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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out, the Heat and Thunder are pretty good

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Durant shoots against Denver Nuggets defenders Randolph and Brewer in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while having to deal with all the people knocking on your door asking for their lost cell phones…. Heat 92, Warriors 75: As it has been with the Heat all season long, when they are focused and defend they destroy teams. Especially teams…

  2. Three Stars of the Night: LeBron’s milestones steal the night

    Jan 17, 2013, 2:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland

    Every night in the NBA offers some sort of impressive performance. Three Stars attempts to filter through them and give you, the reader, a chance to know who did what the best. But on some nights, it’s about more than one game’s worth of work that makes up a performance. Tonight is one such night.…

  3. LeBron James becomes youngest ever to 20,000 point (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 1:46 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    There may never have been an NBA player with more physical gifts than LeBron James. He is the size of Karl Malone, he is strong, but he has the quickness of an elite point guard. He has touch and he has that innate court vision and sense of the game that only some of the…

  4. The Heat clamp down on defense, demolish the Warriors

    Jan 17, 2013, 1:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James drives against Golden State Warriors David Lee during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oakland

    On a night where Stephen Curry was forced to sit out due to an injured ankle, the Heat came out aggressive on both sides of the ball and blitzed the Warriors 92-75. The score, though, doesn’t really do the domination that occurred in this game justice. The Heat came out early and decided to set…

  5. Kevin Durant with another impressive dunk. It’s a trend (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant shouts instructions to a teammate as he runs the offense against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Kevin Durant has been putting on quite the dunking exhibition lately. He crushed Marcin Gortat the other day and that is just one of several examples. Wednesday night he threw down another big one over the Denver Nuggets defense as part of an easy 20-point Thunder win. Why the dunks? He’s attacking. His ball handling is…

  6. Josh Smith frustrated, suspended. Does that mean he’s on trade block?

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    There was a lot of frustration around the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday — the team had lost seven of their last nine games, their defense had been terrible and their offense had followed suit the last couple games. That frustration bubbled over in practice Tuesday, when Josh Smith was thrown out of practice and later suspended…

  7. Report: Knicks worried Rasheed Wallace could be done for season

    Jan 16, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Rasheed Wallace reacts to a referee's call against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of their NBA game in Chicago

    Rasheed Wallace has been out a month now with what the team first called a “sore left foot” then later changed that to a “stress reaction” in his left foot. You’ve got to love the Knicks, they can’t even admit it’s a stress fracture when it’s a stress fracture because… who knows why? They’re the…

  8. So Boston isn’t going to make any trades? Are you sure?

    Jan 16, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge

    Earlier today we brought you the video — and we’d told you before that — how Celtics GM Danny Ainge is saying he doesn’t plan to make any trades at the deadline. Which is easier to say after your team has won six in a row. Still he is saying it over and over in…

  9. Quote of the Day: Kobe Bryant offers LeBron a cookie

    Jan 16, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    “What does it matter? What does he want, a cookie for that?” —Kobe Bryant, responding to LeBron James‘ comments that what the Heat went through when the “super team” formed in Miami was much more pressure than what the Lakers have dealt with this season. The Kobe quote is via Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com.  Kobe…

  10. Pau Gasol practices, “optimistic” will play vs. Heat

    Jan 16, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    The NBA made a wise decision regarding concussions — if you want to play after one you have to be cleared by a league neurologist, not the team doctor. If you want to know why that is a good idea, why not ask the team doctors that cleared Robert Griffin III and Rob Gronkowski to…

  11. Ricky Rubio wants more minutes, despite some pain in his knee

    Jan 16, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio, Russell Westbrook

    Ricky Rubio, coming off an ACL surgery, has been on a minutes limit — he played 22 a game up until Monday night when he got 26. But he is frustrated and wants to do more, he told NBA.com. “It’s hard because I still have a little pain and it’s something you have to fight…

  12. Carmelo pretty much shrugs when told he was being recorded

    Jan 16, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Detroit Pistons - Previews

    What is he going to say, “my owner sucks?” Nobody is going to be recording what is said the Carmelo Anthony on the court this week as the Knicks only play one game and that is against the Pistons in London. But the discussion of Knicks owner James Dolan assigning MSG employees to record everything…

  13. Roy Hibbert paid Pacers reserves to keep defensive clamps on Bobcats

    Jan 16, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' Hibbert looks to pass the ball against Charlotte Bobcats' Haywood during their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    The Indiana Pacers are the best defensive team in the NBA right now. Hands down. Zach Lowe did a fantastic breakdown of what they are doing over at Grantland. The Pacers are long, everybody can defend, their guys move on a string — one moves then the next moves to cover — and it’s just…

  14. Nets show real ball movement on fast break (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

    Yes, there were a lot of fantastic highlights last night — Blake Griffin with a steal and another huge dunk, Terrence Ross with probably the best dunk of the night, and many more. But this was probably my favorite, because after the Robin Lopez block there is one dribble on a fast break all about…

  15. Atlanta Hawks suspend Josh Smith for Wednesday night

    Jan 16, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    Hawks coach Larry Drew said he was going to shake things up with his slumping team, but nobody saw this coming. The Atlanta Hawks have suspended Josh Smith for their home game Wednesday against the streaking Brooklyn Nets, the team announced. He also was fined for “conduct detrimental to the team.” “I’m disappointed that it…

  16. Austin Rivers comes to Boston to take on Dad’s Celtics

    Jan 16, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers Austin Rivers

    It has to be both a proud moment and a little bit surreal for Doc Rivers to be looking at the Celtics scouting report for the New Orleans Hornets game Wednesday and see his own son, Austin Rivers, right there in black and white. Doc is pretty excited to see his son and have his…

  17. When Pau Gasol returns he will start, D’Antoni said

    Jan 16, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol Kobe Bryant

    Pau Gasol has been out more than a week with a concussion. Kobe Bryant is a little frustrated with him for showing up to practices and games, wants Gasol to sit at home in a dark room and recover. Instead Gasol has been on the bench cheering teammates. That includes the last two games, when…

  18. The Extra Pass: Kevin Durant’s shot at history

    Jan 16, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    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 look at Kevin Durant‘s chance to make NBA history. For the last three seasons, Kevin Durant has led the NBA in scoring. That’s no easy task, but doing it again…

  19. adidas unveils 2013 NBA All-Star uniforms

    Jan 16, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

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    Here we have our first look at the uniforms the players will be wearing in the 2013 NBA All-Star game on Feb. 17, and the classic red and blue look appears to be a hit at first glance. Details from the official release are below, and we’ll pass along additional images as they become available.…

  20. Celtics GM Ainge reiterates not to expect big trade (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT

    Danny Ainge

    We told you recently that Danny Ainge had said he didn’t plan to make a move at the trade deadline — Boston with Avery Bradley back is finally starting to defend well again and has won six straight. They are starting to look like the kind of dangerous team their fans expected. You don’t mess…

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