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  1. Report: Bucks ‘will do everything they can’ to trade Gary Neal before deadline

    Jan 8, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT

    Gary Neal Bucks

    When Gary Neal got into it with Larry Sanders in the locker room after a blowout loss to the Suns on Saturday, it wasn’t hard to figure out which player the franchise would be siding with. Neal is a reserve who’s under contract for just one season beyond this one at $3.2 million, while Sanders…

  2. Warriors get 10th straight victory by blowing out the Bucks

    Jan 7, 2014, 10:48 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors won their 10th in a row on Tuesday, besting a Bucks team that has won just seven times all season and is at the bottom of the league-wide standings. The games still need to be played, however, and Golden State allowed Milwaukee to hang around for a half or so before blowing them…

  3. J.R. Smith warned but not fined for untying opponent’s shoes, tries it again anyway (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    You’ve got to love J.R. Smith, at least to a certain extent. During Sunday’s win over the Mavericks, Smith untied Shawn Marion‘s shoe while the two were lining up to rebound a free throw attempt. Multiple reports, including this one from Marc Berman of the New York Post, say that the league issued a warning…

  4. Will Cavaliers make the playoffs after trading for Luol Deng?

    Jan 7, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    luol deng

    The deal between the Bulls and the Cavaliers that went down Monday night was all about the long-term for Chicago, and more about this season in Cleveland. Luol Deng will be a free agent this summer, and after reportedly turning down a contract extension worth $30 million over three years, it was clear he was…

  5. Michael Carter-Williams crosses up Ricky Rubio (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    There weren’t a lot of highlights for the Sixers in Monday’s blowout loss to the Timberwolves, but after just getting back from a 17-day road trip, the weariness was to be expected. Still, this was an incredible move from Michael Carter-Williams, who loses Ricky Rubio with the nice crossover and then gets the and-1 to…

  6. Report: Nuggets actively trying to trade Andre Miller

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:11 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    Andre Miller was suspended two games by the Nuggets following a public confrontation with first year head coach Brian Shaw that occurred on the sidelines during a loss to the Sixers. The team later rescinded the suspension, but only as a peace offering to Miller so he would paid for the two games he missed.…

  7. Report: Suns to sign Leandro Barbosa to 10-day contract

    Jan 5, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Leandro Barbosa played seven seasons for the Phoenix Suns, and was a member of the 2010 team that finished the season two games away from making it to the NBA Finals. Barbosa has bounced around since then, playing for the Raptors, Pacers and Celtics over the past three seasons. The recent injury to Eric Bledsoe,…

  8. Knicks coach Woodson blames Beno Udrih for ill-advised three-pointer from J.R. Smith

    Jan 5, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    For the second time this season, a member of the New York Knicks launched a shot late in the game that showed no regard for how much time was remaining, the score, or the game’s overall situation. And the team’s head coach, Mike Woodson, wants to pin at least part of the blame for this…

  9. Spurs’ Tiago Splitter out 3-5 weeks with shoulder sprain

    Jan 5, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    The Spurs got an easy win over the Clippers on Saturday, who were playing their first game since Chris Paul suffered a shoulder injury that is expected to sideline him for 3-5 weeks. Tiago Splitter came away from San Antonio’s victory with a similar sprain that will keep him out just as long. The official…

  10. Report: Celtics trading Courtney Lee to Grizzlies for Jerryd Bayless

    Jan 5, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Despite the Celtics getting out to a better than expected start to the season, they’re still a team in a full-fledged rebuilding mode, which we’re reminded of by the news of the team’s latest trade. Marc Stein of ESPN.com has the details: Boston Celtics, I’m told, are in advanced discussions on a trade to acquire…

  11. Surgery on Brook Lopez’s foot included procedure meant to save his career

    Jan 5, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    When Brook Lopez was lost for the season with a fractured foot injury, there was no doubt that surgery would be required before the long rehabilitation process would begin. But in addition to the repair, a second procedure was done in hopes that Lopez can have a long NBA career and the repeated injuries would…

  12. Gasol-Bynum trade talks update: Cavs reportedly unwilling to include Dion Waiters

    Jan 5, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    dion waiters

    Talks remain ongoing between the Lakers and the Cavaliers about a trade involving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. And with Cleveland under a deadline of sorts to get a deal done before Bynum’s contract becomes fully guaranteed Jan. 7, it’s not surprising that L.A. is sticking to its guns in terms of wanting an asset…

  13. Michael Carter-Williams says he’s fine after catching an elbow to the head on final play against Blazers (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    Michael Carter-Williams caught an elbow to the head on the final play of the Sixers’ win in Portland on Saturday, and remained down on the court for a few minutes after the final buzzer had sounded. From Dei Lynam of CSN Philly: Eventually MCW made his way to the Sixers’ locker room and underwent a…

  14. Bucks’ Larry Sanders, Gary Neal argue in locker room following loss to Suns

    Jan 5, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    larry sanders

    The Bucks placed a lot of faith in Larry Sanders by signing him to a four-year, $44 million contract extension this summer, even though his game hadn’t reached a level worthy of that deal just yet. Not that the team had much of a choice — a developing big man will command those types of…

  15. Kevin Durant hits game-winning, step-back jumper to beat the Timberwolves (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2014, 1:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    Kevin Durant had a monster game in Minnesota on Saturday, finishing with 48 points on 32 shots, to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists. It almost wasn’t enough to get his team the win, but Durant’s step-back jumper with four seconds remaining ultimately held up — even though Kevin Love had a very…

  16. Deron Williams gets the and-1 to go after crossing up Cavs’ Dellavedova (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    Simply put, a healthy Deron Williams is a game-changer for the Brooklyn Nets. Plays like this one, where Williams expertly uses his handles to cross up his defender before getting a shot to go as he’s fouled, are a prime example. [via The Brooklyn Game]

  17. Doc Rivers angrily rips report of Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin trade discussions (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    When we brought you the news this morning of a report that stated that both the Knicks and the Clippers have internally (but separately) considered a deal involving Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony, we pointed out at the time just how ridiculous it was. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers agrees, but since he has personnel…

  18. Dirk Nowitzki says he doesn’t think Mavs are a playoff team after losing to Clippers

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Chris Paul left midway through the third quarter of the Clippers’ contest in Dallas on Friday, and didn’t return after suffering a shoulder injury that’s expected to sideline him for three-five weeks. That didn’t prevent his team from winning, however, as L.A. erased a seven-point deficit with 4:06 to play by finishing the game on…

  19. Wizards coach Wittman calls out team for selfish play following loss to Raptors

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    The Raptors have solidified themselves as the third best team in the East in recent weeks, winning nine of their last 11 including the last five straight. But that doesn’t make the Wizards feel any better about the way they were drubbed at home by Toronto on Friday in a game that Washington trailed by…

  20. Eric Bledsoe to miss at least a week with sprained knee injury

    Jan 4, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson

    Eric Bledsoe was a late scratch for the Suns in their home loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday, thanks to some swelling that appeared in his knee in the days that followed the team’s win in Los Angeles earlier in the week. A couple of extra days off hasn’t helped enough to the point where…

  21. Andray Blatche returning to Nets after missing four games for ‘personal reasons’

    Jan 4, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    Andray Blatche has played well in a reserve role for the Nets this season, but the team had to do without him for its last four contests while he was away for “personal reasons.” Blatche returned on Saturday, and will play for the Nets at home against the Cavaliers. From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New…

  22. Rumor: Knicks, Clippers have had ‘internal discussions’ about a Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin trade

    Jan 4, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    blake griffin carmelo anthony

    Apologies in advance for even bringing this up, because this isn’t a report of anything actually happening between two teams. But a sourced report appearing on one of the leading national websites involving two of the game’s biggest stars — Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony, to be precise — requires comment here. So, with that…

  23. DeAndre Jordan with the monster alley-oop over Samuel Dalembert (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Los Angeles Clippers

    We’ve seen how easy it is for DeAndre Jordan to get up for huge dunks, and when Chris Paul lobs it up for him perfectly at the rim, whether or not a defender is present doesn’t seem to make a difference. Paul later left the game with a shoulder injury that is expected to sideline…

  24. J.R. Smith continues Knicks pattern of late-game mistakes with ill-advised three in loss to Rockets (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    The Knicks had an opportunity to win their second straight game against a team that has performed much better than New York has to this point, but another bone-headed mistake in a season that’s been full of them derailed that chance. Tied with the Rockets with under a minute remaining, New York inbounded the ball…

  25. Andre Iguodala hits the game-winner over Hawks as Warriors win eighth straight (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 12:32 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    Fresh off of a picturesque win over the Miami Heat on Thursday, the Warriors were able to rally for their eighth straight victory in Atlanta on the very next night. Andre Iguodala provided the heroics, hitting the game-winning three at the buzzer. The play wasn’t exactly of intricate design, considering the ball was inbounded to…

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