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  1. Dirk Nowitzki questions Dallas’ rebuilding plans

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks

    Dallas won the NBA title in 2011. But they were not built like the Heat team that they knocked off, nor the up-and-coming Thunder — teams of improving superstars. The Mavs had their aging superstar and a supporting cast that came together perfectly for them. It would have been difficult for Dallas to repeat. So…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Heat, Thunder cruise to victory

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Amir Johnson; Kevin Durant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while thinking about NBA doppelgangers… Nuggets 112, Lakers 105: If you like fast paced games with plenty of scoring, a game not really encumbered with defense to slow all that down, than this one was for you. The Lakers defense…

  3. Three Stars of the Night: LeBron, Durant and… Lawson

    Jan 7, 2013, 2:54 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Honestly, we could put Kevin Durant or LeBron James on this list any night they play. They are the two best players on the planet right now (sorry CP3, you’re close), so sometimes we take someone else to give them a little credit. But the big guns belong here, because they are that good. But…

  4. Turnovers, offensive rebounds doom Lakers, spark Nuggets in win

    Jan 7, 2013, 2:17 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Gallinari celebrates a three-pointer during their NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles

    There was a moment Sunday night’s game that seemed to sum up the Lakers’ season to this point. With just over seven minutes left, Lakers ran a set that got sloppy and directionless, but with clock running down they got the ball in the post to Pau Gasol; then Kobe Bryant knifed through the lane…

  5. JaVale McGee posterizes own teammates on putback (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 1:24 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    When JaVale McGee is focused and in the game mentally — and he was against the Lakers Sunday night — few people on the planet could keep him from a rebound and putback dunk. That includes Kosta Koufos and Andre Miller. Who happen to be McGee’s teammates and were in the way of a putback…

  6. Report: Celtics positioning themselves for multi-player trade

    Jan 6, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge

    The Celtics waived Jarvis Varnado and rookie Kris Joseph on Sunday, which in itself is unremarkable news. Varnado was expected to be gone before his contract became guaranteed on Jan. 10, but the team parting ways with Joseph was a bit of a surprise, considering the positive view it was believed to have of the…

  7. Kevin Durant double-crosses DeMar DeRozan (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan; Kevin Durant

    There was afternoon basketball on Sunday, with the Thunder tipping off in Toronto against the Raptors at 1 p.m. Eastern. Toronto hosts more of these early starts than any team in the league, but it didn’t bother the Thunder as they improved their league-best record to 26-7 with a 104-92 victory. Kevin Durant finished with…

  8. Ty Lawson steals JaVale McGee’s shoe during Nuggets’ win over Jazz (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson celebrates hitting a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers in Denver

    It’s all fun and games when you’re up big late in the fourth quarter at home, as the Nuggets were against the Jazz on Saturday. With all key players relegated to the bench and simply waiting for time to expire and the win to officially be put in the books, Ty Lawson decides to have…

  9. Popovich calls for league to crack down on sideline activity after injury to Stephen Jackson

    Jan 6, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

    Stephen Jackson suffered an injury in Thursday night’s loss to the Knicks that was completely avoidable. And Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, as you might imagine, was none too pleased. Late in the first quarter after taking a three-point attempt from the corner, Jackson’s momentum carries him slowly backward and out of bounds. A waitress…

  10. Report: John Wall expected to make season debut in the next two weeks

    Jan 6, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards

    The Wizards, at 4-27 on the season, will take any good news they can get. This would most certainly qualify. John Wall has been practicing with the team and is expected to make his season debut within the next two weeks, according to a report from Chris Mannix of SI.com. Wall has been out the…

  11. Eric Gordon is back, hits and-1 game winner vs. Dallas (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    That is how you start to win back the fans in New Orleans. Eric Gordon is back from his knee surgery and showing the Hornets what they were missing — their offense is just much better when the young guard they got as the highlight of the Chris Paul trade is back on the floor.…

  12. Rockets suspend Royce White

    Jan 6, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    Royce White

    We thought there might be some fallout from Rockets draft pick Royce White refusing his D-League assignment earlier this week, and now we have it. Houston has suspended White immediately, and this is a situation that seems like it gets worse before it gets better. Here’s the official statement from Rockets GM Daryl Morey, via…

  13. Chris Paul says Warriors acted like ‘they won the NBA Finals’ last time they beat Clippers in L.A.

    Jan 6, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    BKN-CLIPPERS-WARRIORS

    The Warriors have been a nice surprise in the West this season, and with All-Star caliber performances from both Stephen Curry and David Lee for the bulk of the season, they were able to beat an equally surprising Clippers team in each of their first two meetings. The third meeting, however, was all Clippers. A…

  14. Lakers problems: It’s all about the defense

    Jan 6, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Pau Gasol cannot find his place in the Mike D’Antoni offense. Steve Nash is still clearly not fully used to his new teammates. The Lakers lack shooters. With all the talent the Buss family is paying a pretty penny (well, many pennies) for we all expected an exceptional offense from the Lakers. So it’s been…

  15. Chris Paul’s half-court alley-oop to DeAndre Jordan (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers lobs are getting ridiculous. The Warriors decided to do some trapping of Chris Paul — maybe they watched the Lakers not trap and lay back on him on Friday night and he shredded them, but the result was the same. And this was the best example, it is CP3 with the half-court lob…

  16. Mark Cuban complains about officiating. Again. Will get fined. Again.

    Jan 6, 2013, 12:59 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    The officiating in the Mavericks overtime loss to the Hornets on Saturday night was wildly inconsistent. It went both ways, but there were muggings that went uncalled and touch fouls called the next time down the court. All this came after a Dallas overtime loss to Miami this week where the Mavericks were frustrated with…

  17. James Harden bails himself out with a long three after nearly dribbling out the shot clock (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden has the green light 100 percent of the time in his new role with the Houston Rockets, although this possession midway through the fourth quarter during a tight game with the Cavaliers probably wasn’t what his coaching staff had in mind when gifting him with that responsibility. Harden receives the ball with about…

  18. Wizards head coach exasperated, out of answers after double-overtime loss to Nets (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    This isn’t exactly on the level of a Gregg Popovich postgame presser, but really, few things are. Still, it’s interesting anytime a head coach goes beyond the cliches and shows some emotion while meeting with the media after a tough loss, so we bring you an exasperated Randy Wittman trying to find some answers after…

  19. Kevin Love re-fractured his right hand, out indefinitely

    Jan 5, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    More bad news on the injury front for a Timberwolves team that has had more than its fair share. Kevin Love underwent an MRI on Saturday, which revealed a re-fracture of the third metacarpal on his right hand, the team announced. The injury occurred during the third quarter of Minnesota’s win in Denver on Thursday.…

  20. Heat hold team meeting to address rebounding issues

    Jan 5, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Chris Bosh works against New Orleans Hornets' Robin Lopez as they try for the rebound in a free throw in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    The Bulls took it to the Heat in Miami on Friday, winning 96-89 and outrebounding the defending champs by 20 in the process. If this was an aberration, it wouldn’t be likely to bother a team that knows it has the talent to play deep into the postseason, while struggling from time to time with…

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