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  1. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Miami putting its foot down on the gas

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    The PBT power rankings have returned with not a lot of change from last week — Miami, Indiana, San Antonio and Oklahoma City are the top four (in whatever order you wish) then there is a gap to the Clippers, Rockets and teams trying to knock on that door. Meanwhile the Sixers look like they…

  2. Hawks’ Gustavo Ayon has shoulder surgery, done for season

    Feb 28, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    After Al Horford went down for the season, Gustavo Ayon was one of the guys who soaked up those minutes and has played decent ball in that role. Make that had played — Ayon is done for the season after right shoulder surgery, the team announced Friday. In his last 10 games Ayon averaged 21…

  3. Tuesday night NBA grades: DeMar DeRozan is the Raptors go to guy

    Feb 26, 2014, 2:32 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wishing you had watched the Winter Olympics in a snow fort…  DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors. He is the guy the Raptors go to in the fourth and what’s different than the Rudy Gay era is how he gets his points — it’s not isolations.…

  4. Hawks lose All-Star Paul Millsap for at least two games

    Feb 24, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Memphis Grizzlies

    The Atlanta Hawks are sliding — they lost eight in a row before running into the slump buster that is the Knicks Saturday. But that slide could continue with now that the Hawks will have to go without All-Star Paul Millsap for a couple of games due to a bruised right knee. The Atlanta Journal…

  5. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Heat on the top, Sixers fall to very bottom

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat

    We have a new team at the top and the bottom of PBT’s weekly NBA Power Rankings. Miami’s defense is back and propelled them to a couple wins that have them back on top of the chart. It has taken some sustained losing — a real effort — on the part of a Sixers team…

  6. Andre Drummond throws down a monster fast break slam, Coach Sheed celebrates hard on the bench (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace was always a fan favorite during his playing days, not only because of the way the talented big man played the game, but mainly because of the unbridled emotion he showed while doing so. Sure, Wallace often led the league in technical fouls, but his passion for the game came through on a…

  7. Atlanta Hawks waive Antawn Jamison

    Feb 21, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

    And now comes the annual tradition of waiving players acquired on trade deadline day you didn’t really want… Antawn Jamison, come on down, you’re next. The Atlanta Hawks have waived Jamison, the team announced. If he clears waivers in 48 hours (as is expected) he will become a unrestricted free agent. Jamison was traded to…

  8. Clippers trade Antawn Jamison to Hawks, Byron Mullens to 76ers

    Feb 20, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

    Antawn Jamison hasn’t filled the stretch-four role the Clippers hoped he would this season. He’s played in only one of the Clippers last 17 games (a 45-point win over the 76ers). Though Jamison has just a minimum contract, that’s still more money than the Clippers need to spend on someone with no upside and no…

  9. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder, Heat on top coming up to trade deadline

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Today’s PBT NBA Power Rankings — brought to you by the technology of airplane wi-fi — will talk about the All-Star weekend past and the trade deadline coming up, as there weren’t many other games to speak of. 1. Thunder (43-12, Last Week No. 1). Their addition at the trade deadline is simply getting Russell…

  10. Report: Knicks interested in trade for Hawks’ Jeff Teague

    Feb 17, 2014, 2:43 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Once again, the Knicks are considering slicing away part of their future flexibility for a quick fix now. New York has been shopping around for a point guard as the play of Raymond Felton has deteriorated this season. Their original goal was Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, but they couldn’t find a quick deal then after the…

  11. Monday night NBA grades: All-Stars shine and a new-look Pelican

    Feb 13, 2014, 4:16 AM EDT

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    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while trying to buy jeans for an Olympic skier… DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors. He certainly looked like an All-Star before hopping on a plane to New Orleans — 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting, five rebounds, three assists. Granted, he was being covered by Kyle Korver…

  12. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder stay on top, Bucks stay on bottom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    More and more I think Adam Silver’s first NBA Finals as commissioner will feature Indiana and Oklahoma City — which would be good basketball but not exactly Super Bowl ratings. Things can change, but those are the two best teams right now.   1 Thunder (41-12, Last Week No. 1). We gave been praising Kevin…

  13. Hawks’ Antic out of All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge, Suns’ Plumlee in

    Feb 7, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    Pero Antic was a guy not a lot of NBA fans have seen much of, the Hawks reserve big man who is really a stretch 4/5 (57 percent of his shots have been threes), but he’s a guy with real potential in the league. He’s also a guy with a stress fracture in his right…

  14. The Extra Pass: Handicapping the All-Star Saturday events

    Feb 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Denver Nuggets

    A week from now the eyes of the basketball world will be on New Orleans for the NBA’s Damian Lillardapalooza. … er, I mean the NBA’s All-Star weekend. While Sunday’s All-Star Game is the big show, I’ve always found Saturday night’s series of skill contests more fun than the no-D exhibition that is the All-Star…

  15. 2014 Rising Stars Challenge rosters set; Anthony Davis taken with first overall pick

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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    The Rising Stars Challenge kicks off the All-Star weekend festivities that Friday night, and features a mix of the game’s top rookies and sophomores competing in the exhibition. Teams used to be separated by seniority, which often times meant a blowout victory for the second-year players. But the league has since created a draft of…

  16. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

  17. The Extra Pass: Talking Blazers, Clippers, coaching with Bill and Luke Walton

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants

    Portland Trail Blazers fans are not fair weathered. They have stuck with the franchise through some dark times. Now they are being rewarded — with LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard leading the way, Portland fans are getting to witness some of the best, most entertaining basketball Rip City has seen in more than a decade.…

  18. Lance Stephenson injures himself on ridiculous, falling and-1 (VIDEO)

    Feb 4, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic  v Indiana Pacers

    That is the definition of circus shot. Lance Stephenson drove the lane clearly thinking dunk but was bumped midair by Atlanta’s Kyle Korver which sent him twisting into Paul Millsap, so Stephenson just ended up just throwing up the over-the-head-shot. Which he nailed. Somehow. But watch the landing — ouch. Stephenson stayed in the game…

  19. United States draws into soft group for basketball World Cup this summer

    Feb 3, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

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    This is pretty much the opposite of what happened to USA Soccer for the World Cup. Pools for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, taking place in Spain this summer, were drawn Monday and the USA landed in probably the easiest group. The USA is in Group C with the Dominican Republic,…

  20. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Adam Silver signs the balls, Kevin Durant keeps shooting them

    Feb 3, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Brooklyn Nets

    A look at PBT’s power rankings show basically the only thing that really changed this week was the signature on the Spaulding balls — Adam Silver’s signature is in play. Aside that Durant has the Thunder on top and the Lakers continue fall like the lead balloon they are. 1. Thunder (38-11, Last Week No.…

  21. Atlanta Hawks’ John Jenkins to miss rest of season

    Feb 3, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks are in a tight race with the Toronto Raptors for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Just a half game separates the teams, so every little difference counts. But it probably doesn’t matter which team gets that third spot, as long as the loser doesn’t fall to No. 5. As…

  22. Lance Stephenson ‘mad’ at All-Star snub

    Feb 1, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers

    It can be argued that Lance Stephenson was among the players most deserving of All-Star status in the Eastern Conference who was ultimately left off the roster. Kyle Lowry of the Raptors also belongs in that discussion, but Stephenson’s overall play this season with averages of 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists on one of…

  23. The Extra Pass: Which non-All-Stars will make an All-NBA team?

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    All-Star selections have become the de facto measure of good seasons, even though they’re really only the measure of good half seasons and rely on a gerrymandered system that splits players by conference. But All-NBA teams – which evaluate a full year and aren’t split by conference – are a better metric for good seasons. In the last…

  24. Lance Stephenson leads list of three biggest All-Star Game snubs from each conference

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    There are only 12 All-Star Game roster slots per conference, and there are more than 12 deserving players. Somebody is going to be left off — we like to call it a snub, but most of the time it’s more like splitting hairs between good players. You pull on of these guys off the coach’s…

  25. John Wall, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard lead NBA All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    The fans had their say last week naming the NBA starters. This week coaches have their say getting to vote in the All-Star reserves — seven from each conference. Next the fun part comes, picking out who got snubbed. The reserves are voted on by the coaches (who only vote in their own conference and…

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