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  1. Pacers admit to goal of securing No. 1 seed for playoffs

    Nov 10, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    David West

    The Pacers are off to a perfect 7-0 start after Saturday night’s win over the Nets, and the reason for it may have more than a little to do with how things ended for the team last season. Indiana pushed the eventual champion Heat to seven games in the astern Conference Finals, before ultimately being…

  2. Ray Allen says Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett haven’t spoken to him since he left Celtics for Heat

    Nov 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Ray Allen

    The players and coaches of the Celtics team that won a title in 2008 and contended for a few years afterward pretended as though there was a bond in place that was more special than it was anywhere else. But once the business side of things began to take precedent over the basketball side, things…

  3. Kyrie Irving hits game-winning layup to give Cavs a 2OT win over Sixers (VIDEO)

    Nov 10, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

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    Kyrie Irving had it all working against the Sixers on Saturday — the floater, the midrange jumper, and shots from three-point distance. But the speed and agility he displayed is what really is tough to account for, as evidenced by the way he was able to get to the rim and convert the game-winning shot…

  4. Dwight Howard swats Blake Griffin’s shot into the stands (VIDEO)

    Nov 10, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard attempted to make a statement early in his team’s contest against the Clippers on Saturday, coming over to help defensively and swatting Blake Griffin‘s shot attempt deep into the stands. It was an intimidation move by Howard and not a smart one, because keeping the ball in play or deflecting it to a…

  5. Pacers improve to 7-0 with win over Nets

    Nov 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    paul george

    Heading into this weekend, we wondered if the Pacers would be able to continue their perfect start to the season facing a tough road matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. But while the Nets are still finding their way from a chemistry standpoint, the Pacers are already there. And behind yet another strong all-around game from…

  6. Jeff Green hits a three at the buzzer to send Celtics to win over Heat (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 11:36 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green hit a fading three-pointer from the corner as time expired in Miami to give the Celtics an improbable 111-110 win over the Heat on Saturday, which was Boston’s third straight. Dwyane Wade had a chance to ice the game at the free throw line, but missed two foul shots on the previous possession…

  7. Kevin Garnett finishes the putback slam against Pacers (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Kevin Garnett listens during a news conference introducing him in Brooklyn

    Kevin Garnett is in his 19th NBA season now with the Brooklyn Nets, but the man still has a nose for the ball and can get up for a spectacular finish on occasion. Early in the fourth quarter of his team’s matchup with the undefeated Pacers, Garnett saw the opportunity and pounced, going uncontested to…

  8. J.R. Smith set to make season debut for Knicks on Sunday

    Nov 9, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    J.R. Smith

    It was an interesting offseason for J.R. Smith, and perhaps a more eventful one than the team would have liked it to be. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year re-signed in New York as a free agent on a deal that will pay him $18 million over three years, and that was about the…

  9. Jeff Green with the posterizing dunk over Jason Maxiell (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Jeff Green

    We know. Rebuilding Celtics versus rebuilding Magic, with very few recognizable names or legitimate star power on the floor for either side. But then you see this, an aggressive posterizing dunk from Jeff Green over Jason Maxiell from Friday’s action, and you realize that the pool of individual player talent in the NBA is crazy…

  10. Iman Shumpert latest to receive warning for violating league’s anti-flopping rule (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It seems as though the league has been cracking down on flopping a little bit more than it did a season ago, at least through this campaign’s first couple of weeks. A handful of players have already been issued initial warnings for violating the anti-flopping rule, and Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks became…

  11. Kevin Love is putting up historically great numbers to begin the season

    Nov 9, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    A healthy Kevin Love was expected to make a world of difference for the Timberwolves this season, and through the first six games that’s been exactly what’s happened. Minnesota is off to a 4-2 start to the season, and Love’s dominance in multiple statistical categories is a big reason why. Love’s numbers aren’t just great…

  12. NBA sends memo to teams reminding them that no form of bullying will be tolerated

    Nov 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

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    An ugly situation has surfaced with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins regarding teammates bullying one another, and the NBA wants to make sure that nothing similar happens in their team locker rooms. It historically hasn’t been much of an issue at all, and rookie hazing in professional basketball has traditionally been limited to carrying bags of…

  13. Markieff Morris skies for the putback jam over Mozgov as part of career-best night (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    markieff morris hornacek

    PHOENIX – Markieff Morris complained in the Suns locker room following the team’s wild 114-101 win over the Nuggets on Friday, despite posting a career high 28 points which included the monster putback slam over Timofey Mozgov seen in the video clip above. Morris was one of the last players to leave, hitting the cold…

  14. Andrea Bargnani has a huge night for Knicks (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Andrea Bargnani

    Things were starting to get dire for the Knicks, at least as much as they can be so grim just five games into the 82-game regular season. Tyson Chandler was lost for 4-6 weeks due to injury, and with a lack of healthy bigs on the roster while Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire struggle with…

  15. Larry Sanders apologizes for nightclub incident that’s caused him to miss time with a thumb injury

    Nov 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Marquis Daniels, Larry Sanders

    The Bucks put a lot of faith in Larry Sanders this offseason in signing him to a four-year, $44 million contract extension, and since then he’s done little to show he’s deserving of that trust. On the court, Sanders has been underwhelming in his first three games of the year, with averages of just 2.7…

  16. Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw unhappy with lack of energy from rotation players following loss to Suns

    Nov 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Brian Shaw

    PHOENIX – The Suns improved to 4-2 on the young season with a 114-103 win over the Nuggets on Friday, in a contest that saw some extremely wild swings in both score and momentum before the night was through. The first half was all Phoenix, as they followed up a 35-point first quarter by holding Denver…

  17. Gerald Green gets way up to finish the alley-oop against Nuggets (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 1:15 AM EST

    Gerald Green

    Gerald Green has been much more than just a dunker in his first few games in Phoenix, and with Goran Dragic still out with a sprained ankle, Green once again got the start on Friday against the Nuggets. Green played with emotion and intensity on both ends of the floor while finishing with 12 points,…

  18. Andrew Bynum booed in his return to Philadelphia with Cavaliers (VIDEO)

    Nov 8, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum knew this was coming. In his return to Philadelphia with the Cavaliers on Friday, Bynum was booed lustily by the hometown crowd when he checked in for the first time late in the first quarter, despite never playing a single game for the franchise last season. Actually, that’s probably the reason why. Bynum…

  19. Blake Griffin with the dunk past LeBron James and Chris Bosh (VIDEO)

    Nov 7, 2013, 11:33 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Scott Machado, Derrick Favors

    The Clippers dropped their nationally televised matchup against the Heat on Thursday, but Blake Griffin had by far the best statistical effort for his team, as well as one of the better highlights. Miami’s defensive rotations broke down on this particular play late in the fourth, and Griffin took advantage by soaring past LeBron James…

  20. Dwyane Wade helps Heat pull away for win over Clippers

    Nov 7, 2013, 10:16 PM EST

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    LeBron James is in the rare situation of being widely recognized as the game’s best player, and few would argue his position in those rankings. But what makes the Miami Heat a championship level team is the star talent surrounding James, and that starts with a healthy Dwyane Wade. Wade is still able to impact…

  21. Photos of the NBA’s sleeved Christmas Day jerseys

    Nov 7, 2013, 9:31 PM EST

    nba christmas day sleeved jerseys

    The NBA and the fine folks at adidas have gotten more aggressive in their jersey marketing strategy recently, adding a version with sleeves to the rotation last season and expanding that offering to more teams during the current campaign that just began. Christmas Day is often viewed as the time that the game’s more casual…

  22. Andrew Bynum admits to considering retirement while continuing to work his way back from injury

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:19 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum,Reggie Evans

    Andrew Bynum is far from your typical NBA player. His interests are varied, and he’s one of the few in the league who treat the occupation as a job more than as his life’s true passion. Bynum didn’t play at all last season in Philadelphia due to injury, which obviously caused some consternation among that…

  23. Hawks rookie Dennis Schroder suspended one game for punch to the groin of DeMarcus Cousins (VIDEO)

    Nov 7, 2013, 11:42 AM EST

    Dennis Schroder, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson

    Hawks rookie Dennis Schroder has been suspended one game for “striking DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings in the groin,” the league announced on Thursday. The suspension is warranted, of course, but the most incredible part of the play was the fact that the referees didn’t feel the need to whistle Schroder for the foul.…

  24. Roy Hibbert says he’s targeting Defensive Player of the Year, predicts Paul George as MVP

    Nov 7, 2013, 11:16 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    We didn’t formally reach out to Roy Hibbert to get his predictions for the 2013-14 season, but thanks to the availability of social media he was able to turn in his picks. After the Pacers pulled away in the fourth to beat the Bulls on Wednesday and improv to a perfect 5-0 on the season,…

  25. Andrew Bynum says he expects boos in Philadelphia, doesn’t feel bad at all about last season

    Nov 7, 2013, 10:40 AM EST

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    The Sixers traded away their best player in Andre Iguodala before last season in exchange for Andrew Bynum, who was coming off of an All-Star year in Los Angeles. A series of knee injuries and setbacks during the rehabilitation process kept Bynum from ever playing a single game in Philadelphia, and he was allowed to…

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