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  • All-Star starter spot “I should be a starter,” Thomas

    On the eve of the announcement, Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has a fresh batch of motivation after missing out on a starting spot with the Eastern Conference All-Star team when he lost a tie-breaker to DeMar DeRozan.

    Thomas wasn’t bashful when asked if he liked his chances to earn a starting role. “I should be a starter,” Thomas said. “But I can’t control that.”

    Thomas leads the East in scoring and is fourth in the NBA, averaging 28.7 points per game. Thirteen times this season he has scored at least 30 points. Not only is he leading the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring, but his average of 10.1 points per game in that frame is the best mark in the NBA over the past two decades.

  • Amar'e Stoudemire retires from NBA, will play in Israel next year

    Amar'e Stoudemire, the former Rookie of the Year who became famous for thunderous dunks and breathtaking moves in his prime, has announced his NBA retirement after 14 seasons. Stoudemire, who played for the Miami Heat last season, signed a ceremonial contract with New York so he could retire as a Knick.

  • Amar'e Stoudemire Retires from NBA: Latest Comments and Reaction

    Amar'e Stoudemire announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday following a 14-year run that included six All-Star selections.

  • An Amazing pass from Westbrook to Oladipo, Thunder wins 123 - 102.

    The Oklahoma City guard had 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds for his 34th triple double of the season, as the Thunder roared past the Raptors 123-102 for their fourth straight win.

    Westbrook, who took less than three quarters to notch his triple-double, now needs just seven more to beat Oscar Robertson's single-season record.

  • An uncertain future for Wolves' great Garnett

    With Kobe Bryant's extended farewell tour over since April and Tim Duncan slipping quietly into retirement to start this week, Garnett is the next logical aging NBA star to face a decision to play or not in 2016-17.

  • Anderson Varjeao won’t accept championship ring from Cavs

    Despite being eligible, Anderson Varejao won’t accept a title ring from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Varejao, a longtime Cavs fan favorite who was traded to the Trail Blazers mid-season in a salary dump, played with Cleveland long enough to receive a ring if offered.

  • Andre Drummond is not a franchise player yet, and it's not just because he can't make free throws

    Andre Drummond made a big leap in the 2015-16 season. He helped the Pistons reach the playoffs for the first time in seven years and averaged 16 points, a league-leading 15 rebounds, and over a block per game. Those numbers got him the first of what will surely be multiple All-Star appearances.

  • Andrew Bogut Rio 2016: Aussie NBA star rips Olympic village, team bosses, creates own shower curtain

    MAKE Andrew Bogut grumpy and he will crush you. The Aussie NBA star has just torn Rio and Australian team bosses a new one on Twitter over Olympic village lodgings.

  • Andrew Wiggins is raising his ceiling by mastering the 3-point shot

    Perimeter shooting wasn’t Wiggins’ strength at lower levels, but it’s become one for him in the NBA.

    With a 63-33 third-quarter lead against the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 18, Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins ran up the court, received a pass from point guard Ricky Rubio, and drained a three-point shot. He finished the game with 35 points.

    We knew Wiggins could score, but that three-point shot is becoming a more common way by which he does it. Even though the T-Wolves are 4-7, Wiggins has been shouldering most of the scoring load with ease, thanks in large part to expanding his game.

  • Anthony Davis injury: Pelicans star out 10-15 days after spraining ankle

    The Pelicans hope Davis can return for their regular season opener.

  • Anthony Davis reminded us why he’s still the NBA’s next sensation

    Now someone please find him some teammates.

    Anthony Davis was the Next Big Thing in the NBA entering last season. Then, his entire team got hurt, he couldn't somehow lift a bunch of replacement-level players to stardom, and we all kind of forgot about him.

  • Anthony Davis’ historic night lifts New Orleans Pelicans past New York Knicks, 110-96

    While Davis was going HAM, the interwebs were contemplating the disappearance of Derrick Rose.

    In a game I’m sure you all watched instead of the absolutely bananas college football national championship between Clemson and Alabama, the New Orleans Pelicans finally got into the win column for the 2017 calendar year thanks to another superstar effort from Anthony Davis and a barrage of three point bombs from the rest of the cast.

  • Anthony leaves lasting legacy of leadership with USA

    RIO DE JANEIRO — The Summer of Carmelo came to a fitting end Sunday night, with tears.

    For all the justifiable and understandable page views and sports talk hours Kevin Durant's free-agency decision produced the past seven weeks, this was Carmelo Anthony's offseason, in so many different and meaningful ways.

  • Anthony: 'It's time to get another gold medal'

    LAS VEGAS — LeBron James isn't here. Chris Paul isn't here. Ditto for Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook, not to mention James Harden, Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond and Steph Curry. Fact is, you could craft a gold medal-worthy roster out of the NBA stars who tapped out from participating with USA Basketball this summer for what, eventually, will be the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics Leap to NBA Playoffs Series Lead with 108-97 Game 5 win over Chicago Bulls

    Avery Bradley put on a career performance against Jimmy Butler as he led the Celtics to their third straight win in Game 5 to take his team back to Chicago for an elimination Game 6.

    BOSTON — The Celtics are almost to the finish line and the second round of the NBA Playoffs after beating the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 108-97.

  • Bad defense equals great fun, Raps beat Wolves 124-110

    All these Raptors want to do is entertain you. As they exhibited once again their their 124-110 win over the Wolves on Thursday night, the Raptors are still looking for cohesion on defense. Against the league’s top squads, Toronto’s inability to lock in has resulted in some narrow, high-scoring defeats. But against an energetic, freaky-athletic and utterly inexperienced team like Minnesota, sloppy play and shaky defense tends to breed ultimately harmless entertainment.

    Because the Raptors have a still-historically efficient offense capable of posting 131.2 points per 100 possessions over the course of a game, Toronto tends to come out on top in these types of uproarious shootouts.

  • Balanced Heat attack powers 105-88 victory against Knicks

    The Miami Heat used a balanced team effort on both ends of the court to take apart the inconsistent New York Knicks over the course of the second half for the 105-88 win on Wednesday night. There would be no hangover after last night’s buzzer beater against the Detroit Pistons in their once-improbable quest to make the playoffs.

  • Behind LeBron James, Cavs gear up again for championship run

    After snapping the city's long title drought, Cleveland driven by challenge of repeating its feat

  • Big second half lifts Rockets over Hornets

    The Rockets rebounded after a slow start to beat the Hornets in Charlotte.

    The Houston Rockets came out a bit sloppy and sluggish in the first half against the Charlotte Hornets and fell behind early, but they turned up both the offensive and defensive intensity in the second half on their way to a 107-95 victory.

  • Blasé Clippers Dispatch Kingless Cavs, 108-78

    The Cavaliers decided to take their talents to Spectrum SportsNet, and ABC didn’t take it well at all.

    As far as 30-point blowout wins go for a team that hasn’t had anything resembling one in a long while, there’s really not that much to say about this game. Cleveland announced an hour before tipoff that LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love (plus birthday boy Kyle Korver) would all sit — the latter three due to legitimate injury concerns, LeBron because at-that-point-why-even-bother.