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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. Masked man LeBron drops 31 powering Heat to easy win over Knicks

    Feb 28, 2014, 12:23 AM EDT

    New York at Miami

    About that mask — a black carbon fiber one to protect his broken nose — impacting LeBron James’ shot… not so much. Call him Bane. Or Batman. Or the Phantom of the Opera. Or Hannibal Lector. To me LeBron looked like LeBron — he dropped 31 points (his fifth straight game over 30) on 13-of-19…

  7. Report: Jimmer Fredette “strongly leaning” toward Bulls

    Feb 27, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    Jimmer Fredette can shoot the ball. The Chicago Bulls could use some guys to bring them points. It looks like the two sides will get together. Fredette was officially bought out by the Kings and waived on Thursday. When he clears waivers this weekend it looks like he is heading to the Windy City. First,…

  8. LeBron James went with black, full face mask that is psuedo nod to Bane. I guess.

    Feb 27, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    New York Knicks vs Miami Heat

    If you had “full face and black” in your office “what mask will LeBron James wear pool”…. well, I’d be a little worried about how much your office gambles. But you’d win. LeBron had a stylish (I guess) black carbon fiber mask, where he thinks he went Bane, but as noted at The Big Lead…

  9. Kyrie Irving shows fun personality, good Bane impersonation in interview (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Who knew Kyrie Irving did an impressive Bane impersonation? It’s better than his Stewie Griffin interview, both of which he breaks out in this interview on “The Pete Holmes Show.” This is a fun side of Kyrie with his guard down, thought it was worth passing along.

  10. Mask-wearing LeBron James appears a go against Knicks Thursday

    Feb 27, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

    Heat Mavericks

    This is not a surprise, and coaches always tend to cover their bases when speaking to media, but it looks like LeBron James is a go against the Knicks wearing a mask to protect his broken nose. Erik Spoelstra says LeBron went through walkthrough and anticipation is he plays, "So I would say in strong…

  11. It’s official: Kings reach buyout with Jimmer Fredette

    Feb 27, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Jimmer Fredette is going to get his freedom. He’s getting another chance in a new market to prove he belongs in an NBA rotation. Unable to win over the three coaches he had in Sacramento, the Kings announced Thursday they had reached a buyout deal with Fredette. He has to still clear waivers but once…

  12. Report: Nets expected to keep Jason Collins on roster for rest of season

    Feb 27, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    A 10-day contract in the NBA is often really a tryout. A first date. Let’s see if this works for both of us and if it does we can continue, if not we go our separate ways. Jason Collins got a 10-day contract with the Nets, which made him the first openly gay player in…

  13. League suspends Kings’ Cousins one game for punch, fines him $20,000 for abuse of officials

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Houston at Sacramento

    The NBA League office just gave DeMa/rcus Cousins his own punch to the gut. The league suspended him one game for a punch to the stomach of Patrick Beverley in the Rocket’s easy win Tuesday night over Sacramento. Cousins will sit out Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers (a battle for the worst in…

  14. New York’s Carmelo Anthony roller coaster: Today he says rough season part of his decision process

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:16 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony is frustrated. He should be. New York’s defense has gotten nearly three points per 100 possessions worse compared to last season (dropping it to bottom five in the league), plus the team that destroyed opponents from the three point line last season is taking four fewer a game and hitting a slightly lower…

  15. Report: Thunder join Heat as frontrunners to sign Caron Butler

    Feb 27, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT

    Bucks Butler Basketball

    When word leaked out that Caron Butler and the Milwaukee Bucks were working on a buyout, it was almost instantaneous with reports he would land in Miami. There’s some logic to that — Butler played in Miami and was very popular in the locker room (Dwyane Wade is a fan) and in the community, plus…

  16. Chris Bosh says if NBA wants to ban slurs on court it has to ban them all

    Feb 27, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

    Detroit at Miami

    I’m not sure how you can really regulate “smack talk” on basketball court or a football field or any other sporting venue. It’s not that lines of basic human decency are not crossed verbally all the time — they are — and when that happens there should be something for referees to fall back on…

  17. Kyrie Irving drops Thabo Sefalosha with crossover (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Houston Rockets

    That is a sick crossover. Early on in what ended up being an interesting Cavaliers win over the Thunder, Kyrie Irving reminded us he has got some wicked moves. Thabo Sefalosha is a good on ball defender and Irving dropped him with a crossover. Just dropped him. Irving went on to score 31 and had…

  18. D’Antoni says Pau Gasol should have kept complaints out of media

    Feb 27, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s a little trick coaches use now and again, one Phil Jackson used to great effect — criticize a player to the media so he gets the message. A little humiliation can go a long way to getting a player to fall in line. But if a player uses the same tactic, oh lord, it’s…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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, ,…

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