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  1. Joakim Noah out for Bulls Friday with plantar fasciaitis

    Feb 1, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard fight for a loose ball during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    This has to be a little worrying to Bulls fans. Joakim Noah is out for the Bulls Friday night game as it appears he battles plantar fasciaitis again, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. It’s not that the anchor of the Bulls defense is out against the Nets (although that’s not ideal), it’s that plantar fasciaitis…

  2. Report: Teams calling Celtics to see if Terry is available

    Feb 1, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Now with Jared Sullinger joining Rajon Rondo on the “done for the season” list, the vultures are circling. Other GMs are looking at the Celtics and want to try and pick the carcass clean. We’ve talked about teams inquiring about Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, but then Ken Berger of CBSSports.com dropped this nugget on…

  3. LeBron says stars that want to win need to sacrifice dollars

    Feb 1, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-HEAT-NETS

    In the summer of 2014, LeBron James can and likely will opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat. And that has led to a raft of preparations and speculation about what’s next — the Lakers have cleared out enough cap space to offer a max deal that summer (even if they sign Dwight…

  4. Wade tried to get LeBron to enter dunk contest. He failed.

    Feb 1, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade speak during a time out during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against New York Knicks in Miami

    No matter how much money people are willing to throw at him, LeBron James has said no every time the league has called about him being in the All-Star weekend dunk contest. Now Dwyane Wade has come calling. Under the new Saturday format, the Western and Eastern Conferences compete against each other in events like…

  5. Report: Rudy Gay cleared to play for Toronto; new Memphis trio ready as well

    Feb 1, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Gay Charity Game

    Clearing physicals and lining all the ducks in a row can take some time, but newly acquired forward Rudy Gay has been cleared to play for the Raptors against the Clippers on Friday night. In addition, Memphis forwards Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis have all been cleared for the Grizzlies in their tilt…

  6. Dwight Howard returns to L.A. for platelet therapy for shoulder

    Feb 1, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant

    Dwight Howard is trying to avoid surgery on his shoulder — he does not have a complete tear of the labrum in his shoulder. He doesn’t want another summer of rehab, especially one where he is a free agent. His shoulder can be painful when aggravated but it’s something that after a couple days rest…

  7. Report: Jared Sullinger out for rest of season with back injury

    Feb 1, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Jared Sullinger reacts as he loses control of the ball against the Miami Heat in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    Boston could not really take another punch to the gut, and they just got one. Rookie and crowd favorite Jared Sullinger is out for the rest of the season with his back injury, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports and the NBC Sports Network. He will undergo surgery on his back, confirms A. Sherrod Blakely…

  8. PBT Podcast: Talking Rudy Gay trade, angry Westbrook, Celtics without Rondo, and Lakers without Dwight

    Feb 1, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless tries to defend against against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to review the Thursday night TNT games. We discuss the Grizzlies without Rudy Gay, and whether or not the team has a chance to actually improve before the end of the season once Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis get acclimated to life in…

  9. Mavs’ Carlisle, Cuban frustrated with officials (and likely will get fined)

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Rick Carlisle

    Tuesday night the Mavericks lost a close game in Portland and the next day the NBA league office admitted that the officials blew a charge/block call that went against Dallas and O.J. Mayo at the end of a tight game. Portland got the win, but Dallas got the apology from the league. That should make…

  10. Clippers Matt Barnes suspended game for foul on Stiemsma

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

    L.A. Clippers' forward Matt Barnes pushes Minnesota Timberwolves' center Greg Stiemsma during the first half of their NBA basketball game in the Target Center in Minneapolis

    Yes, that deserved a suspension — you go at a guy’s neck, you get ejected and suspended for a game. The league officially suspended the Clippers Matt Barnes one game for his flagrant foul II on Gregg Stiemsma of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Barnes will sit out the Clippers game Friday night against Toronto. The…

  11. Dwight Howard out Friday for Lakers due to shoulder injury

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Goran Dragic, Luis Scola

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you read ProBasketballTalk’s story on the injury from Brett Pollakoff, who was in the Lakers’ locker room after the loss to the Suns, you’d know Dwight Howard was in a lot of pain. Howard will sit out Friday night when the Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, something…

  12. Dirk Nowitzki out again Friday night for Mavericks

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki reacts to a play during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Dirk Nowitzki was a surprise scratch from the Mavericks Thursday night game, an eventual close loss to Golden State (who was without Stephen Curry). But it should come as no surprise that he is not playing in the second game of the back-to-back and is will sit out Dallas’ game against Phoenix, as reported in…

  13. Grizzlies coach Hollins doesn’t sound like fan of Gay trade

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins works his team from the bench against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    If Lionel Hollins is coaching the Memphis Grizzlies next season, I’ll be surprised. He continues to say things that clearly can be taken at tweaks at management. Last month he had a rant against the trend of advanced statistics in the NBA, that right after new owner Robert Pera (an advanced math guy) hired a…

  14. NBA Players Union chief Hunter placed on indefinite leave of absence

    Feb 1, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    UPDATED 7:50 pm: Billy Hunter’s attorney responded to the day’s events, speaking with Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. “I am deeply troubled by the lack of fundamental fairness shown my client by a group whose authority to take such action is highly questionable,” attorney Thomas Ashley said. “The act of placing my client on administrative leave…

  15. Son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel convicted of murder

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:16 AM EDT

    Nick Van Exel looks on

    This is just sad. It took a Dallas jury just two-and-a-half hours Thursday to convict Nickey Van Exel of murder, reports the Associated Press. He is the son of former NBA player and current Atlanta Hawks player development instructor Nick Van Exel. The penalty phase of the trial will begin soon. Prosecutors are treating this…

  16. Danny Ainge doesn’t want to trade Pierce, but he’ll listen to your offer

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    With Rajon Rondo out for the season and three weeks to the trade deadline, all eyes in Boston fall on GM Danny Ainge: Is he going to blow the thing up? And if he does, would he really trade Paul Pierce? A guy who wants to retire a Celtic? Ainge was on WEEI radio and said…

  17. Marc Gasol changes mind mid-air, makes twisting hook and-1 (VIDEO)

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka

    This was a smart play by Marc Gasol. His plan was clearly to make a kick-out pass, but once he was fouled and knew he had continuation he changed his mind mid-air (as much as Gasol gets air) and threw the ball at the basket. That is completely legal. And smart. Getting the shot to…

  18. Report: Suns have no interest in Josh Smith, despite rumors

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    It’s time for our annual “think about it before you believe it” post. The Atlanta Hawks are testing the waters to see what Josh Smith might bring them — the fans in Atlanta are ready to send him packing — and Thursday a rumor went public and started gaining traction that the Suns had interest. The…

  19. Warriors hang on to beat Mavericks in battle of shorthanded teams

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:07 AM EDT

    David Lee, Andrew Bogut

    The second half of the TNT doubleheader on Thursday lost some of its luster before the game even started, with both Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks being ruled out due to injury. But the game turned out to be exciting nonetheless, as others stepped up on both sides to…

  20. Vince Carter fakes injury before cutting to the basket for a two-handed slam (VIDEO)

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    vince carter motorcycle celebration

    Vince Carter taught Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes a bit of a lesson as the first half came to an end at Oracle Arena on Thursday, and we’re all a little better off because of it. With the Mavericks playing for the last shot of the half as point guard Darren Collison dribbled down the clock…

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