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  1. Report: Lamar Odom had lengthy meeting with Doc Rivers, Clippers

    Nov 16, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Lamar Odom has had a troublesome last few months, reportedly being involved with heavy drug use and being arrested on DUI charges. But if all of that is truly in Odom’s rearview mirror, then he may have a chance at a roster spot with the team he played for last season. Doc Rivers and other…

  2. Joe Johnson hits the overtime game-winner to send Nets past Suns (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2013, 1:48 AM EDT

    joe johnson nets

    PHOENIX – Joe Johnson‘s game-winning layup as the overtime buzzer sounded gave the Nets their first road win of the season, a hard-fought 100-98 victory that came without the team’s starting point guard, Deron Williams. Williams was lost early in the first quarter to a sprained left ankle, but the play of Shaun Livingston, along…

  3. Pacers improve to 9-0 with blowout win over Bucks

    Nov 15, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Andre Drummond

    The Pacers remain undefeated after running their league-best record to 9-0 with a blowout 104-77 win over the Bucks. Milwaukee is a depleted team right now due to multiple players being injured, and there’s not nearly enough depth to sustain even one starter being out, much less multiple productive players. Larry Sanders, Caron Butler, and…

  4. Deron Williams leaves in first quarter vs. Suns with ankle injury (VIDEO)

    Nov 15, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets guard Williams reacts after Chicago Bulls were fouled late in fourth quarter of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    PHOENIX – Deron Williams suffered another ankle injury during the first quarter in Phoenix on Friday, leaving the game with 7:20 to play in the first quarter. Williams will not return to the game, the team announced. In Brooklyn’s loss to Sacramento on Wednesday, Williams tweaked his ankle in the second quarter, but stayed in…

  5. Al Harrington latest addition to Wizards’ injury list

    Nov 15, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

    al harrington wizards

    Over the past couple of seasons, injuries have defined the Wizards more than anything else. The talent level hasn’t exactly been amazing, but the team had enough at most positions to at least field a competitive squad if everyone was healthy. It’s shaping up to be the same story this season. Washington has already been…

  6. The Extra Pass: An early look at SportVU data and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chances are at some point this season, you’ve heard about SportVU. For the uninitiated, SportVU is a player tracking software that utilizes cameras positioned around the court to collect all sorts of data. It’s a major breakthrough for analytics, and while a good portion of teams have had the software and data for a few years,…

  7. Clippers rally to beat Thunder following ejection of Serge Ibaka

    Nov 14, 2013, 2:45 AM EDT

    ibaka-blake griffin

    LOS ANGELES – The Thunder looked to be well on their way to a convincing win over the Clippers on Wednesday, following a strong first half that saw them dominating the game offensively, and doing so with relative ease. But the results of an entanglement between Serge Ibaka and Blake Griffin with 6.2 seconds remaining…

  8. Serge Ibaka and Matt Barnes ejected after altercation involving Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

    Nov 14, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

    ibaka griffin

    LOS ANGELES – Late in the second quarter of Wednesday’s matchup between the Clippers and the Thunder, Serge Ibaka got tangled up with Blake Griffin while defending him in the post, and flung him towards the ground after being whistled for the foul. Matt Barnes immediately shoved Ibaka in retaliation, and that was followed by…

  9. Blake Griffin with the one-handed touch pass to DeAndre Jordan for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Nov 13, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin smiles after hitting a three-point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This was a highly-skilled play from Blake Griffin to DeAndre Jordan that resulted in an early highlight during Wednesday’s showdown against OKC. The one-handed touch pass was unexpected by everyone except Jordan, who knew exactly what to do by hammering home the finish.

  10. Doc Rivers on anti-flopping rules: ‘I think the NBA is doing it the right way’

    Nov 13, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    LOS ANGELES – Chris Paul became the latest player to receive a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules on Tuesday, based on this play that took place during the Clippers’ win over the Timberwolves earlier this week. But you won’t hear any complaints about it from Doc Rivers. Speaking before the Clippers faced the…

  11. J.R. Smith’s brother Chris costing the Knicks over $2 million this season

    Nov 13, 2013, 12:33 AM EDT

    Vitor Faverani, Phil Pressey, Chris Smith

    When Chris Smith tried to tell us that he earned his roster spot with the Knicks to start the season, the amount of disbelief expressed was understandable. Despite his declaration, most saw his addition to New York’s squad for what it was — a favor to the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith,…

  12. Mario Chalmers finds LeBron with the pass through a defender’s legs (VIDEO)

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers

    You knew the Heat would be all business at home against the Bucks on Tuesday after LeBron James came out publicly and owned up to just how awful Miami’s defense has been to start the season. Milwaukee wasn’t expected to provide much of a challenge, and this play symbolizes perfectly just how much the Heat…

  13. PBT Podcast for Nov. 12: How will Steve Nash’s injury affect the Lakers?

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    In the latest edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and and Eyton Shander of NBC Sports Radio talk about all the latest news around the NBA, beginning first and foremost with Steve Nash and his latest injury issues. We hear Nash’s comments, followed by plenty of analysis regarding the state of the Lakers moving forward. The guys…

  14. Kevin Love chooses not to answer a reporter’s non-question (VIDEO)

    Nov 12, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The postgame interview session can often be tedious for star players, especially coming after a close loss when they’re not really in the mood to deal with any nonsense. After the Timberwolves dropped a close one to the Clippers on Monday, Kevin Love found himself in this familiar situation. Many times and for various reasons,…

  15. Derrick Rose leaves game late after suffering hamstring injury (VIDEO)

    Nov 11, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    The Bulls and the Cavs played a largely defensive-oriented game devoid of very many highlights, and the one that Derrick Rose provided late as his team was pulling away forced him to leave the game with what was later described as a minor hamstring injury. Rose gave us a glimpse of his signature explosiveness as…

  16. Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving finish even as Bulls pull away to beat Cavaliers

    Nov 11, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    There was plenty of excitement surrounding the first ever matchup between Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving on Monday, but the game itself was largely devoid of any fireworks. Irving and Rose essentially played to a standstill in a contest that was mostly defense-oriented, and one that the Bulls pulled away to win easily by a final…

  17. J.J. Hickson throws down the big-time jam over Marvin Williams (VIDEO)

    Nov 11, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    hickson dunk

    J.J. Hickson got the start for the Nuggets on Monday in place of the injured JaVale McGee, and at least early on, he made sure that his impact on the game would be noticed. Hickson elevated and threw down the two-handed jam over Utah’s Marvin Williams, in a play sure to make highlight reels everywhere…

  18. Suns improve to 5-2 with win over Pelicans; Hornacek says he’s ‘a little’ surprised by team’s fast start

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    bledsoe hornacek

    PHOENIX – At some point if this continues, the surprise will dissipate and turn into some level of expectation. But for now, the Suns are simply enjoying their fast start after improving their record to 5-2 following another hard-fought victory, beating the Pelicans 101-94 for the second time this season. Phoenix is doing it with effort…

  19. The Extra Pass: Pau Gasol talks slow start to season, plus Sunday recaps

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — In the first quarter Sunday night against Minnesota (as his Lakers were getting blown out of the water), Pau Gasol was 3-of-5 shooting for six points. The rest of the game he was 2-of-7 shooting, and the second of those buckets came :26 seconds left in the game when Rick Adelman had…

  20. Spurs coach Popovich believes Warriors are ‘for real’

    Nov 10, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    When San Antonio made their run to the Finals last year, they swept the depleted Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, and did the same to a very good Grizzlies team in the Western Conference Finals. The only team to give the Spurs any modicum of postseason trouble besides the eventual champion Heat…

  21. Carmelo Anthony says Knicks ‘didn’t compete’ following 31-point loss to Spurs

    Nov 10, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    carmelo

    A noon tip-off time for Sunday’s game in New York between the Spurs and the Knicks is far from normal by NBA standards, but it’s beginning to appear as though we might be able to count on performances like the one we saw from the home team in this one. San Antonio was ready from…

  22. JaVale McGee diagnosed with stress fracture in left leg, out indefinitely

    Nov 10, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    The Nuggets have struggled their way to a 1-4 start to the season, and things just got worse with the loss of one of the team’s starting big men. #Nuggets C JaVale McGee has a stress fracture in his left tibia. He will be out indefinitely pending further evaluation. — Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) November 10,…

  23. Pacers admit to goal of securing No. 1 seed for playoffs

    Nov 10, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    David West

    The Pacers are off to a perfect 7-0 start after Saturday night’s win over the Nets, and the reason for it may have more than a little to do with how things ended for the team last season. Indiana pushed the eventual champion Heat to seven games in the astern Conference Finals, before ultimately being…

  24. Ray Allen says Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett haven’t spoken to him since he left Celtics for Heat

    Nov 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    The players and coaches of the Celtics team that won a title in 2008 and contended for a few years afterward pretended as though there was a bond in place that was more special than it was anywhere else. But once the business side of things began to take precedent over the basketball side, things…

  25. Kyrie Irving hits game-winning layup to give Cavs a 2OT win over Sixers (VIDEO)

    Nov 10, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    kyrie

    Kyrie Irving had it all working against the Sixers on Saturday — the floater, the midrange jumper, and shots from three-point distance. But the speed and agility he displayed is what really is tough to account for, as evidenced by the way he was able to get to the rim and convert the game-winning shot…

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