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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. J.J. Hickson throws down the big-time jam over Marvin Williams (VIDEO)

    Nov 11, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    hickson dunk

    J.J. Hickson got the start for the Nuggets on Monday in place of the injured JaVale McGee, and at least early on, he made sure that his impact on the game would be noticed. Hickson elevated and threw down the two-handed jam over Utah’s Marvin Williams, in a play sure to make highlight reels everywhere…

  4. Suns improve to 5-2 with win over Pelicans; Hornacek says he’s ‘a little’ surprised by team’s fast start

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    bledsoe hornacek

    PHOENIX – At some point if this continues, the surprise will dissipate and turn into some level of expectation. But for now, the Suns are simply enjoying their fast start after improving their record to 5-2 following another hard-fought victory, beating the Pelicans 101-94 for the second time this season. Phoenix is doing it with effort…

  5. The Extra Pass: Pau Gasol talks slow start to season, plus Sunday recaps

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — In the first quarter Sunday night against Minnesota (as his Lakers were getting blown out of the water), Pau Gasol was 3-of-5 shooting for six points. The rest of the game he was 2-of-7 shooting, and the second of those buckets came :26 seconds left in the game when Rick Adelman had…

  6. Spurs coach Popovich believes Warriors are ‘for real’

    Nov 10, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    When San Antonio made their run to the Finals last year, they swept the depleted Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, and did the same to a very good Grizzlies team in the Western Conference Finals. The only team to give the Spurs any modicum of postseason trouble besides the eventual champion Heat…

  7. Carmelo Anthony says Knicks ‘didn’t compete’ following 31-point loss to Spurs

    Nov 10, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    carmelo

    A noon tip-off time for Sunday’s game in New York between the Spurs and the Knicks is far from normal by NBA standards, but it’s beginning to appear as though we might be able to count on performances like the one we saw from the home team in this one. San Antonio was ready from…

  8. JaVale McGee diagnosed with stress fracture in left leg, out indefinitely

    Nov 10, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    The Nuggets have struggled their way to a 1-4 start to the season, and things just got worse with the loss of one of the team’s starting big men. #Nuggets C JaVale McGee has a stress fracture in his left tibia. He will be out indefinitely pending further evaluation. — Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) November 10,…

  9. Pacers admit to goal of securing No. 1 seed for playoffs

    Nov 10, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    David West

    The Pacers are off to a perfect 7-0 start after Saturday night’s win over the Nets, and the reason for it may have more than a little to do with how things ended for the team last season. Indiana pushed the eventual champion Heat to seven games in the astern Conference Finals, before ultimately being…

  10. Ray Allen says Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett haven’t spoken to him since he left Celtics for Heat

    Nov 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    The players and coaches of the Celtics team that won a title in 2008 and contended for a few years afterward pretended as though there was a bond in place that was more special than it was anywhere else. But once the business side of things began to take precedent over the basketball side, things…

  11. Kyrie Irving hits game-winning layup to give Cavs a 2OT win over Sixers (VIDEO)

    Nov 10, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    kyrie

    Kyrie Irving had it all working against the Sixers on Saturday — the floater, the midrange jumper, and shots from three-point distance. But the speed and agility he displayed is what really is tough to account for, as evidenced by the way he was able to get to the rim and convert the game-winning shot…

  12. Dwight Howard swats Blake Griffin’s shot into the stands (VIDEO)

    Nov 10, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard attempted to make a statement early in his team’s contest against the Clippers on Saturday, coming over to help defensively and swatting Blake Griffin‘s shot attempt deep into the stands. It was an intimidation move by Howard and not a smart one, because keeping the ball in play or deflecting it to a…

  13. Pacers improve to 7-0 with win over Nets

    Nov 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    paul george

    Heading into this weekend, we wondered if the Pacers would be able to continue their perfect start to the season facing a tough road matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. But while the Nets are still finding their way from a chemistry standpoint, the Pacers are already there. And behind yet another strong all-around game from…

  14. Jeff Green hits a three at the buzzer to send Celtics to win over Heat (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green hit a fading three-pointer from the corner as time expired in Miami to give the Celtics an improbable 111-110 win over the Heat on Saturday, which was Boston’s third straight. Dwyane Wade had a chance to ice the game at the free throw line, but missed two foul shots on the previous possession…

  15. Kevin Garnett finishes the putback slam against Pacers (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Kevin Garnett listens during a news conference introducing him in Brooklyn

    Kevin Garnett is in his 19th NBA season now with the Brooklyn Nets, but the man still has a nose for the ball and can get up for a spectacular finish on occasion. Early in the fourth quarter of his team’s matchup with the undefeated Pacers, Garnett saw the opportunity and pounced, going uncontested to…

  16. J.R. Smith set to make season debut for Knicks on Sunday

    Nov 9, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    It was an interesting offseason for J.R. Smith, and perhaps a more eventful one than the team would have liked it to be. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year re-signed in New York as a free agent on a deal that will pay him $18 million over three years, and that was about the…

  17. Jeff Green with the posterizing dunk over Jason Maxiell (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    We know. Rebuilding Celtics versus rebuilding Magic, with very few recognizable names or legitimate star power on the floor for either side. But then you see this, an aggressive posterizing dunk from Jeff Green over Jason Maxiell from Friday’s action, and you realize that the pool of individual player talent in the NBA is crazy…

  18. Iman Shumpert latest to receive warning for violating league’s anti-flopping rule (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It seems as though the league has been cracking down on flopping a little bit more than it did a season ago, at least through this campaign’s first couple of weeks. A handful of players have already been issued initial warnings for violating the anti-flopping rule, and Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks became…

  19. Kevin Love is putting up historically great numbers to begin the season

    Nov 9, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    A healthy Kevin Love was expected to make a world of difference for the Timberwolves this season, and through the first six games that’s been exactly what’s happened. Minnesota is off to a 4-2 start to the season, and Love’s dominance in multiple statistical categories is a big reason why. Love’s numbers aren’t just great…

  20. NBA sends memo to teams reminding them that no form of bullying will be tolerated

    Nov 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    rookie backpacks nba

    An ugly situation has surfaced with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins regarding teammates bullying one another, and the NBA wants to make sure that nothing similar happens in their team locker rooms. It historically hasn’t been much of an issue at all, and rookie hazing in professional basketball has traditionally been limited to carrying bags of…

  21. Markieff Morris skies for the putback jam over Mozgov as part of career-best night (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    markieff morris hornacek

    PHOENIX – Markieff Morris complained in the Suns locker room following the team’s wild 114-101 win over the Nuggets on Friday, despite posting a career high 28 points which included the monster putback slam over Timofey Mozgov seen in the video clip above. Morris was one of the last players to leave, hitting the cold…

  22. Andrea Bargnani has a huge night for Knicks (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    Things were starting to get dire for the Knicks, at least as much as they can be so grim just five games into the 82-game regular season. Tyson Chandler was lost for 4-6 weeks due to injury, and with a lack of healthy bigs on the roster while Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire struggle with…

  23. Larry Sanders apologizes for nightclub incident that’s caused him to miss time with a thumb injury

    Nov 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Marquis Daniels, Larry Sanders

    The Bucks put a lot of faith in Larry Sanders this offseason in signing him to a four-year, $44 million contract extension, and since then he’s done little to show he’s deserving of that trust. On the court, Sanders has been underwhelming in his first three games of the year, with averages of just 2.7…

  24. Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw unhappy with lack of energy from rotation players following loss to Suns

    Nov 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    PHOENIX – The Suns improved to 4-2 on the young season with a 114-103 win over the Nuggets on Friday, in a contest that saw some extremely wild swings in both score and momentum before the night was through. The first half was all Phoenix, as they followed up a 35-point first quarter by holding Denver…

  25. Gerald Green gets way up to finish the alley-oop against Nuggets (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 1:15 AM EDT

    Gerald Green

    Gerald Green has been much more than just a dunker in his first few games in Phoenix, and with Goran Dragic still out with a sprained ankle, Green once again got the start on Friday against the Nuggets. Green played with emotion and intensity on both ends of the floor while finishing with 12 points,…

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