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  1. While everyone talked Seattle, Dallas and Sacramento played a good game (that the Mavs won)

    Jan 11, 2013, 3:19 AM EDT

    kings_mavericks

    As people filed into the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, it felt like the game was secondary. All everyone was talking about was the reports that the Kings could be sold to the Chris Hansen/Steve Ballmer group out of Seattle and moved. But despite the best efforts of the Maloof family to seemingly follow the…

  2. Three Stars of the Night: Heat Checked

    Jan 11, 2013, 2:30 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum,LeBron James

    Three games were on the menu Thursday night, and each brought their own unique flavor. If you love defense (or hate scoring), Pacers-Knicks was the game for you. With Carmelo Anthony serving his one-game suspension, the Knicks really struggled to generate offense and relied almost solely on J.R. Smith heroics most of the night. That…

  3. Wesley Matthews hits two huge threes late to help Blazers beat Heat (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2013, 2:29 AM EDT

    Trail Blazers shooting guard Matthews celebrates win with teammates Aldrige and Batum after defeating the Heat after their NBA basketball game in Portland

    The Heat looked as though they would have little trouble with the Blazers, getting out to a solid start and a 52-39 lead at the end of the first half. But a 38-point second half doomed Miami’s chances, and the team found itself blowing a 12-point fourth quarter lead while on the wrong end of…

  4. Pacers win ugly over Carmelo Anthony-less knicks

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard Smith guards Indiana Pacers forward George during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    There’s no question that the Indiana Pacers, much like any team in the NBA, couldn’t care less exactly how their wins are acquired. Whether they come due to a stifling defensive effort that allows the offense to barely get by is of no consequence; all that matters is that ultimate result. Indiana took down the…

  5. J.R. Smith throws it down on Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Ian Mahinmi, J.R. Smith

    It’s been a brutal first half in Indiana for both teams offensively, but J.R. Smith provided a momentary reprieve from the darkness with this thunderous slam dunk over Ian Mahinmi of the Pacers. Smith explodes to the rim from beyond the three-point arc, and seems to have the rim in his sights from the moment…

  6. Jim Buss says Lakers are ‘not going to panic’ despite dismal start

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Panic is a severe word to use where sports franchises are concerned, given the millions of dollars invested in players and coaches and the long-term vision it takes to put together a team capable of competing for a championship. On paper, the Lakers should have the talent to be in that championship conversation. But injuries…

  7. John Wall, adidas announce long-term partnership

    Jan 10, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall is very close to returning to the court for the Wizards, and when he does finally make it back, he’ll do so with adidas on his feet. Wall and adidas announced a long-term partnership agreement on Thursday, which marked the end of Wall’s deal to represent Reebok. From the official release: “I’ve enjoyed…

  8. Nate Robinson’s trash talk fired up Brandon Jennings. Oops.

    Jan 10, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Nate Robinson

    Apparently, no one has ever told Nate Robinson that pride comes before the fall. Starting in place of Kirk Hinrich, Robinson came out on fire last night against the Milwaukee Bucks. He lit up Brandon Jennings early on by dropping 13 points in the first quarter, and the Bulls were really cruising. But during all…

  9. Ricky Rubio throws a sick pass between his own legs (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    Sky Lynx Basketball

    Here’s further proof that Ricky Rubio might be an actual real life wizard. The good kind of wizard — not the Jordan Crawford kind of wizard. Late last night during a drubbing against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Rubio decided to bust out a new trick. With a trap coming on a pick and roll, Rubio…

  10. George Maloof says deal to sell the Kings to Seattle “not close.” If you choose to believe him.

    Jan 10, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

    George Maloof

    There are plenty of people that are writing off the Kings’ future in Sacramento, but sources in Sacramento close to the situation have told PBT consistently that California’s capitol city will have the opportunity to make an offer to keep the team. Whether or not that ultimately happens remains to be seen, but for now…

  11. Good news for Bucks, Monta Ellis probable for Friday

    Jan 10, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    When Monta Ellis went limping off the court near the end of the Bucks win over the Bulls Wednesday night, there was some legitimate reason for concern. But while Ellis skipped practice on Thursday coach Jim Boylan said he is expected to play Friday when the Bucks host the Pistons, tweets Andrew Gruman of FoxSportsWisconsin.com.…

  12. Thursday And-1 links: More Carmelo/Garnett fallout

    Jan 10, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    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. • The punishment has come down, Carmelo Anthony is sitting out the Knicks Thursday…

  13. Brandon Jennings was in a groove against the Bulls (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Jim Boylan, Brandon Jennings

    Brandon Jennings keyed the Bucks win over the Bulls on Wednesday — he had four threes and 20 points in the third quarter when the Bucks pulled away. Jennings had 35 for the game. It’s one thing to drop 35 on the Bobcats, it’s another thing entirely to do it on the Bulls. He’s got…

  14. Another report Oden hasn’t given up NBA dream; Heat interested

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

    greg_oden

    Reports of Greg Oden’s comeback always seem to come from the people around him. The man himself seems to have a healthier perspective. Fitting that pattern comes the latest report of a potential Oden comeback, this one from Oden’s former college teammate Mike Conley (now the Grizzlies point guard). He spoke with Ric Bucher of…

  15. Report: Kings will consider offers to trade Tyrke Evans

    Jan 10, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, Tobias Harris

    Figuring out what the Sacramento Kings are going to do approaching the trade deadline is about like what was going on in any 1990s David Lynch movie (“Lost Highway,” “Inland Empire,” take your pick). It’s futile. The team is in the middle of sale talks that could move them to Seattle and whatever happens they…

  16. Gortat doesn’t want to escape “sinking boat” in Phoenix

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, Jared Sullinger

    The Phoenix Suns are bad. They are just flat out not a good team, which is part of what you expect for a couple years during a rebuilding process. As the trade deadline nears, teams are going to call up and ask about Marcin Gortat — a quality NBA center who makes a reasonable contract…

  17. Minnesota coach Adelman missed last two games to be with ill wife

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Minnesota coach Rick Adelman has missed the last couple of games with what the team would only describe as “personal reasons.” But he may miss more so the team issued a statement on Thursday: Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman has missed the team’s last two games in order to be with his wife, Mary…

  18. LeBron agrees with everyone else: Damian Lillard is Rookie of the Year

    Jan 10, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas

    There’s a little more than half a season to go, so nothing is set in stone. But the one post-season award that seems most set is Damian Lillard winning the Rookie of the Year. Don’t take my word for it, ask LeBron James, whose Heat face Lillard and the Blazers on Thursday night. From the…

  19. Steve Nash is your new all-time free throw percentage leader

    Jan 10, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Steve Nash only got to the free throw line twice on Wednesday night during the Lakers fifth straight loss. As you expect, he hit both. With that he moved a little farther ahead of Mark Price as the NBA’ all-time free throw shooting percentage leader, notes Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Nash entered…

  20. The Extra Pass: Identifying Offensive Calling Cards

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    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 which teams are outperforming all others in specific areas of the game. Play logging has been used by NBA teams for quite some time, but the derived numbers…

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