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  1. Report: Raptors plan to offer Rudy Gay contract extension

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Rudy Gay reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Oakland

    Rudy Gay won a lot of fans over when he first went to Toronto, but since then he has burned through a lot of that capital he built up. Gay is scoring 19.8 points a game but is shooting just 39 percent overall and 23.3 percent from three. Sorry to tell you this Raptors fans,…

  2. Report: Sixers almost acquired Josh Smith at deadline

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    Josh Smith, Devin Harris

    On paper it’s an impressive front line — Andrew Bynum and Josh Smith. On the court… that would have been interesting. I mean, assuming Bynum ever gets back on the court. Like the Bucks backcourt, it could be both amazing and painfully bad, not even game to game but quarter to quarter. We will not…

  3. Dwight Howard blocks Robin Lopez to save Lakers win (VIDEO)

    Mar 7, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

    Robin Lopez, Al-Farouq Aminu, Dwight Howard

    There were two parts to the Lakers dramatic comeback win, when the Lakers outscored the Hornets 33-9 in the fourth quarter. One part was Kobe Bryant taking over on the offensive end of the floor. He gets most of the kudos and most of the highlights because his effort is easy to quantify. The other…

  4. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Celtics 11-0 run closes out Pacers

    Mar 7, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

    Jason Terry, Jordan Crawford

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what live is like for a poor sultan…. Lakers 108, Hornets 102: The Lakers were down 25 in the third quarter, 18 entering the fourth. But then Kobe Bryant took over the offense and Dwight Howard the defense, the Hornets fell…

  5. Klay Thompson nails game winning three for Warriors (VIDEO)

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Klay Thompson

    Klay Thompson gets the glory because he hit the dagger shot, but Stephen Curry and David Lee made this possible. Off the inbounds, the play has Curry come off a high Lee/Andrew Bogut double screen. Lee’s man goes to trap Curry and that’s where Lee makes the smart move and pops out rather than rolls…

  6. Insane: Crawford throws between legs alley-oop to Griffin for tomahawk dunk (VIDEO)

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Larry Sanders, Brandon Jennings

    Lob City has been throwing alley-oops and putting on a show now for years, there have been more high-flying dunks that we can remember. This is the best alley-oop they have ever done. We can argue about the best dunk overall, but this tops the alley-oops for me, and the open-court throwdowns. This is just…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: Guys that got (or almost got) their team wins

    Mar 7, 2013, 2:11 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Lots of close games, lots of crazy buzzer beaters on Wednesday night. But it wasn’t just the Jeff Greens and Klay Thompsons that got their team wins, it was others like the three guys below. Except for the Third Star, he tried but got undone by some guy named LeBron. Third Star: Nikola Vucevic (25…

  8. Jeff Green hits game-winning layup, completes Celtics improbable comeback (VIDEO)

    Mar 7, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

    Jeff Green

    With a little over four minutes left in this game, the Pacers were up nine and seemingly in control of this game. But that Jeff Green layup with .05 on the clock capped an 11-0 Celtics run to win the game 83-81. It’s a play that happened because everyone on the planet expected Kevin Garnett…

  9. Lakers make improbable comeback, survive the Hornets

    Mar 7, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The Lakers entered the 4th quarter against the Hornets trailing by 18 points, 93-75. Up to that point in the game there was little reason to think that anything but a disappointing loss for the Lakers was on tap. Sure, they were on the 2nd night of a back to back and were coming off…

  10. LeBron hits game-winning lay-up, lifts Heat over Magic (VIDEO)

    Mar 6, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Miami came in having won 15 in a row, but that doesn’t mean they were now immune to the early-season lethargy that saw them losing games they shouldn’t have. We got to see “coasting Miami” again Wednesday night against the Magic, a team that is scrappy but not very talented. Scrappy was almost enough —…

  11. As expected Kobe, Howard, World Peace all start for Lakers Wednesday

    Mar 6, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    If this were a game in December, or if the Lakers were not in need of every win they can get to make it into the playoffs, then there is a good chance that at least one if not more of the trio of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace would sit out…

  12. Wednesday And-1 links: Greg Oden looking at four teams this summer

    Mar 6, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    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. • Greg Oden’s agent Mike Conley Sr. (yes, the father of the Memphis point…

  13. Carmelo has fluid on knee, will not play Wednesday vs. Pistons

    Mar 6, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    UPDATE 6:32 pm: And what we expected has become official, the Knicks have announced Carmelo Anthony will not play Wednesday night against Detroit, tweets Marc Berman of the New York Post (as well as other media). Will Anthony play against Oklahoma City on Thursday? It’s possible, coach Mike Woodson said. Personally I wouldn’t bet on it,…

  14. Shaq gets his revenge on one-time pop star Aaron Carter (VIDEO)

    Mar 6, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    You probably don’t remember Aaron Carter, who was the Justin Bieber of a former generation, a pop-star pre-teen heart-throb. I had to Google him, to be honest. But I kind of did remember his 2001 single “How I Beat Shaq” about how the skinny white kid beat Shaquille O’Neal in a game of one-on-one (that…

  15. Dwight Howard slams Orlando teammates. Jameer Nelson tells him to stop talking.

    Mar 6, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s not in Dwight Howard’s nature to keep his head down, keep a low profile and just grind it out. I don’t intend that as an insult — he is gregarious, outgoing, talkative, and if you ask him a question he’ll pretty much answer it. Howard sat down with the a reporter from the L.A.…

  16. Two men stabbed outside Lakers/Thunder game Tuesday

    Mar 6, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

    chesapeake arena

    Not sure there is ever a bright side to a stabbing, but the NBA league office can at least breathe easy that this apparently had nothing to do with the game or fans at it. Two men were injured by another man with a knife inside the Cox Convention Center parking area across the street…

  17. Coach tells Kris Humphries he is out of Nets rotation

    Mar 6, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    Just in case you wondered why the Nets had trouble trading Kris Humphries and his $12 million contract at the deadline…. Humphries has played less than 15 minutes in five of the Nets last six games, and he played just two minutes against the Bulls on Tuesday. Now he’s not even going to get to…

  18. In honor of Shaq’s birthday, here’s his rookie year highlights (VIDEO)

    Mar 6, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Image (1) Shaq_sitting-thumb-250x329-17781.jpg for post 3570

    Happy birthday to Shaquille O’Neal. The Big Candle (at least for today). For you youngsters out there who know Shaq as the guy who argues with Charles Barkley every Thursday, or know him from his stints in Cleveland and Boston at the end of his career, you should know he’s one of the best centers…

  19. Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard both say they are playing through pain

    Mar 6, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    The Lakers haven’t got time for the pain. Literally. They play the Hornets Wednesday night with their two stars banged up and neither can really take the night off because the Lakers need wins over teams like the Hornets if they want to catch anyone and make the playoffs. Kobe Bryant suffered a hit on…

  20. Blackhawks or Heat: Who ya got? A PHT-PBT original

    Mar 6, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    kanelebron

    As you may have heard, the Chicago Blackhawks are on quite a roll. As you also may have heard, so too are the Miami Heat. You may also have heard some national pundits yelling at clouds discussing which streak is more impressive — Chicago going 23 games without a regulation loss, or Miami winning 15 in a…

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