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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Jason Kidd drains 3/4 court shot off the glass (VIDEO)

    Apr 5, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Normally, I’m not a huge fan of shots from half-court and beyond. It’s not because they’re not fun to see go down, because they are. It’s just that often times there’s more luck than skill involved, given the percentages. This one from Jason Kidd, however, was pretty amazing, The high-arcing, 3/4 court shot he launched…

  9. Mark Jackson says Warriors can’t afford to rest players to finish the regular season

    Apr 5, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack

    PHOENIX — With only seven games remaining in the regular season, and in light of recent injuries to the likes of Tony Parker and Danilo Gallinari which could materially affect the results of the Western Conference playoffs, it might be tempting for teams to be cautious with their key players, and even consider resting them…

  10. Report: Finally, Bernard King elected to Hall of Fame

    Apr 5, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

    bernard-king-608

    Bernard King, one of the great pure scorers ever to play in the NBA, has finally made it into the basketball Hall of Fame. At least that is the report from the New York Post. Nothing is official until Monday when it all gets announced in New York but these things tend to leak out…

  11. Do Clippers have chemistry issues? Depends who you ask.

    Apr 5, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Clippers

    We need to acknowledge that this is a historic season for the Los Angeles Clippers — it is the franchise’s first time ever to 50 wins and first time ever it will win the Pacific Division. Some luck in the draft, some aggressive moves by management and owner Donald Sterling writing bigger checks has changed…

  12. Wizards’ 1978 championship trophy was buried in a closet

    Apr 5, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

    Larry O'Brien trophy

    If you’re a franchise with a Larry O’Brien trophy — whether you have enough to fill a room like the Celtics or just one like the Mavericks — you should display it (or them) proudly. They do not come easily. So when Ted Leonsis bought the Washington Wizards, he has the logical question of where…

  13. Magic Johnson talks about his son coming out, homophobia in a mature way many can’t

    Apr 5, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    I wish every child who wants to come out as gay/lesbian could have a father as understanding as Magic Johnson. In case you missed it because you don’t watch/read TMZ  and other celebrity sites, Magic Johnson’s 20-year-old son E.J. was filmed walking down the street holding hands with his boyfriend in a public coming out.…

  14. It’s official: Nuggets’ Gallinari out for season with torn ACL

    Apr 5, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    This was expected, pretty much from the moment we saw the injury and certainly after initial leaks came out about his ACL. But now it is official: Denver’s Danilo Gallinari is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, the team announced. He will have surgery soon and that’s when a timetable…

  15. DeAndre Jordan: Fans who question his devotion to improving free throws are ‘idiots’

    Apr 5, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Kidd holds on to Clippers center Jordan from going to the basket during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    DeAndre Jordan, a career 43 percent free-throw shooter, is shooting 39 percent from the line this season. Via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles TImes: “Yeah, I’m aware of it, but I also work on it,” Jordan said. “I could understand it if I just didn’t work on my free-throw shooting and I’m just going…

  16. Phil Jackson returns to Madison Square Garden… Mike Woodson doesn’t need to worry

    Apr 5, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    There will not be “We Want Phil” chants at Madison Square Garden on Friday night (or certainly not ones with the volume and passion Lakers fans showed Tuesday where the chants could be heard in the Lakers locker room). But Phil Jackson is returning to New York and MSG Friday night to celebrate the 30th…

  17. Bradley Beal admits obvious: Shouldn’t have played through bad ankles

    Apr 5, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal — after a solid and promising rookie campaign — is out for the remainder of the season with a stress injury to his right fibula. The stress fracture came about because Beal played through injuries to both ankles and was trying to compensate. So Beal, you want to have a do over that?…

  18. PBT Podcast: Injuries affecting the West playoff picture, and will the Lakers get in?

    Apr 5, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the playoff picture with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. We begin with Thursday night’s games, where the Nuggets got a costly win over the Mavericks, considering that Danilo Gallinari was lost likely for the season with a…

  19. Anthony Davis’ bulk-up diet: Pizza. A lot of pizza.

    Apr 5, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Monty Williams, Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis is on every man’s dream diet. The Hornets rookie has improved and been impressive as the season has worn on — 15.5 points a game on 52.8 percent shooting with 9.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game in his last 15 contests — but there are things he needs to work on. One…

  20. Iguodala says playoffs will help decide if he opts out of contract

    Apr 5, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Smart money says Andre Iguodala will opt out this summer, forgoing the last year of his deal to get longer, more secure one (even if he takes a haircut on his one-year salary. Iguodala is set to make $16.1 million next season but said the other day he plans to opt out at the end…

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