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  1. Report: Thunder to sign sharpshooting Reggie Williams

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

    Reggie Williams

    After ranking third in the NBA in 3-point percentage last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have slipped to below league average this year. So, it appears they’ll target outside shooting with their vacant roster spot. Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: The Thunder is filling its 15th and final roster spot with the signing of shooting…

  2. Report: Joakim Noah recruiting Carmelo Anthony to Chicago Bulls

    Mar 6, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin, Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony

    Reports Carmelo Anthony could sign with the Chicago Bulls this offseason are nothing new. Even Melo has stoked the flames of the rumors. But most published work on the subject has focused on where Melo desires to play. Sure, by trading Luol Deng for Andrew Bynum and draft picks, the Bulls signaled a greater interest…

  3. Wednesday night NBA grades: Another night, another Joakim Noah triple-double

    Mar 6, 2014, 3:31 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Detroit Pistons

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while suing a casino for letting you bet big while drunk…. Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls. Friend of this site Coach Nick called watching Noah play “coach porn” — he plays with a high IQ, he is focused on defense, he can pass, he moves off…

  4. Udonis Haslem told Patrick Beverley to stop talking trash at halftime of Heat-Rockets

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets' Beverley smiles after being called for a foul while playing Oklahoma City Thunder in their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Patrick Beverley gained some national attention when his aggressive play resulted in an injury to the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook in the first round of last year’s playoffs. There was nothing wrong with Beverley’s play, but it branded him as an agitator of sorts. He’s since lived up to that label, being one of the more…

  5. Orlando Magic give video tribute to Dwight Howard

    Mar 5, 2014, 9:51 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Magic have been playing tribute videos for every former player that returned to play against them this season, as part of the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration. It’s a bit trickier where Dwight Howard is concerned, obviously, considering both his stature as one of the franchise’s all-time greats as well as the messy way things…

  6. Dwight Howard’s seven lost siblings the source of his fun-loving attitude

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Houston Rockets

    CSN Houston premiered “The Dwight Howard Show,” a reality show featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the Houston Rockets center. Early in the first episode, his explanation for his attitude caught my eye: I enjoy life. For those of you who don’t know this, my mom lost seven kids. Seven! That’s a lot of kids. And I…

  7. Orlando Magic to honor Dwight Howard

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Houston Rockets

    That was the reaction the last time Dwight Howard returned to Orlando. Turn down your speakers. The boos are loud. And for good reason. Howard made his split with the Magic extremely messy. I have nothing against Howard leaving Orlando, but I’m also not a Magic fan. Part of the fan game is getting illogically…

  8. Tuesday night NBA grades: Westbrook with a triple-double in 21 minutes

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:09 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem if you prefer) and The Roots sing “Let It Go”… Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder. Tell me again how this team is better off without him? Westbrook had a triple double — 13 points, 10 rebounds…

  9. LeBron’s painful final seconds in Houston: elbow to face, missed shot to tie

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:37 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    LeBron James found the final seconds of Miami’s loss to Houston painful. It was a complete contrast with just the night before. First on Tuesday night there was the play above — with 15 seconds left in the game and the Rockets up three James Harden tried to make an ill-advised pass ahead to Dwight…

  10. Howard, Houston pass first test with win over Miami

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:54 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Houston passed the first test. The Rockets NBA’s have the best record since Jan. 1 (19-6 coming into Tuesday night) but a lot of that came against soft competition. That was the easy part, the next couple weeks come a series of tests against the league’s best — from that we’ll get a better sense…

  11. Ty Lawson returning for Nuggets tonight

    Mar 3, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Lawson celebrates a three-point shot against Golden State Warriors in their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    The Denver Nuggets were 24-24 and hanging in the outside range of the playoff race when Ty Lawson broke his rib. The good news: Lawson is returning. Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post: Ty Lawson (rib) says he will return to action tonight be Minnesota. #Nuggets— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) March 03, 2014 He has participated…

  12. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Miami putting its foot down on the gas

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    The PBT power rankings have returned with not a lot of change from last week — Miami, Indiana, San Antonio and Oklahoma City are the top four (in whatever order you wish) then there is a gap to the Clippers, Rockets and teams trying to knock on that door. Meanwhile the Sixers look like they…

  13. DeMar DeRozan wants to know where he’d get picked in 2009 re-draft

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Warriors Raptors Basketball

    Imagining how previous NBA drafts would play out in hindsight is always fun, an instant debate starter for basketball fans. I’m sure we’ve all wasted a countless hours analyzing questions like: Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh No. 3 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2004? Do half the top-eight picks in 2013 remain in…

  14. Phil Jackson on returning to Lakers (‘I don’t think so’) and coaching Rockets (‘I mean. Um’)

    Mar 3, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Memorial Service For Los Angeles Lakers Owner Dr. Jerry Buss

    Only one thing will end rumors of Phil Jackson returning to coaching: His death. But Jackson is still kicking, answering questions at age 68 about when and where he might coach next. Of course, the Lakers – with whom he was a candidate before they ultimately hired Mike D’Antoni – came up first. Jackson’s 11…

  15. The Extra Pass: Recapping the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    adam silver sloan

    The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was held in Boston this past weekend, the eighth in an annual series intended to bring the sports world and the advanced statistics community together to discuss common areas where the two fields can share and benefit from an increasingly abundant amount of raw data that measures athletes performing…

  16. Daryl Morey says he called Mark Cuban last summer asking to trade for Dirk Nowitzki

    Mar 1, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    BOSTON – Rockets general manager Daryl Morey appeared on a panel with Warriors general manager Bob Myers on Friday, as part of a negotiation discussion at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The two GMs were extremely open in detailing their perceived shortcomings and missteps in their personal negotiation processes, and one of the…

  17. Fan runs on court to talk to Kyrie Irving, gets tackled, arrested by security (VIDEO)

    Mar 1, 2014, 12:54 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Cleveland Cavaliers

    This is getting disturbing — three times in the past year a fan has gotten on the court in Cleveland. First there was the “LeBron come back guy” last season, then there was the guy who ran out wearing the Kyrie Irving don’t leave shirt earlier this season. Friday night another person ran out on…

  18. Rockets’ reserve big Greg Smith out for season after knee surgery

    Feb 28, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Sacramento Kings

    Rockets big man Greg Smith hasn’t seen a lot of court time in Houston this season. Even with Omer Asik out injured (or whatever was going on) Smith has gotten on the court for just 11 games. And it will stay at that number — Smith had knee surgery and is done for the season,…

  19. The Extra Pass: Is the second tier in West ready to challenge Thunder, Spurs?

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    We know Oklahoma City is a contender — despite their little three-game blip as they re-adjust to Russell Westbrook in the lineup, they are still 21-7 when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both play this season, they have a top-10 offense and defense when you look at points per possession. The same is true of…

  20. League suspends Kings’ Cousins one game for punch, fines him $20,000 for abuse of officials

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Houston at Sacramento

    The NBA League office just gave DeMa/rcus Cousins his own punch to the gut. The league suspended him one game for a punch to the stomach of Patrick Beverley in the Rocket’s easy win Tuesday night over Sacramento. Cousins will sit out Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers (a battle for the worst in…

  21. Little kid shows up Dwight Howard by dashing between his legs for layup

    Feb 27, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Is anyone in the NBA having more fun than Dwight Howard? He’s impersonating Kevin McHale, Instagramming a photo of himself dunking on Kobe Bryant, chanting ‘Howard Sucks’ to mock Lakers fans and giving free-agent advice as if he knows what he’s talking about. On the court, he’s playing better and playing for a better team…

  22. Clipper defense, Darren Collison lead L.A. to win over Houston

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:32 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    For both the Clippers and the Rockets, the conventional wisdom is the same: If they can defend well and consistently in the playoffs they move into contender status. Wednesday night it was the Clippers that defended when it mattered — the Rockets shot just 33 percent in the fourth quarter. Combine that with some impressive…

  23. Dwight Howard’s free agency advice to Carmelo Anthony: Follow your head not your heart

    Feb 26, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Houston Rockets

    Dwight Howard should not be the guy on the top of your list for advice on how to make your free agency process go smoothly. Howard had an ugly, awkward exit after he forced his way out of Orlando,. He landed with the Lakers and was not healthy on a team that by the end…

  24. DeMarcus Cousins ejected after getting in face of referee (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Houston at Sacramento

    It was a frustrating night for DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings — from the opening tip the Houston Rockets  petty much did whatever they wanted. Houston led by 25 in the first quarter and never looked back — and in the third quarter that frustration bubbled over. Cousins had just gotten called for a foul…

  25. Tuesday night NBA grades: DeMar DeRozan is the Raptors go to guy

    Feb 26, 2014, 2:32 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wishing you had watched the Winter Olympics in a snow fort…  DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors. He is the guy the Raptors go to in the fourth and what’s different than the Rudy Gay era is how he gets his points — it’s not isolations.…

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