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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Suns ‘resting’ a perfectly healthy Goran Dragic

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    Lindsey Hunter, Goran Dragic

    Goran Dragic has been one of the few bright spots during what has been an absolute train wreck of a season for the Phoenix Suns. But it appears his team is ready to play without him for at least a couple of games, for reasons that are blatantly obvious. Dragic had his best game of…

  2. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat finally lose, Knicks now streaking

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Martin congratulates Anthony after being fouled by Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out what caused these pond circles … Bulls 101, Heat 97: It had to end sometime, and Wednesday was the night Miami finally lost after winning 27 straight, ending the second longest streak of victories in NBA history. We…

  3. LeBron picks up a flagrant foul after lowering the shoulder on a Caros Boozer screen (VIDEO)

    Mar 28, 2013, 12:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James reacts after a call during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    As an isolated incident, this play where LeBron James decided to intentionally drop his shoulder and plow into a screen-setting Carlos Boozer doesn’t have much meaning. But given the point of the game when this occurred, and the fact that James was the one initiating the contact, it spoke volumes. With under four minutes remaining…

  4. Bulls put an end to Heat’s 27-game winning streak

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James holds his face after a play as Chicago Bulls' Boozer looks on, during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Heat weren’t expecting to see their 27-game winning streak snapped in Chicago on Wednesday, due to the Bulls being shorthanded and playing without Joakim Noah, Rip Hamilton, and Marco Belinelli due to injury. But that’s the thing about winning streaks, and it’s also the reason that the NBA record of 33 straight wins set…

  5. David Lee assessed a retroactive flagrant foul for elbow that caused Dwight Howard to need stitches

    Mar 27, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, David Lee

    Dwight Howard wasn’t at all pleased with David Lee following the Lakers’ loss to the Warriors on Monday, and it’s because of a play from Lee (seen in the video clip above) that caused Howard some discomfort. Howard was on the receiving end of an elbow from Lee, and to add insult to the injury,…

  6. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat continue streaking, Harden hits the game-winner to beat the Spurs

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching FGCU celebrate their trip to the Sweet 16 a thousand times. Nets 102, Suns 100: The Nets were without Joe Johnson in this one, but early in the third quarter, when Brooklyn had increased its lead to 16 points, it seemed…

  7. Thunder fan hits halfcourt shot to win $20K, gets tackled by Kevin Durant (VIDEO)

    Mar 24, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    LeBron James started the tradition earlier this year, when he tackled a fan who hit a halfcourt shot in Miami to win $75,000. The cost of living is far less in Oklahoma City, so the fan who hit the shot on Sunday won just $20,000 for the same effort. But he asked for Kevin Durant…

  8. Joe Johnson out Sunday for Nets against Suns

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson, J.R. Smith

    PHOENIX — Joe Johnson will miss Sunday night’s game against the Suns due to soreness in his right quad, Nets head coach P.J. Carlesimo told reporters about 90 minutes before tip-off. Johnson suffered the contusion in the third quarter of the Nets’ loss to the Clippers on Saturday and finished the game, but the condition…

  9. Report: Blazers likely to let Eric Maynor become an unrestricted free agent

    Mar 24, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Eric Maynor, Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, J.J. Hickson

    Damian Lillard already had locked up Rookie of the Year honors with his stellar play the first half of the season, and that was long before a deadline deal got him some backcourt help in the form of Eric Maynor, who the team acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since Maynor’s arrival, Lillard’s numbers have…

  10. Dwyane Wade out Sunday vs. Bobcats as Heat try to extend win streak

    Mar 24, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    If the Miami Heat are to win their 26th consecutive game on Sunday, they’ll have to do it without Dwyane Wade, who will be sidelined due to a sore right knee, the team announced before tip-off. Wade is listed as day-to-day, and Mike Miller will get the start in his place. Heat head coach Erik…

  11. Dwight Howard, Mike D’Antoni wisely dodge questions about Kobe’s role in loss to Wizards

    Mar 24, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    SPO-BKN-NBA--WIZARDS-LAKERS

    In the aftermath of the Lakers’ embarrassing loss at the hands of the Wizards on Friday, any remotely astute observer could tell you that there was plenty of blame to be placed squarely on the shoulders of Kobe Bryant. It’s not a bad thing in Bryant’s eyes; he’ll gladly take all of the heat anytime…

  12. Nate Robinson ejected for takedown of Lance Stephenson (VIDEO)

    Mar 24, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson, Lance Stephenson

    Late in the third quarter of a tight game between the Bulls and the Pacers on Saturday, Lance Stephenson got ahead of the pack on a fast break. Nate Robinson, wanting to make Stephenson earn those points at the free throw line as opposed to getting an uncontested dunk, caught up with him, and grabbed…

  13. Carmelo Anthony picks up a flagrant foul for shoving former teammate Landry Fields

    Mar 24, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks had no trouble with a Raptors team playing without Rudy Gay on Saturday, beating Toronto for the second straight night, and doing so by a comfortable 26-point margin. There seemed to be no love lost between Carmelo Anthony and his former teammate Landry Fields during this one, as Anthony tried to score on…

  14. Raptors might shut Rudy Gay down for the season

    Mar 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Rudy Gay reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Oakland

    Rudy Gay didn’t make the trip to New York for his team’s game against the Knicks on Saturday, instead staying home to get treatment on a back issue that forced him out of the Raptors’ home loss to the Knicks the night before after just 14 minutes of action. It was the third time recently…

  15. Stephen Curry leaves Warriors’ win over Wizards with ankle injury (VIDEO)

    Mar 24, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    Any time you see Stephen Curry leave a game with an ankle injury, as he did Saturday night in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ win over the Wizards, there’s going to be cause for concern. Those types of injuries have plagued Curry over the early part of his career, but thankfully, this one doesn’t…

  16. Chris Paul finishes incredible and-1 play to seal Clippers’ win over Nets (VIDEO)

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Deron Williams

    This wasn’t one of the best games played by the Clippers, when you look at the entirety of their night of basketball against the Nets. But Chris Paul is good enough to to take over a tight game and drag his team to victory, and that’s exactly what went down in the fourth quarter of…

  17. Marc Gasol out indefinitely with abdominal tear

    Mar 23, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol

    Marc Gasol re-aggravated an abdominal tear he initially suffered back on March 6, and is out indefinitely with the injury, the team announced on Saturday. Gasol has played every game since then, so the injury wasn’t serious enough at the time to keep him out of action. It has now forced him out of at…

  18. Rudy Gay out for Raptors against Knicks on Saturday

    Mar 23, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Rudy Gay played just 14 minutes during the Raptors’ home loss to the Knicks on Friday, due to suffering from back pain which may have had a part in his 2-7 shooting to that point of the contest. Gay left in the second quarter and did not return. He will miss the rematch between the…

  19. Report: Antawn Jamison has a ‘slight tear’ in his wrist, but is expected to play through it

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison, Gary Vitti

    Antawn Jamison left the Lakers’ loss to the Wizards on Friday late in the third quarter after suffering a sprained right wrist. He did not return to play in the fourth, and X-rays taken afterward were negative. Jamison was scheduled to get an MRI on Saturday, and apparently it revealed some damage, but not enough…

  20. Jose Calderon finds Jonas Jerebko with the two-handed bounce pass through traffic (VIDEO)

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Jose Calderon

    This was a pretty great pass from Jose Calderon to Jonas Jerebko, which took place during the portion of the Pistons’ game against the Heat on Friday where Detroit still had a fighting chance. Two-handed bounce pass, through trafic, to a cutting Jerebko who finished with the reverse jam. That’s enough for me to make…

  21. Chris Bosh says he’ll take a championship over the all-time win streak ‘every time’

    Mar 23, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    The Heat ran their win streak to 25 on Friday with another double-digit comeback win, and the fact that the team has shown a consistent ability to flip the switch defensively and take control of a game that fast has many looking toward the consecutive games record of 33 that was set by the 1971-72…

  22. Celtics not exactly sympathetic after Courtney Lee has to be carried off the floor following ankle sprain

    Mar 23, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Courtney Lee

    With under two minutes to play in Dallas on Friday, the Celtics had cut a 12-point fourth quarter deficit down to just five. But an unfortunately-timed injury to Courtney Lee allowed the Mavericks a possession that ended with a wide-open three-pointer from O.J. Mayo, which pushed the lead back to eight and essentially sealed the…

  23. Jason Terry provides even more bulletin board material for LeBron James and the Miami Heat

    Mar 23, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    At some point in the postseason, it’s highly possible that the Heat and the Celtics will face each other in a seven-game series. Should that happen, Jason Terry isn’t making things any easier for his teammates. Terry went on record as saying he was among the Celtics who were unimpressed with the Heat’s long streak…

  24. Blake Griffin says Clippers change defensive principles ‘every single game’

    Mar 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The Clippers will, in all likelihood, finish the regular season as either the three, four, or five seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. They way they’ve been playing recently, however, winning just four of their last eight, would suggest that some adjustments need to be made internally over the team’s last 13 regular season…

  25. Heat extend win streak to 25 straight games after toying with the Detroit Pistons

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates a basket against Detroit Pistons during NBA game in Miami

    Technically speaking, the win streak of the Miami Heat, which has now reached 25 straight games after a 103-89 home win over the Pistons on Friday, is in jeopardy every time the Heat take the floor and the ball is tipped off, no matter the quality level of the opponent they may be facing. In…

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