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  1. Kevin Love is putting up historically great numbers to begin the season

    Nov 9, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    A healthy Kevin Love was expected to make a world of difference for the Timberwolves this season, and through the first six games that’s been exactly what’s happened. Minnesota is off to a 4-2 start to the season, and Love’s dominance in multiple statistical categories is a big reason why. Love’s numbers aren’t just great…

  2. NBA sends memo to teams reminding them that no form of bullying will be tolerated

    Nov 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    An ugly situation has surfaced with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins regarding teammates bullying one another, and the NBA wants to make sure that nothing similar happens in their team locker rooms. It historically hasn’t been much of an issue at all, and rookie hazing in professional basketball has traditionally been limited to carrying bags of…

  3. Markieff Morris skies for the putback jam over Mozgov as part of career-best night (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX – Markieff Morris complained in the Suns locker room following the team’s wild 114-101 win over the Nuggets on Friday, despite posting a career high 28 points which included the monster putback slam over Timofey Mozgov seen in the video clip above. Morris was one of the last players to leave, hitting the cold…

  4. Andrea Bargnani has a huge night for Knicks (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    Things were starting to get dire for the Knicks, at least as much as they can be so grim just five games into the 82-game regular season. Tyson Chandler was lost for 4-6 weeks due to injury, and with a lack of healthy bigs on the roster while Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire struggle with…

  5. Larry Sanders apologizes for nightclub incident that’s caused him to miss time with a thumb injury

    Nov 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Marquis Daniels, Larry Sanders

    The Bucks put a lot of faith in Larry Sanders this offseason in signing him to a four-year, $44 million contract extension, and since then he’s done little to show he’s deserving of that trust. On the court, Sanders has been underwhelming in his first three games of the year, with averages of just 2.7…

  6. Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw unhappy with lack of energy from rotation players following loss to Suns

    Nov 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    PHOENIX – The Suns improved to 4-2 on the young season with a 114-103 win over the Nuggets on Friday, in a contest that saw some extremely wild swings in both score and momentum before the night was through. The first half was all Phoenix, as they followed up a 35-point first quarter by holding Denver…

  7. Gerald Green gets way up to finish the alley-oop against Nuggets (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 1:15 AM EDT

    Gerald Green

    Gerald Green has been much more than just a dunker in his first few games in Phoenix, and with Goran Dragic still out with a sprained ankle, Green once again got the start on Friday against the Nuggets. Green played with emotion and intensity on both ends of the floor while finishing with 12 points,…

  8. Andrew Bynum booed in his return to Philadelphia with Cavaliers (VIDEO)

    Nov 8, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum knew this was coming. In his return to Philadelphia with the Cavaliers on Friday, Bynum was booed lustily by the hometown crowd when he checked in for the first time late in the first quarter, despite never playing a single game for the franchise last season. Actually, that’s probably the reason why. Bynum…

  9. Blake Griffin with the dunk past LeBron James and Chris Bosh (VIDEO)

    Nov 7, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Scott Machado, Derrick Favors

    The Clippers dropped their nationally televised matchup against the Heat on Thursday, but Blake Griffin had by far the best statistical effort for his team, as well as one of the better highlights. Miami’s defensive rotations broke down on this particular play late in the fourth, and Griffin took advantage by soaring past LeBron James…

  10. Dwyane Wade helps Heat pull away for win over Clippers

    Nov 7, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

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    LeBron James is in the rare situation of being widely recognized as the game’s best player, and few would argue his position in those rankings. But what makes the Miami Heat a championship level team is the star talent surrounding James, and that starts with a healthy Dwyane Wade. Wade is still able to impact…

  11. Photos of the NBA’s sleeved Christmas Day jerseys

    Nov 7, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

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    The NBA and the fine folks at adidas have gotten more aggressive in their jersey marketing strategy recently, adding a version with sleeves to the rotation last season and expanding that offering to more teams during the current campaign that just began. Christmas Day is often viewed as the time that the game’s more casual…

  12. Andrew Bynum admits to considering retirement while continuing to work his way back from injury

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum,Reggie Evans

    Andrew Bynum is far from your typical NBA player. His interests are varied, and he’s one of the few in the league who treat the occupation as a job more than as his life’s true passion. Bynum didn’t play at all last season in Philadelphia due to injury, which obviously caused some consternation among that…

  13. Hawks rookie Dennis Schroder suspended one game for punch to the groin of DeMarcus Cousins (VIDEO)

    Nov 7, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Dennis Schroder, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson

    Hawks rookie Dennis Schroder has been suspended one game for “striking DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings in the groin,” the league announced on Thursday. The suspension is warranted, of course, but the most incredible part of the play was the fact that the referees didn’t feel the need to whistle Schroder for the foul.…

  14. Roy Hibbert says he’s targeting Defensive Player of the Year, predicts Paul George as MVP

    Nov 7, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    We didn’t formally reach out to Roy Hibbert to get his predictions for the 2013-14 season, but thanks to the availability of social media he was able to turn in his picks. After the Pacers pulled away in the fourth to beat the Bulls on Wednesday and improv to a perfect 5-0 on the season,…

  15. Andrew Bynum says he expects boos in Philadelphia, doesn’t feel bad at all about last season

    Nov 7, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    The Sixers traded away their best player in Andre Iguodala before last season in exchange for Andrew Bynum, who was coming off of an All-Star year in Los Angeles. A series of knee injuries and setbacks during the rehabilitation process kept Bynum from ever playing a single game in Philadelphia, and he was allowed to…

  16. The Extra Pass: Three new faces and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    One of the best parts about the start of any season is the chance to get familiar with the new faces in the league. Guys like Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo will get plenty of publicity, so let’s dig a little deeper and look at a few other players that are impressing in their first…

  17. Wednesday Night NBA Grades: Larry Sanders out of action, and Tony Parker’s big fourth quarter

    Nov 7, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    Our grades from Wednesday night around the NBA, or what you missed while securing funds in advance of twitter’s IPO … Larry Sanders. Apologies for starting things off on a negative note, and even more so for discussing someone who didn’t even play in Wednesday night’s action. But signing a contract worth a guaranteed $44 million…

  18. Luol Deng says he’d love to play his whole career in Chicago

    Nov 7, 2013, 12:33 AM EDT

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    Luol Deng is a two-time All-Star member of the Chicago Bulls, and an important part of what the team does on both ends of the floor on a nightly basis. But he’s in the final year of his contract, and the Bulls have been unwilling to discuss an extension to this point, meaning that Deng…

  19. Knicks coach Woodson says he’s not worried about job security, won’t look over his shoulder

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks are off to a slow 1-3 start to the season, and despite the very legitimate reasons for the early losses, a team that finished second in the Eastern Conference a year ago isn’t expected to be patient while things sort themselves out. Mike Woodson is finding his seat to be a bit warm…

  20. Rick Carlisle takes a subtle shot at Chris Kaman after Mavs rout Lakers

    Nov 6, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

    Dahntay Jones, Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, Rodrigue Beaubois, Rick Carlisle

    The Mavericks had little trouble with the Lakers on Tuesday, leading by as many as 30 points before settling on a final margin of 19 for the victory. Chris Kaman played in Dallas last season, and had some critical words for his former head coach Rick Carlisle when comparing his style to that of Mike…

  21. The Extra Pass: 10 teams, 10 observations, plus Tuesday recaps

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes, Paul Millsap

    Let’s zip around the league with ten observations for ten teams: Atlanta: I’m digging the former Jazz men. Paul Millsap is already getting along famously with Al Horford, but the smart movement off the ball by flex-bred wingmen Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll is keeping defenses off guard. This is a really unselfish offense already,…

  22. Michael Beasley hits back-to-back threes in season debut for Heat (VIDEO)

    Nov 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley; Jonas Valanciunas

    The Heat are bringing Michael Beasley along extremely slowly in hopes that their veteran leadership and championship environment can break him of his apathetic basketball habits on the court, and his historically poor decisions off of it. Beasley saw his first minutes of action this season in the Heat’s fourth game, a win over the…

  23. Kemba Walker leaves with shoulder injury after running into Metta World Peace (VIDEO)

    Nov 5, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    It didn’t look good for Kemba Walker midway through the third quarter against the Knicks, when he ran into the brick wall otherwise known as Metta World Peace and appeared to be in a lot of pain after suffering some kind of shoulder injury. While the pain was surely real, the injury itself turned out…

  24. LeBron James becomes fifth player in history to score in double figures for 500 consecutive games

    Nov 5, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    On the surface, scoring in double figures isn’t something that would seem like much of a challenge for the game’s most dominant offensive players. But doing so night in and night out for the equivalent of more than six seasons worth of games consecutively is apparently something that’s extremely rare among even the greatest of…

  25. Chris Bosh won’t play for Heat in Toronto after announcing birth of his daughter

    Nov 5, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    The Bosh Family Welcomes Their New Daughter, Dylan Skye Bosh

    The Heat will take on the Raptors in Toronto on Tuesday, but they’ll do it without the member of their Big Three who made a name for himself in the NBA by playing north of the border for his first seven seasons. Chris Bosh wasn’t available to reporters at Monday’s practice and didn’t travel with…

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