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  1. Joel Przybilla suspended one game for throwing the ball at a referee (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    Joel Przybilla

    Joel Przybilla of the Milwaukee Bucks has been suspended one game without pay for throwing the ball and hitting a referee, the league announced via official release. The incident, which can be seen in the video clip above, occurred with 1:36 remaining in Milwaukee’s blowout 111-85 loss at the hands of the Clippers on Dec.…

  2. Kwame Brown sends Dwight Howard’s shot into the stands (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    In the matchup at the center position between Kwame Brown and Dwight Howard on Sunday, who would you guess would be the one rejecting the other’s shot by swatting it several rows deep into the stands? Just as we all suspected, it was Kwame who defended Howard perfectly and got the emphatic block early in…

  3. Mark Jackson says win over Hawks shows Warriors are ‘for real’

    Dec 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    mark-jacksonwarriors

    The Warriors have been one of the nice surprises of the young season, getting out to a 16-8 start, and wrapping up the team’s longest road trip of the year with a 6-1 record after blowing out the Hawks on Saturday. Much was made of the fact that the Warriors, by virtue of their last-second…

  4. Nate Robinson with the monster rejection on MarShon Brooks (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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

    You never know what you’re going to get from Nate Robinson from a pure basketball perspective on a night-to-night basis, but his athleticism is something that always remains a constant. Robinson hustles back on defense in time to elevate and get just a monster rejection of this shot attempt from MarShon Brooks, who likely had…

  5. Report: Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans among those who could be traded this season

    Dec 16, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Neither Brandon Jennings nor Tyreke Evans received or agreed to lucrative contract extensions this past offseason. The thinking on both is that their respective teams need a little more time to decide on where they stand with these players in terms of making a long-term commitment, and since the Bucks and the Kings have the…

  6. Manu Ginobili leaves with leg injury, questionable for Spurs next game in OKC

    Dec 16, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Late in the first quarter of the Spurs’ win over the Celtics on Saturday, Manu Ginobili went down hard after colliding with Boston’s Chris Wilcox. The injury was reported to be a contusion to the left quadriceps, and Ginobili did not return. His status is up in the air for the team’s next game, a…

  7. Rubio fires bounce pass through defender’s legs for the assist (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    Ricky Rubio was stellar in his return to the Timberwolves lineup on Saturday, and plays like this were a big reason why. It wasn’t so much the statistical impact that Rubio had in his team’s overtime win over the Mavericks, though he did finish with nine assists in only 18 minutes of action. It was…

  8. Pau Gasol likely to return to Lakers lineup next week

    Dec 16, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s easy to say that the Lakers should be winning more basketball games than they have been, simply because of the presence of Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard on the floor together in the same lineup. But it’s not that simple, especially when the rest of the supporting cast has been, from a talent standpoint,…

  9. Ricky Rubio impresses in first game back with Timberwolves, an overtime win over Dallas

    Dec 16, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves lineup on Saturday, his first game action since tearing two knee ligaments last March. In his first stint back, it was as though he never left. Rubio was dazzling in his relatively brief appearance, and his mere presence brought an energy to the game that the Mavericks, over…

  10. Kyrie Irving scores career-high 41 points, but Knicks hang on to beat Cavs

    Dec 15, 2012, 11:08 PM EDT

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

    Carmelo Anthony sat out Saturday night’s game against the Cavaliers due to a sprained ankle he suffered in Thursday’s win over the Lakers. Without him, the Eastern Conference leading Knicks almost ended up with a loss to a Cavaliers team that now has a record of just five wins against 20 losses on the season.…

  11. Report: Jazz will deal Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap before trade deadline

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

    The Utah Jazz will have some interesting decisions to make this summer. And they involve whether or not to keep the team’s two best players. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both legitimate starting frontcourt players, each with a unique skill set that would have tremendous value for a multitude of NBA teams. There are…

  12. Dwight Howard shuts down Andrew Bynum questions in advance of Lakers next game against Sixers

    Dec 15, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum

    The storylines are predictable anytime one team is set to face another that features one of its former players. The new player will be asked about the old one, and that’s especially true when those players were All-Stars who were swapped for one another in a deal that anyone would classify as nothing short of…

  13. Carmelo Anthony to miss Saturday’s game vs. Cavaliers

    Dec 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    UPDATE 7:30 p.m. ET: It’s now official — Anthony will be out for Saturday night’s game against the Cavaliers, according to multiple reports. Carmelo Anthony went down hard in the third quarter of his team’s blowout win over the Lakers on Thursday, and did not return after suffering a sprained ankle. The injury is not…

  14. Ricky Rubio to make season debut Saturday for Timberwolves

    Dec 15, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio will make his season debut Saturday night when the Timberwolves host the Mavericks, the team announced via official release. Rubio tore both his ACL and LCL last March, and hasn’t played in a game since. “I’m excited to get back on the floor with my teammates and play in front of the best…

  15. Wizards’ owner says finances were not a factor in turning down deal for James Harden

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Houston Rockets

    Earlier this week, Michael Lee of the Washington Post reported that the Wizards turned down a potential trade with the Thunder that would have landed them James Harden. The cost in terms of assets the Wizards would have to give up to Oklahoma City was relatively low — Bradley Beal and Chris Singleton were the…

  16. Danilo Gallinari throws it off the backboard to himself for the dunk against Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    No one is going to confuse the game of Danilo Gallinari with that of, say, Tracy McGrady. But pulling a stunt like this, and doing so successfully in a real live NBA contest that counts in the standings is not only bold, but it’s also damn impressive. With Denver trailing by two and under nine-and-a-half…

  17. Report: Anderson Varejao ‘highly available’ in trade, but asking price remains high

    Dec 15, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The trade talk for Anderson Varejao has been consistently present in recent seasons, but the asking price the Cavaliers organization placed on him has always been too steep for teams to consider. That might change this year, with Varejao leading the league in rebounding and having an All-Star caliber season — even if, as we…

  18. Kevin Garnett and Kevin McHale share an emotional embrace after Rockets beat Celtics (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Kevin Garnett

    The show of support and respect from around the league for Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, who has returned to the team following an extended leave of absence after the passing of his daughter, has truly been amazing to see. It shows that the brotherhood of those involved with the game runs much deeper than…

  19. Lakers snap four-game losing streak with win over Wizards

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Washington Wizards

    It’s been an ugly stretch for the Lakers recently. With the team losing four straight and six of its last seven, a win by any means necessary would be welcome in Los Angeles — even against the team with the league’s worst record, the Washington Wizards. Thursday night’s destruction at the hands of the Knicks…

  20. Brook Lopez returns to Nets lineup after missing seven games due to injury

    Dec 14, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Brook Lopez returned to the Nets starting lineup on Friday night against the Pistons, after missing the last seven games with a foot injury. Brooklyn struggled with Lopez out, losing five of those seven contests. It appears that Lopez will have a minutes limit initially to see how he responds to the activity, and to…

  21. Former NBA player Shawne Williams arrested on drug charges

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    shawne williams nets arrested

    Former NBA player Shawne Williams was arrested Thursday on drug charges, according to a report from the Memphis Commercial Appeal. An officer was on routine patrol outside a Cricket wireless store in the 3400 block of Austin Peay near the Raleigh Springs Mall. The officer approached Williams in his nearby Porsche Panamera after smelling marijuana,…

  22. PBT Podcast: Talking Lakers, Warriors, All-Star voting, and a chat with Kenny Anderson

    Dec 14, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant looks at the clock during their NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the state of the Lakers, after they were dropped Thursday night by a very good Knicks team. We then discuss Damian Lillard and the impact he’s having with the Blazers this season, before shifting our attention to the surging Golden State…

  23. Carmelo Anthony leads Knicks to complete destruction of the Lakers

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    There were some who wondered whether the Lakers had hit rock bottom after losing in Cleveland to the 5-18 Cavaliers on Tuesday. The answer? Nope. Rock bottom officially came on Thursday in New York, where the Knicks absolutely destroyed L.A., leading by as many as 26 points on the way to a 116-107 victory, which…

  24. Suns to wear black throwback jerseys when Lakers visit Jan. 30

    Dec 13, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

    barkley black suns jersey

    The Suns rolled out a new court design this season, and word has it that new uniforms were supposed to be there to match. They’re likely coming next season or the one after, once the team decides on a design, and once they submit that design to the league for approval before the deadline to…

  25. Lionel Hollins points to favorable schedule as the reason for the Grizzlies’ strong start

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Lionel Hollins, Jerryd Bayless, Mike Conley

    PHOENIX — Reality has set in on the Memphis Grizzlies recently. But that doesn’t negate the team’s stronger-than-expected start. After a loss in Phoenix on Wednesday to a Suns club that had dropped seven straight coming in, Memphis has now posted just two wins against three losses over its last five games. This may be…

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