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  1. All-Star Saturday to feature East vs. West format for the first time

    Dec 20, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    All-Star Saturday night, as part of the NBA’s All-Star weekend slate of festivities, has been largely about two events: the Slam Dunk Contest, followed by, to a much lesser extent, the Three-Point Contest. There are four events in total that make up the Saturday night program, however, and the league is trying something this year…

  2. Losses beginning to wear on Bobcats after dropping 13th straight game in Phoenix

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — Before the Bobcats lost yet again in Phoenix on Wednesday, the team’s head coach, Mike Dunlap, was asked to assess the mood of his club as it was dealing with a losing streak that at the time stood at 12 straight games. “Hearty,” he said. “Good. Learning, because that’s the way we started.…

  3. Anderson Varejao inactive against Celtics due to knee injury

    Dec 19, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics- Game Three

    Anderson Varejao will miss Wednesday’s game in Boston against the Celtics, thanks to a knee injury he sustained in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s loss to the Raptors. Varejao was listed as inactive on the Cavaliers’ pregame lineup sheet. The injury, which Cleveland listed as a bruised knee, caused him to go to the…

  4. Spurs assign Kawhi Leonard to D-League

    Dec 19, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    Kawhi Leonard has missed the Spurs last 18 games, after being shut down due to tendinitis in his left knee back in mid-November. It appears he’s getting closer to being healthy enough to return to the lineup. San Antonio assigned Leonard to their D-League affiliate on Wednesday, likely to continue his rehab and work toward…

  5. Bulls may waive Nate Robinson before Jan. 10

    Dec 19, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls are currently sitting at fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, and have gotten there without any help form their injured All-Star point guard Derrick Rose. It’s a testament to Chicago’s defense-first style, and to the coaching of Tom Thibodeau, who consistently utilizes the available playes in the right combinations to maximize his…

  6. Highlights from Kyrie Irving’s career-high 41 against the Knicks through NBA’s Phantom Cam (VIDEO)

    Dec 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Irving brings the ball up court against New York Knicks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Kyrie Irving put on a show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, pouring in a career-high 41 points as the Cavaliers gave the Knicks fits for most of the night, before ultimately falling 103-102. Irving was forced to wear a mask during the game due to a broken bone in his jaw, which made the…

  7. Spurs coach Popovich went to the ‘Hack-a-JaVale’ strategy just to get his team some rest

    Dec 19, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    If there’s a team in the league that makes a bigger deal of playing a game on the second night of a back-to-back than the Spurs, feel free to point me in that direction. It just doesn’t seem possible, especially considering what we’ve seen and heard from Gregg Popovich about it so far this season.…

  8. Christmas edition kicks for LeBron, Kobe, and Kevin Durant (PHOTOS)

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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    In what has become a favorite holiday tradition for sneakerheads, Nike unveiled the colorways for the shoes that LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant will be wearing on Christmas Day. There’s a story behind the choices for each. From the official release: KOBE 8 SYSTEM “In keeping with the snake-inspired design of Kobe Bryant’s…

  9. Rubio’s second game back much more of a struggle than his first

    Dec 18, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Ricky Rubio returned to the basketball court for the first time since March on Saturday, and he largely played as if he never left. The energy he brought to his team while coming off the bench turned the game in Minnesota’s favor, even if it took them until overtime to ultimately come away with the…

  10. Tyson Chandler elbows Jeremy Lin in the head, picks up flagrant foul (VIDEO)

    Dec 18, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Lin defended by New York Knicks Chandler in first quarter of NBA basketball game in New York

    Jeremy Lin got some revenge over the Knicks on Monday, the team where he played a season ago and vaulted into the national spotlight during his personal run of “Linsanity.” New York wouldn’t pay him what he commanded on the open market, hence the “revenge” angle that really isn’t all that important. What was important…

  11. Amar’e Stoudemire has ‘no doubt’ he can play alongside Carmelo Anthony

    Dec 18, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Knicks sit at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a mark of 18-6, and have been every bit as formidable as their record would suggest. If there’s a problem in New York, besides the question of whether or not the team’s torrid three-point shooting is sustainable, it’s that the early-season success has…

  12. Damian Lillard hits the game-winner to send Blazers past Hornets (VIDEO)

    Dec 17, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Ryan Anderson, Greivis Vasquez, Luke Babbitt

    This was not an easy shot. Blazers rookie Damian Lillard continued his impressive start to the season, this time draining the game-winning shot from beyond three-point distance to give his team the 95-94 home victory over the Hornets. It would have been a shame for Portland to waste its win against the Spurs on Thursday…

  13. Lakers cruise to win over Sixers thanks to an efficient 34 points from Kobe Bryant

    Dec 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant shoots between the defense of the 76ers' Turner, Richardson and Brown during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    It’s not often we use the word “efficient” in the same sentence while describing the offensive play of the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. But in Sunday’s easy 111-98 victory over the Sixers, it was not only appropriate, but it fit the description exactly. Bryant finished with 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting, to go along with four…

  14. Joel Przybilla suspended one game for throwing the ball at a referee (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    Joel Przybilla

    Joel Przybilla of the Milwaukee Bucks has been suspended one game without pay for throwing the ball and hitting a referee, the league announced via official release. The incident, which can be seen in the video clip above, occurred with 1:36 remaining in Milwaukee’s blowout 111-85 loss at the hands of the Clippers on Dec.…

  15. Kwame Brown sends Dwight Howard’s shot into the stands (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    In the matchup at the center position between Kwame Brown and Dwight Howard on Sunday, who would you guess would be the one rejecting the other’s shot by swatting it several rows deep into the stands? Just as we all suspected, it was Kwame who defended Howard perfectly and got the emphatic block early in…

  16. Mark Jackson says win over Hawks shows Warriors are ‘for real’

    Dec 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    mark-jacksonwarriors

    The Warriors have been one of the nice surprises of the young season, getting out to a 16-8 start, and wrapping up the team’s longest road trip of the year with a 6-1 record after blowing out the Hawks on Saturday. Much was made of the fact that the Warriors, by virtue of their last-second…

  17. Nate Robinson with the monster rejection on MarShon Brooks (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' Keith Bogans during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    You never know what you’re going to get from Nate Robinson from a pure basketball perspective on a night-to-night basis, but his athleticism is something that always remains a constant. Robinson hustles back on defense in time to elevate and get just a monster rejection of this shot attempt from MarShon Brooks, who likely had…

  18. Report: Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans among those who could be traded this season

    Dec 16, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Neither Brandon Jennings nor Tyreke Evans received or agreed to lucrative contract extensions this past offseason. The thinking on both is that their respective teams need a little more time to decide on where they stand with these players in terms of making a long-term commitment, and since the Bucks and the Kings have the…

  19. Manu Ginobili leaves with leg injury, questionable for Spurs next game in OKC

    Dec 16, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Late in the first quarter of the Spurs’ win over the Celtics on Saturday, Manu Ginobili went down hard after colliding with Boston’s Chris Wilcox. The injury was reported to be a contusion to the left quadriceps, and Ginobili did not return. His status is up in the air for the team’s next game, a…

  20. Rubio fires bounce pass through defender’s legs for the assist (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    Ricky Rubio was stellar in his return to the Timberwolves lineup on Saturday, and plays like this were a big reason why. It wasn’t so much the statistical impact that Rubio had in his team’s overtime win over the Mavericks, though he did finish with nine assists in only 18 minutes of action. It was…

  21. Pau Gasol likely to return to Lakers lineup next week

    Dec 16, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s easy to say that the Lakers should be winning more basketball games than they have been, simply because of the presence of Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard on the floor together in the same lineup. But it’s not that simple, especially when the rest of the supporting cast has been, from a talent standpoint,…

  22. Ricky Rubio impresses in first game back with Timberwolves, an overtime win over Dallas

    Dec 16, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves lineup on Saturday, his first game action since tearing two knee ligaments last March. In his first stint back, it was as though he never left. Rubio was dazzling in his relatively brief appearance, and his mere presence brought an energy to the game that the Mavericks, over…

  23. Kyrie Irving scores career-high 41 points, but Knicks hang on to beat Cavs

    Dec 15, 2012, 11:08 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Irving brings the ball up court against New York Knicks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Carmelo Anthony sat out Saturday night’s game against the Cavaliers due to a sprained ankle he suffered in Thursday’s win over the Lakers. Without him, the Eastern Conference leading Knicks almost ended up with a loss to a Cavaliers team that now has a record of just five wins against 20 losses on the season.…

  24. Report: Jazz will deal Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap before trade deadline

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

    The Utah Jazz will have some interesting decisions to make this summer. And they involve whether or not to keep the team’s two best players. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both legitimate starting frontcourt players, each with a unique skill set that would have tremendous value for a multitude of NBA teams. There are…

  25. Dwight Howard shuts down Andrew Bynum questions in advance of Lakers next game against Sixers

    Dec 15, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum

    The storylines are predictable anytime one team is set to face another that features one of its former players. The new player will be asked about the old one, and that’s especially true when those players were All-Stars who were swapped for one another in a deal that anyone would classify as nothing short of…

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