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  1. adidas says aggregate reaction to sleeved jerseys from players and fans has been ‘very positive’

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    NEW YORK – The 2014 All-Star jerseys were officially unveiled by the folks at adidas on Thursday, but media were invited to the company’s showroom in New York the week prior to get a look at the uniform collection in person. Along with the sneak peek, executives from adidas and the NBA were available to…

  2. Clippers win fifth straight over Knicks, finding their way in Chris Paul’s absence

    Jan 18, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    NEW YORK – The Clippers were a middle of the pack playoff team in the loaded Western Conference, before Chris Paul went down with a shoulder injury that could keep him out up to five weeks. Common sense would dictate that they see an immediate drop-off in overall play and production, but the absence of…

  3. John Wall hits the incredible circus shot against Bulls (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    This is just nuts. Mike Dunleavy tried to stop John Wall from scoring on a fast break, and really, he did all he could without committing a flagrant foul. But Wall somehow got it to bank home anyway, despite being grabbed on the way to getting off this spinning, backwards circus shot while falling to…

  4. Blake Griffin with the monster alley-oop finish against Knicks (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:51 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin seemingly converts at least one of these per game, but there were a couple of things we liked about this particular alley-oop he completed against the Knicks. The pass from Jamal Crawford was simply perfect, and the fact that Griffin was further away than usual and had to extend to throw it down…

  5. Victor Oladipo with the powerful fast break slam over Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:17 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    Victor Oladipo has shown a flair for dunking in this, his rookie season with the Orlando Magic. He got loose once again on Friday, exhibiting both speed and power when finishing a fast break slam over the Bobats’ Gerald Henderson. Veterans and players that have achieved a certain level of star status tend not to…

  6. Knicks lose Amar’e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin for at least two weeks due to injury

    Jan 17, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    NEW YORK – The Knicks didn’t just lose to the Pacers on Thursday in blowout fashion, they lost two of their rotation’s big men in the process. Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin both left mid-game with ankle injuries and did not return. The team has placed the same timetable on each of them as far…

  7. Andrei Kirilenko draws the double, dishes to Garnett for the finish (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    The Nets led by as many as 33 points before settling on a 127-110 victory over the Hawks in London on Thursday, and in a game that lopsided, there were more than enough highlights to choose from. We’re going with this high-IQ play from Andrei Kirilenko, who backs down his initial defender in the post,…

  8. Lance Stephenson with the steal and finish against J.R. Smith (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Lance Stephenson was dominating in the Pacers’ blowout win over the Knicks on Thursday, and this play pretty much exemplifies what he brought to that game from an energy standpoint. Indiana had already put this one away, leading by 25 points with under six minutes remaining. But Stephenson kept his energy constant, ripping J.R. Smith…

  9. Lance Stephenson’s career-high 28 points lead Pacers to blowout win over Knicks

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers will almost certainly have two players representing their team at All-Star weekend in New Orleans in Paul George and Roy Hibbert, with George likely to be voted in as a starter by the fans, and Hibbert likely to be selected as a reserve by the Eastern Conference coaches. It’s also possible that the…

  10. Rockets’ Chandler Parsons receives warning for flopping vs. Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Chandler Parsons of the Rockets became the latest player to receive a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules on Thursday, and the offense was more than deserving of the extremely benign punishment. The offending play took place in the fourth quarter against the Pelicans, and saw Parsons intentionally flail himself beyond half court after…

  11. Nick Young suspended one game for throwing punch at Goran Dragic

    Jan 16, 2014, 5:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    Nick Young has been suspended one game without pay for throwing a punch at Goran Dragic during Wednesday night’s game against the Suns, the league announced via official release. Alex Len, who was ejected for his flagrant-two foul against Young, has been fined $15,000, and Marcus Morris has been fined $25,000 for escalating the altercation.…

  12. adidas officially unveils 2014 NBA All-Star jerseys (PHOTOS)

    Jan 16, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    adidas NBA All-Star Jersey EAST Detail 2 Clipped

    After images began to leak earlier in the day, adidas pushed up its official reveal of the 2014 NBA All-Star jerseys with high-resolution, detailed photos of what the uniforms will look like. From the official release: “Designed by adidas, the uniforms are inspired by New Orleans’ rich and unique culture, featuring vibrant Mardi Gras colors…

  13. Dwight Howard declines invitation to participate in dunk contest

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    dwight howard dunk contest

    Before Dwight Howard alienated fans with the ugly way he exited the Orlando Magic, followed by a severely disappointing stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was one of the game’s most popular players, and his participation in All-Star weekend’s slam dunk contest was the primary reason why. Howard pulled off the sticker dunk in…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

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

    Jan 13, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT

    dion waiters

    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…

  25. 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…

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