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  1. Report: Kings buyer who would keep team in Sacramento has made formal offer to Maloofs

    Jan 11, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    As we told you earlier, the sale of the Kings won’t be a done deal until it is actually a done deal — contracts signed, press conferences convened, a river of tears flowing through the streets of Sacramento, etc. Shortly after the initial report of the deal being done came out, our own Aaron Bruski…

  2. PBT Podcast: Talking Kings relocation, Pacers, Knicks, Heat, and Lakers

    Jan 11, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Mavericks Kings Sale Basketball

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the seemingly impending sale of the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle-based ownership group, and why the fans there want to fight to keep a team that’s been historically terrible in terms of wins and losses. We then look back at Thursday…

  3. Wesley Matthews hits two huge threes late to help Blazers beat Heat (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2013, 2:29 AM EDT

    Trail Blazers shooting guard Matthews celebrates win with teammates Aldrige and Batum after defeating the Heat after their NBA basketball game in Portland

    The Heat looked as though they would have little trouble with the Blazers, getting out to a solid start and a 52-39 lead at the end of the first half. But a 38-point second half doomed Miami’s chances, and the team found itself blowing a 12-point fourth quarter lead while on the wrong end of…

  4. Pacers win ugly over Carmelo Anthony-less knicks

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard Smith guards Indiana Pacers forward George during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    There’s no question that the Indiana Pacers, much like any team in the NBA, couldn’t care less exactly how their wins are acquired. Whether they come due to a stifling defensive effort that allows the offense to barely get by is of no consequence; all that matters is that ultimate result. Indiana took down the…

  5. J.R. Smith throws it down on Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Ian Mahinmi, J.R. Smith

    It’s been a brutal first half in Indiana for both teams offensively, but J.R. Smith provided a momentary reprieve from the darkness with this thunderous slam dunk over Ian Mahinmi of the Pacers. Smith explodes to the rim from beyond the three-point arc, and seems to have the rim in his sights from the moment…

  6. Jim Buss says Lakers are ‘not going to panic’ despite dismal start

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Panic is a severe word to use where sports franchises are concerned, given the millions of dollars invested in players and coaches and the long-term vision it takes to put together a team capable of competing for a championship. On paper, the Lakers should have the talent to be in that championship conversation. But injuries…

  7. John Wall, adidas announce long-term partnership

    Jan 10, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall is very close to returning to the court for the Wizards, and when he does finally make it back, he’ll do so with adidas on his feet. Wall and adidas announced a long-term partnership agreement on Thursday, which marked the end of Wall’s deal to represent Reebok. From the official release: “I’ve enjoyed…

  8. Scott Skiles out as Bucks head coach

    Jan 8, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Scott Skiles is out as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a report from Sam Amick of USA Today. The decision was mutual between the team and its coach, who had guided the Bucks to a record of 16-16, good enough for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.…

  9. Report: Carmelo Anthony had to be restrained outside Celtics locker room after Knicks loss

    Jan 8, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Things got heated between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett during the Knicks’ home loss to the Celtics on Monday, and apparently, Anthony wanted to continue the battle after the game was finished. The two players received double technicals for their continued jawing with just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but they were…

  10. Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett go at it, receive double technicals (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 11:28 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    The Celtics didn’t need Rajon Rondo to beat the Knicks at MSG on Thursday; they only needed to get inside Carmelo Anthony‘s head. Kevin Garnett did so masterfully, and Anthony shot a miserable 6-of-26 from the field which helped the Celtics come away with a critical road victory against one of the top teams in…

  11. Bradley Beal hits the game-winner to send Wizards past Thunder (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal, Thabo Sefolosha, Kendrick Perkins

    The Wizards are just 5-28 on the season, but two of those five wins have come against the teams who met in the NBA Finals last June. Washington already beat the Heat earlier this season, and thanks to Bradley Beal‘s heroics with less than a second remaining on Monday, the Wizards were able to come…

  12. Tommy Heinsohn with the epic rant on Rondo’s suspension (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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    Tommy Heinsohn is the color analyst on the Celtics broadcasts, but before that he was a Hall of Fame player and coach in Boston for parts of the last six decades. As you might imagine, he bleeds green at this point, and has almost no filter when discussing issues related to his beloved Celtics. The…

  13. Report: Omri Casspi requests trade from Cavaliers

    Jan 7, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Omri Casspi

    There was a buzz surrounding Omri Casspi when he came into the league with the Sacramento Kings back in 2009, and not only because he was the NBA’s first Israeli-born player. Casspi showed signs of being more than a serviceable rotation player early in his career, but his numbers have regressed in each of the…

  14. Suns trying to come to grips with recent offensive struggles

    Jan 7, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap

    PHOENIX — The Suns dropped their second straight home game on Sunday, falling to a Memphis Grizzlies team it had matched up well against in two earlier meetings this season. The loss itself, the team’s eighth in its last nine games, is the least of the problems in Phoenix. Offensively, the Suns have regressed completely…

  15. Report: Celtics positioning themselves for multi-player trade

    Jan 6, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge

    The Celtics waived Jarvis Varnado and rookie Kris Joseph on Sunday, which in itself is unremarkable news. Varnado was expected to be gone before his contract became guaranteed on Jan. 10, but the team parting ways with Joseph was a bit of a surprise, considering the positive view it was believed to have of the…

  16. Kevin Durant double-crosses DeMar DeRozan (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan; Kevin Durant

    There was afternoon basketball on Sunday, with the Thunder tipping off in Toronto against the Raptors at 1 p.m. Eastern. Toronto hosts more of these early starts than any team in the league, but it didn’t bother the Thunder as they improved their league-best record to 26-7 with a 104-92 victory. Kevin Durant finished with…

  17. Ty Lawson steals JaVale McGee’s shoe during Nuggets’ win over Jazz (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson celebrates hitting a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers in Denver

    It’s all fun and games when you’re up big late in the fourth quarter at home, as the Nuggets were against the Jazz on Saturday. With all key players relegated to the bench and simply waiting for time to expire and the win to officially be put in the books, Ty Lawson decides to have…

  18. Popovich calls for league to crack down on sideline activity after injury to Stephen Jackson

    Jan 6, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

    Stephen Jackson suffered an injury in Thursday night’s loss to the Knicks that was completely avoidable. And Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, as you might imagine, was none too pleased. Late in the first quarter after taking a three-point attempt from the corner, Jackson’s momentum carries him slowly backward and out of bounds. A waitress…

  19. Report: John Wall expected to make season debut in the next two weeks

    Jan 6, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards

    The Wizards, at 4-27 on the season, will take any good news they can get. This would most certainly qualify. John Wall has been practicing with the team and is expected to make his season debut within the next two weeks, according to a report from Chris Mannix of SI.com. Wall has been out the…

  20. Rockets suspend Royce White

    Jan 6, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    Royce White

    We thought there might be some fallout from Rockets draft pick Royce White refusing his D-League assignment earlier this week, and now we have it. Houston has suspended White immediately, and this is a situation that seems like it gets worse before it gets better. Here’s the official statement from Rockets GM Daryl Morey, via…

  21. Chris Paul says Warriors acted like ‘they won the NBA Finals’ last time they beat Clippers in L.A.

    Jan 6, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The Warriors have been a nice surprise in the West this season, and with All-Star caliber performances from both Stephen Curry and David Lee for the bulk of the season, they were able to beat an equally surprising Clippers team in each of their first two meetings. The third meeting, however, was all Clippers. A…

  22. James Harden bails himself out with a long three after nearly dribbling out the shot clock (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden has the green light 100 percent of the time in his new role with the Houston Rockets, although this possession midway through the fourth quarter during a tight game with the Cavaliers probably wasn’t what his coaching staff had in mind when gifting him with that responsibility. Harden receives the ball with about…

  23. Wizards head coach exasperated, out of answers after double-overtime loss to Nets (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    This isn’t exactly on the level of a Gregg Popovich postgame presser, but really, few things are. Still, it’s interesting anytime a head coach goes beyond the cliches and shows some emotion while meeting with the media after a tough loss, so we bring you an exasperated Randy Wittman trying to find some answers after…

  24. Kevin Love re-fractured his right hand, out indefinitely

    Jan 5, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    More bad news on the injury front for a Timberwolves team that has had more than its fair share. Kevin Love underwent an MRI on Saturday, which revealed a re-fracture of the third metacarpal on his right hand, the team announced. The injury occurred during the third quarter of Minnesota’s win in Denver on Thursday.…

  25. Heat hold team meeting to address rebounding issues

    Jan 5, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Chris Bosh works against New Orleans Hornets' Robin Lopez as they try for the rebound in a free throw in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    The Bulls took it to the Heat in Miami on Friday, winning 96-89 and outrebounding the defending champs by 20 in the process. If this was an aberration, it wouldn’t be likely to bother a team that knows it has the talent to play deep into the postseason, while struggling from time to time with…

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