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  1. Deron Williams says poor play in Brooklyn earlier this season was about the pain in his ankles, nothing else

    Mar 16, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    It was a rough start to the season for Deron Williams in Brooklyn. He was failing miserably at living up to the max contract he signed in the offseason to remain with the Nets, and was placing blame seemingly everywhere but on himself for those early-season struggles. That behavior didn’t exactly ingratiate himself with the…

  2. Spurs coach Popovich says he wouldn’t want his team to go through another 20-game win streak

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:30 PM EST

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The Spurs went on an absolute tear to finish the 2011-12 season, and rode a 10-game winning streak into the postseason. After sweeping the Jazz and then the Clippers in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the streak reached 18 straight, and two games into the Western Conference finals against the Thunder, it was…

  3. Kevin Garnett out Saturday against Bobcats, status uncertain for Monday vs. Heat

    Mar 16, 2013, 7:12 PM EST

    Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    Kevin Garnett will miss Saturday night’s game against the Bobcats, and his status is uncertain for Monday night’s game against the Heat, according to multiple reporters present for the pregame media session with Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. From Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston: The Celtics have considered giving Garnett games off over the final…

  4. Hawks, Suns trade buzzer-beaters to end the first quarter (VIDEO)

    Mar 16, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Johan Petro

    It’s always fun when one team gets an unlikely shot attempt to go down to beat the buzzer, but it’s not often when both teams do it to end a period in the same game. The Hawks and the Suns provided us with the unique highlight on Friday, as Johan Petro and Markieff Morris each…

  5. Kevin Love says chance that he won’t play again this season has ‘crossed his mind’

    Mar 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    The Timberwolves have been as decimated by injuries as any team in the league this season, and that’s included their best player, Kevin Love, appearing in just 18 games. Love broke his hand in the preseason, then re-injured it to the point where it required surgery. As the team’s medical staff tells him he’s still…

  6. Bucks head coach expresses concern after Larry Sanders is ejected from second straight game

    Mar 16, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Larry Sanders

    Larry Sanders gave us one of the more colorful reactions to an ejection we’ve seen all season on Wednesday, giving all three officials a demonstrative thumbs up before he headed to the locker room. Sanders found himself being kicked out of his second straight game on Friday, after arguing a foul call late in the…

  7. LeBron throws down the reverse dunk over John Henson (VIDEO)

    Mar 16, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    LeBron James

    LeBron James can do this to just about anyone, so there’s no shame in Bucks rookie John Henson being on the wrong end of this reverse dunk while trying to contest it. What’s striking about the play, however, is how little space James seems to have to pull this one off — first as he’s…

  8. Celtics not impressed by Heat’s 21-game win streak

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    Paul Pierce, LeBron James

    The Heat won their 21st straight game on Friday in Milwaukee, and while there’s no easily predictable end to the winning on the Miami horizon, at least one team isn’t lining up to fawn over the defending champs. The Celtics are in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and are just a…

  9. After first quarter hit to the head, Dwyane Wade had to pass a concussion test to return against Bucks (VIDEO)

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    It was a scary moment in the early stages of the Heat’s 21st consecutive victory in Milawaukee on Friday, when Dwyane Wade took a hit to the head from the hip of Larry Sanders that sent him to the floor. Wade stayed down for a while, before eventually leaving to head to the locker room…

  10. Nuggets get 11th straight victory with comeback win over Grizzlies

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Zach Randolph

    The Western Conference playoffs should be amazing this season, and two of the teams that will be as thickly involved as anyone clashed on Friday night in Denver. The Nuggets came away with their 11th straight victory, after bouncing back from a 10-point third quarter and erasing a double-digit deficit to beat a very good…

  11. Kobe plays with injured ankle, finishes scoreless as Lakers beat Pacers

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:38 PM EST

    Paul George, Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant surprised many by appearing in the Lakers starting lineup in Indiana on Friday, but the ankle injury he suffered on Wednesday in Atlanta proved to be too limiting for him to do any damage against the Pacers. Bryant played the entire first quarter, but went 0-4 from the field and asked out of…

  12. Kobe Bryant will be in the starting lineup Friday against Pacers

    Mar 15, 2013, 6:25 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Despite being ruled “out indefinitely” by the Lakers after suffering the ankle injury at the end of the team’s loss in Atlanta on Wednesday, Kobe Bryant warmed up this afternoon and is expected to be in the starting lineup when L.A. faces the Pacers on Friday. Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters in Indiana…

  13. PBT Podcast: Spurs, Blazers, Knicks, Bulls, Kobe’s injury, Heat’s win streak

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:41 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I discuss Thursday night’s games, which included a throwback performance from Tim Duncan to lead the Spurs past the Mavericks, and a big night from Damian Lillard to get the Blazers a win over the shorthanded Knicks. We then discuss the injury situation surrounding New York,…

  14. Damian Lillard leads Blazers to win over shorthanded Knicks

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:21 AM EST

    Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas

    The Knicks limped into Portland on Thursday, and were forced to give it a go against the Blazers without their two All-Stars. The result was pretty much what you would have expected. New York was dropped by the Blazers 105-90, thanks to a stellar 26 point, 10 rebound performance from Damian Lillard, the runaway candidate…

  15. Throwback performance from Tim Duncan leads Spurs to win over Mavericks

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:25 PM EST

    Tim Duncan

    It wasn’t necessarily a surprise that a Spurs team with the best record in the Western Conference would bounce back from an embarrassing, blowout loss to one of the league’s bottom-feeders that they suffered in Minnesota on Tuesday. The performance from Tim Duncan that led them there, however, was definitely a bit unexpected. Duncan was…

  16. Carmelo Anthony has knee drained, Knicks say he’s questionable Sunday against Clippers

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:32 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Anthony grimaces as he leaves the court after injuring himself when falling at midcourt during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers

    Carmelo Anthony told reporters after the Knicks were blown out in Denver on Wednesday that he would be heading back to New York to get his knee drained, and that procedure was completed on Thursday. From the team’s PR: Carmelo Anthony had a soft tissue fluid collection of his posterior right knee aspirated today in…

  17. Heat run win streak to 19 games by blowing out the Hawks

    Mar 12, 2013, 10:53 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    The Heat ran their win streak to 19 games on Tuesday, after cruising to a 98-81 home win over the Hawks that turned out to be just as easy as expected. Atlanta is reeling, having lost three straight and six of its last seven games. Watching the Hawks play, it’s fairly obvious that there’s no…

  18. JaVale McGee dunks on Hamed Haddadi, bows to him afterward (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2013, 8:40 AM EST

    JaVale McGee, Hasheem Thabeet

    One never knows exactly what goes through the mind of JaVale McGee on the court, but whatever it is, it makes for some entertaining highlights. This ridiculous one-handed finish off of the alley-oop pass from Corey Brewer was Clipper-like in both the amount of hangtime, as well as the complete posterization of his defender, Hamed…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: Unlikely heroes edition

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:44 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs Stephen Jackson, Tim Duncan, and Tiago Splitter of Brazil celebrate after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Most nights, we have the game’s biggest stars lighting up the scoreboard while leading their teams to victory. That wasn’t the case on Monday, as the leading scorers on the winning side of things were largely unheralded players. Third Star: Kosta Koufos (Game-high and career-high 22 points, 10 rebounds in win over Suns) Koufos isn’t…

  20. Ty Lawson finds Kenneth Faried for the alley-oop from beyond halfcourt (VIDEO)

    Mar 11, 2013, 11:53 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013

    PHOENIX — The game between the Suns and the Nuggets has largely been sloppy and played without much intensity, and essentially devoid of any highlights. It’s partly due to Phoenix throwing out seemingly random lineups during the team’s player development phase it’s going through, and partly due to Denver being mentally checked out to start…

  21. Brandon Knight’s week gets worse, leaves game against Jazz with ankle sprain

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:03 PM EST

    Brandon Knight, Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd

    Brandon Knight seems like a nice enough guy, but perhaps that wasn’t the case in a previous life. It’s been a rough season for Knight, with Sunday night’s obliteration at the hands of DeAndre Jordan leading the list of events that haven’t exactly gone his way. Players will always take embarrassment over injury, however, so…

  22. Kobe has a tough time relating to Dwight Howard saying his return to Orlando will be ‘emotional’

    Mar 11, 2013, 8:40 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    LOS ANGELES — Dwight Howard will make his return to Orlando on Tuesday when the Lakers visit to play the Magic, in what will be his first trip back since he tortured the fan base there for essentially the entirety of last season. The way Howard dealt with his eventual exit from Orlando has been…

  23. Three Stars of the Night: DeAndre’s dunk above all else

    Mar 11, 2013, 3:13 AM EST

    DeAndre Jordan

    There are great all-around performances, and then there are singular plays which rise above all else to define a day of NBA basketball. DeAndre Jordan‘s dunk over Brandon Knight falls into the latter category, and (spoiler alert) it earns him our top spot in the nightly rankings. Third Star: Dwight Howard (16 points, 21 rebounds,…

  24. Lakers continue to build chemistry, move into the playoff picture with win over Bulls

    Mar 10, 2013, 6:03 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada intervenes as Kobe Bryant berates Metta World Peace for committing a foul during their NBA game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — It’s been a long time in the making, and there’s plenty more work to be done over the regular season’s final 18 games. But for the first time all year, the Lakers can look at the standings and see themselves as an official part of the playoff picture after Sunday’s 90-81 win…

  25. George Karl shoves Wilson Chandler out of the way to complain to an official (VIDEO)

    Mar 10, 2013, 4:20 PM EST

    George Karl

    Late in the third quarter of Denver’s blowout win over Minnesota on Saturday, George Karl lost it after Ty Lawson was whistled for an offensive foul. The play could have been called on Rubio, but it did appear that Lawson may have initiated the contact by checking Rubio with the shoulder. Karl obviously didn’t see…

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