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  1. Report: Dion Waiters has a mysterious illness that may be tied to his being removed from the starting lineup

    Nov 17, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    The Cavaliers held a players only meeting earlier this week, after losing by 29 points to the Timberwolves which put them at just 3-7 through the team’s first 10 games. There were reports that the meeting turned contentious, and that players confronted one another about how things were playing out — none of which is…

  2. LeBron James chases down Kemba Walker, swats his shot into the stands (VIDEO)

    Nov 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    In a normal game where the outcome is uncertain and every possession matters, blocking an opponent’s shot so hard that it goes flying a couple rows back into the stands isn’t the most intelligent basketball play. But it sure is fun to watch. LeBron James caught Kemba Walker on the fast break and came through…

  3. Rasheed Wallace dunks at Pistons practice (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace, now an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons, decided to show the young fellas at practice that even though his playing days are over and he’s fairly out of shape, he can still throw it down reverse-style with two hands. OK, just barely. Pistons big man Andre Drummond posted the hilarious clip to…

  4. Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Brook Lopez will all miss Saturday’s game at Clippers due to injury

    Nov 16, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams Paul Pierce Kevin Garnett

    The Nets got their first road win of the season in spectacular fashion on Friday, getting a game-winner from Joe Johnson at the overtime buzzer to beat the Suns in Phoenix. The victory was a costly one, however, as Brooklyn will be extremely shorthanded when the team faces the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday.…

  5. Lance Stephenson with the dunk and the dance (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Lance Stephenson is off to a fantastic beginning this season, and there’s no question he’s been a factor in the Pacers getting off to a perfect 9-0 start. Stephenson has already posted a triple-double, and after sprinting down the court through traffic to finish with the slam against the Bucks, he added some swag to…

  6. LeBron says if he took 37 shots in a game, he’d ‘put up 60. Easy.’

    Nov 16, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James had a remarkably efficient performance in the Heat’s win over the Mavericks on Friday, even by his unprecedented standards. James finished with 39 points in just under 37 minutes of action, and scored them by taking just 18 shots. LeBron shot 14-of-18 from the field, good for 77.7 percent shooting, and made his…

  7. Mario Chalmers suspended one game for swinging forearm at Dirk Nowitzki (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

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    When you think of the league’s most physical players, Mario Chalmers isn’t a name that immediately jumps to the top of the list. But after his ejection on Friday for swinging a forearm to the face of Dirk Nowitzki, Chalmers has racked up enough flagrant foul points in the early part of the season that…

  8. Kobe Bryant practices with Lakers, says: ‘If there was a playoff game tonight, I’d play’

    Nov 16, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Yao Ming & Kobe Bryant Attend NBA Fans Appreciation Day

    Kobe Bryant has yet to take the floor for the Lakers this season, after suffering a torn Achilles injury back in April that required surgery and the requisite amount of extensive rehab that traditionally follows. But he is back on the practice court, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. After seven months of rehabilitating a…

  9. Sacramento Kings fans set ‘world record’ for crowd noise (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Question: What do you get when you cross a passionate fan base with a terrible team playing in a dump of an arena? Answer: A willingness to set a world record for noise, apparently. We told you this was coming — the folks at Guinness World Records were on hand in Sacramento on Friday, and…

  10. 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…

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

    Nov 16, 2013, 1:48 AM EDT

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    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Al Harrington latest addition to Wizards’ injury list

    Nov 15, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. 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,…

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

    Nov 14, 2013, 2:45 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

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    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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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