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  1. Report: Sixers a viable trade destination for Omer Asik

    Dec 8, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    The reports surrounding the status of Rockets big man Omer Asik will continue their steady stream until the inevitable trade happens. Houston wanted to make it work with Asik playing alongside Dwight Howard, but that experiment failed and with Asik being disgruntled in his situation and constantly requesting to be traded, the Rockets seem determined…

  2. Monta Ellis hits the game-winner to beat Blazers (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Coming into Saturday night’s game against Dallas, the Blazers had used the top-ranked offense in the league to get out to a 17-3 start to the season, best in the Western Conference. Portland’s defense is ranked just 20th, however, and playing against a Mavericks team whose offense is ranked fourth and can score almost as…

  3. Report: Jason Kidd safe as Nets coach until team gets healthy

    Dec 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Houston Rockets

    The Nets are going through an especially rough time right now, and even mentioning as much seems like a gross understatement of the facts. Brooklyn has lost several of its key players due to injury, including Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jason Terry. Head coach Jason Kidd parted ways with assistant Lawrence Frank…

  4. Wade finds LeBron with pass off the glass for dunk in transition (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are simply devastating together when the Heat get out in transition, and this highlight from Miami’s easy win over a Timberwolves team playing without Kevin Love is a perfect example. Now of course, a two-on-none fast break will always result in points. But LeBron and Wade often make a spectacle…

  5. Fan wanders onto court while game is going on during Cavaliers-Clippers (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Cory O'Connor via Twitter

    Remember last season when an idiot fan in Cleveland ran into the court during live game action? Apparently, there are plenty more like him in that lovely city. During the second quarter of Saturday’s contest between the Cavaliers and the Clippers, we once again had a fan walk onto the court while the game was…

  6. Luol Deng out for Bulls with sore left Achilles

    Dec 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Luol Deng missed Saturday night’s game against the Pistons with a sore left Achilles, head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed before tip-off. Deng’s status is listed as day-to-day, and it’s not believed to be anything serious. After averaging 48.5 minutes per game over the last two contests thanks to logging 56 minutes in a triple-overtime loss…

  7. Michael Carter-Williams hospitalized with bacterial infection

    Dec 7, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    So, I had this whole thing written and ready about how Sixers coach Brett Brown doesn’t believe that Michael Carter-Williams is injury-prone, despite the fact that after sitting out Saturday, the rookie will have missed six of his team’s first 21 games. But then the news broke that Carter-Williams had been hospitalized with a bacterial…

  8. D’Antoni says Kobe’s minutes will be ‘somewhere in the 20s’ in Sunday’s return vs. Raptors

    Dec 7, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni; Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant will take the court on Sunday against the Raptors, seeing his first action of the season since suffering a torn Achilles injury this past April. The buzz surrounding Bryant’s long-awaited debut continued at the Lakers practice facility on Saturday, when Mike D’Antoni answered questions about how much Bryant will play, at what level,…

  9. League execs on Kyrie Irving’s recent struggles: ‘He’s pouting’

    Dec 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Kyrie Irving has been far from the dominating, game-changing point guard he showed capable of last season, and people around the league are beginning to take notice. He’s had games where he’s put up some decent numbers, but has done so inefficiently in recent weeks. After an 0-9 performance in Cleveland’s blowout loss to the…

  10. Blazers set NBA record for three-point percentage in rout of Jazz (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    If you’ve only been paying cursory attention to the NBA in its early stages this season, you may not have noticed the rise of the Portland Trail Blazers. But following Friday night’s 130-98 pasting of the Utah Jazz, Portland now has a record of 17-3 — the best in a very deep Western Conference. Guys…

  11. Report: Knicks have ‘zero intention’ of trading Carmelo Anthony

    Dec 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks have won two straight in blowout fashion, looking a little like last year’s club with the hot three-point shooting and briefly returning some sense of sanity to the team and its fan base. The media has yet to catch up, however, as the reports and rumors continue to fly about Carmelo Anthony‘s future…

  12. Victor Oladipo rejects Carmelo Anthony at the Rim (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    The Knicks rolled the Magic 121-83 on Friday to earn a much-needed second straight victory, but Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo came up with at least one play that was worthy of the highlight reel. As Carmelo Anthony drives the lane for what looks to be a certain slam, Oladipo rises up and rejects him at…

  13. Paul Millsap hits a shot to beat first quarter buzzer vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Chuck Hayes, Paul Millsap

    Russell Westbrook wasn’t the only one showcasing his range under pressure on Friday. Paul Millsap of the Hawks heaved a shot from well beyond half court to beat the first quarter buzzer against the Cavaliers, and it found nothing but the bottom of the net. We’d like to tell you that this particular heave mattered…

  14. Russell Westbrook drains a shot from near half court against Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Dec 6, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Anytime a player on either team hits a shot from a distance that borders on the absurd, the announcers on the telecast seemingly can’t wait to break out the local references in describing just how far away the attempt actually was. In this case, we had Russell Westbrook hitting a shot from near halfcourt to…

  15. Knicks snap nine-game losing streak by crushing depleted Nets

    Dec 5, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    NEW YORK – In a game that was supposed to be a lively and competitive rivalry contest between two teams who share a city and began the year sharing aspirations of contending for a title, the end result was to fans what the entire season has been for both the Knicks and the Nets —…

  16. Kevin Garnett and Andrea Bargnani get tangled up, receive double technicals (VIDEO)

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK – The Knicks ended their nine-game losing streak with a blowout win over the Nets in Brooklyn, and early in the fourth with the game already decided Kevin Garnett and Andrea Bargnani got into a brief scuffle that resulted in both players being assessed technical fouls. Garnett is normally the one to blame…

  17. Nike unveils Kobe Bryant’s latest signature shoe, the Kobe 9 Elite (PHOTOS)

    Dec 5, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Nike held an event at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles to unveil its latest signature shoe for Kobe Bryant, the Kobe 9 Elite. And it’s a huge change from what we’ve seen out of Bryant’s line over the past several seasons. From the official release: “Designed with Kobe’s tech insights and…

  18. The Extra Pass: A Google goggle revolution dream, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich

    I have this odd vision for the future of the NBA, and in it everyone looks like Kirk Hinrich. Well, everyone doesn’t actually look like Kirk Hinrich, but all the players are wearing goggles nonetheless. That’s not just because they look cool and I think Hinrich is the undisputed king of accessorizing, and it’s not…

  19. Kobe Bryant says he won’t return Friday, but doesn’t rule out playing Sunday at home vs. Raptors

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:53 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is back to practicing at full speed this week, and while many hoped that would mean a return to real game action as soon as Friday on the road against the Kings in Sacramento, Bryant himself said on Wednesday that wouldn’t be the case. Speaking to many reporters one-on-one at the unveiling of…

  20. Arena evacuated after fire, Spurs-Timberwolves game in Mexico City postponed

    Dec 4, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 9:46 p.m.: The NBA later issued an official release detailing the postponement: “The National Basketball Association game scheduled for tonight between the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves has been postponed due to a generator malfunction which produced smoke inside Mexico City Arena. “The date for the rescheduled game, which will be played at…

  21. Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson receives warning for violating league’s anti-flopping rule (VIDEO)

    Dec 4, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Gerald Henderson

    Gerald Henderson of the Bobcats became the latest player to be warned for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule on Wednesday, and there’s little doubt that his dive against the Mavericks on Tuesday was worthy of its distinction. With his back to the defender, Henderson simply takes a leap toward the sideline with the ball in…

  22. Rockets’ Omer Asik to miss at least a week with thigh injury

    Dec 4, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Omer Asik will be out for at least a week after suffering a right thigh contusion, reports Jason Friedman of Rockets.com. Asik will be re-evaluated at that time to assess whether or not he’s able to return. Asik’s injury could leave Houston pretty shorthanded for Wednesday night’s contest against the Suns. Jeremy Lin is out…

  23. Spurs lose a game of barefoot basketball to young children in Mexico City (VIDEO)

    Dec 4, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

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    The Spurs will face the Timberwolves in Mexico City on Wednesday as part of the NBA’s 2013-14 Global Games schedule, which included eight preseason games played internationally and one more to be played in London on between the Hawks and the Nets on Jan. 16. San Antonio’s players celebrated the occasion by taking on some…

  24. Joe Johnson says players noticed friction between Jason Kidd and Lawrence Frank

    Dec 4, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Imagine being in a management position at your job, and supervising one of your better employees for a somewhat extended period of time. Then flash forward years later, when for a variety of reasons, you accept a position working for your former employee, who now has your old job. And while your former employee knows…

  25. The Extra Pass: Chemistry clicking in Denver as Nuggets beat Nets to win seventh straight, and Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — If it was a fight, they would have stopped it. To say the Nuggets beat the Nets on Tuesday to earn their seventh straight win wouldn’t at all be an accurate description of how Denver came out and destroyed Brooklyn in the third quarter, and then continued the assault against a depleted and…

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