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  1. Wednesday night NBA grades: How about that Kyrie Irving?

    Feb 27, 2014, 4:05 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while you and your friends debated canned vs. bottled beer…. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers. He wasn’t in attack mode, he was in seek-and-destroy mode. With Dion Waiters and basically everyone who can shoot outside 15 feet injured he knows he has to be the man…

  2. Clipper defense, Darren Collison lead L.A. to win over Houston

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:32 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    For both the Clippers and the Rockets, the conventional wisdom is the same: If they can defend well and consistently in the playoffs they move into contender status. Wednesday night it was the Clippers that defended when it mattered — the Rockets shot just 33 percent in the fourth quarter. Combine that with some impressive…

  3. Manu Ginobili’s shoe disintegrates during game (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2014, 12:15 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v San Antonio Spurs

    I have seen Manu Ginobili swat a bat out of the air during an NBA game, but I have never seen anything like that. You just have to watch the video. With less than a minute to go in the first half Ginobili is in good defensive position sliding and trying to keep Rodney Stuckey…

  4. Pelicans’ Anthony Davis leaves game with sprained shoulder (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    New Orleans at Dallas

    It doesn’t look that severe or harsh as it happens, but New Orleans’ face-of-the-franchise young big man Anthony Davis sprained his left shoulder with 4:13 left in the first half of the Pelicans loss Wednesday night to Dallas. He did not return for the second half.  The team described it as a sprain. He was…

  5. Report: Memphis Grizzlies claim Beno Udrih off waivers

    Feb 26, 2014, 7:04 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks

    The New York Knicks agreed to buyout and waive point guard Beno Udrih after they couldn’t trade him at the deadline. Because why would you need extra depth with the rock solid Raymond Felton as your starting point guard? The Memphis Grizzlies have claimed Udrih off waivers, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Sources told ESPN.com…

  6. LeBron James buys Heat teammates WWE-style championship belts

    Feb 26, 2014, 6:13 PM EDT

    LeBron Heat WWE belts

    Always wanted to be the WWE Heavyweight World Champion so today I surprised my teammates with their own for their collection. And by the way it’s a Great time to be a @WWE fan with the launch of#WWENetwork #LoveMyTeammates#WWEStandOutAsAKid #StriveForGreatness LeBron James is a big wrestling fan. Not Greco-Roman but the off-the-top-turnbuckle WWE style. And if you’re a WWE…

  7. It’s official: Sixers reach buyout with Danny Granger; Clippers frontrunners to land him

    Feb 26, 2014, 5:27 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Danny Granger is going to get his chance to play for a contender — and his next contract. Which it looks like he will do as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. While this has been expected for days it has become official: The Philadelphia 76ers have reached a buyout agreement with Granger, ,…

  8. PBT Extra: Does Evan Turner solidify Pacers atop East? Rockets tops out West?

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Indiana Pacers

    After a few weeks mid-season hiatus — which is what Chris Paul and LeBron James really want for the All-Star break — PBT Extra is back with the incomparable Kay Adams at the helm. Today she and I start off talking about what Evan Turner can mean to the Pacers — as long as he…

  9. Nate Robinson goes big in new Taco Bell commercial (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson

    Following the latest move by Kevin Love, Nate Robinson has made a run for the border. Robinson is the latest NBA personality to appear in a Taco Bell commercial. It’s a pretty clever idea — undersized Nate Robinson achieving big in every aspect of his life from childhood on. Adding to the cute factor: Robinson’s son,…

  10. Dwight Howard’s free agency advice to Carmelo Anthony: Follow your head not your heart

    Feb 26, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Houston Rockets

    Dwight Howard should not be the guy on the top of your list for advice on how to make your free agency process go smoothly. Howard had an ugly, awkward exit after he forced his way out of Orlando,. He landed with the Lakers and was not healthy on a team that by the end…

  11. Raymond Felton says his arrest “not a distraction” to Knicks

    Feb 26, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

    Felton orange jersey

    If you choose to define “distraction” as something that diverts your attention and keeps you from achieving your goals, then yes, Raymond Felton is correct. His arrest on felony gun charges — allegedly waiving a loaded, unregistered gun around at his estranged wife during an argument — will not be a distraction to the New…

  12. Spurs get a little healthier: Kawhi Leonard returns Wednesday

    Feb 26, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    It’s so hard to get a good read on just how good San Antonio really is during the regular season. Sure, they are 40-16 overall, second best record in the West and fourth best in the NBA, but they are 3-11 against the rest of the top five in the West and the top two…

  13. Shaq wears much bigger suits than Jimmy Fallon (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - Season 1

    I am loving Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show. Let’s just say I’m watching it now, although half of that is because of The Roots. Shaquille O’Neal swung by the New York Tonight Show set on Tuesday and talked men’s fashion — then Fallon tried on Shaq’s suit jacket. They are not exactly the same…

  14. NBA now sending teams blown call reports on referees

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban,  Brian Forte

    It can feel like every fifth word out of new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s mouth is “transparency.” However, he is not just talk. He is walking the walk. Mark Cuban has been pushing for the league to provide more transparency to teams on officials since he bought the Mavericks in 2000 and now he’s getting…

  15. No, Tony Parker is not retiring after 2016 Olympics

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    It was basically a big game of telephone. NBA Greece posted a story about how after the 2016 Rio Olympics San Antonio’s Tony Parker was going to retire from international play. That gets seen by some San Antonio television broadcasters and suddenly the rumor is “Tony Parker is going to retire in 2016.” No. No…

  16. Report: Knicks will sign Shannon Brown, Earl Clark to 10-day contracts Thursday

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Portland Trail Blazers

    With the Miami Heat next up on the schedule, the New York Knicks are looking to bring in some guys who can defend on the perimeter. As opposed to what they have now which is essentially orange traffic cones to dribble around on your way to the lane. Enter Earl Clark (who we told you…

  17. Blazers’ Thomas Robinson has left patella strain, is day-to-day

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Portland Trail Blazers

    Thomas Robinson has been getting extra run with the rash of Blazers injuries up front — including All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge — but now he is joining their ranks. Robinson suffered a left patella strain during the first half of Portland’s win in Denver Tuesday night, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. He is listed as is…

  18. DeMarcus Cousins ejected after getting in face of referee (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Houston at Sacramento

    It was a frustrating night for DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings — from the opening tip the Houston Rockets  petty much did whatever they wanted. Houston led by 25 in the first quarter and never looked back — and in the third quarter that frustration bubbled over. Cousins had just gotten called for a foul…

  19. Tuesday night NBA grades: DeMar DeRozan is the Raptors go to guy

    Feb 26, 2014, 2:32 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wishing you had watched the Winter Olympics in a snow fort…  DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors. He is the guy the Raptors go to in the fourth and what’s different than the Rudy Gay era is how he gets his points — it’s not isolations.…

  20. Ricky Rubio gets one-armed, backwards circus shot to fall

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    Ricky Rubio‘s shooting this season is not exactly on the trajectory the Timberwolves were hoping for — hitting 36.3 percent overall, taking 42 percent of his shots at the rim (inside the restricted area) but hitting just 44.6 percent of those. David Kahn was saving the magical fifth year extension for this guy? But he…

  21. Deron Williams says he knows better than bring guns to NYC

    Feb 25, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    If what is alleged is true — Raymond Felton waived a gun loaded with armor-piercing bullets around during a Valentine’s Day argument with his estranged wife — then he is in a lot of trouble. As he should be. Common sense tells you that is a bad idea. The Brooklyn Nets’ Deron Williams, a gun enthusiast, said…

  22. Raymond Felton released on bail, expected to play vs. Heat Thursday

    Feb 25, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton

    Raymond Felton is a free man after a night in a New York City jail. The Knicks point guard — struggling on the court and off this season — turned himself in hours after the latest Knicks loss at Madison Square Garden on a series of felony gun charges. Felton allegedly waived around a non-registered…

  23. Report: Bucks in buyout talks with Caron Butler

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:28 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks Media Day

    Apparently Thomas Wolfe was right, you can’t go home again. It was a great story to see Caron Butler going home to Wisconsin (he was born in Racine) to play for the Bucks to end his career. Except the Bucks season has turned into an unmitigated disaster and at this point a veteran like Butler…

  24. Report: If Granger bought out Spurs have interest, maybe not Heat

    Feb 25, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    We are still waiting to see if the Philadelphia 76ers and Danny Granger are going to be able to come to a buyout agreement. While talks are ongoing, a few teams are circling like vultures just in case Granger is going to be a free agent. The timeline is March 1 — if the Sixers…

  25. A four-point line in the NBA? Larger court? League not talking about it, just fans.

    Feb 25, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    We’ve all seen guys like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Jamal Crawford launch three pointers from several feet beyond the arc and knock them down with enough regularity that defenses have to respect the shot. What if those guys shooting from out there were rewarded with a four-point basket? Henry Abbott (ESPN.com’s just promoted NBA…

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