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  1. Luis Scola seals Pacers’ win over Nets with inbound pass off the back of Paul Pierce (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2014, 12:30 AM EST

    luis scola pacers

    The Pacers held on for a 97-96 victory over the Nets on Saturday, and used a crafty move by one of their veterans on the game’s final play to seal it. Leading by one with 0.4 seconds remaining, Luis Scola left nothing to chance. Instead of attempting to inbound the ball to one of his…

  2. LeBron gets a tough reverse layup to go for the and-1 finish against Knicks (VIDEO)

    Feb 1, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Sacramento Kings

    LeBron James pretty much showcases it all on this first half highlight from Saturday night’s game in New York. Tim Hardaway Jr. is guarding James behind the three-point line, and his up-close approach is essentially forcing James to a drive. Challenge accepted, and the quickness with which James shakes his man before using his strength…

  3. Larry Bird says notion that Pacers signed Bynum to keep him from Heat is ‘the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard’

    Feb 1, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

    larry bird pacers

    The Pacers signed Andrew Bynum for the remainder of the season, and some think it was a move based purely in defense — off the court, much more than on it. Indiana has been the best team in the East over the first half of the season, and team chemistry has been at at all-time…

  4. Basketballs signed by new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver go into play Saturday

    Feb 1, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    adam silver ball

    Saturday marks Adam Silver’s first day on the job as NBA Commissioner, and one minor but historic change that has been in the works for the past couple of months will take place beginning with the games of Feb. 1. Beginning with the 1983-84 season, Spalding has been the provider of basketballs to the league,…

  5. Lakers’ Pau Gasol to miss at least a week with groin strain

    Feb 1, 2014, 6:44 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    This Lakers season will be remembered more than anything as one that was completely lost due to a series of injuries to both stars and role players alike. Pau Gasol is the latest to return to the ranks of the injured, and after undergoing an MRI on Saturday, will miss a minimum of a week…

  6. Bradley Beal will accept offer to participate in three-point contest if cleared by doctors

    Feb 1, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    Bradley Beal

    We know Marco Belinelli is in for All-Star weekend’s three-point contest, and we may have a second confirmed contender in the Wizards’ Bradley Beal — if doctors clear him to participate. Beal suffered a lower leg injury earlier this season which sidelined him for nine games. He’s been on a minutes restriction that was supposed…

  7. Spurs sign Shannon Brown to 10-day contract

    Feb 1, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

    shannon brown

    The Spurs have signed Shannon Brown to a 10-day contract, a move announced on Saturday via official release. The team also released Othyus Jeffers, whom they had previously called up from the D-League on a 10-day contract following the injury to Kawhi Leonard. Brown played well for the Phoenix Suns over the last two seasons,…

  8. Lance Stephenson ‘mad’ at All-Star snub

    Feb 1, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers

    It can be argued that Lance Stephenson was among the players most deserving of All-Star status in the Eastern Conference who was ultimately left off the roster. Kyle Lowry of the Raptors also belongs in that discussion, but Stephenson’s overall play this season with averages of 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists on one of…

  9. Kevin Martin with a two-handed dunk over Tayshaun Prince (VIDEO)

    Feb 1, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves

    In the third quarter of Friday’s contest between the Timberwolves and the Grizzlies, a beautifully-executed play led to one of the game’s better highlights. Kevin Martin makes a backdoor cut, and Ricky Rubio makes a perfect bounce pass. Martin then goes up for the two-handed finish, not bothering to check to see if Tayshaun Prince…

  10. Kevin Durant’s streak of scoring at least 30 points ends at 12 straight games

    Feb 1, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    The Nets were one of the teams to hand the Thunder one of their 10 losses on the season, and even though Brooklyn has one of the league’s best marks since Jan. 1, Oklahoma City might be the best in the league period. The Thunder showed it by waxing the Nets in Brooklyn on Friday…

  11. PBT Extra: PBT does its own Rising Stars Challenge draft; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The NBA announced the field for the Rising Stars Challenge, but the teams won’t be selected until next week. A sucker for any opportunity to hold a mock draft, I enlisted Kurt into holding our own. We followed the same positional rules whoever picks the teams on TNT next Thursday – the general managers have yet to…

  12. Evan Turner hits the difficult game-winner to send Sixers past Celtics (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2014, 10:45 PM EST

    Britain NBA Preseason Basketball

    Evan Turner‘s awkward shot through contact at the buzzer to give the Sixers a win over the Celtics was anything but a layup. Turner bumped into Jared Sullinger after crossing up Jerryd Bayless on the perimeter, and contorted enough to get a shot up just outside of the restricted area that found its way home…

  13. Rondo sits out second game of back-to-back against Sixers as a precaution

    Jan 29, 2014, 9:07 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo has appeared in six games for the Celtics since returning from ACL surgery a couple of weeks ago, but given the drop-off in talent on the roster from when he suited up last season, the 0-6 record Boston has endured is somewhat understandable. It also conveniently factors into the team’s decision to take…

  14. Marco Belinelli confirms he’ll participate in All-Star weekend’s three-point contest

    Jan 29, 2014, 10:13 AM EST

    Marco Belinelli

    All-Star weekend in New Orleans is a little more than two weeks away, and we’ll be getting official word on all of the events’ participants soon enough. The reserves for each All-Star team will be announced on Thursday (though we already know Joakim Noah is in), and the fields for the dunk contest and three-point…

  15. John Wall gets the chasedown block on Stephen Curry (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2014, 9:31 AM EST

    John Wall

    An awful turnover on the game’s first possession was one John Wall was able to turn into one of the night’s better highlights. After the Wizards won the opening tip, Wall lost the ball after a questionable pass from Bradley Beal. He was credited with the turnover (unfairly, probably) but he didn’t give up on…

  16. The Extra Pass: Should Indiana be worried about its offense? And Tuesday’s recaps.

    Jan 29, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Indiana is the best team in the NBA right now — they have the best record in the league (by percentage points over Oklahoma City) and they have the best point differential in the league. The Pacers are legitimate title contenders. They have done all that in spite of their offense. The…

  17. J.R. Smith with a flashy pass to Tyson Chandler for the alley-oop finish (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2014, 12:45 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    During the first half of the Knicks’ complete destruction of the Celtics on Tuesday, J.R. Smith decided to crate some magic. Some clever dribbling from Smith freed himself enough to make a one-handed lob pass to Tyson Chandler, who knew what to do with it once he went up and got it. The Knicks led…

  18. Bulls prematurely post a video congratulating Joakim Noah for making the All-Star team

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:32 PM EST

    noah all star

    As of Tuesday, Jan. 28 2014, Joakim Noah has been named to an NBA All-Star team exactly once. The video clip above, however, would lead you to believe otherwise. It was posted to the official YouTube account of the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, but has since been removed. That’s because the reserves for the All-Star…

  19. NBA rescinds flopping warning issued to Hawks’ Shelvin Mack

    Jan 28, 2014, 9:16 PM EST

    shelvin mack

    Shelvin Mack of the Atlanta Hawks became the 22nd player this season to be warned for flopping on Monday, and an initial look at the video clip above seemed to show that it was indeed justified. But upon further review, Mack didn’t flail or fall cleanly like so many do when trying to sell a…

  20. Nike unveils All-Star shoes for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:04 PM EST

    Nike Basketball 2014 All-Star

    Nike Basketball unveiled its lineup of special edition colorways that LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant will be rocking for All-Star weekend in New Orleans. As always, the colors and patterns of the 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection were inspired by the city hosting the celebratory midseason exhibition. From the official release: “Nike Basketball is…

  21. Suns’ Goran Dragic to receive $1 million bonus if he makes the All-Star team

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:13 AM EST

    goran dragic

    It’s common in the NBA for players to have performance-based incentives built into their contracts as a way for them to earn extra dollars. It was even put into the latest iteration of the collective bargaining agreement, where players with at least four years of service are eligible for a higher maximum salary in their…

  22. Report: Australia’s Dante Exum to declare for NBA Draft

    Jan 28, 2014, 9:32 AM EST

    dante exum eurocamp

    Dante Exum is an Australian 6’6″ point guard who has had scouts drooling over both his current skill set and his NBA potential for well over a year. Many executives of teams currently projected to end up in the lottery have yet to see him play in person, but that’s likely to change over the…

  23. Pau Gasol says playoffs ‘are a utopia right now’ for Lakers

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:03 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    From Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary: uto·pia (noun) yu̇-ˈtō-pē-ə :  an imaginary and indefinitely remote place. Pau Gasol has been a bit more vocal as of late on the topic of the Lakers’ recent struggles, even going so far as to throw a tantrum in front of teammates and Kobe Bryant in the locker room following an especially…

  24. Kevin Durant goes one on five, hits game-winner vs. Hawks (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:38 PM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant is in the midst of a stretch that has him at the forefront of the league’s MVP race this year, and considering the fact that LeBron James still plays in the NBA and hasn’t exactly declined from the level he played at a season ago, that’s really quite the accomplishment. Durant finished with…

  25. Nets’ Andray Blatche goes to the Euro-step against Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:04 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    An entertaining part of some of the Nets’ recent blowout victories has been the late-game offensive freedom afforded to reserve big man Andray Blatche. Blatche has some embarrassing moments forever archived on YouTube, but he’s developed offensively to the point where he has some skills at the ready whenever the opportunity may present itself. On…

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