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  1. Andrea Bargnani back Wednesday… just in time to shop him

    Feb 6, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

    Andrea+Bargnani

    Time to celebrate Toronto, Andrea Bargnani is back. Okay, maybe not celebrate. But if the Raptors have any chance of trading him at the deadline — and there isn’t that much of a chance, people have seen him play — they need to get him on the court and remind teams of what Bargnani can…

  2. Pau Gasol has partial tear of plantar fascia, out at least six weeks

    Feb 6, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Gasol falls to the floor with an injury to his right leg in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn

    You can take all your Pau Gasol deadline trade deals and walk them over to the trash can… Gasol will be out for six weeks with a partially torn plantar fascia, tweets Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. The Lakers confirmed he is out but refused to provide a timetable until he gets a second opinion. But…

  3. Durant admits he needs to “shut up,” stop getting technicals

    Feb 6, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    Kevin Durant has become a complainer — the “nicest guy in the NBA” has joined the superstar trend of complaining about calls to the referees. And the yapping has cost him — he is tied for the league lead with 9 technicals. The other guys on the list are notorious complainers — Carmelo Anthony, Matt…

  4. Stern says he expects HGH blood tests in NBA in year

    Feb 6, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    needle, syringe, drug

    There is a sense around the NBA that performance-enhancing drugs are not an issue in the NBA the way they have shown to be in baseball and football. Ask around the league and you generally get a “never seen it, never heard of it really” response from players and front office types. Consider me skeptical.…

  5. Report: Spurs frontrunners to trade for Al Jefferson

    Feb 6, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Al Jefferson

    It is widely expected the Utah Jazz are going to trade one of their two big men before the trade deadline — Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both in the last year of their contracts and they are not both coming back. The Spurs are in the lead to land Jefferson, reports long-time hoops…

  6. Will Rockets make run at Andrew Bynum this summer? Will others?

    Feb 6, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    It’s part of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement — it is better financially for a potential free agent to become a free agent and re-sign with his team than to just sign an extension. So even if a sure max player has no intention of leaving a team, he has to at least dip…

  7. Danilo Gallinari with ridiculous shot to seal Nuggets win (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    The Bucks led most of last night’s game in Denver, but the Nuggets closed out on a 19-4 run that got them the win. What was the dagger — or at least the moment that made you say “this is Denver’s night” — came when Danilo Gallinari hit that shot. Gallinari has played well of…

  8. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin out again Wednesday vs. Magic

    Feb 6, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have struggled of late going 2-6 in their eight games without Chris Paul in the lineup. They are 0-1 when Blake Griffin is out as well. We’ll see what happens in CP3s ninth game out Wednesday, although it’s against a team even more banged up — Orlando. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are…

  9. Report: Milwaukee shopping Samuel Dalembert

    Feb 6, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    After a month where Samuel Dalembert was all but out of the Bucks rotation, he has played more than 20 minutes in three of the team’s last five games. That included a 35-point, 12 rebound performance against the Nuggets on Tuesday night. Are the Bucks showcasing Dalembert for a potential trade? Marc Stein of ESPN…

  10. Report: Allen Iverson loses Atlanta mansion in foreclosure

    Feb 6, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    There have been a lot of reports over the years about the state of Allen Iverson’s finances, some suggesting he is in a serious hole. This latest report — that he lost his Atlanta mansion, which was foreclosed on and auctioned off — seems to back that side of the tale up. From TMZ.com (via…

  11. Kevin Garnett on trade rumors: “I bleed green; I die green.”

    Feb 6, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    While Kevin Garnett trade rumors seem to fly around everywhere — the latest is Denver was interested in him but he was not in them — it’s not like most trades because KG is a Celtic icon who has a no-trade clause. He can shoot down any deal. And he doesn’t sound like a guy…

  12. Watch Houston Rockets knock down 23 threes (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    James Harden

    If you give an NBA player a good look from three, they will knock a high percentage down. So if Golden State wants to blame anyone for Houston’s three-point barrage against it — 23 made threes, tying the NBA record for most made threes in a game — they can blame themselves. Watch the video…

  13. Alicia Keys to perform at halftime of NBA All-Star Game

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Singer Keys performs the National Anthem prior to start of NFL Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans

    Fresh off hitting the over with her lounge-style rendition of the national anthem at the Super Bowl, Alicia Keys is taking over the NBA All-Star Game as the halftime entertainment. Keys, who has 14 Grammys at home, likely will be doing some songs off her new album “Girl on Fire” (including probably the title track)…

  14. The Extra Pass: The Eric Bledsoe Predicament

    Feb 6, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe Clippers

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe is one great big problem. He’s a problem for opponents who have to bring the ball up against him. He’s a problem for big men that think they’ll safely collect rebounds. He’s a problem for the backpedaling guard in transition that has to stay in front of him. He’s…

  15. Report: Federal ATF Director may get look at NBA players’ union head

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    B. Todd Jones, Eric Holder

    Billy Hunter is not out yet as head of the NBA players union, and as anybody entrenched in a position of power for a long time (since 1996) he is not going quietly. He will fight for his position. But plenty of jockeying for his position is going on. We told you how some agents…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pacers win with offense. Again.

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Al Horford

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching a toddler drain trick shot after trick shot… Lakers 92, Nets 83: Up until this game I was still sure the Lakers were not a playoff team, that the recent streak would not be enough for the hole they dug. But…

  17. Three Stars: Paul George on the rise

    Feb 6, 2013, 2:04 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks' Korver guards Indiana Pacers' George during their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    There’s nothing quite like the phenomenon of watching a young player ascend to stardom. When a young player bursts on to the scene and starts making extraordinary plays routine, he captures our imagination. How good could 22-year-old Paul George be? Who does he remind us of? Potential is enticing on its own, but when it’s paired…

  18. Kobe throws down the spectacular dunk in traffic over the Nets (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2013, 12:46 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant dunks past Brooklyn Nets' Wallace and Humphries, as Nets' Williams watches, late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' win over the Nets in their NBA basketball game in Brooklyn

    This is your friendly reminder that Kobe Bryant is playing in his 17th NBA season. He certainly didn’t look like a grizzled veteran on this play, taking the ball from the top of the three-point arc and going right down the lane for an emphatic dunk in traffic on or around both Gerald Wallace and…

  19. The Houston Rockets tie the NBA record for most 3-pointers, blow past Golden State

    Feb 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    James Harden

    We thought Rockets-Warriors might be a shootout, but this was more like the grand finale of a fireworks show for a full 48 minutes. Behind a record trying 3-point performance, the Rockets issued a 140-109 beatdown of the Golden State Warriors in Houston. Let’s allow the numbers to tell the story: 77 We probably should…

  20. Paul George with the reverse slam dunk after the look-away pass from Roy Hibbert (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Paul George, Taj Gibson

    This play is great, for a couple of reasons. We have Paul George missing a baseline jumper, followed by his teammate Roy Hibbert securing the offensive rebound. As Hibbert is defended along the baseline and the defense forgets completely about George, he fires the no-look pass, which George receives while cutting to the basket. Realizing…

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