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  1. Earl Clark making the most of his opportunity with the Lakers

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters,  Earl Clark

    Earl Clark was supposed to be nothing more than an afterthought for the Lakers this season. But a concussion to starting power forward Pau Gasol has opened the door for Clark to contribute, and he’s made more than expected of his opportunity thus far. Clark was a throw-in as part of the trade that brought…

  2. Lakers snap six-game losing streak with blowout win over Cavaliers

    Jan 14, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Mike D’Antoni has a long way to go before his stint as Lakers head coach will be viewed as anything close to a success. But he picked his motivational spot wisely, calling Sunday’s game against the Cavaliers essentially a must-win, and a starting point for L.A. to begin to get its miserable season back on…

  3. A list of NBA players who can veto or block trades in 2013

    Jan 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Excellent information from Marc Stein of ESPN.com in his weekend column, where he details the circumstances surrounding the ability of various players to either block or veto a trade involving them this season. There are 19 players in total that can throw a wrench in their respective team’s trade talks if they so choose, due…

  4. Joakim Noah blames negativity for Bulls’ 10-10 home record

    Jan 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    The Suns went into Chicago on Saturday playing their fourth game in five nights, and having won just once in the team’s previous 12 games. That didn’t stop them from putting a hurt on the Bulls, a team that many believe to be in the upper echelon in the East, and capable of competing with…

  5. Pau Gasol out, Dwight Howard a game-time decision Sunday vs. Cavaliers

    Jan 13, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol

    Mike D’Antoni knew that beating the Thunder on Friday without Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol would be asking a lot of his reeling Lakers. That’s why he placed the emphasis on beginning the team’s potential run at turning things around on Sunday night’s home game against the 9-29 Cleveland Cavaliers. “I told the team, the…

  6. LeBron finishes the alley-oop from Wade with a reverse jam (VIDEO)

    Jan 13, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    When watching LeBron James finish what seems like the 400th alley-oop he’s received from Dwyane Wade on a fast break, the age-old question comes to mind: If a highlight happens against the Kings, is it really a highlight at all? Oh, come on, we kid the Kings. But what caught my eye while watching the…

  7. Mark Cuban says he won’t trade Dirk Nowitzki

    Jan 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    Dirk Nowitzki was a bit critical of Mark Cuban’s plan for the Mavericks recently, as Dallas has found itself struggling in the two seasons following the team’s title run in 2011. Cuban chose not to bring back certain key pieces of the championship team, including defensive standout Tyson Chandler, while opting instead for financial flexibility…

  8. James Harden goes behind the back and through the legs before getting the bucket against the Sixers (VIDEO)

    Jan 13, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons

    The Rockets couldn’t beat the Sixers in Philadelphia on Saturday, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying on the part of James Harden. Harden finished with 29 points on 10-19 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. But none of his baskets were as pretty as this one that he converted…

  9. George Karl says he could see LeBron returning to Cleveland to play for Cavaliers

    Jan 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heats LeBron James looks on during their NBA basketball game against his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    We all remember how LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency. It wasn’t pretty, and he even later said he would do things differently if he had the chance. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was famously critical of the way LeBron left the franchise, feeling as though James owed the team that drafted him…

  10. John Wall returns, Wizards get win over Hawks

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    John Wall, Louis Williams

    John Wall made his long awaited season debut on Saturday, scoring 14 points and dishing out four assists in 21 minutes off the bench to help the Wizards to a 93-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Washington notched just its sixth win in 34 tries on the season, but the vibe around the team may…

  11. Magic snap Clippers’ 13-game home winning streak

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Grant Hill, Josh McRoberts

    The Orlando Magic are just 13-23 on the season, but they have some surprising signature wins that give the fan base hope as the team rebuilds without a superstar on the roster, and with a first-year head coach running the show. Saturday afternoon’s come-from-behind 104-101 win over a Clippers team that held a share of…

  12. Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson asks LeBron James to buy the Kings (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James rubs his jaw after being fouled during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    LeBron James appeared at a charity dinner in Sacramento on Friday, as a guest of the city’s mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson. With the Kings once again in crisis, Johnson playfully asked James if he might be interested in purchasing Sacramento’s NBA franchise. James played along, and a good time was seemingly had by all.

  13. Iman Shumpert cleared, could make season debut in London against the Pistons

    Jan 12, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    The Knicks have struggled a bit as of late, and have had seemingly nothing but bad news on the injury front. Mike Woodson changed all that after the team practiced on Saturday when he told reporters that Iman Shumpert has been cleared by doctors, and could make his season debut later this week. From Jared…

  14. Damian Lillard drops a career high 37 on the Warriors (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas

    These are some pretty tasty Damian Lillard highlights from the Blazers loss on Friday night at the hands of the Warriors. Lillard essentially goes bonkers from distance, pulling up from long range time and time again and draining three-pointers as if they were 15-foot jumpers. He went 7-of-12 from behind the arc, and was 15-of-25…

  15. Grant Hill to make season debut for Clippers Saturday vs. Magic

    Jan 12, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    If you were looking for a reason to tune in for an afternoon contest between the Clippers and the Magic, Grant Hill making his season debut for Los Angeles is as good a reason as any. Hill was said to be a game time decision after practice on Friday, but Vinnie Del Negro told reporters…

  16. Amid Rudy Gay trade speculation, Lionel Hollins says he’d like to keep Grizzlies together

    Jan 12, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins, Jerryd Bayless, Mike Conley

    The trade talk surrounding Rudy Gay has begun to heat up recently, and for a variety of reasons, it isn’t likely to stop until mid-February’s trade deadline has come and gone. The Grizzlies struggled through a brief 2-4 stretch, but have recovered nicely to win four straight, including Friday night’s overtime home thriller against the…

  17. Steve Novak calls Nate Robinson ‘Little Nathan’ after Robinson mocks his three-point celebration

    Jan 12, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Steve Novak

    Steve Novak has adopted the “discount double check” as his go-to celebration for hitting big three-pointers. It’s the same one Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has made famous on the football field, and then even more so after appearing in a series of insurance commercials. The celebration is weak by NBA standards, but hey,…

  18. Gerald Wallace goes down hard, leaves game with injury (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    Gerald Wallace has earned the nickname “Crash” over the years for a reason. He consistently and fearlessly takes flight around the rim, with little or no regard for his own personal safety. Early in Friday night’s win over the Suns, Wallace went up for a basket, but was fouled by P.J. Tucker in mid-air, and…

  19. Bulls beat the Knicks for the third time this season

    Jan 11, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    The Knicks have shown that they’ve had no trouble dealing with the Miami Heat this season, the defending champions who sit at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. As for defense-first teams like the Bulls and the Celtics however, that’s where New York tends to struggle. Playing Chicago for the third time this season…

  20. Carmelo Anthony’s new Jordan brand documentary series ‘Playing For The City That Made Me’ (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    Carmelo Anthony is featured in a new documentary series entitled “Playing for the City That Made Me,” launched by the Jordan brand that sponsors him earlier this week. It’s a three-parter, hoping to show Anthony’s New York roots, and the passion he had playing the game from a very early age. This first episode entitled…

  21. Report: Kings buyer who would keep team in Sacramento has made formal offer to Maloofs

    Jan 11, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    As we told you earlier, the sale of the Kings won’t be a done deal until it is actually a done deal — contracts signed, press conferences convened, a river of tears flowing through the streets of Sacramento, etc. Shortly after the initial report of the deal being done came out, our own Aaron Bruski…

  22. PBT Podcast: Talking Kings relocation, Pacers, Knicks, Heat, and Lakers

    Jan 11, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Mavericks Kings Sale Basketball

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the seemingly impending sale of the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle-based ownership group, and why the fans there want to fight to keep a team that’s been historically terrible in terms of wins and losses. We then look back at Thursday…

  23. Wesley Matthews hits two huge threes late to help Blazers beat Heat (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2013, 2:29 AM EDT

    Trail Blazers shooting guard Matthews celebrates win with teammates Aldrige and Batum after defeating the Heat after their NBA basketball game in Portland

    The Heat looked as though they would have little trouble with the Blazers, getting out to a solid start and a 52-39 lead at the end of the first half. But a 38-point second half doomed Miami’s chances, and the team found itself blowing a 12-point fourth quarter lead while on the wrong end of…

  24. Pacers win ugly over Carmelo Anthony-less knicks

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard Smith guards Indiana Pacers forward George during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    There’s no question that the Indiana Pacers, much like any team in the NBA, couldn’t care less exactly how their wins are acquired. Whether they come due to a stifling defensive effort that allows the offense to barely get by is of no consequence; all that matters is that ultimate result. Indiana took down the…

  25. J.R. Smith throws it down on Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Ian Mahinmi, J.R. Smith

    It’s been a brutal first half in Indiana for both teams offensively, but J.R. Smith provided a momentary reprieve from the darkness with this thunderous slam dunk over Ian Mahinmi of the Pacers. Smith explodes to the rim from beyond the three-point arc, and seems to have the rim in his sights from the moment…

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