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  1. Pacers’ David West explains his ‘blame the GM’ comment after last week’s win over Nets

    Dec 28, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    The Pacers are sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 23-5, just a half-game back of the Spurs and the Thunder out West for the best record in the league overall. This lofty position wouldn’t seem to warrant publicly trashing an opposing team following an easy double-digit victory, especially when that team…

  2. Report: Andrew Bynum ‘most likely’ has played his final game for Cavaliers

    Dec 28, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

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    Details are beginning to emerge about the events that led up to Andrew Bynum being suspended indefinitely by the Cleveland Cavaliers. And while there doesn’t seem to be any one incident or blow-up that led to the club’s decision, the fact seems to be that Bynum was increasingly unhappy in his surroundings. The team will…

  3. Jeff Green gets the layup to go after six bounces on the rim (VIDEO)

    Dec 28, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The Celtics held on to beat the Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon, and getting the news before tip-off that they wouldn’t have to deal with Andrew Bynum due to being suspended indefinitely by his team was only the first bit of the day’s good fortune that they were going to receive. These favorable bounces on the…

  4. Report: Bradley Beal’s injury is a bruised left knee, may not cause him to miss time

    Dec 28, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

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    It looked pretty bad when it happened — Bradley Beal seemed to twist his knee awkwardly late in the Wizards loss to the Timberwolves on Friday, and was carried off the floor by his teammates. While it’s tough to make a visual diagnosis of any but the most gruesome of injuries, history tells us that…

  5. Jason Kidd on report he’s losing the locker room: ‘I can’t answer to what you guys make up’

    Dec 28, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    Jason Kidd is reportedly in danger of losing his job in the middle of his first season as an NBA head coach. The Nets have had to deal with more than their fair share of injuries to be sure, including the one to Brook Lopez that is expected to sideline him the rest of the…

  6. Arron Afflalo says he’d appreciate All-Star consideration from Eastern Conference coaches

    Dec 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Arron Afflalo

    The Magic are in a rebuilding mode, and as their 9-20 record will tell you, that means that wins have been hard to come by this season. But a bright spot has been the play of Arron Afflalo, who has been consistently putting up big numbers — he’s posted his career high of 43 points…

  7. Cavaliers suspend Andrew Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team

    Dec 28, 2013, 11:08 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    The Andrew Bynum experiment may be nearing its end in Cleveland, as the Cavaliers announced on Saturday that they have suspended the former All-Star big man indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. The official release in its entirety, from the team website: “Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, Cavaliers…

  8. Greg Oden expanding pregame workouts, getting closer to return with Heat

    Dec 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

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    When Miami took a chance this offseason by signing Greg Oden to a one-year minimum salary contract, it wasn’t necessarily to add depth to the team for the long grind of the regular season. The acquisition was purely a long-term strategy, one that hoped to bring in another serviceable big body to battle the size…

  9. Mario Chalmers after being whistled for flagrant on DeMarcus Cousins: ‘He flopped’

    Dec 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

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    When Mario Chalmers wasn’t throwing passes behind his head to LeBron James for ridiculous dunks, he was throwing his weight into DeMarcus Cousins late in Miami’s loss to Sacramento on Friday. Chalmers picked up a flagrant for body checking Cousins, who went flying to the floor with under a minute and a half remaining in…

  10. Wizards’ Bradley Beal carried off court following apparent knee injury (VIDEO)

    Dec 28, 2013, 12:21 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

    This … did not look good. Bradley Beal appeared to suffer an injury to his left knee late in the Wizards loss to the Timberwolves on Friday. Beal crumbled with 4:25 to play in the game and his team trailing by 21 points, and needed to be helped off the floor at the time. The…

  11. Heat sit Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen in advance of Saturday’s showdown with Blazers

    Dec 27, 2013, 11:09 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    Miami is taking the longview with regard to this season. After reaching the Finals each of the past three seasons and with a fourth trip well within reach, the Heat aren’t going to put their veterans at risk throughout the long grind of the 82-game regular season. Dwyane Wade, who has been rested multiple times…

  12. Giannis Antetokounmpo drives for the dunk against Nets (VIDEO)

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:31 PM EST

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Giannis Antetokounmpo was largely a mystery heading into the draft, thanks to playing internationally where few ever got the chance to see him in person. When I was in Italy for adidas Eurocamp this past summer, he was playing a game in a half-empty gym about a 45-minute drive from where we were in Treviso,…

  13. Bulls reportedly asking for a young player and a first round pick in trade talks for Luol Deng

    Dec 27, 2013, 9:03 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    The Luol Deng trade watch in Chicago will continue right on through February’s deadline to make deals, even if it remains questionable at best whether or not anything real comes of the discussions. When the Bulls failed to offer Deng a contract extension, it was presumed that he wouldn’t be back after this season —…

  14. Kobe says latest injury had nothing to do with his previously torn Achilles

    Dec 26, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

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    LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant met the media before the Lakers faced the Heat on Christmas Day, providing the league-mandated update on how he’s recovering from the fractured bone in his knee that currently has him sidelined for an expected timetable of up to six weeks. Many believe that when injuries occur to a different…

  15. The Extra Pass: LeBron and Kobe miss each other once again, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES – The reason behind the NBA scheduling a Christmas Day marquee matchup between the Heat and the Lakers had nothing to do with the current fate of the respective franchises, and everything to do with potentially getting to see two of the game’s biggest stars competing in a rare head-to-head matchup. A Finals…

  16. Sleeved jerseys not enough to stop LeBron, Heat in Christmas Day win over Lakers

    Dec 25, 2013, 8:56 PM EST

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    LOS ANGELES – The Heat got more of a fight than maybe they were expecting in their Christmas Day matchup with the Lakers, but eventually showed enough on both ends of the floor to get the job done. Behind 23 points apiece from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Miami used a 9-0 run late in…

  17. Another ridiculous alley-oop from Wade to LeBron, off the backboard this time (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2013, 6:24 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    LOS ANGELES – As if one of these per game wasn’t enough. Late in the second quarter, Dwyane Wade once again found LeBron James with a pass in transition that resulted in a thunderous throw-down. Only this time, the pass was off the glass, and LeBron finished with the left hand just to show out.…

  18. Wade finds LeBron for the fantastic alley-oop finish against Lakers (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2013, 5:50 PM EST

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    LOS ANGELES – It didn’t take long for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to put on a show for the audience across the nation during the Christmas Day matchup with the Lakers. With under four minutes remaining in the first, Wade got loose in transition and had LeBron trailing the play with Mario Chalmers alone…

  19. Chris Paul and his son appear in latest State Farm ad to debut Christmas Day (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    Chris Paul (and his alter ego Cliff) have been part of an ad campaign for State Farm Insurance for some time. Now, it appears that Paul’s son will be getting into this portion of the family business. From the official release: “Heritage of the Assist,” which will debut during the NBA games on Christmas Day,…

  20. Magic expected to waive or trade Hedo Turkoglu by Jan. 7

    Dec 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York

    Hedo Turkoglu probably isn’t on anyone’s radar outside of Orlando, mainly because he hasn’t played a game for the Magic or been around the team in any capacity at all since the season began. Turkoglu isn’t a part of the team’s future plans, so they essentially told him to get lost — while being paid,…

  21. D’Antoni apologizes for saying frustrated Lakers fans should ‘find another team to root for’

    Dec 24, 2013, 8:21 PM EST

    Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni announces he is unable to coach his new team against the Rockets, due to recovery from a knee operation, in Los Angeles

    After the Lakers lost in blowout fashion in Phoenix on Monday, Mike D’Antoni wasn’t in the mood to placate those who might be frustrated with the team’s recent results. L.A. has been ravaged by injuries, of course, and without so many key pieces in place — especially at the guard spots — there was no…

  22. Jordan Farmar cleared to return, will start for Lakers vs. Heat

    Dec 24, 2013, 6:29 PM EST

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    The Lakers have had more than their fair share of injury issues for the second straight season, but they’ll be getting a little bit of help back in the lineup just in time for Christmas. Jordan Farmar has missed the last 10 games with a torn hamstring, one of three L.A. point guards (along with…

  23. The Extra Pass: The nightmare that is LeBron James; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    You know those nightmares where you can’t run away fast enough? The ones where your legs turn to mush and the baddy behind you keeps gaining ground? That’s a recurring nightmare for lots of people, but it’s a recurring reality for Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer was on the sidelines with the San…

  24. Paul Pierce receives flagrant-two foul and ejection for takedown of Pacers’ George Hill (VIDEO)

    Dec 23, 2013, 10:31 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets

    Late in the third quarter and with the Nets trailing by 19 points at home to the Pacers, frustration appeared to get the better of Paul Pierce. As George Hill raced toward the other end for what appeared to be an easy fast break opportunity, Pierce chased him down to give a no-layup type of…

  25. Warriors’ Marreese Speights ejected for grabbing Nick Young around the neck (VIDEO)

    Dec 22, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

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    Early in the fourth quarter of the Lakers loss at Golden State on Saturday, Nick Young got into the lane for what was going to be an uncontested layup or dunk. Marreese Speights didn’t want to give up the easy two points, however, and grabbed Young from behind around the neck to take him down.…

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