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  1. Dwight Howard fires back at Kobe, says he has to watch out for himself

    Feb 7, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Well Dwight Howard, you wanted to be the man on a bigger stage. Welcome to all that entails. Howard has been banged up this season and while he’s been good he has not been the dominant force Lakers fans expected. And now they need him to be — the Lakers are trying to make a…

  2. Another game, another three-quarter court alley-oop from Wade to Lebron (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade do this often enough that it starts to feel routine… but it’s not. It’s damn impressive. We’ve just become jaded. Anyway, here is Dwyane Wade’s three-quarter court alley-oop pass from the Heat’s win over the Houston Rockets Wednesday. This was clearly a designed play as LeBron bolts from the circle…

  3. Maybe you shouldn’t expect Al Jefferson to be a Spur

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Yesterday we brought you the report from Chris Sheridan that the San Antonio Spurs were way out in front of the pack in terms of trading for Al Jefferson of the Utah Jazz. The move has some logic — Jefferson is in the last year of his deal, he’s a better player than Tiago Splitter…

  4. What injury? Kobe challenges Howard to step up with Gasol out.

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Kobe Bryant is done with the injury excuse. No doubt injuries have set the Lakers back this season, they’ve been part of the reason they have never really coalesced as a team. But the best teams step up when players are injured. The Chicago Bulls are 29-19 and haven’t had Derrick Rose all season. The…

  5. John Wall blocks ‘Melo, goes coast-to-coast (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    John Wall

    The Wizards are so much better — and so much more fun to watch — with John Wall back on the court. We can debate just how good he is, but no doubt right now he is the Wizards best player  — and he can make plays like this, blocking Carmelo Anthony at one end…

  6. Report: USA Basketball giving Coach K more time to decide to stick around

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

    Image (1) Krzyzewski-thumb-250x375-11418.jpg for post 1910

    London was supposed to be it. After the summer Olympics Mike Krzyzewski had said he was going to walk away from coaching USA Basketball to let someone else have a shot. Now the powers that be are dragging their feet in taking on a new coach because they are hoping Coach K will change his…

  7. Watch Nets’ Mirza Teletovic airball three straight shots

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Mirza Teletovic

    It was a one-point game early in the fourth quarter when Brooklyn’s Mirza Teletovic put on an impressive shooting display. Not in a good way, but impressive nonetheless. He airballs three straight shots, all inside a minute of game time. The Bosnian rookie is not exactly a sharpshooter, hitting 37.2 percent of his shots this…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron, Wade enough for Heat

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rockets Heat Basketball

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying out your stylish new Get Smart shoe-phone…. Heat 114, Rockets 108: What a fun finish. After collapsing in the finals last year against the Heat, James Harden exacted a little personal revenge. Harden was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 36 points…

  9. Three Stars of the Night: Wade channels 2006 for a game

    Feb 7, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Toney Douglas

    Should you have to lead your team to victory to make it into our nightly three stars tribute? I say no. But it helps. If you are someone like Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday with 31 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort, you can still make the list. Well, he didn’t because I put…

  10. Stan Van Gundy clarifies: John Wall is good, just not a franchise guy

    Feb 7, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

    John Wall

    How many true franchise players are there in the NBA? Guys that right now you could build a franchise around with them as your star and anchor? In an interview last summer, Bobcats GM Rich Cho said that by his methodology there were less than 10. I think that’s about right — obviously you can…

  11. Dwyane Wade still has hops, shows it on reverse dunk (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade is defended by Houston Rockets' Parsons during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Dwyane Wade may not be able to bring it every night like he could back in 2006, but he can still bring it. And he brought it against the Rockets — 31 points, eight assists, five rebounds, four steals and two blocks. He was attacking and that led to him getting 13 free throws on…

  12. Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson out for season with knee injury

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson

    The race for the 8-seed in the Eastern Conference might be won by whichever team can simply stay healthy. Boston has obviously suffered big blows, but Philadelphia is right there with them. Already missing Thaddeus Young for three weeks because of a hamstring strain and Andrew Bynum for who knows how long, the Sixers received even…

  13. Stern confirms Seattle group has filed for relocation of Kings

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    File photo of NBA Commissioner Stern speaks in New York

    While officials and leaders in Sacramento are digging in for a fight to save their team, the efforts of the potential new owners to move the Kings to Seattle for next season are moving ahead. NBA Commissioner David Stern confirmed Wednesday that the Chris Hansen/Steve Baller ownership group — which has an agreement to buy…

  14. Wednesday And-1 links: The YOLO All-Star team

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' Keith Bogans during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    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. • The incomparable Lang Whitaker put together his YOLO All-Star team for GQ. You…

  15. Andrea Bargnani back Wednesday… just in time to shop him

    Feb 6, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

    Andrea+Bargnani

    Time to celebrate Toronto, Andrea Bargnani is back. Okay, maybe not celebrate. But if the Raptors have any chance of trading him at the deadline — and there isn’t that much of a chance, people have seen him play — they need to get him on the court and remind teams of what Bargnani can…

  16. Pau Gasol has partial tear of plantar fascia, out at least six weeks

    Feb 6, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Gasol falls to the floor with an injury to his right leg in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn

    You can take all your Pau Gasol deadline trade deals and walk them over to the trash can… Gasol will be out for six weeks with a partially torn plantar fascia, tweets Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. The Lakers confirmed he is out but refused to provide a timetable until he gets a second opinion. But…

  17. Durant admits he needs to “shut up,” stop getting technicals

    Feb 6, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    Kevin Durant has become a complainer — the “nicest guy in the NBA” has joined the superstar trend of complaining about calls to the referees. And the yapping has cost him — he is tied for the league lead with 9 technicals. The other guys on the list are notorious complainers — Carmelo Anthony, Matt…

  18. Stern says he expects HGH blood tests in NBA in year

    Feb 6, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    needle, syringe, drug

    There is a sense around the NBA that performance-enhancing drugs are not an issue in the NBA the way they have shown to be in baseball and football. Ask around the league and you generally get a “never seen it, never heard of it really” response from players and front office types. Consider me skeptical.…

  19. Report: Spurs frontrunners to trade for Al Jefferson

    Feb 6, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Al Jefferson

    It is widely expected the Utah Jazz are going to trade one of their two big men before the trade deadline — Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both in the last year of their contracts and they are not both coming back. The Spurs are in the lead to land Jefferson, reports long-time hoops…

  20. Will Rockets make run at Andrew Bynum this summer? Will others?

    Feb 6, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    It’s part of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement — it is better financially for a potential free agent to become a free agent and re-sign with his team than to just sign an extension. So even if a sure max player has no intention of leaving a team, he has to at least dip…

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