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  1. Rondo uses signature ball fake to lose defender before scoring (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2014, 9:31 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo looked like his old self in Sunday’s lone NBA contest, finishing with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go along with 10 assists and six rebounds to get his first win since returning to Boston’s lineup this season. This play, where Rondo used his signature behind-the-back ball fake to lose a defender before…

  2. John Wall leaning toward declining dunk contest invite, but if other stars join he may change his mind

    Feb 2, 2014, 10:00 PM EST

    John Wall

    The NBA solicits its star players to compete in All-Star weekend’s dunk contest on a regular basis, but most don’t want to be the biggest name associated with the event. There’s no upside for someone like LeBron James to enter the dunk contest against a field of mostly lesser-known, non-star players. Win it, and that…

  3. Celtics get first win since Rondo’s return by beating Magic

    Feb 2, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    rondo

    Rajon Rondo returned to the Celtics lineup Jan. 17 from an ACL injury that prematurely ended his 2012-13 season. Boston’s only win since then, however, had been one against the Wizards that came on Jan. 22, in a game where Rondo was held out on the second night of a back-to-back as a precaution. That…

  4. Report: Clippers to sign Sasha Vujacic to 10-day contract

    Feb 2, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    Vujacic_Sasha

    The Clippers have continually been on the lookout for upgrades to the roster this season, in hopes of winning now with All-Star talent like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin already in place. L.A. tried its luck with Stephen Jackson earlier in the year before releasing him, and brought in Hedo Turkoglu for bench support as…

  5. Lance Stephenson throws down a monster jam … on a referee (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

    Lance Stephenson

    Lance Stephenson was admittedly mad about not making the All-Star team, and has vowed to “kill everyone in front of him” in order to prove the coaches who left him off the roster wrong. Apparently, that includes referees. After a play was whistled dead and the official came onto the floor into the restricted area…

  6. LeBron: Heat ‘didn’t have much of a reaction at all’ to Pacers signing Andrew Bynum

    Feb 2, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

    lebron bynum

    NEW YORK – Andrew Bynum ended up signing with the Pacers on Saturday, after several teams reportedly had an initial interest in his services, including the defending champs. Miami ultimately didn’t pursue Bynum, and he landed on the team that figures to be the biggest obstacle to the Heat returning to the Finals for a…

  7. Kevin Durant needed 95 tickets, 300 guest passes for friends to attend game against Wizards

    Feb 2, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Kevin Durant is from the D.C. area, and given how red-hot he and his Thunder have been as of late, the demand from friends and family to see him perform in person was at an all-time high when his team was in Washington to face the Wizards on Saturday. The Thunder were riding a 10-game…

  8. Carmelo Anthony tackles LeBron, but story is Heat’s bounce-back win over Knicks (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    lebron carmelo

    NEW YORK – Late in the third quarter of the Heat’s 15-point win over the Knicks on Saturday, the game was not yet out of hand, and with Miami leading by single digits, Carmelo Anthony wasn’t about to let LeBron James get to the basket for an easy two points in transition. Anthony wrapped up…

  9. Jordan Brand celebrates grand opening of first Flight 23 store (PHOTOS)

    Feb 2, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony Flight 23 opening

    Jordan Brand has always had a huge retail footprint (pun intended), but had yet to open specialized individual retail stores of its own — at least until now. From the official release: “[Saturday] morning in midtown Manhattan, Jordan Brand president Larry Miller, Footaction CEO Jake Jacobs and filmmaker Spike Lee officially welcomed the first consumers to…

  10. Report: Luol Deng shocked at mess that is the Cavaliers

    Feb 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng

    When Luol Deng was traded from the Bulls to Cleveland, he was coming from the only team he had known in his nine-plus NBA seasons. His Chicago teams, especially under head coach Tom Thibodeau in recent years, have been the epitome of professionalism in pursuing winning above all else. The Cavaliers, apparently, are the complete…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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