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  1. “Bank of Cuban is open,” look for Dallas to be aggressive at deadline

    Jan 15, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban made a gamble — he stripped down his championship roster to go after a big time free agent, to restock a roster while Dirk Nowitizki’s championship window is still open. It didn’t work this summer — Deron Williams stayed in Brooklyn. It’s not likely to work next summer because people close to the…

  2. Tuesday And-1 links: Chris Bosh to guest star on Disney Channel’s “Jessie”

    Jan 15, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    DEBBY RYAN, KARAN BRAR, CAMERON BOYCE, CHRIS BOSH

    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 your grandma loves QVC… • If you don’t have a tween daughter, you…

  3. Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson lays out framework for Kings to stay put

    Jan 15, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

    anderson kj romani

    With reports swirling that the Kings’ move to Seattle is a mere formality at this point, the story on the ground in Sacramento is much, much different. In the end, this story comes down to three things: 1. Can Seattle’s Chris Hansen close a deal with the Maloofs to buy the Kings? (According to reports,…

  4. Others confirm report: Knicks taping Carmelo Anthony on court

    Jan 15, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    Referee Brothers moves to break up New York Knicks' Anthony and Boston Celtics' Garnett as they argue during their NBA basketball game in New York

    I still don’t get it, but it really seems to be happening and it may continue. Using a guy who looks like the bassist for the heavy metal cover band that plays at your local bar, the Knicks are indeed recording what is said to and by Carmelo Anthony on the court, reports both the…

  5. Kevin Durant throws it down over the Suns (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, P.J. Tucker

    As the marketing campaign has been telling us, KD is not nice. The best part of this play by Kevin Durant is obviously the finish over a helpless Marcin Gortat, but I was almost as impressed by how he put himself in position to throw it down in the first place. Working in isolation against…

  6. Deron Williams doesn’t think he deserves to be All-Star

    Jan 15, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Just a couple years ago Deron Williams was an All-Star automatic — if the fans didn’t vote him in, the coaches would. And should have. In 2010 he averaged 18.7 points and 10.5 assists per game with a PER of 20.6. He got mentioned next to Chris Paul in the “best point guard in the…

  7. Larry Drew frustrated with Hawks team appearing in free-fall

    Jan 15, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

    Larry Drew

    The Atlanta Hawks have just been plain ugly the past few weeks. They are 3-7 in their last 10. In those 10 games the Hawks defense has been the biggest issue — they are giving up six points per 100 possessions more than their season average. But of late their offense has joined the “we’re…

  8. Knicks on road trip to London — and they’re happy for the rest

    Jan 15, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Steve Novak, Carmelo Anthony

    For the past couple weeks, the Knicks have not looked anything like the early season team that could be a threat to the Heat. New York is 4-6 in its last 10 games. Both the offense and defense have taken steps back in that time (both are a few points per possession off their season…

  9. Dwyane Wade has fan ejected from front row in Utah (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    We don’t have a lot of context here, we don’t know what this man said that earned him having Dwyane Wade asking security to kick him out. But Wade did, even helped by showing the way. This with just a little over three minutes left in the third quarter a game where Wade and Chris…

  10. Nuggets’ Mozgov thinks he could be traded by deadline

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Timofey Mozgov is out of George Karl’s rotation in Denver. He has played in just two of the team’s last five games and in the two he played he got a total of 14 minutes. Combine that with him being in the last year of his contract and Mozgov being 7’1” and you have the…

  11. Ish Smith jumps over John Wall, still blocks Wall’s shot (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Washington Wizards

    We already showed you how John Wall broke Ish Smith’s ankles with a crossover when the Wizards beat the Magic, but these two had one other great play in this game. Wall cuts down the lane and gets a nice pass from Trevor Ariza, stops to gather himself and gives a little pump fake as…

  12. The Extra Pass: Teams in the basement

    Jan 15, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    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 hope David Stern isn’t reading.  Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who have had their memory cleansed of everything lockout related, but try and remember this. Before everything went…

  13. Quote of the Day: D’Antoni doesn’t know how to describe Kobe’s off-the-ball defense

    Jan 15, 2013, 8:31 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant

    “Umm, it’s good … You know. I think sometimes he just … You know … Umm … Yeah, it’s good.” —Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, when asked to describe Kobe Bryant‘s off-the-ball defense, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com. When Kobe has to defend on the ball — stop his man when said man has…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami’s little slump getting serious

    Jan 15, 2013, 7:55 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz guard Hayward watches as Miami Heat forward James reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while getting sucked into the “Good Will Hunting” oral history… Thunder 102, Suns 90: Kevin Durant is really, really good. Not sure if you knew that. The Suns were given a first-hand reminder when KD dropped 41 on the Suns in their home…

  15. Three Stars of the Night: Volatile Stars Edition

    Jan 15, 2013, 2:01 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    On a night where the Atlanta Hawks scored 58 points, the Memphis Grizzlies shot 30 percent from the field, and the Orlando Magic lost by 29 points…to the Washington Wizards…we could probably use some offensive outbursts to distract us, right? Well, I’ll tell you what — if it’s outbursts you want, our Three Stars are plenty capable…

  16. Kevin Durant scores 41 points as Thunder take care of Suns

    Jan 15, 2013, 1:42 AM EDT

    Thunder forward Durant reacts after a three point shot against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    PHOENIX — The Thunder were shorthanded for the second game in as many nights on Monday, with Serge Ibaka sidelined due to injury. But at this point, with this team, all they need is a healthy dose of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and they’ll be able to beat most teams on most nights. The…

  17. Taj Gibson throws it down all over Anthony Tolliver (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Gibson reacts to a referee's call during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Chicago

    While the Bulls miss Derrick Rose as the shot creator for everyone in their offense, they still have some real athletes who can score. Especially if they get to the rim. For example, there is Taj Gibson, who is very athletic and can throw it down with the best of them. But don’t take my…

  18. Report: Raptors out of Rudy Gay sweepstakes because of steep price

    Jan 14, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant

    As we told you earlier today, when the NBA trade passes Feb. 22 Rudy Gay most likely will still be in Memphis. The reason is the Grizzlies are not going to trade him unless they get a whole lot back in return — they are a top team in the West and don’t want to…

  19. John Wall with the crossover that drops Ish Smith to the floor (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    John Wall, Louis Williams

    The Wizards won their second straight game since John Wall returned from injury, and third in a row overall as they thumped the Magic by 29 points on Monday. Wall came off the bench and played just 20 minutes, while finishing with 12 points and six assists — none prettier than this one after going…

  20. Earl Clark making the most of his opportunity with the Lakers

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters,  Earl Clark

    Earl Clark was supposed to be nothing more than an afterthought for the Lakers this season. But a concussion to starting power forward Pau Gasol has opened the door for Clark to contribute, and he’s made more than expected of his opportunity thus far. Clark was a throw-in as part of the trade that brought…

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