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  1. PBT Podcast: Talking Rudy Gay trade, angry Westbrook, Celtics without Rondo, and Lakers without Dwight

    Feb 1, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless tries to defend against against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to review the Thursday night TNT games. We discuss the Grizzlies without Rudy Gay, and whether or not the team has a chance to actually improve before the end of the season once Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis get acclimated to life in…

  2. Mavs’ Carlisle, Cuban frustrated with officials (and likely will get fined)

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Rick Carlisle

    Tuesday night the Mavericks lost a close game in Portland and the next day the NBA league office admitted that the officials blew a charge/block call that went against Dallas and O.J. Mayo at the end of a tight game. Portland got the win, but Dallas got the apology from the league. That should make…

  3. Clippers Matt Barnes suspended game for foul on Stiemsma

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

    L.A. Clippers' forward Matt Barnes pushes Minnesota Timberwolves' center Greg Stiemsma during the first half of their NBA basketball game in the Target Center in Minneapolis

    Yes, that deserved a suspension — you go at a guy’s neck, you get ejected and suspended for a game. The league officially suspended the Clippers Matt Barnes one game for his flagrant foul II on Gregg Stiemsma of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Barnes will sit out the Clippers game Friday night against Toronto. The…

  4. Dwight Howard out Friday for Lakers due to shoulder injury

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Goran Dragic, Luis Scola

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you read ProBasketballTalk’s story on the injury from Brett Pollakoff, who was in the Lakers’ locker room after the loss to the Suns, you’d know Dwight Howard was in a lot of pain. Howard will sit out Friday night when the Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, something…

  5. Dirk Nowitzki out again Friday night for Mavericks

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki reacts to a play during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Dirk Nowitzki was a surprise scratch from the Mavericks Thursday night game, an eventual close loss to Golden State (who was without Stephen Curry). But it should come as no surprise that he is not playing in the second game of the back-to-back and is will sit out Dallas’ game against Phoenix, as reported in…

  6. Grizzlies coach Hollins doesn’t sound like fan of Gay trade

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins works his team from the bench against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    If Lionel Hollins is coaching the Memphis Grizzlies next season, I’ll be surprised. He continues to say things that clearly can be taken at tweaks at management. Last month he had a rant against the trend of advanced statistics in the NBA, that right after new owner Robert Pera (an advanced math guy) hired a…

  7. NBA Players Union chief Hunter placed on indefinite leave of absence

    Feb 1, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    UPDATED 7:50 pm: Billy Hunter’s attorney responded to the day’s events, speaking with Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. “I am deeply troubled by the lack of fundamental fairness shown my client by a group whose authority to take such action is highly questionable,” attorney Thomas Ashley said. “The act of placing my client on administrative leave…

  8. Son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel convicted of murder

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:16 AM EDT

    Nick Van Exel looks on

    This is just sad. It took a Dallas jury just two-and-a-half hours Thursday to convict Nickey Van Exel of murder, reports the Associated Press. He is the son of former NBA player and current Atlanta Hawks player development instructor Nick Van Exel. The penalty phase of the trial will begin soon. Prosecutors are treating this…

  9. Danny Ainge doesn’t want to trade Pierce, but he’ll listen to your offer

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    With Rajon Rondo out for the season and three weeks to the trade deadline, all eyes in Boston fall on GM Danny Ainge: Is he going to blow the thing up? And if he does, would he really trade Paul Pierce? A guy who wants to retire a Celtic? Ainge was on WEEI radio and said…

  10. Marc Gasol changes mind mid-air, makes twisting hook and-1 (VIDEO)

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka

    This was a smart play by Marc Gasol. His plan was clearly to make a kick-out pass, but once he was fouled and knew he had continuation he changed his mind mid-air (as much as Gasol gets air) and threw the ball at the basket. That is completely legal. And smart. Getting the shot to…

  11. Report: Suns have no interest in Josh Smith, despite rumors

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    It’s time for our annual “think about it before you believe it” post. The Atlanta Hawks are testing the waters to see what Josh Smith might bring them — the fans in Atlanta are ready to send him packing — and Thursday a rumor went public and started gaining traction that the Suns had interest. The…

  12. Warriors hang on to beat Mavericks in battle of shorthanded teams

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:07 AM EDT

    David Lee, Andrew Bogut

    The second half of the TNT doubleheader on Thursday lost some of its luster before the game even started, with both Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks being ruled out due to injury. But the game turned out to be exciting nonetheless, as others stepped up on both sides to…

  13. Vince Carter fakes injury before cutting to the basket for a two-handed slam (VIDEO)

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    vince carter motorcycle celebration

    Vince Carter taught Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes a bit of a lesson as the first half came to an end at Oracle Arena on Thursday, and we’re all a little better off because of it. With the Mavericks playing for the last shot of the half as point guard Darren Collison dribbled down the clock…

  14. Thunder look cool (except for Westbrook who got hot) in easy win over Grizzlies

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless tries to defend against against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    It was a perfect storm of bad for Memphis — they trade their leading scorer Rudy Gay, who is out shopping for a much more extensive winter wardrobe, but his replacements (Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye) have yet to arrive. Then you are on the road against a rested Oklahoma City team who…

  15. Dirk Nowitzki out for Dallas Thursday night with hip injury

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The NBA’s second showcase game on Thursday night is losing a lot of its star power. First, Stephen Curry is out for Golden State with a sprained ankle. Now comes the news Dirk Nowitzki will be out with a right adductor injury, tweets Earl Sneed of Mavs.com. This is the muscle you think of as…

  16. UPDATE: Stephen Curry out Thursday night vs. Mavericks

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:36 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    UPDATE 9:36 pm: As expected, coach Mark Jackson made it official, Stephen Curry will not play Thursday night against Dallas. As we detailed earlier today, this was to be expected. The Warriors are going to be cautious with Curry as this is the second sprain of his surgically repaired ankle in a month. He has…

  17. Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul named team captains for All-Star Saturday Night

    Jan 31, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    dwyane wade chris paul

    We know what you’re thinking. Since when does All-Star Saturday Night — the evening of skill-based competitions that includes the Slam Dunk Contest — have team captains? Since this season. And since it’s all in the name of charity, we don’t see any reason it shouldn’t happen. Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul were named team…

  18. Raptors’ Casey fined $25,000 for ripping officials after loss

    Jan 31, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

    Raptors head coach Casey directs his team against the Warriors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    As the words were coming out of his mouth, Toronto coach Dwane Casey knew he was going to get fined, and he was just too angry to care after his team lost 93-92 to Atlanta. “I’m tired of this,” Casey said. “I’m tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of the…

  19. Thursday And-1 Links: Andre Iguodala talks defense

    Jan 31, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks

    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. • If you read one thing this week, it should be Matt Moore at…

  20. Fan tries to crowdsource $1 million for LeBron’s charity if he enters dunk contest

    Jan 31, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Do you want to see LeBron James in the dunk contest so badly you would donate your own money to see it? A guy named Chris Thomas does and he wants you to join him. He has gone on GoFundMe.com — an online fundraising website where people raise money for medical care, funerals, local youth…

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