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  1. Lakers Blake chose to swear at son of prominent CEO

    Nov 7, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We told you yesterday the Lakers Steve Blake was fined $25,000 for saying a few magical words to a fan. Now we’re finding out Blake cussed out the son of an influential Lakers season ticket holder, and he now regrets the entire thing. The incident happened late in the Lakers loss to the Clippers last…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Denver gets first win, Orlando first loss

    Nov 7, 2012, 7:48 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Danilo Gallinari

    Our nightly recap of every game around the NBA. We catch you up on what you missed while you were watching the election results roll in…. Nuggets 109, Pistons 97: Denver got its first win in its home opener with a balanced attack — Andre Iguodala had 17 points (9 in the fourth quarter and…

  3. Three Stars of the Night: Dirty Work Edition

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:19 AM EDT

    Tayshaun Prince, Kenneth Faried, Andre Iguodala

    Ugly players need love, too. For tonight’s Three Stars, we’ve got one of the nastiest looking jumpers you’ll ever see, a player who treats the paint like an island and everywhere else on the floor as molten lava, and a reformed grinder turning himself into a top scorer. Put on that hulking knee brace, grab…

  4. Thunder get right with blowout destruction of Raptors

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    If you want the short version of how things went for the Raptors in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, we have that for you here and here. For those that want the excruciating details, feel free to continue. It’s amazing how any the talk of chemistry issues and in-house bickering suddenly disappears when a weaker opponent…

  5. Video: Kevin Durant throws it down on Jonas Valanciunas

    Nov 6, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    This play was basically a microcosm of the Thunder’s blowout of the Raptors. Kevin Durant saw the opportunity, and was aggressive in taking it. Jonas Valanciunas half-heartedly contested, but was late in doing so, before ducking out at the very end to avoid further embarrassment. So, yeah. That was pretty much how things went for…

  6. Kyle Lowry leaves game with ankle injury

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    The Toronto Raptors got shelled by the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, 108-88, but one loss in a great big season is likely the last thing on the mind of everyone in the Raptors organization right now. Emerging star Kyle Lowry, who has started the season as hot as anyone north of James Harden, has been…

  7. J.R. Smith can’t get over the price of LeBron’s new shoes (VIDEO)

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith, Evan Turner

    We’ve covered the release of latest signature shoe from LeBron James, the LeBron X. The best player in the game deserves the highest quality footwear, but the price tag still has some unable to come to terms with the cost associated with that reality. Add Knicks guard J.R. Smith to that list. Smith appeared in…

  8. Kobe says he’ll be playing at age 40… only at a YMCA

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom

    You need to look at this thing through the eyes of Kobe Bryant the businessman: He is the NBA’s biggest international star. When he goes to China or Spain or Turkey, he is a star on the level normally reserved for soccer gods. So when he is asked when he might retire and he says…

  9. NBC SportsTalk: Breaking down Harden’s new role in Houston, updates on Knicks and Lakers

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    James Harden, Wesley Matthews

    On this segment of NBC SportsTalk, Adrian Wojnarowski goes deeper into the James Harden saga, and also discusses Jeremy Lin and how he may fit with Harden from a relationship standpoint. Woj also expects Steve Nash to be out two or three weeks with that leg fracture, and will Kobe Bryant still be playing at…

  10. Stan Van Gundy thinks new NBA flopping rule will flop

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    Already two NBA players — J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan — have gotten warnings about flopping. Do it again and they get fined, although the real goal of the new NBA flopping rules is make it kind of a public embarrassment that has players hesitating to make a grandiose gesture to sell a foul. But…

  11. Hornets coach Williams fined $25,000 for concussion comments

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Monty Williams

    Our own Brett Pollakoff called this in his original post on the news — Hornets coach Monty Williams was going to be writing a check to the league. Tuesday the NBA fined Williams $25,000 for his comments critical of the league’s concussion policy. For some background, Hornets star (and No. 1 overall pick) Anthony Davis…

  12. Obama spent part of election day playing hoops with Pippen

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    100316_obama_basketball_ap__regular

    You know how in college you woke up after about two hours of sleep before the 9 a.m. test you were cramming for most of the night before, and when you got out of bed you were kind of resigned to a “I’ve tried, whatever happens now happens” attitude. Sounds like Barack Obama is there…

  13. Kirilenko, Pekovic forced Alexey Shved to get a haircut

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    alexey-shved-haircut

    We’re not exactly hair experts here at PBT, but we noticed that Russian rookie guard Alexey Shved entered the NBA with kind of a Ricky Rubio mop-head look going on. It worked for him, I guess. But we noticed as Shved was putting up 10 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota to lead their…

  14. Billups could rejoin Clippers by Thanksgiving. Grant Hill… not so much.

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups Clippers

    Here is where things stand Clippers fans — Chauncey Billups, at age 36 and recovering from a major Achilles tendon injury, will be back with your team before Grant Hill. Billups could be back by the time you’re taking a nap after eating too much turkey and stuffing, with a side of sweet potatoes. That’s…

  15. What’s up with Rodney Stuckey? Ear infection Maggette says.

    Nov 6, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    We at PBT asked the question yesterday — what is going on with Rodney Stuckey? The attacking Pistons guard is 1-of-23 shooting this season, is not attacking the rim like he used to, not hunting out contact in the lane, not knocking down his shots and is being marginalized in the Pistons offense. It’s pretty…

  16. Thunder only gave Harden an hour to consider final contract offer

    Nov 6, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    James Harden

    There should be no looking back at this pont for James Harden. He’s flourishing in his new role with his new team, leading the league in scoring through three games with the Rockets at an average of over 35 points per contest. But Oklahoma City was a special situation; there was a core of young…

  17. Jason Richardson says photographers don’t belong on the baseline after suffering ankle sprain

    Nov 6, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson

    Less than two minutes into the Sixers’ loss to the Knicks on Sunday, Jason Richardson stepped on a cameraman out of bounds along the baseline, and sprained his ankle in the process. The video clip above tells the story, and it was nothing out of the ordinary, really — the cameraman was where they always…

  18. Shawn Marion out at least three games with sprained MCL

    Nov 6, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, J.J. Hickson

    The Mavericks are off to a 3-1 start, one that is certainly better than expected considering they’ve played all four of those games without the injured Dirk Nowitzki. We’ll see if Dallas can keep it together for a little longer without another one of its starters. Shawn Marion will miss the team’s next three games…

  19. Steve Blake fined $25K for inappropriate language toward a fan during Lakers’ loss to Clippers

    Nov 6, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant and Blake celebrate beating Denver Nuggets at their NBA Western Conference playoff in Los Angeles

    You may not think L.A. fans are all that passionate about their basketball — and the people in the lower bowl seats at most Lakers home games are there to be seen more than they are to cheer on the basketball, so the reputation is at least based on something real. But just as many…

  20. Stan Van Gundy says he’d have no issue coaching Dwight Howard in the future

    Nov 6, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    There’s no other way to put it: Last season was a complete train wreck for the Orlando Magic. Dwight Howard held the team hostage with his trade demands, went back and forth as to whether he would or wouldn’t re-up with the team, and even at one point opted in for the final year of…

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