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  1. Cavaliers couldn’t inbound ball with chance to tie game

    Jan 21, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    Should have slid this into our nightly NBA Grades post and thrown an “F” at Cleveland. It was a long shot anyway, Monday night Cleveland was down three with 2.8 seconds left and they were going to need a fantastic three just to send the game to OT, Dallas knew it and would defend the…

  2. The Extra Pass: Why the Knicks are starved offensively; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    As the New York Knicks were serenaded with a mix of boos and chants of “Brooklyn! Brooklyn!” at Madison Square Garden during an embarrassing 23 point home loss to the Nets, it felt like rock bottom. Again. For about the seventh time. That’s the thing about the Knicks this season. When it looks like it…

  3. MLK Day NBA: Live updates, highlights and recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

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    The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is one traditionally well-celebrated in the NBA. Today features a 10-game slate, and we’ll provide live updates, highlights and recaps here as the day goes on. 1:15 a.m. ET Tuesday: Pacers 102, Warriors 94 (FINAL): The second half of this game felt like a playoff game, down to the…

  4. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At season midway Pacers, Portland on top (not exactly Stern’s dream finals)

    Jan 20, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    We’re at the midway point in the NBA season and the Indiana Pacers sit on top of the ProBasketballTalk NBA power rankings — we knew they’d be good but they have been better in the regular season than expected. Portland is second, and that is a surprise, but also a team on a win streak.…

  5. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Western Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After selecting the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves on Friday, it’s time to tackle the Western Conference. Once again, we’ll defer to the last ballot returns for our starters, which are decided solely by fan vote. Here’s the projected Western Conference starters: West Starters (Fan Vote) Backcourt: Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin We’ll…

  6. P.J. Hairston excels in D-League debut

    Jan 19, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    P.J. Hairston

    P.J. Hairston is a basketball player, and now he’s playing basketball. As it should be. Some of his problems (reckless driving, speeding) would have troubled him anywhere and others would have mattered only in certain states under certain conditions (marijuana). But his most-recent issue – and the one that has most substantially effected his career…

  7. Mavericks’ rookie Gal Mekel has surgery on torn meniscus, out indefinitely

    Jan 17, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    At Summer League last year Gal Mekel like a guy with potential — he had a good basketball IQ, the recent MVP of the Israeli league just needed to see how to fit his game into the NBA. And he had done that in flashes recently, such as his seven assists Monday night against Orlando.…

  8. Boston Celtics assistant coach Jamie Young to run Boston Marathon

    Jan 16, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Victory Parade

    Jamie Young is from Indiana and attended college in Illinois, but he’s definitely a Massachusetts guy now. Young is in his 13th season with the Boston Celtics, lasting through the Jim O’Brien and Doc Rivers regimes and surviving into the Brad Stevens era. He’s held a variety of roles and is now an assistant coach.…

  9. Mark Cuban wants one last fine from David Stern

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban,  Brian Forte

    In two weeks, David Stern will step down as commissioner of the NBA after 30 years on the job, handing the reins over to Adam Silver. Before Stern goes, Dallas Mavericks owner wants one last fine from David Stern. For old time’s sake. That’s what Cuban has said, as reported by ESPNDallas.com. Stern isn’t so…

  10. The Extra Pass: Vince Carter had a front row seat for the “Miracle on Hudson” plane crash

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    US Airways Passenger Jet Crashes Into Hudson River By NYC

    LOS ANGELES — “They have to be shooting a movie or something.” That was Vince Carter’s first thought. Five years ago yesterday, the morning of Jan. 15, 2009, Carter woke up in the bedroom of his home in Edgewater New Jersey, and was lazily sitting on his bed just looking out the window of his…

  11. Clippers end wild game on 11-0 run to come back, beat Mavericks

    Jan 16, 2014, 2:45 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    LOS ANGELES — If the ball hadn’t been orange with David Stern’s signature on it rather than red, white and blue I would have sworn this was an old ABA game. It was fast paced with all kinds of offense, questionable defense, a ton of threes, some chippy play, and huge runs — the Los…

  12. Wednesday night NBA grades: Greg Oden is back — that is a story worth celebrating

    Jan 16, 2014, 1:57 AM EDT

    Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering what kind of Little League coach sues one of his 14-year-old players… Greg Oden, Miami Heat. He made it back, and that is the story. Tonight he had six points on 2-of-3 shooting in 8:24 on the court — what matters is that…

  13. Suspended North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston headed to D-League

    Jan 14, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

    North Carolina v Kansas

    UPDATED 5:15 pm: It’s official, P.J. Hairston is a member of the D-League’s Texas Legends, the team has announced. Hairston becomes the first player ever to start the season in college and jump to the D-League, and while North Carolina could use him the NCAA declared him ineligible. “We are excited to add a player…

  14. Mark Cuban good with NBA admitting referee mistakes, wish it would happen more

    Jan 14, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors

    The Dallas Mavericks have benefitted from two late game bad calls by the referees this season — the one above where Monta Ellis clearly fouled Austin Rivers on the final shot, and one earlier in the season that wasn’t quite as egregious but still a foul, when Shawn Marion clipped Kevin Love on the arm.…

  15. The Extra Pass: Rudy Gay taking control of his own story in Sacramento; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat

    The Memphis Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay and reached the Western Conference Finals. The Toronto Raptors traded Gay and are streaking toward home-court advantage in the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Regardless of anything Gay did, his perceived value dropped considerably in the last two years. But might Gay be taking control of his own…

  16. Larry Bird beat J.R. Smith to shoelace stunt

    Jan 13, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    J.R. Smith was put through the ringer last week for untying Dwight Howard’s shoe, untying Shawn Marion’s shoe and gesturing to untie Greg Monroe’s shoe. Smith was fined, benched, told to grow up by his coach and shamed by the NBA’s most powerful writer. So why didn’t Larry Bird get the same treatment after his…

  17. PBT NBA Power Rankings: New York teams rising but Pacers on top still

    Jan 13, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    Here are the weekly PBT power rankings, with some improving teams out of New York. For you fans in Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minnesota and Memphis — teams with dreams of the Western Conference playoffs — know that the pace right now is 47-48 wins just to get the 8 seed. Plan accordingly.   1. Pacers…

  18. NBA says refs missed foul call on final play of Mavericks’ win over Pelicans

    Jan 12, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Mavericks hung on for a 110-107 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, and Monta Ellis hacked the heck out of Austin Rivers on the game’s final play to ensure that would be the case. No foul was called by the officials at the time, however, and a day later, the league issued a statement…

  19. Larry Sanders ejected for elbow to Thunder’s Steven Adams (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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    In the second quarter of the Bucks’ loss to the Thunder on Saturday, Larry Sanders took himself out of the game. He delivered a couple of elbows above the neck to OKC’s Steven Adams, and the refs saw that activity and ruled it a flagrant foul. After video review, they determined it was a flagrant…

  20. Drake has a suit jacket lined with vintage Vince Carter Raptors jersey (PHOTO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Drake

    It’s Drake Night in Toronto as the Raptors host the Nets on Saturday, and the Canadian recording artist who has taken the job of rebranding the franchise pulled out all the stops when getting his personal wardrobe together for the special occasion. Here’s another shot of Drake’s retro Vince jersey inside his suit jacket. pic.twitter.com/IVeECCQtpb…

  21. The Extra Pass: J.R. Smith’s ‘joke gone wrong’ has him questioning his Knicks future

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    NEW YORK – J.R Smith hasn’t played well enough this season to deserve either the minutes he’s been given, or the simple benefit of the doubt. And on Thursday night before a nationally televised game against the defending champion Miami Heat, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson finally did something about it. Speaking to reporters more…

  22. Knicks coach Mike Woodson says he’s done talking about J.R. Smith, who may have been benched vs. Heat

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

    Woodson JR Smith

    NEW YORK – J.R. Smith has been a distraction for the Knicks this season, not only because his play has been nowhere near the level it was a season ago when he took home Sixth Man of the Year honors, but also because of some nonsense that’s garnered the team the wrong kind of attention.…

  23. Stephen Curry moves past Chris Paul as starter in latest NBA All-Star balloting

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    We can take Chris Paul’s brilliance as a point guard for granted because he’s the guy throwing the lobs, not the guy finishing the highlight play. Paul can score and take over a game, but his mastery of the point guard play is subtler than that — he takes over games by dictating flow and…

  24. The Extra Pass: The Raptors press pause, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    When Masai Ujiri jumped from the Denver Nuggets to the Toronto Raptors to take over as general manager, the objective was clear. Ujiri was to do what he does best: tear it down, and try to salvage as much value as possible from the mistakes made by the previous regime. Ujiri hasn’t failed to live…

  25. Knicks J.R. Smith fined $50,000 for trying to untie players’ shoes

    Jan 8, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    J.R. Smith got caught Sunday untying Shawn Marion’s shoe Sunday during the Knicks win over Dallas — watch the video above, where during Dirk Nowitzki’s free throws Smith bends over, pretends to check his own shoes and unties Marion’s. He got a warning from the league but there was no fine for it. However our…

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