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  1. Ricky Rubio apologizes to acting coach Terry Porter for complaining about fourth quarter benching

    Jan 25, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio, Deron Williams

    Ricky Rubio was benched during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s loss to the Nets, in favor of J.J. Barea, who was making things happen for the Timberwolves in a somewhat close game down the stretch. Rubio is still on a minutes limit as he makes his way back from knee surgery, and had already…

  2. PBT Podcast: Celtics, Clippers, Suns, Lakers, All-Star reserves, and a chat with Chauncey Billups

    Jan 25, 2013, 2:25 PM EST

    Chauncey Billups

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the Thursday night TNT matchups, where the Knicks took care of the Celtics, and the Suns surprised a Clippers team playing without Chris Paul. We wonder what the issues are with Boston’s offense, and whether or not they have the assets…

  3. Suns move to 2-0 under new head coach with win over Clippers

    Jan 25, 2013, 3:50 AM EST

    Lindsey Hunter, Goran Dragic

    PHOENIX — The Suns said the team needed a “jolt” when it parted ways with Alvin Gentry last week, and replaced him with Lindsey Hunter as the interim head coach for (at least) the rest of this season. Hunter said from day one his first priority would be defense, and he’s been a man of…

  4. C.J. Watson receives warning for flopping while defending J.J. Barea (VIDEO)

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:42 PM EST

    C.J. Watson

    C.J. Watson received a warning under the NBA’s anti-flopping policy for a play that occurred Wednesday night in the Nets’ win over the Timberwolves, the league announced on Thursday. While the flop itself was egregious and certainly deserving of punishment, the fact that it came against J.J. Barea — along with Watson’s comments about it…

  5. 2013 NBA All-Star reserves announced

    Jan 24, 2013, 7:39 PM EST

    East All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat (L)  battles West All-Star Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder

    The 2013 NBA All-Star reserves were announced Thursday, and while there will always be a few players who fans will argue should have made it, it’s tough to disagree with the ones the coaches selected. In the Western Conference, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden were the guards selected, and big men Tim Duncan,…

  6. Lakers continue to regress in latest loss to Bulls

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol listens to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    The latest drama surrounding your 2012-13 Lakers unfolded before the game in Chicago even began on Monday. But it was merely a distraction, and a meaningless one at that in the grand scheme of what is becoming more evident with each passing game that is lost. The Lakers are getting worse, not better. And all…

  7. Pau Gasol says a trade seems more likely this season after being sent back to the bench

    Jan 21, 2013, 11:11 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Before the Lakers took the floor in Chicago against the Bulls on Monday, Mike D’Antoni announced that Pau Gasol would be removed from the starting lineup in favor of going small, with Earl Clark getting the minutes at the starting power forward spot. This decision, D’Antoni told reporters, was not just for one game, but…

  8. J.J. Barea fined $5K for second anti-flopping violation

    Jan 21, 2013, 10:46 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    J.J. Barea has been fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season, the league announced on Monday. The infraction that warranted the fine occurred in the Timberwolves loss to the Mavericks on Jan. 14, though the league did not immediately make video available of the specific play that resulted…

  9. Stephen Curry with the amazing pass to Jarrett Jack on the break (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 8:32 PM EST

    stephen curry

    In a day full of highlights, this might have been one of the best. Midway through the fourth quarter of a tight contest between the Clippers and the Warriors, Stephen Curry grabs the rebound and leads the fast break. He doesn’t get very far, though, before spotting a streaking Jarrett Jack. Curry stops at halfcourt,…

  10. Joe Johnson’s late jumper sends Nets to win over Knicks (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 7:13 PM EST

    Joe Johnson, J.R. Smith

    Joe Johnson scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, but none were bigger than this jumper with 22 seconds remaining that gave the Nets the lead for good on the way to an 88-85 win over the Knicks that tied the season series at two games apiece. Carmelo Anthony finished with 29…

  11. Rudy Gay’s game-winner comes after the buzzer as Pacers beat Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 5:51 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies Gay attempts a shot over Indiana Pacers George during their NBA basketball action in Memphis

    Rudy Gay banked home a shot that would have won the game for the Grizzlies on Monday against the Pacers, had he gotten it off before the final buzzer sounded. He did not, and as a result, the Pacers got one of their best road wins of the season in Memphis by a final of…

  12. Anthony Davis leaves game with ankle injury

    Jan 21, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis had 11 points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots in just 15 minutes of first-half action in the Hornets win over the Kings on Monday, but was forced to miss the second half after suffering an ankle injury, according to the Associated Press. There didn’t appear to be a particular play that caused…

  13. Nike Basketball honors MLK day with special edition shoes for LeBron, Kobe, and Durant

    Jan 21, 2013, 3:08 PM EST

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    If you look closely, you’ll see a lot of players wearing shoes with some bright orange laces on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. That’s just part of the detail on the special edition shoes that Nike Basketball rolled out to honor Black History Month. The official release: “Nike recognizes the importance of Martin…

  14. Luol Deng out Monday vs. Lakers

    Jan 21, 2013, 2:33 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET: Deng is out, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. The Lakers have lost eight of 10, and their struggles this season have been well-documented. They may catch a break Monday night in Chicago, where the Bulls may be without their leading scorer. Luol Deng is a game-time decision due to…

  15. Kevin Durant, Carlos Boozer named conference players of the week

    Jan 21, 2013, 1:45 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Carlos Boozer and Kevin Durant were named Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, for games played from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20. Chicago and Oklahoma City were both 3-1 during that stretch. Here are the numbers, from the official release: Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls Jan. 14 vs. Atlanta: Tallied 20 points, 13 rebounds…

  16. Bobcats president says team is ‘very active’ as trade deadline approaches

    Jan 21, 2013, 1:07 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Phoenix Suns

    The Bobcats opened the season with a record of 7-5, and were exciting to watch on both ends of the floor. Kemba Walker was spectacular at times, and the team’s energy was enough to guide them to some early-season success. Since then, however, Charlotte has put together a dismal record of just three wins against…

  17. Lindsey Hunter introduced as Suns head coach, details emerge on reasons the team made a change

    Jan 21, 2013, 12:10 PM EST

    Lindsey Hunter, Lon Babby

    PHOENIX — Lindsey Hunter met the media on the Suns practice court Sunday, just hours after formally being offered the position of interim head coach and running the team through practice. Almost two full days after Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby held a press conference but didn’t offer up a lot in terms…

  18. Kobe says he’ll have to push through tired legs unless Lakers ‘are going to do something roster-wise’

    Jan 20, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Lakers' Bryant puts his jersey in his mouth during a break in play against the Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    After making just 10 of his 32 shots in a loss to the Raptors on Sunday, Kobe Bryant pointed to “tired legs” afterward as the reason he’s struggled from the field for a second straight game. In the game before, during a loss at the hands of the Miami Heat, Bryant shot just 8-of-25. Combine…

  19. Blake Griffin leads the break, finds DeAndre Jordan for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Jan 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    We can probably find some sick Blake Griffin highlights from just about every one of the Clippers’ games this season. But usually he’s on the receiving end of one of these plays, not the one leading the break and throwing the perfect pass. Midway through the third quarter of Saturday night’s win over the Wizards,…

  20. Dwight Howard ejected as Lakers lose to Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 20, 2013, 4:54 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Howard complains about a call to the referee during their NBA game against Toronto Raptors in Toronto

    The Lakers lost to the Raptors in Toronto on Sunday by a final of 108-103, dropping them six games under .500 with three teams ahead of them for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Los Angeles played the entire second half without Dwight Howard, who was ejected with 1:18 to play…

  21. Vinny Del Negro sees trade rumors surrounding Eric Bledsoe as a positive

    Jan 20, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    BLEDSOE_ERIC

    When Chris Paul missed three straight games for the Clippers with a bruised right kneecap, the team didn’t miss him nearly as much as you might have thought. That’s because they have an athletic and capable backup in Eric Bledsoe, who started in place of Paul and had two above average performances in helping L.A.…

  22. Heat sign Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen to a 10-day contract

    Jan 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    chris-andersen

    The Heat have the best record in the Eastern Conference, yet they haven’t been anywhere near invincible this season. In the games they’ve lost, Miami has been crushed on the boards, and it’s been an ongoing concern throughout the season. The team took action to improve in that category by signing Chris Andersen to a…

  23. Richard Jefferson throws down the reverse dunk against Hornets (VIDEO)

    Jan 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Richard Jefferson, Lamar Odom

    Richard Jefferson has had a hard time getting on the court for the Warriors this season, but with more plays like this one, the team may be inclined to try to find him some additional opportunities. Early in the second quarter of the Warriors win over the Hornets on Saturday, Jefferson received the ball in…

  24. Almost two days after parting ways with Alvin Gentry, Suns name Lindsey Hunter interim head coach

    Jan 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Orlando Magic, Game Four

    UPDATE 11:17 a.m. ET: The Suns have named player development coordinator Lindesy Hunter as interim head coach, the team announced this morning. We’ll have more on Hunter following this afternoon’s press conference. PHOENIX — In case you weren’t sure of what the plan was in Phoenix to right the sinking Suns ship, we have some…

  25. Grizzlies hold on for overtime win over shorthanded Bulls

    Jan 20, 2013, 12:02 AM EST

    Zach Randolph

    It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Grizzlies will take the result. Memphis was able to hold off a shorthanded Bulls team in overtime for the 85-82 win in Chicago on Saturday, thanks to some timely rebounding from Zach Randolph and some well-placed shot making from Marc Gasol. Chicago was without its leading scorer in Luol…

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