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  1. Mark Jackson pitches Andrew Bogut for Defensive Player of the Year

    Feb 4, 2014, 5:33 PM EST

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Andrew Bogut

    Who has allowed fewer points per possession this season, the San Antonio Spurs or Golden State Warriors? Since I’m asking, you know the answer is Golden State. The Warrior rank fourth in the NBA in defensive rating (99.3) – behind only the Pacers, Bulls and Thunder and just ahead of the Spurs. Last season, Golden…

  2. Amar’e Stoudemire says Mike Woodson, not minutes limit, keeping him off the court

    Feb 4, 2014, 5:12 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    Amar’e Stoudemire began the season on a minutes limit after undergoing two knee surgeries last year. Through five games, he was averaging fewer than five minutes per game. Since, his playing time steadily ticked upward, peaking at nearly 20 minutes per game. Then, Stoudemire missed seven games with an ankle injury. In two games since…

  3. Report: Charlotte Bobcats have inquired about Evan Turner

    Feb 4, 2014, 4:32 PM EST

    Evan Turner, Jeff Adrien

    One of the most obvious trade candidates around the NBA is Evan Turner. Both a talented young player on an expiring contract and not so good and so cheap that his current team wants to keep him, Tuner would fit in a variety of potential deals. There’s only one hitch. The Philadelphia 76ers have yet…

  4. Carlos Boozer not pleased with his frequent fourth-quarter benchings

    Feb 3, 2014, 3:44 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau, Carlos Boozer

    Starting lineups get the most attention, and Carlos Boozer has started for the Bulls since signing with them in 2010. But closing lineups might be more important, and Boozer isn’t part of Chicago’s. He’s played just 117 fourth-quarter minutes all season – ninth on the team. In fact, he’s nearly as close to 12th-place Derrick…

  5. Kevin Durant dislikes dark ‘Slim Reaper’ nickname

    Feb 3, 2014, 2:44 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Nicolas Batum

    To compete at the highest levels, Michael Jordan channeled something inside himself, something dark and menacing. Sometimes, it made him really unlikable, even to his teammates. But it also separated him from several similarly talented players to the point there’s little debate about the greatest player of all time. Jordan’s mean streak both helped him…

  6. With Mike Conley out at least a week, Memphis Grizzlies sign Darius Morris

    Feb 3, 2014, 1:49 PM EST

    Dion Waiters, Darius Morris

    Mike Conley is out at least a week with a sprained ankle, and the Memphis Grizzlies already traded their backup point guard, Jerryd Bayless, to the Boston Celtics. Nick Calathes will start in Conley’s place, but the rookie is more of a shooting guard. The Grizzlies clearly need help at point guard if they want…

  7. Atlanta Hawks’ John Jenkins to miss rest of season

    Feb 3, 2014, 1:28 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks are in a tight race with the Toronto Raptors for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Just a half game separates the teams, so every little difference counts. But it probably doesn’t matter which team gets that third spot, as long as the loser doesn’t fall to No. 5. As…

  8. Michael Carter-Williams might miss 76ers-Nets game due to snow

    Feb 3, 2014, 12:51 PM EST

    Michael Carter-Williams

    After missing the Philadelphia 76ers’ loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday due to a shoulder injury, Michael Carter-Williams returned home to Boston for personal reasons with the team’s permission. The plan was for him to meet the 76ers in Brooklyn for tonight’s game against the Nets, and he’d be reevaluated. But snow has hit…

  9. Brooklyn Nets set NBA record-low with 17 rebounds in game

    Feb 1, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

    Serge Ibaka, Andray Blatche

    The Brooklyn Nets grabbed 17 rebounds in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. 17! That set a new NBA record for fewest rebounds in a game, breaking the 18 the Detroit Pistons had against the Charlotte Hornets on November 28, 2001. Again, 17! This season, a single player has grabbed at least…

  10. Report: Pistons would trade Josh Smith if they could

    Jan 31, 2014, 7:48 PM EST

    Josh Smith, Brandan Wright

    Josh Smith is having the worst season of his career. Playing far too much small forward, a position he can handle only in select matchups, his defense has really fallen off. Though Smith defends power forwards well, his his lack of speed on the perimeter kills his ability to chase wings around screens. He’s also…

  11. Report: Bulls discussed Taj Gibson trade with Lakers, Wizards and Bobcats

    Jan 31, 2014, 6:50 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    The Chicago Bulls, at least on some level, aren’t totally concerned with how they fare this season. Derrick Rose is already out for the year, and no matter how well everything else comes together, the superstar’s injury limits the Bulls’ upside in 2014. They already traded Luol Deng for zero assets that will help them…

  12. Report: Kyrie Irving has been telling people he wants to leave Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jan 30, 2014, 4:40 PM EST

    kyrie

    The Cleveland Cavaliers went 21-45 Kyrie Irving’s rookie year, 24-58 his second year and are 16-29 in his third year. It’s 27 degrees in Cleveland right now, the warmest it’s been there in days. Why wouldn’t Irving want out? Apparently, he’s struggling to find reasons, too. Chad Ford of ESPN: Kyrie Irving has been telling…

  13. How Carmelo Anthony helps the Knicks score more efficiently beyond his own points

    Jan 30, 2014, 4:28 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    It’s been nearly a week since Carmelo Anthony had 62 points and zero assists against the Charlotte Bobcats. The amazement over his scoring and giggling over his passing has begun to fade. But the deep-seated belief that Melo is a one-dimensional chucks who doesn’t make his teammates better persists, as strong as ever. The perception…

  14. Anthony Bennett took a really long time to score double-digits

    Jan 29, 2014, 4:57 PM EST

    Anthony Bennett, Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Anthony Bennett had 15 points and eight rebounds in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. It was a good game for Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. It was also Bennett’s first double-digit scoring game of his career. As Kurt wrote, it’s too soon to write…

  15. Don Nelson: ‘I can’t believe that Dallas isn’t getting more free agents’

    Jan 29, 2014, 3:40 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Just two years ago, the Dallas Mavericks were dreaming of adding Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. But Dallas struck out on both, Williams re-signing with the Nets and Howard joining the Rockets. Instead, the Mavericks – who play in a state without an income tax, haven’t had a losing season since 2000 and have one…

  16. Daryl Morey calls Royce White arguably ‘the worst first-round pick ever’

    Jan 27, 2014, 5:26 PM EST

    Royce White

    The Houston Rockets selected Royce White with the No. 16 pick in the 2012 draft. He spent a year with the Rockets while anxiety issues kept him from being with the team and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, who cut him before this season began. At this point, it appears to be a huge…

  17. Andre Drummond benched twice in loss to Dallas Mavericks, doesn’t want to talk about it

    Jan 27, 2014, 4:49 PM EST

    Andre Drummond

    How much can an NBA player really screw up in the first 11 seconds of a half? In Andre Drummond’s case, enough to cause Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks to bench him. On the Pistons first play of the second half in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, Drummond set a ball screen…

  18. Steven Adams exactly the player, personality Oklahoma City Thunder need him to be

    Jan 27, 2014, 2:57 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    BOSTON – Steven Adams arrived at Notre Dame Prep, as his first American coach put it, “with a guitar and a knapsack.” Ryan Hurd, who coaches the Massachusetts basketball powerhouse, knew his team needed a center, and the highly touted Adams certainly was one. Otherwise, Hurd didn’t know what to expect from Adams, a mid-year…

  19. Tony Snell’s mom sounds awesome

    Jan 26, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    Ateve Alford, Tony Snell

    Kobe Bryant covered this already, the college-basketball system isn’t great for players. Run as a cartel, the NCAA often forces players into tough and unfair situations. Tony Snell found himself in one of those situations last year. Having played three years at New Mexico, Snell was ready to turn pro. His coach, Steve Alford, was…

  20. Some NBA coaches reportedly fear, disdain growing analytics movement

    Jan 26, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

    Seattle Seahawks v Houston Texans

    Lionel Hollins went out of his way to denigrate the role of statistics in basketball, and the Memphis Grizzlies let him go. That likely wasn’t a direct cause and effect, but it undoubtedly played a part. It’s quite possible, had Hollins been more open to analytics, he’d still be coaching the Grizzlies. Instead, he lost…

  21. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett return to Boston for first time as Brooklyn Nets

    Jan 26, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    BOSTON – Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett return to Boston today as conquering heroes. Centerpieces of the Celtics’ 2008 championship team, Pierce and Garnett will always be heroes of the past for fans here. But now, they’ve gone from goats to heroes of the present with the Brooklyn Nets, who are an NBA-best 9-1 in…

  22. Luol Deng would consider re-signing with Chicago Bulls this summer

    Jan 26, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

    Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng

    The Chicago Bulls, if they amnesty Carlos Boozer, will have significant cap room this summer. They’d have viable starters at point guard (Derrick Rose), shooting guard (Jimmy Butler), power forward (Taj Gibson) and center (Joakim Noah). That would leave a hole at only small forward, assuming Tony Snell isn’t ready to step into a bigger…

  23. Greg Monroe admits trade rumors weigh on him

    Jan 26, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    Greg Monroe

    A couple weeks ago, the Detroit Pistons reportedly weren’t considering trading Greg Monroe. It’s difficult to believe that’s still the case. The Pistons have lost 12 of 16, including defeats to the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz. Monroe doesn’t deserve blame for the losses, at least not relative to other Pistons, but there’s a growing…

  24. Terrence Ross scores 51 points, making Raptors and NBA history

    Jan 26, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Jonas Valanciunas; DeAndre Jordan; Jamal Crawford

    Terrence Ross tied Vince Carter’s single-game Toronto Raptors scoring record with 51 points against the Los Angeles Clippers last night. Wait. Terrence Ross? The same Terrence Ross who went more than three weeks earlier this season without scoring 51 combined points? The same Terrence Ross who had scored fewer points than J.J. Redick this season…

  25. Rumor: Tom Thibodeau dated Kate Upton

    Jan 25, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    Unlike most rumors, we know where this one originated. Tom Thibodeau. Asked about Doc Rivers saying the Bulls would be “nuts” to let Thibodeau leave, Thibodeau said he didn’t want to comment on the rumors that led Rivers to be asked that question in the first place. Via CSN Chicago: “I’m not going to comment…

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