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

    Apr 7, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Steve Nash likely out again Sunday against Clippers

    Apr 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    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…

  15. Tony Parker out Saturday against the Hawks

    Apr 6, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Tony Parker

    After playing just two fourth quarter minutes in the Spurs’ loss to the Thunder on Thursday, it’s no surprise that Tony Parker has been ruled out of Saturday night’s game against the Hawks, the team announced on Saturday. Parker was said to be dealing with a shin injury, but the team said a neck issue…

  16. Highlights from Carmelo Anthony’s red-hot, historic scoring streak (VIDEO)

    Apr 6, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    The Knicks won their 11th straight game on Friday, but as hot as the team has ben during that stretch, Carmelo Anthony has managed to be even hotter. Anthony poured in 41 points on 17-28 shooting in his most recent effort, to go along with 14 rebounds. In doing so, he tied a franchise record…

  17. Five NBA Draft prospects to watch in NCAA Final four

    Apr 6, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    Let’s be honest, you’re not watching the Final Four this weekend because you still have a shot in your office pool. The old lady who doesn’t watch college basketball but liked her visit to Wichita is going to win it. But if you’re the fan of an NBA lottery team watching the Final Four this…

  18. Michael Beasley says he’s stopped listening to everybody, including his coaches

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — Michael Beasley put together a stellar performance for the second straight game on Friday, pouring in 25 points on 12-17 shooting to keep the Suns within striking distance during their closer-than-expected loss to the Warriors. The effort against Golden State came after a 13-point outing in 17 minutes of playing time during a…

  19. Blake Griffin says Clippers shouldn’t hang division title banner at Staples Center

    Apr 6, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    lakers banners

    The Clippers are having one of their best seasons in franchise history, but unless it ends in the team’s first NBA title, Blake Griffin is among those who aren’t interested in putting up any banners at the Staples Center to commemorate the accomplishment. Having already reached the 50-win mark for the first time ever, the…

  20. Warriors one win from clinching a playoff spot after coming from 18 points down get win over Suns

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — The Warriors are one win from clinching a playoff spot for the first time since 2007, thanks to an effort which saw them come from 18 points down on the road to get a 111-107 win over the Suns on Friday. Phoenix got off to a hot start behind 15 first quarter points…

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