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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Kobe says ‘only an idiot would’ doubt his resolve to return following latest injury

    Dec 19, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    The news that Kobe Bryant would miss the next six weeks with a fractured bone in his left knee was not only devastating to a team decimated by injuries for the second straight season, but it could have taken an emotional toll on Bryant, as well. The league’s most fiery competitor was sidelined for eight…

  2. Bargnani on decision to shoot with Knicks up two and 11 seconds left: ‘It was aggressive’

    Dec 19, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    Andrea Bargnani made a play near the end of the first overtime session on Wednesday in Milwaukee that was as boneheaded as they come, and could’ve easily cost his desperate Knicks team a much-needed win. After a missed shot by Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler tipped out the offensive rebound, which landed in Bargnani’s hands. The…

  3. Victor Oladipo with the chasedown block on Trey Burke (VIDEO)

    Dec 19, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    The Jazz won an ugly one against a Magic team playing without Arron Afflalo on Wednesday, and Trey Burke thoroughly outplayed fellow rookie Victor Oladipo in the process. Burke finished with a career high 30 points, while Oladipo managed just three on 1-of-12 shooting in 36 minutes of action. But Orlando likes Oladipo for his…

  4. The Extra Pass: Golden State’s Elevator Screen plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The Signature Series takes a look at a play that’s largely unique to one team. Here’s Golden State’s Elevator screen play: The “Elevator” screen is one of the most aesthetically pleasing plays you’ll see in the league, particularly when it’s run by Golden State. That’s in large part because any possession that ends in a…

  5. Andrea Bargnani takes a ridiculous shot that could’ve cost Knicks the game (VIDEO)

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    The Knicks are prone to late-game lapses of judgment this season, and that trend continued on the road near the end of the first overtime session in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Leading by two points with under 20 seconds remaining after a miss by Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler tapped out the offensive rebound, and it landed…

  6. Heat come from 15 down to even season series with Pacers

    Dec 18, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    LeBron Wade

    In the second battle of the season between the two clear leaders of the Eastern Conference, the defending champs showed that they have more than enough talent to come away with a win if given even the smallest of windows to do so. The Pacers got out to a lead of as many as 15…

  7. LeBron angrily goes after Mario Chalmers on the Heat bench (VIDEO)

    Dec 18, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    It’s been a running theme over the past few seasons in Miami, where the Heat veterans — namely LeBron James and Dwyane Wade — haven’t been at all shy about dressing down Mario Chalmers on the court following an in-game mistake. Two straight championships later, things apparently haven’t changed all that much. In the third…

  8. Report: At the moment, Lakers no longer considering trading Pau gasol

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol was off to a slow start this season, and after he and coach Mike D’Antoni traded jabs through the media about both his role and his performance, the Lakers had reportedly started to weigh their options by making Gasol available in trade long before the Feb. 20 deadline had begun to approach. Even…

  9. Jordan Farmar out at least another week for Lakers

    Dec 18, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    jordan farmar

    The Lakers are playing without any healthy point guards at the moment, which is making things difficult on the team overall, but especially on Kobe Bryant. Bryant leads the league in turnovers with 5.7 per contest, and while he’s only played six games, it’s substantially more than Stephen Curry‘s 4.2 per game for the season.…

  10. The Extra Pass: The Clippers’ “Rosie” Screen; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Atlanta Hawks

    Over the next few days in this space, we’ll break down a play that’s largely unique to one team. To kick off this signature series, we’ll start with the Los Angeles Clippers’ “Ring-Around-The-Rosie” screen. Innovation in the NBA is often about adding little wrinkles to something very simple. There are no “Wildcat” offenses that take…

  11. Knicks fail to execute on final two possessions, drop a tough one to Wizards

    Dec 16, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK – It seemed as though the Knicks were in perfect position to finish off what would have been an uplifting win over the Wizards. They overcame a 15-point third quarter deficit, saw J.R. Smith get hot from three-point distance, and got more than solid minutes from Tim Hardaway Jr. off the bench. But a…

  12. J.R. Smith not eligible to be traded until Jan. 15

    Dec 16, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    The NBA’s trading season unofficially opened on Sunday, because Dec. 15 marked the first day that the majority of players who signed new contracts over the summer are eligible to be included in trades to other teams. But a select few players aren’t yet eligible. The collective bargaining agreement has various restrictions in place for…

  13. Clippers could get J.J. Redick back sooner than expected

    Dec 16, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    J.J. Redick

    The Clippers just ended a rough seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record, and have struggled overall since J.J. Redick went down with a pair of injuries back on Nov. 29. The initial timetable for his return was 6-8 weeks, but it appears he may be on the low end of the scale in terms…

  14. Pistons’ Andre Drummond honors Sandy Hook victims

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

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    Pistons big man Andre Drummond spent his one year of college at the University of Connecticut, so he has ties to the community there. This weekend was the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, and Drummond honored the victims by both writing their names on his game shoes, as well as donating his…

  15. Andrew Bogut delivers behind-the-back pass to Stephen Curry for buzzer-beating three (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    The Warriors fell to just 13-12 on the season by losing in Phoenix on Sunday, but they ended up having one of the game’s more entertaining highlights. With the second quarter coming to an end, Andrew Bogut secures a rebound and begins to bring it up the floor. He decides his only chance to keep…

  16. Damian Lillard hits game-winner in OT to bury the Pistons (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    Damian Lillard finished just 6-of-21 from the field in Sunday’s contest in Detroit, but when the game was on the line and his shot mattered most, he was able to get it to go down. Lillard hit this tough shot over Rodney Stuckey as time expired in overtime, giving the Blazers a 111-109 victory that…

  17. Omer Asik trade update: Rockets have offer in place, likely to be a three-team deal

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    The Rockets are determined to trade Omer Asik in the next few days, and the latest update says that the framework of a three-team deal may be already in place. Now that Dec. 15 is upon us, players who signed new contracts last summer are eligible to be dealt, and players traded before Dec. 19…

  18. Nike unveils Christmas Day shoes for LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant

    Dec 15, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    In what has become a tradition, Nike Basketball will have its top players decked out in special edition colorways of their signature sneakers on Christmas Day. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant will each be rocking shoes specially designed for the holiday, all of which will be available in limited quantities from retailers beginning…

  19. Pacers target Dec. 20 return for Danny Granger

    Dec 15, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    The Pacers have the best record in the league at 20-3, and they’ve gotten there with two All-Stars in the starting lineup and a much-improved bench unit over the one they had last season. The available talent is about to get even deeper, as Danny Granger is set to return to the team’s lineup by…

  20. Blazers’ Meyers Leonard, Sixers’ Daniel Orton each suspended one game for altercation

    Dec 15, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Daniel Orton, Meyers Leonard

    Portland’s Meyers Leonard and Philadelphia’s Daniel Orton were each suspended one game without pay on Sunday for their roles in the altercation that took place between the two players on Saturday, the league announced. Leonard body-slammed Orton to the floor (that’s the term used in the official release, so it must be true), and then…

  21. Chris Paul puts up historic stat line in win over Wizards

    Dec 15, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul was outplayed by Deron Williams in a blowout loss to the Nets on Thursday, and being one of the game’s more fiery competitors, you knew he wasn’t going to let that happen again when facing John Wall and the Wizards in his team’s very next game. The Clippers jumped on the Wizards early,…

  22. Kobe looks sharp in Lakers win over Bobcats (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Under normal circumstances, getting a win over the Charlotte Bobcats — even on the road, and even on the second night of a back-to-back — is little to get excited about. But for the Lakers, who are without a healthy point guard at the moment and are trying to work Kobe Bryant back into the…

  23. Rajon Rondo cleared for full contact, expected to return for Celtics in January

    Dec 15, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have been exceeding expectations this season under new head coach Brad Stevens, and are currently in line for the four seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture despite the team’s losing record. Things would appear to be only getting better with the addition of All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to the lineup, considering…

  24. Report: Lakers called Knicks to express interest in Iman Shumpert

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    The Lakers have exactly zero healthy point guards on the roster at the moment, and for a team experiencing more than its fair share of injury issues for the second straight season, it makes sense to make cursory calls around the league to see who might be available in trade. Iman Shumpert — not a…

  25. Derrick Rose reportedly worried that Bulls will choose rebuilding over championship contention

    Dec 14, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    Entering this season, the Bulls were mentioned in the same conversation with the Pacers and the defending champion Heat as legitimate title contenders in the East. The season-ending injury to Derrick Rose obviously and immediately changed that perception. Rose wants the team to stay intact with the talent it has in guys like Luol Deng,…

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