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Griz routed by Thunder in 1st game without GayKevin Durant scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook added 21 points and nine assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Memphis 106-89 Thursday night in the Grizzlies' first game since trading away leading-scorer Rudy Gay.Upvote Share TweetDirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks will miss Thursday's game against the Golden State Warriors with a right adductor strain, yet another blow to a Mavs (19-26) team that has taken its fair share of punishment already this season.Upvote Share TweetA North Texas jury has found the 22-year-old son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel guilty of murder in the shooting death of a longtime friend.Upvote Share TweetDwyane Wade will captain the Eastern Conference and Chris Paul will lead the West when All-Star Saturday becomes a team event for the first time.Upvote Share TweetToronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday for criticizing officials the previous night after a loss at Atlanta.Upvote Share TweetIn addition to being one of best coaches in the NBA, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs can be a big grump. He's well known as one of the league's least forthcoming interview subjects, treats between-quarter talks with sideline reporters as a burde…Upvote Share Tweet
Stoudemire, With a Reshaped Game, Is Fitting in NicelyAfter struggling last season, the Knicks' front-line stars - Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler - are now dominating together on offense.Upvote Share Tweet
Wolves' Williams out to prove he's no bustnba.com Updated Jan 31, 2013Darko Milicic. Hasheem Thabeet. Stromile Swift. Sam Bowie.Upvote Share Tweet
#KDisNotNice: Kevin Durant’s 5 Meanest Dunks This YearOver the years, the Dime Family has worked closely with every top player in the NBA. All of them. And we often get asked who we like the most, who we dislike the most, who is the best to work with, and who is the most difficult to work with. Right at t…Upvote Share TweetNew York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd will sit out of Wednesday's game against the Orlando Magic with a sore lower back.Upvote Share TweetA look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: MORE RUDY TALK, Y'ALL! By now, you've …Upvote Share TweetBy way of The New York Post (with a hat tip to Nets blog The Brooklyn Game, Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams has just bought a $15.8 million penthouse loft in Manhattan’s TriBeCa. As you might expect from a living space with that kind of price tag, tUpvote Share TweetLos Angeles Lakers star center Dwight Howard has been diagnosed with a sore right shoulder and will be listed as day to day.Upvote Share Tweet
Adrian Wojnarowski's Latest Column Features A Sick Burn On John Hollingerdeadspin.com Updated Jan 31, 2013Adrian Wojnarowski's latest Yahoo column is a thorough think piece about what the Memphis Grizzlies' decision to trade Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors means for the future of NBA free agency. It's a perfectly fine read, but what caught our attention was…Upvote Share TweetRicky Rubio is standing up for his fellow Spaniard Pau Gasol, saying he doesn't think it's fair that the Los Angeles Lakers are bringing Gasol off the bench this season.Upvote Share Tweet
Bulls' Robinson pondered NFL shot with SeattleChicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson said Wednesday he had a plan if he didn't sign with an NBA team last summer, and that was an NFL tryout.Upvote Share TweetPlenty of things were surprising about the Phoenix Suns' come-from-behind 92-86 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the late game of ESPN's Wednesday night double-header - that the Lakers offense sputtered after three straight strong games helmed byUpvote Share TweetIf Los Angeles Lakers fans don’t already know it, the number 48 is the most important statistic to know this season. Forty-eight wins is what it takes to make the playoffs as an eighth seed, averaged over the last five seasons, according to the NBA. ItâUpvote Share Tweet
Section 15: Shifting LoyaltiesMichael Marcus and David Ramos, longtime Knicks fans, are starting to fall in love with the Nets.Upvote Share Tweet
Kevin Garnett and DeMarcus Cousins blame the NBA’s ‘agenda’ and Sacramento screwups for Rookie/Sophomore snubsFuture Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett and talent-laden Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins are two of the NBA’s more, um, “talkative” players. So of course the big men are both going to talk quite a bit about a subject that we didn’t even deign to talk abUpvote Share Tweet
Evans: Heat comments were misinterpretedBrooklyn Nets power forward Reggie Evans said Thursday he never downplayed the Miami Heat's championship from the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, and his comments were blown out of proportion.Upvote Share Tweet
This or That? Making tough choices from an NBA Wednesday (VIDEOS)There were 12 games on the NBA schedule on Wednesday night. That's 576 minutes of basketball (because none of them went into overtime, duh) and, as you might expect, a lot of stuff can happen in nearly 10 hours of NBA play. There was something weird abo…Upvote Share Tweet
Multiple GMs Believe Kevin Garnett Won’t Play More Than 2 More SeasonsThe vultures are circling in Boston. The Celtics will probably still make the playoffs without Rajon Rondo, but the chances of them winning a round are slim. For Kevin Garnett, that would be another short postseason, and would leave him heading into nex…Upvote Share TweetMost analysis of Wednesday night's trades sending Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to the Memphis Grizzlies, and Jose Calderon to the Detroit Pistons has focused on what the swaps meant for the Raps' future or t…Upvote Share Tweet
Keeping Score: After Wobbly Start, Nuggets Find BalanceDanilo Gallinari leads nine players averaging 8.1 or more points per game for Denver, which has won 18 of 24 games after an 11-12 start.Upvote Share TweetThe relocation of the Kings to Seattle is not a done deal, but the damage has been done. A team built for the future, the Kings are struggling through the present, says Ian Thomsen.Upvote Share TweetFor a while last night, Brooklyn was giving it to the defending champs as often as they were getting it. Eventually, LeBron put a stop to all that, but not before Joe Johnson hit Chris Bosh with a nasty behind-the-back step-back that nearly had the big …Upvote Share Tweet
Glen Davis breaks his left foot, and will be out for the season as Orlando Magic fans continue to sufferThe 2012-13 Orlando Magic were put together under terrible terms. The team was built under the leadership of the former GM and current CEO, two men in Otis Smith and (especially) Alex Martins that wanted to appease current Los Angeles Laker disappointme…Upvote Share TweetMichael Beasley scored a season-high 27 points and the Phoenix Suns rallied from 13 down in the fourth quarter to hand the Los Angeles Lakers their eighth straight road loss, 92-86 on Wednesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
D'Antoni exasperated by Gasol's benching gripeAlthough his team is riding a three-game winning streak, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni sounded exasperated when asked about Pau Gasol's reaction to his fourth-quarter benching Tuesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Going Down?: The Grizzlies' brass has shown a willingness to s…The Grizzlies' brass has shown a willingness to spend to win. But by dealing Rudy Gay, Memphis did the opposite, losing its spot as a title contender along the way, says Chris Mannix.Upvote Share Tweet
Wallace vents after Nets' latest lopsided lossFollowing his team's third embarrassing performance in its past four games, Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace didn't mince words.Upvote Share TweetLeBron James was not amused with Reggie Evans' comments that devalued the NBA title won by the Miami Heat last season. So James dominated the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, and then directly ripped Evans after the game.Upvote Share Tweet
NBA Shootaround: Brooklyn's Finestgrantland.com Updated Jan 31, 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
Grizzlies Crushed By Thunder Without GayJan 31In Grizzlies first game after trading Rudy Gay to the Raptors, Kevin Garneett and Russell Westbrook combine for 48 to lead Thunder to 106-89 win.
Celtics Not In Market For PGJan 31Kurt Rambis on Danny Ainge's comments that the Celtics won't seek a point guard right now.
LeBron James Rips Reggie EvansJan 31Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss LeBron James' reaction to Reggie Evans, who questioned the Heat's NBA title because it came in a lockout season.
Carlisle, Cuban Criticize OfficialsJan 31Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban criticized the late-game officiating in the NBA after Thursday night's botched call.
Ian Thomsen: Plagued by uncertainty, Kings struggle through 'lost' yearJan 31On the morning of the announcement, Sacramento Kings players were waiting for their coach, Keith Smart. "Coach," one player said, "you got something to tell us?"