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  1. Nothing shocking here: Kobe, LeBron lead All-Star ballot early returns

    Dec 13, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    We don’t exactly need Nate Silver to break down these voting returns and trends — the players in the lead early in the NBA All-Star balloting almost always stay on top. Occasionally guys close small gaps, but generally what you see now is what you get. In which case — good job public. No glaring…

  2. More Sixers injury woes? Holiday to have MRI on foot.

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    Haven’t the basketball gods already had enough fun with Sixers, dealt the enough of an injury woe for one season in the knees of Andrew Bynum? Apparently not. After racking up some heavy minutes recently, Jrue Holiday is getting an MRI on his sore foot and it sounds like he could miss at least the…

  3. Mark Jackson says Dwyane Wade is third best shooting guard ever

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade drives between New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    After a couple stellar games, Dwyane Wade was pretty pedestrian on Wednesday night — 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, five assists and five turnovers. Which in some minds revived the “has Wade lost a step” that had Charles Barkley and LeBron James sniping back and forth over it. Mark Jackson is too smart and too…

  4. Two Bulls fans shot in Philly following Chicago win

    Dec 13, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Philadelphia skyline

    The real headline for this piece should read: “Idiots looking to hurt people continue to use sports as an excuse.” Two Bulls fans who were in Philly for the Chicago win Wednesday night were bragging about the game when they were shot on a train, reports the AP via CSNPhilly.com. Lt. John Walker says the…

  5. Dwight Howard stars in parody “Save The Centers” video

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    That is damn funny. In case you missed it, the NBA has taken the “center” designation off the All-Star ballot, instead you vote for three “frontcourt” players. The reason is the evolution of the NBA — Kevin Garnett spent most of his career as a forward but he plays the center spot now for Boston,…

  6. Lionel Hollins points to favorable schedule as the reason for the Grizzlies’ strong start

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Lionel Hollins, Jerryd Bayless, Mike Conley

    PHOENIX — Reality has set in on the Memphis Grizzlies recently. But that doesn’t negate the team’s stronger-than-expected start. After a loss in Phoenix on Wednesday to a Suns club that had dropped seven straight coming in, Memphis has now posted just two wins against three losses over its last five games. This may be…

  7. Scottie Pippen to star in his own reality show. We’re sorry.

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    It’s a free country. You don’t have to watch this. You could go to the park and shoot some hoops. Read a book (try “Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon). Go for a bike ride and get some exercise. Play with your dog. Learn how to cook a good risotto. But know that coming to your…

  8. Kobe says Carmelo is hardest player for him to guard

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant leads his struggling Lakers into Madison Square Garden Thursday night to take on a Knicks team that is 8-0 at home and led by Carmelo Anthony, a guy playing like an MVP candidate. As part of the hype machine for that game, Kobe sat down for an interview with ESPN (Stephen A. Smith…

  9. Some Timberwolves fans heckled Kevin Love Wednesday

    Dec 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    First, Kevin Love makes some stern comments that there is still some bad blood and if the Timberwolves don’t build a winning team he might bolt in three years. Comments he does not back down from. Then he goes out and has a 3-for-17 shooting night against Denver Wednesday. Combine those things and you have…

  10. Video: Chris Paul with double behind his back crossover

    Dec 13, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is very, very good. The Clippers have won eight in a row and while CP3 doesn’t put up gaudy numbers that get him in the MVP conversation, he could. He chooses to worry about winning, about leading a team, about controlling the flow not just getting his own. But if you ever doubted…

  11. Did Sam Bowie mislead Portland doctors before 1984 draft?

    Dec 13, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Sam Bowie

    It is one of the legendary misses of the NBA Draft. In 1984 Houston had the first pick and took Hakeem Olajuwon in a move no sane person has ever questioned. But with the second pick in the draft the Portland Trail Blazers took Kentucky center Sam Bowie over North Carolina guard Michael Jordan. Yes,…

  12. Video: Mo Williams dramatic game winner lifts Jazz over Spurs

    Dec 13, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz guard Mo Williams is carried off the court by Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams after hitting the game winning shot at the buzzer ending the second half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Salt Lake City

    After the game, Gregg Popovich threw Danny Green under the bus for his defense of Mo Williams on this game-winning shot. From the Salt Lake Tribune:  “What do you think a guy is going to do with two seconds on the clock?” Popovich told reporters. “You make him drive. You don’t step back on Mo…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pierce, Rondo lead Celtics to win

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Sandy relief concert and thinking the Who looked really old… Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2OT): This game was fun. It entertained. Oh, no it wasn’t pretty at all — Dallas had 27 turnovers — but it had its…

  14. Goran Dragic’s last-second shot finishes the Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:54 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — The Suns would have taken a win any way it might have come, after losing seven straight and being faced with the task of taking down a Grizzlies team that has gotten off to a strong start this season, and had just beaten this Phoenix team in Memphis a mere seven days ago.…

  15. Three Stars of the Night: Golden Performances

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:13 AM EDT

    Klay Thompson

    Mama, there goes that man! Second-year head coach Mark Jackson is directing the surprise smash of the young season, as his Warriors pulled off their fifth straight road win by marching into Miami and taking down the Heat, 97-95. Beating LeBron and the boys in their own house is pretty darn impressive, but sweeping Three…

  16. Warriors score last six points, beat Heat on Green’s layup

    Dec 12, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    Draymond Green, Jarrett Jack

    Miami had this. Golden State had led most of the second half and were getting buckets from Klay Thompson — a fearless gunner who finished with 27 — and David Lee, who was getting his buckets in the paint on his way to 22 on the night. Then there was Jarrett Jack, who had 20…

  17. Referee tries to block a free throw attempt from Kris Humphries (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Now here’s something you don’t see every day. With 7:42 remaining in the fourth quarter of the epic matchup between the Nets and the Raptors on Wednesday, Brooklyn’s Kris Humphries went to the line for a couple of free throw attempts. After receiving the ball from one of the officials and beginning his shooting motion,…

  18. Raptors release injury update: Lowry out 10 days, Bargnani out indefinitely

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    The Raptors haven’t been very good when healthy this season, so one can only assume that prolonged absences due to injury from the team’s best players won’t help the situation. The team released an update to its injured players, and while the news is better than expected where Kyle Lowry is concerned, the news isn’t…

  19. Wednesday And-1 links: Iman Shumpert has a new Knicks anthem

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    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. • That would be Iman Shumpert‘s new Knicks anthem. Good to see he’s keeping…

  20. Injuries and a suspension have Raptors down to eight healthy players vs. Nets

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Calderon of Spain, Kleiza of Lithuania and Valanciunas of Lithuania, sit on the bench during the final minutes of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Nets have been struggling lately, and will head into Toronto on Wednesday night riding a five-game losing streak. Miami, Oklahoma City, and most recently, the Knicks have accounted for three of those losses, so it’s not anything to be too concerned about. And given the situation with the Raptors, it’ll be almost impossible for…

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