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Brett Pollakoff

  1. James Harden says Kevin Durant’s late three-pointer was ‘a lucky shot’

    Apr 28, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    To say that Kevin Durant was the beneficiary of a fortuitous bounce on this three-pointer that went down with 36.9 seconds remaining in the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets would be an understatement. The ball first hit the back of the rim, then bounced off high into the air, before landing softly on…

  2. Thunder ball boy under investigation for ‘death threats’ sent to Patrick Beverley following injury to Russell Westbrook

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    When it was learned that Russell Westbrook would be lost for the rest of the playoffs due to a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee that required surgery, there were sure to be some Thunder fans upset with the way one of their team’s best players was injured. Westbrook collided with Patrick Beverley of…

  3. Kevin Durant throws down the monster jam on the Rockets (VIDEO)

    Apr 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    It’s always impressive when one of the game’s best players takes matters into his own hands offensively, and just decides that despite the five defenders standing in his way, he’s going to get to the basket and score. But this monster dunk from Kevin Durant late in the third quarter of the Thunder’s Game 3…

  4. J.R. Smith suspended one game for elbow he landed to the face of Jason Terry

    Apr 27, 2013, 11:28 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    If the Knicks are going to complete their sweep of the Celtics on Sunday, they’ll have to do it without Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith. Smith has been suspended one game without pay for throwing an elbow and striking the chin of Jason Terry late in New York’s Game 3 win in Boston, the…

  5. Nate Robinson, Joe Johnson exchange clutch shots to send Game 4 into its second overtime (VIDEO)

    Apr 27, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' Keith Bogans during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Bulls rode Nate Robinson‘s hot hand to a triple-overtime victory over the Nets in Game 4, and Robinson actually did his best to try to end this game after the first overtime session. Robinson scored 23 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, but this, um, less than sane shot with two seconds…

  6. Grizzlies pull away in Game 4 to even series with Clippers at two games apiece

    Apr 27, 2013, 8:02 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    The Grizzlies imposed their will on the the Clippers for the second straight game of the series, and as a result, we’re all tied at two games apiece. Memphis got monster performances from both Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol that allowed the team to pull away for a convincing 104-83 Game 4 win over the…

  7. John Wall, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday featured in latest spot from adidas (VIDEO)

    Apr 27, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    john-wall-adidas-crazyquick

    In advance of the retail launch of the new Crazyquick basketball shoe, adidas dropped its latest ad featuring John Wall, Damian Lillard, and Jrue Holiday, narrated by rapper A$AP Rocky and featuring his song “Goldie.” “I wore the Crazyquick throughout the season and I’m happy to have my first big thing with the adidas family,”…

  8. Warriors win a wild Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead over Nuggets

    Apr 27, 2013, 2:14 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors Jarrett Jack gestures during their NBA Western Division quarter-final playoff game against the Denver Nuggets in Oakland

    The Warriors shot the lights out in Denver to steal Game 2 from the Nuggets, and home court advantage in the best of seven first round series right along with it. In Game 3 at Oracle Arena on Friday, Golden State didn’t need an otherworldly performance to seal the victory; they only needed the Nuggets…

  9. J.R. Smith ejected late in Game 3 for elbow to the face of Jason Terry (VIDEO)

    Apr 27, 2013, 12:19 AM EST

    Woodson JR Smith

    The Knicks had no trouble with the Celtics on Friday, but J.R. Smith found some individually in the fourth quarter of his team’s Game 3 win in Boston. With just over seven minutes remaining, Smith was isolated with the ball on the wing, with Jason Terry defending. Terry aggressively swiped at the ball, and Smith…

  10. Knicks continue to dominate Celtics, take a 3-0 series lead

    Apr 26, 2013, 11:13 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The Celtics are doing everything they can to compete in these playoffs, but the results haven’t been there, for a variety of reasons. Playing in Boston for the first time since the tragic Marathon bombings, there wasn’t a lack of inspiration or emotion for the Celtics heading into Game 3. As has been the case the…

  11. Patrick Beverley says there was no intent to injure Russell Westbrook

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:25 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    When the news broke that Russell Westbrook would be out indefinitely after needing to undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus he suffered in the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets, all eyes turned to Patrick Beverley, and the play where Westbrook was injured. Beverley ended up knocking knees with Westbrook, on a…

  12. PBT Podcast: Russell Westbrook’s injury, and a look at the rest of the first round playoff matchups

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:06 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers 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 discuss the devastating news surrounding Russell Westbrook and his need to undergo knee surgery which will keep him out indefinitely. We discuss how this might change the landscape of the Western Conference playoffs, before breaking down the rest of the ongoing playoff…

  13. Russell Westbrook to undergo knee surgery, out indefinitely

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:07 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and will be out indefinitely, the Thunder announced on Friday. The injury occurred with 5:34 to play in the second quarter of the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets, and as seen in the video clip above, there will…

  14. Matt Barnes flagrantly fouls Zach Randolph, and Randolph loves it (VIDEO)

    Apr 26, 2013, 8:43 AM EST

    Zach Randolph, Lamar Odom

    Any time two of the game’s more physical players are involved in a hard foul situation, there’s always the possibility that either could explode. Thankfully, after Matt Barnes committed a flagrant foul on Zach Randolph during the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies’ Game 3 win over the Clippers, we saw exactly the opposite. Barnes caught…

  15. David Stern says league has no interest in eliminating ‘Hack-a-Shaq’

    Apr 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The ability for teams to intentionally foul players away from the ball who are poor free throw shooters — originally labeled “Hack-a-Shaq” for when it was used extensively against Shaquille O’Neal — is a perfectly legal strategy. But it’s also an excruciating one to watch that grinds things to a halt, and that most observers…

  16. Dominant Zach Randolph leads Grizzlies to Game 3 win over Clippers

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:42 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph

    Zach Randolph didn’t have much of an effect at all on the first two games of the Grizzlies playoff series against the Clippers in Los Angeles. In a must-win Game 3 situation once the series shifted to Memphis, he was the reason the Grizzlies stayed alive. Randolph finished with a game high 27 points and…

  17. Taj Gibson puts Kris Humphries on a poster (VIDEO)

    Apr 25, 2013, 10:08 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Gibson reacts to a referee's call during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Chicago

    This dunk from Taj Gibson during the first quarter of Game 3 between the Bulls and the Nets was pretty spectacular, considering where he took off and the force with which he threw it down. The fact that Kris Humphries decided to jump to try to contest just made it that much more exciting. [via…

  18. LeBron on not winning Defensive Player of the Year: ‘It sucks.’

    Apr 25, 2013, 7:46 PM EST

    LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    LeBron James finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year balloting this season, losing out to Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol. Jams finished second in the voting with 12 less first place votes than Gasol, and ahead of the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka. Gasol was a fine choice, considering he was the anchor to…

  19. Brandon Jennings still says ‘Bucks in six’ in advance of Game 3 against the Heat

    Apr 25, 2013, 12:25 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Before the first round playoff series between the eighth-seeded Bucks and the defending champion Heat got started, Brandon Jennings went on record as saying that his team would win the series in six games. Now that we’re two games in, after Miami won Game 1 by 23 points and Game 2 by 12, Jennings (as…

  20. Spurs have little trouble with Lakers on the way to 2-0 series lead

    Apr 25, 2013, 1:35 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The necessary adjustments the Lakers needed to make in order to have a shot in Game 2 against the Spurs were only going to work if they were able to turn in a similar defensive performance that held the Spurs to 37.6 percent shooting in Game 1 of the series. Since San Antonio used a…

  21. Jeremy Lin questionable for Game 3 against Thunder after sitting second half of Game 2 with chest injury

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:31 PM EST

    Houston Rockets guard Lin drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook during their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Rockets battled back from a 15-point fourth quarter deficit before eventually dropping Game 2 to the Thunder, and they did so without one of their most important players. Jeremy Lin played 20 first half minutes on Wednesday, but the pain in his chest was too much to bear to return to play in the…

  22. Rockets play much better, but Thunder escape with the win for a 2-0 series lead

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:05 PM EST

    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After dropping Game 1 of their first round playoff series to the top seeded Thunder by 29 points, there weren’t many who believed the Rockets would be able to compete for more than short stretches the rest of the series. But thanks to some key adjustments, Houston gave the Thunder all they could handle in…

  23. Lakers will try to adjust the way they attack in the post for Game 2 against Spurs

    Apr 24, 2013, 3:20 PM EST

    Tim Duncan,  Pau Gasol

    The Lakers did a lot of things right in Sunday’s loss to the Spurs in Game 1 of the playoffs, but most of that was on the defensive end of the floor. L.A. held the Spurs to just 91 points on 37.6 percent shooting, and essentially matched them in rebounds and blocked shots. Where the Lakers…

  24. Chris Paul’s game-winner at the buzzer sends Clippers to Memphis with a 2-0 series lead

    Apr 23, 2013, 3:38 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul scores the game-winning basket against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — The Grizzlies may have given their best shot to the Clippers in Monday’s Game 2, correcting virtually all of the mistakes they made in the first game of the series. Thanks to the buzzer-beating heroics of Chris Paul, however, everything Memphis had wasn’t good enough. L.A. pulled out the thrilling 93-91 victory…

  25. Suns part ways with GM Lance Blanks

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:37 PM EST

    lance-blanks-suns

    The Suns have parted ways with GM Lance Blanks, the team announced on Monday via official release. The move doesn’t come as a huge surprise, considering that president of basketball operations Lon Babby was just given a two-year contract extension, and some organizational changes were obviously necessary in the wake of the dismal 25-57 season…

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