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  1. Would New Orleans consider trading Eric Gordon? Maybe.

    Feb 14, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon didn’t make a lot of friends in the New Orleans fan base last summer when he begged the organization not to match the max-contract offer from the Phoenix Suns. Then Gordon was back in Los Angeles dealing with knee pain for the first half of the season. Now since his return he’s had…

  2. Remembering Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and the 1988 dunk contest

    Feb 14, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    Jordan Dunk

    Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins was on the Dan Patrick Radio Show Thursday talking about the legacy of Michael Jordan. It was Jenkins that wrote the SI cover piece on Jordan at age 50 for the next edition (once you stop looking at Kate Upton and the last edition). It’s interesting because often fans tend to…

  3. How Michael Jordan altered what we expect from every athlete who followed him

    Feb 14, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan dunk

    There were fierce competitors in the NBA long before Michael Jordan ever stepped on a court. Go watch an interview with Bill Russell talking about how he hated to lose read about Jerry West and how big losses would make him physically ill. But no player in any sport has had an ultra-competitiveness fused with…

  4. Report: Bobcats working to trade Gordon after incident with coach

    Feb 14, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    Ben Gordon

    Ben Gordon was already on the trade block — Charlotte had used him as part of an offer to Brooklyn to pry Kris Humphries away. So far the Nets haven’t taken the bait as they have shopped Humphries around for players the Nets actually want. But now the Nets have really stepped up their efforts…

  5. Clippers’ Ryan Hollins kicks Jeremy Lin while he’s down (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-ROCKETS-CLIPPERS

    Ryan Hollins, get out your checkbook, because that is going to cost you. Houston’s Jeremy got banged around pretty good Wednesday night. First came the play where he tweaked his wrist after getting knocked to the ground on a drive. That happens. But a few possessions later Lin stripped Ryan Hollins of the ball and…

  6. Paul Pierce is playing with a pinched nerve in his neck

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forwards Pierce and Bass react after a Celtics basket in the final minutes of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Boston

    Paul Pierce has been playing in pain all season. If you saw the slight downtick in his scoring numbers — scoring 18.5 points a game, one less than last year, shooting 41.5 percent, down from 44.3 percent — you could easily attribute that to age for the 35-year-old who still carries a heavy scoring load…

  7. Average NBA ticket passes $50, up 3.5% from year before

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Grizzlies arena

    It’s expensive to go to an NBA game. According to an annual report published at ESPN, the cost of the average NBA ticket is $50.99, up 3.5 percent from the year before. That is still less than the average NFL ticket ($78, and those stadiums are much larger) and the NHL ($61), but less than…

  8. A win for longevity: Vince Carter passes Larry Bird on all-time scoring list

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Last night a 36-year-old Vince Carter channeled the version of himself from 12 years ago (if that younger self was a better three-point shooter) and dominated the key stretch of the Mavericks win over the Kings. Carter scored 17 points in the third quarter with a barrage of threes, going 5-of-7 from deep in the…

  9. Kevin Garnett says this will be his last All-Star Game

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    This weekend will be Kevin Garnett’s 15th All-Star Game. He has been part of every one since 1997 and this year he was voted in by the fans as an All-Star starter. And he says it will be his last one. The video is above but here is the money quote, via A. Sherrod Blakely…

  10. The Extra Pass: Breaking Down Houston’s Transition Game (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    James Harden

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at the fastbreak of the Houston Rockets. You’re probably aware of how brilliant James Harden has been, but this season has been about more than just Harden for Houston. The big…

  11. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Break up the Raptors, that’s four straight wins

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Johnson and Gay defend New York Knicks' Stoudemire during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at toys you can buy that would traumatize your child…. Celtics 71, Bulls 69: Man this game was ugly. You knew it was going to be low scoring — two defensive minded teams both missing the point guard that stirs their…

  12. ‘Melo suffers deep arm bruise, may sit out All-Star Game

    Feb 14, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    Early in the Knicks loss Wednesday night Carmelo Anthony stepped in front of a driving DeMar DeRozan and tried to take the charge. What he got instead was an elbow to the bicep of his right arm. His shooting arm. He said after the game it was a deep bruise that left him with numbness…

  13. Three Stars of the Night: Two All-Stars and a guy who should have been

    Feb 14, 2013, 2:27 AM EDT

    Gerald Henderson, Paul George

    I wanted to do an all All-Star edition of three stars tonight, but I couldn’t leave Josh Smith off (representing he and Al Horford, who alone almost beat the Magic)… but he should have been one. So I’m calling this the All-Star edition anyway. As always some guys are close but just missed out. Joe…

  14. Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning corner three to beat Cavaliers (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard, Dion Waiters

    This is what the Spurs do — make a mistake and you pay the price. Down two with 8 seconds left in Cleveland, Tony Parker gets the ball out top and drives the lane. If you don’t take that away from him one of the best point guards in the game will tie it up.…

  15. It’s not pretty but Celtics will take it, rally to beat Bulls

    Feb 13, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    You know how the last day before you go on a much-anticipated vacation you are pretty much useless at work? Your body is at the job but your mind is doing tequila shots in Cancun. That was pretty much the Bulls at the Celtics Wednesday. It’s ugly. Joan Rivers without plastic surgery ugly. This is…

  16. Andre Miller three-quarter court alley-oop to JaVale McGee (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee, Hasheem Thabeet

    Andre Miller is as good a lob passer as there is in the NBA, but even this is at the edge of his range. JaVale McGee can be as good a finisher as there is in the NBA, but he is as capable of a blooper as a highlight play. Yet it all worked out…

  17. Stephen Curry practices for Three Point Contest, he’s not going to be easy to beat (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    Stephen Curry takes just shy of seven three pointers a game and hits 44.7 percent of them. He shoots 54.7 percent on corner threes (but he’s better from the right than the left recently) and shooting 43.5 percent from above the break. Here he is practicing for the All-Star Saturday night Three Point Contest. With…

  18. Carmelo amazed with LeBron’s run, but says don’t give him MVP yet

    Feb 13, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony reacts in front of Los Angeles Clippers Jamal Crawford after three-point shot in NBA game in New York

    Carmelo Anthony is as impressed as everyone else with LeBron James’ historic run — six games in a row with more than 30 points and shooting better than 70 percent overall in that stretch. It’s getting LeBron mentioned in the same breath with Jordan. Which is jumping the gun a bit. And so is just…

  19. Brandon Jennings says everything is good with Bucks. So stop asking.

    Feb 13, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    Brandon Jennings had no choice but this. If you watched what the disaster that was Dwight Howard getting out of Orlando, it had to be that even if you want to leave town you insist vehemently that you don’t. The rumors have been out for a while now that Brandon Jennings is unhappy wants out…

  20. Wednesday And-1 links: Woodson says Shumpert will not be moved

    Feb 13, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    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 like Bobby Flay loves chipotle. • Knicks coach Mike Woodson was on ESPN radio…

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