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  1. Tony Parker out for Spurs vs. Nets with lower back tightness; Popovich may play Duncan 48 minutes

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Leave it to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to make light of an otherwise less-than-stellar situation. San Antonio needed to expend more energy than perhaps was necessary in securing a double-overtime win over the Wizards on Wednesday, though they did it without Tony Parker for much of it. Parker played less than 19 minutes and…

  2. LeBron gets the impressive chasedown block against Clippers (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    Wednesday night’s contest between the Heat and the Clippers was so entertaining that we could honestly drop a half-dozen highlights here that would all be worthy of your time. Instead, we’ll focus on this defensive gem from LeBron James, who was able to close incredibly quickly and perfectly time his chasedown rejection of Darren Collison…

  3. John Wall with the steal and layup to force double-OT vs. Spurs (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    The Wizards were very close to winning their third straight at home over one of the West’s top-three teams, but ultimately fell to the Spurs 125-118 after two overtime sessions. The fact that a second overtime was needed to decide it was all thanks to John Wall, who made the read on a poor decision…

  4. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

  5. Amar’e Stoudemire with the flying throwdown vs. Blazers (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks  v Philadelphia 76ers

    Amar’e Stoudemire had a bit of a throwback performance in the Knicks’ loss to the Blazers on Wednesday, looking as spry as we’ve seen in quite some time. Stoudemire got loose for a couple of dunks, but this was the more explosive of the two, where he flew in for the slam after the nice…

  6. Lakers finish win over Cavaliers with just four active players

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:24 PM EDT

    Lakers bench

    The Lakers were already shorthanded heading into Wednesday’s contest against the Cavaliers, but by the time it was over, they didn’t have a combination of qualified and healthy players to even field a five-man team. L.A. led by as many as 29 points before holding on for the 119-108 victory, but things were a bit…

  7. adidas unveils All-Star shoes for John Wall, Damian Lillard and Dwight Howard

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

    adidas NBA All-Star Crazy 8 (G98719) Detail

    adidas unveiled its 2014 NBA All-Star lineup this week, with four different models that will be worn by John Wall, Damian Lillard, Dwight Howard and more of the brand’s signature athletes during the festivities in New Orleans the weekend of Feb. 14-16. Details, from the official release: Crazyquick 2 “The bold “Vivid Berry” and “Solar…

  8. Kevin Love out Wednesday after suffering hard fall vs. Lakers (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:12 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Late in the Timberwolves’ win over the Lakers on Tuesday, Kevin Love fell awkwardly after being fouled in the air by Robert Sacre. It initially appeared as though the problem was his tailbone, though the official reason given for him sitting out Wednesday night’s game in Oklahoma City is a stiff neck. That would make…

  9. Andrew Bynum made convincing pitch to seal the deal with Pacers

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    When Andrew Bynum was suspended then traded by the Cavaliers, many believed that whatever issues that existed were caused by Bynum himself. As we’re now seeing, the problems in Cleveland run much deeper, and appear to be at the organizational level to the point where discipline and accountability are completely absent. That doesn’t excuse Bynum…

  10. Paul George breaks away for the windmill slam dunk (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    paul george

    Paul George hasn’t just evolved into on of the game’s best players. He’s becoming known as one of its best in-game dunkers, as well. The anticipation to jump into the passing lane to grab the steal on the perimeter was almost more impressive than the dunk, but the flair and athleticism that George continues to…

  11. Suns want to see Pau Gasol back from injury before escalating trade talks with Lakers

    Feb 4, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The Suns and Lakers engaged in preliminary trade talks on a deal centered around Pau Gasol over the weekend, and continued those discussions again on Monday. The primary holdup at this point (at least on the Suns’ side) appears to be the health of Gasol, who is expected to miss at least a week with a…

  12. LeBron flops twice on the same play vs. Pistons (VIDEO)

    Feb 4, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    LeBron James is built like a tank, but when trying to defend a slightly taller and perhaps equally-strong Greg Monroe in the post, things can get a bit physical. This play actually was a real battle for position, it’s just that the contact that was made likely wasn’t enough to send LeBron flying to the…

  13. DeMarcus Cousins on Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy: ‘He’s a clown’

    Feb 4, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Sacramento Kings

    The Kings beat the Bulls by 29 points on Monday, in a physical contest that got chippy at times. Joakim Noah was ejected after cussing out every referee on the floor, and apparently there were some exchanges once again between DeMarcus Cousins and Mike Dunleavy Jr. We say once again, because these two have a…

  14. The Extra Pass: Central heat, plus Monday’s recaps

    Mike Brown

    No NBA head coach has been fired yet this season. Of course, “yet” is the key word there. Given the performances and the high expectations of a few teams in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division, that could be changing soon. Here’s a look at the tenuous positions of three coaches from that division, in order…

  15. Nuggets won’t reach out to Andre Miller, even after season-ending injury to Nate Robinson

    Feb 3, 2014, 10:44 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets lost Nate Robinson for the season after he underwent surgery to repair an ACL injury on Friday, but even that apparently isn’t enough for the team to attempt to reconcile with Andre Miller. Miller is a veteran point guard who clashed with first-year head coach Brian Shaw over playing time, and served a…

  16. LeBron gets way up for the alley-oop finish against Pistons (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Sacramento Kings

    This play essentially exemplifies the defensive goal of the Miami Heat, which is to create live-ball turnovers that result in easy points in transition for the team’s biggest stars, who usually finish in spectacular fashion. LeBron James delivered on this play from the first half of Monday night’s game against the Pistons, where he got…

  17. Report: Cavaliers likely to shake up roster before trade deadline, which could mean dealing Dion Waiters

    Feb 3, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    dion waiters

    The reports of problems with the Cavaliers have been largely ongoing this season, but reached what may have been a tipping point over the last few days. Luol Deng, who was recently traded to Cleveland from Chicago, was reportedly shocked at what a mess the team is, which included details of Dion Waiters getting kicked…

  18. Rondo uses signature ball fake to lose defender before scoring (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo looked like his old self in Sunday’s lone NBA contest, finishing with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go along with 10 assists and six rebounds to get his first win since returning to Boston’s lineup this season. This play, where Rondo used his signature behind-the-back ball fake to lose a defender before…

  19. John Wall leaning toward declining dunk contest invite, but if other stars join he may change his mind

    Feb 2, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

    John Wall

    The NBA solicits its star players to compete in All-Star weekend’s dunk contest on a regular basis, but most don’t want to be the biggest name associated with the event. There’s no upside for someone like LeBron James to enter the dunk contest against a field of mostly lesser-known, non-star players. Win it, and that…

  20. Celtics get first win since Rondo’s return by beating Magic

    Feb 2, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    rondo

    Rajon Rondo returned to the Celtics lineup Jan. 17 from an ACL injury that prematurely ended his 2012-13 season. Boston’s only win since then, however, had been one against the Wizards that came on Jan. 22, in a game where Rondo was held out on the second night of a back-to-back as a precaution. That…

  21. Report: Clippers to sign Sasha Vujacic to 10-day contract

    Feb 2, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Vujacic_Sasha

    The Clippers have continually been on the lookout for upgrades to the roster this season, in hopes of winning now with All-Star talent like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin already in place. L.A. tried its luck with Stephen Jackson earlier in the year before releasing him, and brought in Hedo Turkoglu for bench support as…

  22. Lance Stephenson throws down a monster jam … on a referee (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Lance Stephenson was admittedly mad about not making the All-Star team, and has vowed to “kill everyone in front of him” in order to prove the coaches who left him off the roster wrong. Apparently, that includes referees. After a play was whistled dead and the official came onto the floor into the restricted area…

  23. LeBron: Heat ‘didn’t have much of a reaction at all’ to Pacers signing Andrew Bynum

    Feb 2, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    lebron bynum

    NEW YORK – Andrew Bynum ended up signing with the Pacers on Saturday, after several teams reportedly had an initial interest in his services, including the defending champs. Miami ultimately didn’t pursue Bynum, and he landed on the team that figures to be the biggest obstacle to the Heat returning to the Finals for a…

  24. Kevin Durant needed 95 tickets, 300 guest passes for friends to attend game against Wizards

    Feb 2, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Kevin Durant is from the D.C. area, and given how red-hot he and his Thunder have been as of late, the demand from friends and family to see him perform in person was at an all-time high when his team was in Washington to face the Wizards on Saturday. The Thunder were riding a 10-game…

  25. Carmelo Anthony tackles LeBron, but story is Heat’s bounce-back win over Knicks (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    lebron carmelo

    NEW YORK – Late in the third quarter of the Heat’s 15-point win over the Knicks on Saturday, the game was not yet out of hand, and with Miami leading by single digits, Carmelo Anthony wasn’t about to let LeBron James get to the basket for an easy two points in transition. Anthony wrapped up…

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