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  1. GM says Bucks don’t have plans to trade Jennings or Ellis

    Jan 25, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Bucks general manager John Hammond just got a three-year contract extension. He’s also the guy that brought together the Brandon Jennings/Monta Ellis backcourt. So, you expect them to break it up at the deadline? In talking with Bucks.com, Hammond said that is not the plan. “We like our team, we really like Brandon and Monta.…

  2. Dwight Howard cleared to play Friday for Lakers vs. Utah

    Jan 25, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard tweaked his shoulder Wednesday night — he ran into a Rudy Gay pick and not long after was grabbing the right shoulder, the one he missed three games because it had a torn labrum earlier in the month. Howard did not return to the lineup. But he will be back and ready to…

  3. PBT Podcast: Celtics, Clippers, Suns, Lakers, All-Star reserves, and a chat with Chauncey Billups

    Jan 25, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the Thursday night TNT matchups, where the Knicks took care of the Celtics, and the Suns surprised a Clippers team playing without Chris Paul. We wonder what the issues are with Boston’s offense, and whether or not they have the assets…

  4. Delonte West, Rashad McCants join Texas in D-League

    Jan 25, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    delonte

    Delonte West couldn’t land an NBA gig this season — despite giving them solid guard play and 9.6 points a game last season the Mavericks let him go and nobody has picked him up. So to prove his worth, we told you he put his name in the D-League player pool. And who grabbed him?…

  5. LeBron wants to see All-Star rosters expanded to 15

    Jan 25, 2013, 1:39 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Last night the reserves for the NBA All-Star game were announced — first the fans vote in the starting five, then the coaches pick the seven reserves. Then it didn’t take long before we were talking about who got snubbed — Stephen Curry, Paul Pierce and a host of others who were on the bubble and…

  6. Boston’s offense is problem, fixes may have to come from within

    Jan 25, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo

    Boston is two games below .500 and it’s become evident this isn’t a problem isn’t gong away easily. Boston’s offense is 21st in the NBA scoring just one point per possession (100 per 100 possessions, via Hoopdata, well below the league average of 102.7). Thing is, that’s slightly better than the 98.7 the Celtics averaged…

  7. Chill out Lakers fans, team isn’t firing Mike D’Antoni

    Jan 25, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

    BASKET-US-NBA-LAKERS-BUCKS

    Lakers fans are looking for someone to blame for the mess that is the team they thought would contend for — some in Los Angeles thought would easily roll to — an NBA title. While there are plenty of targets, Mike D’Antoni seems to be the main one — why won’t he modify his system…

  8. Grizzlies CEO says it’s not likely team makes more trades

    Jan 25, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    When Memphis made a three-for-one trade last week (and threw in a pick) it was a clearly salary dump move to deal with getting the team under the luxury tax line for this season. Doing so means they can keep the core of their team together — including Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph — and…

  9. Another report Nuggets likely to trade Timofey Mozgov

    Jan 25, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets

    This really isn’t new — Timofey Mozgov himself said he expected to be traded by the deadline. But to echo that comes a report from the Denver Post that a deal is likely to get done for the solid big man buried on the Nuggets depth chart. Since the beginning of the year, calls from…

  10. Report: Celtics interested in J.J. Redick to help shooting

    Jan 25, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

    J.J. Redick

    Despite GM Danny Ainge’s protestations that the Celtics wouldn’t be shaking things up at the deadline, the loss to the New York Knicks at home Thursday was a sign they may want to shake things up at the deadline. Their biggest need is a big and help scoring some points inside (Timofey Mozgov?) but they…

  11. Blake Griffin was dunking all over Phoenix Thursday (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Phoenix Suns

    Dunks don’t equal wins — the Phoenix Suns moved to 2-0 under Lindsey Hunter with one of their best games of the year beating the Clippers Thursday night on national television. But the Blake Griffin aerial show was in full effect in Phoenix. Personally, the second one of those is the only classic Griffin power…

  12. Suns’ Jermaine O’Neal says he had irregular heartbeat, will rejoin team

    Jan 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jermaine O'Neal

    When reports surfaced that Suns’ big man Jermaine O’Neal got in a shouting match with GM Lance Banks, then he wasn’t around the team, conclusions were jumped to. Conclusions O’Neal denied on twitter. Now we know why O’Neal was away — and he’s lucky it was discovered and did not become anything more serious. From…

  13. Suns move to 2-0 under new head coach with win over Clippers

    Jan 25, 2013, 3:50 AM EDT

    Lindsey Hunter, Goran Dragic

    PHOENIX — The Suns said the team needed a “jolt” when it parted ways with Alvin Gentry last week, and replaced him with Lindsey Hunter as the interim head coach for (at least) the rest of this season. Hunter said from day one his first priority would be defense, and he’s been a man of…

  14. Three Stars of the Night: Go-Go Goran and a Game-Winner

    Jan 25, 2013, 3:48 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    We had a pretty good slate of games on Thursday night, didn’t we? The Knicks grinded out a combined 14-for-44 showing from Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith for a tough win against the Celtics, the Raptors had a little late game magic of their own against Orlando, and in the nightcap, the Suns stayed undefeated…

  15. ‘Melo vs. Garnett sideshow is dull, Knicks’ hard-fought win is not

    Jan 24, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett played nice. In fact, in the third quarter Garnett went to the floor trying to complete an alley-oop and it was Anthony who was there to lend a hand and help him back up. There were no fireworks, no ejections, nothing. They may not be going out for a beer…

  16. C.J. Watson receives warning for flopping while defending J.J. Barea (VIDEO)

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    C.J. Watson

    C.J. Watson received a warning under the NBA’s anti-flopping policy for a play that occurred Wednesday night in the Nets’ win over the Timberwolves, the league announced on Thursday. While the flop itself was egregious and certainly deserving of punishment, the fact that it came against J.J. Barea — along with Watson’s comments about it…

  17. DeMar DeRozan’s buzzer-beater gives Toronto the win over Orlando (VIDEO)

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Jose Calderon

    This had all the looks of another blown game in a season chock full of them for the Raptors. Blown double-digit fourth quarter lead? Check.  Fouling a 3-point shooter up four points? Check.  Failing to secure a defensive rebound that likely would have iced the game? Yup, give that a check, too. But in the…

  18. Stephen Curry heads list of NBA All-Star Game snubs

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry, sorry. It sucks. Every year there are a couple of guys right on the bubble, guys you can argue should have made the NBA All-Star Game as reserves voted in by the coaches, but didn’t make the cut. (If you have a problem with the starters, blame yourself — the fans vote those…

  19. 2013 NBA All-Star reserves announced

    Jan 24, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

    East All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat (L)  battles West All-Star Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder

    The 2013 NBA All-Star reserves were announced Thursday, and while there will always be a few players who fans will argue should have made it, it’s tough to disagree with the ones the coaches selected. In the Western Conference, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden were the guards selected, and big men Tim Duncan,…

  20. PBT Extra: Mid-season awards edition, talking MVP, more

    Jan 24, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Time for some PBT Extra with the sensational Kay Adams of NBC Sports as we look at my picks for the mid-season awards in the NBA — MVP, Sixth Man, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year. Kay wonders why Vinny Del Negro doesn’t get any Coach of the Year love and why…

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