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  1. 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…

  2. Don’t look for Sixers to make moves at trade deadline

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

    Injured Philadelphia 76er Bynum walks past a teammate before the start of the NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Toronto Raptors in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia general manager Tony DiLeo doesn’t know really what cards he’s been dealt. Last summer he made a bold move — he shipped out Andre Iguodala and rebuilt the team around Andrew Bynum. There are not many athletic, true centers in the league and Philly landed itself one. Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds…

  3. PBT Extra: Taking Gasol, Gay, other NBA trade rumors

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-LAKERS-PACERS

    With a month to go until the trade deadline, we are at the “feeling out” phase of the trade deadline — teams are calling around, talking, seeing who might be available and what the costs will be. In this week’s PBT Extra Kay Adams and I talk about the prospects of moving some of the…

  4. Watch small, old security guard box out Dirk Nowitzki (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2013, 6:04 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

    Even in the season of a not smooth return to the game, Thursday night was not exactly Dirk Nowitzki‘s best night — 7-of-21 shooting and his Mavericks needed overtime to beat the Sacramento Kings. Oh, and Dirk got boxed out by a tiny, old security guard. With less than a minute to go in a…

  5. Chris Paul out for Clippers Monday vs. Grizzlies, maybe more

    Jan 14, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers may be the deepest team in the NBA, but that’s going to get a test Monday. And maybe a little more beyond that. Chris Paul will be out Monday night when the Clippers travel to face the Grizzlies, reports the Los Angeles Times. Clippers point guard Chris Paul has a contusion in his…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, Nuggets climbing ranks

    Jan 14, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark

    Each of the top five teams in last week’s ranking suffered losses, some pretty ugly losses. So, who bounced back and looked best after that? Oklahoma City, so they maintain the top spot. 1. Thunder (28-8, Last week ranked No. 1). Kevin Durant is a better playmaker than last year. Russell Westbrook a better floor…

  7. Andrew Bynum walks out on court, takes shots. Standing still, but it’s a start. (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    Only with Andrew Bynum in Philadelphia would a guy walking out on the court and taking a couple stand-still jumpers, working up a couple of beads of sweat, merit a celebration. But Bynum was the guy Philly was excited to see play this summer, the real center they went and traded Andre Iguodala for (in…

  8. Report: Details of Kings sale to Seattle laid out for relocation committee

    Jan 14, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Seattle_Sonics

    While many people in Sacramento continue to work to put together a package that can help keep the Kings in in the California capital, the machinery of a sale of the team to a Seattle group planning to move the franchise north continue to move forward. It’s reached the point that members of the NBA…

  9. Video: Metta World Peace with the unusual “and-1″

    Jan 14, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    Metta World Peace in the open court never really disappoints from an entertainment standpoint. He’s just as liable to dribble the ball off his leg or short arm a lay-in as he is to make a play that gets the crowd on their feet. Last night, in the Lakers’ much needed win over the Cavs,…

  10. Deron Williams playing better in games by skipping practices

    Jan 14, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Goran Dragic

    The Nets’ move to Brooklyn hasn’t been that kind to Deron Williams. In posting stats that represent some of the worst of his career, the face of the franchise with the new max contract simply hasn’t been playing up to his normal standards and it’s been one of the main reasons the Nets hadn’t been…

  11. UPDATE: Manu Ginobili out 10-14 days with strained hamstring

    Jan 14, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    It’s not a regular season without a Manu Ginobili injury. He tweaked his left hamstring with just a minute to go before halftime of the Spurs win on Sunday night. He did not return for the second half. You had a feeling with Ginobili’s age (35) and injury history he would be out a little…

  12. Report: Cavaliers wanted DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe for Varejao

    Jan 14, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    Injured or not, Anderson Varejao is one guy whose name will come up around the trade deadline — big men who work hard, defend and rebound are always in demand. The buzz has been that Cleveland would listen to your offer but they wanted a lot back in return for Varejao. A lot. And this…

  13. Report: Knicks owner James Dolan has spies record what Carmelo says on court

    Jan 14, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

    James L. Dolan

    Anywhere else this would be instantly dismissed as ridiculous, but with James Dolan owning the Knicks — an organization that can be incredibly secretive — it seems plausible. Dave D’Alessandro of the Star-Ledger reports that Dolan had Knicks employees spying on everything Carmelo Anthony said and had said to him during the Knicks home loss…

  14. After five-straight wins, “content” Ainge suggests roster changes not likely

    Jan 14, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Jason Terry, Paul Pierce

    It’s amazing what a few wins in a row can do. While rumors floated around that Celtics GM Danny Ainge was listening to offers for the Celtics talisman Paul Pierce, the team got Avery Bradley back and started playing better defense.The result has been five straight wins and a renewed sense of confidence around the…

  15. Sacramento coordinating effort to sell out new owners’ arena before they own it

    Jan 14, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    Remember hearing the stories about Kings fans and concerned Sacramento citizens trying to raise money for an arena when the Maloofs first announced their intention to move to Anaheim? If not, go check out the award-winning documentary Small Market, Big Heart and soak up the story of the many different grassroots efforts that popped up…

  16. Report: Memphis not “likely” to trade Rudy Gay at deadline

    Jan 14, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Gay, Arron Afflalo

    A trade is a negotiation. It’s about getting as much as you can in return for your asset, which in part means having leverage. If you want to haggle over the price of a new car you don’t first tell the salesman how much you love it and really, really want it. You have to…

  17. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s Undeserved Reputation

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    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 examine some of the criticism surrounding Blake Griffin. As fans, we take on the role of production line workers when new players enter the league. We inspect them quickly, stamp…

  18. Fans’ half court shot nothing you’ve seen before (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Spaulding NBA basketball

    I have no idea how the physics of that shot works. It should be impossible, shouldn’t it? Pretty much every team — college and pro — runs a half-court shot promotion and the Hawks are in there with everyone. This fan’s shot at Friday night’s Hawks game was… unique. And not just for the unorthodox…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Durant carries Thunder to win

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while taking a car through a drive-through with an invisible driver… Lakers 113, Cavaliers 93: Dwight Howard was back playing for the Lakers and it showed — he was blocking shots, drawing double teams and generally opening up the Lakers…

  20. Three Stars of the Night: Front court players in spotlight

    Jan 14, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives past Los Angeles Lakers' Clark during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    There’s a simple old coach’s axiom in basketball: Tall and good beats small and good. So tonight we look at the tall guys and give them their due with the three stars. There were other candidates big and small who were worthy but just missed the cut: Carmelo Anthony (27 points 7 rebounds), Brandon Jennings…

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