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Dwight Howard Begins On-Court Practice

Dwight Howard Begins On-Court Practice Bob Levey/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- Dwight Howard is making his way back onto the court. The Houston Rockets center has begun on-court rehabilitation after a procedure on a knee edema. “He’s starting to do a combination of treadmill/floor stuff, which is a good sign, but they’re going slow, said Rockets coach Kevin McHale.”They want to make sure they have a handle on it. It’s bothered him really all year.” Despite Howard’s absence, the Rockets are 10-6 since the Houston big man was sidelined on Jan. 30. James Harden has carried the Rockets, as he averaged 26.7 points and 7.6 assists during the month of February. In March, Harden is off to an even hotter start as he is averaging 29.3 points and 9.3 assists through four games. Through 32 games this season Howard is averaging 16.3 points and 11 rebounds per game.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Harden Suspended One Game for Kick

Harden Suspended One Game for Kick Al Bello/Getty Images (HOUSTON, Tx) -- Rockets point guard James Harden has been suspended one game by the NBA after receiving a flagrant foul for kicking LeBron James in the groin. In a heated game between Houston and Cleveland, Sunday evening, James and Harden entered into a scrum for the ball. Harden fell to the ground and extended his leg into James's "man region." In all, five technical fouls were issued in the game that saw Houston come away with the 105-103 overtime victory.  "It was a pretty intense game that started off with a little scrum on the floor in front of our bench with Pat and LeBron," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale. "It just kind of stayed kind of chippy all game long, which is fine. Some games are chippy like that." Harden will miss Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(1) Kentucky Rolls Over Mississippi State, 28-0

(1) Kentucky Rolls Over Mississippi State, 28-0 Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(STARKVILLE, Miss.) -- Freshman Trey Lyles was Kentucky's spark Wednesday night. Lyles scored a career-high 18 points in Kentucky's 74-56 win over Mississippi State, giving the Wildcats to a 28-0 record. Head coach John Calipari claims the 6-foot-10-inch freshman hasn't even come close to reaching his full potential. "He should have had 25 points today, but I thought he played well," Calipari said. "I still think at the end of the day he'll be the 'X' factor for us." Kentucky's 28-game win streak is the second-longest in school history, however it's the longest in a single season for the program, topping the 27-game win streak by the 1995-96 team. Kentucky will host No. 18 Arkansas on Saturday February 28th. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins

Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins NBA via Oklahoma City Thunder(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Days after being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Utah Jazz, it appears Kendrick Perkins will settle in with a new team. The Cleveland Cavaliers has "emerged as the frontrunners" to sign the 6'10" center, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Perkins, 30, is in the midst of a contractual buyout with the Jazz. He was traded to the Jazz, Thursday in a move that sent Enes Kanter from Utah to Oklahoma City. After losing Anderson Varejao for the season to a torn Achilles tendon in December, the Cavaliers have been seeking size for their front court. While Perkins is no longer the impat player that he once was when a member of the Boston Celtics, he is a still a powerful prescence in the locker room and provide an impact around the net.  Perkins is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game this season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio

Report: Stoudemire Joining Mavericks

Report: Stoudemire Joining Mavericks NBA via New York Knicks(DALLAS, Tx.) -- The Dallas Mavericks are on the brink of signing Amar'e Stoudemire after his recent contract buyout from the New York Knicks. Stoudemire cleared waivers Monday night and has committed to joining the Mavericks, according to RealGM.com. After acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Celtics earlier this season, Dallas has been intent on adding size to its front court. The Mavericks were also interested in signing Jermaine O'Neal, who has been rehabbing a knee injury, but the 6'11" O'Neal announced on his Instagram page that he suffered a setback and would not return this season. Stoudemire, 32 is currently averaging 12 points and 6.8 rebounds in 26 games this season.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

2015 Basketball HOF Nominees Announced

2015 Basketball HOF Nominees Announced Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Basketball Hall of Fame announced a group of 12 finalists for its 2015 class Saturday at Madison Square Garden.The class is headed by Kentucky coach John Calipari, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo."I'm at a loss for words," said Calipari who has reached the Final Four five times. "I want to thank the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame committee for even considering me. The process is by no means over -- I'm just a finalist at this point -- but to even be mentioned as a finalist among these worthy candidates is an unbelievable honor. I am absolutely humbled by this."NBA referee Dick Bavetta, three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, former NBA coach Bill Fitch, and highschool coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews are also finalists.The Hall of Fame will announce its Class of 2015 on April 6. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: LeBron James Elected VP of NBA Players Association

Report: LeBron James Elected VP of NBA Players AssociationChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to Adrian Wojnarowski, LeBron James has been named the first Vice President of the NBA Players Association.   Chris Paul was elected the President of the NBPA back in August, overtaking now Kn...

Hornets Acquire Mo Williams from Minnesota

Hornets Acquire Mo Williams from Minnesota Christopher Trotman/Getty Images (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Charlotte Hornets are adding significant scoring potential to their backcourt. The team traded Gary Neal and a second round pick Tuesday to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for point guard Mo Williams. The Hornets will also acquire Troy Daniels. "We are excited to be adding two quality players to our organization," Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a statement. "Mo Williams is a proven NBA player who gives us additional versatility and depth in the backcourt, both while Kemba Walker is out and after Kemba returns." This season the 32-year-old Williams has averaged 12.2 points and 6.4 assists per game for the lowly Timberwolves. He was named NBA Western conference player of the month for January that was highlighted by a 52-point performance against Indiana. When Walker returns, the team is expected to utilize Williams versatility by playing them both on the court, with Williams serving as the shooting guard. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blake Griffin Out Indefinitely

Blake Griffin Out Indefinitely Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- Lob City will be without a little bit of its glamour. Clippers forward Blake Griffin will undergo surgery Monday to remove a staph infection from his right elbow.  The injury is expected to sideline him through the All-Star Break. Griffin had fluid drained from his elbow on February 2, while the team was in New York. This is not atypical for Griffin as he has dealt with bursitis for most of his career that required fluid to be drained.  When the team arrived in Oklahoma City Saturday, team trainer Jasen Powel noticed something was wrong and ordered Griffin to the Hospital "You could tell when something is infected. You can just look at it," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "With a bursa sac, it could just be that too, but it just didn't look right." The timetable for recovery is currently up in the air. "It could be serious. It shouldn't be, but you have to be very careful with that injury," Rivers said. "It's the unknown. With a sprained ankle, you know 10 days. But with infections, they're infections, and you just have to be very careful. You cannot mess around with it." Spencer Hawes is expected to get the start in Griffin's place. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Paul, Clippers Criticize Female Rookie Referee

Chris Paul, Clippers Criticize Female Rookie RefereeBrian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Paul and the Clippers received five technical fouls in Los Angeles' 105-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night. All-star point guard Chris Paul's technical foul came with 10:17 left in t...

Stephen Curry Lights Up Dallas Mavericks

Stephen Curry Lights Up Dallas Mavericks NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- Stephen Curry had a night for the ages in the Golden State Warriors 128-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Curry put up 51 points, converting 10 three-point shots Wednesday night as he helped rally the Warriors from a 22-point deficit early in the first quarter. "Sometimes Steph plays his best when we're down big and he just senses that he has to put the Superman cape on," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "And he's so good at it. He loves the freedom of being down and saying, 'All right. I'm going to let it fly and bring us back.' And that's what he did." At one point Curry was so locked in he converted six straight three-point attempts, spanning the second and third quarters.  "Be aggressive, that's what we do" Curry said. "Shots are going to fall as long as we got defensive stops and kept ourselves in the game, we have enough talent on the team to turn the tides." The early season inconsistencies that troubled Curry appear to be in the rear-view mirror.  Curry is averaging 30.2 ppg over the team’s last five games and he averaged 23.5 ppg in the month of January. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Whiteside Posts Triple Double in Heat Win

Whiteside Posts Triple Double in Heat Win Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- On way to a victory over the Chicago Bulls, a remarkable event occurred for the Miami Heat. Hassan Whiteside, a center who has worked on his craft in the Developmental League, recorded a triple double for the Heat in their 96-84 win. By putting up 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks, Whiteside recorded his first career triple-double. He also did this in 25 minutes of action; achieving the feat in the second shortest period of time in the shot clock era.  "It's a blessing. Like I told my teammates, you won't believe how things work out in life," said Whiteside. "Three months ago I was at the downtown Y just chilling, working on my game. I couldn't get a team to pick up the phone." A second round pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2010, many teams chose to steer themselves away from Whiteside because of questions about his attitude. After working on his craft overseas and in the D-League, Whiteside signed with the Heat in November. “That’s what the team needs,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “It gives us a very different dimension. It’s a credit to him for continuing to work hard and match it with his talent.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

California Girls High School Basketball Coach Suspended After Lopsided Win

California Girls High School Basketball Coach Suspended After Lopsided Win Christian Petersen/Getty Images (SAN BERNADINO, Ca.) -- A California girls high school basketball coach has been suspended two games after being accused of running up the score.  Michael Anderson of Arroyo Valley High led his team to a 161-2 victory over last week over Bloomington High. Bloomington High head coach Dale Chung had spoken with Anderson before the game.  Anderson had requested that his team be able to play all-out in the first half in preparation for their next game.  By half time, Arroyo Valley led 104-1. "The game just got away from me," Anderson told the San Bernardino Sun on Friday. "I didn't play any starters in the second half. I didn't expect them to be that bad. I'm not trying to embarrass anybody." Anderson announced that he was suspended by his school after the game. His son Nick coached the next game, leading Arroyo Valley to an 80-19 victory over San Bernardino Indian Springs. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders Suspended

Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders Suspended Chris Chambers/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE, Wi.) -- Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has been suspended at least 10 games for a second violation of the NBA's anti-drug policy.  Sanders, who is suspended effective Monday when the Bucks play the Raptors, will not be eligible to return until he has completed the league's treatment program. Milwaukee had been without Sanders since December 23 when rumors began to circulate that he would walk away from basketball.  Sanders spoke to the media after a January 6th game saying that he did not intend to leave the game but needed personal time. "Without these things being corrected, I don't think basketball will be something I can even do," Sanders said at the time.  In 27 games this season, Sanders is averaging 21.7 minutes per game with 7.3 PPG and 6.1 RPG. Since signing a four-year, $44 million contract extension before the 2013-2014 season, Sanders has played in 50 games with Milwaukee.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cavaliers GM Griffin Defends Team, Coach Blatt

Cavaliers GM Griffin Defends Team, Coach Blatt National Basketball Association(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are not off to the start everyone expected. After acquiring LeBron James and Kevin Love this offseason to team with young point guard Kyrie Irving, Cleveland was looked at as the best team in the Eastern Conference. Still, the Cavaliers are currently 19-15. The narrative is shifting to seek a scapegoat and first-year head coach David Blatt has become the target. General Manager David Griffin is not happy, accusing some in the media of purposely driving a story of a divide within the team. "This narrative of our coaching situation is truly ridiculous," Griffin told reporters on Sunday. "It's a non-story, it's a non-narrative. Coach Blatt is our coach, he's going to remain our coach. Do not write that as a vote of confidence. He never needed one. It was never a question. So don't write it that way." What really seemed to irk Griffin was when members of the media ignored comments by James that were in support of the team. "I heard the entire audio file of LeBron James' comments. No more than three different times he said, 'We are growing together every day. The team grows together every day and I am happy with who we have at the helm,'" Griffin stated. "But that wasn't a sexy pull quote, so we kept looking for something else, until we could pull something negative." Griffin emphatically denied the idea of Blatt being removed as head coach, saying "No change is being made. Period." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

LeBron James To Miss Two Weeks

LeBron James To Miss Two Weeks Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' season struggles may escalate as they are about to lost their best player. LeBron James will miss the next two weeks with knee and back pain, according to an announcement from the team via Twitter on Thursday.  James, who has missed the previous two games, re-injured his knee on Christmas Day against the Miami Heat, when he jumped over courtside seats. "I've been playing with it, and it goes away and comes back," he said. "So, the one in Miami kind of reaggravated it when I came out of the game in the third quarter." This couldn't come at a worse time for the Cavaliers as they have already lost Anderson Verajao for the season to an Achilles tear and Kevin Love has been battling routine aches and pains. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bulls Beat Up Kobe-Less Lakers

Bulls Beat Up Kobe-Less Lakers Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- Tuesday night, as Kobe Bryant sat out, the Lakers continued their mediocre season, losing to the Chicago Bulls. On Christmas Day, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles 113-93. Bulls forward Pau Gasol led Chicago with 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against his former team. Gasol signed a three-year contract with the Bulls this past offseason after spending the previous seven seasons with Los Angeles. Derek Rose also showed flashes of his MVP caliber talent as he dropped 20 points on the way to Chicago's fifth straight victory. Kobe sat out again as he rested from general soreness in his knees, Achilles tendons, back and feet. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lakers Stun Warriors 115-105

Lakers Stun Warriors 115-105 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES, Ca) -- The Los Angeles Lakers took down the Golden State Warriors 115-105, Tuesday night in impressive fashion. Most noteworthy was that the Lakers were dominating the Warriors while Kobe Bryant rested on the bench for a scheduled day of rest.  Seven players on the Lakers scored 11 points or more. Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin, Ronnie Prince, Wesley Johnson and Nick Young all reached double digits in a game that wasn't as close as the final score would appear. "I thought our guys came out really focused on what we had to do on both ends of the floor and we did a great job," said Lakers coach Byron Scott. "We've been saying this all along to our players, if we compete and can play with energy, we have that second and third effort every single night then we give ourselves a chance to win," Scott added. The Lakers led by as much as 22 points in the fourth quarter in what was certainly their most impressive win of the season.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Report: Rockets Acquire Corey Brewer

Report: Rockets Acquire Corey Brewer National Basketball Association(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The Houston Rockets are adding some much needed depth to their bench. Corey Brewer has been traded to the Houston Rockets from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, according to Yahoo Sports.  The Timberwolves will receive guard Troy Daniels as well as two second round draft picks - one via Sacramento. Houston is currently 18th in scoring offense in the NBA, averaging 99.8 points per game.  Their bench is also last in the NBA with 21.4 points per game. Brewer will likely improve those numbers as he is averaging 10.5 points per game this season and shooting 41.8% from the field.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Fast Start Powers Cleveland Past Hornets

Fast Start Powers Cleveland Past Hornets Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers jumped out to a 21-0 lead over New Orleans and pulled away in the third as the Cavaliers (14-9) defeated the Hornets (6-18) 97-88 on Monday night. It was the third straight loss for New Orleans and the sixth straight home win for Cleveland. "We had a lull in the second quarter and in the third quarter, which really allowed them to get back in the game, but we sustained the effort for close to 48 minutes," Cavaliers forward LeBron James said. The 21-0 lead to open the game is the largest since a 22-0 lead for Portland against Boston in 2004. "Being 21 down against an elite team on their floor is tough to overcome," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. "We played a good enough offensive game to win against a terrific team, but our first-quarter defense was obviously poor." Despite trailing 21-0, the Hornets did fight back and closed the gap to within two points. However, after cutting the deficit to 59-57, New Orleans watched as the Cavs went on a 21-9 run to end the third. James finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds while Kevin Love added 22 points and 28 rebounds for Cleveland. Meanwhile, Kemba Walker led the way for the Hornets, pouring in 24 points while Al Jefferson added 14. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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