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  1. Wednesday Night NBA Grades: Larry Sanders out of action, and Tony Parker’s big fourth quarter

    Nov 7, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    Our grades from Wednesday night around the NBA, or what you missed while securing funds in advance of twitter’s IPO … Larry Sanders. Apologies for starting things off on a negative note, and even more so for discussing someone who didn’t even play in Wednesday night’s action. But signing a contract worth a guaranteed $44 million…

  2. Luol Deng says he’d love to play his whole career in Chicago

    Nov 7, 2013, 12:33 AM EDT

    deng

    Luol Deng is a two-time All-Star member of the Chicago Bulls, and an important part of what the team does on both ends of the floor on a nightly basis. But he’s in the final year of his contract, and the Bulls have been unwilling to discuss an extension to this point, meaning that Deng…

  3. Knicks coach Woodson says he’s not worried about job security, won’t look over his shoulder

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks are off to a slow 1-3 start to the season, and despite the very legitimate reasons for the early losses, a team that finished second in the Eastern Conference a year ago isn’t expected to be patient while things sort themselves out. Mike Woodson is finding his seat to be a bit warm…

  4. Rick Carlisle takes a subtle shot at Chris Kaman after Mavs rout Lakers

    Nov 6, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

    Dahntay Jones, Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, Rodrigue Beaubois, Rick Carlisle

    The Mavericks had little trouble with the Lakers on Tuesday, leading by as many as 30 points before settling on a final margin of 19 for the victory. Chris Kaman played in Dallas last season, and had some critical words for his former head coach Rick Carlisle when comparing his style to that of Mike…

  5. The Extra Pass: 10 teams, 10 observations, plus Tuesday recaps

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes, Paul Millsap

    Let’s zip around the league with ten observations for ten teams: Atlanta: I’m digging the former Jazz men. Paul Millsap is already getting along famously with Al Horford, but the smart movement off the ball by flex-bred wingmen Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll is keeping defenses off guard. This is a really unselfish offense already,…

  6. Michael Beasley hits back-to-back threes in season debut for Heat (VIDEO)

    Nov 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley; Jonas Valanciunas

    The Heat are bringing Michael Beasley along extremely slowly in hopes that their veteran leadership and championship environment can break him of his apathetic basketball habits on the court, and his historically poor decisions off of it. Beasley saw his first minutes of action this season in the Heat’s fourth game, a win over the…

  7. Kemba Walker leaves with shoulder injury after running into Metta World Peace (VIDEO)

    Nov 5, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    It didn’t look good for Kemba Walker midway through the third quarter against the Knicks, when he ran into the brick wall otherwise known as Metta World Peace and appeared to be in a lot of pain after suffering some kind of shoulder injury. While the pain was surely real, the injury itself turned out…

  8. LeBron James becomes fifth player in history to score in double figures for 500 consecutive games

    Nov 5, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    On the surface, scoring in double figures isn’t something that would seem like much of a challenge for the game’s most dominant offensive players. But doing so night in and night out for the equivalent of more than six seasons worth of games consecutively is apparently something that’s extremely rare among even the greatest of…

  9. Chris Bosh won’t play for Heat in Toronto after announcing birth of his daughter

    Nov 5, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    The Bosh Family Welcomes Their New Daughter, Dylan Skye Bosh

    The Heat will take on the Raptors in Toronto on Tuesday, but they’ll do it without the member of their Big Three who made a name for himself in the NBA by playing north of the border for his first seven seasons. Chris Bosh wasn’t available to reporters at Monday’s practice and didn’t travel with…

  10. Bulls coach Thibodeau says refs penalizing Derrick Rose for being a ‘nice guy’

    Nov 5, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose isn’t getting to the free throw line as much as he traditionally has in seasons past, and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau feels like Rose’s on-court demeanor may have something to do with that. In 2012, Rose averaged 6.1 free throw attempts per game, and in his 2011 MVP season, he got to…

  11. The Extra Pass: Clippers offensive fireworks cover up struggling defense, plus Monday recaps

    Nov 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    LOS ANGELES — The Clippers know how to put on a show — they dropped a highflying 137 points on the Rockets and blew the up-and-coming team out of the water. Through four games the Clippers are averaging 116.7 points per 100s possessions, that is almost 7 points better than the second place team (Houston).…

  12. Monday night NBA grades: Andre Iguodala torches the Sixers, Clippers offense continues to roll

    Nov 5, 2013, 1:51 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Our grades from Monday around the NBA, or what you missed while watching your fantasy football matchup go down in flames … The Clippers offense. Coming into Monday night’s showdown with the Rockets, the Clippers were far and away the best offensive team in the league statistically with an average of 113.3 points per 100 possessions.…

  13. Michael Carter-Williams becomes first rookie since Shaq to win Conference Player of the Week to begin NBA career

    Nov 4, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    Forgive the lengthy headline, but the feat achieved by Michael Carter-Williams during his first week in the NBA requires an extended explanation. The Sixers’ guard burst onto the scene with some monster statistical performances that helped his team to a surprising 3-0 start to the season. The effort was good enough to earn him Conference…

  14. Stephen Curry finds Andre Iguodala from half court for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    The Sixers are a nice story and all, sitting at 3-0 in the standings entering Monday night’s game against the Warriors. But no one expects it to continue, and Golden State seems intent on ending that brief winning streak, and doing so in spectacular fashion. As the Warriors got out to an early double digit…

  15. Victor Oladipo reportedly interested in participating in the dunk contest

    Nov 4, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    Victor Oladipo is off to the stellar start to the season that some of us expected, showcasing a nice combination of speed, athleticism and vision on both ends of the floor on the way to averages of 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals in his first four games. He also showed a…

  16. The Extra Pass Weekend Roundup: Seven storylines from Week 1 and Sunday recaps

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    One week down, 23 more to go. Let’s look at some of the emerging storylines from the first week of the season. A Sneaky MVP Candidate Emerges There’s a real struggle to discern what’s real and what isn’t in the early part of the season, and the standings are almost a totem of sorts. If…

  17. Victor Oladipo with the 360-slam against the Nets (VIDEO)

    Nov 3, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo, Kevin Garnett, Alan Anderson

    Jason Kidd made his debut patrolling the sidelines for the Nets, but his presence had no impact on the outcome of the game, at least in terms of where the Nets were concerned. Orlando cruised to a 107-86 victory, and rookie Victor Oladipo not only contributed 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals…

  18. Report: Bulls front office taking an ‘active role’ in telling coach Thibodeau how to manage players’ minutes

    Nov 3, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Nets Bulls Basketball

    No one in their right mind has questioned the coaching ability of Tom Thibodeau, who was the defensive coordinator of sorts with Doc Rivers and the Celtics during their 2008 championship run, and is now in his fourth season as head coach of the Chicago Bulls. Thibodeau is a motivator who gets the most out…

  19. And the active leader for consecutive regular season NBA games played is …

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Omer Asik, Ed Davis

    Omer Asik of the Rockets is the active leader in consecutive regular season games played, with his current streak hitting 233 straight after appearing in each of the Rockets’ first three games of the year. Asik topped the leaderboard once Russell Westbrook‘s streak ended due to a knee injury he suffered during last season’s playoffs…

  20. Jason Kidd to make Nets coaching debut Sunday against Magic

    Nov 3, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Former NBA basketball star Kidd speaks at a news conference to announce him as the new Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team in Brooklyn

    The Nets are off to a 1-1 start to the season, after losing in Cleveland on opening night and then taking down the defending champion Heat at home on Friday. Both games were played without Brooklyn head coach Jason Kidd patrolling the sidelines, as he served a league-mandated two-game suspension for a DWI conviction over…

  21. Xavier Henry to replace Nick Young in Lakers starting lineup

    Nov 3, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    Xavier Henry

    After their surprising opening night victory against the Clippers, the Lakers have looked more like the team we expected to see with Kobe Bryant out of the lineup in the early part of the season. L.A. has dropped two straight, and with Mike D’Antoni searching for answers, a change to the starting lineup will take…

  22. Nicolas Batum apologetic after getting triple-double by launching last-second shot

    Nov 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum

    Nicolas Batum recorded the first triple-double of the NBA season on Saturday, finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the Blazers’ win over the Spurs. The problem, at least in Batum’s eyes, was the way in which he ultimately achieved this statistical feat. The game’s outcome had firmly been decided, with Portland…

  23. Sixers’ Tony Wroten with the monster rejection against Derrick Rose (VIDEO)

    Nov 3, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tony Wroten

    It’s not often that Derrick Rose is on the wrong side of these types of highlights, but given the way the Sixers erased the Bulls’ 18-point third quarter lead to come away with their third straight victory to start the season, the guys on the tam who made it happen deserve a little shine. Rose…

  24. Cavs’ C.J. Miles throws it down over Pacers’ Orlando Johnson (VIDEO)

    Nov 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    C.J. Miles

    The names in the headline may not be all that familiar, but the highlight is just as worthy as those featuring the game’s biggest stars. Early on in the Pacers’ win over the Cavaliers on Saturday, C.J. Miles got loose on the fast break. Orlando Johnson was back and decided to contest, and it’s worth…

  25. Sixers improve to 3-0 with comeback win over Bulls

    Nov 2, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Michael Carter-Williams

    This is not at all how this was supposed to happen in Philadelphia this season. But after three games and three wins, it’s moved beyond a fluke occurrence and is now becoming a story. The Sixers beat the Bulls 107-104 on Saturday to improve their undefeated record to 3-0 on the season. Chicago and Miami…

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