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  1. Mavericks release Derek Fisher at his request

    Dec 22, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks

    It was believed that veteran point guard Derek Fisher had finally found a home for this season, after being unemployed for the first couple of months while reportedly waiting for the right situation to present itself. But after spending just a few weeks in Dallas, Fisher has come to the conclusion that family is more…

  2. DeMarcus Cousins suspended indefinitely by Kings

    Dec 22, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    The Sacramento Kings have announced that they’ve suspended DeMarcus Cousins “indefinitely for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.” The suspension comes less than 24 hours after Cousins got into it with Kings head coach Keith Smart during Friday night’s game, and was benched in the second half as a result. This is just…

  3. Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah ejected after altercation (VIDEO)

    Dec 22, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Jason Kidd and Chicago Bulls Kirk Hinrich attempt to separate Bulls Joakim Noah and Knicks Tyson Chandler during altercation in NBA game in New York

    It was an ugly game at Madison Square Garden on Friday, where the Knicks melted down as they were being manhandled during a blowout loss to the Bulls. Carmelo Anthony and head coach Mike Woodson were ejected for arguing with officials, but the play that brought things to a head occurred with 4:39 to play…

  4. Nets head coach Avery Johnson not concerned about job security

    Dec 22, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson

    Avery Johnson was lauded for his work as Nets head coach during the fist two months of the season, when he led his team to an 11-4 start and was named Eastern Conference coach of the month in both October and November. Since then, however, Brooklyn is just 2-8, in part because Brook Lopez went…

  5. Raptors rookie Terrence Ross hits the three, gets the steal, then throws down a windmill jam (VIDEO)

    Dec 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Terrence Ross, JJ Redick

    This is a pretty great highlight sequence from Toronto Raptors’ rookie Terrence ross. The fact that it came in a win, Toronto’s fifth straight, just makes it that much more impressive. With the Raptors leading by six and just over six minutes to play, Ross buries a three from the left wing, his third of…

  6. LeBron James hasn’t been called for a personal foul in any of his last five games

    Dec 22, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James is arguably the most athletic player in the game today, especially when taking into consideration his size and stature. There’s no question he can defend, and can lock even the best players up when motivated while making life very difficult for his opponents while roaming the defensive end of the floor. But despite…

  7. Eric Bledsoe with the incredible chase-down block against the Kings (VIDEO)

    Dec 22, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Eric Bledsoe is an insane athletic talent, but buried on a very deep Clippers roster, has only gotten on the court for about 18 minutes per game this season. When he does get out there, however, good things happen more than they do not. Bledsoe got loose for this chase-down block against the Kings’ Thomas…

  8. Carmelo Anthony among multiple Knicks ejected in ugly loss to Bulls

    Dec 21, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    The best teams in the league don’t enjoy losing, and they especially don’t take well to getting blown out at home by a team it doesn’t believe is up to that task. Chicago came into Madison Square Garden on Friday and used its trademark defense to obliterate the team at the top of the Eastern…

  9. Cavaliers may rest Anderson Varejao through the weekend

    Dec 21, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

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    Once you look past Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao has not only been the Cavaliers’ best and most consistent player this season, he’s also been the subject of trade discussions and rumors that may see him dealt before the deadline, should teams covet him enough to offer enough of a package. Durability is the only question…

  10. Eric Gordon regrets comments he made in restricted free agency

    Dec 21, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon‘s rehabilitation from injury is progressing to the point that he’s expected to rejoin the Hornets very soon. The relationship between Gordon and the hometown fans has been tenuous at best,  thanks to some comments he made last summer while immersed in the restricted free agency process. “I strongly feel they are the right…

  11. PBT Podcast: Previewing the Christmas Day games, and a conversation with Jared Dudley

    Dec 21, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Jared Dudley

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the state of the Heat after their blowout win in Dallas on Thursday, as well as the Thunder and their 12-game winning streak coming to an end at the hands of the Timberwolves. We then talk about the Finals rematch between…

  12. Heat bring the defending champs to Dallas, have no trouble dismantling the Mavericks

    Dec 21, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James shoots on Dallas Mavericks Mayo during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    The Miami Heat are the defending champions for a reason. The overall talent on the roster, which includes the league’s best player in LeBron James, is enough to beat most teams in the league with ease, but only when everyone is engaged, and interested in defending to the level that they have proven to be…

  13. Timberwolves snap Thunder’s 12-game winning streak

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    J. J. Barea

    The schedule-makers didn’t do the Thunder any favors on Thursday, and Oklahoma City may have known ahead of time that it was going to be in for a battle that was perhaps tougher than most expected, given the team’s record, along with that of a Timberwolves opponent that it was facing. The Thunder came to…

  14. Kevin Durant hits a ridiculous and-1 shot off the top of the backboard (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko, Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant is a scorer in a true sense of the word. The man can get buckets in virtually every way imaginable, including by using every part of the basket to get a shot to go down, as he did while converting this and-1 play in the third quarter of his team’s loss in Minnesota…

  15. Kevin Durant featured with his mother in NBA’s new Christmas ad (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    In this latest spot from the NBA, we see Kevin Durant‘s mother Wanda Pratt, standing and cheering for her son in slow-motion, black-and-white video footage. Durant has the voice-over covered, and between the music and his words, we are painted an emotional picture. “It’s so surreal, it’s a blessing to look around and see all…

  16. All-Star Saturday to feature East vs. West format for the first time

    Dec 20, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    All-Star Saturday night, as part of the NBA’s All-Star weekend slate of festivities, has been largely about two events: the Slam Dunk Contest, followed by, to a much lesser extent, the Three-Point Contest. There are four events in total that make up the Saturday night program, however, and the league is trying something this year…

  17. Losses beginning to wear on Bobcats after dropping 13th straight game in Phoenix

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — Before the Bobcats lost yet again in Phoenix on Wednesday, the team’s head coach, Mike Dunlap, was asked to assess the mood of his club as it was dealing with a losing streak that at the time stood at 12 straight games. “Hearty,” he said. “Good. Learning, because that’s the way we started.…

  18. Anderson Varejao inactive against Celtics due to knee injury

    Dec 19, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics- Game Three

    Anderson Varejao will miss Wednesday’s game in Boston against the Celtics, thanks to a knee injury he sustained in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s loss to the Raptors. Varejao was listed as inactive on the Cavaliers’ pregame lineup sheet. The injury, which Cleveland listed as a bruised knee, caused him to go to the…

  19. Spurs assign Kawhi Leonard to D-League

    Dec 19, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    Kawhi Leonard has missed the Spurs last 18 games, after being shut down due to tendinitis in his left knee back in mid-November. It appears he’s getting closer to being healthy enough to return to the lineup. San Antonio assigned Leonard to their D-League affiliate on Wednesday, likely to continue his rehab and work toward…

  20. Bulls may waive Nate Robinson before Jan. 10

    Dec 19, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls are currently sitting at fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, and have gotten there without any help form their injured All-Star point guard Derrick Rose. It’s a testament to Chicago’s defense-first style, and to the coaching of Tom Thibodeau, who consistently utilizes the available playes in the right combinations to maximize his…

  21. Highlights from Kyrie Irving’s career-high 41 against the Knicks through NBA’s Phantom Cam (VIDEO)

    Dec 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Irving brings the ball up court against New York Knicks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Kyrie Irving put on a show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, pouring in a career-high 41 points as the Cavaliers gave the Knicks fits for most of the night, before ultimately falling 103-102. Irving was forced to wear a mask during the game due to a broken bone in his jaw, which made the…

  22. Spurs coach Popovich went to the ‘Hack-a-JaVale’ strategy just to get his team some rest

    Dec 19, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    If there’s a team in the league that makes a bigger deal of playing a game on the second night of a back-to-back than the Spurs, feel free to point me in that direction. It just doesn’t seem possible, especially considering what we’ve seen and heard from Gregg Popovich about it so far this season.…

  23. Christmas edition kicks for LeBron, Kobe, and Kevin Durant (PHOTOS)

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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    In what has become a favorite holiday tradition for sneakerheads, Nike unveiled the colorways for the shoes that LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant will be wearing on Christmas Day. There’s a story behind the choices for each. From the official release: KOBE 8 SYSTEM “In keeping with the snake-inspired design of Kobe Bryant’s…

  24. Rubio’s second game back much more of a struggle than his first

    Dec 18, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Ricky Rubio returned to the basketball court for the first time since March on Saturday, and he largely played as if he never left. The energy he brought to his team while coming off the bench turned the game in Minnesota’s favor, even if it took them until overtime to ultimately come away with the…

  25. Tyson Chandler elbows Jeremy Lin in the head, picks up flagrant foul (VIDEO)

    Dec 18, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Lin defended by New York Knicks Chandler in first quarter of NBA basketball game in New York

    Jeremy Lin got some revenge over the Knicks on Monday, the team where he played a season ago and vaulted into the national spotlight during his personal run of “Linsanity.” New York wouldn’t pay him what he commanded on the open market, hence the “revenge” angle that really isn’t all that important. What was important…

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