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  1. Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant exchange dunks (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:38 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Anytime the Clippers play, you expect to see one quality dunk from Blake Griffin at least. And for the Lakers lately, Kobe Bryant is the only one you can count on to make quality plays every game. So Thursday night they exchanged some huge dunks. I think Kobe got the best of this dunk contest.…

  2. Clippers use fast start, hot three-point shooting to get blowout win over Lakers

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin

    The Lakers hosted the Clippers in the second half of the televised double-header on Thursday, and with the first game between the Thunder and the Heat running a little long, almost five minutes had gone by in the first quarter in Los Angeles before the national audience saw any of it. By the time TNT…

  3. Dominant LeBron helps Heat cruise to win over Thunder

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James drives in the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Miami

    The Heat had little trouble taking care of the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Thursday, getting out to a big lead early and cruising to a 110-100 win behind yet another dominant performance from LeBron James. When things did begin to tighten just a bit in the fourth quarter, James made certain to hit big…

  4. Kevin Durant takes a nasty fall against the Heat (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant shouts instructions to a teammate as he runs the offense against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Late in the first quarter of Thursday’s contest between the Heat and the Thunder, Kevin Durant leaned back awkwardly in midair going for a rebound, and came crashing hard to the floor, without being able to  do anything to break the fall. Durant fell directly on the left side of his body, with it appearing…

  5. PBT Extra: Previewing All-Star weekend in Houston

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    All Star Game 2013 Houston logo

    It is NBA All-Star weekend, the NBA’s chance to showcase what its stars can do when nobody plays defense. Before I caught a flight to Houston I spoke with THE Kay Adams and talked about why I like this dunk contest lineup, whether this really is Kevin Garnett‘s last dance and made a prediction for…

  6. Reports: Lakers owner Jerry Buss hospitalized with cancer

    Feb 14, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Jerry Buss

    Sad news out of Los Angeles today. Reports say that Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized with an undisclosed type of cancer for an extended period of time, but out of the family’s respect, the news was withheld until now. Several current and former players have visited Buss in the hospital, where he’s unfortunately spent a…

  7. Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter calls himself “pimp daddy” and wishes all his sweeties a Happy Valentine’s Day. Alright then.

    Feb 14, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter cheerleaders

    Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter is kind of an eccentric dude, but because he plays in Salt Lake City, we don’t hear a whole lot about it. This guy is like the Broadway Joe of Utah with the stuff he’s doing this year. He’s taking media day pictures with four cheerleaders draped on him, and…

  8. Ricky Rubio teaches you how to save a life (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Rubio Arrives Basketball

    Cardiac arrest and heart issues are a serious problem among young athletes. Many youth gyms don’t have the equipment necessary to handle such a thing, and there have been pro athletes over the years who have had some scary close calls, and others who have tragically lost their lives. Getting awareness out on something like…

  9. Michael Jordan counts the rings, picks Kobe Bryant over LeBron James

    Feb 14, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Jordan talks with Bryant

    Kobe Bryant or LeBron James? It’s a discussion almost every sports fan has had at some point, and we know the arguments for both sides. This is nothing new. Rings, assists, scoring, rebounds, defense, choker, clutch, blah blah blah. You’ve heard it all before. But when the guy most consider to be the greatest player…

  10. Are the Rockets in the market for Josh Smith? Maybe not quite yet.

    Feb 14, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Trade speculation surrounding Josh Smith is in full swing. The Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs have been reported as potential landing spots, but there may not be a more attractive trading partner for the Hawks given their rebuilding process than the Houston Rockets. Despite lacking a “big name” who can be moved, Houston has…

  11. Would New Orleans consider trading Eric Gordon? Maybe.

    Feb 14, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon didn’t make a lot of friends in the New Orleans fan base last summer when he begged the organization not to match the max-contract offer from the Phoenix Suns. Then Gordon was back in Los Angeles dealing with knee pain for the first half of the season. Now since his return he’s had…

  12. Remembering Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and the 1988 dunk contest

    Feb 14, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    Jordan Dunk

    Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins was on the Dan Patrick Radio Show Thursday talking about the legacy of Michael Jordan. It was Jenkins that wrote the SI cover piece on Jordan at age 50 for the next edition (once you stop looking at Kate Upton and the last edition). It’s interesting because often fans tend to…

  13. How Michael Jordan altered what we expect from every athlete who followed him

    Feb 14, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan dunk

    There were fierce competitors in the NBA long before Michael Jordan ever stepped on a court. Go watch an interview with Bill Russell talking about how he hated to lose read about Jerry West and how big losses would make him physically ill. But no player in any sport has had an ultra-competitiveness fused with…

  14. Report: Bobcats working to trade Gordon after incident with coach

    Feb 14, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    Ben Gordon

    Ben Gordon was already on the trade block — Charlotte had used him as part of an offer to Brooklyn to pry Kris Humphries away. So far the Nets haven’t taken the bait as they have shopped Humphries around for players the Nets actually want. But now the Nets have really stepped up their efforts…

  15. Clippers’ Ryan Hollins kicks Jeremy Lin while he’s down (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-ROCKETS-CLIPPERS

    Ryan Hollins, get out your checkbook, because that is going to cost you. Houston’s Jeremy got banged around pretty good Wednesday night. First came the play where he tweaked his wrist after getting knocked to the ground on a drive. That happens. But a few possessions later Lin stripped Ryan Hollins of the ball and…

  16. Paul Pierce is playing with a pinched nerve in his neck

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forwards Pierce and Bass react after a Celtics basket in the final minutes of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Boston

    Paul Pierce has been playing in pain all season. If you saw the slight downtick in his scoring numbers — scoring 18.5 points a game, one less than last year, shooting 41.5 percent, down from 44.3 percent — you could easily attribute that to age for the 35-year-old who still carries a heavy scoring load…

  17. Average NBA ticket passes $50, up 3.5% from year before

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Grizzlies arena

    It’s expensive to go to an NBA game. According to an annual report published at ESPN, the cost of the average NBA ticket is $50.99, up 3.5 percent from the year before. That is still less than the average NFL ticket ($78, and those stadiums are much larger) and the NHL ($61), but less than…

  18. A win for longevity: Vince Carter passes Larry Bird on all-time scoring list

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Last night a 36-year-old Vince Carter channeled the version of himself from 12 years ago (if that younger self was a better three-point shooter) and dominated the key stretch of the Mavericks win over the Kings. Carter scored 17 points in the third quarter with a barrage of threes, going 5-of-7 from deep in the…

  19. Kevin Garnett says this will be his last All-Star Game

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    This weekend will be Kevin Garnett’s 15th All-Star Game. He has been part of every one since 1997 and this year he was voted in by the fans as an All-Star starter. And he says it will be his last one. The video is above but here is the money quote, via A. Sherrod Blakely…

  20. The Extra Pass: Breaking Down Houston’s Transition Game (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    James Harden

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at the fastbreak of the Houston Rockets. You’re probably aware of how brilliant James Harden has been, but this season has been about more than just Harden for Houston. The big…

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