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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Blake Griffin on the Dunk Contest: ‘It’s something I would never do again’

    Feb 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    blake griffin dunk contest

    Blake Griffin won the 2011 Dunk Contest by doing something that had never been done previously, and won’t be duplicated again. The man jumped over a car. While we can debate whether or not that sounds a lot more impressive than it actually was, the vibe at Staples Center was electric when the car was…

  2. Grizzlies beat Hawks to become first team in history to win a game with just one free throw attempt

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    zach randolph

    The Grizzlies beat the Hawks 79-76 on Saturday, in a largely ugly and ridiculously low-scoring affair that would only please the most die-hard of the Memphis fan base. The teams combined for just 24 second-quarter points, and Atlanta managed just 25 total in the second and third quarters combined. But that wasn’t the interesting part,…

  3. Timberwolves’ Kevin Martin out indefinitely with broken thumb

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Kevin Martin has been a bright spot for the Timberwolves this season, playing consistently well offensively to where he’s been their second leading scorer behind Kevin Love. Minnesota has struggled to stay healthy, and is already without big man Nikola Pekovic, who’s out with an ankle injury until at least the All-Star break. Things got…

  4. Chris Paul to make his return for Clippers Sunday vs. Sixers

    Feb 8, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    chris paul

    Chris Paul suffered a shoulder injury back on Jan. 3 that has kept him sidelined ever since, but you wouldn’t know it the way the rest of the team has responded in his absence. The Clippers have put together a 12-6 record with Paul out, and heading into Friday night’s contest against the Raptors (which…

  5. Sixers’ Tony Wroten hits 3/4-court shots in consecutive games (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    tony wroten

    Normally I think shots from half-court or longer aren’t worth the highlight, unless of course it’s a game-winner or something like that. It’s just that while plenty of NBA players can hit ‘em, they’re such low-percentage looks that they’re usually more about luck than they are about skill. Tony Wroten, however, got lucky two nights…

  6. Report: Suns would have ‘serious interest’ in Rudy Gay if he becomes a free agent

    Feb 8, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    Rudy Gay can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, should he choose to opt out of the final year of his contract which will pay him $19.3 million next season. The majority of players like to sign for as many guaranteed years as possible as soon as the option is available, both to secure…

  7. Ben McLemore may attempt a 720 dunk in the Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 8, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kings McLemore McCallum Basketball

    The video above shows a player getting about as close to a 720-degree dunk as we’re likely to see. Getting enough hangtime to perform two complete spins before throwing it down is a tall task, but one that Kings’ rookie Ben McLemore may attempt in the Dunk Contest in New Orleans next weekend. From SBNation’s…

  8. Report: Metta World Peace open to being traded by Knicks

    Feb 8, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers

    Metta World Peace hasn’t exactly been a factor for the Knicks this season, and has spent most of the year either underperforming, injured, or just plain benched. Without any consistent playing time, and with delusions that he can perhaps still play significant minutes while actually helping a team’s cause rather than hurting it, it’s not…

  9. Kings’ Isaiah Thomas calls Celtics’ Jerryd Bayless a ‘fake tough guy’ after on-court incident (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    thomas bayless

    This is yet another example of why you don’t give a max contract to a player with the temperament of DeMarcus Cousins without the presence of any veterans on the roster to help with the team’s leadership. But this is only about him tangentially, so we’ll revisit this in a moment. Late in the fourth…

  10. Josh Smith gets hit in the face in midair, finishes the dunk anyway (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    This is a pretty good shot from the Nets’ Mirza Teletovic to the face of Josh Smith here, and one that was deserving of the flagrant foul that was called by the officials. But it was nothing to Smith, who simply continued flying through the air before throwing down the one-handed jam as though nothing…

  11. Steve Nash, 40 years old, crosses up Evan Turner for the layup (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 12:13 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday, and scored a game-high 19 points in helping the Lakers to a double-digit win over the Sixers. And despite the fact that Evan Turner was an All-Star last season, the 25-year old was taken to school by the elder Nash on this play, which saw the Lakers…

  12. Tobias Harris dunks at the buzzer to send Magic to win over Thunder (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2014, 10:56 PM EDT

    Tobias Harris

    The Thunder built a lead that reached as many as 17 points in Orlando on Friday, only to see it all come crashing down on the game’s very last play. The lead remained at double digits late in the third quarter, before the Magic slowly began to chip away. OKC was clinging to a one-point…

  13. Stephen Curry puts Warriors head coach Mark Jackson on the #DunkCam (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry

    Do a Twitter search for the hashtag DunkCam, and all kinds of nonsense will pop up. It’s essentially a thing where people orchestrate elaborate slam dunks on unsuspecting people using portable hoops, trash cans, or other props that can result in someone running up on them and putting them on the proverbial poster. This reached…

  14. Watch Charles Barkley’s ridiculous attempt at pronouncing Jonas Valanciunas (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Charles Barkley

    During Thursday night’s draft of the teams for All-Star weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge, Charles Barkley had an unexpectedly tough time pronouncing the name of the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas. Val-so-een-o-wausauce? That’s way more difficult than simply sounding out the spelling phonetically, and hey, I suppose we could blame the show’s producers for not briefing Barkley in…

  15. LeBron says he and Wade questioned their fit together during first season in Miami (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    LeBron James,Dwyane Wade

    With three straight trips to the Finals and a fourth potentially looming this season, it’s easy to say now that LeBron James joining Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in free agency was the right decision. But it didn’t start out that way. There was a real backlash against the Heat in that first season,…

  16. Nets pull away to take care of short-handed Spurs

    Feb 6, 2014, 11:07 PM EDT

    alan anderson nets

    A Spurs team without many of its stars can still prove difficult for opponents to deal with, in large part because of the way San Antonio consistently stacks its team with players perfectly suited to perform in the highly-disciplined system engineered by tenured head coach Gregg Popovich. That was true for a while in Thursday…

  17. 2014 Rising Stars Challenge rosters set; Anthony Davis taken with first overall pick

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

    faried rising stars

    The Rising Stars Challenge kicks off the All-Star weekend festivities that Friday night, and features a mix of the game’s top rookies and sophomores competing in the exhibition. Teams used to be separated by seniority, which often times meant a blowout victory for the second-year players. But the league has since created a draft of…

  18. 2014 Three-Point Contest field features five All-Stars

    Feb 6, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Kyrie Irving will defend his title at the 2014 Three-Point Contest in New Orleans, and to win it for the second straight year he’ll have to beat a field that, at least on paper, appears to be pretty stacked. In addition to Irving, the east will be represented by Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal, and Joe Johnson.…

  19. All-Stars Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan highlight field for 2014 Skills Challenge

    Feb 6, 2014, 8:11 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    It seems redundant at this point to list Damian Lillard as part of the lineup for any of All-Star weekends many events, considering he’s participating in all of them. But he, along with DeMar DeRozan are the two 2014 All-Stars who will be taking part in the Skills Challenge event on All-Star Saturday night. The…

  20. Tony Parker out for Spurs vs. Nets with lower back tightness; Popovich may play Duncan 48 minutes

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Leave it to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to make light of an otherwise less-than-stellar situation. San Antonio needed to expend more energy than perhaps was necessary in securing a double-overtime win over the Wizards on Wednesday, though they did it without Tony Parker for much of it. Parker played less than 19 minutes and…

  21. LeBron gets the impressive chasedown block against Clippers (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    Wednesday night’s contest between the Heat and the Clippers was so entertaining that we could honestly drop a half-dozen highlights here that would all be worthy of your time. Instead, we’ll focus on this defensive gem from LeBron James, who was able to close incredibly quickly and perfectly time his chasedown rejection of Darren Collison…

  22. John Wall with the steal and layup to force double-OT vs. Spurs (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    The Wizards were very close to winning their third straight at home over one of the West’s top-three teams, but ultimately fell to the Spurs 125-118 after two overtime sessions. The fact that a second overtime was needed to decide it was all thanks to John Wall, who made the read on a poor decision…

  23. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

  24. Amar’e Stoudemire with the flying throwdown vs. Blazers (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks  v Philadelphia 76ers

    Amar’e Stoudemire had a bit of a throwback performance in the Knicks’ loss to the Blazers on Wednesday, looking as spry as we’ve seen in quite some time. Stoudemire got loose for a couple of dunks, but this was the more explosive of the two, where he flew in for the slam after the nice…

  25. Lakers finish win over Cavaliers with just four active players

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:24 PM EDT

    Lakers bench

    The Lakers were already shorthanded heading into Wednesday’s contest against the Cavaliers, but by the time it was over, they didn’t have a combination of qualified and healthy players to even field a five-man team. L.A. led by as many as 29 points before holding on for the 119-108 victory, but things were a bit…

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