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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. NBA says refs missed a call at the end of Raptors-Bobcats

    Nov 22, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Lowry questions a call by a referee during their NBA basketball game against Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte

    This doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, you know it was something egregious. The NBA released a statement saying that the officials missed a foul call at the end of the game between the Raptors and the Bobcats on Wednesday. Charlotte was leading by one, when the ball was inbounded to Andrea Bargnani.…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Al Horford’s little brother reacts to a close-up look at a cheerleader, and it’s priceless (VIDEO)

    Nov 22, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    The young man in the video clip above is the little brother of Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, and even at his tender age, he already has a fascination with the ladies. The fun took place during Wednesday’s game between the Hawks and the Wizards. While initially distracted by the free candy (because hey, free…

  13. Blazers coach Stotts calls out Meyers Leonard

    Nov 22, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Meyers Leonard

    The Suns had no problem with the Blazers on Wednesday, and Portland’s front line defense, or lack thereof, was the main reason why. Marcin Gortat and Jermaine O’Neal combined for 39 points on 18-of-23 shooting, and a lot of those buckets came at the expense of Meyers Leonard. Leonard is a rookie who now has…

  14. Video: Kevin Love is back and he didn’t miss a beat

    Nov 22, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Danilo Gallinari

    Kevin Love returned from his broken hand — from doing knuckle pushups — on Wednesday night, but we have to remember he has been out a while and we should give him time to…. What? He dropped 34 points and 14 rebounds on the Nuggets? Oh. Never mind then. Kevin Love is back and that…

  15. Brandon Roy admits he has level III arthritis in knee. That’s not good.

    Nov 22, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy opened up and was honest with the Oregonian Thursday about why he came back and where his knees are at following his latest surgery on Monday. It’s not good. Roy admitted that he was bothered a lot by the idea he had left basketball too soon, that he could have done more. He…

  16. Not good: Brandon Rush tore MCL as well as ACL

    Nov 22, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Brandon Rush, Shannon Brown

    Brandon Rush was already not coming back to the Warriors this season (which sucks, they could use him right about now with injuries on their perimeter), but now you have to wonder at what point next season he’ll be back. Rush has torn his MCL as well as his ACL in his left knee. What…

  17. Kevin Durant hits courtside fan with a pass, kisses her to apologize (VIDEO)

    Nov 22, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant is nothing short of a killer on the basketball court, as evidenced by his 35-point effort which helped his team to an overtime win over one of the league’s top teams. But he was able to showcase his softer side at the same time. With just over seven minutes to play in the…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers, Celtics both lose; it’s not the ‘80s anymore

    Nov 22, 2012, 5:22 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Our nightly recap of the games from around the NBA. Or, what you missed while going out tonight because you have to deal with your family tomorrow… Thunder 117, Clippers 111 (OT): Nobody stops Chris Paul, but the Thunder did a better job of slowing him down than anyone has this season and that’s how…

  19. Three Stars of the Night, two Kevins, and one kiss

    Nov 22, 2012, 2:14 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant is guarded by Los Angeles Clippers' Griffin and Odom during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Just a monster 14-game slate this Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, so before we give you our Three Stars, let’s break off a few honorable mentions. In Boston, there was Tony Parker shredding the Celtics for 26 points and six assists on 12-of-17 shooting. In Miami, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each had 28 points, but…

  20. Thunder 117, Clippers 111: A Chris Paul survival guide

    Nov 22, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Chris Paul is terrifying, and he knows it. Paul doesn’t score just to score — he does it to establish the threat. When you’re 6-foot-nothing in a league filled with giants, you manipulate instead of overwhelm. Paul can have 6 points and it will feel like he’s dominating, just because he made his shadow look…

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