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  1. We know the starters, so who should be the All-Star reserves?

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Your job is done fans. You picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. Well done. Now the job of picking the reserves falls to the NBA’s coaches. Well, really whoever the coaches delegate the job to — an assistant coach, the video coordinator, the equipment manager, someone working the beer concession line — but the coach…

  2. LeBron, Curry, Kobe voted All-Star Game starters — but Kobe doesn’t want to play

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    You voted for them, so here they are — your 2014 NBA All-Star Game starters: EASTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) Frontcourt: LeBron James (Miami Heat), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) WESTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder),…

  3. LeBron, Durant lead Team USA roster pool for 2014 World Championships, 2016 Olympics

    Jan 23, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    When Team USA takes the court in Rio in 2016 to defend its gold medal, you can expect to see somethings old and somthings new — guys who won gold in London and Beijing will be mixed with newcomers who got their real first taste of USA Basketball this coming summer in Spain for the…

  4. The Extra Pass: Ranking all 28 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team candidatles

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some names leaked yesterday for inclusion on the 2014-16 USA Basketball men’s national-team roster – the pool of players who will be considered for upcoming international events. That includes the World Cup of Basketball this summer, possibly 2015 Olympic qualifiers  – and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Stein of ESPN beat today’s official announcement with…

  5. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  6. The Extra Pass: Mark Cuban happy to have his friend Nowitzki around longer; plus Tuesdays’ recaps

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Pelicans v Mavericks

    To them this is more than a business — Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki are friends. Technically they are boss and employee, but neither sees it that way. “I kick his ass whenever I’ve wanted to,” Cuban said last week, joking around about his friend the way you ride yours. “It’s kind of like we…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Rockets’ Chandler Parsons receives warning for flopping vs. Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Chandler Parsons of the Rockets became the latest player to receive a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules on Thursday, and the offense was more than deserving of the extremely benign punishment. The offending play took place in the fourth quarter against the Pelicans, and saw Parsons intentionally flail himself beyond half court after…

  12. 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…

  13. Report: Nerlens Noel cleared for basketball activity, could play for Sixers after All-Star break

    Jan 15, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT

    Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel

    Despite earlier reports the team might have him sit out the season, it looks as if the Sixers could get Nerlens Noel on the court after the All-Star break. The Philadelphia rookie — picked up in a draft night trade sending Jrue Holiday to New Orleans — has been cleared for basketball activity, reports Jeff…

  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. Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson out at least two months, could need surgery

    Jan 13, 2014, 11:02 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    It looked like things were not good when Ryan Anderson had to be carried off the court on a stretcher. We knew things were bad when the Pelicans said he would be out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his back. Now comes the news that Anderson will be out at least two months, and…

  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. The Extra Pass: Klay Thompson’s interesting statistical season; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 13, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    Stephen Curry gets most of the headlines, and he earns them. Just remove Andre Iguodala from the rotation and the Warriors become pedestrian (as we have seen). Andrew Bogut anchors it all down. However we shouldn’t leave Klay Thompson off the list. When you start to look at the Sports VU camera data from the…

  19. 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…

  20. Spoelstra says Heat won’t base injury decisions on experience of other teams

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:24 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    NEW YORK – The Miami Heat weren’t at full strength during Thursday’s loss to the Knicks, and a day later in Brooklyn the team found out before tip-off that it would be even more shorthanded against the streaking Nets. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers both sat against the Knicks, and will do so again in Brooklyn.…

  21. Report: Pelicans shopping around Eric Gordon, his huge contract

    Jan 10, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans  v Indiana Pacers

    There was a time three years ago when Eric Gordon looked like the best young two guard in the NBA, a guy on the rise who could be a key cornerstone of a franchise. Then came a lot of injuries (and a lot of questions about rehab, and questions about his desire to play in…

  22. Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday out indefinitely with stress fracture in leg

    Jan 10, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Sacramento Kings

    Ugh. The list of quality point guards currently out injured in the NBA includes Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Eric Bledsoe (even if he played some two guard)… And now Jrue Holiday. Pelicans starting point guard Holiday has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right tibia and will be out…

  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. Anthony Davis with a ridiculous putback dunk (VIDEO)

    Jan 8, 2014, 4:56 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    One last highlight from Tuesday night’s action before we get into Wednesday’s game — Anthony Davis can throw it down. This Davis putback dunk is just impressive (as was LeBron’s alley-oop finish in this game). Davis finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough against the Heat. Davis is going to be…

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