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  1. Monday NBA grades: Chandler Parsons might be the Rockets’ third man

    Jan 21, 2014, 2:52 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching… actually you should have been watching the NBA all day. There were great performances — such as Anthony Davis with 27 points and 10 rebounds, or Dwight Howard with 24 points and 12 boards — that don’t even make the cut here. The…

  2. 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…

  3. Paul George says dunk contest competition will determine his participation (so, he’s probably out)

    Jan 20, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Paul George

    Paul George reportedly said he he doesn’t want to participate in the dunk contest, but he’s at least leaving the door open, if just a crack. George, via Scott Agness of Pacers.com (hat tip: Zach Harper of Eye on Basketball): When asked whether he had declined the offers, George said, “No, I haven’t declined. I’m…

  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. Paul George says he turned down request to do dunk contest

    Jan 20, 2014, 2:17 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Been there. Done that. Not sure that was the exact response of Paul George to the NBA league office, which requested his presence in the All-Star Saturday dunk contest, but he turned them down according to the Indy Star (hat tip Eye On Basketball). And don’t bet on him showing up for anything else on…

  7. Dwight Howard says he was ‘promised’ a trade from Magic to Nets

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard‘s exit from the Orlando Magic was anything but graceful, with him publicly going back and forth on whether or not he would stay or go. After initially demanding to be dealt during the 2012 season, Howard signed a waiver of his early termination option that would prevent him from opting out of the…

  8. DeAndre Jordan receives dunk contest invite, but is waiting to see if he’s an All-Star before accepting

    Jan 18, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five

    DeAndre Jordan would be fantastic as a participant in All-Star weekend’s slam dunk contest. He’s a big man who also has tremendous leaping ability, and could be the next incarnation of Dwight Howard in terms of entertainment during the midseason exhibition. The league recognized that fact by approaching Jordan about it before Friday’s game against…

  9. Dwight Howard has an action figure, promo is very Dwight (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    Saturday night, if you’re at the Rockets game in Houston against the Bucks you can get a Dwight Howard action figure. (Insert your own joke about the figurine being a better free throw shooter right here, I’m not going to do all the work for you.) The overly muscled toy is amusing, but not as…

  10. Thursday night NBA grades: Joe Johnson apparently loves London

    Jan 17, 2014, 4:01 AM EDT

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    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking Ronald McDonald may have an anger management issues (no, not that one)… Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets. He remains one of the best (sometimes overlooked) shooters in the game. In the first half the Nets largely ran the offense through their “power forward” Paul…

  11. Jekyll/Hyde Rockets fall to Thunder, continue to confound

    Jan 17, 2014, 3:09 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    It was the best of halves, it was the worst of halves. Unfortunately for the Rockets the worst of halves was the second one. That’s when Houston went ice cold from three (0-of-9), shot just 19.4 percent overall and put up 19 points. It was that half that makes you realize how far this Rocket…

  12. Dwight Howard declines invitation to participate in dunk contest

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Before Dwight Howard alienated fans with the ugly way he exited the Orlando Magic, followed by a severely disappointing stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was one of the game’s most popular players, and his participation in All-Star weekend’s slam dunk contest was the primary reason why. Howard pulled off the sticker dunk in…

  13. Celtics’ Jerryd Bayless gets warned for flopping (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Jerryd Bayless come on down, you’re the next contestant on “getting a league warning for flopping.” Who knows, maybe Bayless was just “LeBroning.” Either way, the league gave him an official warning Tuesday. The incident occurred Monday night (Jan. 13), when the Celtics were playing the Rockets. Jeremy Lin was bringing the ball up court…

  14. 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…

  15. Monday night NBA grades: Big stars (Dwight Howard, ‘Melo) have big nights

    Jan 14, 2014, 3:49 AM EDT

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    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while checking out how the Earth will die… Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets. It all started because Jeremy Lin played well, pushing the tempo for the Rockets — Dwight Howard was the beneficiary of that as he got some easy buckets simply because he moved well. Howard…

  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. Roof leak at Verizon Center delays Rockets-Wizards (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    John Wall

    We’re not supposed to have rain delays in the NBA, but when a roof leak causes water to rain onto the court, the conditions obviously become unsafe for the players. That’s what happened in D.C. on Saturday at the Verizon Center, where a leak caused an extended delay in the action. The Associated Press noted…

  18. Reports: Rockets, Nets discussed Deron Williams trade recently. But no more.

    Jan 10, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    Remember a couple years ago how desperately the Nets were trying to pair Dwight Howard with Deron Williams? Howard wanted it to happen but Orlando wasn’t going to give him exactly what he wanted, so they sent him to Los Angeles (in a deal that worked very well for their rebuilding plans). That ended up…

  19. Report: Some league executives think Kevin Love will bolt Timberwolves for Lakers in 2015

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Clippers

    Kevin Love is frustrated — and he should be. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the point differential of a team that should be 23-12 (according to Basketball-Reference.com), yet they are 17-18. Minnesota is 0-10 in games that ended within five points, which is a combination of some bad luck and some poor execution at the end…

  20. Inflatable Rockets’ mascot knows how to scare players (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT

    Clutch Rockets mascot

    Inflatable mascots are the best. This is Clutch, the Houston Rockets’ mascot, in inflatable version. And this is Clutch trying to scare Rockets players after practice. Is this all real or is some of it staged? My guess some of this is more like reality TV than reality (really Dwight Howard? that’s bad acting), but…

  21. 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…

  22. Timberwolves’ video campaigns for your Kevin Love All-Star Vote

    Jan 9, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love is going to be an All-Star, the coaches will select him as a reserve without a doubt. But the Timberwolves want you to vote him in as a starter. In the last vote update from the league, Love was about 22,000 votes behind Blake Griffin for the final starting spot in the Western…

  23. No drama in reunion, just easy Rockets win vs. Lakers (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Wise move, NBA television executives, choosing to pull Wednesday night’s Lakers at Rockets game off the national broadcast (not that the Spurs/Mavs game that replaced turned out to be a thriller). There is no Kobe Bryant and the “Dwight Howard reunion” drama had played itself out long ago. This was simply another mid-season NBA game…

  24. 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…

  25. J.R. Smith untied Dwight Howard’s shoelace before Shawn Marion’s, then reportedly blames Howard for inspiring trick

    Jan 8, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    J.R. Smith has some nerve. He got got caught untying Shawn Marion’s shoelaces, talked his way out of a fine and then pretended to pull the same stunt against Greg Monroe (though I can buy the possibility Smith was joking when he reached toward Monroe’s shoe and had no true intention of grabbing the lace).…

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