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NBA Recap: Slam Dunk Contest Odds, Leandro Barbosa's ACL and NBA Trade Rumors

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Another exciting day of NBA action is in the books, but while the games themselves were fun to watch, most of the news and rumors occurred off the court. We had a season ending injury, some pretty amazing slam dunks and a lot of interesting trade rumors as we quickly approach the February 21st NBA trade deadline.

So let’s get to it:

  • The biggest news of the day came out of Boston, where the Celtics announced that they’ve lost yet another guard to a season ending ACL injury. Guard Leandro Barbosa injured his knee last night and today it was revealed that he had indeed torn his ACL and will miss the remainder of the Celtics season. Vytis Lasaitis from Hardwood Houdini breaks down how Celtics fans are reacting to the loss of another player this year
  • Matt Shetler from Buckets Over Broadway is looking forward to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest this Saturday, and he’s handicapped the contestants. As it stands now, James White stands as a 5-to-4 front runner, but he’s not the only contestant in the field and the odds are a great way to get an early look at how things are going to pan out.
  • Quixem Ramirez from Air Alamo is sticking with the NBA trade rumor trend and is reporting Hawks guard Josh Smith. Lots of teams have been rumored to have been interested in Smith, but this is the first we’ve heard of the Spurs putting their names into the hat. Quixem tells us why Smith fits and also why it wouldn’t be a crime if the Spurs passed.

Stay tuned to every night to get all the best nuggets of news and rumor as we take you around the NBA and recap your night.

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