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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Adventures in offense, featuring Nick Young

    Nov 6, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Ronnie Brew, Kurt Thomas, Nick Young

    Nick Young‘s detractors would say that he’s a gunner with a low basketball IQ who shoots without conscience, and without a regard for consequences. And if they watched even just the first quarter of the Sixers’ blowout loss to the Knicks on Monday, they would likely have sore necks this morning from nodding in agreement…

  2. Video: J.R. Smith’s monster slam dunk

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks blew out the Sixers for the second time in as many days, and this slam dunk from J.R. Smith provided the exclamation point. Two things to love about this one: First, the way Smith’s entire body seems to arch back as he’s flying toward the rim before throwing it down is amazing. And…

  3. David Lee tells Blake Griffin to ‘stop flopping’ (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, David Lee

    It’s honestly a surprise that this doesn’t happen more often. Mid-way through the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ win over the Clippers on Saturday, David Lee didn’t appreciate the way Blake Griffin reacted to some contact underneath the basket. Likely dealing with this in varying degrees all night, Lee had a message for Griffin, and…

  4. Mike Brown says Lakers will be patient with Steve Nash, who could now miss up to four weeks

    Nov 4, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown (R) chats to Steve Nash of Canada during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    It was announced on Saturday that Steve Nash has a non-displaced fracture in his left leg, and will miss at least a week due to the injury. The “at least” part is most important here, as it appears that the team is taking the smart approach by not putting any pressure on Nash to return…

  5. Disgraced ref Tim Donaghy plans to attend NBA game … and is giving out betting advice

    Nov 4, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    You remember the whole Tim Donaghy thing, right? He was the referee that was caught betting on NBA games he was officiating, and served over a year in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the FBI investigation. Now that he’s off probation, Donaghy is back, and wants to be involved with the NBA…

  6. Video: Rajon Rondo proves that blocking his shot is simply a waste of time

    Nov 4, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo is one of the flashier players in the league, when he’s in the mood. I remember talking to him about it during All-Star weekend in Dallas back in 2010, pointing out that this seemed to be a new wrinkle to his game that had come about recently. Right? “No, I’ve been playing that…

  7. Hornets’ coach Monty Williams not a fan of NBA’s concussion policy

    Nov 4, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Monty Williams

    Anthony Davis, the number one overal pick in this year’s NBA Draft, missed the Hornets’ 89-82 win over the Bulls in Chicago on Saturday — but not because he wanted to. And his head coach, Monty Williams, has a big problem with that. Davis suffered a concussion on Friday, and left the game late in…

  8. Knicks continue impressive start by taking care of Sixers

    Nov 4, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Thaddeus Young

    A tip-off time of 12 noon in the NBA can often be trouble for both teams. It’s a quirk in the schedule for a league whose players are used to gearing up to perform at their peak sometime after 7:30 p.m., so the broken routine can result in some rough basketball during those early afternoon…

  9. Byron Scott says clock started late, Jennings’ game-winner should not have counted

    Nov 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    We showed you the game-winner from Brandon Jennings, an incredible launch from the top of the three-point arc with 0.7 seconds left to beat the Cavaliers as time expired. Cleveland’s head coach, Byron Scott, was less excited about Jennings’ heroics than the rest of us. He told reporters afterward that the clock started late, so…

  10. Brandon Jennings beats the Cavs at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Ben Uzoh

    There was no contract extension for Brandon Jennings by the Oct. 31 deadline, for a variety of reasons. Two games into the season, it seems like Jennings has every intention of making Milwaukee pay, quite literally, for that decision. In Friday’s win over the Celtics, Jennings notched a career high in both assists (13) and…

  11. Ray Allen’s four-point play sends Heat to win over Nuggets (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    This is exactly why the Miami Heat’s acquisition of Ray Allen is going to be such a problem for opposing defenses. The Nuggets did almost everything right against the Heat on Saturday, yet still lost to the defending champs by a final of 119-116. That’s because with the game on the line, and Denver leading…

  12. Brandon Rush out for the season with torn ACL

    Nov 3, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Rush, Shannon Brown

    The way Brandon Rush reacted immediately following his ugly knee injury in the first quarter of the Warriors’ Friday night loss to the Grizzlies, it was easy to fear the worst. On Saturday, the team confirmed it. Rush is expected to be out for the season with a torn ACL, according to his agent Mark…

  13. Josh Smith suffers ankle sprain, ruled out for Hawks’ next game in Oklahoma City

    Nov 3, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    It wasn’t a pretty start to the season for the Hawks on Friday, and things aren’t likely to get better when the team next takes the floor in Oklahoma City on Sunday. Josh Smith has been ruled out for the Hawks’ road game against the Thunder due to an ankle sprain. He won’t even make…

  14. Video: Kevin Durant drops Sasha Pavlovic with the crossover

    Nov 3, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

    We don’t really think of Kevin Durant as a skilled ball-handler, specifically. He’s certainly one of the smoothest scorers in the game, and can explode to the rim for a dunk in traffic just as easily as he can pull up for a quick-release three-pointer from distance. Maybe this play will help get Durant’s handles…

  15. Kevin Garnett gives interesting postgame pep talk after home loss to Bucks

    Nov 3, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Kevin Garnett is a different dude. Now in his eighteenth NBA season, if you didn’t know this by now, you’re clearly new to things. Let us welcome you, then, to the wonderful world of KG, and how he sees the game through specially-colored glasses. After the Celtics fell to 0-2 on the young season in…

  16. Steve Nash out at least a week with non-displaced leg fracture

    Nov 3, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Lakers guard Steve Nash talks to head coach Mike Brown during their NBA basketball season opening game against Dallas

    The news surrounding the Lakers isn’t getting better anytime soon. The team announced today that Steve Nash has a non-displaced fracture in his left leg, and will be out at least a week. The official release: Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash was examined by team doctor Steve Lombardo and had an MRI exam. Results…

  17. Hedo Turkoglu has surgery on broken hand, expected to miss four weeks

    Nov 3, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York

    The Orlando Magic got a big, and largely unexpected victory over the Nuggets on Friday, thanks to a 29 point, 10 rebound effort from Glen Davis, and 21 points off the bench from J.J. Redick. After the complete organizational upheaval the team underwent during the offseason — from GM, to head coach, to a certain…

  18. Kobe sarcastically says Lakers ‘hitting the panic button’ after 0-3 start

    Nov 3, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant reacts during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Lakers fans have been in a state of panic since their team looked horrible in an opening night loss to the Mavericks, who (by the way)  were playing without an injured Dirk Nowitzki. Kobe Bryant and the rest of the team might be ready to join them. Although they were pretty calm after the game…

  19. James Harden’s career-high 45 leads Rockets to 2-0 start

    Nov 3, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    NBA: Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons

    If James Harden continues to play like he’s played in his first two games with the Rockets, the trade that brought him to Houston may eventually be seen as one of the most one-sided in NBA history. It’s early, of course, and finances were the motivation in Oklahoma City, where Harden didn’t (and wouldn’t) have…

  20. Rasheed Wallace hits a three in first Knicks action (VIDEO)

    Nov 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    rasheed wallace knicks

    It was quite a night for Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden. The home team blew out the defending world champion Heat, and the fans chanted their way into seeing Rasheed Wallace take the floor for the first time as a member of the Knicks. Sheed isn’t yet in game shape, and isn’t likely to…

  21. Tony Parker’s clutch buckets late help Spurs take down the Thunder

    Nov 2, 2012, 1:23 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Serge Ibaka

    This was a game the Thunder could have won, and watching how the last few possessions played out, it’s one the Thunder should have won. But in the end, San Antonio had the execution that Oklahoma City did not, and the Spurs came away with a buzzer-beating 86-84 win over the Thunder to give them…

  22. Video: Tony Parker beats the Thunder at the buzzer

    Nov 2, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Kevin Durant

    This was a game the Thunder very much could have won. Most watching would say they should have won, but Tony Parker had other ideas. With the game tied at 84 and with less than six seconds remaining, Parker began the Spurs’ final possession on the far side of the floor. He curled baseline and…

  23. Why didn’t Dwight Howard and Chris Paul end up playing together?

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Today’s NBA is nothing like the eras of the league that have long since passed. Picture Michael Jordan recruiting Isiah Thomas to join the Bulls, or Larry Bird trying to coerce Magic Johnson into leaving L.A. for the bright lights cold weather and rickety conditions of the ancient Boston Garden. Exactly — it just wasn’t…

  24. NBC SportsTalk: Rockets happy with Harden, but are they a playoff team?

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    James Harden

    The Rockets looked like the big winners in the James Harden deal after opening night, where Harden poured in 37 points and 12 assists in leading Houston to a win over the Pistons. But let’s not get too carried away just yet. Harden definitely had something to prove in his first career opening night start,…

  25. Michael Jordan called the Thunder about trading for James Harden, and other interesting tales

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    In a wide-ranging interview with Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Michael Jordan said a lot of things that may be of interest to fans of both the Bobcats and the NBA alike. One of the more interesting notes to fans of the league in general was the fact that Jordan said he “made some…

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