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  1. Monday night NBA grades: The yin and yang of Sixers, Knicks

    Feb 25, 2014, 2:11 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks  v Philadelphia 76ers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while mourning the loss of Harold Ramis (RIP)….. Philadelphia 76ers on the court. My. Lord. They. Are. Terrible. The Sixers have lost 11 in a row after getting just routed by the Milwaukee Bucks 130-110. That would be the 11-win Milwaukee Bucks, which shot 57.1…

  2. J.R. Smith plays with Vince Carter’s headband during game (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Well, at least he didn’t untie his shoelaces. Early in the fourth quarter of the Mavericks taking on the Knicks Monday night, J.R. Smith decided to just knock Vince Carter‘s headband down over his eye. The best is Carter’s look of “what is this, third grade?” But it also works, notice Carter spends most of…

  3. Dirk Nowitzki with the bank then lucky bounce game winner to beat Knicks (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT

    BKN-MAVERICKS-KNICKS

    Dirk Nowitzki may have called bank, but he didn’t call that. Dirk: "I think it every part of the rim, hit the glass, it hit Jerry West on the left. It wasn’t the greatest of shots."— Bryan Gutierrez (@BallinWithBryan) February 25, 2014 That’s the touch the great shooters get. Dallas got one last shot to…

  4. Hawks lose All-Star Paul Millsap for at least two games

    Feb 24, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Memphis Grizzlies

    The Atlanta Hawks are sliding — they lost eight in a row before running into the slump buster that is the Knicks Saturday. But that slide could continue with now that the Hawks will have to go without All-Star Paul Millsap for a couple of games due to a bruised right knee. The Atlanta Journal…

  5. Danny Granger not suiting up for Sixers Monday, buyout decision likely in 24 hours

    Feb 24, 2014, 6:47 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    Philadelphia didn’t trade for the Pacers’ Danny Granger to make them better this season. That’s the opposite of the plan. Philly got some picks for Evan Turner that they wanted and Granger is just another asset — he could be used in a sign and trade this summer to bring in players they actually want.…

  6. Metta World Peace waived by Knicks; hopes to land with contender

    Feb 24, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers

    Metta World Peace just got a get out of jail free card. Better than free — the Knicks are going to pay him to go away. World Peace himself confirmed that he had come to an agreement to be bought out by the Knicks and signed the papers to be waived by them on Monday.…

  7. Wizards’ Nene out 4-6 weeks with sprained knee, no surgery needed

    Feb 24, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

    Nene

    When is being out 4-6 weeks with a sprained knee good news? When you are about six weeks out from the playoffs and you thought you were going to lose an important contributor through the postseason. The Washington Wizards were concerned starting big man Nene could be gone for the season but an MRI Monday…

  8. Reactions from around sports world to Jason Collins playing as gay man

    Feb 24, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Jeremy Lin‘s reaction above to Jason Collins signing then playing with the Brooklyn Nets — becoming the first openly gay player in America’s four major sports — is pretty much the norm. They are happy to see the barrier broken and done for basketball reasons. NBA players are younger than the average American and if…

  9. Tom Thibodeau refuses to play your speculation game

    Feb 24, 2014, 3:19 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    Tom Thibodeau is a very good basketball coach. Tom Thibodeau has had his run-ins and disagreements with Chicago Bulls management over the years, including concerns recently about the Luol Deng trade. Other teams are known to covet Thibodeau as a coach. The New York Knicks are said to be one of those teams. What the…

  10. Glen Davis will sign with Clippers Monday, could play vs. Pelicans Monday night

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Glen Davis #11 of the Orlando Magic reacts to a call in the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    UPDATE 2:58 pm: The Clippers have announced it is official, Glen Davis is now a member of the team. “I’ve always made the Playoffs in my career and not playing for something was crazy,” Davis said in a released statement. “Being on this team is some fresh energy, knowing that you can help a team…

  11. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Heat on the top, Sixers fall to very bottom

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat

    We have a new team at the top and the bottom of PBT’s weekly NBA Power Rankings. Miami’s defense is back and propelled them to a couple wins that have them back on top of the chart. It has taken some sustained losing — a real effort — on the part of a Sixers team…

  12. LeBron says he knows nothing about a Space Jam sequel, but he’d listen

    Feb 24, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

    Duke v Miami

    Word came out of Hollywood last week that a team was being put together to make Space Jam 2, a sequel to the not really very good but loved Michael Jordan/Bugs Bunny collaboration (I suppose Warner Bros. was in there, too). LeBron James’ name came up as attached to the project, something his people quickly…

  13. Carmelo Anthony admits his optimism is being tested. What about desire to stay in New York?

    Feb 24, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Orlando Magic

    With 26 games left to go in the season, the New York Knicks are 5.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the East. Let that sink in for a second. The eight seed Atlanta Hawks are on pace to win 39 games this season, to get there the Knicks need to go 18-8…

  14. Nene to have MRI on knee, Wizards concerned there is torn ligament

    Feb 24, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Los Angeles Clippers

    Washington’s dream of a deep playoff run could have just snapped along with Nene’s knee. Nene had to leave the court against the Cavaliers Sunday and did not return. It was scary because there was no real contact on the play, Nene had raced back to challenge a shot, leapt and when he landed it…

  15. Jamal Crawford names all 17 coaches he played for in NBA (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    That’s impressive. Jamal Crawford has bounced around — six teams in his 14 year NBA career and that has meant a lot of coaches in his time. At Lisa Salters jokingly asked Crawford to name all 17 and he did — from the big names (Don Nelson, Doc Rivers) to the forgotten (Bill Berry, who…

  16. Report: Damian Lillard to jump ship from adidas this summer

    Feb 24, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    DamianLillardDC

    Damian Lillard — Mr. Five Events All-Star Weekend — is one of the NBA’s rising stars. A point guard who plays with flair on an entertaining team. Those kinds of players sell a lot of shoes. Which makes the news that Damian Lillard is likely opting out of his adidas contract this summer very interesting.…

  17. Sunday night NBA grades: Jason Collins takes the court, Jamal Crawford owns his

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:19 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while getting sucked into the “Reality Bites” power rankings…  Jason Collins, Brooklyn Nets. He was brought in to Brooklyn because he has a skill set they need — he can defend the post, he can rebound, and he sets a mean pick (Collins said after…

  18. Jason Collins enters game, becomes first openly gay NBA player (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    That is what history looks like. Yes, it looks like every other NBA game, although that is sort of the point. Jason Collins became the first openly gay player in the NBA when he checked in with 10:28 left in the second quarter as the Brooklyn Nets visited the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 10:37…

  19. Report: Glen Davis committing to Clippers, Nets to then sign Jason Collins

    Feb 23, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jason Collins

    Glen Davis has chosen his old coach over his old teammate. Well, that’s not the whole story. It appears Davis will choose the Los Angeles Clippers as his next destination, a spot where he moves to a team on the cusp of contending (how close is up for debate) where they are in desperate need…

  20. Kobe Bryant still has soreness, swelling in knee; rest of season in serious jeopardy

    Feb 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    At All-Star weekend in New Orleans, Kobe Bryant called his recovery from a knee fracture “a slow process.” That process has suffered another setback. Lakers’ doctors examined Kobe on Friday and he continues to have soreness and swelling, so he will be re-evaluated in three weeks, according to the Orange County Register. Until then, no…

  21. Blazers’ Will Barton with in-game 360 dunk (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2014, 2:03 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Portland Trail Blazers

    Who knew Will Barton had that in him. It may not have quite been a full 360 dunk, but still impressive by Will Barton. It was midway through the second quarter when he got the breakaway dunk — he didn’t leak out so much as every Jazz player was within six feet of the baseline…

  22. UPDATE: Maybe or maybe not there is a “Space Jam 2”; LeBron James not in… yet

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:33 PM EDT

    space jam

    UPDATE 11:33 p.m.: Well, someone maybe tied Warner Brothers may be putting together a team for Space Jam 2, but contrasting earlier reports LeBron James‘ people say he is not yet attached, updates Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. The report says there are no efforts by Warner Brothers to make this film, at least officially. What…

  23. Minnesota’s Ronny Turiaf out three weeks with bone bruise in knee

    Feb 21, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf

    Wednesday night, Minnesota’s Ronny Turiaf injured his knee when he went up for a rebound and came down awkwardly. He left the game and did not return. Now comes the really bad news — he suffered a bone bruise in his knee and will be out about three weeks, something Flip Saunders said and was…

  24. Magic reach buyout with Glen Davis; Clippers, Nets considered frontrunners for his services

    Feb 21, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Glen Davis #11 of the Orlando Magic reacts to a call in the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    What everyone has expected has become official: The Orlando Magic and Glen Davis have reached an agreement on a buyout. Once Davis clears waivers and the buyout is official, he will be a free agent. The real question is where does he land now? He is being recruited by former coach Doc Rivers to the…

  25. Atlanta Hawks waive Antawn Jamison

    Feb 21, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

    And now comes the annual tradition of waiving players acquired on trade deadline day you didn’t really want… Antawn Jamison, come on down, you’re next. The Atlanta Hawks have waived Jamison, the team announced. If he clears waivers in 48 hours (as is expected) he will become a unrestricted free agent. Jamison was traded to…

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