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  1. Paul George asked to participate in dunk contest, three-point shootout and skills challenge over All-Star weekend

    Jan 18, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Pacers have been the best team in the league over the first half of the season, and have the best record to show for it. They’ve consistently played at an elite level, and Paul George has been the team’s best player during that stretch. It makes sense, then, that the league would like to…

  2. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fined $100K for confronting officials on the court after loss to Clippers

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $100,000 for confronting officials on the court following Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers, the league announced via official release. As seen in the video clip above, my guys at NBA TV’s The Starters break down perfectly exactly how ridiculous Cuban’s tirade was, considering the fact that his…

  3. Dwight Howard says he was ‘promised’ a trade from Magic to Nets

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard‘s exit from the Orlando Magic was anything but graceful, with him publicly going back and forth on whether or not he would stay or go. After initially demanding to be dealt during the 2012 season, Howard signed a waiver of his early termination option that would prevent him from opting out of the…

  4. Patrick Beverley targeting Monday return to Rockets’ lineup

    Jan 18, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets' Beverley smiles after being called for a foul while playing Oklahoma City Thunder in their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Patrick Beverley was thriving as a member of the Rockets this season, starting in 24 of his 25 appearances and providing an energetic spark on both ends of the floor that positively impacted his team’s lineup. Beverley suffered a fractured hand injury in late December that was expected to sideline him for up to six…

  5. Report: Nets finalizing trades with Bulls and Pelicans to free up roster spot

    Jan 18, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    tyshawn taylor nets

    The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly close to making two separate trades that will be of little consequence to their product on the court, or to the average fan. But they may be setting themselves up for something bigger in the future. The Nets are finalizing a trade with the Bulls that would send Tornike Shengalia…

  6. Kobe says Lakers’ record not a factor in his returning to play this season

    Jan 18, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    If you haven’t watched the Lakers play recently — and unless you’re a die-hard fan of the team, you would have no real reason to — you may not know just how dire things have become for one of the league’s traditionally great franchises. There is no star power in Los Angeles playing for the…

  7. DeAndre Jordan receives dunk contest invite, but is waiting to see if he’s an All-Star before accepting

    Jan 18, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five

    DeAndre Jordan would be fantastic as a participant in All-Star weekend’s slam dunk contest. He’s a big man who also has tremendous leaping ability, and could be the next incarnation of Dwight Howard in terms of entertainment during the midseason exhibition. The league recognized that fact by approaching Jordan about it before Friday’s game against…

  8. Jameer Nelson after being fined for obscene gesture: ‘I’ll do it again’

    Jan 18, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    The NBA views what Jameer Nelson did in celebration of hitting a big shot against the Bulls earlier this week as an “obscene gesture,” and routinely fines players who continue to rejoice in this way. We all know it as the “big balls dance,” made famous by Sam Cassell. Nelson was slapped with a $15,000…

  9. Kobe includes Rajon Rondo when discussing future Hall of Famers who played for 2010 Celtics

    Jan 18, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant is still a spectator these days, not expecting to return from the fractured bone in his knee until sometime in February. With his Lakers taking on the Celtics in Boston on Friday, memories of better times were brought to the surface, and Bryant was among those sad to see the Paul Pierce and…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:27 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-TAIWAN-TPE-NBA-PACERS-ROCKETS-LIN

    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…

  20. 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.…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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