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  1. Paul Pierce receives flagrant-two foul and ejection for takedown of Pacers’ George Hill (VIDEO)

    Dec 23, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets

    Late in the third quarter and with the Nets trailing by 19 points at home to the Pacers, frustration appeared to get the better of Paul Pierce. As George Hill raced toward the other end for what appeared to be an easy fast break opportunity, Pierce chased him down to give a no-layup type of…

  2. Warriors’ Marreese Speights ejected for grabbing Nick Young around the neck (VIDEO)

    Dec 22, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    speights

    Early in the fourth quarter of the Lakers loss at Golden State on Saturday, Nick Young got into the lane for what was going to be an uncontested layup or dunk. Marreese Speights didn’t want to give up the easy two points, however, and grabbed Young from behind around the neck to take him down.…

  3. Charlotte unveils new Hornets logo and brand identity for 2014-15 season

    Dec 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    courtesy Bobcats.com

    We received word back in May that Charlotte’s NBA franchise would be changing its nickname back to the Hornets beginning in the 2014-15 NBA season, and the team officially unveiled its logos and brand identity at a halftime ceremony on Saturday. From the official release: “The primary logo utilizes the purple and teal color palette…

  4. Pacers president Larry Bird says he’s not looking to trade Danny Granger

    Dec 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Danny Granger returned to action for the Pacers on Friday, playing 22 minutes off the bench in his team’s blowout win over the Rockets. Exactly how much Granger can contribute to Indiana’s efforts at title contention this season remains to be seen, but whether he produces near his previous levels or he doesn’t, his situation…

  5. Toure Murry with a behind-the-back pass to Tim Hardaway Jr. for the slam (VIDEO)

    Dec 21, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Tim Hardaway Jr

    The Knicks didn’t score a whole lot in Saturday’s home loss to the Grizzlies, but when they did, there were some highlights. This one features seldom-used Toure Murry getting out on the break and delivering a perfect behind-the-back pass to Tim Hardaway Jr. for the breakaway slam.

  6. Joakim Noah admits he shouldn’t have been in Thunder’s locker room following incident with Kendrick Perkins

    Dec 21, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    In today’s NBA, team loyalties aren’t what they once were. Many of the players have friendships off the court that cross team lines, and the only time we ever see anything close to animosity from most are over those 48 minutes when they’re competing on the court. But locker rooms remain sacred places, reserved for…

  7. Carmelo Anthony after latest home loss to Grizzlies: ‘I think it’s in our heads’

    Dec 21, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    NEW YORK – The Knicks suffered their 10th home loss of the season on Saturday, playing against an injury-ravaged Grizzlies team that came in losing five straight and seven of its last eight games. The noon start time wasn’t as big of a problem as it had been in New York’s previous two early starts,…

  8. LeBron and Wade take Heat videobombing to the next level with wheelbarrow gimmick (VIDEO)

    Dec 21, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat players LeBron James, Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade react in the closing seconds of their win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Miami

    Miami Heat players have been videobombing each other’s postgame interviews after victories since at least last season, and it seems as though doing things like making funny faces or doing a robot dance has now become passé. Dwyane Wade upped the ante recently by cartwheeling his way through a LeBron James interview, and now the two…

  9. Richard Jefferson stands by comment that he’ll go ‘championship hunting’ as a free agent

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Richard Jefferson Jazz

    Richard Jefferson is in his 13th NBA season, and for the first time in his career will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. After earning over $100 million in salary, you can understand why money will be the least of his concerns when signing what may be his final contract. Jefferson was open in…

  10. Brook Lopez suffers broken foot, out for the season

    Dec 21, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    Nets center Brook Lopez is out for the season after suffering a broken foot, news that was first broken by CSNNE.com’s Gary Tanguay and has since been confirmed by many others. NBA source tells me Brook Lopez of the Nets is done for the year. Broken foot. East continues to get worse. #celticstalk — Gary…

  11. Celtics coach Brad Stevens tells players he won’t talk to them about trade rumors

    Dec 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    New Boston Celtics Head Coach Stevens smiles during a news conference at the Celtics training center in Waltham

    The Celtics have been better than most expected through the first 27 games of the season, and thanks to playing in the dreadful Atlantic Division, their 12-15 record has them sitting at the four seed in the Eastern Conference standings. That isn’t likely to last all year long, however, and being three games under .500…

  12. Paul George with the breakaway reverse dunk (VIDEO)

    Dec 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    paul george

    The Pacers have been one of the top teams to this point in the season, but two of their five losses had come in their last two games. They made sure to leave no doubt in getting back on track Friday, beating an undermanned Rockets team that was without Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik by…

  13. LeBron says Heat shooters ‘already upset’ about Christmas Day jerseys

    Dec 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Heat Christmas sleeve jersey

    The Miami Heat have plenty of alternate jerseys, but haven’t been one of the teams to embrace the new sleeved models just yet. Every team playing on Christmas Day will be giving the new-look tops a try, however, and that includes the Heat. But LeBron James said that the team’s shooters are worried about how…

  14. Knicks staying in a hotel the night before home game with a 12 noon start

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony grimaces as he leaves the court after injuring himself when falling at midcourt during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Knicks have gotten killed in their home games this season that have begun with an early 12 noon tip-off, and head coach Mike Woodson is willing to try anything to avoid yet another embarrassing performance and disastrous result. New York hosts the Memphis Grizzlies at 12 noon at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, but…

  15. Evan Turner hits game-winner at the overtime buzzer to give Sixers win over Nets (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

    Britain NBA Preseason Basketball

    When the Nets played the Sixers just four days ago in Brooklyn, they won by 36 points and honestly, the game wasn’t even that close. Things were different Friday night in Philadelphia, however, and it had everything to do with the available personnel. Kevin Garnett took this game off as a day of rest, and…

  16. LeBron throws down a monster jam on Kings rookie Ben McLemore (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:36 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    One of the first lessons a rookie can learn in the NBA is which players not to try to take a charge against. LeBron James has to be near the top of that list, but Kings rookie Ben McLemore gave it a shot anyway on Friday night in Miami. He chose … poorly. LeBron elevated…

  17. Serge Ibaka blocks Joakim Noah twice on same possession, leads to a transition three from Durant (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

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    These are the kinds of plays that are absolute back-breakers for teams playing on the road, because it gets the crowd involved and swings all of the momentum in the home team’s favor. Serge Ibaka comes up with two blocks on Joakim Noah on the same possession, which is highlight-worthy by itself. But the fact…

  18. Jeff Van Gundy says it would be ‘ludicrous’ for Knicks to fire Mike Woodson after timeout failure vs. Wizards

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

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    After the Knicks lost to the Wizards earlier this week by coming undone on the game’s final two possessions, there were some observers that believed Mike Woodson should finally take the fall for his role in not only that particular loss, but also how his team had underachieved to this point in the season. New…

  19. Thunder remain undefeated at home with easy win over undermanned Bulls

    Dec 19, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant is seen in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game against Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City

    Before the season began, an inter-conference matchup between the Thunder and the Bulls seemed like a tasty affair, and one that would be worthy of its mid-December nationally televised time slot. But after Derrick Rose once again went down for the season with an injury, and with Luol Deng missing this one with a sore…

  20. Lakers add a point guard, agree to deal with Kendall Marshall

    Dec 19, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Kendall Marshall

    Reeling from the latest injury to Kobe Bryant and with no healthy point guards able to return to action anytime soon, the Lakers signed a capable initiator of the offense from the D-League to bolster the team’s ever-eroding roster. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that L.A. has agreed to a deal with Kendall Marshall,…

  21. Danny Granger to play 15-20 minutes in season debut Friday

    Dec 19, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger attempts a lay up against Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones in the second quarter of their NBA pre-season basketball game in Taipei Arena

    The Pacers had targeted Friday’s nationally televised home contest against the Rockets for Danny Granger to make his season debut, and a week of practice has him on schedule to do just that. Indiana confirmed on Thursday that Granger will be back in the lineup versus Houston, but the team will be easing him in…

  22. Kobe says ‘only an idiot would’ doubt his resolve to return following latest injury

    Dec 19, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    The news that Kobe Bryant would miss the next six weeks with a fractured bone in his left knee was not only devastating to a team decimated by injuries for the second straight season, but it could have taken an emotional toll on Bryant, as well. The league’s most fiery competitor was sidelined for eight…

  23. Bargnani on decision to shoot with Knicks up two and 11 seconds left: ‘It was aggressive’

    Dec 19, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    Andrea Bargnani made a play near the end of the first overtime session on Wednesday in Milwaukee that was as boneheaded as they come, and could’ve easily cost his desperate Knicks team a much-needed win. After a missed shot by Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler tipped out the offensive rebound, which landed in Bargnani’s hands. The…

  24. Victor Oladipo with the chasedown block on Trey Burke (VIDEO)

    Dec 19, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    The Jazz won an ugly one against a Magic team playing without Arron Afflalo on Wednesday, and Trey Burke thoroughly outplayed fellow rookie Victor Oladipo in the process. Burke finished with a career high 30 points, while Oladipo managed just three on 1-of-12 shooting in 36 minutes of action. But Orlando likes Oladipo for his…

  25. The Extra Pass: Golden State’s Elevator Screen plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The Signature Series takes a look at a play that’s largely unique to one team. Here’s Golden State’s Elevator screen play: The “Elevator” screen is one of the most aesthetically pleasing plays you’ll see in the league, particularly when it’s run by Golden State. That’s in large part because any possession that ends in a…

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