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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Nicolas Batum finds Damian Lillard for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    I know what you’re thinking: Shouldn’t this be the other way around? Nope. Not only does Damian Lillard go way up to catch the pass from Nicolas Batum for the alley-oop slam, but at first glance, this looks like it might have been a set play — immediately after Lillard gets around the screen up…

  2. The Extra Pass: Vince Carter had a front row seat for the “Miracle on Hudson” plane crash

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    US Airways Passenger Jet Crashes Into Hudson River By NYC

    LOS ANGELES — “They have to be shooting a movie or something.” That was Vince Carter’s first thought. Five years ago yesterday, the morning of Jan. 15, 2009, Carter woke up in the bedroom of his home in Edgewater New Jersey, and was lazily sitting on his bed just looking out the window of his…

  3. Thad Young hits the game-winning three to send Sixers past Bobcats (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

    Thaddeus Young

    Thaddeus Young has been largely amazing for the Sixers this season, but has also been a bit of an enigma over his last few games. After being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played through Jan. 5, Young followed that up by going scoreless in 22 minutes the very next day. He…

  4. Keith Bogans ‘excused’ from team activities with Celtics

    Jan 15, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

    Keith Bogan

    Keith Bogans is a veteran playing in his 11th NBA season, and as such, isn’t exactly thrilled to be riding the bench as part of a rebuilding situation with the Boston Celtics. Bogans vented publicly and extensively a couple of weeks back about his role with the team, and while it was viewed as nothing…

  5. Lakers’ Nick Young ejected after taking exception to hard foul by Suns’ Alex Len (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Nick Young didn’t take kindly to the hard foul he received from Alex Len in the second quarter of the Lakers’ matchup against the Suns on Wednesday, and immediately bounced up and started throwing punches. Young got into it with Len and Goran Dragic before officials intervened and separated everyone, and Young and Len ended…

  6. Greg Oden makes first regular season appearance since 2009, dunks almost immediately (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    Greg Oden was a part of the Heat’s active roster on Wednesday, meaning that it was likely he’d see his first action of the regular season on the road against the Wizards. Oden was a reclamation project for Miami, a long-term gamble the team hoped would pay off by the time the postseason rolled around…

  7. Knicks coach Woodson chooses Slava Kravstov to shoot free throws after Markieff Morris is ejected (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    NEW YORK – Entertaining moment early in the second quarter on Monday during the Knicks’ 98-96 overtime win over the Suns. Markieff Morris received his second technical foul of the game for shoving J.R. Smith following an inadvertent shot to the face he received while attempting a shot. A second technical is an automatic ejection,…

  8. Carmelo Anthony curses back-to-back schedule on live television (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony had just finished an exhausting overtime game against the Suns on Monday, one in which he played almost 46 minutes and finished with 29 points and 16 rebounds in leading his team to its fifth straight win. You can imagine, then, how he might have felt near the end of his walk-off interview…

  9. The Extra Pass: Rudy Gay taking control of his own story in Sacramento; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat

    The Memphis Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay and reached the Western Conference Finals. The Toronto Raptors traded Gay and are streaking toward home-court advantage in the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Regardless of anything Gay did, his perceived value dropped considerably in the last two years. But might Gay be taking control of his own…

  10. Gerald Green throws down the two-handed reverse on the break (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2014, 12:36 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Charlotte Bobcats

    Gerald Green got loose on the fast break in the second quarter against the Knicks on Monday, and with no defenders in sight, you knew something special was coming. Green went up and easily threw down the two-handed reverse jam, a small bright spot for him on an otherwise rough night — this was one…

  11. Report: Cavs players growing more frustrated with Dion Waiters

    Jan 13, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT

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    When a team loses by more than 40 points, it’s rarely only a product of the available talent on the floor. It’s usually a sign of deeper trouble going on within a given team’s ranks. The Cavaliers found themselves in this situation on Sunday, losing by 44 points in Sacramento in a game where Kyrie…

  12. Tyson Chandler on track for Tuesday return to Knicks lineup

    Jan 13, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New York Knicks

    NEW YORK – The Knicks are in the process of turning things around, having won four straight and five of their last six. And they’ve managed to do it largely without their defensive anchor in Tyson Chandler, who’s been sidelined essentially for the last four games due to an upper respiratory infection. Chandler will miss…

  13. Report: Cavs may hold off on contract talks with Luol Deng in hopes of pursuing LeBron James

    Jan 13, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    LeBron James Cavaliers

    When the Cavaliers ridded themselves of an unhappy Andrew Bynum and traded for Luol Deng, it was a short-term decision aimed at helping the team compete for a playoff spot in the miserable Eastern Conference this season. Deng is an unrestricted free agent this summer, so the deal amounts to nothing more than a half-season…

  14. Grizzlies’ James Johnson swats a shot from Jeff Teague into the stands (VIDEO)

    Jan 13, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

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    Normally when a player rejects a shot attempt so violently that the ball ends up in the stands, it isn’t the soundest of defensive basketball plays. Sure, that particular shot was defended, but knocking it out of bounds gives the team an extra possession, which basically just hits the reset button for the defense. Ideally,…

  15. Mike Conley with the crossover on Shelvin Mack (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    In terms of crossover video highlights, we’ve seen ones more embarrassing to the defender than what Mike Conley did to Shelvin Mack in this one. But the speed with which Conley makes his decision to use the move, and then the explosiveness to leave Mack in the dust and get to the basket were both…

  16. Deron Williams won’t travel to London for Nets vs. Hawks

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    It’s a light schedule for the Nets this week, with just one game on the calendar against the Atlanta Hawks. But it’s being played in London at The O2, and it doesn’t make sense for their injured star point guard to make the flight lasting almost seven hours just to sit and watch. Deron Williams…

  17. Report: Pacers become latest team to express interest in Andrew Bynum

    Jan 12, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    When Andrew Bynum was traded from the Cavaliers to the Bulls and then immediately waived in a move to shed salary, several teams, including the Miami Heat, reportedly expressed initial interest in acquiring his services. The East is unquestionably going to come down to a battle between the Heat and the Pacers, so Indiana must…

  18. NBA says refs missed foul call on final play of Mavericks’ win over Pelicans

    Jan 12, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Mavericks hung on for a 110-107 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, and Monta Ellis hacked the heck out of Austin Rivers on the game’s final play to ensure that would be the case. No foul was called by the officials at the time, however, and a day later, the league issued a statement…

  19. Drake introduces Raptors players on ‘Drake Night’ in Toronto (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    It was Drake Night in Toronto on Saturday, and the recording artist not only broke out a retro Raptors jersey-lined jacket for the occasion, but he also got to do the player introductions. Pretty basic stuff, although the flavor he added to the DeMar DeRozan intro feels like something we’ve seen before. Toronto pulled away…

  20. J.R. Smith returns to Knicks lineup, says lesson learned is to ‘be a professional’

    Jan 12, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    J.R. Smith has been at the center of attention in New York lately, first for on-court antics that resulted in a fine, then for being benched by Knicks head coach Mike Woodson in the team’s win over the Miami Heat. This is how it goes, of course, when players get into any type of trouble…

  21. Joakim Noah speaks, says he’s hurt but not mad at Bulls trade of Luol Deng

    Jan 12, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah had managed to avoid the media since the Bulls traded his longtime teammate Luol Deng five days ago, but broke his silence on Saturday after the team got its third straight win since making the deal, this time a 103-97 victory over the Bobcats. From John Jackson of the Associated Press: “The trade definitely…

  22. Larry Sanders ejected for elbow to Thunder’s Steven Adams (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    larry sanders

    In the second quarter of the Bucks’ loss to the Thunder on Saturday, Larry Sanders took himself out of the game. He delivered a couple of elbows above the neck to OKC’s Steven Adams, and the refs saw that activity and ruled it a flagrant foul. After video review, they determined it was a flagrant…

  23. JB Smoove appears in new Jordan spots for Carmelo Anthony’s Melo M10 (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony is celebrating his 10th year with Jordan brand, and his latest signature shoe, the Melo M10, was designed by Tinker Hatfield, the man responsible for many of the most iconic Air Jordan concepts. The ads the company is rolling out in support are pretty great too, and feature comedian and Knicks fan JB…

  24. Brandon Jennings with the pass off the glass for Andre Drummond, who finishes with the slam (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    This play exemplifies just how little energy the Suns had at the start of their contest in Detroit against the Pistons. Phoenix was a step slow for the game’s first few minutes, while the Pistons were ready to roll. Check out this pass off the glass that Brandon Jennings tossed to Andre Drummond, who finished…

  25. Roof leak at Verizon Center delays Rockets-Wizards (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    John Wall

    We’re not supposed to have rain delays in the NBA, but when a roof leak causes water to rain onto the court, the conditions obviously become unsafe for the players. That’s what happened in D.C. on Saturday at the Verizon Center, where a leak caused an extended delay in the action. The Associated Press noted…

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