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  1. Lakers continue to build chemistry, move into the playoff picture with win over Bulls

    Mar 10, 2013, 6:03 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada intervenes as Kobe Bryant berates Metta World Peace for committing a foul during their NBA game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — It’s been a long time in the making, and there’s plenty more work to be done over the regular season’s final 18 games. But for the first time all year, the Lakers can look at the standings and see themselves as an official part of the playoff picture after Sunday’s 90-81 win…

  2. George Karl shoves Wilson Chandler out of the way to complain to an official (VIDEO)

    Mar 10, 2013, 4:20 PM EST

    George Karl

    Late in the third quarter of Denver’s blowout win over Minnesota on Saturday, George Karl lost it after Ty Lawson was whistled for an offensive foul. The play could have been called on Rubio, but it did appear that Lawson may have initiated the contact by checking Rubio with the shoulder. Karl obviously didn’t see…

  3. Dwight Howard says he has been different player since All-Star Break

    Mar 10, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Despite all the talk about his rough season — whether you attribute that to his back and shoulder injuries or his mental attitude (or, a combo of the two) — Dwight Howard has put up good numbers: 16.2 points a game on 57.7 percent shooting plus 12.1 rebounds a game. In his last 10 games…

  4. Jazz waive veteran guard Raja Bell

    Mar 10, 2013, 12:32 PM EST

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    The season-long disagrement between the Utah Jazz and Raja Bell has finally reached its conclusion, as the team announced it has waived the 12-year veteran on Sunday. Bell has not been with the team at all this season after vocalizing unhappiness with his role and criticizing head coach Tyrone Corbin. The Jazz had paid him…

  5. Andre Iguodala gets way up to block a floater from Luke Ridnour (VIDEO)

    Mar 10, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks

    Luke Ridnour thought he knew what was doing on this fast break, pulling up a bit and attempting to shoot a floater high off the glass instead of challenging Andre Iguodala at the rim directly. It wasn’t a bad idea in theory, but in practice, not so much. Iguodala times his leap perfectly, and gets…

  6. Kendall Marshall with the one-handed bounce pass through the legs of Omer Asik (VIDEO)

    Mar 10, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Thomas Robinson, Kendall Marshall

    When you first see Suns rookie point guard Kendall Marshall find a cutting Jared Dudley with a one-handed bounce pass through the lane, sure, it looks like a nice play. But when you see the replay, where the ball clearly is thrown through the legs of Omer Asik on the way to finding its target,…

  7. David Lee misses Warriors’ loss to Bucks due to knee injury, says he’ll be ready to go Monday vs. Knicks

    Mar 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    David Lee, Zach Randolph

    David Lee sat out the Warriors’ 103-93 home loss to the Bucks on Saturday with a bruised right knee, but he doesn’t expect to be sidelined much longer. Lee was experiencing swelling in the knee, after banging it against the knee of Thomas Robinson midway through the first quarter of Golden State’s loss to Houston…

  8. Bulls GM denies rift between Derrick Rose and the organization regarding his return

    Mar 9, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    It’s easy to see how the return of Derrick Rose from a torn ACL injury that has kept him out the entire season to this point has become a stress-filled situation for both sides. Rose has already earned an MVP trophy in his brief, four-year stint in the league. He’s a top-tier, elite level player…

  9. Comparing markets, attendance and ownership in Sacramento and Seattle

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

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    We’ve discussed the issues that will determine whether or not the Sacramento Kings stay in California’s capitol or go to Seattle, including the impact of public subsidy support in both cities, the race between the two cities for an arena deal, and what lawsuits pending in Seattle mean to the process. Next we take a…

  10. Amar’e Stoudemire to miss six weeks after MRI reveals need for knee surgery

    Mar 9, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Amar’e Stoudemire is expected to be out approximately six weeks due to a knee debridement procedure he will have this week, the Knicks announced on Saturday. Stoudemire was initially listed as a game-time decision for Saturday’s game against the Jazz after reporting soreness in both knees, but an MRI later in the day revealed the…

  11. Report: Monta Ellis may exercise his player option to stay with the Bucks next season

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Monta Ellis

    We broke down the contract situation of Brandon Jennings earlier, and discussed the fact that despite what he may want in terms of a big-money deal before next season, he’s not likely to get it just yet. Jennings’ situation is largely out of his control, considering the fact that by making a small one-year qualifying…

  12. adidas introduces Crazyquick basketball shoe, debuted by John Wall (PHOTOS)

    Mar 9, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

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    Earlier this week, adidas unveiled its Crazyquick footwear line, designed to make athletes quicker on the court. The basketball version will be repped by John Wall, who debuted the shoes on the court March 6. From the official release: “The Crazyquick outsole toe zone features gradual flex and forward and backward traction orientation to ensure…

  13. Serge Ibaka wasn’t suspended for groin hit on Blake Griffin because the league viewed it as ‘unintentional’

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

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    When Serge Ibaka caught Blake Griffin with a violent shot to the groin near the end of the Thunder’s win over the Clippers last Sunday, most watching at the time expected the play to result in an ejection. After review, the refs called a flagrant foul, but allowed Ibaka to remain in the game. In…

  14. Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire out vs. Jazz

    Mar 9, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    UPDATE: 7:20 p.m. ET: Carmelo Anthony is out for this one, according to multiple reports. The news is far worse for Amar’e Stoudemire, however, who will miss at least the next six weeks after an MRI taken on Saturday revealed the need for knee surgery. 2:00 p.m. ET: Carmelo Anthony has missed the Knicks’ last…

  15. Brandon Jennings wants big money, Bucks to improve to keep him this summer

    Mar 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings has never lacked for self-confidence. Jennings is a restricted free agent next summer — meaning the Milwaukee Bucks have the power because they can match any offer the young point guard gets — but he was the one trying to play hardball Friday. Jennings said that this summer he not only wants a…

  16. Raptors coach Casey says he told team to foul when leading by three at the end of regulation. They did not.

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Amir Johnson, Dwane Casey

    LOS ANGELES — It’s a great debate in NBA circles, and it’s one that makes for interesting conversation while breaking down what-if scenarios after the fact. To foul or not to foul, when leading by three and the other team has possession of the ball in the game’s final seconds? The Raptors were faced with…

  17. Kobe’s three huge three-pointers and game-winning overtime dunk against the Raptors (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant slam dunks against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball overtime win in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — This video, via the NBA’s YouTube page, is simply titled, “The Greatness of Kobe Bryant.” That about sums it up. The Lakers had no business beating the Raptors the way they defended for most of the night, but Bryant made sure that after his teammates helped close the gap, he would personally…

  18. Marco Belinelli hits the game-winning three to beat the Jazz (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Marco Belinelli reacts to making the game winning 3-point shot against the Utah Jazz during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    A crazy sequence on the Bulls’ final possession ended with a three-pointer from the corner by Marco Belinelli that turned out to be the game-winner, sending Chicago past Utah 89-88. To say the Bulls were fortunate here would be a bit of an understatement. Trailing by two with 18 seconds remaining, Belinelli pushes the ball…

  19. Kobe leads Lakers to thrilling overtime win over Raptors with a series of amazing shots

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:53 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay

    LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant doesn’t know where the energy comes from, or even how he’s able to find the physical strength to do what he does late in games, and at this late stage of his career as he plays into his 17th season. But as long as it keeps coming, so will the…

  20. Kobe misses a three, steals the rebound, then drives for two-handed dunk (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:08 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant slam dunks against the Toronto Raptors during NBA game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — This was just the beginning for Kobe Bryant during Friday night’s thrilling comeback win in overtime against the Raptors. With the Lakers trailing by double digits for most of the game to this point, Bryant took it upon himself to begin to get things turned around. Late in the third quarter, after…

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