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  1. LeBron, Wade wonder publicly why Serge Ibaka was not suspended

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade react after a play against the Boston Celtics during the first half in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    When the news was released today that Serge Ibaka would be fined $25,000 for his below-the-belt hit on Blake Griffin during the Thunder’s win over the Clippers on Sunday, it wasn’t a shock that a suspension wasn’t handed down, but it was a bit of a surprise. The league hasn’t been afraid to retroactively drop…

  2. Serge Ibaka hits Blake Griffin in the groin, and is somehow not ejected in Thunder’s win over Clippers (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    With under two minutes remaining in a tight game between the Thunder and the Clippers, Serge Ibaka chopped down with his right arm and struck Blake griffin in the groin, causing Griffin to crumble to the floor. There’s no doubt the act was intentional on Ibaka’s part, but the referees didn’t see it as an…

  3. Thunder overcome late rally by Clippers to win a physical one in Los Angeles

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    ibaka griffin

    The Thunder and the Clippers are likely second round playoff opponents, should neither team be able to overtake the Spurs for the number one overall seed in the Western Conference. If it ends up happening, and if Sunday’s contest at Staples Center was any indication, we’d be in for a battle of epic proportions. Oklahoma…

  4. Knicks to sign Kenyon Martin to a second 10-day contract

    Mar 3, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    Knicks head coach Mike Woodson told reporters before Sunday’s game against the Heat that the team would sign Kenyon Martin to a second 10-day contract. From Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork: Martin, who was signed to provide depth to the Knicks’ depleted front line, received a DNP on Friday against the Wizards and has played just…

  5. Heat get 14th straight victory, come back from 16-point deficit to beat Knicks

    Mar 3, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts after he scored against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Knicks had beaten the Heat twice already this season, so coming into this one in New York, one would have guessed that Miami would have it dialed in from the very start. It didn’t exactly turn out that way, as the Heat trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half. But…

  6. LeBron with the vicious one-handed alley-oop throwdown against the Knicks (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Seeing LeBron James run to the rim through the defense and finish an alley-oop slam with one hand is always something to behold, but the slow motion replay from behind the glass is what makes this one particularly special.

  7. Raptors force OT thanks to this ankle-breaking move and baseline dunk from Alan Anderson (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v New York Knicks

    The Raptors found themselves trailing by eight entering the fourth quarter in Milwaukee on Saturday, but some hot three-point shooting from John Lucas III got them back in it, and the game was tight the rest of the way. Alan Anderson wasn’t great in this one, despite leading the Raptors in scoring with 21 points…

  8. Brandon Jennings dishes out a career-high 19 assists in win over Raptors (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings is getting a chance to show more of his all-around game, with Monta Ellis able to pick up the scoring and newly-acquired J.J. Redick able to space the floor for the Bucks offensively. Against the Raptors on Saturday, Jennings showcased his ability to run the offense, and find his teammates for good, open…

  9. Joakim Noah says Bulls coach Thibodeau ‘doesn’t understand the whole rest thing’

    Mar 3, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    The questions about how hard Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau rides his starters have been asked countless times, and the answers are always the same: That’s how he chooses to do it, the players can handle it, and the results have been mostly successful. That doesn’t mean that they’re going to stop, especially when the…

  10. Michael Jordan chooses between LeBron and Kobe (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Jordan talks with Bryant

    The quotes were everywhere a couple of weeks ago, broadcasting to the heavens that Michael Jordan picked Kobe Bryant over LeBron James when asked to choose between two of the game’s best players. As is often the case with these types of things, there’s nuance involved, and it isn’t as easy as simply choosing one…

  11. Metta World Peace says his style of play is aggressive, but not dirty

    Mar 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    It can be extremely frustrating to watching Metta World Peace continually make violent plays that are meant to instigate or agitate his opponents, and then hear him try to explain away his actions afterward. It’s not that World peace is lying or being disingenuous. He truly believes that plays he’s been penalized for — such…

  12. Warriors blow 16-point lead, lose fourth straight to Sixers

    Mar 2, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    Golden State's Curry chews his mouthpiece against Indiana during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    The Warriors rode a five-game losing streak into the All-Star break, but as a team, were trying to keep things positive. The streak reached six, before Golden State briefly righted the ship and rattled off three straight wins, but as the schedule toughened, the losses have begun to pile up once again. A 16-point second…

  13. LeBron’s shooting in February was the best by any player in the last 30 years

    Mar 2, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    In case you needed an additional reminder of how awesome LeBron James is, here’s a little something to put what we’re seeing from him this season into historical context. From Marc Stein of ESPN.com: The final tally for LeBron’s ridiculously accurate shooting in the month of February was 139 makes in 217 attempts from the…

  14. Report: Delonte West to join D-League Texas Legends on Monday

    Mar 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    When we last heard from Delonte West, he had changed his mind about playing in the D-League, which might be the only way to work himself back on to an NBA roster. Now that 10-day contract season is upon us, and with the playoffs less than two months away, it appears that West is now…

  15. Kevin Durant with the incredibly acrobatic reverse layup against the Nuggets (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant has the ball bounce off his shoulder after he scored past the Denver Nuggets in their NBA basketball game in Denver

    This is the rare highlight where the replays from multiple angles really don’t do it justice. Watching the original play at the beginning of this clip from Kevin Durant as it occurred in real time, it doesn’t even seem like making this shot was possible. The force with which Durant flies by the basket wouldn’t…

  16. Hawks head coach Larry Drew says team ‘took a step back’ after loss to Suns

    Mar 2, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Larry Drew, Josh Smith, Kyle Korver

    PHOENIX — Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew was at a loss as to why his team, which had won four straight and six of its last seven, played so poorly against the Suns and lost 92-87 on Friday in Phoenix. He needed only to take a walk through his postgame locker room to find…

  17. UPDATE: It’s official, Heat sign veteran Juwan Howard

    Mar 2, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    UPDATE 2:36 pm: Well, that didn’t take long. The Miami Heat have announced the rumors that they were close to signing veteran Juwan Howard were not just rumors — they have inked him for the rest of the season, the team announced. As noted below, Howard is not going to be asked by the Heat…

  18. Magic Johnson offers LeBron James $1 million to participate in slam dunk contest

    Mar 2, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    The irrational love fans have for watching the game’s best player do what he does best is perhaps beginning to get a little out of hand. And the media seems more than happy to be complicit in stoking that fire. LeBron James is not going to enter the dunk contest. Ever. Simply put, he doesn’t…

  19. Ty Lawson hits the game-winner to beat the Thunder (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Lawson celebrates game winning basket over Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA basketball game in Denver

    It all came down to this. Game tied at 103, Nuggets ball, less than 10 seconds remaining. Ty Lawson gets isolation on the wing against Thabo Sefolosha, who is known as an above-average defender. Sefolosha plays Lawson for the drive, which isn’t a bad idea considering Lawson’s rep as one of the speediest guards in…

  20. Heat overcome off night from LeBron to beat Grizzlies for 13th straight win

    Mar 2, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James dribbles against Memphis Grizzlies' Pondexter in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    One streak was going to come to an end in Miami on Friday, with the Grizzlies having won eight in a row and the Heat riding a 12-game winning streak of their own. It wasn’t surprising that the Heat were the ones that left victorious by pulling away late for a 98-91 victory, the team’s…

  21. Report: Raja Bell won’t accept buyout offer from Jazz

    Mar 1, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Raja Bell will not accept a buyout of his contract with the Jazz before Friday’s midnight deadline for him to be eligible to sign with another team and play in the postseason, his agent told Bill Oram of the Salt Lake Tribune. The details: Bell, who is being paid $3.48 million this season, has been…

  22. LeBron, Kobe named February’s Conference Players of the Month

    Mar 1, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month respectively for games played in February, the league announced via official release. It was the fourth straight Player of the Month award for James (in case you had any doubt who the leading candidate for MVP is), and the Heat…

  23. PBT Podcast: Warriors, Clippers, Bulls, Lakers, and some Heat talk with Ira Winderman

    Mar 1, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

    Lebrion James, Dwyane Wade

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I discuss the amazing 54-point performance put in by Stephen Curry during a loss to the Knicks earlier this week. We look at the Warriors playoff prospects, before looking back at last night’s games, the best of which didn’t make TNT’s nationally televised schedule. Chris Paul…

  24. Joakim Noah’s triple-double leads Bulls to win over Sixers

    Mar 1, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah grabs a rebound from Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes during their NBA game in Chicago

    You knew going in to Thursday night’s nationally televised contest between the Bulls and the Sixers that it was going to be a rough one to watch. Thankfully, Joakim Noah gave us a performance worth seeing. While the teams played a slower-tempo game that was low-scoring by design, Noah was seemingly everywhere, and posted a…

  25. Chris Paul makes sure the Clippers leave with a win over Pacers

    Feb 28, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul looks to get past defending Indiana Pacers' West and Pendergraph during their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    The Clippers probably thought they had sealed a quality road win over the Pacers much earlier than they had, getting out to a lead of as many as 17 points with 5:38 remaining in regulation. But as they’ve done all season long, the Pacers refused to quit, and went on a furious 13-0 run in…

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