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  1. Heat show Nets what it will take to contend in 20-point win

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-HEAT-NETS

    For a half, the Brooklyn Nets hung with the Miami Heat. Then in the second half the Heat cranked up the defensive pressure, LeBron James reminded everyone he is the best basketball player currently on planet Earth, and the Heat rolled to a 105-85 win. Before the game, Nets forward Reggie Evans said the Heat’s…

  2. Steve Nash receives a huge ovation in his return to Phoenix with the Lakers (VIDEO)

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    SPO-BKN-LAKERS-HORNETS

    PHOENIX — Steve Nash returned to Phoenix as a member of the Lakers on Wednesday, in what was his first trip back to town since being traded to Los Angeles over the summer. Nash played eight seasons for the Suns, and became the face of the franchise thanks to his personal style of play that…

  3. Matt Barnes ejected for flagrant-two foul on Greg Stiemsma (VIDEO)

    Jan 30, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    Matt Barnes was ejected in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game between the Clippers and the Timberwolves, after violently grabbing the neck of Greg Stiemsma. Barnes apparently didn’t like the screen Stiemsma set, and initially shoved him while trying to fight through, before delivering the far more violent shot the second time around. It…

  4. Joe Johnson breaks Chris Bosh’s ankles (VIDEO)

    Jan 30, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Johnson smiles on the bench after leaving their NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder, in Oklahoma City

    Whenever Joe Johnson has Chris Bosh switched on him on the perimeter he should attack — that is a mismatch. Johnson is too quick off the dribble, too good a shot from the outside. But doing this to a man, that’s just cruel and unusual punishment. That is as devastating a crossover move as you…

  5. LeBron says Nets pretty much quit on Avery Johnson

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    LeBron doesn’t use the word “quit” when he said this. But he might as well have. LeBron James was asked at shootaround about what was different between P.J. Carlesimo’s Nets — winners of 9-of-12 — and the Nets that were slumping so badly Avery Johnson got fired. The New York Daily News has LeBron’s answer.…

  6. NBA admits referee errors at end of recent Mavericks, Pacers losses

    Jan 30, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    George Hill, Andre Miller, Andre Iguodala

    Congratulations Dallas and Indiana, you will have the satisfaction of forever knowing you were right and the referees were wrong at the end of your recent close losses, missing potentially game-changing calls. That and $4 gets you a grande latte at Starbucks. Wednesday the NBA admitted two blown calls in recent games. In Monday night’s…

  7. Three-team trade official sending Rudy Gay to Toronto

    Jan 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    All day long Wednesday we were saying it could happen, now the deal is reached and approved — Rudy Gay is headed to Toronto as part of a three-team deal. The trade also involves the Pistons as the third team and Tayshaun Prince going to Memphis in a deal that sends Jose Calderon to Detroit.…

  8. Brook Lopez replaces Rajon Rondo in All-Star Game

    Jan 30, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Houston Rockets

    It is a smart call by the league — Brook Lopez will replace Rajon Rondo on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, the league announced. The fans voted Rajon Rondo into a starting slot for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game, but his ACL injury has him out for the rest of the season. David…

  9. UPDATED Report: Rudy Gay to Toronto trade nearly done, Detroit may be third team

    Jan 30, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant

    UPDATE #2, 6:04 pm: Here is some twitter confirmation that the deal is close from one of the participants in the trade: Calderon just told us it is close to done but hasn't heard official. He is putting on uniform — Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) January 30, 2013 Memphis may have found their third team according…

  10. Irving, Lillard lead selections for All-Star Rising Stars (rookie/sophomore game)

    Jan 30, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Friday night of All-Star weekend is when the NBA likes to show off it’s future All-Stars. Or, at least the guys who seem like they are going to stick around the league for a while. It’s the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge — what the rest of us still call the rookie/sophomore game. Although for the…

  11. Miami needs to get Chris Bosh more shots

    Jan 30, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    Quincy Acy, Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh is having his most efficient season ever — he is shooting 54.3 percent overall, which is right there with LeBron James (54.7 percent) and better than Dwyane Wade (50.8 percent). He’s shooting better from 16 feet and out than he has in his career, pulling opposing bigs away from the basket to create…

  12. Derrick Rose taking full contact in practice as return nears

    Jan 30, 2013, 2:54 PM 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

    From here, it’s just a matter of time — getting him reps, getting his conditioning back up. It may be a few weeks still, but his return is getting close. Derrick Rose is now taking full contact in practices, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Wednesday. Thibs is not exactly forthcoming about anything Rose (or, really…

  13. Players’ union head Billy Hunter scrambles to save job despite controversy

    Jan 30, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    The showdown is coming All-Star weekend for the NBA’s players union — the players will meet, elect some new board members, review a recent report from an independent law firm on the union’s financial practices, and discuss the future direction for the union. All of that could spell the end of Billy Hunter as the…

  14. Duncan still out, Popovich back for Spurs Wednesday

    Jan 30, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    After missing a couple games due to illness, Gregg Popovich will be back coaching the San Antonio Spurs when they host the Bobcats Wednesday night. But he will not have Tim Duncan in the lineup, tweets Mike Monroe of the Express-News. This will be Duncan’s fourth consecutive game missed due to a sore left knee.…

  15. Paul Pierce: “I want to retire a Celtic”

    Jan 30, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Since Rajon Rondo went down with an ACL injury, I had not been alone in calling for the Celtics to start making big changes — it’s time to transition to the next phase of the Celtics. But saying that and actually doing something like trading Paul Pierce is something else entirely. He is a 14-year…

  16. Pau Gasol didn’t like being benched in fourth. Again.

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers

    In the end, Mike D’Antoni went with the hot hand. That’s not how he explained it, after the game. D’Antoni said Earl Clark played the entire fourth quarter while Pau Gasol sat because the Hornets went small and he had to match it. (Note to D’Antoni: You know, you can go big and make them…

  17. Wizards may sit Bradley Beal to heal injured wrist

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    Six games ago, back on Jan. 18, Washington’s Bradley Beal fell and in breaking his fall injured his right wrist. It hasn’t been bad enough to keep him out, but it’s had an impact. In his last five games the young sharpshooter has hit just 20 percent of his threes, seen his minutes drop, and…

  18. Iverson wants to someday come back as Sixers consultant

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six

    Allen Iverson is not retired from the NBA. Not officially, not in his mind. He wants another shot. NBA GMs want to see some evidence he still has enough game and will not be a disruption in the locker room, but Iverson has turned down the chance to play in China (he played exhibitions but…

  19. Mavericks’ Kaman suffers concussion, out indefinitely

    Jan 30, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks

    For the next few games at least, the Dallas Mavericks are going to have to figure out how to get by without Chris Kaman — which shouldn’t be too bad, they have been 5.2 points better per 48 minutes when he sits this season than when he plays. Kaman suffered a concussion and is out…

  20. The Extra Pass: Drafting the Rookie-Sophomore Game

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, Kurt Helin and I draft our Rookie-Sophomore teams. We love the idea of the Rookie-Sophomore game at All-Star Weekend being drafted by Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. We love it so…

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