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  1. The Extra Pass: Rudy Gay taking control of his own story in Sacramento; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    NBA: Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat

    The Memphis Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay and reached the Western Conference Finals. The Toronto Raptors traded Gay and are streaking toward home-court advantage in the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Regardless of anything Gay did, his perceived value dropped considerably in the last two years. But might Gay be taking control of his own…

  2. Gerald Green throws down the two-handed reverse on the break (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2014, 12:36 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Charlotte Bobcats

    Gerald Green got loose on the fast break in the second quarter against the Knicks on Monday, and with no defenders in sight, you knew something special was coming. Green went up and easily threw down the two-handed reverse jam, a small bright spot for him on an otherwise rough night — this was one…

  3. Report: Cavs players growing more frustrated with Dion Waiters

    Jan 13, 2014, 9:42 PM EST

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    When a team loses by more than 40 points, it’s rarely only a product of the available talent on the floor. It’s usually a sign of deeper trouble going on within a given team’s ranks. The Cavaliers found themselves in this situation on Sunday, losing by 44 points in Sacramento in a game where Kyrie…

  4. Tyson Chandler on track for Tuesday return to Knicks lineup

    Jan 13, 2014, 8:03 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v New York Knicks

    NEW YORK – The Knicks are in the process of turning things around, having won four straight and five of their last six. And they’ve managed to do it largely without their defensive anchor in Tyson Chandler, who’s been sidelined essentially for the last four games due to an upper respiratory infection. Chandler will miss…

  5. Report: Cavs may hold off on contract talks with Luol Deng in hopes of pursuing LeBron James

    Jan 13, 2014, 10:14 AM EST

    LeBron James Cavaliers

    When the Cavaliers ridded themselves of an unhappy Andrew Bynum and traded for Luol Deng, it was a short-term decision aimed at helping the team compete for a playoff spot in the miserable Eastern Conference this season. Deng is an unrestricted free agent this summer, so the deal amounts to nothing more than a half-season…

  6. Grizzlies’ James Johnson swats a shot from Jeff Teague into the stands (VIDEO)

    Jan 13, 2014, 9:31 AM EST

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    Normally when a player rejects a shot attempt so violently that the ball ends up in the stands, it isn’t the soundest of defensive basketball plays. Sure, that particular shot was defended, but knocking it out of bounds gives the team an extra possession, which basically just hits the reset button for the defense. Ideally,…

  7. Mike Conley with the crossover on Shelvin Mack (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    In terms of crossover video highlights, we’ve seen ones more embarrassing to the defender than what Mike Conley did to Shelvin Mack in this one. But the speed with which Conley makes his decision to use the move, and then the explosiveness to leave Mack in the dust and get to the basket were both…

  8. Deron Williams won’t travel to London for Nets vs. Hawks

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    It’s a light schedule for the Nets this week, with just one game on the calendar against the Atlanta Hawks. But it’s being played in London at The O2, and it doesn’t make sense for their injured star point guard to make the flight lasting almost seven hours just to sit and watch. Deron Williams…

  9. Report: Pacers become latest team to express interest in Andrew Bynum

    Jan 12, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    When Andrew Bynum was traded from the Cavaliers to the Bulls and then immediately waived in a move to shed salary, several teams, including the Miami Heat, reportedly expressed initial interest in acquiring his services. The East is unquestionably going to come down to a battle between the Heat and the Pacers, so Indiana must…

  10. NBA says refs missed foul call on final play of Mavericks’ win over Pelicans

    Jan 12, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

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    The Mavericks hung on for a 110-107 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, and Monta Ellis hacked the heck out of Austin Rivers on the game’s final play to ensure that would be the case. No foul was called by the officials at the time, however, and a day later, the league issued a statement…

  11. Drake introduces Raptors players on ‘Drake Night’ in Toronto (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

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    It was Drake Night in Toronto on Saturday, and the recording artist not only broke out a retro Raptors jersey-lined jacket for the occasion, but he also got to do the player introductions. Pretty basic stuff, although the flavor he added to the DeMar DeRozan intro feels like something we’ve seen before. Toronto pulled away…

  12. J.R. Smith returns to Knicks lineup, says lesson learned is to ‘be a professional’

    Jan 12, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    J.R. Smith has been at the center of attention in New York lately, first for on-court antics that resulted in a fine, then for being benched by Knicks head coach Mike Woodson in the team’s win over the Miami Heat. This is how it goes, of course, when players get into any type of trouble…

  13. Joakim Noah speaks, says he’s hurt but not mad at Bulls trade of Luol Deng

    Jan 12, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah had managed to avoid the media since the Bulls traded his longtime teammate Luol Deng five days ago, but broke his silence on Saturday after the team got its third straight win since making the deal, this time a 103-97 victory over the Bobcats. From John Jackson of the Associated Press: “The trade definitely…

  14. Larry Sanders ejected for elbow to Thunder’s Steven Adams (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    larry sanders

    In the second quarter of the Bucks’ loss to the Thunder on Saturday, Larry Sanders took himself out of the game. He delivered a couple of elbows above the neck to OKC’s Steven Adams, and the refs saw that activity and ruled it a flagrant foul. After video review, they determined it was a flagrant…

  15. JB Smoove appears in new Jordan spots for Carmelo Anthony’s Melo M10 (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony is celebrating his 10th year with Jordan brand, and his latest signature shoe, the Melo M10, was designed by Tinker Hatfield, the man responsible for many of the most iconic Air Jordan concepts. The ads the company is rolling out in support are pretty great too, and feature comedian and Knicks fan JB…

  16. Brandon Jennings with the pass off the glass for Andre Drummond, who finishes with the slam (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

    Brandon Jennings

    This play exemplifies just how little energy the Suns had at the start of their contest in Detroit against the Pistons. Phoenix was a step slow for the game’s first few minutes, while the Pistons were ready to roll. Check out this pass off the glass that Brandon Jennings tossed to Andre Drummond, who finished…

  17. Roof leak at Verizon Center delays Rockets-Wizards (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

    John Wall

    We’re not supposed to have rain delays in the NBA, but when a roof leak causes water to rain onto the court, the conditions obviously become unsafe for the players. That’s what happened in D.C. on Saturday at the Verizon Center, where a leak caused an extended delay in the action. The Associated Press noted…

  18. Drake has a suit jacket lined with vintage Vince Carter Raptors jersey (PHOTO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    Drake

    It’s Drake Night in Toronto as the Raptors host the Nets on Saturday, and the Canadian recording artist who has taken the job of rebranding the franchise pulled out all the stops when getting his personal wardrobe together for the special occasion. Here’s another shot of Drake’s retro Vince jersey inside his suit jacket. pic.twitter.com/IVeECCQtpb…

  19. Lakers’ Jodie Meeks on his way to hitting contract incentive

    Jan 11, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers

    At least one positive thing may come of all the injuries the Lakers have been dealing with this season, but it’s something that will benefit just one of the team’s players. Thanks to plenty of available minutes in the rotation without players like Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar around for much…

  20. Hedo Turkoglu impresses Doc Rivers in workout for Clippers

    Jan 11, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Hedo Turkoglu wasn’t a part of the futre in Orlando, and as a result, the Magic let him know that before the season began and allowed him to remain away from the team until he was either dealt or waived. When no one was willing to offer anything in trade for Turkoglu, the Magic decided…

  21. Report: Knicks interested in trading for Andre Miller

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    The Knicks have been playing better lately, winning four of their last five despite the fact that they’re dealing with injuries to the likes of Pablo Prigioni and Tyson Chandler, along with the internal team suspension of J.R. Smith. New York needs a talent upgrade somewhere to continue this recent uptick, and even if the…

  22. Joakim Noah hasn’t spoken publicly since Bulls traded Luol Deng

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    The Bulls are a unique team that’s had a core group of players together for enough time under head coach Tom Thibodeau to where they all had bought in on the common goal of playing for each other. That became more difficult in Chicago recently, after the Bulls made a trade that wasn’t meant to…

  23. Bucks remind fans that Giannis Antetokounmpo is ‘Greek and Growing’ with clever poster

    Jan 11, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers

    A while back, we told you about how Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo is still physically growing. He was listed at 6’9″ at the time of the draft, but as the poster the team put together cleverly demonstrates, he’s now up to 6’10″ and 1/4 as of December. Fans in Milwaukee can receive one of these babies…

  24. Nets notch fifth straight win over frustrated LeBron, banged up Heat

    Jan 11, 2014, 12:35 AM EST

    lebron restrained nets

    NEW YORK – LeBron James fouled out of a game for just the sixth time in his career on Friday, and with the Heat entering the game in Brooklyn already down three of their starters, losing him for the second overtime session proved to be too much. Behind big games from Joe Johnson and Shaun…

  25. LeBron not at all pleased with flagrant foul from Nets’ Mirza Teletovic (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2014, 10:28 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK – It’s been a frustrating night for LeBron James, and things almost boiled over midway through the fourth quarter against the Nets. Miami is without three of its starters, and entered the final period trailing by 12 points. The Heat have been on the wrong end of many 50-50 calls by the officials,…

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