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  1. Kevin Durant sets up Serge Ibaka for the huge slam vs. Knicks (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant turned in another masterful performance on Sunday, in what has been a season already full of them. On this particular play, it was his court vision, quick decision making and passing ability that were on display, as he found Serge Ibaka with the bounce pass between two defenders, which the big man was…

  2. Metta World Peace discusses Marcus Smart incident

    Feb 9, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

    Metta World Peace

    In the closing moments of a college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech on Saturday, Marcus Smart went into the stands and shoved a fan after hearing something that crossed the line. Metta World Peace has a unique perspective on an incident like this, considering he too went into the stands under similar…

  3. Report: Spurs, Bobcats may be interested in trading for Sixers’ Evan Turner

    Feb 9, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Atlanta Hawks

    Not much has changed since the beginning of the season for the rebuilding Sixers, who all along have been willing to part with Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and/or Thaddeus Young if the price was right. Philadelphia is holding firm on asking for a first round draft pick in exchange at the moment, and will likely…

  4. Kobe 9 Elite launch event recap, and discussing the science behind the high-top choice

    Feb 9, 2014, 1:58 PM EST

    kobe bryant at kobe 9 elite launch event

    NEW YORK – Nike Basketball launched the latest signature shoe for Kobe Bryant on Saturday, and the Masterpiece colorway of the Kobe 9 Elite sold out in minutes, despite the $225 price tag. The demand is understandable. The shoe’s eye-catching design is like nothing we’ve seen for basketball, integrating the company’s Flyknit technology that was…

  5. Pistons fire head coach Maurice Cheeks

    Feb 9, 2014, 12:24 PM EST

    Maurice Cheeks, Brandon Jennings

    The Detroit Pistons have fired head coach Maurice Cheeks just 50 games into his first season as the team’s head coach, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The timing is a bit curious, considering the Pistons had just won two straight in blowout fashion over the Nets and the Nuggets. But there have been problems…

  6. Goran Dragic scores career-high 34 points to lead Suns past Warriors (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    goran dragic

    When an All-Star replacement needed to be named for the injured Kobe Bryant, there was no way the league was going to pass up the opportunity to have the host city’s team represented, and Anthony Davis was certainly deserving of the honor. But so was Goran Dragic. The Suns’ point guard has played at an…

  7. Nuggets’ J.J. Hickson throws down the one-handed jam on Pistons’ Andre Drummond (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz

    The Nuggets are a bit injured at the moment, and have gotten rolled by large margins in their last two games. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t any highlights along the way. J.J. Hickson got free on a pick-and-roll against the Pistons on Saturday, and despite Andre Drummond being in the vicinity to protect the…

  8. Blake Griffin on the Dunk Contest: ‘It’s something I would never do again’

    Feb 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    blake griffin dunk contest

    Blake Griffin won the 2011 Dunk Contest by doing something that had never been done previously, and won’t be duplicated again. The man jumped over a car. While we can debate whether or not that sounds a lot more impressive than it actually was, the vibe at Staples Center was electric when the car was…

  9. Grizzlies beat Hawks to become first team in history to win a game with just one free throw attempt

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

    zach randolph

    The Grizzlies beat the Hawks 79-76 on Saturday, in a largely ugly and ridiculously low-scoring affair that would only please the most die-hard of the Memphis fan base. The teams combined for just 24 second-quarter points, and Atlanta managed just 25 total in the second and third quarters combined. But that wasn’t the interesting part,…

  10. Timberwolves’ Kevin Martin out indefinitely with broken thumb

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Kevin Martin has been a bright spot for the Timberwolves this season, playing consistently well offensively to where he’s been their second leading scorer behind Kevin Love. Minnesota has struggled to stay healthy, and is already without big man Nikola Pekovic, who’s out with an ankle injury until at least the All-Star break. Things got…

  11. Chris Paul to make his return for Clippers Sunday vs. Sixers

    Feb 8, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    chris paul

    Chris Paul suffered a shoulder injury back on Jan. 3 that has kept him sidelined ever since, but you wouldn’t know it the way the rest of the team has responded in his absence. The Clippers have put together a 12-6 record with Paul out, and heading into Friday night’s contest against the Raptors (which…

  12. Sixers’ Tony Wroten hits 3/4-court shots in consecutive games (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

    tony wroten

    Normally I think shots from half-court or longer aren’t worth the highlight, unless of course it’s a game-winner or something like that. It’s just that while plenty of NBA players can hit ‘em, they’re such low-percentage looks that they’re usually more about luck than they are about skill. Tony Wroten, however, got lucky two nights…

  13. Report: Suns would have ‘serious interest’ in Rudy Gay if he becomes a free agent

    Feb 8, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    Rudy Gay can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, should he choose to opt out of the final year of his contract which will pay him $19.3 million next season. The majority of players like to sign for as many guaranteed years as possible as soon as the option is available, both to secure…

  14. Ben McLemore may attempt a 720 dunk in the Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 8, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

    Kings McLemore McCallum Basketball

    The video above shows a player getting about as close to a 720-degree dunk as we’re likely to see. Getting enough hangtime to perform two complete spins before throwing it down is a tall task, but one that Kings’ rookie Ben McLemore may attempt in the Dunk Contest in New Orleans next weekend. From SBNation’s…

  15. Report: Metta World Peace open to being traded by Knicks

    Feb 8, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

    New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers

    Metta World Peace hasn’t exactly been a factor for the Knicks this season, and has spent most of the year either underperforming, injured, or just plain benched. Without any consistent playing time, and with delusions that he can perhaps still play significant minutes while actually helping a team’s cause rather than hurting it, it’s not…

  16. Kings’ Isaiah Thomas calls Celtics’ Jerryd Bayless a ‘fake tough guy’ after on-court incident (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    thomas bayless

    This is yet another example of why you don’t give a max contract to a player with the temperament of DeMarcus Cousins without the presence of any veterans on the roster to help with the team’s leadership. But this is only about him tangentially, so we’ll revisit this in a moment. Late in the fourth…

  17. Josh Smith gets hit in the face in midair, finishes the dunk anyway (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    Josh Smith

    This is a pretty good shot from the Nets’ Mirza Teletovic to the face of Josh Smith here, and one that was deserving of the flagrant foul that was called by the officials. But it was nothing to Smith, who simply continued flying through the air before throwing down the one-handed jam as though nothing…

  18. Steve Nash, 40 years old, crosses up Evan Turner for the layup (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 12:13 AM EST

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday, and scored a game-high 19 points in helping the Lakers to a double-digit win over the Sixers. And despite the fact that Evan Turner was an All-Star last season, the 25-year old was taken to school by the elder Nash on this play, which saw the Lakers…

  19. Tobias Harris dunks at the buzzer to send Magic to win over Thunder (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2014, 10:56 PM EST

    Tobias Harris

    The Thunder built a lead that reached as many as 17 points in Orlando on Friday, only to see it all come crashing down on the game’s very last play. The lead remained at double digits late in the third quarter, before the Magic slowly began to chip away. OKC was clinging to a one-point…

  20. Stephen Curry puts Warriors head coach Mark Jackson on the #DunkCam (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:32 PM EST

    Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry

    Do a Twitter search for the hashtag DunkCam, and all kinds of nonsense will pop up. It’s essentially a thing where people orchestrate elaborate slam dunks on unsuspecting people using portable hoops, trash cans, or other props that can result in someone running up on them and putting them on the proverbial poster. This reached…

  21. Watch Charles Barkley’s ridiculous attempt at pronouncing Jonas Valanciunas (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2014, 10:14 AM EST

    Charles Barkley

    During Thursday night’s draft of the teams for All-Star weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge, Charles Barkley had an unexpectedly tough time pronouncing the name of the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas. Val-so-een-o-wausauce? That’s way more difficult than simply sounding out the spelling phonetically, and hey, I suppose we could blame the show’s producers for not briefing Barkley in…

  22. LeBron says he and Wade questioned their fit together during first season in Miami (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:31 AM EST

    LeBron James,Dwyane Wade

    With three straight trips to the Finals and a fourth potentially looming this season, it’s easy to say now that LeBron James joining Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in free agency was the right decision. But it didn’t start out that way. There was a real backlash against the Heat in that first season,…

  23. Nets pull away to take care of short-handed Spurs

    Feb 6, 2014, 11:07 PM EST

    alan anderson nets

    A Spurs team without many of its stars can still prove difficult for opponents to deal with, in large part because of the way San Antonio consistently stacks its team with players perfectly suited to perform in the highly-disciplined system engineered by tenured head coach Gregg Popovich. That was true for a while in Thursday…

  24. 2014 Rising Stars Challenge rosters set; Anthony Davis taken with first overall pick

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EST

    faried rising stars

    The Rising Stars Challenge kicks off the All-Star weekend festivities that Friday night, and features a mix of the game’s top rookies and sophomores competing in the exhibition. Teams used to be separated by seniority, which often times meant a blowout victory for the second-year players. But the league has since created a draft of…

  25. 2014 Three-Point Contest field features five All-Stars

    Feb 6, 2014, 9:41 PM EST

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Kyrie Irving will defend his title at the 2014 Three-Point Contest in New Orleans, and to win it for the second straight year he’ll have to beat a field that, at least on paper, appears to be pretty stacked. In addition to Irving, the east will be represented by Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal, and Joe Johnson.…

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