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  1. When Nash comes back Kobe says he can just focus on scoring

    Nov 26, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Right now we get to see Kobe Bryant running a lot of pick-and-roll when we watch a Lakers game — and it’s not bad. He was never really asked to do this in the triangle offense, but he has shown real skill at decision making on setting up teammates and when to get the points…

  2. Video: Manu Ginobili embarrasses DeRozan on way to and-1

    Nov 26, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Manu Ginobili is a wizard. A warlock. A guy who just keeps making plays he shouldn’t be able to make. Not much to say here other than “damn, that sucks for DeMar DeRozan” because this is going to get run on every highlight show in North America a whole lot.

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Celtics, Spurs need OT for wins

    Nov 26, 2012, 5:26 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili; DeMar DeRozan;

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while out buying a $4.2 million gold Christmas tree… Spurs 111, Raptors 106 (2OT): Now this is a close game — at the end of every quarter and the first overtime this was a one-point or tied game. Toronto needs to…

  4. Paul Pierce is playing more like Ray Allen this season

    Nov 25, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Maybe the answer to the question “how are the Celtics going to replace Ray Allen?” was always there, we just didn’t expect it. How about a little Paul Pierce. If you’ve watched some Celtics games this season you have seen Pierce, a shot creator for most of his career, working more off the ball coming…

  5. Report: Andrew Bogut targeting return to court next Saturday

    Nov 25, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    He’s been getting specialized shots to help speed up the recovery of his ankle, the one he had surgery on this past summer. The one that has kept him out of training camp and all but four limited-minutes games for Golden State this season. But Andrew Bogut is expected to be back on the practice…

  6. Andrew Bynum out indefinitely, no timeline to join Sixers

    Nov 24, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Injured Philadelphia 76ers Andrew Bynum smiles before the start of the NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia rolled the dice this summer on making Andrew Bynum their future — they traded Andre Iguodala for him. They sold the fans on how they could build around him. It’s far too early to say it came up snake eyes, but at the very least this is not going to be an easy point…

  7. Doc Rivers talk gets Celtics back in their groove

    Nov 24, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics, Paul Pierce

    Last Wednesday night San Antonio went into Boston and pretty much did whatever they wanted against the Celtics, winning easily 112-100. They did it for a few reasons — Tim Duncan is moving like he is 25 again, for one — but in large part it was because the Spurs players stuck to their roles…

  8. Report: Lakers reach out to Mickael Pietrus

    Nov 24, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Celtics guard Pietrus reacts after a three point shot in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta.

    This likely isn’t going anywhere for the same reason it hasn’t gone anywhere with Indiana or San Antonio or a host of other NBA teams. But a day after a report surfaced that the Lakers had some interest in Raja Bell if he reaches a buyout deal with Utah, comes this report about the Lakers…

  9. Royce White still not with Rockets, attacks Wojnarowski on twitter

    Nov 24, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Royce White

    One of the key lessons in life, for some people one of the hard ones to learn, is to pick your battles. When to let some things just go in pursuit of a more important, larger goal. With that in mind, we bring you two bits of news about Royce White, the No. 16 pick…

  10. Video: Denver Nuggets’ all-passing fast break

    Nov 24, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee Stephen Curry

    Even coach Norman Dale would be happy with the play on this fast break… While Denver was running past Golden State Friday night to pick up their third straight win they put together this beautiful break that resulted in an and-1 for JaVale McGee. We knew Denver wanted to run going into the season but…

  11. After scoring 24, Kevin Love says he’s not close to 100 percent

    Nov 24, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

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    If you just look at the raw numbers, Kevin Love had a good night in Portland: 24 points and 13 rebounds. Right at the kind of numbers he put up last year as an All-Star. But this wasn’t an efficient Love leading his team (the Timberwolves lost to the Trail Blazers and a red hot…

  12. Video: Blake Griffin with insane block on Deron Williams

    Nov 23, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    deron Williams

    Oh me oh my. (Well, they probably said that on the Clippers’ broadcast.) Blake Griffin is not usually the fastest with defensive rotations, but sometimes athleticism can make up for a lot. Just ask Deron Williams, who thought he had a path to the rim only to run into Griffin and get blocked — not…

  13. Kobe Bryant suggests D’Antoni is like Jackson (not so much Brown)

    Nov 23, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Mike D'Antoni

    While the Lakers were a hot mess in their loss to Sacramento — they turned the ball over like they were still running Princeton sets, Dwight Howard looked tired and slow, they let the pace drag and more — there still was something about this team now with Mike D’Antoni that was not there with…

  14. Video: Watch DeAndre Jordan’s summer workout routine

    Nov 23, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    DeAndre Jordan is having a career year — 10.6 points per game on 66.2 percent shooting, he’s taken on more of the offense and is absorbing it and producing. Plus he has been improved on defense. Those kinds of improvements are earned in the off-season and here is a video of Jordan’s workouts this summer.…

  15. Chris Bosh isn’t worried about what you think he should do

    Nov 23, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh poses for a portrait during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    Chris Bosh doesn’t care what numbers you think he should hit. Before last season Bosh predicted he would grab 10 rebounds a game, he grabbed jus 7.9. The Heat won the NBA title. Bosh will make that trade any day of the week. So this season he isn’t worrying about the numbers, it’s the flow…

  16. Maybe Indiana is figuring out how to win without Granger

    Nov 23, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Paul George, Lance Stephenson

    For those of us who came into this season saying the Indiana Pacers were likely the second best team in the East, their ugly 3-6 start didn’t look good at all. Especially if you watched them play and saw an offense that looked as lethargic as you felt right after your third helping of Thanksgiving…

  17. Kobe Bryant has nicknamed Steve Nash “Gatsby”

    Nov 23, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada and Kobe Bryant react during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    It was an innocuous comment in a Los Angeles Times article about Kobe Bryant’s efficient play this season, but J.E. Skeets noticed it and put it on twitter. Bringing the ball up and having me kind of initiate the offense and score and stuff like that, it’s making me work a little more than I…

  18. Jeff Green finally to face former team… and he yawns

    Nov 23, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Jeff Green, Al Jefferson

    Last January, when Kendrick Perkins faced the Celtics for the first time since they traded him away, Jeff Green was home. Recovering from heart surgery, which was a pretty good excuse to skip the game. But that changes Friday when Green takes on the team that moved him in a still-controversial 2010 deadline deal when…

  19. Stackhouse and ‘Sheed did it, so how about a Michael Finley comeback?

    Nov 23, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Sacramento Kings

    We last saw Michael Finley as a guy who barely got off the Boston Celtics bench in the 2010 playoffs, and when he did he shot just 25 percent. After that, the former All-Star walked away from the game to become a part of the Dallas Mavericks front office staff. But the long time Maverick…

  20. Video: If you missed it, Iguodala dunked all over Kirilenko

    Nov 23, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    This is why the Denver Nuggets were drooling over the idea of adding Andre Iguodala to their team — he’s an elite wing defender and he can finish strong in transition. Don’t take my word for it, ask Andrei Kirilenko, who got in front of the Iggy express last Wednesday and got run over. Hat tip…

  21. Coach says Jeremy Lin benched in fourth because of defense

    Nov 23, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    It was a back-and-forth game in the fourth quarter Wednesday night between the Rockets and Bulls, one that wasn’t decided until a late 10-0 Rockets run. And Jeremy Lin wasn’t on the court for much of it. After a regular nearly 9 minute stint to open the second half, Lin came out and barely got…

  22. Players questioning Lawrence Frank’s rotations in Detroit

    Nov 23, 2012, 3:24 AM EDT

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    Nobody really expected the Detroit Pistons to be all that good this year — this is a rebuilding team trying to grow and see what they really have with players like Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight, Kyle Singler, Andre Drummond and more. But they haven’t lived up to even those low expectations — they are bottom…

  23. Jeremy Lin says he thinks ‘Melo, Stoudemire can coexist, too

    Nov 22, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Knicks are off to an impressive 8-2 start, their offense is clicking at the highest level in the league (111.7 points per 100 possessions), yet there is a big question looming over New York’s season — can Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire play well together? Stoudemire has been out all season following knee surgery,…

  24. Video: Kenyan Orphans re-create 1987 NBA Eastern Conference Finals (for charity)

    Nov 22, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Is this a cheap publicity stunt to raise money for an orphanage in Kenya? Yes. No doubt. And we’re good with it for two reasons — first, it’s a really entertaining video. Job well done. And sorry you have to relive that, Pistons fans. Second, and most importantly, it’s a good cause. If you are…

  25. Five early season NBA trends to be thankful for

    Nov 22, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Shane Battier

    We are 10 games or so into the NBA season and one thing is clear — this is fun. Not everything is fitting neatly into the preseason prediction boxes and that is the best part of being a sports fan. We at PBT are thankful for a lot of things. All of you who read…

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