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  1. PBT Extra: Chicago looks good while ‘Melo looks frustrated (and at his options)

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:12 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    One game Sunday summed up where two teams are headed, and that is the focus of the latest edition of PBT Extra with myself and Kay Adams. On one hand you have the Bulls, the current third best team in the East and a team the Heat and Pacers would prefer to avoid come the…

  2. Mike D’Antoni doubts Nash returns this season, has he played his last game?

    Mar 3, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    In the most recent documentary video (via Grantland) about Steve Nash’s attempt to return to the NBA following a nerve root issue, you can see he is shaken when he learns of the “stretch provision” of the new CBA. He was afraid if he didn’t return this season the Lakers would use this provision —…

  3. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Miami putting its foot down on the gas

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    The PBT power rankings have returned with not a lot of change from last week — Miami, Indiana, San Antonio and Oklahoma City are the top four (in whatever order you wish) then there is a gap to the Clippers, Rockets and teams trying to knock on that door. Meanwhile the Sixers look like they…

  4. Mark Cuban talks fixing tanking, one-and-done, with Dan Patrick (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors

    There is no easy answer to tanking in the NBA — if there was it would have been fixed already. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban went on the Dan Patrick Show Monday and said there may not be a way to fix it — franchises that are struggling sell their fans on hope, of striking it…

  5. Giannis Antetokounmpo shows off some soccer skills, too (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Indiana Pacers

    Giannis Antetokounmpo, is there anything he can’t do? The most exciting rookie in this year’s class — and maybe in a few years the best player in this class — swung by a Milwaukee Wave indoor soccer league game and turns out the Greek Freak has some soccer skills, too. He showed off a little…

  6. Kobe Bryant says Lakers’ revenge will be “sweet” and “quick”

    Mar 3, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Press Conferences-Media Availabilty 2014

    This would be the definition of playing to the fan base. Although I’m sure Kobe Bryant believes it. There has been plenty of schadenfreude around the league — from other front offices to other fan bases — as the Lakers have fallen into being a hot mess this season. They entered the season with a…

  7. Thunder’s Thabo Sefolosha out 4-6 weeks with calf injury

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Two-fifths of Oklahoma City’s starting lineup — two guys important to their defensive identity — will now be sidelined basically until the playoffs start. Starting two guard Thabo Sefolosha will be out four to six weeks with a calf strain, reports the Oklahoman. The injury occurred Saturday night when the Thunder were beating the Cavs.…

  8. Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan had a duel Sunday (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors and Raptors played the best game of the day Sunday, one that really featured Stephen Curry and DeMar DeRozan taking turns in a little battle much of the night. Curry finished with 34 points on 13-of-27 shooting, carrying the Warriors offense on a night Klay Thompson (4-15) and David Lee (8-of-18) were not…

  9. Sunday night NBA grades: Tony Parker is back and looks good

    Mar 3, 2014, 2:12 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking “I really should see that movie”…. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs. In case you forgot, he’s really good at basketball. He wasn’t really getting going in transition yet, but he was dominant in the half court, scoring 10 of the first 17 Spurs…

  10. Serge Ibaka sends Al Jefferson’s shot into the crowd

    Mar 3, 2014, 1:24 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Oklahoma City Thunder

    That’s an emphatic block. Al Jefferson has more post moves than you can count, but Serge Ibaka was ready for this one and blocked the shot. Hard. I mean it only went into the first row because he had to send it deep across the court first. That’s as big a block as you will…

  11. Tony Parker returns, Spurs look vintage in knocking off Dallas. Again.

    Mar 2, 2014, 10:33 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs

    Tony Parker was back for his first game since the All-Star Game and scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting and that is going to be the big story out of the Spurs win over Dallas Sunday night. And it should be. The Spurs are finally healthy as a team and we may finally get a…

  12. Jermaine O’Neal’s passport goes missing so he misses game in Toronto

    Mar 2, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Golden State could have used Jermaine O’Neal Sunday night in Toronto. However he was back in the Bay Area not making the flight with the team. Not because of injury rather because he couldn’t find his passport, reports Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com. (Warriors’ coach Mark) Jackson during his pregame news conference told reporters he was…

  13. Too many late turnovers, too much DeMar DeRozan doom Warriors against Raptors

    Mar 2, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors

    This showdown of teams with dreams of getting past the first round of the playoffs was shaping up for an exciting ending. For three and a half quarters the teams had traded runs, made some big shots and both sides played some defense. The Warriors had been up 5 with just under 9 minutes left,…

  14. Allen Iverson gets jersey retired in Philadelphia (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2014, 4:11 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards  v Philadelphia 76ers

    You’d be hard pressed to find someone more loved by the fans in the history of Philadelphia sports than Allen Iverson. There were people turned off at first by his style — the cornrows, the tattoos, the guy bringing hip hop into the NBA — but they were won over by his effort, his passion,…

  15. Kevin McHale thinks NBA should raise age limit

    Mar 1, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards

    One of new commissioner Adam Silver’s goals is get the NBA’s age limit raised to 20. He works for the owners and that is something they wanted out of the new collective bargaining agreement but put the issue aside in favor of getting a last minute deal done. Silver has a new ally on this…

  16. Joakim Noah frustrated with rookie Tony Snell’s effort on celebration

    Mar 1, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks

    This may be the most Joakim Noah thing ever — check out the look he shoots rookie Tony Snell when Snell doesn’t give it his all in a run-and-bump post basket celebration Friday night. The Bulls had come from behind and were about to pick up a quality win over Dallas on the road and…

  17. Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic return to Timberwolves lineup Saturday

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Minnesota still holds out hope of making a playoff push — they are 5.5 games back of the eight seed Suns and will need to go about 20-5 the rest of the way to catch Phoenix’s pace. That’d be heck of a run. So it’s good news that Minnesota is about to get its second…

  18. Tyreke Evans almost missed game because he was stuck in hotel elevator

    Mar 1, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Phoenix Suns

    “DNP — Hotel Elevator.” It might have been the best line ever on an official scorecard (even better than Gregg Popovich’s legendary sitting of Tim Duncan with “DNP — old”). New Orleans’ guard Tyreke Evans almost missed the start of his team’s game Friday night in Phoenix because he was stuck in a hotel elevator. That…

  19. PBT Podcast: Your twitter questions get us talking Clippers’ moves, Knicks’ future

    Mar 1, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Clippers

    We’re back with the latest PBT Podcast and today you set the topics — myself and  Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio discuss your twitter questions. First up we discuss the Clippers moves at the buyout deadline — I think getting Glen Davis is huge, Danny Granger on the other hand is not better than Jared…

  20. Report: Jimmer Fredette will sign with Bulls when he clears waivers

    Mar 1, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    We told you a couple days ago this was likely coming. Apparently it is now all but official. When Jimmer Fredette clears waivers at 5 p.m. Sunday he will sign with the Chicago Bulls he has told team management, reports Sam Amick of USA Today. Fredette spent three seasons with the Kings but never found…

  21. Stephen Curry drops triple-double on Knicks at MSG

    Mar 1, 2014, 4:20 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    The NBA’s best players have a thing about being on the biggest stage — they know it and they put on their best performances in Madison Square Garden. Stephen Curry dropped 54 points on the Knicks last season in a coming out party, on Friday night he followed it up with 27 points, 11 rebounds…

  22. Fan runs on court to talk to Kyrie Irving, gets tackled, arrested by security (VIDEO)

    Mar 1, 2014, 12:54 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Cleveland Cavaliers

    This is getting disturbing — three times in the past year a fan has gotten on the court in Cleveland. First there was the “LeBron come back guy” last season, then there was the guy who ran out wearing the Kyrie Irving don’t leave shirt earlier this season. Friday night another person ran out on…

  23. Walt Frazier thinks Carmelo Anthony is going to stay in New York

    Feb 28, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

    It is way more fun to speculate about where Carmelo Anthony is going to land than to say he stays put. It’s far more fun to ride the “what did Anthony say today?” roller coaster. However, the conventional wisdom is he stays a New York Knick. Yes, he stands a better chance of winning a…

  24. Larry Brown: Allen Iverson says Allen Iverson was greatest player ever

    Feb 28, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers talks.

    Confidence was never Allen Iverson’s issue. The guy who might be the first you think of when you think of Philadelphia 76ers basketball (that Dr. J guy was pretty good, too) will have his number retired by the organization on Saturday night. It’s the hottest ticket in Philly. Talking Iverson, Bryant Gumbal and HBO Sports…

  25. It’s official: Danny Granger is a member of the Los Angeles Clippers

    Feb 28, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

    Portland Trailblazers v Indiana Pacers

    Doc Rivers realized earlier this season that this Clippers roster was not going to be enough to contend in the West. Now during buyout season he’s gone and added some talent. Glen Davis as the third big will be the most important addition — he’s solid and that makes him a massive upgrade over Ryan…

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