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  1. Opponents say Boston Celtics do miss Ray Allen

    Jan 23, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    When Ray Allen left Boston to go to Miami, mixed in amongst the cries of “traitor” and Kevin Garnett losing Allen’s phone number were a lot of Celtics fans saying the future Hall of Famer would not be missed. Which actually made some sense on paper — they brought in Jason Terry and Courtney Lee,…

  2. Wednesday And-1 Links: Justin Beiber meets Michael Jordan. And twitter explodes.

    Jan 23, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan Justin Beiber

    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. • Justin Beiber — that would be 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game MVP…

  3. Wednesday marks Kings’ first home game since sale announced

    Jan 23, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    This already had the makings of one of those low-attendance NBA games with plenty of empty seats filling your television screen — a mid-week game between two struggling team, the 13-28 Phoenix Suns hosted by the 16-26 Sacramento Kings. But this turns out to be the first Kings home game since the Maloof family confirmed…

  4. Dwight Howard says he was immature, promises to “bring it”

    Jan 23, 2013, 4:54 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard came out at shootaround Wednesday, before the Lakers take on the Memphis Grizzlies in Tennessee, and said all the right things. You’ll have to excuse Lakers fans who will want to see action before taking his word on it. However, following a contentious team-only meeting where Kobe Bryant was blunt with Dwight Howard…

  5. Royce White says he is close to agreement, return to Rockets

    Jan 23, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

    Royce White

    After a lot of negotiations — and the posturing that comes with negotiations — it appears Royce White and the Houston Rockets may be close to a mental health protocol that would have him back with the team and it’s D-League affiliate soon. White confirmed that in a conversation on a Houston radio program, reports…

  6. Forbes: Knicks most valuable franchise, Kobe biggest earner

    Jan 23, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are each worth more than $1 billion dollars. That is billion with a “B.” They are the first NBA franchises to pass that mark, reports Forbes Magazine in its latest valuation of NBA franchises. The Knicks are worth $1.1 billion, the Lakers $1 billion even. The average…

  7. Ray Allen says he might retire after season. Sure he will.

    Jan 23, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    Ray Allen has been in the league long enough, he has been interviewed more times than he can remember, he gets how to play that game — don’t ever paint yourself into a corner. Always allow for options. Keep that in mind as you read this from Ray Allen, the former Buck and current Heat…

  8. Report: New Orleans to officially announce name change to Pelicans

    Jan 23, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Brown pelican

    The New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. When that trial balloon was first floated it led to a lot of mocking and laughing on twitter and the Web. But Tom Benson likes it. And Tom Benson owns the New Orleans Hornets and has talked about a name change since he bought the team a year…

  9. Lakers GM: D’Antoni not problem, players’ effort is

    Jan 23, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    Those of you thinking that Mike D’Antoni is the real problem with the Lakers and they should consider a second coaching change this season, you are not going to like this. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak says Mike D’Antoni is not the problem, that the coach is willing to and has modified his system to…

  10. Duncan, Leonard out; Ginobili back for Spurs Wednesday

    Jan 23, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    The San Antonio Spurs will be without Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard Wednesday night when the San Antonio Spurs host the New Orleans Hornets, tweets Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News. On the bright side for Spurs fans, Manu Ginobili is back after a four-game absence. Duncan is missing the game with what…

  11. Raymond Felton likely to return to Knicks lineup Saturday

    Jan 23, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

    Raymond Felton

    The Knicks miss Raymond Felton running the point. They miss his ability to run the pick-and-roll, to get to the rim and create points while Carmelo Anthony rests. They miss his defense (mostly because his subs Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni are old and not athletic). Looks like the Knicks will get that chance Saturday.…

  12. Kevin Durant crosses Matt Barnes then throws it down (VIDEO)

    Jan 23, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    There are times you just need to step back as a basketball fan and enjoy watching great players play. And Kevin Durant is a great player, a pure scorer who is just dynamic to watch. You can try to nit-pick his defense or make the silly “rings” argument (he’s 24, relax) bu just watch this…

  13. Report: Lakers not looking to trade Dwight Howard. Yet.

    Jan 23, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    We told you how the rumor mill had started — Dwight Howard trade talk is heating up everywhere. Except with the Lakers. They are not interested at all. Yet. The Lakers brought in Dwight Howard to be the latest in the long line of great centers to play for the organization and keeping him long…

  14. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Value (Southwest Division)

    Jan 23, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. We’ve looked at the Northwest Division and Pacific Division, so let’s finish up the Western Conference with the Southwest Division. *** San Antonio Spurs: 33-11, 1st in Southwest Division, $988,000 short of tax…

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

    Jan 23, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 23, 2013, 8:06 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 23, 2013, 3:22 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 23, 2013, 2:57 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 23, 2013, 2:32 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    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…

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