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  1. Report: Memphis not “likely” to trade Rudy Gay at deadline

    Jan 14, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Gay, Arron Afflalo

    A trade is a negotiation. It’s about getting as much as you can in return for your asset, which in part means having leverage. If you want to haggle over the price of a new car you don’t first tell the salesman how much you love it and really, really want it. You have to…

  2. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s Undeserved Reputation

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    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, we examine some of the criticism surrounding Blake Griffin. As fans, we take on the role of production line workers when new players enter the league. We inspect them quickly, stamp…

  3. Fans’ half court shot nothing you’ve seen before (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Spaulding NBA basketball

    I have no idea how the physics of that shot works. It should be impossible, shouldn’t it? Pretty much every team — college and pro — runs a half-court shot promotion and the Hawks are in there with everyone. This fan’s shot at Friday night’s Hawks game was… unique. And not just for the unorthodox…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Durant carries Thunder to win

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while taking a car through a drive-through with an invisible driver… Lakers 113, Cavaliers 93: Dwight Howard was back playing for the Lakers and it showed — he was blocking shots, drawing double teams and generally opening up the Lakers…

  5. Three Stars of the Night: Front court players in spotlight

    Jan 14, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives past Los Angeles Lakers' Clark during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    There’s a simple old coach’s axiom in basketball: Tall and good beats small and good. So tonight we look at the tall guys and give them their due with the three stars. There were other candidates big and small who were worthy but just missed the cut: Carmelo Anthony (27 points 7 rebounds), Brandon Jennings…

  6. Lakers snap six-game losing streak with blowout win over Cavaliers

    Jan 14, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Mike D’Antoni has a long way to go before his stint as Lakers head coach will be viewed as anything close to a success. But he picked his motivational spot wisely, calling Sunday’s game against the Cavaliers essentially a must-win, and a starting point for L.A. to begin to get its miserable season back on…

  7. A list of NBA players who can veto or block trades in 2013

    Jan 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Excellent information from Marc Stein of ESPN.com in his weekend column, where he details the circumstances surrounding the ability of various players to either block or veto a trade involving them this season. There are 19 players in total that can throw a wrench in their respective team’s trade talks if they so choose, due…

  8. Joakim Noah blames negativity for Bulls’ 10-10 home record

    Jan 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    The Suns went into Chicago on Saturday playing their fourth game in five nights, and having won just once in the team’s previous 12 games. That didn’t stop them from putting a hurt on the Bulls, a team that many believe to be in the upper echelon in the East, and capable of competing with…

  9. Carmelo Anthony says he has been fasting past 15 days

    Jan 13, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony has been getting off to slow starts the past few games, including Sunday when he started 1-of-10 from the floor against the Hornets. He got going after that, had 18 second quarter points and finished with 27, but this was the latest in a string of slow starts. Why the slow starts? Anthony…

  10. After sleepy start, Carmelo, Knicks defense wake up to beat Hornets

    Jan 13, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Hornets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Like you, the New York Knicks were feeling a little lazy on Sunday morning. Sleeping in, needing a little coffee to get going. Except they had some work to do — the New Orleans Hornets were at Madison Square Garden for a noon tipoff game. And after three straight losses the Knicks looked at this…

  11. Just to be clear, Bucks have no plans to trade Brandon Jennings

    Jan 13, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Tiago Splitter

    Milwaukee Bucks management has some big-picture questions to answer going forward: What kind of team are they trying to build? Who best to coach that style of team? What players on the roster fit that system? Which need to be traded? Just know that whatever trades are coming down around the deadline, Brandon Jennings will…

  12. Pau Gasol out, Dwight Howard a game-time decision Sunday vs. Cavaliers

    Jan 13, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol

    Mike D’Antoni knew that beating the Thunder on Friday without Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol would be asking a lot of his reeling Lakers. That’s why he placed the emphasis on beginning the team’s potential run at turning things around on Sunday night’s home game against the 9-29 Cleveland Cavaliers. “I told the team, the…

  13. LeBron finishes the alley-oop from Wade with a reverse jam (VIDEO)

    Jan 13, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    When watching LeBron James finish what seems like the 400th alley-oop he’s received from Dwyane Wade on a fast break, the age-old question comes to mind: If a highlight happens against the Kings, is it really a highlight at all? Oh, come on, we kid the Kings. But what caught my eye while watching the…

  14. Mark Cuban says he won’t trade Dirk Nowitzki

    Jan 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    Dirk Nowitzki was a bit critical of Mark Cuban’s plan for the Mavericks recently, as Dallas has found itself struggling in the two seasons following the team’s title run in 2011. Cuban chose not to bring back certain key pieces of the championship team, including defensive standout Tyson Chandler, while opting instead for financial flexibility…

  15. James Harden goes behind the back and through the legs before getting the bucket against the Sixers (VIDEO)

    Jan 13, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons

    The Rockets couldn’t beat the Sixers in Philadelphia on Saturday, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying on the part of James Harden. Harden finished with 29 points on 10-19 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. But none of his baskets were as pretty as this one that he converted…

  16. Bruski: Sacramento lines up offers in effort to keep Kings

    Jan 13, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    It has been a whirlwind of a week for Kings fans and the Sacramento Kings relocation story in general. We reported first in this saga that ‘Kings to Seattle’ was not a done deal, as sources close to negotiations told us there were many hurdles for the deal to clear, and that Sacramento had multiple,…

  17. George Karl says he could see LeBron returning to Cleveland to play for Cavaliers

    Jan 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heats LeBron James looks on during their NBA basketball game against his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    We all remember how LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency. It wasn’t pretty, and he even later said he would do things differently if he had the chance. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was famously critical of the way LeBron left the franchise, feeling as though James owed the team that drafted him…

  18. Blake Griffin goes off for 30, and don’t think they’re all dunks (VIDEO)

    Jan 13, 2013, 2:51 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    It wasn’t enough — the Orlando Magic snapped the Los Angeles Clippers 13-game home winning streak. Mostly because the Clippers defense — which has been stout all season — took the night off. But Blake Griffin had a big game for Los Angeles — 30 points on 15-of-22 shooting. Here are the highlights. Yes, there…

  19. John Wall returns, Wizards get win over Hawks

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    John Wall, Louis Williams

    John Wall made his long awaited season debut on Saturday, scoring 14 points and dishing out four assists in 21 minutes off the bench to help the Wizards to a 93-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Washington notched just its sixth win in 34 tries on the season, but the vibe around the team may…

  20. Magic snap Clippers’ 13-game home winning streak

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Grant Hill, Josh McRoberts

    The Orlando Magic are just 13-23 on the season, but they have some surprising signature wins that give the fan base hope as the team rebuilds without a superstar on the roster, and with a first-year head coach running the show. Saturday afternoon’s come-from-behind 104-101 win over a Clippers team that held a share of…

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