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  1. Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic return to Timberwolves lineup Saturday

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Minnesota still holds out hope of making a playoff push — they are 5.5 games back of the eight seed Suns and will need to go about 20-5 the rest of the way to catch Phoenix’s pace. That’d be heck of a run. So it’s good news that Minnesota is about to get its second…

  2. Tyreke Evans almost missed game because he was stuck in hotel elevator

    Mar 1, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Phoenix Suns

    “DNP — Hotel Elevator.” It might have been the best line ever on an official scorecard (even better than Gregg Popovich’s legendary sitting of Tim Duncan with “DNP — old”). New Orleans’ guard Tyreke Evans almost missed the start of his team’s game Friday night in Phoenix because he was stuck in a hotel elevator. That…

  3. PBT Podcast: Your twitter questions get us talking Clippers’ moves, Knicks’ future

    Mar 1, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Clippers

    We’re back with the latest PBT Podcast and today you set the topics — myself and  Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio discuss your twitter questions. First up we discuss the Clippers moves at the buyout deadline — I think getting Glen Davis is huge, Danny Granger on the other hand is not better than Jared…

  4. Report: Jimmer Fredette will sign with Bulls when he clears waivers

    Mar 1, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    We told you a couple days ago this was likely coming. Apparently it is now all but official. When Jimmer Fredette clears waivers at 5 p.m. Sunday he will sign with the Chicago Bulls he has told team management, reports Sam Amick of USA Today. Fredette spent three seasons with the Kings but never found…

  5. Stephen Curry drops triple-double on Knicks at MSG

    Mar 1, 2014, 4:20 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    The NBA’s best players have a thing about being on the biggest stage — they know it and they put on their best performances in Madison Square Garden. Stephen Curry dropped 54 points on the Knicks last season in a coming out party, on Friday night he followed it up with 27 points, 11 rebounds…

  6. Fan runs on court to talk to Kyrie Irving, gets tackled, arrested by security (VIDEO)

    Mar 1, 2014, 12:54 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Cleveland Cavaliers

    This is getting disturbing — three times in the past year a fan has gotten on the court in Cleveland. First there was the “LeBron come back guy” last season, then there was the guy who ran out wearing the Kyrie Irving don’t leave shirt earlier this season. Friday night another person ran out on…

  7. Walt Frazier thinks Carmelo Anthony is going to stay in New York

    Feb 28, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

    It is way more fun to speculate about where Carmelo Anthony is going to land than to say he stays put. It’s far more fun to ride the “what did Anthony say today?” roller coaster. However, the conventional wisdom is he stays a New York Knick. Yes, he stands a better chance of winning a…

  8. Larry Brown: Allen Iverson says Allen Iverson was greatest player ever

    Feb 28, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers talks.

    Confidence was never Allen Iverson’s issue. The guy who might be the first you think of when you think of Philadelphia 76ers basketball (that Dr. J guy was pretty good, too) will have his number retired by the organization on Saturday night. It’s the hottest ticket in Philly. Talking Iverson, Bryant Gumbal and HBO Sports…

  9. It’s official: Danny Granger is a member of the Los Angeles Clippers

    Feb 28, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

    Portland Trailblazers v Indiana Pacers

    Doc Rivers realized earlier this season that this Clippers roster was not going to be enough to contend in the West. Now during buyout season he’s gone and added some talent. Glen Davis as the third big will be the most important addition — he’s solid and that makes him a massive upgrade over Ryan…

  10. Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday out for season after surgery on tibia

    Feb 28, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Sacramento Kings

    The Pelicans’ new look roster had potential — if all the new pieces could meld and Anthony Davis could start to blossom they would be a very interesting team the second half of the season. Injuries undid that dream — Ryan Anderson led a list of key Pelicans who have had to miss significant time…

  11. Andrew Bynum practices 3-on-3, Vogel hopeful he can play “soon”

    Feb 28, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Indiana Pacers do plan on putting Andrew Bynum on the court in one of their uniforms. Of course, that can only happen when Bynum is fully healthy and in condition and that is going to happen whenever it happens (I have gotten out of the Bynum timeline business, I’d rather be Carnival Cruise Line’s…

  12. Rockets’ reserve big Greg Smith out for season after knee surgery

    Feb 28, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Sacramento Kings

    Rockets big man Greg Smith hasn’t seen a lot of court time in Houston this season. Even with Omer Asik out injured (or whatever was going on) Smith has gotten on the court for just 11 games. And it will stay at that number — Smith had knee surgery and is done for the season,…

  13. Allen Iverson reflects on career as Sixers prepare to retire his jersey

    Feb 28, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six

    He’s right: Allen Iverson is Philadelphia 76ers basketball. Saturday night has become the hottest 76ers ticket of the season because they are about to retire Iverson’s No. 3. Iverson is iconic in Philly. He led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals, he was an 11-time All-Star who averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 2.2…

  14. Steve Nash talks about stretch provision motivating his recovery (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    You don’t get to be an NBA player, a professional athlete at an elite level, without some ego. Steve Nash has one. Certainly not one that is out of control, but he knows his NBA career is winding down and he wants to leave the game on his terms. He wants to contribute. In this…

  15. Hawks’ Gustavo Ayon has shoulder surgery, done for season

    Feb 28, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    After Al Horford went down for the season, Gustavo Ayon was one of the guys who soaked up those minutes and has played decent ball in that role. Make that had played — Ayon is done for the season after right shoulder surgery, the team announced Friday. In his last 10 games Ayon averaged 21…

  16. Celtics’ Gerald Wallace has torn meniscus, likely done for season

    Feb 28, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Sacramento Kings

    Gerald Wallace, who brought a declining game but genuine nightly effort to the Celtics, has a torn meniscus and is likely done for the season. That is what coach Brad Stevens announced Friday, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Stevens said Wallace had been playing through pain for some time and an MRI discovered the…

  17. Kevin Love imitates LeBron’s off-the-wall dunk (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Anything LeBron James can do Kevin Love can do better…. Well, maybe not. Especially if we are talking defense. But as for exhibition dunks after practice he can. Recently LeBron put on a post-practice dunking exhibition, Love decided to imitate/mock/poke some fun at “the King” and you see the results above — off the wall…

  18. Report: Caron Butler to sign with Thunder, not Heat

    Feb 28, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

    Caron Butler, Nate Wolters, Markieff Morris

    Oklahoma City, looking for depth and a good spot up shooter to round out their roster for a playoff run, may have found one in veteran swingman Caron Butler. Despite early reports Butler was going to sign in Miami and backup Dwyane Wade (which means a lot of starts considering his knee maintenance plan), Butler…

  19. Chris Bosh takes LeBron’s black mask, thinks he is Batman

    Feb 28, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    I’m BATMAN!!!!!!!! #lebronsmask #darkknightrises #wheresalfred LeBron James pretty much was Batman, dropping 31 points on 19 shots on the Knicks. Chris Bosh pretended to be in the locker room. On the court Thursday night he was more innocent bystander, shooting 3-of-6 on the night.

  20. Jason Collins met with family of Matthew Shepard

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

    Jason Collins Shepard family

    I'm so fortunate to have met Matthew Shepard's parents and brother tonight after @BrooklynNets win tonight in Denver http://t.co/PL6k4TvDsW— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins34) February 28, 2014 Jason Collins wears the number 98 in honor of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student brutally murdered in Wyoming in 1998 because of his sexuality. It was that incident that…

  21. The Extra Pass: Is the second tier in West ready to challenge Thunder, Spurs?

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    We know Oklahoma City is a contender — despite their little three-game blip as they re-adjust to Russell Westbrook in the lineup, they are still 21-7 when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both play this season, they have a top-10 offense and defense when you look at points per possession. The same is true of…

  22. LeBron James, Jimmy Fallon play “Waste Paper Basketball” (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Heat Mavericks

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now — you should be watching the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He’s good. He did a bit Thursday night where he said he found this old video he did with his friends, it turned out to be a music video set to the Kurtis Blow…

  23. Thursday night NBA grades: Wizards/Raptors have one game worth watching

    Feb 28, 2014, 3:05 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Golden State Warriors

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while reminding yourself not to make love to a pizza…. Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards. That is why Washington needed Marcin Gorat. It may have taken John Wall a while to realize it — there were some rough patches at the start — but Gortat has…

  24. Reports: Danny Granger will sign with Clippers when he clears waivers Friday

    Feb 28, 2014, 1:27 AM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Doc Rivers has been looking for some help at the three — Jared Dudley has not panned out as hoped and Matt Barnes is solid as a reserve but not the guy who starts on a contender. Rivers even tried Hedo Turkoglu in that role. Now Danny Granger is going to get a chance. Granger,…

  25. Wizards go to triple-overtime to beat Raptors

    Feb 28, 2014, 1:04 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Toronto Raptors

    This is why you buy NBA League-pass, so that while everyone else is stuck watching masked LeBron James beating up on the hapless Knicks, you can flip over and watch Washington’s John Wall do this to Toronto’s Kyle Lowry to force a second overtime. There would go on to be three overtimes in what was…

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