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:48 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Larry Sanders

    There are some very good players in the league who let their emotions get the best of them more often than not, and as a result, they have a bad reputation where the officials are concerned. But sometimes, these guys simply play their games to perfection, and dominate in the process. That’s what we saw…

  22. Kings get second straight road victory with win over Suns

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:22 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    It’s weird to try to analyze or figure out this Phoenix Suns team, when it’s clear that they’re more interested in earning ping pong balls than competing to win at this late stage of the season. There’s nothing wrong with that, necessarily. It’s just that when a team doesn’t field its best possible lineups or…

  23. Kobe Bryant has a bone spur in his foot, will be examined Friday

    Mar 28, 2013, 11:39 PM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant puts his jersey in his mouth during a break in play against the Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Kobe Bryant didn’t speak to reporters following the Lakers’ loss in Milwaukee on Thursday, and now we may know the reason why. It was revealed postgame that Bryant has a bone spur in his left foot that would require further examination when the team gets to Sacramento on Friday, according to multiple reports. Kevin Ding…

  24. Lakers’ playoff position narrows after loss to the Bucks

    Mar 28, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

    Lakers' Howard challenges Bucks' Ilyasova for the ball during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee

    Every game is critical for the Lakers down the stretch of the regular season, if the team hopes to maintain the hold on a tenuous playoff spot it took them essentially the entire year to secure. Nothing is secured yet, of course, and after falling in Milwaukee on Thursday by a final of 113-103, L.A.…

  25. Suns ‘resting’ a perfectly healthy Goran Dragic

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    Lindsey Hunter, Goran Dragic

    Goran Dragic has been one of the few bright spots during what has been an absolute train wreck of a season for the Phoenix Suns. But it appears his team is ready to play without him for at least a couple of games, for reasons that are blatantly obvious. Dragic had his best game of…

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