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  1. NBA Power Rankings: Finals rematch Thursday could be finals preview

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Finally, here are the delayed regular Monday PBT NBA power rankings. We said this a lot during the NBA finals last year — if we see the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in three of the next five NBA finals it shouldn’t be a shock. This season looks more and more like…

  2. PBT Extra: Talking who can challenge the Heat, Thunder

    Feb 11, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    We can be honest here: As of right now the smart money would be on a Miami/Oklahoma city rematch in the finals. But who could horn in on the party? That’s what Kay Adams and I discuss in the first of this week’s PBT Extra. What about the Bulls or Pacers in the East? The…

  3. Tony Parker out injured vs. Bulls; joins Ginobili, Duncan on bench

    Feb 11, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

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

    Last time Gregg Popovich sat Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all for one game the league slapped a $250,000 fine on the Spurs. That was for a nationally televised game against the Heat where the three were healthy but needed rest. All three will be out again Monday night when the Spurs take…

  4. Report: Magic tell Redick they are not “actively” shopping him

    Feb 11, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Oh how semantics can be fun. If there is one player you can bet gets traded before the deadline it’s J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic. A very good three-point shooter who can put the ball on the floor, can pass and is a capable defender. Plus he’s in the last year of his contract.…

  5. Mike Bibby ejected from son’s game for arguing with officials

    Feb 11, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams

    Maybe you’ve been saying, “I wonder what happened to Mike Bibby?” If you have that question may raise bigger issues about what you do and should spend your free time thinking about, but maybe you did ask that. We have your answer — getting ejected from his son’s high-school basketball games. Bibby (the Arizona Wildcat…

  6. Dwight Howard says he’s playing through a lot of pain, but it’s more than that

    Feb 11, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Nobody is questioning that Dwight Howard is playing through shoulder pain. What Steve Nash on the court Sunday and countless others off the court have questioned is why that means he can’t move his feet quickly? Once again on Sunday against the Heat Howard was solid — 15 points and 9 rebounds in 41 minutes…

  7. Warriors unveil tight-fitting alternate uniforms with sleeves

    Feb 11, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    Warriors New Uniforms

    It looks… um, different. And different often upsets people. When the Golden State Warriors take the court Feb. 22 home game against the San Antonio Spurs they are going to break out their new alternate uniforms, which you see to the right — tighter fitting with sleeves. The Warriors owners loved the idea breaking with…

  8. Brooklyn Nets announce Deron Williams out next two games

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    You see this a few times every season — a banged up player taking a couple games off before the All-Star Game to get an extended break and get healthy for the stretch run. To that end, the Nets have announced Deron Williams will miss the team’s two games this week — against the Pacers…

  9. Charles Barkley says Jay-Z isn’t going to draw players to Brooklyn

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    Charles Barkley says a lot of things that make you think “there’s Barkley being Barkley” but I liked his answer today when asked by Dan Patrick if having Jay-Z as a minority owner of the Nets is really a draw to the team. No. The most important thing a free agent wants is money. Second,…

  10. Kings fans pack the building for “Here We Buy” night

    Feb 11, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    Kings Rockets

    In the end it may not change the outcome, but what the Sacramento Kings fans did Sunday night was show how much passion there still is for NBA basketball in that market. Which raises a lot of uncomfortable questions for the league. Sunday night when the Rockets came to town was “Here We Buy” night…

  11. Cavs’ Varejao says he’s lucky to be alive after blood clot surgery

    Feb 11, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

    Anderson Varejao

    If he had not needed surgery, Anderson Varejao would be packing his bags for Houston and the All-Star Game right now. Nobody was noticing because nobody was watching Cavaliers games before Kyrie Irving got back, but Varejao was averaging better than 14 points and 14 rebounds a game with a PER of 21.8. But what…

  12. Noah’s foot issues could limit or keep him out of All-Star Game

    Feb 11, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah earned his way into the All-Star Game — he’s scoring 11.2 points and grabbing 11.9 rebounds a game, but it’s really his role as high-energy anchor of the Bulls defense that got him a spot on the roster. But Noah has missed three games recently as he battles through plantar fasciitis in his…

  13. Report: Suns trying to trade for Jefferson, Hayward from Jazz

    Feb 11, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson

    There are a lot of sellers on the trade market right now — Atlanta, Orlando, Utah — but it looks more and more like the Phoenix Suns might be trying to be buyers. First there were the reports the Suns were going after Iman Shumpert of the Knicks (that’s not likely to happen) and now…

  14. Lil Wayne says he was kicked out of Lakers/Heat game; that’s not how Heat describe it

    Feb 11, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Lacoste/GQ Super Bowl Party

    Rapper Lil Wayne hasn’t given up on the Lakers (which may be more than we can say for Dwight Howard, but that’s another post). Wayne wasn’t at the Grammys Sunday, he was in Miami for the start of the Lakers game against the Heat Sunday. But he wasn’t there at the end of the game.…

  15. LeBron James torches Lakers, like he has everyone recently (VIDEO)

    Feb 11, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James reacts after scoring a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers in the closing minutes of  their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Over his last five games, LeBron James has averaged 31 points a game on 71.4 percent shooting. He;s shooting 60 percent from three in that stretch and getting to the free throw line 9.4 times a game. You can add in his 6.8 rebounds and 6 assists per game, too. He has been otherworldly, and…

  16. Report: Knicks trading Shumpert to Phoenix “unlikely”

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:11 AM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    Phoenix is rebuilding and they want to acquire young assets in that process. Guys like, say, Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks. Which is why a proposed trade that sent Shumpert to the Suns and Jared Dudley or some other pieces to the Knicks made sense for Phoenix. Just not as much for New…

  17. Kevin Durant says he can relate to what the Suns are going through after Thunder beat them by 29 points

    Feb 11, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    PHOENIX — The Suns are a team in complete disarray at this point in the season, and while the Thunder are clearly one of the league’s best, the disparity was magnified after the teams met for the second time in three days on Sunday. While game two was a lower scoring affair than the first…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It took three overtimes for Celtics to stop Nuggets streak

    Feb 11, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed wondering again why you watch the Grammy’s every year… Heat 107, Lakers 97: The Lakers are playing better, they are starting to figure things out. But that’s still a process. And when the Heat cranked it up in the fourth quarter they pulled…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: Finals MVP edition

    Feb 11, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There were actually multiple performances worthy of recognition on Sunday, but three stood out as most deserving. And sometimes, the guys who have been the primary force behind their team’s championship effort in the past show up during the regular season. On to the winners. Third Star: Paul Pierce (27 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists,…

  20. Report: Nets going hard after trade for Josh Smith

    Feb 11, 2013, 1:15 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Atlanta Hawks

    Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov wants a contender. Badly. And he has to look at his Nets then look at the Heat and realize his side is not better than them. Or the Knicks. Or Pacers. Or Bulls (with Derrick Rose back). And so he has a team trying to swing a big deal for maybe…

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