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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Report: Raja Bell won’t accept buyout offer from Jazz

    Mar 1, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

    BELL_RAJA

    Raja Bell will not accept a buyout of his contract with the Jazz before Friday’s midnight deadline for him to be eligible to sign with another team and play in the postseason, his agent told Bill Oram of the Salt Lake Tribune. The details: Bell, who is being paid $3.48 million this season, has been…

  2. LeBron, Kobe named February’s Conference Players of the Month

    Mar 1, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month respectively for games played in February, the league announced via official release. It was the fourth straight Player of the Month award for James (in case you had any doubt who the leading candidate for MVP is), and the Heat…

  3. PBT Podcast: Warriors, Clippers, Bulls, Lakers, and some Heat talk with Ira Winderman

    Mar 1, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

    Lebrion James, Dwyane Wade

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I discuss the amazing 54-point performance put in by Stephen Curry during a loss to the Knicks earlier this week. We look at the Warriors playoff prospects, before looking back at last night’s games, the best of which didn’t make TNT’s nationally televised schedule. Chris Paul…

  4. Joakim Noah’s triple-double leads Bulls to win over Sixers

    Mar 1, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah grabs a rebound from Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes during their NBA game in Chicago

    You knew going in to Thursday night’s nationally televised contest between the Bulls and the Sixers that it was going to be a rough one to watch. Thankfully, Joakim Noah gave us a performance worth seeing. While the teams played a slower-tempo game that was low-scoring by design, Noah was seemingly everywhere, and posted a…

  5. Chris Paul makes sure the Clippers leave with a win over Pacers

    Feb 28, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul looks to get past defending Indiana Pacers' West and Pendergraph during their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    The Clippers probably thought they had sealed a quality road win over the Pacers much earlier than they had, getting out to a lead of as many as 17 points with 5:38 remaining in regulation. But as they’ve done all season long, the Pacers refused to quit, and went on a furious 13-0 run in…

  6. Blake Griffin with the acrobatic left-handed throwdown against the Pacers (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    The Clippers were having no problem scoring inside against the Pacers on Thursday, but the points weren’t coming on the typical high-flying plays we’ve become accustomed to seeing from the Clippers this season. Midway through the third quarter, Blake Griffin changed all that. Griffin elevates and throws it down with the left hand, while being…

  7. Metta World Peace receives retroactive flagrant-two foul for elbow to Kenneth Faried

    Feb 28, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    We brought the play to your attention on Wednesday, and at the time, believed that Metta World Peace had gotten away with one, since two days had passed without any word of punishment being handed down from the league office. We should know better. The NBA has retroactively slapped World Peace with a flagrant-two foul…

  8. Stephen Curry scores a career-high 54 points as Warriors lose to Knicks

    Feb 28, 2013, 12:09 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors' Curry and New York Knicks' Anthony wait for a rebound in their NBA basketball game in New York

    There are nights when guys get hot, and there are nights where guys are simply on fire. Stephen Curry gave us an exciting taste of the latter on Wednesday, pouring in a career-high 54 points while absolutely shooting the lights out, knocking down 11 of his 13 attempts from three-point distance. Curry’s amazing performance wasn’t…

  9. Monta Ellis hits an incredible game-winner to beat the Rockets (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    It wasn’t the most efficient nights for Monta Ellis, but when it was all said and done, it will go down as one of his more effective. Ellis shot just 9-24 from the field, and made only two of his six attempts from three-point distance. But he finished with game-highs in points (27), assists (13),…

  10. Dwight Howard surprises fans at adidas photo shoot (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    It’s always cool when fans are surprised and get to meet one of the biggest stars who plays for their hometown team, and that’s what adidas pulled off in Los Angeles during a photo opportunity with Dwight Howard. Fans lined up to take pictures, but had no idea Howard would be there inside to pose…

  11. Wizards broadcaster mistakes an airball for the game-winning shot (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Nene, Bradley Beal, Randy Wittman, Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster

    It was so close. The Wizards trailed the Pistons by a single point with just over 12 seconds remaining on Wednesday, and as the ball went to Trevor Ariza in the corner with the game clock winding down, he launched what at first glance appeared to be a game-winning three-pointer that looked like it went…

  12. Metta World Peace hits Kenneth Faried with an elbow to the head, perhaps accidentally (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    This was the last play of the third quarter during the Lakers’ drubbing at the hands of the Nuggets on Monday, which might explain why there was no foul called on the play, and why it largely fell under the radar of just about everyone watching. Ben Hochman of the Denver Post noticed, however, and…

  13. Carmelo Anthony won’t be suspended for hit to the head on Spencer Hawes (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Anthony reacts after being fouled by the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Midway through the third quarter of the Knicks’ win over the Sixers on Sunday, Carmelo Anthony apparently was done wrestling with Spencer Hawes. After the two were battling for position for most of the possession, and once the shot went up, Anthony smacked Hawes in the back of the head with his right hand, and…

  14. Shannon Brown not happy about recent string of DNP-CDs

    Feb 26, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Shannon Brown, Jared Dudley

    The Suns are unquestionably in a rebuilding mode, and after trying (but mostly failing) to win games during the first half of the season by putting the players on the floor who would give them the best chance to do so, the team is now focused on the future and developing its young talent. That…

  15. Kobe Bryant responds to Mark Cuban’s amnesty suggestion in epic fashion

    Feb 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    kobe mark cuban

    A couple of days ago, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested in a radio interview that maybe it was time for the Lakers to consider amnestying Kobe Bryant, given the team’s current position out of the playoff picture and the astronomical payroll and luxury tax bill the franchise would be looking at next season. Cuban has…

  16. Pistons’ Will Bynum suspended one game for hit on Tyler Hansbrough

    Feb 24, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    Will Bynum

    In the least surprising news of the day, Will Bynum of the Detroit Pistons has been suspended one game¬†without pay for striking Tyler Hansbrough of the Indiana Pacers in the stomach, the league announced on Sunday via official release. The play occurred with 8:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, and with the Pistons trailing by…

  17. Tony Parker out Sunday against Suns with triceps injury

    Feb 24, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Parker of the Spurs competes in the skills competition during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida

    The Spurs have been winning games all season long without various players in the lineup, and Sunday in Phoenix they’ll try to do it again, this time with Tony Parker sidelined due to a triceps injury. Parker initially suffered the injury during the Spurs’ blowout win over the Clippers on Thursday, reports Mike Monroe of…

  18. Kobe’s crossover puts O.J. Mayo on skates (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-LAKERS-NETS

    Signs a player on the court just did something exceptionally sick: 1- Audible sounds of shock and awe from the crowd, before the shot even goes down, and especially when a player is playing on the road. [Check.] 2- Teammates on the bench all stand up in preparation for cheering wildly once the shot falls.…

  19. Kobe scores 38, leads Lakers to gritty win over Mavericks

    Feb 24, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Shawn Marion, Kobe Bryant

    Each game for the Lakers becomes more important as the season progresses, as the team tries to make up enough ground to claw its way into the postseason after getting off to such a dismal start. Sunday afternoon in Dallas, L.A. played like its beginning to realize it. Behind a spectacular 38-point performance from Kobe…

  20. Will Bynum ejected after punching Tyler Hansbrough in the midsection (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Will Bynum, Jerry Hendon

    Early in the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ second consecutive blowout win over the Pistons on Saturday, Will Bynum was caught on a screen from Tyler Hansbrough. Bynum either didn’t appreciate the contact, or the fact that Hansbrough continued to illegally move once the contact was made, and gave him a little shot to the…

  21. Danny Granger hits one of his 10 shot attempts in return from injury, and his teammates are ecstatic (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Danny Granger, George Hill

    It wasn’t exactly a perfect night for Danny Granger, playing his first game of the season for the Pacers after working his way back from a severe knee injury. Granger missed his first eight shots of the game, but playing against a woeful Pistons team that Indiana had just beaten by 32 the night before,…

  22. Dwight Howard says his poor conditioning has cost the Lakers ‘a lot of games’

    Feb 24, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Anyone who’s watched Dwight Howard play in a Lakers jersey this season knows that he’s nowhere near the all-world center he used to be during his years with the Orlando Magic. Howard underwent back surgery during the offseason, and while he’s recovered enough to physically be back out on the court, doctors familiar with that…

  23. LeBron says he was going to play until he got the last rebound needed for his triple-double against Sixers

    Feb 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Lebrion James, Dwyane Wade

    The Heat won their 10th straight game on Saturday, taking care of the Sixers easily behind a game-high 33 points from Dwyane Wade, and a triple-double effort from LeBron James. Miami led by 16 after three quarters, and it would have been easy for James to sit the rest of this one out, even though…

  24. Al Horford hits the game-winner to send Hawks past Bucks (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT

    Al Horford, Larry Sanders

    The Hawks came from 10 points down late in the fourth quarter to get a nice road win over the Bucks on Saturday, and this play from Al Horford turned out to be the game-winner that sealed it. Horford is the type of low-post player that really needs to be double-teamed, especially in a situation…

  25. JaVale McGee says he has ‘selective memory’ regarding his time with the Wizards

    Feb 23, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee, Hasheem Thabeet

    The Nuggets played the Wizards in D.C. on Friday, marking JaVale McGee‘s first time back in the District basketball-wise since being traded to the Nuggets before the start of the season. Washington beat Denver 119-113, and McGee finished with nine points, four rebounds, no turnovers, and two blocked shots in 20 minutes off the bench.…

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