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  1. Report: Celtics close to signing Terrence Williams

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    The Celtics have been hit hard with the injury bug lately, losing both Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa for the season to knee injuries. It’s the latter injury, to Barbosa, that has the Celtics exploring their options on the wing, looking for a swingman who could soak up some minutes. It seems the player they’re…

  2. David Lee, Klay Thompson talk about getting Warriors back on track after the All-Star break

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    David Lee, Zach Randolph

    HOUSTON — For the Golden State Warriors, the All-Star break couldn’t have come at a better time. And at least two of the team’s key players are confident the team will get back on track once the regular season resumes on Tuesday. The Warriors entered the break on a five-game losing streak, a rough end…

  3. Lakers owner Jerry Buss changed the very image of NBA

    Feb 18, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Jerry Buss may have been in a hospital bed more than a thousand miles away, but his fingerprints were all over NBA All-Star weekend in Houston. There were Alicia Keys and Ne-Yo performing their music, more celebrities than there were seats courtside, there were dancers and entertainers during timeouts and between quarters. And there was…

  4. Lakers owner Jerry Buss passes away at age 80

    Feb 18, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and US actor Jack Nicholson watching the WBC middleweight championship fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

    Lakers owner Jerry Buss has passed away at age 80 after a battle with cancer, NBC News has confirmed. It is a story first broken by Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. Lakers spokesman Bob Steiner confirmed Jerry Buss was 80. His date of birth was Jan. 27, 1933. It was just a few days…

  5. Kenneth Faried is true to himself, on court and in video with his moms

    Feb 18, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried

    HOUSTON — Kenneth Faried simply is who he is. In a league full of pretense and ego, Faried comes off as genuine and a guy being himself. All the time. You saw it on the All-Star Friday Night when in the Rising Stars everyone was playing half-speed except the “Manimal” — Faried played the way…

  6. Report: Andrea Bargnani trade more likely this summer

    Feb 18, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    The Toronto Raptors are shopping Andrea Bargnani around right now. Hard. Like they did last summer. They’d pretty much take a pump to inflate basketballs in return, so long as it doesn’t have a worse contract (hello Carlos Boozer). But the results are pretty much the same — everyone has seen Bargnani play, they know…

  7. Report: Monta Ellis expected to turn down $11 million option, become free agent

    Feb 18, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    The Milwaukee Bucks could look like a very different team next season. We’ve already told you how Brandon Jennings — frustrated he wasn’t picked to be in Houston this weekend for the All-Star Game — is a restricted free agent next summer and has a new agent known for getting his clients to big cities.…

  8. For old times sake, James Harden to Russell Westbrook (VIDEO)

    Feb 18, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

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    Kevin Durant seemed genuinely happy all weekend to get to hang out with his old friend James Harden. Russell Westbrook is a harder guy to read sometimes but he seemed to miss his teammate, too. For us fans, it’s plays like this that we’ll miss. But likely get to see at All-Star Games for years…

  9. Duncan, Garnett get restful All-Star Game. Harden not so much.

    Feb 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    HOUSTON — Combined Kevin Durant and Tim Duncan had played in 26 All-Star Games before their planes even landed in Houston this weekend. Both veterans would have preferred a weekend off from the game this year. Their coaches tried to accommodate. Tim Duncan played 8:03 and Kevin Garnett 6:26. They made their appearance for the…

  10. Kobe Bryant gets two blocks on LeBron James late in 2013 NBA All-Star game (VIDEO)

    Feb 18, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers blocks a shot by All-Star James of the Heat in the fourth quarter during the 2013 NBA All Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — The All-Star game was a competitive one down the stretch, and not surprisingly, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were the ones competing hardest, and doing so against one another with the contest hanging in the balance. Bryant got the best of James on two possessions, twice blocking the shot of the reigning league…

  11. Chris Paul wins MVP of 2013 NBA All-Star game

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers holds up the MVP trophy after the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — Chris Paul took home the MVP trophy from the 2013 All-Star game, as he led the West to a 143-138 win in the NBA’s midseason exhibition, and did so in a contest that was close and competitive down the stretch. The award often times goes to the player who scores the most points…

  12. With CP3, Durant leading the way West wins tight All-Star Game

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Griffin of the Clippers dunks as teammate Durant and All-Star Noah of the Bulls look on during the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — You know it’s an All-Star Game and all the seriousness that entails when Dwight Howard is launching and hitting threes, Howard and Blake Griffin are pretending to do acrobatics between quarters and the understated Tim Duncan is wearing some bright green Adidas Crazy Fast shoes. “I think that’ll be the only time you…

  13. Chris Paul, Tony Parker make Chris Bosh look bad (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Paul of the Clippers takes the ball past All-Star Bosh of the Heat during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    Chris Bosh did not have a good first half. There was the 2-of-7 shooting with three airballs. There was some odd defensive choices like giving Chris Paul an uncontested layup to take away a potential lob to Blake Griffin. But these two plays by Paul and Tony Parker made him look worse than anything. Mocking…

  14. PBT’s All-Star Game live blog

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

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    HOUSTON — Enough with the preliminaries — especially the pregame Ke$ha concert — let’s get on with the real show. Time for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. We’ve got this show covered for you. First, over on the mothership NBC site is a running log of everything tweeted by myself, PBT’s Brett Pollakoff, as well…

  15. LeBron James with two alley-oop dunks early in 2013 NBA All-Star game (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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    HOUSTON — LeBron James got loose early for a couple of nice alley-oop jams in Sunday’s NBA All-Star game. The first came off the backboard from LeBron’s Miami teammate Dwyane Wade, and the second came at the front of the rim on a nice little flip from Carmelo Anthony. We’re just getting started.

  16. Kyrie Irving, Cavs young players are an optimistic group

    Feb 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    East All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the three-point contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    When the microphones were turned off at one media session this week, one All-Star player (not from the East) wanted to talk about Kyrie Irving. He said he and other players were talking and think in three years he’ll be the best point guard in the NBA. It’s hard to argue — his game has…

  17. Watch Kyrie Irving make 17 of his first 18 attempts in final round of 3-point contest (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    At one point during the 3-point contest I thought to myself, “You know what? I could probably do that. I’ve hit five in a row before. Yeah, I could totally do that.” Then Kyrie Irving had his turn, and I felt pretty stupid for thinking those thoughts. Irving put on one of the most impressive…

  18. Rockets owner says he’ll extend GM Daryl Morey’s contract

    Feb 17, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    This weekend, Houston is the center of the NBA universe. It is where we got see some great dunks and long range sniping on Saturday night and where we’ll see the greatest players on the planet play in their annual mid-season exhibition. It’s also the home of the Rockets who are having a nice season…

  19. The Nuggets aren’t expected to make a deal at the deadline. Why not?

    Feb 17, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    Andre Miller, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee

    The Denver Nuggets are a very, very good basketball team. They somehow survived a brutal early season road schedule and have gone 22-3 at home, which is obviously very impressive. Currently the 5th seed in the Western Conference, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Nuggets jump up a spot or two in the standings…

  20. For his 50th, a compilation of Jordan’s 50 greatest plays (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    You can’t go wrong with along string of Michael Jordan highlights. Don’t quibble with the order or talk about how he pushed off on Byron Russell (he did), just enjoy the greatness. I’d say guys like him don’t come around very often, but frankly guys like him simply don’t come around again period. There will…

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