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  1. Rockets give GM Daryl Morey four-year extension

    Mar 7, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been more popular outside Houston and with the media — particularly the NBA blogosphere — than inside Houston. They keep hearing about the brilliance but what they saw was a team that was pretty mediocre at best (because the bodies of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming gave out, both pre-Morey…

  2. If Kyrie Irving’s knee keeps bothering him, Cavs may shut him down

    Mar 7, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Cleveland has to look at everything Kyrie Irving related as long term. There is nothing to play for this season. There was no rush to bring Irving back from the knee injury that cost him the first half of the season. So when after Wednesday night’s Cavaliers win Irving said his knee was still bothering…

  3. Suns Marcin Gortat sprains foot, likely done for season

    Mar 7, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat

    Marcin Gortat, one of the few reliable players on the Suns night in and night out this season (and a guy whose role has shrunk as they try to develop young players) could be done for the year. The Suns announced that Gortat has a sprained foot and would be out three to four weeks.…

  4. Look at the Lakers, look at the math and Utah should be nervous

    Mar 7, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Metta World Peace

    The Lakers keep on winning — even if it requires them to come from 25 points down on the road against the Hornets (who despite their record have been playing better lately). But that was only half the equation — the Lakers were always going to need help from one or more of the teams…

  5. NBA wedding roundup: LeBron sets date; Jordan files for license

    Mar 7, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Award Presentation - Inside

    And now we come to the wedding section of ProBasketballTalk… We have two bits of NBA wedding-related news to send out. Because we are a full service blog here. First is that LeBron James and his long-time girlfriend and current fiancée Savannah Brinson have set a date. Of course, TMZ has the story, because they…

  6. Dwight Howard tries to clarify thoughts on Orlando, teammates

    Mar 7, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Whenever someone famous tries to clarify a previous statement, does it really help? Nonetheless, Dwight Howard felt obligated. In a recent interview he said about Orlando that “…was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face.” I can’t imagine…

  7. Hornets’ Austin Rivers out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

    Mar 7, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

    Austin Rivers

    Austin Rivers may have been finally starting to figure it out. But now we’re not going to find out for a while. Rivers will be out four to six weeks with a broken fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand suffered in the Hornets come-from-ahead loss to the Lakers Wednesday night. Which is to say…

  8. Report: Raptors plan to offer Rudy Gay contract extension

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Rudy Gay reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Oakland

    Rudy Gay won a lot of fans over when he first went to Toronto, but since then he has burned through a lot of that capital he built up. Gay is scoring 19.8 points a game but is shooting just 39 percent overall and 23.3 percent from three. Sorry to tell you this Raptors fans,…

  9. Report: Sixers almost acquired Josh Smith at deadline

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    Josh Smith, Devin Harris

    On paper it’s an impressive front line — Andrew Bynum and Josh Smith. On the court… that would have been interesting. I mean, assuming Bynum ever gets back on the court. Like the Bucks backcourt, it could be both amazing and painfully bad, not even game to game but quarter to quarter. We will not…

  10. Dwight Howard blocks Robin Lopez to save Lakers win (VIDEO)

    Mar 7, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

    Robin Lopez, Al-Farouq Aminu, Dwight Howard

    There were two parts to the Lakers dramatic comeback win, when the Lakers outscored the Hornets 33-9 in the fourth quarter. One part was Kobe Bryant taking over on the offensive end of the floor. He gets most of the kudos and most of the highlights because his effort is easy to quantify. The other…

  11. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Celtics 11-0 run closes out Pacers

    Mar 7, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

    Jason Terry, Jordan Crawford

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what live is like for a poor sultan…. Lakers 108, Hornets 102: The Lakers were down 25 in the third quarter, 18 entering the fourth. But then Kobe Bryant took over the offense and Dwight Howard the defense, the Hornets fell…

  12. Klay Thompson nails game winning three for Warriors (VIDEO)

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Klay Thompson

    Klay Thompson gets the glory because he hit the dagger shot, but Stephen Curry and David Lee made this possible. Off the inbounds, the play has Curry come off a high Lee/Andrew Bogut double screen. Lee’s man goes to trap Curry and that’s where Lee makes the smart move and pops out rather than rolls…

  13. Insane: Crawford throws between legs alley-oop to Griffin for tomahawk dunk (VIDEO)

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Larry Sanders, Brandon Jennings

    Lob City has been throwing alley-oops and putting on a show now for years, there have been more high-flying dunks that we can remember. This is the best alley-oop they have ever done. We can argue about the best dunk overall, but this tops the alley-oops for me, and the open-court throwdowns. This is just…

  14. Three Stars of the Night: Guys that got (or almost got) their team wins

    Mar 7, 2013, 2:11 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Lots of close games, lots of crazy buzzer beaters on Wednesday night. But it wasn’t just the Jeff Greens and Klay Thompsons that got their team wins, it was others like the three guys below. Except for the Third Star, he tried but got undone by some guy named LeBron. Third Star: Nikola Vucevic (25…

  15. Jeff Green hits game-winning layup, completes Celtics improbable comeback (VIDEO)

    Mar 7, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

    Jeff Green

    With a little over four minutes left in this game, the Pacers were up nine and seemingly in control of this game. But that Jeff Green layup with .05 on the clock capped an 11-0 Celtics run to win the game 83-81. It’s a play that happened because everyone on the planet expected Kevin Garnett…

  16. Lakers make improbable comeback, survive the Hornets

    Mar 7, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The Lakers entered the 4th quarter against the Hornets trailing by 18 points, 93-75. Up to that point in the game there was little reason to think that anything but a disappointing loss for the Lakers was on tap. Sure, they were on the 2nd night of a back to back and were coming off…

  17. LeBron hits game-winning lay-up, lifts Heat over Magic (VIDEO)

    Mar 6, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Miami came in having won 15 in a row, but that doesn’t mean they were now immune to the early-season lethargy that saw them losing games they shouldn’t have. We got to see “coasting Miami” again Wednesday night against the Magic, a team that is scrappy but not very talented. Scrappy was almost enough —…

  18. As expected Kobe, Howard, World Peace all start for Lakers Wednesday

    Mar 6, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    If this were a game in December, or if the Lakers were not in need of every win they can get to make it into the playoffs, then there is a good chance that at least one if not more of the trio of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace would sit out…

  19. Wednesday And-1 links: Greg Oden looking at four teams this summer

    Mar 6, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    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. • Greg Oden’s agent Mike Conley Sr. (yes, the father of the Memphis point…

  20. Carmelo has fluid on knee, will not play Wednesday vs. Pistons

    Mar 6, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    UPDATE 6:32 pm: And what we expected has become official, the Knicks have announced Carmelo Anthony will not play Wednesday night against Detroit, tweets Marc Berman of the New York Post (as well as other media). Will Anthony play against Oklahoma City on Thursday? It’s possible, coach Mike Woodson said. Personally I wouldn’t bet on it,…

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