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  1. Could Nerlens Noel’s injury shake up the NBA draft? Not really.

    Feb 13, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    UPDATE 2:01 pm: The word is in and Nerlens Noel has a torn ACL for which he will have surgery in the next few weeks. The X-rays were negative and there doesn’t seem to be other damage. Expect him to miss six to eight months. Which really sucks for Kentucky. But it’s not going to impact…

  2. Celtics get good news on Rondo’s knee, bad on Barbosa

    Feb 13, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Boston Celtics

    Okay Celtics fans, you want the good news first or the bad? Good, you got it — Rajon Rondo had successful surgery on his knee on Tuesday. Of course, you pretty much never hear a team describe these surgeries any other way — how many successful surgeries has Greg Oden had? — but still this…

  3. Kobe Bryant says it’s all good with Shaq now, the feud is over

    Feb 13, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

    Image (1) Shaq and Kobe-thumb-275x260-13925.jpg for post 2602

    Shaquille O’Neal was led out of Staples Center in handcuffs Tuesday night. But that was by security guard Will Ferrell as part of a joke. A few years ago you might have thought Kobe Bryant would have ordered Shaq’s removal — their relationship was still frosty and competitive going back to their days as teammates.…

  4. James Harden tweaks ankle Tuesday, out Wednesday

    Feb 13, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden said he wants to play Wednesday night, because when doesn’t a real competitor want to play? But with him already playing through a bruised left knee then tweaking his ankle in the third quarter on Tuesday night, Harden is not going to suit up for the Rockets against the Clippers on Wednesday, tweets…

  5. LeBron tweets he’s not MJ, but he’s playing in that air now

    Feb 13, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-HEAT-NETS

    That we are even having this conversation speaks to how well LeBron James is playing. As a sports culture have mythologized Michael Jordan to the point he’s superhuman and unassailable. Nike deserves some credit for that. To mention anyone playing at a Jordan-like level is to bring out MJ’s defenders (does he really need defenders?)…

  6. Duncan, Ginobili, Parker all to play for Spurs Wednesday

    Feb 13, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    Spurs guard Parker, center Duncan and guard Ginobili react after making a run against the Clippers during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Well aren’t the Cavaliers lucky. The San Antonio Spurs haven’t been able to get all three of their big stars — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — on the court in the same game since Jan. 13. But they all will suit up and play on Wednesday in Cleveland coach Gregg Popovich told…

  7. Report: Nets shift trade focus, target Paul Millsap of Jazz

    Feb 13, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King wants to be a player at the trade deadline. Maybe it’s because he realizes his very expensive Nets roster is on the third tier in the East. Maybe it’s because King’s contract is up at the end of this season. Maybe when you combine those two facts with an impatient…

  8. Will Ferrell acts as part of Staples Center security at Lakers game (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2013, 9:09 AM EDT

    US-CINEMA-HANSEL AND GRETSCHEL

    This is classic. Comedian Will Ferrell is a regular at Lakers games but on Tuesday night he jumped in as one of the red coat Staples Center security detail for a joke during the Lakers win over the Suns. Here is the shot of him that was broadcast as part of the Lakers game. What…

  9. Report: Mavericks interested in Brandon Jennings. If Bucks move him.

    Feb 13, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    The Milwaukee Bucks have tested the trade waters for Brandon Jennings — he’s a restricted free agent this summer they think is going to potentially get offers larger than they want to match. So do you trade him now and get something for him? The Bucks will listen. The Mavericks are interested if Milwaukee is…

  10. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Lakers win, but it’s not pretty

    Feb 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while reading up on the gory, unromantic history of Valentines Day… Lakers 91, Suns 85: The Lakers won this one eventually, but as has been the case plenty of times throughout the season, they made it unnecessarily difficult on themselves. L.A. managed to…

  11. Three Stars of the Night: LeBron makes history

    Feb 13, 2013, 1:36 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James chews his mouthpiece during timeout against the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA game in Miami

    It seems like we should just rename this the LeBron James and two other guys of the night award, given the tear the league’s reigning MVP has been on over the last six games. We’ll get to that shortly, but first, a couple of other performances that are more than worth mentioning. Third Star: Dwight…

  12. Rudy Gay with his second pull up, game-winning jumper as Raptor (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay; Andre Miller; Jonas Valanciunas ; Kenneth Faried

    Rudy Gay has knocked down the game winner for Toronto for the second time since he moved there. Think they like that trade north of the border? In both cases, Gay was able to use some hard dribbles to the basket then pull up and get a really clean look — this time against a…

  13. Report: Lakers, Sixers, Knicks among teams looking at Amundson

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    Lou Amundson

    Lou Amundson has had an up-and-down few years in his “energy guy off the bench” role. He did well in Phoenix a for a couple years, had less success two seasons ago for Golden State and even less last season in Indiana. The power forward struggled enough for the Timberwolves this season — mainly an…

  14. DeMar DeRozan dunks all over Timofey Mozgov (VIDEO)

    Feb 12, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    With Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan and rookie Terrence Ross on the roster the Toronto Raptors have a lot of guys who will aggressively attack the rim. Which is hell on bigs expected to rotate over and protect the paint. Such as one Timofey Mozgov of the Denver Nuggets. Mozgov was trying to move with his…

  15. Report: Spurs have interest in trade for Josh Smith

    Feb 12, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    The San Antonio Spurs are clearly in the market for another big man — they realize if they are going to go up against the Thunder, Clippers and Grizzlies in the playoffs an improved front line will be key. First came the report they were interested in Utah’s Al Jefferson, which makes some sense for…

  16. Tuesday And-1 links: How good can Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson be together?

    Feb 12, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like you love Girl Scout thin mint cookies. • Charles Barkley says that Stephen…

  17. Royce White has reported for duty in the D-League

    Feb 12, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

    Royce White

    Royce White’s road to the NBA has started to take hold in the NBA it appears — after working out his issues with the Rockets over how they will work with his anxiety disorder, he has reported to the D-League and gone through a couple of practices. He told the Associated Press he is ready…

  18. It’s official: Celtics’ Leandro Barbosa tore ACL, done for season

    Feb 12, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Leandro Barbosa

    The Boston Celtics have been beset by injuries this season — and not to their older, veteran guys but rather to their young studs. The latest is Leandro Barbosa — the Brazilian backup point guard tore his ACL in the third quarter Thursday night and he is done for the season, reports A. Sherrod Blakely…

  19. Kevin Durant says he may not attempt long shots to beat the buzzer if he’s having an off night statistically

    Feb 12, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    If you watch enough NBA basketball, you’ve seen it a million times. With only a couple of seconds remaining on the clock, a player will receive an inbound pass, take a dribble or two, and launch a shot from beyond halfcourt just after time in the period expires and the final buzzer sounds. In most…

  20. Son of Larry Bird arrested after allegedly trying to run ex-girlfriend over with a car

    Feb 12, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    Connor Bird, the son of former Celtic and Hall of Fame player Larry Bird was arrested on Sunday at Indiana University for allegedly trying to run over his ex-girlfriend with a car, according to a report from the Associated Press. Connor Bird, 21 years old, is facing a host of charges related to the incident,…

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