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  1. Lance Stephenson’s career-high 28 points lead Pacers to blowout win over Knicks

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers will almost certainly have two players representing their team at All-Star weekend in New Orleans in Paul George and Roy Hibbert, with George likely to be voted in as a starter by the fans, and Hibbert likely to be selected as a reserve by the Eastern Conference coaches. It’s also possible that the…

  2. Lance Stephenson’s alter ego “Sir Lancelot” wants you to vote for his man for All-Star Game (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Sir Lancelot is emphatic. If nothing else. A lot of players have gone to the Web with attempts at viral videos to get you to vote for them for the All-Star Game (Ty Lawson in Denver was the latest) but most are about as funny as Carrot Top. Lance Stephenson hit it out of the…

  3. 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…

  4. Drake introduces Raptors players on ‘Drake Night’ in Toronto (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    drake

    It was Drake Night in Toronto on Saturday, and the recording artist not only broke out a retro Raptors jersey-lined jacket for the occasion, but he also got to do the player introductions. Pretty basic stuff, although the flavor he added to the DeMar DeRozan intro feels like something we’ve seen before. Toronto pulled away…

  5. Report: Knicks interested in trading for Andre Miller

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    The Knicks have been playing better lately, winning four of their last five despite the fact that they’re dealing with injuries to the likes of Pablo Prigioni and Tyson Chandler, along with the internal team suspension of J.R. Smith. New York needs a talent upgrade somewhere to continue this recent uptick, and even if the…

  6. Report: Toronto looking to hang on to Kyle Lowry, make playoff run

    Jan 11, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Miami Heat

    Toronto has a legitimate shot at making the second round of the playoffs. Yes, it’s because they are in the Leastern Conference, but there a .500 team (17-17) can lead the Atlantic Division and host a first-round playoff series. Frankly since the addition-by-subtraction Rudy Gay trade the Raptors (winners of six of their last eight)…

  7. Pacers’ Lance Stephenson receives flopping warning from NBA

    Jan 9, 2014, 5:24 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    We like to bring you these (this is the 18th this season), even though we all now that these warnings from NBA will have about the same impact as your parents warning to stop drinking your dad’s beer when you were in high school. The Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson has been warned for a flop…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. The Extra Pass: Quiet Jazz and Tuesday’s recaps

    Gordon Hayward

    For the most part, the Utah Jazz typically fly under the radar. Occasionally they’ll pop up after unexpectedly beating a contender, like they did last night with a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But other than that? You won’t hear much out of Utah. No real trade rumors, no murmurs of unhappiness, no headline…

  11. The Extra Pass: Why D’Antoni is the right man for the job; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni and Dwight Howard react on the sidelines as the Lakers trail the Los Angeles Clippers, and after Howard fouled out of the game, during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    You may consider this curious timing to take up for Mike D’Antoni, considering his Lakers just gave up 137 points at home to a Denver Nuggets team that can best be described as “meh.” Believe it or not, though, pulling the wool over your eyes isn’t my intention here. Let’s be truthful: D’Antoni’s teams really…

  12. Sunday night NBA grades: Reggie Jackson hit one out of the park

    Jan 6, 2014, 1:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching frigid NFL playoff games while wearing shorts in the comfort of your heated home… Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder. No pressure Reggie, all you have to do is replace an All-Star guard who is probably one of the five best athletes in the game……

  13. Report: Lakers, Knicks Warriors among teams asking about Kyle Lowry trade

    Jan 3, 2014, 7:12 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors

    Toronto has won 9 of its last 12 games — since the Rudy Gay trade they have been the third best team in the East. The question in Toronto has to be whether to throw out the tanking and lottery plan along with that 2013 calendar. This is a team that should win the Atlantic,…

  14. Report: Kings, Warriors interested in Andre Miller trade with Nuggets

    Jan 3, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    You had to know not long after the recent bench outburst at his coach that got Andre Miller suspended from the Denver Nuggets for a couple games, teams would be reaching out trying to trade for him. Sacramento and Golden State, specifically, reports Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. The Warriors have been…

  15. The Extra Pass: A rookie report (plus Wednesday’s recaps)

    Jan 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Due to injuries and the lack of a transcendent talent, this year’s draft class has been pretty underwhelming as a whole. Still, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few pleasant surprises along the way. Now that we’ve had a little more time to evaluate, let’s check in on three of the most impressive rookies…

  16. Monday night NBA grades: Blake Griffin’s jumper looked good

    Jan 2, 2014, 1:44 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Los Angeles Clippers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while trying to find Stephen Colbert’s cameo in “Hobbit 2”…. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers. This is what Blake Griffin looks like when his midrange jumper falls. Griffin was 7-of-10 from the midrange and even nailed a three on his way to 31 points —…

  17. Mike Malone working to mold Isaiah Thomas into starting point guard

    Jan 1, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Utah at Sacramento

    Before Greivis Vasquez was moved in the Rudy Gay trade, Isaiah Thomas was an early top candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year award. He was exactly what you want in a sixth man — he came in and changed the tempo of the game, he was a fearless scorer who would attack, knock…

  18. Latest NBA All-Star balloting released; LeBron, Durant leading vote getters

    Dec 26, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    We warned you this would be the case — there are not many changes in the All-Star Game fan voting as we move through the process. Who you vote for early tends to be who you vote for late. The fans choose the starters for the annual exhibition game and as of Thursday when the…

  19. Tim Duncan goes between legs for crossover, Amir Johnson drops (VIDEO)

    Dec 24, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v San Antonio Spurs

    Tim Duncan, point god. Well, not quite. However he did get forced to bring the ball up against the Raptors Monday night and that led Amir Johnson to think “I can pick that guy’s pocket.” But never underestimate the power of Timmy. His fundamentals include some ball handling. Why did you even doubt that? Hat…

  20. Report: Attempts to revive Kyle Lowry to Knicks trade talk failed

    Dec 23, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Like Generalissimo Francisco Franco, trade talks between the Knicks and Raptors are still dead. There were at points talks between New York and Toronto about swapping point guards — Kyle Lowry would come to Manhattan and Raymond Felton would head north to Canada. But the talks stalled over what was needed to make that palatable…

  21. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Santa brings presents to Blazers, Thunder; lumps of coal to Atlantic

    Dec 23, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Oklahoma City almost took over the top spot in the rankings, until they laid an egg Sunday night. The Blazers hold on for another week, but they didn’t look elite last week even in their wins and this week sees a few big tests.   1. Trail Blazers (23-5, Last Week No. 1). If the…

  22. The Extra Pass: Three things you think about Danny Granger that are wrong

    Dec 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets  v Indiana Pacers

    In his second game back Sunday, Danny Granger looked good. After battling knee issues that kept him out almost all of last season and most of this one, Granger returned the Pacers lineup this weekend. Sunday against the Celtics he looked like the guy the Pacers are hoping he will be off the bench —…

  23. Isaiah Thomas: ‘I want to be the best little guy to ever play’

    Dec 22, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Isaiah Thomas, Jameer Nelson

    The Kings made the Rudy Gay trade to, well, get Rudy Gay. But that wasn’t the only benefit of the the deal. The trade, which shipped out starting point guard Greivis Vasquez, gave Isaiah Thomas a bigger role, and that’s a positive development for Sacramento. Thomas is averaging 18.8 points, 5.7 assists and 1.4 steals…

  24. Wednesday night NBA grades: Vintage Dwyane Wade sighting

    Dec 19, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    Our quick look around a busy night in the NBA, or what you missed while trying to buy some beer and pay for it with a live alligator…  Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat. The last time Wade scored 30 points or more in a game it was Game 4 of the NBA Finals, so it’s been…

  25. Bobcats’ Kemba Walker drains overtime game winner to beat Raptors (VIDEO)

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Kemba Walker

    Kemba Walker just owned the Toronto Raptors. This was his game — 29 points on 18 shots, he could get into the paint or went 5-of-7 from three. Plus, he sank the game winner. The Bobcats had 1 second to get a shot off, the score tied 102-102 at the end of overtime. Walker comes…

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