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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Magic players and coaches hold team meeting to address issues

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game One

    On the surface, this doesn’t seem to be that newsworthy; after all, shouldn’t players and coaches sit down and hash things out if the team is getting blown out on a regular basis? Maybe, but that’s not necessarily standard operating procedure in the NBA. There are few practices in between the heavy slate of games…

  2. Report: Mickael Pietrus to sign with the Raptors

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    Mickael Pietrus

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the situation in Toronto, where the Raptors are 3-13 on the season, definitely fits the description. That might explain the team’s latest personnel move, which is the decision to bring in Mickael Pietrus to help turn things around. Sam Amick of USA Today reports that the Raptors have…

  3. James Harden welcomed back to OKC with rejections from Ibaka and Westbrook (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    It was a rough night for James Harden and the Rockets on Wednesday, where the Thunder’s former Sixth Man of the Year wasn’t able to do much of anything against his former teammates. The Thunder brought the pain early with these two blocks from Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka that occurred midway through the first…

  4. Suns send rookie Kendall Marshall to the D-League

    Nov 29, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    Thomas Robinson, Kendall Marshall

    The Phoenix Suns have assigned Kendall Marshall to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League, according to a team release. Marshall was the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft, but has been unable to crack the rotation with Goran Dragic and Sebastian Telfair being more legitimate options while the team’s season is still…

  5. Thunder have no problem with Rockets in James Harden’s return to OKC

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:05 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    James Harden returned to Oklahoma City as a member of the the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, his first time doing so since the Thunder traded him out of town due to a failure to agree on a contract extension prior to the start of the season. While the fans gave Harden a warm welcome during…

  6. Derek Fisher to sign with the Mavericks

    Nov 28, 2012, 11:06 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Derek Fisher was unceremoniously traded from the Lakers to the Rockets last season, before ultimately signing with the Thunder in mid-March. He played meaningful minutes while in OKC, and averaged over 22 minutes per game in the team’s Finals loss at the hands of the Miami Heat. Fisher’s services were not retained by the Thunder,…

  7. Suns somehow lose by 40 to Pistons

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:29 PM EST

    Jared Dudley, Brandon Knight, Tayshaun Prince

    It isn’t easy to lose big in the NBA. You have to really work at it, the same way you need to work at securing a victory by even the smallest of margins, especially on the road. But the Suns found a way in Detroit on Wednesday, losing by 40 points to a Pistons team…

  8. Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries ejected after altercation spills into the stands (VIDEO)

    Nov 28, 2012, 9:02 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo, Jose Calderon

    Late in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game in Boston between the Celtics and the Nets, Kris Humphries committed a hard foul on Kevin Garnett, with the Nets leading by 16 points at the time. Rajon Rondo took exception to the contact, a hit that landed above the shoulders and knocked Garnett to the…

  9. Ricky Rubio cleared for full-contact practice

    Nov 28, 2012, 7:43 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    We told you over the weekend about Ricky Rubio and his scheduled visit with his doctor early this week, which was to hopefully be nothing more than a formality in getting him back on the court practicing for an earlier-than-expected return to action. It appears that all went well, as Rubio has been cleared to…

  10. Steve Blake out at least two more weeks with abdominal strain

    Nov 28, 2012, 7:10 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    The Lakers point guard situation will continue to be an unresolved struggle for a little while longer, as Steve Blake will miss at least two more weeks due to the abdominal strain that’s already sidelined him for the last eight games, according to a team release. An MRI on Wednesday confirmed the need for Blake…

  11. Byron Scott is brutally honest in assessing Cavs’ latest loss (VIDEO)

    Nov 28, 2012, 1:24 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tuesday night wasn’t a good one for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They managed just 78 points in a home loss to the Suns, and shot 35.7 percent from the field, including a dismal 2-of-15 from three-point range, while committing 18 turnovers and getting outscored in the paint by 14. Dion Waiters was 7-of-20, Jeremy Pargo was…

  12. Kobe dismissive of Lakers’ very real free throw issues

    Nov 28, 2012, 1:05 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    It was another dreadful performance from the seemingly all-or-nothing Lakers on Tuesday, one where the team managed just 77 points in a loss to the Pacers. There were 20 more points available to L.A. at the free throw line, but as has been the case all season long, the Lakers simply could not convert on…

  13. Ricky Rubio: Backyard Wrestler (VIDEO)

    Nov 28, 2012, 11:49 AM EST

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    Here’s the latest spot from Foot Locker and adidas, showcasing Ricky Rubio in gear that he can take from the court to the club as an “international icon.” What Rubio doesn’t do with his time off, obviously, is become a backyard wrestler. But in case you needed a visual of what that might look like,…

  14. James Harden says playing Thunder will be ‘just another game’

    Nov 28, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    The Rockets will play the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, which will mark the first time that James Harden will lace ‘em up against the team he couldn’t come to terms with on a contract extension shortly before the start of the season. As a result, OKC traded Harden to Houston, where he’s been…

  15. Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins called for a block and a charge on the same play (VIDEO)

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:55 AM EST

    Nikola Pekovic, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love

    This was an odd play to say the least, but one that ultimately resulted in the officials doing the right thing. With 8:57 to play in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game between the Kings and the Timberwolves, DeMarcus Cousins came down the lane and collided with Kevin Love on his way to attempting…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: All guard edition

    Nov 26, 2012, 12:05 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday stretches past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in Game 6

    Sunday’s slate of games was fairly uninspiring, with no marquee matchups to speak of; even the two games that went into overtime and double overtime ended up being won by the team that was expected to do so. But the players that shined the brightest might say otherwise, and the ones we’ve chosen as our…

  17. Ricky Rubio may be back sooner than expected

    Nov 25, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    The Timberwolves started the season doing a pretty good job of fighting through the rash of injuries the team was dealing with, getting off to an unexpected 5-2 start. Since then, as more and more players were forced to miss time, and even with Kevin Love being back in the lineup, the wheels have started…

  18. Rashard Lewis suddenly out of the Heat’s rotation

    Nov 25, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Rashard Lewis

    Rashard Lewis began the season playing fairly well in Miami, perhaps even better than most expected. He was getting close to 20 minutes per game off the bench in the Heat’s first six games of the season, and filling in productively offensively in his time on the court. But since Miami has been at full…

  19. Mavericks broadcaster disgusted with Kobe’s one-legged Dirk shot in Dallas (VIDEO)

    Nov 25, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Kobe Bryant didn’t attempt a shot during the entire first quarter of the Lakers blowout win over the Mavericks on Saturday. When he did finally get a shot up early in the second, the fans in Dallas — or at least a member of the broadcast team — weren’t real happy with what they saw.…

  20. Reminder: Jeremy Lin likely to be voted in as an All-Star starter

    Nov 25, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Knicks Lin talks during a new conference before the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    This is not exactly breaking news, because (A) it hasn’t actually happened yet, and (B) it’s been widely speculated about since last season. But it is worth reminding you about nonetheless. When the NBA’s All-Star festivities descend on Houston in February, Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is more than likely to appear in the mid-season…

  21. Thoughts and prayers with Kevin McHale and his family after the passing of their daughter

    Nov 25, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale has been away from the team since November 12, spending time with his family while dealing with the serious illness of his daughter. The organization announced today that she has passed away. Sasha McHale, 23, lost her battle with lupus, according to the Star Tribune. Here’s the official statement from…

  22. Pau Gasol playing through knee tendinitis

    Nov 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Gasol drives on Dallas Mavericks Murphy during their NBA game in Dallas

    Pau Gasol found himself on the bench for the fourth quarter of Friday’s loss to the Grizzlies, thanks to a lethargic and uninspired effort that was evident to anyone who was watching. He complained about his lack of post touches afterward, and talked about how getting those touches would help him get into a rhythm…

  23. Harrison Barnes destroys Nikola Pekovic with the vicious slam dunk (VIDEO)

    Nov 25, 2012, 8:30 AM EST

    Harrison Barnes

    You know this dunk from Harrison barnes on Nikola Pekovic is insane for a couple of reasons. One, your eyes just tell you so. Barnes cutting full speed to the basket, and David Lee hitting him in stride perfectly with the no-look pass before Barnes elevates and detonates (shout out to Tom Leander) on Pekovic…

  24. Lakers get back on track with 26-point destruction of Mavericks

    Nov 25, 2012, 12:50 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    This is how it’s supposed to happen. After a disappointing two-game stretch that had the Lakers questioning their roles and searching for answers, it took less than a full game in Dallas for the team to find its way. L.A. dominated from the start, and led by as many as 37 points on the way…

  25. Heat come from seven down in final two minutes to beat the Cavs

    Nov 24, 2012, 11:48 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Allen celebrates his game-winning basket against Cleveland Cavaliers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    The Cavaliers had no business being in this game with the Heat, in Miami, without the injured Kyrie Irving. But they weren’t only in it, they were on track to win it — until the final two minutes, when it all fell apart. The Heat beat Cleveland 110-108 on Saturday, but they waited until almost…

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