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  1. PBT Extra: Previewing Knicks vs. Lakers Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    When they met a couple of weeks ago the Knicks blew the Lakers out of Madison Square Garden. If the Knicks move the ball like that again, and if the  Lakers defensive rotations are just as bad, the outcome will be the same. We’ll see how much Steve Nash and Pau Gasol can change that…

  2. PBT Extra: Previewing Celtics vs. Nets Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries

    When you break out the new iPad Christmas morning (dream big, maybe Santa will be good to you this year) and you stream your first game, it may be this early Christmas Day game. And it may be a bit hard to watch — these are two teams really struggling on offense. The Nets have…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Clippers in top spot, which is close to Mayans being right

    Dec 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s not the end of the world in a classic way, or even in a “Michael Stipe feels fine” kind of way, but the Clippers being on top of the PBT power rankings are as close to the end of the world as we are getting this week. 1. Clippers (21-6, LW 2). Winners of…

  4. Mark Cuban calls championship argument for validating players ‘the stupid, macho element’ of sports

    Dec 24, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki

    If you’re a passionate NBA fan who likes to discuss the game with others, then invariably you’ve heard (but hopefully not given) this response when comparing one player’s impact to that of another. “Oh yeah? Who has more championships?” It’s become known mockingly as the “COUNT DA RINGZ” defense, used most often when comparing the…

  5. DeMarcus Cousins reinstated by Kings following suspension

    Dec 24, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins has been reinstated by the Sacramento Kings following a suspension that ultimately lasted just a single game, the team announced. Cousins was back with the Kings on Monday and practiced with the team. The suspension, originally scheduled to last “indefinitely,” was due to Cousins getting into it with Kings head coach Keith Smart…

  6. LeBron James, Chris Paul named conference players of the week

    Dec 24, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    Shocking news out of the league office this Christmas Eve, I know. But two of the game’s best players had two of the best weeks statistically speaking, and were therefore awarded for the accomplishment. LeBron James and Chris Paul were named Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, for games played from Dec. 17…

  7. Carmelo Anthony says anything less than a trip to the Eastern Conference finals would be ‘unacceptable’

    Dec 24, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony keeps ball away from Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams in NBA game in New York

    The Knicks have gotten off to a fantastic start this season, and one that is arguably better than most expected. The team is essentially still at the top of the Eastern conference standings — percentage points behind the Heat, but just one game back in the loss column, with two more wins. And, let’s not…

  8. Video: Highlights of Dirk Nowitzki’s return to NBA

    Dec 24, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand

    With the Mavericks on the road in San Antonio, you couldn’t expect a rousing welcome when Dirk Nowitzki entered the game Sunday, playing his first minutes of the season for Dallas following knee surgery he had during training camp. He was limited to 20 minutes but looked pretty solid, hitting 3-of-4 shots as he tries…

  9. Quote of the Day: LeBron praises Durant and his improvement

    Dec 24, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    “I think he’s a better player. He continues to get better.” —LeBron James speaking of Kevin Durant, via Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. And LeBron is right — what makes Oklahoma City better this year than last is that Durant is better, Russell Westbrook is better, Serge Ibaka is better and so on and so…

  10. Video: The 12 dunks of Christmas

    Dec 24, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    nba-basketball-on-christmas

    No, this is not really NBA related, but it was too good not to post. That would be Streetballer “Special FX” with the dunks. Great stuff from the guys at NOC.

  11. Here’s some “LeBron could return to Cleveland” speculation for you

    Dec 24, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    LeBron James Cavaliers

    LeBron James can opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat in the summer of 2014. He likely will do that just to sign another max extension for five years with the Heat. It’s a long shot he leaves South Beach… so you’re telling me there’s a chance? The fact that that the best…

  12. Celtics’ Wilcox out month with injured thumb; bring in Varnado

    Dec 24, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Boston Celtics

    Chris Wilcox was not getting a lot of run with the Celtics — he hadn’t played more than 20 minutes in a game since Dec. 5 — but with their thin front line he was still getting some run. But he has a sprained right thumb and is going to be out of the rotation,…

  13. Sacramento hasn’t wanted to trade Cousins before. Will that change?

    Dec 24, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson

    Talent wins in the NBA, so when they have someone with tremendous talent they were willing to put up with a lot more off the court. Think young Charles Barkley, who was a royal pain. Or, there’s a reason that a prolific scorer like Gilbert Arenas could do things like take a dump in a…

  14. LeBron says he will never do All-Star Dunk Contest

    Dec 24, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James is a powerful in-game dunker. Sometimes those kinds of dunkers don’t translate well to the showy exhibition that is the NBA’s Dunk Contest All-Star weekend. Think Shannon Brown. Heck, Jazz forward Jeremy Evans told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida he could beat LeBron in the contest because we’ve never seen LeBron in…

  15. Video: Blake Griffin’s latest KIA ad is pretty funny

    Dec 24, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The best part of the Blake Griffin KIA ads is that he is willing to poke fun at himself and his game. That and he has a great dry sense of humor that really comes out in these ads. And for those of you saying Griffin dunks too much, I say to you if you…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nowitzki is back and the Spurs could not care less

    Dec 24, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while starting you Christmas shopping finally…. Spurs 129, Mavericks 91: Dirk Nowitizki is back and… yikes. San Antonio just dominated that game, hitting 20-of-30 three pointers, driving into the lane, basically doing whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. Danny Green led…

  17. Video: Watch the Spurs drain 20 three-pointers on Mavs

    Dec 24, 2012, 1:31 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tiago Splitter

    Sunday night the Spurs were the anti-Nuggets. San Antonio blew the Mavericks out of the water by draining 20 out of 30 three-point attempts, showing Dirk Nowitzki what it will take now that he is back. Danny Green was on fire and hit 7-of-8, but eight other Spurs pitched in with threes. Ball movement and…

  18. Three Stars of the Night: Buckets in Bunches

    Dec 24, 2012, 1:23 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    We had a pretty streaky Sunday around the league. Chris Paul and the Clippers extended their winning streak to 13 games, the longest seen this year in the NBA. Dirk Nowitzki returned for the Mavs, but the Spurs made it six straight at home in a laugher. The Knicks squeaked out a win over the…

  19. J.R. Smith throws down on poor Greg Stiemsma (VIDEO)

    Dec 23, 2012, 11:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith celebrates as he faces the crowd after making a shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Oh, Greg. Bless your heart. You were busy covering Tyson Chandler, and you saw J.R. Smith driving towards you. Your natural reaction was to run right back towards him. You’re a very tall dude. You wanted to stop him from getting to the rim. That’s good. That part was good. The end result, though? Baaaaad.…

  20. Kris Humphries gets benched, Nets get win

    Dec 23, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    It’s not everyday you see a player who makes $12 million dollars a year get a healthy DNP, but that’s where the Nets are at with Kris Humphries right now. Coming into Sunday’s matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Nets were just 2-8 in their last ten games and on a serious slide down the…

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