Jimmer goes for 35, keeping dream alive

TORONTO — There was Jimmer Fredette as you might remember him: basketball in his hands, pulling up from unconscionable distances, hitting from unconscionable distances, taking over a game, feeling it.

Warning: Be leery of NBA trade denials

Trade deadline is in full swing now that we’ve hit NBA All-Star weekend. Most fans love talking rumors. It’s a way to imagine your team taking a leap in talent. Always wanted a certain superstar to join your team. Now is the time to see if there is smoke.

Seven crazy stats at the All-Star break

With the All-Star Weekend upon us, it’s a good time to take a little time and review some of the more spectacular games, outstanding performances and ridiculous numbers from the season so far.

Latest buzz as NBA trade deadline nears

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. ET, and as usual, the rumors have begun to swirl in full. With the league’s annual summit at All-Star weekend days away and meetings set to take place behind closed doors, the buzz will only intensify as the deadline nears.

Shaq, Iverson among finalists for Hall

Former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell and former Georgetown and NBA star Allen Iverson are among the 14 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s class of 2016. The names were announced Friday afternoon in Toronto, site of this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game.

Latest: Cavs, Morris, Millsap, Clippers

Along with reported interest in Hawks swingman Kyle Korver and Kings shooting guard Ben McLemore, the Cavaliers are expected to make a run at Nets swingman Joe Johnson, per Cleveland.com.

Cavs’ Lue holding LeBron accountable

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — After sitting in on film sessions as a Los Angeles Lakers bench player when Phil Jackson would peel the paint off the walls while tearing into superstars like Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, Tyronn Lue feels comfortable doing the same coaching LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Potential spots if Rockets trade Howard

With the Houston Rockets making calls to gauge interest in former All-Star Dwight Howard, The Vertical takes a look at why it could be hard for them to move the 30-year-old center, some possible trade partners, as well as the specifics of Howard’s current contract.