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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Tony Parker out Sunday against Suns with triceps injury

    Feb 24, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

    Parker of the Spurs competes in the skills competition during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida

    The Spurs have been winning games all season long without various players in the lineup, and Sunday in Phoenix they’ll try to do it again, this time with Tony Parker sidelined due to a triceps injury. Parker initially suffered the injury during the Spurs’ blowout win over the Clippers on Thursday, reports Mike Monroe of…

  2. Kobe’s crossover puts O.J. Mayo on skates (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2013, 5:30 PM EST

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    Signs a player on the court just did something exceptionally sick: 1- Audible sounds of shock and awe from the crowd, before the shot even goes down, and especially when a player is playing on the road. [Check.] 2- Teammates on the bench all stand up in preparation for cheering wildly once the shot falls.…

  3. Kobe scores 38, leads Lakers to gritty win over Mavericks

    Feb 24, 2013, 3:58 PM EST

    O.J. Mayo, Shawn Marion, Kobe Bryant

    Each game for the Lakers becomes more important as the season progresses, as the team tries to make up enough ground to claw its way into the postseason after getting off to such a dismal start. Sunday afternoon in Dallas, L.A. played like its beginning to realize it. Behind a spectacular 38-point performance from Kobe…

  4. Will Bynum ejected after punching Tyler Hansbrough in the midsection (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Will Bynum, Jerry Hendon

    Early in the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ second consecutive blowout win over the Pistons on Saturday, Will Bynum was caught on a screen from Tyler Hansbrough. Bynum either didn’t appreciate the contact, or the fact that Hansbrough continued to illegally move once the contact was made, and gave him a little shot to the…

  5. Danny Granger hits one of his 10 shot attempts in return from injury, and his teammates are ecstatic (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Danny Granger, George Hill

    It wasn’t exactly a perfect night for Danny Granger, playing his first game of the season for the Pacers after working his way back from a severe knee injury. Granger missed his first eight shots of the game, but playing against a woeful Pistons team that Indiana had just beaten by 32 the night before,…

  6. Dwight Howard says his poor conditioning has cost the Lakers ‘a lot of games’

    Feb 24, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Anyone who’s watched Dwight Howard play in a Lakers jersey this season knows that he’s nowhere near the all-world center he used to be during his years with the Orlando Magic. Howard underwent back surgery during the offseason, and while he’s recovered enough to physically be back out on the court, doctors familiar with that…

  7. LeBron says he was going to play until he got the last rebound needed for his triple-double against Sixers

    Feb 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Lebrion James, Dwyane Wade

    The Heat won their 10th straight game on Saturday, taking care of the Sixers easily behind a game-high 33 points from Dwyane Wade, and a triple-double effort from LeBron James. Miami led by 16 after three quarters, and it would have been easy for James to sit the rest of this one out, even though…

  8. Al Horford hits the game-winner to send Hawks past Bucks (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2013, 11:59 PM EST

    Al Horford, Larry Sanders

    The Hawks came from 10 points down late in the fourth quarter to get a nice road win over the Bucks on Saturday, and this play from Al Horford turned out to be the game-winner that sealed it. Horford is the type of low-post player that really needs to be double-teamed, especially in a situation…

  9. JaVale McGee says he has ‘selective memory’ regarding his time with the Wizards

    Feb 23, 2013, 10:15 PM EST

    JaVale McGee, Hasheem Thabeet

    The Nuggets played the Wizards in D.C. on Friday, marking JaVale McGee‘s first time back in the District basketball-wise since being traded to the Nuggets before the start of the season. Washington beat Denver 119-113, and McGee finished with nine points, four rebounds, no turnovers, and two blocked shots in 20 minutes off the bench.…

  10. Carmelo Anthony says Kenyon Martin will help Knicks if he’s ‘locked in and focused’

    Feb 23, 2013, 8:45 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    The Knicks signed Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract on Saturday, making the roster move that was reported to be in the works at the trade deadline official. That means Martin could be active when New York plays next, at home against the Sixers on Sunday. Carmelo Anthony played with Martin for several years in…

  11. Gerald Green finishes high-flying alley-oop over the Pistons (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Gerald Green

    The Pacers had no trouble beating the Pistons on Friday, leading by as many as 43 before settling for the final victory margin of 32 points. Gerald Green had little sympathy for his opponent, getting loose on the fast break and flying to the rim to finish the alley-oop pass from D.J. Augustin in spectacular…

  12. A detailed look at Nike Basketball’s Area 72 space from All-Star weekend in Houston

    Feb 23, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

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    Nike Basketball pulled out all the stops during All-Star weekend to showcase its extraterrestrial lineup of special edition kicks that would be worn by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant during the NBA’s midseason exhibition. Setting up shop inside the Houston Galleria mall, Nike created an Area 72 retail space that allowed fans to…

  13. Steve Nash blames back problems for poor shooting night against Blazers

    Feb 23, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Steve Nash, Damian Lillard

    The Lakers pulled out a close win over the Blazers on Friday, behind a stellar 40-point offensive performance from Kobe Bryant. Bryant hasn’t been scoring like this lately, preferring instead to involve his teammates more in the offense by passing up shots in favor of getting them some better and more consistent looks. But when…

  14. Bucks GM says trade for Redick is about winning now, but it’s also about something else

    Feb 23, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    J.J. Redick

    Milwaukee was one of the more active teams at the trade deadline, heavily engaged in discussions for Josh Smith, and even coming close to making a deal for him before Atlanta reportedly pulled out at the last minute. With Smith unavailable to them, the Bucks settled on another solid player, and were able to pull…

  15. Lakers respond to Mark Cuban’s suggestion that they should amnesty Kobe Bryant

    Feb 23, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban likes to receive attention, and he likes to take shots at the Lakers. He got to do both on Friday, when he suggested during a radio interview that the Lakers amnesty one of the greatest players to ever play for the franchise in Kobe Bryant. For the uninitiated, the amnesty provision…

  16. Warriors beat Spurs for first time since 2008, snapping a 16-game losing streak against them

    Feb 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It’s got to be the jerseys. The Spurs came into Friday night’s game against the Warriors having won 16 of their last 17 games, and were coming off of a thorough shellacking of the L.A. Clippers just the night before. San Antonio also hadn’t lost to Golden State since 2008, holding a streak of 16…

  17. Andrew Bogut out ‘indefinitely’ with back spasms

    Feb 22, 2013, 10:01 PM EST

    Andrew Bogut, Mark Jackson

    Andrew Bogut will miss the Warriors’ game on Friday against the Spurs, and is out indefinitely due to suffering from back spasms, head coach Mark Jackson told reporters before tip-off. The ‘indefinitely’ part, along with Jackson’s demeanor while delivering the news, may be cause for legitimate concern. From Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:…

  18. Celtics sit Kevin Garnett Friday night against Suns

    Feb 22, 2013, 8:48 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

    Doc Rivers told reporters before Friday night’s contest against the Suns in Phoenix that Kevin Garnett would be inactive, and that Jeff Green would get the start in his place. The reason? Rest. From Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston: Rivers has been hinting that he’d like to rest Garnett in upcoming games and, after Garnett looked…

  19. PBT Podcast: Recapping the trade deadline, and talking Heat, Bulls, Spurs, Clippers

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:56 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I break down all of the action that went down at Thursday’s trade deadline, and even some that didn’t. We discuss all the little trades, as well as the one involving J.J. Redick trade that was the biggest of the day, and the one involving Josh…

  20. Heat notch ninth straight victory with easy beating of the Bulls

    Feb 21, 2013, 11:23 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Teague during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    The Heat win plenty of games with flash and brilliance, and often times play an entertaining style of basketball that’s thrilling to watch even as they’re putting a beatdown on their opponent, perhaps even as expected. Miami’s 86-67 win over Chicago on Thursday was not one of those performances. The Heat surgically struck the Bulls,…

  21. Report: Hawks pulled out of trade at the last minute that would have sent Josh Smith to the Bucks

    Feb 21, 2013, 5:56 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    As it turned out, the biggest name to be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline passed was Rudy Gay, whom the Grizzlies sent to Toronto in a deal that was completed three weeks ago. It was supposed to be Josh Smith. Leading up to the 12 p.m. ET deadline, all signs pointed to Smith being the…

  22. Knicks trade Ronnie Brewer to Thunder

    Feb 21, 2013, 4:03 PM EST

    Knicks forward Ronnie Brewer fouls Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa during their NBA game in New York

    The Knicks have traded reserve wing Ronnie Brewer to the Thunder in exchange for a second round draft pick, according to reports from Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Brewer started the season in New York as an important part of the Knicks rotation, averaging 7.0 points and 3.5 rebounds while…

  23. Thunder trade Eric Maynor to the Blazers

    Feb 21, 2013, 3:31 PM EST

    Eric Maynor

    Oklahoma City has traded reserve guard Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a report from Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, since confirmed by others. The Thunder will receive a $2.2 million trade exception for their trouble, along with the draft rights to Giorgio Printezis, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. There isn’t…

  24. Suns trade Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors

    Feb 21, 2013, 3:10 PM EST

    Sebastian Telfair, Brandon Rush

    The Suns are in a full-fledged rebuild, and have no need for serviceable reserve players who would take minutes over the team’s young talent that needs to develop. As a result, Phoenix has agreed to send Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors in exchange for Hamed Haddadi and a protected second round draft pick, according to…

  25. Steve Nash passes Magic Johnson to move into fourth in all-time assists (VIDEO)

    Feb 21, 2013, 11:14 AM EST

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    It was a busy night for the Lakers on Wednesday. L.A. started things off by honoring their late owner Jerry Buss, then finished things by rolling to an easy win over the Celtics. In between, Steve Nash made history. With his fourth and fifth assists of the night, Nash tied and then passed Magic Johnson…

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