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  1. Agent says Celtics knew Jared Sullinger would need surgery

    Feb 4, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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    This shouldn’t be a surprise. Jared Sullinger — who if he had come out a year before had been talked about as a possible Top-5 pick — fell all the way down the draft board to the Celtics at No. 21 because teams had medical concerns. Which was fine with Boston, they grabbed him and…

  2. Kevin Garnett to Clippers trade nowhere close to happening

    Feb 4, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    At this time of year, teams have some preliminary discussions about more trades than you do with your buddies in your fantasy league — teams will even ask about guys they never would trade, just to get a sense of their market value. There is a Mississippi River of back-channel or down-low trade conversations that…

  3. The Extra Pass: What can we expect of Derrick Rose in his return?

    Feb 4, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose looks on from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    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 what to expect from Derrick Rose when he returns. This was supposed to be a lost season for the Chicago Bulls. Even the most ardent believers in Tom Thibodeau’s defensive…

  4. Dwight Howard may not play Tuesday for Lakers vs. Nets

    Feb 4, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Lakers defense in the paint is noticeably better when Dwight Howard is on the court (think back to what Phoenix did with their comeback after he went down). They particularly need his presence Tuesday night when the Lakers take on the Brooklyn Nets and All-Star Brook Lopez, who has been a force this season.…

  5. LeBron James’ Super Bowl Samsung commercial (VIDEO)

    Feb 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland

    Somewhere after the blackout portion of the Super Bowl on Sunday came a Samsung ad featuring Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen… oh, and LeBron James. It wasn’t the best of the Super Bowl ads — that was the Audi “prom” ad for my money — but it wasn’t the worst either. LeBron’s part is pretty small,…

  6. Brandon Roy admits he’s “at a crossroad in my career”

    Feb 4, 2013, 1:14 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy had another setback in his attempted comeback, his attempt to make one more go at the NBA despite unforgiving, chronically bad knees. He’s not going to be back before the All-Star Game, if ever. Roy understands where he is at. He spoke with Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com and was honest about the moment…

  7. Paul Pierce with the step-back dagger three vs. Clippers (VIDEO)

    Feb 4, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    With Rajon Rondo out, even more of the late-game shot creation responsibility for Boston is going to fall to Paul Pierce. He had a lot of it anyway, but the Rondo option gone so it is all Paul Pierce. Pierce sinks the dagger into the Clippers comeback attempt in Boston with this step-back three here…

  8. Kobe finds Earl Clark for the half-court alley-oop against Pistons (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2013, 9:36 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    There’s something about the Lakers with 0.4 seconds on the clock. One of the team’s most famous postseason shots ever came with that amount of time remaining, as Derek Fisher won Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference semi-finals. This one doesn’t mean nearly as much, but it was a spectacular play nonetheless. Kobe Bryant…

  9. Report: Clippers have contacted Celtics about trading for Kevin Garnett

    Feb 3, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have been sliding a bit recently, but that’s been largely due to the absence of Chris Paul, who’s missed more time than initially expected with a bruised knee. That apparently hasn’t deterred the franchise’s thinking, however, that with all of its pieces healthy, it can contend legitimately for the title this season. This…

  10. Heat take care of Raptors, Erik Spoelstra earns All-Star head coaching spot

    Feb 3, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's coach Spoelstra directs his players against Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Erik Spoelstra locked up the honor of coaching the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game, thanks to the Heat’s 100-85 victory over the Raptors on Sunday. The Heat clinched the conference’s best record through Feb. 3 with the win, which was the deadline the league had in place for making the coaching selection. Miami…

  11. Tim Duncan sprains left knee, right ankle; no structural damage found

    Feb 3, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    UPDATE 5:25 pm: An MRI on Tim Duncan has shown no structural damage to his knee, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. Duncan is listed officially as day-to-day. That is a huge break for the Spurs, this looked like it could have been much worse. I’d still expect Duncan to…

  12. Boston wins third straight because of their… offense? Yup.

    Feb 3, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Courtney Lee

    The Boston Celtics won their fourth straight game without Rajon Rondo — this one against a title contender from the West (well, contender unless you ask Charles Barkley) — because of their high-powered offense. You read that right. The Celtics without Rondo and Jared Sullinger abused the fifth-best defense in the NBA this season on…

  13. Lakers hold off Pistons, have now won five of their last six

    Feb 3, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Jason Maxiell

    It certainly wasn’t pretty, and at times it seemed as though the Lakers were trying to give this game away more than they were trying to win it. But ultimately, L.A. held off the Pistons for a 98-97 victory, the team’s fifth win in its last six games. Dwight Howard missed his second straight game…

  14. Metta World Peace receives a flagrant foul for his subtle uppercut to Brandon Knight (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jason Maxiell, Metta World Peace

    Late in the second quarter of Sunday afternoon’s game between the Lakers and the Pistons, Metta World Peace got tangled up away from the ball with Brandon Knight. Knight didn’t appreciate the rough play from World Peace, and used a forearm to his neck to try to achieve separation. There was no foul called on…

  15. Kyrie Irving scores 35 points, hits huge shots down the stretch to beat Thunder (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving

    The Cavaliers aren’t supposed to be able to take down a team like the Thunder. But when you have Kyrie Irving making shots like these down the stretch, anything is possible. Irving scored 35 points on the night, but 13 of those came in the final 2:52, with the game on the line and the…

  16. Knicks coach Woodson will have to cancel his vacation if Heat lose to Raptors

    Feb 3, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks coach Woodson reacts during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference playoff against Miami Heat in Miami

    Gregg Popovich locked up the head coaching spot for the Western Conference All-Stars a few days ago, by ensuring that his Spurs will have the best record in the conference after the Feb. 3 deadline has passed. In the East, however, it’s going to come down to the final day. After the Knicks put a…

  17. Dwight Howard out Sunday against Pistons

    Feb 3, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    UPDATE Feb. 3 11:30 a.m. ET: Howard is out for Sunday’s game against the Pistons, according to multiple reports. He still has pain in that right shoulder, and as we speculated yesterday, it makes more sense for him to get a couple of extra days of rest in advance of the game against the Nets…

  18. Dikembe Mutombo blocks everything in new GEICO commercial (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo

    Dikembe Mutombo last appeared on an NBA roster back in 2009, but it seems like a lot longer ago than that. His legacy as one of the better shot blockers of his time remains, as evidenced by his appearance in this latest ad for GEICO insurance. His voice is pure comedy to begin with, and…

  19. Celtics GM says he had ‘good conversation’ with Greg Oden

    Feb 3, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Greg Oden is going to get one more shot on an NBA roster. Not this season, and if we really ever do see him on the court remains to be seen, but some team is going to sign him in the coming weeks and help him through the rest of his rehab in hopes that…

  20. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist leaves on a stretcher after suffering a head injury against the Rockets (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

    Michael Kidd Gilchrist

    Anytime a player leaves on a stretcher as a precaution, the injury sustained has to be considered to be extremely serious. It’s just that it didn’t look that way initially in the case of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG took a knee to the back of the head from teammate Jeff Taylor, as he went up to…

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