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  1. Bobcats’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers left hand fracture

    Dec 4, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Bobcats forward Michael Kidd Gilchrist suffered a left hand fracture against the Mavericks on Tuesday, the team announced. Kidd-Gilchrist left the game in the third quarter and did not return. X-rays revealed the fracture, and he will be re-evaluated on Wednesday when the club returns to Charlotte. Paul Pierce and Anthony Davis both suffered similar…

  2. Avery Bradley hits a shot from behind the backboard to beat shot clock (VIDEO)

    Dec 3, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Amir Johnson, Avery Bradley

    We’ve seen shots launched over the backboard from behind it made before, but none of them were quite like this. Midway through the first quarter following an airball from Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley chased down the rebound as the ball was seemingly headed out of bounds. Not only did he corral it, but he had…

  3. Bulls GM still hopes to re-sign Luol Deng

    Dec 3, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

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    Luol Deng and the Bulls were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension, and as a result the two-time All-Star will hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the season. Deng is finishing out a high-priced deal that will pay him $14.2 million this year, and…

  4. Dwyane Wade out vs. Pistons due to knee soreness

    Dec 3, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade is inactive for the Heat’s home contest on Tuesday against the Pistons. “He was a little bit sore after last game,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said, “so we’ve been working with him and decided that tonight probably would be good to rest.” Miami is obviously taking the cautious approach in regard to Wade, keeping…

  5. The Extra Pass: The Wild West, can Portland last, and Sunday’s Recaps

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Let’s jump around the Western Conference with a few observations: Portland: 20 percent of the regular season is in the books, and the Trail Blazers hold the pole position in the Western Conference. It’s a great accomplishment and something absolutely no one expected, but the Blazers should come back down to earth soon enough. Wesley…

  6. Jamal Crawford with the ankle-breaking move on Lance Stephenson (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Jamal Crawford is known for having some of the game’s sickest handles, and even when he executes one of his signature moves less than perfectly, it can have an embarrassing effect on the defender in front of him. Crawford made Lance Stephenson look silly early in the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ win over the…

  7. Lionel Hollins turned down opportunity to be an assistant coach with Pistons

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Lionel Hollins led the Memphis Grizzlies to a franchise-best 56 wins and a trip to the Western Conference Finals last year. His reward for that accomplishment? Not having his contract renewed by Grizzlies management, and becoming unemployed once the season was finished. There were a variety of reasons that the franchise chose to part ways with…

  8. Lakers coach D’Antoni believes Nick Young could win Sixth Man of the Year

    Dec 1, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    nick young

    Nick Young has historically had an offensive-minded, streaky game as a shooter that made him a logical choice to play in Mike D’Antoni’s system, especially on a contract near the veteran’s minimum salary for two years at most. But his play with the Lakers has been surprisingly consistent to this point in the season, and…

  9. Blake Griffin unsuccessful in his attempt to ‘Mozgov’ Roy Hibbert (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Clippers

    Blake Griffin has a had a multitude of extremely athletic dunks that have humiliated defenders throughout his career, but the one he threw down over Timofey Mozgov is what most people point to as Griffin’s signature slam dunk highlight. Griffin tried to add Roy Hibbert of the Pacers to his posterization reel on Sunday, and…

  10. Report: Rockets asking for two first round picks in any trade for Omer Asik

    Dec 1, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    We told you that the Rockets were more than willing to deal troubled big man Omer Asik, but that the asking price was extremely high — so high, in fact, that one rival GM called Houston “delusional” in terms of what the team was expecting to net in return on the open market. Now we…

  11. Kevin McHale bothers Tim Duncan’s inbound pass, Gregg Popovich gets T’d up complaining about it (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    Near the end of the first half of the Rockets’ win over the Spurs on Saturday, we were treated to a bit of coaching shenanigans courtesy of Houston’s Kevin McHale. Tim Duncan is set to inbound the ball in front of the Rockets’ bench, and McHale is standing to Duncan’s right on the sideline —…

  12. J.R. Smith says surgically-repaired knee is bothering him

    Dec 1, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    There’s a lot wrong with the Knicks this season. But on the offensive end of the floor, the drop-off in production from J.R. Smith has to be near the top of the list. Smith was the league’s Sixth Man of the Year a season ago, and averaged 18.1 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting.…

  13. Manu Ginobili finds Tim Duncan with the bounce pass through Dwight Howard’s legs (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The players with the best court vision make this pass multiple times throughout their careers, but it’s still something to marvel at when it actually happens. Manu Ginobili found Tim Duncan with a bounce pass between Dwight Howard‘s legs, and Duncan converted it for the and-1 finish late in a close game between the Spurs…

  14. Lamar Odom remains a legitimate possibility for the Clippers

    Dec 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    It’s been a rough couple of seasons for Lamar Odom, both on and off the court. The troubled but versatile player has remained unsigned this season after dealing with personal struggles that involved reported drug use, but teams will always give players a multitude of chances if they believe help on the court is something…

  15. Andrew Bynum with a monster jam over the Bulls (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum,Reggie Evans

    This jam from Andrew Bynum happened very early on in the Cavaliers’ win over the Bulls on Saturday, but it may have foreshadowed what was yet to come. Bynum had his best game of the season in helping his team snap a five-game losing streak, and finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked…

  16. Kobe Bryant could return to action Friday for Lakers

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Lakers black uniform

    The Lakers have a bit of a layoff after hosting Portland on Sunday, with no games at all on the schedule before next Friday’s contest in Sacramento against the Kings. Kobe Bryant has been slowly working his way back from the torn Achilles injury that prematurely ended his season back in April, and the extended…

  17. DeMarcus Cousins won’t shake J.J. Redick’s hand, Redick appears confused (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t want his teammates shaking hands with their opponents, believing that they will be better served in competition by loathing the other team instead of liking them, even by showing the smallest display of sportsmanship. Personally, I’m completely down with this philosophy. In an age where plenty of players have known each other…

  18. Marco Belinelli is your current NBA leader in three-point shooting percentage

    Nov 30, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    belinelli

    If the headline hadn’t spoiled the surprise and someone asked you to guess who was leading the league in three-point shooting percentage through the first 16 games of the season, unless you were a hardcore Spurs fan, there’s no set of circumstances that would have led you to guess it was Marco Belinelli. But among…

  19. Paul Pierce out Saturday against Grizzlies due to hand injury

    Nov 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    UPDATE 7:14 p.m.: Paul Pierce is now officially out Saturday against the Grizzlies. 3:30 p. m.: Injuries have been the story do far this season for the Brooklyn Nets, a team many expected to be legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference. The latest one is to Paul Pierce, who isn’t expected to play when the…

  20. Jason Kidd learned his drink-spilling trick from Del Harris (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    When Jason Kidd intentionally spilled his drink on the floor to stop play in lieu of calling a timeout that the Nets didn’t have late in their loss to the Lakers, it was seen by some as a creative (if dishonest) way to try to ice the free throw shooter with the game on the…

  21. Randy Foye blocks Carmelo Anthony’s shot at the buzzer, Knicks lose eighth straight (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    The Knicks battled back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit in Denver on Friday, and had a chance to send the game into overtime in the final possession of regulation. Carmelo Anthony waived off the screen and went to an isolation set against Randy Foye, and given the fact that Anthony had a good four-inch…

  22. Errant pass from Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson hits woman in the head, drops her to the floor (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Henderson_Gerald

    It’s not often a ball gets fired a couple of rows into the stands by a player trying to make a pass, but when it does, it can come with some speed and if the fans in attendance don’t happen to be paying attention, you get the following result. That’s going to leave a mark.…

  23. Lakers execute halfcourt alley-oop to end the first half against Pistons for second straight season (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

    Kobe Bryant is injured and Earl Clark is gone in free agency, but the play those two ran in Detroit to end the first half against the Pistons a season ago was alive and well on Friday. The play above shows Steve Blake inbounding the ball from just inside the halfcourt line on the sideline,…

  24. Russell Westbrook hits the game-winning three to send Thunder to overtime win over Warriors (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    The Thunder and the Warriors played an exciting and competitive game on Friday that required an overtime period for the contest to be decided. The extra session wasn’t pretty overall, with plenty of possessions ending with a poor shot selection and with both teams combining to shoot just 5-of-17 over the game’s final five minutes.…

  25. PBT Roundtable: Who’s third best in the East?

    Nov 28, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams Paul Pierce Kevin Garnett

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question:  The Heat and the Pacers have been the clear class of the Eastern Conference so far, but who is the third best team there right now? Who will be at the end of the…

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