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  1. Wizards coach Wittman calls out team for selfish play following loss to Raptors

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    The Raptors have solidified themselves as the third best team in the East in recent weeks, winning nine of their last 11 including the last five straight. But that doesn’t make the Wizards feel any better about the way they were drubbed at home by Toronto on Friday in a game that Washington trailed by…

  2. Eric Bledsoe to miss at least a week with sprained knee injury

    Jan 4, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson

    Eric Bledsoe was a late scratch for the Suns in their home loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday, thanks to some swelling that appeared in his knee in the days that followed the team’s win in Los Angeles earlier in the week. A couple of extra days off hasn’t helped enough to the point where…

  3. Andray Blatche returning to Nets after missing four games for ‘personal reasons’

    Jan 4, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    Andray Blatche has played well in a reserve role for the Nets this season, but the team had to do without him for its last four contests while he was away for “personal reasons.” Blatche returned on Saturday, and will play for the Nets at home against the Cavaliers. From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New…

  4. Rumor: Knicks, Clippers have had ‘internal discussions’ about a Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin trade

    Jan 4, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    blake griffin carmelo anthony

    Apologies in advance for even bringing this up, because this isn’t a report of anything actually happening between two teams. But a sourced report appearing on one of the leading national websites involving two of the game’s biggest stars — Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony, to be precise — requires comment here. So, with that…

  5. DeAndre Jordan with the monster alley-oop over Samuel Dalembert (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Los Angeles Clippers

    We’ve seen how easy it is for DeAndre Jordan to get up for huge dunks, and when Chris Paul lobs it up for him perfectly at the rim, whether or not a defender is present doesn’t seem to make a difference. Paul later left the game with a shoulder injury that is expected to sideline…

  6. J.R. Smith continues Knicks pattern of late-game mistakes with ill-advised three in loss to Rockets (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    The Knicks had an opportunity to win their second straight game against a team that has performed much better than New York has to this point, but another bone-headed mistake in a season that’s been full of them derailed that chance. Tied with the Rockets with under a minute remaining, New York inbounded the ball…

  7. Andre Iguodala hits the game-winner over Hawks as Warriors win eighth straight (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 12:32 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    Fresh off of a picturesque win over the Miami Heat on Thursday, the Warriors were able to rally for their eighth straight victory in Atlanta on the very next night. Andre Iguodala provided the heroics, hitting the game-winning three at the buzzer. The play wasn’t exactly of intricate design, considering the ball was inbounded to…

  8. Chris Paul expected to miss 3-5 weeks after suffering shoulder injury (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    This season continues to be terrible in terms of the game’s best players missing extended time due to injury. Chris Paul left the Clippers’ win over the Mavericks on Friday with a shoulder injury, one that will apparently cause him to miss at least 3-5 weeks. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers delivered the news to…

  9. Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson leaves on a stretcher in Boston (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    Scary moment in Boston on Friday, when the Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson was carted off the floor on a stretcher after a collision with Gerald Wallace of the Celtics. Anderson appeared to be talkative and moving all limbs throughout the process, and gave a thumbs up as he left the floor which we hope is a…

  10. Steve Nash eyes February return to Lakers

    Jan 3, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Steve Nash is a man fully in touch with his basketball mortality. After coming to the Lakers in trade on a three-year deal that would likely be the final one of his career last season, Nash has been spending most of his time in his new surroundings simply trying to get healthy enough to make…

  11. Rondo says he ‘might pop up and just play’ in D-League before returning to Celtics

    Jan 3, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo heading to the D-League to get some work in was an idea that was made public a few days ago by Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. The D-League has historically been used as a player development tool more than a place for players to find their way back from injury, and it would…

  12. Iman Shumpert’s career-high 27 points help Knicks beat Spurs (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Two

    The Knicks have needed someone to spark them in what has been a dismal campaign thus far, and they finally got the performance they were looking for out of Iman Shumpert in Thursday’s huge win on the road over the Spurs. Shumpert has always shown flashes of being able to do these things, but he…

  13. The Extra Pass: Seven young players to watch in 2014

    Jan 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers

    One of the best parts of the NBA is watching the young talent emerge, some guys you expected to be good but others that came out of left field. Along those lines, here are seven players to watch as they start to break out and find their way in their first couple NBA seasons. Anthony…

  14. Joe Johnson hits the game-winner to give Nets huge win over Thunder (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2014, 11:11 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Johnson smiles on the bench after leaving their NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder, in Oklahoma City

    Joe Johnson was just 4-of-11 from the field for nine points on Thursday, but he hit three of his four shots in the final 12 minutes, including the game-winner that helped the Nets escape Oklahoma City with a huge 95-93 victory. Brooklyn trailed by as many as 16 points in this one, and by 10…

  15. LeBron’s shoes leave skid marks on the court after he slips vs. Warriors (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT

    LeBron 11

    There was a time earlier in the year where LeBron James wasn’t wearing his latest signature shoe due a reported issue with the fit. That’s since been rectified, as James has been wearing the LeBron 11s on a regular basis. But a new problem arose during the Heat’s game against the Warriors on Thursday, when…

  16. Keith Bogans frustrated by lack of playing time this season with Celtics

    Jan 2, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

    Keith Bogan

    Keith Bogans may not be a household name in the NBA, but in recent years he’s become a serviceable veteran that a team could trust on the floor for around 19 minutes per contest. Bogans appeared in 74 games for the Nets a season ago, and started in 23 of them. He was included in…

  17. Former teammate believes Carmelo Anthony will leave Knicks as free agent

    Jan 2, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Carmelo Anthony is expected to opt out of the final year of a contract that would pay him more than $23 million next season, in order to secure a long-term deal at or near the max that would further secure his financial future. The question, of course, is whether or not that next deal will…

  18. Thad Young with the spike pass to James Anderson for the slam (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Thaddeus Young

    The Sixers only have 10 wins on the season, but two of them have come in their last two games after losing nine of 10. They scored 44 points in the second quarter in Denver to help get this one, and Thaddeus Young came up with this high-basketball-IQ play in the third, when he rebounded…

  19. Blazers rookie C.J. McCollum will play his first professional game in the D-League

    Jan 1, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

    CJ McCollum

    The Blazers selected C.J. McCollum with the 10th overall pick in this summer’s draft, not necessarily knowing just how good the team’s guard play would be to this point in the season. Portland, of course, has been one of the year’s biggest surprises, and has a won-loss record that places them among the league’s elite…

  20. Report: Bulls not interested in trading Luol Deng for Andrew Bynum

    Jan 1, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    deng

    In the same report that had the Lakers in discussions with the Cavaliers about a possible trade of Pau Gasol for Andrew Bynum, there was talk that the Bulls may be interested in a similar salary dump by offering up Luol Deng to Cleveland in exchange for the suspended center. The move from Chicago’s side…

  21. Gregg Popovich says he’s proud of Tony Parker for apology following controversial quenelle gesture

    Jan 1, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Tony Parker found himself in some trouble recently when a photo of him surfaced that showed him making a controversial gesture that has racist implications for some. Parker issued an apology through the team, largely pleading ignorance of the gesture’s meaning while promising never to do it again and promote awareness so that others can…

  22. Suns GM says team will pay Eric Bledsoe ‘whatever it takes’ to keep him in free agency

    Dec 31, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    The Suns have been one of the most positive surprises of the first two months of the season, getting out to a 19-11 start after trading away players for reasons that initially appeared to be geared more towards salary cap relief and rebuilding for the future than they were meant to help the team win…

  23. Kyrie Irving set for MRI after feeling a ‘pop’ in his knee during loss to Pacers

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    kyrie

    It was one of those injuries during a season filled with them that looked as though it might cause Kyrie Irving to miss significant time. Late in the third quarter of the Pacers’ win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Irving’s knee seemed to buckle a bit on a drive to the basket, which caused him…

  24. Raptors players react to news of Rudy Gay trade in the locker room (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    As is often the case with the hectic travel schedules involved in the NBA, players may be in the air or on the road when major league news breaks — even when it concerns their own teams or the players themselves. That’s how it went down with the Raptors on the afternoon of the deal…

  25. Report: Lakers, Cavs have discussed a trade involving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum

    Dec 31, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol is wearing out his welcome with the Lakers, having his effort questioned while recently sitting out games some felt he could have played in and not playing well or being happy with his fit in Mike D’Antoni’s system. The situation is far worse with Andrew Bynum and the Cavaliers, who suspended him indefinitely…

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