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  1. It’s not always pretty, but Lakers pick up third straight win

    Jan 30, 2013, 2:31 AM EDT

    BKN--HORNETS-LAKERS

    There were stretches in this game where we finally started to see the Lakers we expected to see when this team was put together… well, not exactly what we expected to see because nobody thought Kobe Bryant the facilitator and Steve Nash working off the ball was what would work best. But it does. Kobe…

  2. Three Stars of the Night: Turn It Around

    Jan 30, 2013, 1:52 AM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    How about those road Warriors? They didn’t have Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut, Carl Landry, or Harrison Barnes…and they still shot 53 percent in a 108-95 victory in Cleveland. A lot of that credit goes to Klay Thompson, who just missed the cut despite dropping a career-high 32 points. That’s how good our Three Stars were tonight, so let’s…

  3. Klay Thompson goes off for career-high 32 points (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2013, 11:19 PM EDT

    Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving

    Klay Thompson has as pretty a shot as you are going to find — quick release, smooth, deadly. With Stephen Curry, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut all out for Golden State Tuesday, Thompson needed to crank it up — and he did. To the tune of a career-high 32 points and Golden State got a…

  4. Rajon Rondo to get second opinion on knee, may talk with Adrian Peterson

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    There are two people that right now are the gold standard when it comes to knees and ACL recovery. One is Dr. James Andrews, the renowned surgeon who everyone wants to do their knee repair. The other is Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the poster child for bouncing back from an ACL after he came…

  5. Report: Heat to sign Jarvis Varnado for remainder of season

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    Jarvis Varnado

    Jarvis Varnado has barely touched the court for the Heat — 12 minutes total in two games during his two 10-day contracts with the team. But they must like what they are seeing in practice from the former Mississippi State forward — they are going to sign him for the rest of the season, tweets…

  6. Keyon Dooling would “definitely” consider comeback if Boston wants him

    Jan 29, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Dooling celebrates a teammate's basket against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    We’re all out here planning elaborate overhauls of the Celtics roster, while Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge are preaching patience and no sudden moves. But they are going to have to do something to bolster the roster, maybe not a grand move but something. They need some depth they can count on because the depth…

  7. UPDATED: Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes out for Warriors Tuesday

    Jan 29, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry bites a mouth piece during the first quarter of his NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland

    UPDATE 5:49 pm: Warriors coach Mark Jackson met with the media and said that Stephen Curry and, as expected, Andrew Bogut were out for Golden State on Tuesday in Cleveland, tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio. Harrison Barnes, who had a mild calf tweak, also is out, Jackson said. That’s a lot of bodies…

  8. Once again, Mario Chalmers says he’s a top 10 point guard. Again world chuckles.

    Jan 29, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers

    You want your players to be confident. To believe in themselves and their abilities. You can’t play in the NBA without a little bit of swagger. Mario Chalmers has enough swagger for 10 NBA players. Once again on Tuesday he reiterated that he thinks he is a Top 10 NBA point guard. From Chris Tomasson…

  9. Tuesday And-1 links: Set your DVRs, next week is “NBA Week” on Wheel of Fortune

    Jan 29, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Grant Hill_WOF

    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 a chipotle pepper. • Finally, something NBA related you can…

  10. Andray Blatche takes an overhand pass to the face (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    Ouch. Orlando’s Kyle O’Quinn was trying to save the ball going out of bounds and while this was unintentional it was pretty brutal. Fortunately Andray Blatche wasn’t actually hurt. Thanks to SLAM and the twitter account of CJ Fogler.

  11. No shoulder surgery for Dwight Howard, he will play through pain

    Jan 29, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard’s shoulder hurts. You saw it against Memphis last week — Howard ran shoulder first into a Rudy Gay screen and had to leave the game. He missed three games earlier in the month with what is described as a torn labrum (the cartilage that cushions and allows a wide range of movement for…

  12. Durant plays down on court barking between himself, Ibaka

    Jan 29, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka

    It’s been an odd development in a team generally seen as having exemplary team chemistry — Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka have had some words with each other. Yelling words. It’s usually over defensive rotations that were missed, but it seemed a little intense. Kevin Durant played it down talking to the Oklahoman. “We’re just…

  13. Report: Cavaliers, Heat become front runners to land Oden

    Jan 29, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    Somebody is going to sign Greg Oden in hopes he can return next season and play a few minutes a night off the bench. Yes, he has had seven knee surgeries — three microfracture — at age 24 and hasn’t played in the NBA in three years. But such is the state of real bigs…

  14. Bogut returns, looks pretty good. Warriors just got better.

    Jan 29, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut; Aaron Gray

    Golden State had been getting pretty good production from their big men this season — David Lee is an All-Star averaging 19.6 points and 10.8 rebonds a game, Carl Landry has come off the bench to the tune of 12 points a game on 52.8 percent shooting, plus 6.7 boards a contest. But they still…

  15. Dwight Howard says he “loves” confrontational Kobe

    Jan 29, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    For years the Lakers had a great locker room balance — Kobe Bryant was the bad cop, Derek Fisher the good cop. Kobe would get in a guys face over a missed rotation or whatever, Fisher would come along later as the “big brother” who would listen to you but also tell you how it…

  16. Big Baby catches Gerald Wallace mid-air, walks him out of bounds (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

    Glen Davis Gerald Wallace

    Trust me, this is about the only play worth watching from the Nets blowout win over the Magic. It’s actually the safe play by Glen Davis, catching Gerald Wallace mid-air because it makes sure he doesn’t get hurt. Wallace is nicknamed “crash” and has this tendency toward concussions. Big Baby is not exactly known for…

  17. Allen Iverson says he wants another shot in NBA but not through D-League

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    The Texas Legends came calling but Allen Iverson has politely declined. The Answer took to twitter on Tuesday to say he will not be going the D-League route to return to the NBA. I thank Donnie and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the…

  18. The Extra Pass: Analyzing a potential Memphis-Toronto deal

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mike Conley, Jose Calderon

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we analyze a potential deal between the Grizzlies and Raptors.  The recent reports linking Rudy Gay to Toronto aren’t all that surprising. It’s no big secret around the league that Raptors…

  19. Pau Gasol says he’ll accept bench role, will not ask for trade

    Jan 29, 2013, 9:12 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol listens to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    It’s amazing what a balm winning a couple games can be over a team’s troubles. A week ago the Lakers were on a death spiral down to the seventh level of hell, then two wins where they go away from Mike D’Antoni’s offense and put Kobe Bryant at the point and suddenly Lakers fans are…

  20. Harrison Barnes throws it down, Aaron Gray gets in poster (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes goes up for a slam dunk past Toronto Raptors Aaron Gray during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    I don’t know if Harrison Barnes is getting invited to the NBA All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest, but he should be on the short list. This rookie can just flat out throw it down. This is far from the first time he’s ended up in his own big highlight. In this case, Aaron Gray decides to…

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