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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. NBA VP says if players ultimately don’t want to wear sleeved jerseys, league will listen

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:44 PM EST

    adidas NBA All-Star Jersey EAST Detail 2 Clipped

    The sleeved jerseys the NBA rolled out last season and has expanded the use of this year have gotten a mixed reaction from players and fans alike. The vote that counts, however, is the one made with dollars spent on them by the fans, and that’s why we saw all 10 teams that played on…

  18. The Extra Pass: Kobe’s thoughts on Carmelo Anthony to L.A. speculation, plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    by Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – When Carmelo Anthony scored a jaw-dropping 62 points in a win over the Bobcats on Friday, he didn’t just set a Knicks franchise record. He took something that belonged to Kobe Bryant. The Madison Square Garden arena record, since the building opened its fourth incarnation in 1968, was set…

  19. Rockets GM says Omer Asik likely to remain with team through the end of his contract next season

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

    Omer Asik

    There was a bit of internal drama with the Rockets this season, and it began with the team’s offseason acquisition of Dwight Howard in free agency. In a nice change of pace, Howard wasn’t the cause of it this time. But his presence didn’t sit well with the team’s resident big man Omer Asik, who…

  20. Carmelo scores 35, gets help in Knicks’ win over Lakers

    Jan 26, 2014, 6:46 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    NEW YORK – Carmelo Anthony‘s record-setting 62-point performance in Friday’s win over the Bobcats was a much-needed infusion of offense into a Knicks team that had looked lifeless over its previous few games. But considering that output has only been achieved 17 times in the last 40 years, it’s not exactly a sustainable way to…

  21. Kobe says Pau Gasol’s tantrum after Lakers’ loss in Orlando was a good thing

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    NBCSports.com

    NEW YORK – There’s a lot of losing going on in LakerLand these days, and the team’s most recent loss in Orlando to a Magic squad who came into that one with a record of 11-32 on the season was enough to send Pau Gasol over the edge. Gasol threw a postgame locker room tantrum…

  22. DeMar DeRozan leaves after suffering ankle injury vs. Clippers (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    DeMar DeRozan

    DeMar DeRozan is having a season that may land him on the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve, but he left Saturday’s game against the Clippers with the ankle injury. As seen in the video clip above, DeRozan goes up for a jumper and then lands awkwardly, with his left foot turning under him…

  23. Kevin Durant returns from injury, puts up a triple-double against Sixers (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2014, 12:04 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant sat out of the Thunder’s win in Boston on Friday due to a shoulder injury, and it was the first time in the history of the Oklahoma City franchise that the team played a game without both Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant didn’t want to make it a trend, so he returned to…

  24. Dwight Howard’s parody PSA calls for fans to ‘Save the Centers’ (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    dwight howard save the centers

    This video clip was originally published over a year ago, but with Dwight Howard losing his starting spot in the All-Star game to Kevin Love thanks to fan voting, it’s once again making the rounds. The NBA recently eliminated the center position from the voting process, instead giving players either backcourt or frontcourt designations. In…

  25. Rajon Rondo offered contract extension by Celtics, says he wouldn’t mind finishing his career in Boston

    Jan 25, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Celtics GM Danny Ainge revealed earlier this week that the team offered Rajon Rondo a contract extension roughly a month ago, one which the All-Star point guard politely declined. Ainge wasn’t surprised that the offer was turned down, and in fact he seemed to expect it. From CBS Boston (via SB Nation): “In the Collective…

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