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  1. Blake Griffin was dunking all over Lakers Sunday (VIDEO)

    Apr 8, 2013, 9:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin smiles after hitting a three-point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Blake Griffin dunks on a lot of teams. Of course, it’s easy to say a lot of teams don’t have Dwight Howard protecting the rim and the Lakers shouldn’t allow this. The problem for the Lakers is their perimeter defense is so poor Howard is often trying to stop the guard driving in for a…

  2. Marty Blake, “godfather” of NBA scouting, dies

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:26 AM EST

    Marty Blake

    In today’s world of the Internet and video, if a guy can play we find out about him no matter what small college he attended. But there was a time that if you were Karl Malone at Louisiana Tech or Scottie Pippen from Central Arkansas you could get missed. But Marty Blake, the NBA’s long…

  3. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks win 12th straight, Clippers clinch first division title

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, Robert Sacre, Chris Paul, Earl Clark

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the two-hour season premiere of Mad Men … Knicks 125, Thunder 120: When the Knicks are knocking down threes they can beat anyone — and they hit 10 threes in the first half as they pulled away. But more impressive was…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: Three All-Stars lead teams to wins

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:31 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    This was a tough night to narrow the list to three, some guys with huge games miss the cut — Russell Westbrook with 36 points and a near triple-double, Nikola Vucevic with 21 points and 21 boards for the Magic. But there was a key theme to go with for the night — current or…

  5. Jeremy Lin thinks being Asian-American hurt college basketball scholarship offers

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:59 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    Jeremy Lin didn’t play college basketball on a scholarship — Harvard doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Lin was a noted high school player — he led Palo Alto High School to the California state championship and won a number of state awards. But Stanford in his own back yard didn’t offer him a scholarship, nor did…

  6. LeBron in line to join select group of all-time greats if he wins fourth MVP

    Apr 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    David Stern, LeBron James

    LeBron James is favored by most to win the MVP award for his other-worldy play he’s displayed over the course of this season. Despite the stellar performances we’ve seen from Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, no one has been as dominant as James, and honestly, it’s not that close. If James comes away with the…

  7. Clippers clinch first division title in team history with win over Lakers

    Apr 7, 2013, 6:29 PM EST

    Clippers forward Griffin grabs a rebound as Lakers forward Gasol defends during first half NBA game in Los Angeles

    Division titles don’t mean a whole lot in the NBA these days. But for a Clippers franchise that has been mired in mediocrity or worse for the better part of its existence, clinching the first Pacific Division championship in franchise history with a runaway 109-95 win over a Lakers team with more than any of…

  8. J.R. Smith drains the dagger three-pointer to seal Knicks’ win over Thunder (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 5:30 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    It seemed like there were a lot of plays kind of like this one Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City, where the Knicks earned their 12th straight victory by outscoring the Thunder. Scramble plays in this game often seemed to end with the ball in a Knicks shooter’s hands, who would then launch an open long…

  9. Knicks look very much a contender out-scoring Thunder in OKC

    Apr 7, 2013, 4:05 PM EST

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    What do you want from your title contender? A superstar to lead the team? How about Carmelo Anthony with 36 points and 12 rebounds — nine offensive? He took over the league’s scoring title race with that performance. Toughness inside? How about 19 offensive rebounds on one end and your big center Tyson Chandler contesting…

  10. Spencer Haywood told he made Hall of Fame, then told sorry, no you didn’t

    Apr 7, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    NBRPA Lunch With Champions

    It’s one thing not to make the cut for the Hall of Fame when you should clearly be in. It’s another to be told you are in, then find out you are not. Spencer Haywood was told he was in and his former agent released that information last Friday afternoon (we ran it here at…

  11. Don’t expect Derrick Rose or the Bulls to announce he’ll sit out the season

    Apr 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Trail Blazers Bulls Basketball

    There have never been so many non-update updates to an injury situation as there have been with Derrick Rose this season. It speaks to both the player’s popularity, as well as to how much he means to the city of Chicago and the Bulls franchise. And all of that, combined with Rose’s work ethic and…

  12. Reggie Evans has his tooth knocked out, keeps playing, then places it in front of broadcaster (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Reggie Evans, Jeff Adrien

    Early in the third quarter of Brooklyn’s win over the Bobcats on Saturday, Reggie Evans had a tooth knocked out thanks to an inadvertent head butt from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the two were battling for rebounding position. Evans kept playing through to the next possession, before the blood forced a timeout to be called. The…

  13. Steve Nash likely out again Sunday against Clippers

    Apr 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers will likely be without Steve Nash for the third straight game on Sunday when they report to Staples Center as the road team for an afternoon matchup against the Clippers. Nash is still being bothered by a hip injury originally sustained on March 25. If he does sit out Sunday as planned, it…

  14. Warriors use ‘elevator’ screens to perfection to free up their shooters (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis

    There are plenty of teams that use variations of a single play to get wide open looks for their best shooters. The Warriors use what’s called an ‘elevator,’ or ‘gator’ action to free up Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for open looks from distance, and do so with both consistency and success. The video clip…

  15. Terrence Jones ignites the break with a block, James Anderson finishes with a posterization of Evan Fournier (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    James Anderson

    When looking at the names in the headline, the more casual NBA fan may not have been enticed enough to click through and check out the highlight. Oh, what a mistake that would have been. If you’ve gotten this far, then you’re fortunate enough to have seen one of the more incredible plays of Saturday…

  16. Iman Shumpert shaves adidas logo into the back of his head, later removes it and apologizes

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    shumpert adidas instagram

    Iman Shumpert of the Knicks is all about doing his own thing where his hair is concerned, as evidenced by his 80s style high-top fade he’s been rocking for the bulk of the season. Shump may have overstepped his bounds on Friday, however, when he showed up for the game between the Knicks and the…

  17. Former Wizard Jordan Crawford tells reporters he doesn’t recall playing for Washington

    Apr 6, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Jordan Crawford, Iman Shumpert

    Jordan Crawford is playing for his third team in his third NBA season, after the Wizards dealt him to Boston at the Feb. 21 trade deadline. Crawford flourished when he was given the minutes in Washington, but fell out of favor in the rotation once John Wall returned from injury and rookie Bradley Beal was…

  18. Ricky Rubio receives warning for violating league’s anti-flopping rule (VIDEO)

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio received a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule, the league announced on Saturday. The violation came with 46 seconds remaining in Minnesota’s home win over the Thunder on March 29th, and honestly, it’s one of the weaker ones the league has seen as fit to punish. Rubio appears to take contact to…

  19. Eric Gordon benched in second half at Utah after shouting match with his head coach

    Apr 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Eric Gordon

    The Hornets were competitive in Utah into the third quarter on Friday, but things fell apart in the fourth when the team managed to score just 16 points in an eventual 12-point loss to the Jazz. The points might have come easier had Eric Gordon, the team’s leading scorer, actually been in the game. Gordon…

  20. Terrence Ross throws down the 360 slam dunk (VIDEO)

    Apr 6, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Terrence Ross won the dunk contest this year with a series of incredible dunks, so we already know the man has skills. But pulling off contest-worthy dunks in an actual game is always special, so we bring you this 360 throwdown that Ross completed in the Raptors’ win over the Timberwolves on Friday. The mid-air…

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