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  1. David Lee misses Warriors’ loss to Bucks due to knee injury, says he’ll be ready to go Monday vs. Knicks

    Mar 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    David Lee, Zach Randolph

    David Lee sat out the Warriors’ 103-93 home loss to the Bucks on Saturday with a bruised right knee, but he doesn’t expect to be sidelined much longer. Lee was experiencing swelling in the knee, after banging it against the knee of Thomas Robinson midway through the first quarter of Golden State’s loss to Houston…

  2. Bulls GM denies rift between Derrick Rose and the organization regarding his return

    Mar 9, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    It’s easy to see how the return of Derrick Rose from a torn ACL injury that has kept him out the entire season to this point has become a stress-filled situation for both sides. Rose has already earned an MVP trophy in his brief, four-year stint in the league. He’s a top-tier, elite level player…

  3. Amar’e Stoudemire to miss six weeks after MRI reveals need for knee surgery

    Mar 9, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Amar’e Stoudemire is expected to be out approximately six weeks due to a knee debridement procedure he will have this week, the Knicks announced on Saturday. Stoudemire was initially listed as a game-time decision for Saturday’s game against the Jazz after reporting soreness in both knees, but an MRI later in the day revealed the…

  4. Report: Monta Ellis may exercise his player option to stay with the Bucks next season

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    We broke down the contract situation of Brandon Jennings earlier, and discussed the fact that despite what he may want in terms of a big-money deal before next season, he’s not likely to get it just yet. Jennings’ situation is largely out of his control, considering the fact that by making a small one-year qualifying…

  5. adidas introduces Crazyquick basketball shoe, debuted by John Wall (PHOTOS)

    Mar 9, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week, adidas unveiled its Crazyquick footwear line, designed to make athletes quicker on the court. The basketball version will be repped by John Wall, who debuted the shoes on the court March 6. From the official release: “The Crazyquick outsole toe zone features gradual flex and forward and backward traction orientation to ensure…

  6. Serge Ibaka wasn’t suspended for groin hit on Blake Griffin because the league viewed it as ‘unintentional’

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    ibaka griffin

    When Serge Ibaka caught Blake Griffin with a violent shot to the groin near the end of the Thunder’s win over the Clippers last Sunday, most watching at the time expected the play to result in an ejection. After review, the refs called a flagrant foul, but allowed Ibaka to remain in the game. In…

  7. Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire out vs. Jazz

    Mar 9, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    UPDATE: 7:20 p.m. ET: Carmelo Anthony is out for this one, according to multiple reports. The news is far worse for Amar’e Stoudemire, however, who will miss at least the next six weeks after an MRI taken on Saturday revealed the need for knee surgery. 2:00 p.m. ET: Carmelo Anthony has missed the Knicks’ last…

  8. Raptors coach Casey says he told team to foul when leading by three at the end of regulation. They did not.

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Amir Johnson, Dwane Casey

    LOS ANGELES — It’s a great debate in NBA circles, and it’s one that makes for interesting conversation while breaking down what-if scenarios after the fact. To foul or not to foul, when leading by three and the other team has possession of the ball in the game’s final seconds? The Raptors were faced with…

  9. Kobe’s three huge three-pointers and game-winning overtime dunk against the Raptors (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant slam dunks against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball overtime win in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — This video, via the NBA’s YouTube page, is simply titled, “The Greatness of Kobe Bryant.” That about sums it up. The Lakers had no business beating the Raptors the way they defended for most of the night, but Bryant made sure that after his teammates helped close the gap, he would personally…

  10. Marco Belinelli hits the game-winning three to beat the Jazz (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Marco Belinelli reacts to making the game winning 3-point shot against the Utah Jazz during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    A crazy sequence on the Bulls’ final possession ended with a three-pointer from the corner by Marco Belinelli that turned out to be the game-winner, sending Chicago past Utah 89-88. To say the Bulls were fortunate here would be a bit of an understatement. Trailing by two with 18 seconds remaining, Belinelli pushes the ball…

  11. Kobe leads Lakers to thrilling overtime win over Raptors with a series of amazing shots

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:53 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay

    LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant doesn’t know where the energy comes from, or even how he’s able to find the physical strength to do what he does late in games, and at this late stage of his career as he plays into his 17th season. But as long as it keeps coming, so will the…

  12. Kobe misses a three, steals the rebound, then drives for two-handed dunk (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:08 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant slam dunks against the Toronto Raptors during NBA game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — This was just the beginning for Kobe Bryant during Friday night’s thrilling comeback win in overtime against the Raptors. With the Lakers trailing by double digits for most of the game to this point, Bryant took it upon himself to begin to get things turned around. Late in the third quarter, after…

  13. Deron Williams sets NBA record by hitting nine three-pointers in first half against Wizards

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Deron Williams put himself in the NBA record book on Friday, and he did so before the first half of the game between the Nets and the Wizards was anywhere close to being finished. Williams knocked down nine three-pointers by halftime , including hitting 7-7 from beyond the arc before the end of the first…

  14. J.R. Smith swings an elbow at the head of Thabo Sefolosha (VIDEO)

    Mar 8, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

    Woodson JR Smith

    This went unnoticed during Thursday night’s closer-than-expected contest between the Knicks and the Thunder, but you can bet that the league will be reviewing it in the days that follow. With about 5:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, J.R. Smith takes an aggressive swing with his right elbow to the head of Thabo Sefolosha. Thankfully…

  15. Nuggets continue home dominance, win seventh straight by blowing out the Clippers

    Mar 8, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    When you think of the best teams in the league who have consistently dominated opponents on their home floor all season long, the Denver Nuggets probably aren’t at the top of your list. But they should be. After thrashing the Clippers on Thursday by a final of 107-92, the Nuggets are now 27-3 at home,…

  16. Thunder overcome hot shooting from J.R. Smith to outlast Knicks

    Mar 8, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith walks off the floor after missing a shot in their NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New York

    Initially, a little of the luster was lost from the TNT matchup between the Knicks and the Thunder when it was learned that Carmelo Anthony would be forced to sit out his second straight game due to a sore right knee. J.R. Smith took it upon himself to carry the offensive load for New York…

  17. Carmelo Anthony out Thursday night against Thunder

    Mar 7, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Hornets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Carmelo Anthony will miss his second straight game on Thursday due to a sore right knee, Mike Woodson confirmed to reporters before tip-off. The Knicks host the Thunder at Madison Square Garden in a nationally televised contest on TNT. Anthony missed the game against the Pistons on Wednesday for the same reason, one that the…

  18. Three Stars of the Night: Youth is served

    Mar 6, 2013, 2:19 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Darius Morris

    It’s an exciting time in the NBA when some of the league’s fresher faces are able to dominate the headlines at times and, more importantly, lead their respective teams to victory. On a light three-game slate in the Association, we had one of the younger guys playing a key role in all three contests. Third…

  19. Russell Westbrook scores 37, leads Thunder to easy win over Lakers

    Mar 6, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    The last time the Thunder played the Lakers, they turned the ball over just nine times, and Russell Westbrook struggled offensively, finishing with just 17 points on 6-22 shooting. Oklahoma City dropped that one on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles, so Tuesday night at home, the team corrected itself in those two areas — in…

  20. Blake Griffin references his time traveling Kia ads in response to hit from Serge Ibaka

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:19 PM EDT

    ibaka griffin

    If you watch even a little bit of NBA basketball, there’s no way you haven’t seen one of the Kia ads featuring Blake Griffin going back in time to give his younger self various tidbits of helpful information that will prepare him for the future that Griffin is dealing with now. Griffin has always been…

  21. LeBron, Wade wonder publicly why Serge Ibaka was not suspended

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade react after a play against the Boston Celtics during the first half in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    When the news was released today that Serge Ibaka would be fined $25,000 for his below-the-belt hit on Blake Griffin during the Thunder’s win over the Clippers on Sunday, it wasn’t a shock that a suspension wasn’t handed down, but it was a bit of a surprise. The league hasn’t been afraid to retroactively drop…

  22. Serge Ibaka hits Blake Griffin in the groin, and is somehow not ejected in Thunder’s win over Clippers (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    With under two minutes remaining in a tight game between the Thunder and the Clippers, Serge Ibaka chopped down with his right arm and struck Blake griffin in the groin, causing Griffin to crumble to the floor. There’s no doubt the act was intentional on Ibaka’s part, but the referees didn’t see it as an…

  23. Thunder overcome late rally by Clippers to win a physical one in Los Angeles

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    ibaka griffin

    The Thunder and the Clippers are likely second round playoff opponents, should neither team be able to overtake the Spurs for the number one overall seed in the Western Conference. If it ends up happening, and if Sunday’s contest at Staples Center was any indication, we’d be in for a battle of epic proportions. Oklahoma…

  24. Knicks to sign Kenyon Martin to a second 10-day contract

    Mar 3, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    Knicks head coach Mike Woodson told reporters before Sunday’s game against the Heat that the team would sign Kenyon Martin to a second 10-day contract. From Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork: Martin, who was signed to provide depth to the Knicks’ depleted front line, received a DNP on Friday against the Wizards and has played just…

  25. Heat get 14th straight victory, come back from 16-point deficit to beat Knicks

    Mar 3, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts after he scored against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Knicks had beaten the Heat twice already this season, so coming into this one in New York, one would have guessed that Miami would have it dialed in from the very start. It didn’t exactly turn out that way, as the Heat trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half. But…

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