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  1. Three Stars of the Night: No Average Joes

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:11 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Johnson smiles on the bench after leaving their NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder, in Oklahoma City

    Wasn’t Monday night awful? No NBA games being played brought back some serious lockout flashbacks, but Tuesday night was just the remedy. Nine games were on the slate to welcome us back from the All-Star break, and there were some impressive performances put up. Tony Parker rattled off 30 points and 11 assists in a…

  2. Derrick Rose plays 5-on-5 in practice

    Feb 18, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Coming back from an ACL injury, even the smallest feats can feel like big ones. For what is believed to be the first time since the injury, Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose participated in 5-on-5 drills with his teammates at practice. Rose has been sidelined from game action since April 28th of 2012, the night…

  3. Add the Sacramento Kings to the list of teams unlikely to deal before the trade deadline

    Feb 18, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

    Francisco Garcia, Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans

    It’s hard to care too much about what happens on the actual court for the Sacramento Kings right now. With the ownership and relocation drama looming over the team at all times, there are bigger fights to be had than regular season games. It’s a difficult situation for everyone — members of the organization, players,…

  4. Philadelphia 76ers to sign guard Jeremy Pargo for rest of season

    Feb 18, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    Jeremy Pargo

    The Philadelphia 76ers have struggled with injuries and they’ve struggled finding a useful backup point guard this season. Maalik Wayns had his shot…and shot 26 percent from the field with a PER of 2. Royal Ivey hasn’t been a whole lot better with a PER of 8.9. Although he wasn’t great on his 10-day contract…

  5. Watch Kyrie Irving make 17 of his first 18 attempts in final round of 3-point contest (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    At one point during the 3-point contest I thought to myself, “You know what? I could probably do that. I’ve hit five in a row before. Yeah, I could totally do that.” Then Kyrie Irving had his turn, and I felt pretty stupid for thinking those thoughts. Irving put on one of the most impressive…

  6. The Nuggets aren’t expected to make a deal at the deadline. Why not?

    Feb 17, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    Andre Miller, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee

    The Denver Nuggets are a very, very good basketball team. They somehow survived a brutal early season road schedule and have gone 22-3 at home, which is obviously very impressive. Currently the 5th seed in the Western Conference, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Nuggets jump up a spot or two in the standings…

  7. Are the Milwaukee Bucks interested in Josh Smith?

    Feb 16, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    The Milwaukee Bucks have the potential to be one of the biggest players at the trade deadline. They have one of the league’s best shooters on an affordable deal in Mike Dunleavy. They have a serviceable backup big man on an expiring deal in Samuel Dalembert. They have point guard Brandon Jennings, who will be…

  8. Kevin Garnett says he won’t waive his no-trade clause

    Feb 16, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Kevin Garnett has said that this is his last All-Star game. He’ll be turning 37 soon, and this will be his 15th All-Star game. He knows his way around this whole spectacle. It’s the same party every year for him. As a gift for what might be his last appearance, Garnett fielded tons of questions…

  9. Report: Clippers and Celtics still discussing a Kevin Garnett trade

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    You may remember hearing some rumblings about this a few weeks back, but apparently the interest hasn’t died down. The Celtics and Clippers have been rumored as potential trade partners before, and that makes some sense. Boston is going to need to rebuild at some point, and the Clippers have a chance at a title…

  10. Dallas Mavericks point guard Darren Collison wants to stick around long term

    Feb 15, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Mavericks guard Collison drives past Thunder guard Westbrook in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Darren Collison has not had an easy season. He was benched for Derek Fisher earlier in the year, despite the fact Fisher couldn’t actually move on the court. He’s been yanked off the court for guys like Mike James, and he’s survived the Roddy Beaubois experience. At no point has it looked like the Mavericks…

  11. Reports: Lakers owner Jerry Buss hospitalized with cancer

    Feb 14, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Jerry Buss

    Sad news out of Los Angeles today. Reports say that Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized with an undisclosed type of cancer for an extended period of time, but out of the family’s respect, the news was withheld until now. Several current and former players have visited Buss in the hospital, where he’s unfortunately spent a…

  12. Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter calls himself “pimp daddy” and wishes all his sweeties a Happy Valentine’s Day. Alright then.

    Feb 14, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter cheerleaders

    Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter is kind of an eccentric dude, but because he plays in Salt Lake City, we don’t hear a whole lot about it. This guy is like the Broadway Joe of Utah with the stuff he’s doing this year. He’s taking media day pictures with four cheerleaders draped on him, and…

  13. Ricky Rubio teaches you how to save a life (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Rubio Arrives Basketball

    Cardiac arrest and heart issues are a serious problem among young athletes. Many youth gyms don’t have the equipment necessary to handle such a thing, and there have been pro athletes over the years who have had some scary close calls, and others who have tragically lost their lives. Getting awareness out on something like…

  14. Michael Jordan counts the rings, picks Kobe Bryant over LeBron James

    Feb 14, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Jordan talks with Bryant

    Kobe Bryant or LeBron James? It’s a discussion almost every sports fan has had at some point, and we know the arguments for both sides. This is nothing new. Rings, assists, scoring, rebounds, defense, choker, clutch, blah blah blah. You’ve heard it all before. But when the guy most consider to be the greatest player…

  15. Are the Rockets in the market for Josh Smith? Maybe not quite yet.

    Feb 14, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Trade speculation surrounding Josh Smith is in full swing. The Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs have been reported as potential landing spots, but there may not be a more attractive trading partner for the Hawks given their rebuilding process than the Houston Rockets. Despite lacking a “big name” who can be moved, Houston has…

  16. The Extra Pass: Breaking Down Houston’s Transition Game (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    James Harden

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at the fastbreak of the Houston Rockets. You’re probably aware of how brilliant James Harden has been, but this season has been about more than just Harden for Houston. The big…

  17. The Extra Pass: The Spurs and time

    Feb 12, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at the San Antonio Spurs.  You don’t have to scrounge for reasons for why the San Antonio Spurs have such great success. A quick point of the finger to Tim Duncan…

  18. Three Stars of the Night: Stretching Out

    Feb 12, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    The stretch big man has come a long way. I distinctly remember watching Sam Perkins play with the Lakers and Sonics through the 90’s and wondering how someone so big could shoot it from the perimeter so well. It was a little jarring to see. Perkins was 6-foot-10, about 235 pounds, and his eyes always…

  19. The Dallas Mavericks are growing mediocre beards

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    You’ve probably heard of guys growing letting their facial hair grow for the postseason. The Clippers did it last year with hilarious results — Blake Griffin made Paul Pierce‘s beard look lustrous and full by comparison. The tradition of playoff beards has been around a long time in all sports, but the Dallas Mavericks are…

  20. Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson out for season with knee injury

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson

    The race for the 8-seed in the Eastern Conference might be won by whichever team can simply stay healthy. Boston has obviously suffered big blows, but Philadelphia is right there with them. Already missing Thaddeus Young for three weeks because of a hamstring strain and Andrew Bynum for who knows how long, the Sixers received even…

  21. The Extra Pass: The Eric Bledsoe Predicament

    Feb 6, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe Clippers

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe is one great big problem. He’s a problem for opponents who have to bring the ball up against him. He’s a problem for big men that think they’ll safely collect rebounds. He’s a problem for the backpedaling guard in transition that has to stay in front of him. He’s…

  22. Three Stars: Paul George on the rise

    Feb 6, 2013, 2:04 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks' Korver guards Indiana Pacers' George during their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    There’s nothing quite like the phenomenon of watching a young player ascend to stardom. When a young player bursts on to the scene and starts making extraordinary plays routine, he captures our imagination. How good could 22-year-old Paul George be? Who does he remind us of? Potential is enticing on its own, but when it’s paired…

  23. The Houston Rockets tie the NBA record for most 3-pointers, blow past Golden State

    Feb 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    James Harden

    We thought Rockets-Warriors might be a shootout, but this was more like the grand finale of a fireworks show for a full 48 minutes. Behind a record trying 3-point performance, the Rockets issued a 140-109 beatdown of the Golden State Warriors in Houston. Let’s allow the numbers to tell the story: 77 We probably should…

  24. The Pacers give the Bulls a double dose of George (VIDEO)

    Feb 4, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Pacers' Hill slaps hands George during their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Indianapolis

    How sure are we that Bulls-Pacers wasn’t played in Bizarro world? Indiana’s 111-101 victory over the Bulls isn’t necessarily strange, but the whole breaking 100 points thing has happened just eight times in regulation this year for the Pacers. The Pacers hadn’t even cracked the 105 mark in regulation before tonight, but they managed to…

  25. The Extra Pass: What can we expect of Derrick Rose in his return?

    Feb 4, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose looks on from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at what to expect from Derrick Rose when he returns. This was supposed to be a lost season for the Chicago Bulls. Even the most ardent believers in Tom Thibodeau’s defensive…

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