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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Report: Nets will try to talk to Phil Jackson ‘in the next few days’

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:56 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Nets GM Billy King can say that P.J. Carlesimo is the team’s head coach all he wants. We all know the expectations are a little out of control in Brooklyn, and with the firing of Avery Johnson taking place earlier this week, the team will be looking to get a big-name coach on the payroll…

  2. Wade’s overtime steal seals Heat’s win over Magic (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2012, 8:52 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    It’s not like the Heat weren’t supposed to beat the Magic on Monday, especially with Orlando missing both Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson due to injury. But after a strong start, Miami was complacent in the second quarter, getting outscored by 15 in the period, which gave the home team some confidence that allowed them…

  3. Report: Jeff Van Gundy interested in Nets job, but won’t meet with team while interim coach is in place

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:19 PM EST

    Jeff Van Gundy

    Jeff Van Gundy was an NBA head coach for 11 years with the Knicks and the Rockets, but hasn’t held that job title since the 2006-07 season. It appears that may change as early as next year, but only if the Brooklyn Nets are willing to wait that long to secure Van Gundy’s services. From…

  4. Dirk Nowitzki says it looks like O.J. Mayo is lacking confidence

    Dec 28, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

    O.J. Mayo

    After suffering an extremely tough overtime loss at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, the Mavericks find themselves in the midst of a season-high four-game losing streak. A look at O.J. Mayo‘s production drop-off during that stretch will show you the precise reason why. Mayo was a huge bright spot for Dallas…

  5. Dwyane Wade responds to suspension, says he’s ‘far from being a dirty player’

    Dec 28, 2012, 4:27 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade was suspended one game by the league for kicking Ramon Sessions in the groin during Wednesday night’s game game against the Bobcats. It’s pretty clear the play was intentional on Wade’s part, especially when viewing the replay in slow motion. Wade said otherwise, however, via his Twitter feed Thursday night. Interestingly enough, Wade…

  6. Goran Dragic out Friday thanks to flagrant foul from J.R. Smith

    Dec 28, 2012, 3:41 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Goran Dragic will miss the Suns game on Friday in Indianapolis against the Pacers, and is questionable for the team’s next one in Minnesota, thanks to a nasty fall he took late in the first half of Wednesday night’s loss to the Knicks. Dragic suffered multiple injuries on the play, including to his elbow, wrist,…

  7. Carmelo Anthony to miss second straight game with knee injury

    Dec 28, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts after teammate Marcus Camby fell into him, after going to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Carmelo Anthony will miss his second straight game due to the knee injury he suffered in the Knicks’ Christmas Day loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles. Marcus Camby rolled into Anthony’s knee inadvertently, causing Anthony to say he “kind of hyperextended” it afterward. New York will be without Anthony’s services in Sacramento on Friday,…

  8. PBT Podcast: Nets coaching search, Clippers win streak, flagrant fouls, and Celtics talk with A. Sherrod Blakely

    Dec 28, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the recent firing of Avery Johnson by the Brooklyn Nets, and where they go from here in terms of finding a replacement that will live up to the extremely high expectations that management has for this team, whether justified or not.…

  9. Thunder come through late to get overtime win over Mavericks

    Dec 28, 2012, 12:22 AM EST

    Thunder guard Westbrook and forward Durant celebrate after taking the lead against in overtime against the Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    The Oklahoma City Thunder barely had any business staying in this game, considering the lackluster effort they brought to the floor for the majority of its first three and a half quarters. But while Dallas had the energy, they simply didn’t have the execution when it mattered most, and OKC pulled away in overtime for…

  10. Darren Collison hits the one-legged three to send Mavericks to overtime in Oklahoma City (VIDEO)

    Dec 27, 2012, 11:22 PM EST

    Mavericks guard Collison drives past Thunder guard Westbrook in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Darren Collison had his best game of the season for the Mavs in Oklahoma City on Thursday, finishing with a team-high 32 points in 40 minutes, while dominating the action for his team offensively. It wasn’t enough to keep Dallas from being beaten by the Thunder in overtime, but without Collison’s buzzer-beating heroics, Dallas wouldn’t…

  11. Dwyane Wade suspended one game for kicking Ramon Sessions in the groin

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:49 PM EST

    Heat Bobcats Basketball

    Dwyane Wade has been suspended one game without pay for his kick to the groin of Ramon Sessions on Wednesday, the league announced via official release. The league was more generous in describing Wade’s actions, saying the suspension was “for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of” Sessions. But let’s be honest…

  12. Dwight Howard fined $35K for flagrant-two foul on Kenneth Faried, but no suspension

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:34 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Dwight Howard has been fined $35,000 for the flagrant-two foul he committed by shoving Kenneth Faried in the face on Wednesday, the league announced in an official release. The league cited Howard’s “excessive contact with Faried above the shoulders” as the reason for the fine, and watching the multiple replays, it’s hard to disagree. The…

  13. J.R. Smith hits the game-winner to give shorthanded Knicks win over Suns (VIDEO)

    Dec 27, 2012, 12:22 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    Say what you want about J.R. Smith. The man simply gets buckets. The Knicks were down two starters in Phoenix on Wednesday, playing without Carmelo Anthony due to soreness in his left knee, and Raymond Felton due to a sprained pinky finger on his shooting hand. Both injuries were sustained in New York’s loss to…

  14. J.R. Smith’s flagrant foul injures Goran Dragic (VIDEO)

    Dec 26, 2012, 11:53 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    Well, this is certainly one way to go about winning when your team is missing two of its starters. The Knicks came limping into Phoenix on Wednesday, with both Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton unable to go due to injuries suffered in the team’s Christmas Day loss to the Lakers. That just meant more shots…

  15. Dwight Howard ejected for flagrant-two foul on Kenneth Faried (VIDEO)

    Dec 26, 2012, 11:15 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    With just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter in Wednesday’s game between the Lakers and the Nuggets, Kenneth Faried received a pass from Ty Lawson on a screen and roll play, and went down the lane in an attempt to score. Dwight Howard was there waiting for him, and opted for the hard…

  16. Rudy Gay not with Grizzlies due to personal reasons

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:57 PM EST

    Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant

    Rudy Gay is not with the Memphis Grizzlies for their game at home against the Sixers on Wednesday, according to a report from the Associated Press. The team listed “personal reasons” for Gay’s absence, with no additional information being conveyed at the time. Gay started the Grizzlies last game against the Rockets before the team…

  17. Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton out for Knicks Wednesday

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:10 PM EST

    Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts after teammate Marcus Camby fell into him, after going to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Carmelo Anthony was brilliant in the Knicks 100-94 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, pouring in 34 points, 24 of which came in the second half. Anthony played over 43 minutes and physically battled Metta World peace for many of them, and that doesn’t come without taking its toll. Anthony will be out for Wednesday…

  18. Pau Gasol with the monster slam dunk to seal Lakers win over Knicks (VIDEO)

    Dec 26, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Pau Gasol

    LOS ANGELES — With the game on the line and the Lakers clinging to a three-point lead with possession of the ball, it wasn’t Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, or Steve Nash who found themselves taking the final shot. No, that honor went to Pau Gasol, whose diminished role on a newly-stacked team this season hasn’t…

  19. Mike D’Antoni says Carmelo Anthony is having an MVP season

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    mike d'antoni carmelo

    LOS ANGELES — Mike D’Antoni coached Carmelo Anthony for parts of each of the last two seasons while owning the head coaching job with the New York Knicks, so he knows as well as anyone how much Anthony can dominate a game at times. Part of the reason D’Antoni ended up resigning as Knicks head…

  20. Lakers earn fifth straight victory with Christmas Day win over Knicks

    Dec 25, 2012, 5:59 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant guards New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — The Lakers beat the Knicks 100-94 on Christmas Day to earn their fifth straight victory, one that came in an intense and competitive game that came down to the final few possessions. Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony each finished with 34 points, J.R. Smith had 25 off the bench for New York,…

  21. Kobe Bryant with the flying acrobatic reverse layup vs. Knicks (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Late in the first quarter of the Lakers Christmas Day matchup against the Knicks, Metta World Peace terminated the dribble out top, and Carmelo Anthony was overplaying Kobe Bryant on the wing defensively in an attempt to deny him the basketball. Bad idea. Bryant faked Anthony one way, then cut backdoor, where World Peace found…

  22. Gerald Wallace grabs and holds Kevin Garnett’s shorts, causing brief altercation (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2012, 2:34 PM EST

    Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    In case you might have forgotten, the Nets and the Celtics simply do not like each other. The two teams got into it earlier this season, with a fight started by Rajon Rondo that spilled into the stands, and resulted in Rondo being suspended. As the two teams battled on Christmas Day, there was another…

  23. Marcus Camby to return for Knicks vs. Lakers

    Dec 25, 2012, 2:08 PM EST

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    LOS ANGELES — Marcus Camby will return to the Knicks lineup against the Lakers, head coach Mike Woodson confirmed to reporters outside the New York locker room a little more than an hour before tip-off. “We’re going to put him in there,” Woodson said. “We’re going to need him based on the bigs that they have…

  24. Mark Cuban calls championship argument for validating players ‘the stupid, macho element’ of sports

    Dec 24, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki

    If you’re a passionate NBA fan who likes to discuss the game with others, then invariably you’ve heard (but hopefully not given) this response when comparing one player’s impact to that of another. “Oh yeah? Who has more championships?” It’s become known mockingly as the “COUNT DA RINGZ” defense, used most often when comparing the…

  25. DeMarcus Cousins reinstated by Kings following suspension

    Dec 24, 2012, 4:02 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins has been reinstated by the Sacramento Kings following a suspension that ultimately lasted just a single game, the team announced. Cousins was back with the Kings on Monday and practiced with the team. The suspension, originally scheduled to last “indefinitely,” was due to Cousins getting into it with Kings head coach Keith Smart…

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