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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kyrie Irving outduels Rajon Rondo

    Jan 23, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving, Avery Bradley

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while waiting five days for that goat cheese fire to butn itself out… Thunder 109, Clippers 98: This was a four-point game at the half, then Kevin Durant happened. The Clippers were without their star in Chris Paul — bruised knee — but…

  2. Watch Kyrie Irving drop 40 on the Celtics (VIDEO)

    Jan 23, 2013, 8:06 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    I know he missed a chunk of the season, but watch this game and tell me Kyrie Irving doesn’t deserve to be an All-Star. Irving was the best player on the court when the Cavaliers took on the Celtics and he won Cleveland that game with a variety of shots — driving layups, pull-up midrange…

  3. Caron Butler’s blocked shot knocks down referee (VIDEO)

    Jan 23, 2013, 3:22 AM EST

    Derek Richardson

    It’s a little odd to type that Caron Butler blocked a Serge Ibaka shot (you just expect the reverse) but that’s not the strange part of this second quarter play. Butler had played good defense on Kevin Durant (he did that in the first half), forcing a pass to Ibaka. As Ibaka drove then rose…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: A couple All-Stars and an Ilyasova

    Jan 23, 2013, 2:57 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving, Avery Bradley

    Sometimes you watch a game and a certain player just jumps off the screen at you. These were the three who did that for me on Tuesday. And yes, I know that Kyrie Irving has not yet been named an All-Star, but I think that changes Thursday. He’s going to get Doc Rivers vote. Third…

  5. Kevin Durant delivers daggers as the Thunder roll over the Clippers

    Jan 23, 2013, 2:32 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    In a big road test against the Los Angeles Clippers for Western Conference supremacy, Kevin Durant was unproductive and almost non-existent to start the game. Those aren’t words you typically use to describe Durant at any point, but it was inexplicably true. The league’s leading scorer was quiet throughout the first quarter, scoring only one…

  6. Sources: “Mega-Whales” Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov in serious talks with Sacramento

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:50 PM EST

    Ron Burkle2

    There aren’t a lot of people willing to give Sacramento much of a fighting chance to hold on to the Kings, but they’re not going down without a big money fight. Sources familiar with the situation tell ProBasketballTalk that “mega whales” Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov are in serious talks with the city of Sacramento…

  7. Suns’ O’Neal takes to twitter to deny argument with GM

    Jan 22, 2013, 10:40 PM EST

    Jermaine O'Neal

    Never happened. What are you talking about. I’ll be up front and say I am not buying what he’s selling, but  Suns big man Jermaine O’Neal took to twitter to deny a report that he got in a loud argument general manager Lance Blanks not far outside the Suns locker room People should be ashamed…

  8. Chris Paul out for Clippers in showdown with Thunder

    Jan 22, 2013, 9:54 PM EST

    Chris Paul

    Well, this takes a little luster off what could have been the game of the week. Chris Paul will not suit up for the Clippers on Tuesday night against the Thunder, coach Vinny Del Negro confirmed before the game. It’s the right move for Los Angeles — Paul had missed three games with a bruised…

  9. George Karl on JaVale McGee: “lazy and crazy isn’t going to make it work”

    Jan 22, 2013, 9:45 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Denver Nuggets

    The Denver Post has a story about how the Nuggets are being patient with the wildly erratic JaVale McGee — they gave him four years, $44 million last summer and now say it’s just fine that Kosta Koufos beat him out for the starting job because it’s about the long term. The Nuggets brass has…

  10. PBT Extra: Talking Lakers disaster, biggest positive surprise

    Jan 22, 2013, 7:49 PM EST

    Lakers' Bryant puts his jersey in his mouth during a break in play against the Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    People love a good train wreck. And there may be no more apt description of the Lakers right now. Kay Adams and I talk what is wrong with the Lakers — well, we could have gone on for a full hour but we kept it short. Topics include Mike D’Antoni, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Kobe…

  11. In case you missed it: Charles Barkley can’t tie his own tie (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2013, 7:07 PM EST

    Charles Barkley

    Charles Barkley was in Philadelphia Monday, where the Spurs took on the Sixers, and the TNT cameras caught this moment — Charles Barkley can’t tie his own tie. That would be CSNPhilly.com’s Sixers Insider Dei Lynam doing the honors. Thanks to The 700 Level for the video.

  12. Danny Ainge walks back some of Doc Rivers trade talk

    Jan 22, 2013, 6:39 PM EST

    Danny Ainge

    A couple days ago a frustrated Doc Rivers sounded like a guy who wanted a trade done to shake up and improve his roster. Because, at that moment I bet he did. But Rivers is a coach, it’s Danny Ainge who pulls the trigger on such deals. And he once again denied any plans to…

  13. Dwight Howard/Nets trade rumor shot down. True or not, consider Howard rumor season open.

    Jan 22, 2013, 6:29 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The point here is not the specific rumor itself but what it signifies. This morning there was a report on Real GM that seemed to sweep across twitter and the Internet like a buffalo stampede — the Nets had interest in acquiring disgruntled Laker Dwight Howard. (I’m calling him disgruntled because I watched him play…

  14. Derrick Rose could have full-contact practices this week

    Jan 22, 2013, 4:45 PM EST

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    The official word on the return of Derrick Rose to the Bulls has always been “after the All-Star Break.” But it’s feeling more and more like it could be a little sooner than that from the blown up ACL he had in the first game of the playoffs last season. Here is the latest update…

  15. Report: Suns’ O’Neal, team GM in profanity-filled argument. O’Neal not with team on road.

    Jan 22, 2013, 3:55 PM EST

    Jermaine O'Neal

    Losing is hard on a locker room and the Suns aren’t really used to it — even when they didn’t make the playoffs the past couple years they almost did thanks to Steve Nash. Then they traded Steve Nash. Already Alvin Gentry has been let go as coach and now comes a report that Jermaine…

  16. Lakers are a perfect storm of bad, with no easy way to port

    Jan 22, 2013, 2:32 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Howard, Bryant, Nash and World Peace talk during a timeout in their NBA basketball game against Miami Heat in Los Angeles

    The Lakers have been bad all season. Frustration with the team — among players and fans — is coming to a head as the Lakers head into a seeming death spiral and it becomes more and more clear that their $100 million roster of superstars isn’t even going to make the playoffs. (It’s not impossible…

  17. LeBron James sings Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” and much more (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:26 PM EST

    LeBron Sunglasses

    LeBron James, the best basketball player walking the face of the earth, cannot sing. At all. Which is why we present you the video above, from the South Beach Battioke event over the weekend (put on by Shane Battier to raise money for his Take Charge Foundation which helps at-risk youth get an education). That…

  18. Guess What? Kobe Bryant is frustrated with the Lakers, too

    Jan 22, 2013, 12:31 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Is there anyone around the Lakers — players, coaches, front office people, fans, people who sweep the floors at Staples Center — who isn’t frustrated with the Lakers? Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard expressed their frustration earlier. It’s been pretty clear for a while that Kobe Bryant was among the most frustrated of all. After…

  19. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Situations (Pacific Division)

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:50 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Yesterday, we looked at the Northwest Division. Today, we head out to the Pacific Division. Los Angeles Clippers: 32-10, 1st in Pacific Division, $440,000 short of tax Off Limits: Blake Griffin and Chris…

  20. Spurs Kawhi Leonard says nail on floor cut his knee open

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

    Kawhi Leonard Gregg Popovich

    With 1:31 left in the Spurs win in Philadelphia Sunday, Kawhi Leonard had to leave the game after going to the floor and coming up with something wrong with his knee that was of concern. What is more interesting is his explanation, via the San Antonio Express News Spurs blog. “I just hit the hardwood…

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