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  1. Deron Williams says two years of constant playing may have worn him down

    Jan 1, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Brooklyn Nets

    Deron Williams was unimpressive Monday against Tony Parker and the Spurs — he was 3-of-11 shooting, finishing with eight points, one assist and he was a -35 in a game the Nets lost by 31. It really fits with a season where he is shooting 39.9 percent overall, 30 percent from three and has a…

  2. LeBron takes ‘walking the dog’ to an entirely new level (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    With under two minutes remaining in overtime of Miami’s game against the Magic on Monday, the Heat were trailing, and wanted to preserve every precious second on the clock to ensure enough possessions were available for the team to come back and get this victory. They got it down the stretch, but time ended up…

  3. Kings GM says DeMarcus Cousins not on trade block

    Jan 1, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Klay Thomspon, DeMarcus Cousins, Andrew Bogut

    While there has been a lot of buzz about it, don’t expect to see a DeMarcus Cousins trade anytime soon. Why not? There are a few reasons. Kings GM Geoff Petrie says the key one is Cousins is not on the trade block. He was very direct about it when speaking to David Aldridge writing…

  4. Top 10 NBA dunks of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Jared Sullinger

    WIth 2012 officially in the books, it’s time to look back on the top 10 dunks of the past year. And just as we all expected, Byron Mullens makes the list and kicks things off at number 10. Yeah, I don’t know either. But his flying jam down the lane after getting his own rebound…

  5. Report: Amar’e Stodemire to make season debut Tuesday

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Tuesday night we get to see what the Knicks are really going to look like this season… well, except for the part where Raymond Felton is out and Carmelo Anthony is questionable (with a hyperextended knee). But Amar’e Stoudemire will be back. That is what Adrian Wojnarowski reports at Yahoo Sports. After undergoing preseason knee…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bobcats snap 18-game losing streak with win over Bulls

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kemba Walker, Taj Gibson

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s games in NBA action. Or, what you missed while ringing in the New Year with an 80-pound Moon Pie … Heat 112, Magic 110 (OT): Orlando was without Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson in this one due to injury, but Miami played down to the level of its competition just…

  7. Top 10 NBA bloopers of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    As we count down to the new year, let’s relive some of the lighter NBA moments of 2012 that we were fortunate enough to experience. At 10, we have Lamar Odom saying he’s with the Lakers in his first season with the Clippers. Wishful thinking, my friend. At 9, we have Omer Asik tipping the…

  8. Nikola Vucevic grabs a franchise record 29 rebounds in Magic’s loss to Heat

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Shane Battier, Nikola Vucevic

    Setting a franchise record in any statistical category in the NBA is no doubt something to be celebrated. But when you do it in an area that’s traditionally dominated by big men, for a franchise that’s had two of the greatest frontcourt players of this era, it’s even more impressive. Allow me to introduce you…

  9. Report: Nets will try to talk to Phil Jackson ‘in the next few days’

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Nets GM Billy King can say that P.J. Carlesimo is the team’s head coach all he wants. We all know the expectations are a little out of control in Brooklyn, and with the firing of Avery Johnson taking place earlier this week, the team will be looking to get a big-name coach on the payroll…

  10. Wade’s overtime steal seals Heat’s win over Magic (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    It’s not like the Heat weren’t supposed to beat the Magic on Monday, especially with Orlando missing both Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson due to injury. But after a strong start, Miami was complacent in the second quarter, getting outscored by 15 in the period, which gave the home team some confidence that allowed them…

  11. Bobcats win! Bobcats win! Losing streak ends at 18.

    Dec 31, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Kemba Walker, Taj Gibson, Marquis Teague

    The Charlotte Bobcats had lost 18 games in a row. Until they met the Chicago Bulls on New Year’s Eve. The Bulls played like they were thinking about where they were going to be at midnight — or like they started the party the night before — and the Bobcats played like a team that…

  12. Monday And-1 Links: Will Shaq be at Kobe’s jersey retirement?

    Dec 31, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Image (1) Shaq and Kobe-thumb-275x260-13925.jpg for post 2602

    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 you will pretend to like champagne on New Year’s Eve…. • Will Kobe…

  13. Quincy Pondexter has sprained MCL, out indefinitely

    Dec 31, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Jae Crowder, Quincy Pondexter

    Quincy Pondexter has been giving the Grizzlies 23 minutes a night… not great minutes (6.7 points per game) but he was defending and knocking down threes at a 42 percent clip. However they are not going to have that for a while — he had to be carried off the court on Sunday night after…

  14. LeBron says he was “dog tired” during loss to Bucks

    Dec 31, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    When the Miami Heat lost to the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, it was their fourth game in five days. The Heat have had a packed schedule of late. And that has worn on LeBron James. After the Heat loss Saturday James said this to the Journal-Sentinel. “I was dog tired,” James said. “I was pushing the…

  15. Jazz coach benches Millsap for fourth quarter. That didn’t sit well.

    Dec 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    We need to start with this note: Paul Millsap will be a free agent next summer. Unrestricted, he can go where he pleases. Now jump ahead to Sunday night, when the Jazz were on the road against the Clippers. Two nights before against the same team, Jazz coach Ty Corbin heard criticism for leaving Al…

  16. Timberwolves sign Lazar Hayward to add depth

    Dec 31, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Hayward_Lazar

    When teams are looking for guys to provide some depth but not really play much, GMs tend to go with the guys they know over the unknown. Hence, the Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing back Lazar Hayward, the team announced on twitter. Hayward played 42 games with the Timberwolves two seasons ago, then hung out on…

  17. NBA Power Rankings: Western Conference dominates top spots

    Dec 31, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin, Jordan, Crawford, and Paul, celebrate a three pointer by teammate Green during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Los Angeles

    We enter 2013 off a week where the two best teams in the East — Miami and New York — looked sloppy while the teams at the top of the Western Conference looked strong and took over the top spots in the weekly rankings. 1. Clippers (25-6, Last week ranked No. 1). The win streak…

  18. Kobe says this is the best Clippers team he’s ever seen

    Dec 31, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    The Clippers are the best team in Los Angeles. Right now, it’s not all that close. But Los Angeles is still a Lakers town. So when people want to validate how good the Clippers are they go and ask the Lakers about it. Because that’s just kind of how L.A. works. So ESPNLA.com’s Dave McMenamin…

  19. Stan Van Gundy says Dwight Howard not as explosive

    Dec 31, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Lakers Howard leaves the court after being ejected for a flagrant foul on Nuggets Faried during their NBA basketball game in Denver

    A lot of people think Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy hate each other, but that’s not the case. They got over their little spat in Orlando pretty quickly and now text each other regularly. Van Gundy probably knows Howard’s game as well as anyone and told the Los Angeles Times the back surgery has…

  20. Kevin Garnett: ‘This is where all the plastic people melt’

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    This is rock bottom for the Celtics. They hope. But that loss to the Sacramento Kings on the road looked nothing like the Boston Celtics we expected to see this season — the Celtics defense was terrible, their rotations slow to nonexistent, their offense continues to struggle and there was just no passion. And if…

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