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J.J. Barea scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while All-Star forward Kevin Love sat on the bench with a sprained finger, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.Upvote Share Tweet
It's been less than three weeks since Stephen Jackson returned action after losing nearly a month to a fractured right pinky. Now, the San Antonio Spurs small forward could find himself back on the shelf, thanks to an unfortunate foot-fall, a possibly i…Upvote Share TweetPhil Jackson may not have signed on for another run as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he's about to join the Laker family nonetheless.Upvote Share TweetCarmelo Anthony scored 23 points, J.R. Smith kept up his surge with 20 and the New York Knicks snapped the San Antonio Spurs' seven-game winning streak with a 100-83 victory Thursday nightUpvote Share Tweet
Nuggets' Miller joins exclusive points, assists clubAndre Miller scored the 15,000th point of his NBA career on a mid-range jumper in the first quarter against Minnesota, becoming the eighth player to score that many and dish out at least 7,500 assists.Upvote Share Tweet
Our Show: Amare' Stoudamire added 10 points off the bench i…Amare' Stoudamire added 10 points off the bench in his second game back from injury, but the team's stifling defense was key to ending the Spurs' seven-game win streak.Upvote Share Tweet
Here's Shawn Marion As The Super Mario Bros. Character You Never Asked Fordeadspin.com Jan 3, 2013First of all, it makes no sense because Bowser doesn't come anywhere near World 1-1, and Mario could never carry any cool stuff on his back, like, say, an NBA championship trophy. But that's fine, Dallas Mavericks CGI worker bees. You have fun with your…Upvote Share TweetAn autopsy has been conducted on the body of Scott Ashley Sterling, son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.Upvote Share TweetWhen the Los Angeles Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, all 16 championship banners hanging from the Staples Center rafters will belong to the team in the purple and gold.Upvote Share Tweet
Despite hot start, Heat struggling to reboundMost wins in the Eastern Conference, fewest rebounds in the NBA.Upvote Share Tweet
Udonis Haslem wants to be known as ‘Django’ from now onIf you have any interest in movies, you're probably familiar with "Django Unchained," the new film from the hyperactively cinephilic filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. In a little more than a week, the movie - which concerns a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who becUpvote Share Tweet
Sacramento may have passed on drafting Damian Lillard in order to re-sign … Jason Thompson?You’d probably make the call, too, whether your experience with college hoops either meant watching hours on end of the stuff from Midnight Madness onward or cramming in the days leading up to the NBA draft. Do you take the studly power forward with theUpvote Share TweetExperts are giving the Mavericks a slim chance of making the playoffs. But Rob Mahoney argues that with Dirk Nowitzki back in the lineup, no one can count out the 2011 champs.Upvote Share TweetWhen Amar'e Stoudemire made his 2012-13 season debut with the New York Knicks in the team's New Year's Day loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, he didn't exactly look great on defense. This is not surprising; as NBA.com's John Schuhmann (among others) no…Upvote Share TweetThere are a lot of stars at power forward in the NBA. You have your Nowitzkis and Gasols, your Amar’e Stoudemires and Paul Millsaps; your Josh Smiths and Zach Randolphs and the newer stars like Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge set to takeUpvote Share Tweet
5-on-5: Contenders or Pretenders?Whose early-season success is a sign of things to come?Upvote Share Tweet
Tonight’s Knicks-Spurs Finals Rematch Is 15 Seasons In The MakingTonight isn’t just about two games on national TV, because that happens every Thursday. Tonight, and specifically New York vs. San Antonio, is something in the making for much, much longer. The Knicks and the Spurs’ matchup feels like a big game becauUpvote Share Tweet
Sam Mitchell laments the fact that he was ‘not allowed to be that tough on Andrea’ BargnaniFresh off his work re-tooling the Steve Nash-led Phoenix Suns after disappointing turns at the hands of Jason Kidd and Stephon Marbury, Bryan Colangelo was a hot commodity in 2006. The GM was rumored to possibly have enough basketball sway to take over …Upvote Share Tweet
Bledsoe Cools, but Clippers Stay Hot for Nownytimes.com Jan 3, 2013Eric Bledsoe's shooting percentage and assists are down, and his turnovers are up, after a hot start in which he was seen as an early contender for most improved player.Upvote Share Tweet
NBA Insider Says Minnesota Should Trade Kevin Love Right NowFrom the weird injuries to his awful shooting numbers to the reports of his unhappiness to even Minnesota’s slow start, this year must be trying Kevin Love‘s patience. Coming off his best season, as well as his experience at the summer Olympics, pundiUpvote Share TweetLeBron James sat out of Thursday's practice to receive extensive treatment for his bruised right knee but hopes to play in Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls.Upvote Share Tweet
Rockets’ Greg Smith can’t tie his shoe in less than 3 seconds, apparently (VIDEO)Greg Smith has come a long way in a relatively short period, going from undrafted out of Fresno State to D-League All-Star to winning a roster spot in a crowded frontcourt and becoming the backup center on a Houston Rockets team that's become both an aw…Upvote Share TweetFormer Rutgers standout and Kings first-rounder Quincy Douby had the game of his life yesterday, putting up 75 points for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in the Chinese Basketball Association. This is an awful lot of points for someone who average 4.1 ppg in …Upvote Share Tweet
Amir Johnson Took 3.5 Seconds Between Dribbles, And Did Not Get Called For A Double Dribbledeadspin.com Jan 3, 2013It's sort of inexplicable how Toronto's Amir Johnson was able to get away with this. He takes the pass, dribbles to just outside the lane, picks up his dribble, pump fakes, pump fakes, and drives for a short jumper. By the game clock, it took him nearly…Upvote Share Tweet
The reeling Boston Celtics are struggling at league-low levels with Kevin Garnett off the floorOn Christmas day, the Boston Celtics absolutely and utterly waxed the Brooklyn Nets in full view of a national TV audience and the Nets’ home crowd. Playing an energetic style of ball, the C’s took Brooklyn out of their offense, only ceding buckets toUpvote Share Tweet
Nothing Eye-Popping Except the Statistical Linenytimes.com Jan 3, 2013The Knicks on Thursday night will host the San Antonio Spurs, who got 28 points and 13 rebounds the previous night from the consistently terrific Tim Duncan.Upvote Share TweetFor a while now, I have believed that Kris Humphries' sweat game is underrated. Whenever the topic of the sweatiest players in the NBA comes up (and it comes up kind of a lot, which seems weird but also makes sense considering how much exposed skin the …Upvote Share TweetDeMarcus Cousins is an interesting individual. He’s obviously a very talented player. At 6-11, he’s shown off his tremendous skill set as a premier big man since his days at Kentucky. With a knack for scoring around the basket, rebounding at an alarmiUpvote Share TweetWith two months of the season in the books, five contenders have separated themselves from the field. Ian Thomsen examines them and more as he resets the 2012-13 season.Upvote Share TweetIt had been a frustrating Wednesday night for Kevin Durant. He'd watched his Oklahoma City Thunder - once again perched atop the Western Conference and boasting the NBA's best record, after the Denver Nuggets snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' 17-game wiUpvote Share Tweet
LeBron, Heat finding out how tough back-to-back can beWinning back-to-back NBA championships is the most difficult challenge a superstar will ever face. How do you stay motivated when you already have experienced the biggest highs and lows that the game has to offer? You are the best player on the best tea…Upvote Share Tweet
Amir Johnson gets away with a double-dribble, laughs about it (VIDEO)When I was six years old, I played in a YMCA basketball league that allowed all methods of moving the ball up and down the court. We could run with the ball, stop and start dribbles whenever we wanted, and play by the regular rules. Being a big sports f…Upvote Share Tweet
A 2011 Finals Rematch Goes Into OT; Kevin Durant Does Something He’s Never Done BeforeHow often do you see it happen: a visiting team takes control in the fourth quarter before squandering a late chance to grab a W, and then end up getting pounded into submission in the extra session? Dallas is feeling the pain now after letting the Heat…Upvote Share Tweet
Hayward helps Jazz snap 3-game losing skidGordon Hayward scored 17 points, Enes Kanter had 15 and the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-84 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.Upvote Share Tweet
NBA Shootaround: The Jackson Fivegrantland.com Jan 3, 2013So much amazing is happening, and the Shootaround crew is here to help you keep track of it all. You'll find takes on moments you might've missed from...Upvote Share Tweet
The Not Quite Mid-season NBA Awards, Part 2grantland.com Jan 3, 2013I handed out mid-season awards for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Sixth Man of the Year on Wednesday. Now it's time to address the other thr...Upvote Share Tweet
Dunk Of The NightJan 3J.R. Smith throws down a huge dunk against the Spurs.
Stephen Jackson Sprains Ankle After Tripping Over Courtside Waitr...Jan 3Brian Windhorst with the latest on Stephen Jackson's injury.
Bulls Update with Nick FriedellJan 3Nick Friedell on winning without Noah, facing the Heat and when to expect Derrick Rose back on the floor.
The Cousins ProblemJan 3The Sacramento Kings must figure out the future of their relationship with the volatile forward-center, who has had a controversy-ridden season.
Daily Dime: Spurs sluggish at the GardenJan 3Brian Windhorst breaks down the Knicks' rout of the sluggish Spurs.
Gregg Popovich of San Antonio Spurs not resting any players against New Yo…Jan 3San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will play all his stars despite facing a fourth game in five nights Thursday against the New York Knicks on Thursday.
Weekend Dime -- Mark Cuban's anniversaryJan 3As Mark Cuban celebrates his 13th anniversary as Mavericks owner, the team struggles to find a future.
Mike James to sign with Texas Legends of D-League, sources sayJan 3In an attempt to convince the Dallas Mavericks that he can help them, veteran point guard Mike James is joining the D-League's Texas Legends in time for Saturday's game against Tulsa, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.