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  1. Was Tupac at Warriors/Celtics game Wednesday? No. But…

    Mar 6, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT

    tupac look alike

    You know what Tupac Shakur is doing right now? Having lunch with Elvis, Jim Morrison and Andy Kaufman. In heaven (or your afterlife of choice). Because they are all dead. Outside of a hologram at Coachella you are never going to see Tupac again… but then who was that at the Warriors/Celtics game on Wednesday…

  2. Tommy Lasorda gives Clippers impromptu pep talk, Chris Paul walks him back to seat

    Mar 6, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    Tommy Lasorda is a motivator. The legendary Dodger skipper was never a managerial genius with moves that wowed baseball’s intellegentia, but his players would run through a wall for him. He understood enough that is a limping Kirk Gibson wants to pinch-hit in the World Series you send him out there, but mostly he just…

  3. Sixers’ losing streak now 11 games away from setting new NBA record

    Mar 6, 2014, 12:14 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks  v Philadelphia 76ers

    The last time the Philadelphia 76ers won a game it was Jan. 29 in Boston. Since then the Sixers have lost 15 in a row, by an average of 19.8 points a game (a couple 40+ point losses skew that number). Coach Brett Brown is not sure his team will win another game this season…

  4. Andre Blatche with the spin move, then Eurostep, then finger-roll off the glass (VIDEO)

    Mar 6, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Brooklyn Nets

    We bring you this video because words do not do it justice. Brooklyn’s Andre Blatche makes the steal and dribbles the ball up on the break. Then puts a spin move on the first defender to try to stop him. Then Eurosteps around the next to get into the lane, then goes with the George…

  5. The Extra Pass: Four teams for three spots in West playoff race

    Mar 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    Four teams. Three spots. With a quarter of the season remaining that his how the bottom of the Western Conference shakes out. (Minnesota is 4.5 games out of the mix but in the deep Western Conference where it likely takes 47 wins to make the playoffs, meaning they have to go 17-6 the rest of…

  6. Wednesday night NBA grades: Another night, another Joakim Noah triple-double

    Mar 6, 2014, 3:31 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Detroit Pistons

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while suing a casino for letting you bet big while drunk…. Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls. Friend of this site Coach Nick called watching Noah play “coach porn” — he plays with a high IQ, he is focused on defense, he can pass, he moves off…

  7. Kyle Korver’s consecutive games with a three streak comes to end at 127

    Mar 6, 2014, 1:52 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Atlanta Hawks

    Kyle Korver was 0-of-5 from three Wednesday night in an Atlanta loss to Portland. That ends his streak at a record 127 consecutive NBA games with a made three-point bucket, an NBA record. Korver passed former Celtic Dana Baros back in December to take the record away (it had been 89) and kept right on…

  8. Kenneth Faried passes off backboard to himself for bucket (VIDEO)

    Mar 6, 2014, 12:53 AM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013

    Kenneth Faried? Sure, Kenneth Faried. He’s not the first person to pop into your mind on the list of “guys who pass off the backboard to themselves.” But he did that early on Wednesday night. Most times you see this it leads to a dunk but Faried couldn’t pull that off, he got the tip…

  9. PBT And-1 Links: Roy Hibbert’s new bed is ginormous

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Pharrell Williams loves the Arby’s hat… • Roy Hibbert got a new…

  10. The one where Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t have cab fare so runs to Bucks game

    Mar 5, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

    2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

    When teams go into the NBA draft the question isn’t “who is the best player now?” it’s “who is the best player three years, five years from now?” The Bucks may have won that this draft with Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak has all sorts of raw talent and that leads to some amazing plays, but…

  11. PBT Extra: Two man MVP race will go down to wire

    Mar 5, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat

    It’s a two man race for the MVP this season and the two best basketball players walking the face of the earth are basically even heading into the final quarter of the season. Watching Kevin Durant and LeBron James battle this out the rest of the way is going to be fun. We start off…

  12. Watch Russell Westbrook record fastest triple-double in more than 50 years (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Jim Tucker did it in 17 minutes in 1955. That was the last person to record a triple-double faster than Russell Westbrook did on Tuesday night — 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in less than 21 minutes. Kevin Durant dropped 42 points on the sad 76ers as well, but Westbrook’s achievement stood out.…

  13. Don’t look now but Rajon Rondo has a steady three point shot

    Mar 5, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    Last season before his injury, Rajon Rondo shot 24 percent from three. The season before that 23.8 percent. Before that 23.3 percent. His career high season was 31.3. Until now — Rondo is taking more than twice as many as he has before and his hitting a very respectable 36.4 percent of them this season.…

  14. Report: Carmelo Anthony’s camp doesn’t want to wait for 2015 Knicks rebuild

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    Every player says it. Carmelo Anthony is saying it. It’s is some variant of “I’m not about the money, I’m about winning.” Then the money goes on the table and it’s all about the money. That’s the choice facing Carmelo Anthony this summer — a big payday from the Knicks and trust them to rebuild…

  15. Suns’ Leandro Barbosa fractures hand in loss to Clippers

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    With Eric Bledsoe out back in January the Suns turned to Leandro Barbosa to provide a little offensive spark to the second unit. He’s done that somewhat when he’s been healthy, but a series of nagging injuries have slowed him. Now he could be out for a while — Barbosa suffered a fractured left hand…

  16. Anthony Davis had a couple big put-back dunks against Lakers (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    anthony Davis

    New Orleans had lost eight straight games and was on the last day of a long road trip, but they ran into the soothing balm that is the Lakers “defense.” The result was 132 points and a nice win. And a couple high-flying putback dunks by Anthony Davis. Davis finished with 28 points and 15…

  17. The Extra Pass: Talking “Showtime” Lakers with author Jeff Pearlman

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pat Riley and Magic Johnson Game Portrait

    Honestly, most sports books blow. I can’t read them. Jeff Pearlman’s books — “Sweetness,” “The Bad Guys Won!” and “Boys Will Be Boys” — are the exception. The former Sports Illustrated columnist (remember he wrote the legendary John Rocker story for the magazine) combines tireless research and great storytelling. It’s just great writing. His latest…

  18. Tuesday night NBA grades: Westbrook with a triple-double in 21 minutes

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:09 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem if you prefer) and The Roots sing “Let It Go”… Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder. Tell me again how this team is better off without him? Westbrook had a triple double — 13 points, 10 rebounds…

  19. LeBron’s painful final seconds in Houston: elbow to face, missed shot to tie

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:37 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    LeBron James found the final seconds of Miami’s loss to Houston painful. It was a complete contrast with just the night before. First on Tuesday night there was the play above — with 15 seconds left in the game and the Rockets up three James Harden tried to make an ill-advised pass ahead to Dwight…

  20. Howard, Houston pass first test with win over Miami

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:54 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Houston passed the first test. The Rockets NBA’s have the best record since Jan. 1 (19-6 coming into Tuesday night) but a lot of that came against soft competition. That was the easy part, the next couple weeks come a series of tests against the league’s best — from that we’ll get a better sense…

  21. Klay Thompson with game winner to lift Warriors over Pacers (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Indiana Pacers

    This was the kind of game that makes you think Golden State can do a lot of damage in the playoffs. They played good defense (Pacers had just 101.4 points per 100 possessions) and the Warriors hit their threes (10-of-20). They also executed better and had options at the end of the game. Klay Thompson‘s…

  22. Frustrated Tyson Chandler isn’t sure of his future with Knicks

    Mar 4, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Detroit Pistons

    Everything is up in the air with the Knicks. Management’s focus right now is to bring back Carmelo Anthony and to do that they need to shake up the roster — try to dump their biggest contracts to clear out space for free agents, get younger and more athletic. Which means anyone and everyone could…

  23. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reprises “Airplane” role to get you to vacation in Wisconsin (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

    NBA Hall of Famer Abdul-Jabbar smiles as he is interviewed after a bronze statue of himself was unveiled in Los Angeles

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not only a six-time MVP, six-time NBA champion and the guy who scored more points than anyone in the history of the NBA, he also has the greatest supporting actor role in the history of basketball — Roger Murdock in “Airplane.” “The hell I don’t! LISTEN, KID! I’ve been hearing that crap…

  24. Dirk Nowitzki does his Arnold Schwarzenegger impression (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

    Arnold Schwarzenegger In 'Eraser'

    If you think just because Dirk Nowitzki comes from a neighboring country that Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki would do a really good Arnold Schwarzenegger impression… Decide for yourself. I think mine is that good. No, it’s not the most serious thing of the day. But it’s pretty funny so we pass it along.

  25. Report: Bucks owner reaches out to Junior Bridgeman as minority investor, Kareem wants gig, too

    Mar 4, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics

    We’ve told you before that current Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl is looking for more investors to come in, to help keep the team in Milwaukee. It’s a few years out until their lease is up (2017) but a new arena is needed there, even Commissioner Adam Silver has said as much. That leaves other…

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