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  1. You’ll never believe it, but Blake Griffin had a monster dunk

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Is there a better way to start off your week than with a Blake Griffin dunk? Well, sure there is, but we’re not that kind of site. Best part of this all-oop from Sunday against the Raptors, watch Baron with the behind-the-back dribble for no particular reason. Which is very Baron. Of late he has…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Force was not with the Suns on Star Wars night

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:51 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    What you missed while watching the story of Oedipus acted out by vegetables and voiced by Billy Dee Williams…. The Celtics holding on for a win over Miami and a Magic win over the Lakers were the games of the night. We threw is a bonus Wizards win over the Cavs story at no extra…

  3. Wizards end road drought with win over… Cleveland. Of course.

    Feb 13, 2011, 11:16 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    It’s been 310 days since the Wizards last won a road game. But after going 0-25 this season on the road, the Wizards are finally off the snide. Thankfully, they ran into the Cleveland Cavaliers on a back to back, who, after breaking their own horrendous streak against the Clippers, dutifully wilted. The Wizards actually…

  4. Celtics Paul Pierce to get MRI on foot

    Feb 13, 2011, 7:29 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    Paul Pierce was not Paul Pierce on Sunday, shooting 0-for-10 from the field. We thought it was the wrist on his shooting hand that he sprained Saturday, combined with the fact the Heat’s perimeter defenders are pretty athletic. But it was more than that — Pierce said after the game he was going to get…

  5. Magic play some defense, Lakers miss some shots, Magic cruise

    Feb 13, 2011, 6:39 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol

    If you came into this game thinking the Lakers win in Boston was a mirage and they still can’t beat elite teams consistently, you watched this game and felt vindicated. You shouldn’t. If you believe that the Orlando Magic are elite despite recent losses to the Bulls, Heat and Celtics (and even Hornets), that they…

  6. LeBron James misses free throw as Celtics top Heat for third time

    Feb 13, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    If you hate LeBron James, as much of the Western world does, today was quite a day for you. After being largely the only reason the Miami Heat were even in the game against the Boston Celtics, James clanged the first of two free throws down two with ten seconds left, then failed to save…

  7. Mark Cuban talks about the trade deadline and executives waiting too long

    Feb 13, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    You’ll start to notice a pattern, eventually. In the month leading up to the trade deadline, there will be a lot of talk about two possible eventualities. A. “This trade deadline looks to be the most active in years, with several teams shopping star players!” Or… B. “This trade deadline looks unusually slow and I…

  8. Here’s a tip. If you’re going to heckle someone, heckle smart.

    Feb 13, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Miami Heat

    So on Friday in Detroit, some genius decided to start making Valentine’s Day jokes at LeBron about his mother. You know the gag. You’ve seen these types of guys before. Acting as if they’re doing something fun, or trying to get at a player as if that’s righteous, when in reality, they’re just trying to…

  9. J.R. Smith: “(The Nuggets) don’t really know what they want to do.”

    Feb 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    J.R. Smith is an innocent bystander (for once, hey-o!) in all this drama regarding Melo (or…Melodrama, get it?). He’s just trying to go out there and play his best. His play this year has been a big reason the Nuggets, despite all the distractions, are sixth in the West, and feature the best offense in…

  10. DeMarcus Cousins suspended (even if that’s not the word they use) by Kings

    Feb 13, 2011, 3:00 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins has literally been everything people said about him prior to the draft. He’s been a hothead. He’s been a star. He’s been a beast. He’s been a huge pain in the neck. He’s been brilliant. He’s been a bonehead. The works. Tonight the pendulum has swung to bonehead, and the repercussions for Cousins’…

  11. The implications of Heat-Celtics III

    Feb 13, 2011, 12:43 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    For the first time this season, the Miami Heat will face the Boston Celtics with a better record.  But in the third meeting between the two best teams in the East, the Heat will need a significant amount of progress across all fronts in order to come away with their first victory over the Celtics.…

  12. J.J. Hickson informs Blake Griffin that he will not pass “Go”

    Feb 12, 2011, 8:18 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    It’s only fitting that something spectacular encapsulated the Cavaliers getting over the hump of the single most epic losing streak in NBA history. It was going to take the players stepping up on a level we haven’t seen, and they definitely did. Particularly J.J. Hickson. J.J. Hickson was supposed to take the franchise forward into…

  13. Carmelo Anthony is really impressed with how Carmelo Anthony has handled things

    Feb 12, 2011, 5:08 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors

    You know, it’s not easy being Carmelo Anthony. You’re a featured player on the top offense in the league, the Denver Nuggets. You’re defended nightly by the best wing defender the opponent can throw at you. You’re trying to deal with a delicate situation regarding how best to continue your career in a larger market,…

  14. Rick Adelman sympathizes with Jerry Sloan’s situation

    Feb 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    When Jerry Sloan resigned this week, the reaction was almost unanimous across the league: shock. Sloan was an institution, someone who had always been on that sideline, week in and week out, year in and year out, for the Jazz and now, midseason, he was just gone. Just… gone. It created a moment for players…

  15. Sorry shoppers, Marc Gasol is probably not on the market

    Feb 12, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Marc Gasol has been targeted by essentially every big shopper for the 2012 offseason (whenever that may be).  He’s a big, talented, burly center who has touch, vision, is a willing passer, and shoots a ridiculously high percentage. He’s the ultimate complimentary center in a league painfully short on them. Plus, he plays in Memphis,…

  16. Kobe Bryant is open to playing in Italy in the event of a lockout

    Feb 12, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Anyone familiar with Kobe Bryant‘s mythology is aware that he spent a significant amount of his childhood in Italy while his father played ball there. He speaks fluent Italian, and has demonstrated a very real love of the country in past interviews. It turns out he’s so receptive to the country, he’s amiable to the…

  17. Karl Malone comes out swinging about Jerry Sloan

    Feb 12, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Karl Malone, Jazz legend, spoke before the Jazz went out and failed in epic fashion against the Suns Friday night. His comments immediately took everyone back. In short, Malone made it very clear that the man he knew would never have surrendered his post mid-season. “I will say this: I know my coach. I know…

  18. Cavs Win! Cavs Win! Cavs Win! (It still counts against the Clippers)

    Feb 12, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

    Antawn Jamison

    There is something historically appropriate that the Cavaliers ended their losing streak against the Clippers. Cleveland’s oddly fascinating losing streak ended dramatically at 26 with a 126-119 overtime win at home on Friday night. It seemed a fitting way to go — the Cavs had been giving the effort (mostly) for weeks, but had not…

  19. Kobe Bryant sticks up for Deron Williams

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:44 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    There has become a “Deron Williams pushed Jerry Sloan out” meme going around. Which is a very Internet way of trying to make a complex situation some kind of simple narrative. D-Will was part of the equation but there is a lot more going on here. Anyway, Kobe Bryant stuck up for Williams when speaking…

  20. Timberwolves a “determined suitor” for Nash

    Feb 11, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    Steve Nash Timberwolves

    Courtesy of Marc Stein, who is always on the ball: Minnesota was one of the teams identified in last week’s story — along with Atlanta, Orlando, Portland, Toronto and Nash’s old friend Dallas — as a determined suitor for Nash. The Wolves, sources say, have called Phoenix as much as anyone, despite that they’re well…

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