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  1. Average NBA ticket passes $50, up 3.5% from year before

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Grizzlies arena

    It’s expensive to go to an NBA game. According to an annual report published at ESPN, the cost of the average NBA ticket is $50.99, up 3.5 percent from the year before. That is still less than the average NFL ticket ($78, and those stadiums are much larger) and the NHL ($61), but less than…

  2. A win for longevity: Vince Carter passes Larry Bird on all-time scoring list

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Last night a 36-year-old Vince Carter channeled the version of himself from 12 years ago (if that younger self was a better three-point shooter) and dominated the key stretch of the Mavericks win over the Kings. Carter scored 17 points in the third quarter with a barrage of threes, going 5-of-7 from deep in the…

  3. Kevin Garnett says this will be his last All-Star Game

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    This weekend will be Kevin Garnett’s 15th All-Star Game. He has been part of every one since 1997 and this year he was voted in by the fans as an All-Star starter. And he says it will be his last one. The video is above but here is the money quote, via A. Sherrod Blakely…

  4. The Extra Pass: Breaking Down Houston’s Transition Game (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    James Harden

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at the fastbreak of the Houston Rockets. You’re probably aware of how brilliant James Harden has been, but this season has been about more than just Harden for Houston. The big…

  5. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Break up the Raptors, that’s four straight wins

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Johnson and Gay defend New York Knicks' Stoudemire during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at toys you can buy that would traumatize your child…. Celtics 71, Bulls 69: Man this game was ugly. You knew it was going to be low scoring — two defensive minded teams both missing the point guard that stirs their…

  6. ‘Melo suffers deep arm bruise, may sit out All-Star Game

    Feb 14, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    Early in the Knicks loss Wednesday night Carmelo Anthony stepped in front of a driving DeMar DeRozan and tried to take the charge. What he got instead was an elbow to the bicep of his right arm. His shooting arm. He said after the game it was a deep bruise that left him with numbness…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: Two All-Stars and a guy who should have been

    Feb 14, 2013, 2:27 AM EDT

    Gerald Henderson, Paul George

    I wanted to do an all All-Star edition of three stars tonight, but I couldn’t leave Josh Smith off (representing he and Al Horford, who alone almost beat the Magic)… but he should have been one. So I’m calling this the All-Star edition anyway. As always some guys are close but just missed out. Joe…

  8. Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning corner three to beat Cavaliers (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard, Dion Waiters

    This is what the Spurs do — make a mistake and you pay the price. Down two with 8 seconds left in Cleveland, Tony Parker gets the ball out top and drives the lane. If you don’t take that away from him one of the best point guards in the game will tie it up.…

  9. It’s not pretty but Celtics will take it, rally to beat Bulls

    Feb 13, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    You know how the last day before you go on a much-anticipated vacation you are pretty much useless at work? Your body is at the job but your mind is doing tequila shots in Cancun. That was pretty much the Bulls at the Celtics Wednesday. It’s ugly. Joan Rivers without plastic surgery ugly. This is…

  10. Andre Miller three-quarter court alley-oop to JaVale McGee (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee, Hasheem Thabeet

    Andre Miller is as good a lob passer as there is in the NBA, but even this is at the edge of his range. JaVale McGee can be as good a finisher as there is in the NBA, but he is as capable of a blooper as a highlight play. Yet it all worked out…

  11. Stephen Curry practices for Three Point Contest, he’s not going to be easy to beat (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    Stephen Curry takes just shy of seven three pointers a game and hits 44.7 percent of them. He shoots 54.7 percent on corner threes (but he’s better from the right than the left recently) and shooting 43.5 percent from above the break. Here he is practicing for the All-Star Saturday night Three Point Contest. With…

  12. Carmelo amazed with LeBron’s run, but says don’t give him MVP yet

    Feb 13, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony reacts in front of Los Angeles Clippers Jamal Crawford after three-point shot in NBA game in New York

    Carmelo Anthony is as impressed as everyone else with LeBron James’ historic run — six games in a row with more than 30 points and shooting better than 70 percent overall in that stretch. It’s getting LeBron mentioned in the same breath with Jordan. Which is jumping the gun a bit. And so is just…

  13. Brandon Jennings says everything is good with Bucks. So stop asking.

    Feb 13, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    Brandon Jennings had no choice but this. If you watched what the disaster that was Dwight Howard getting out of Orlando, it had to be that even if you want to leave town you insist vehemently that you don’t. The rumors have been out for a while now that Brandon Jennings is unhappy wants out…

  14. Wednesday And-1 links: Woodson says Shumpert will not be moved

    Feb 13, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic 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 like Bobby Flay loves chipotle. • Knicks coach Mike Woodson was on ESPN radio…

  15. Magic’s Hedo Turkoglu suspended 20 games for positive steroid test

    Feb 13, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Tell me again how nobody in the NBA would do steroids… The Orlando Magic’s Hedo Turkoglu has been suspended 20 games by the league for testing positive for methenolone, the league announced. Methenolone is an anabolic steroid. Turkoglu’s suspension starts Wednesday night and he can return March 27 (vs. Bobcats). Turkoglu released a statement through…

  16. What you’ll see in Dunk Contest: James White vs. Gerald Green (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    James White, Robin Lopez

    A lot of casual fans shrugged when the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest lineup was announced — these are pretty much guys from the end of the NBA bench. But those of us basketball junkies high-fived each other (virtually) because the NBA went out and got dunk contest guys to do it. Specifically the Knicks James…

  17. The Extra Pass: Warriors stumbling into the All-Star break

    Feb 13, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    David Lee, Stephen Curry

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at what has gone wrong with the Golden State Warriors lately. There has been no bigger darling of the first half of the NBA season than the Golden State Warriors. Pegged…

  18. Could Nerlens Noel’s injury shake up the NBA draft? Not really.

    Feb 13, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    UPDATE 2:01 pm: The word is in and Nerlens Noel has a torn ACL for which he will have surgery in the next few weeks. The X-rays were negative and there doesn’t seem to be other damage. Expect him to miss six to eight months. Which really sucks for Kentucky. But it’s not going to impact…

  19. Celtics get good news on Rondo’s knee, bad on Barbosa

    Feb 13, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Boston Celtics

    Okay Celtics fans, you want the good news first or the bad? Good, you got it — Rajon Rondo had successful surgery on his knee on Tuesday. Of course, you pretty much never hear a team describe these surgeries any other way — how many successful surgeries has Greg Oden had? — but still this…

  20. Kobe Bryant says it’s all good with Shaq now, the feud is over

    Feb 13, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

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

    Shaquille O’Neal was led out of Staples Center in handcuffs Tuesday night. But that was by security guard Will Ferrell as part of a joke. A few years ago you might have thought Kobe Bryant would have ordered Shaq’s removal — their relationship was still frosty and competitive going back to their days as teammates.…

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