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  1. PBT Extra: Amnesty That! Plus some LeBron and Sixers talk

    Feb 25, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    It’s Monday and that means I get to hang out with red-carpet ready Kay Adams and talk some NBA. Of course, we talk some Lakers and what they are doing right. But let’s say they make the playoffs, do you think they could beat the Spurs in seven games? No. Thunder? No. Clippers? Closer, but…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Hot hot Heat move back to top spot

    Feb 25, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    It looks like the Miami Heat have started to get focused and in the West it is the Spurs, Thunder and everyone else. The rest of the league has less than two months to state their case that they can knock one of those big three off. 1. Heat (40-14, last week ranked No. 2).…

  3. Report: Clippers owner vetoed Butler for Ariza trade

    Feb 25, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The Los Angeles Clippers were looking ahead to the playoffs and thought they could use a perimeter player with length and a defensive mindset. So they set up a deal with the Washington Wizards that would have swapped Caron Butler for Trevor Ariza, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. But the deal got shot down…

  4. The Lakers are hot, but are they really playing that well?

    Feb 25, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Metta World Peace

    Here’s a little secret about the Lakers — look at just their point differential this season (points scored minus points allowed) and they should be a 31-26 team. They lost a lot of games early in the season they could and should have won. Now they are hot again — win Monday night in Denver…

  5. Wade tries to nickname himself “WOW.” LeBron not impressed.

    Feb 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Lebrion James, Dwyane Wade

    You can’t nickname yourself. Only Kobe Bryant did it and frankly that should not be allowed to stand, it’s just too late to stop it. Now Dwyane Wade is trying to go that route, and LeBron James is none to impressed, reports Ethan Skolnick at the Palm Beach Post. “It’s ‘WOW,’ Way of Wade,” James…

  6. LeBron James with ridiculous warm-up dunk (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Why do we need stars in the All-Star Dunk Contest? Because they can do things like that. You need to get ahead to about the 35 second mark of this video (although Mario Chalmers has a quality dunk earlier) to see LeBron James go between his legs, throw an alley-oop pass off the backboard to…

  7. Nowitzki says he wants to play a couple years past this contract

    Feb 25, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

    Mavericks' Nowitzki reacts after officials did not call Lakers' World Peace for a foul during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    At age 34 and coming off knee surgery during training camp, Dirk Nowitzki has taken a step back this season. He’s averaging 16 points a game and is shooting 43.5 percent, both his lowest since his rookie season. He’s got one more season on his contract after this one, so at age 36 will he…

  8. Some Spurs don’t like In-n-Out Burgers, lose a little of my respect

    Feb 25, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    in-n-out

    There are certain things that are sacred to Los Angeles natives like myself. The Hollywood Bowl, for one. The Griffith Observatory. And In-n-Out burgers. That’s true of pretty much the entire West Coast. Don’t mess with those burgers. But a couple of Spurs did — they didn’t like them. And now, sadly, I’ve lost a…

  9. Tony Parker tried hide injury from Popovich; expects to play Wednesday

    Feb 25, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich, Manu Ginobili

    Tony Parker — having a career season where television pundits throw his name in the MVP conversation — didn’t want to sit out. He did Sunday anyway, missing the Spurs win over Phoenix, but only after his efforts to hide his triceps injury from coach Gregg Popovich fell short, reports Mike Monroe of he Express-News.…

  10. MarShon Brooks with alley-oop to himself (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    MarShon Brooks

    Let’s be honest here — MarShon Brooks made a nice up-and-under move then missed the shot. But did what your junior high coach always told you and followed his shot — that led to the dunk. Brooks has skills but no way he intentionally passed off the backboard, had it carom off the rim, then…

  11. Kevin Love says he wants to play in 15-20 games this season

    Feb 25, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love has played in just 18 games for Minnesota this season. There were playoff hopes for the Timberwolves with Love coming off a gold medal summer with Team USA, but he broke his hand doing knuckle pushups in the preseason. He returned earlier than expected, struggled then started to get a groove before breaking…

  12. Watch Kobe Bryant drop all 38 on Mavericks (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Sorry Mark Cuban, we really aren’t just running this video to rub it in. Well, that’s not the only reason. Kobe Bryant was in vintage mode on Sunday and the Mavericks paid the price. He dropped 38 by both attacking the rim and hitting ridiculous contested threes. He made O.J. Mayo look bad at moments,…

  13. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Thunder roll as Bulls need a Rose

    Feb 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook controls the inbound pass in front of Chicago Bulls defenders Belinelli and Gibson during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while pointing out to friends the historical inaccuracies of “Argo”… Lakers 103, Mavericks 99: The Lakers are starting to find their identity as a team… of course, some night’s that identity is Kobe Bryant. He dropped 38 points, 14 in the fourth quarter,…

  14. Report: Thunder about to re-sign Derek Fisher for rest of season

    Feb 25, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    The Oklahoma City Thunder had one of the best backup point guards in the game with Eric Maynor, but they were going to lose him after the season through free agency, so they traded him at the deadline. But they wanted to add some depth, and apparently don’t fully trust Reggie Jackson yet in the…

  15. Three Stars of the Night: Amnesty That! Don’t make Kobe angry.

    Feb 25, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    I don’t think what Mark Cuban said was meant as an insult to Kobe Bryant. But Kobe uses everything for fuel — the security guard doesn’t wave to him on his way into the arena and he gets pissed and drops 40 — so you kind of knew what was coming if you were Dallas.…

  16. Kobe Bryant responds to Mark Cuban’s amnesty suggestion in epic fashion

    Feb 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    kobe mark cuban

    A couple of days ago, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested in a radio interview that maybe it was time for the Lakers to consider amnestying Kobe Bryant, given the team’s current position out of the playoff picture and the astronomical payroll and luxury tax bill the franchise would be looking at next season. Cuban has…

  17. Pistons’ Will Bynum suspended one game for hit on Tyler Hansbrough

    Feb 24, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    Will Bynum

    In the least surprising news of the day, Will Bynum of the Detroit Pistons has been suspended one game without pay for striking Tyler Hansbrough of the Indiana Pacers in the stomach, the league announced on Sunday via official release. The play occurred with 8:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, and with the Pistons trailing by…

  18. Tony Parker out Sunday against Suns with triceps injury

    Feb 24, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Parker of the Spurs competes in the skills competition during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida

    The Spurs have been winning games all season long without various players in the lineup, and Sunday in Phoenix they’ll try to do it again, this time with Tony Parker sidelined due to a triceps injury. Parker initially suffered the injury during the Spurs’ blowout win over the Clippers on Thursday, reports Mike Monroe of…

  19. Kobe’s crossover puts O.J. Mayo on skates (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-LAKERS-NETS

    Signs a player on the court just did something exceptionally sick: 1- Audible sounds of shock and awe from the crowd, before the shot even goes down, and especially when a player is playing on the road. [Check.] 2- Teammates on the bench all stand up in preparation for cheering wildly once the shot falls.…

  20. Kobe scores 38, leads Lakers to gritty win over Mavericks

    Feb 24, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Shawn Marion, Kobe Bryant

    Each game for the Lakers becomes more important as the season progresses, as the team tries to make up enough ground to claw its way into the postseason after getting off to such a dismal start. Sunday afternoon in Dallas, L.A. played like its beginning to realize it. Behind a spectacular 38-point performance from Kobe…

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