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  1. Dwight Howard/Nets trade rumor shot down. True or not, consider Howard rumor season open.

    Jan 22, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The point here is not the specific rumor itself but what it signifies. This morning there was a report on Real GM that seemed to sweep across twitter and the Internet like a buffalo stampede — the Nets had interest in acquiring disgruntled Laker Dwight Howard. (I’m calling him disgruntled because I watched him play…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dramatic finishes all over on Monday

    Jan 22, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson celebrates with Brook Lopez after he shot three-point against New York Knicks in NBA game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what made Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia think that hat was a good choice at the inauguration…. Bulls 95, Lakers 83: Chicago is what Los Angeles is not — passionate, committed to the system, hustlers on every play and defenders. So,…

  3. Three Stars of the night: MLK Day game winners edition

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:53 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Johnson shoots three-point shot over New York Knicks' Smith and Kidd in NBA game in New York

    Some guys put up big numbers on Monday — Philly’s Evan Turner (18 points, 12 boards, 7 assists), Carmelo Anthony (29 points), Nene (24 points, 9 rebounds), DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 13 rebounds) — and maybe none better than Nicolas Batum’s triple-double (12 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds). But none of them make the cut.…

  4. J.J. Barea fined $5K for second anti-flopping violation

    Jan 21, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    J.J. Barea has been fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season, the league announced on Monday. The infraction that warranted the fine occurred in the Timberwolves loss to the Mavericks on Jan. 14, though the league did not immediately make video available of the specific play that resulted…

  5. Joe Johnson’s late jumper sends Nets to win over Knicks (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson, J.R. Smith

    Joe Johnson scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, but none were bigger than this jumper with 22 seconds remaining that gave the Nets the lead for good on the way to an 88-85 win over the Knicks that tied the season series at two games apiece. Carmelo Anthony finished with 29…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: Clippers back on top, showdown with Thunder Tuesday

    Jan 21, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

    BKN-CLIPPERS-WIZARDS

    No change in the top four teams, but really it feels like right now there is a top three teams with the Heat capable of being that good but not really choosing to all the time. 1. Clippers (32-9, last week ranked No. 2). Chris Paul sits out three games, Eric Bledsoe steps in and…

  7. Brandon Jennings doesn’t like his All-Star chances

    Jan 19, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Ben Uzoh

    PHOENIX — Brandon Jennings, and to a lesser extent, Monta Ellis, are on the bubble in terms of potential players who could be named to the All-Star team as a reserve. We discussed this on the podcast this week — once you get past Kyrie Irving, there really aren’t any locks to make the team…

  8. These guys should be the NBA All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook drives by San Antonio Spurs' Parker during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    The fans have done their job — you all picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. And well done. While I could quibble with a choice I might have made differently, there are no egregious errors (read: Jeremy Lin is not a starter). Now it falls to the coaches to pick the seven reserves for each…

  9. Gary Payton talks Lillard, D-Will and guarding Jordan

    Jan 17, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    We look at today’s NBA as almost a new golden age of point guards — Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, and the list goes on and on. It’s a very different era from when Gary Payton was at the peak of his career. Back then Payton could body up on…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out, the Heat and Thunder are pretty good

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Durant shoots against Denver Nuggets defenders Randolph and Brewer in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while having to deal with all the people knocking on your door asking for their lost cell phones…. Heat 92, Warriors 75: As it has been with the Heat all season long, when they are focused and defend they destroy teams. Especially teams…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the offensive outbursts

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while thinking about what a jump to hyperspace in the Millennium Falcon would really be like… Lakers 104, Bucks 88: Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard each had 31 points, but the real key for Los Angles was their defense — Kobe was on…

  12. “Bank of Cuban is open,” look for Dallas to be aggressive at deadline

    Jan 15, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban made a gamble — he stripped down his championship roster to go after a big time free agent, to restock a roster while Dirk Nowitizki’s championship window is still open. It didn’t work this summer — Deron Williams stayed in Brooklyn. It’s not likely to work next summer because people close to the…

  13. Tuesday And-1 links: Chris Bosh to guest star on Disney Channel’s “Jessie”

    Jan 15, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    DEBBY RYAN, KARAN BRAR, CAMERON BOYCE, CHRIS BOSH

    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 like your grandma loves QVC… • If you don’t have a tween daughter, you…

  14. Deron Williams doesn’t think he deserves to be All-Star

    Jan 15, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Just a couple years ago Deron Williams was an All-Star automatic — if the fans didn’t vote him in, the coaches would. And should have. In 2010 he averaged 18.7 points and 10.5 assists per game with a PER of 20.6. He got mentioned next to Chris Paul in the “best point guard in the…

  15. Deron Williams playing better in games by skipping practices

    Jan 14, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Goran Dragic

    The Nets’ move to Brooklyn hasn’t been that kind to Deron Williams. In posting stats that represent some of the worst of his career, the face of the franchise with the new max contract simply hasn’t been playing up to his normal standards and it’s been one of the main reasons the Nets hadn’t been…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Durant carries Thunder to win

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while taking a car through a drive-through with an invisible driver… Lakers 113, Cavaliers 93: Dwight Howard was back playing for the Lakers and it showed — he was blocking shots, drawing double teams and generally opening up the Lakers…

  17. Three Stars of the Night: Front court players in spotlight

    Jan 14, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives past Los Angeles Lakers' Clark during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    There’s a simple old coach’s axiom in basketball: Tall and good beats small and good. So tonight we look at the tall guys and give them their due with the three stars. There were other candidates big and small who were worthy but just missed the cut: Carmelo Anthony (27 points 7 rebounds), Brandon Jennings…

  18. Gerald Wallace goes down hard, leaves game with injury (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    Gerald Wallace has earned the nickname “Crash” over the years for a reason. He consistently and fearlessly takes flight around the rim, with little or no regard for his own personal safety. Early in Friday night’s win over the Suns, Wallace went up for a basket, but was fouled by P.J. Tucker in mid-air, and…

  19. The Extra Pass: The All-Value Team

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we’ll put together a squad featuring some of the league’s most valuable contracts.  Signing players to any substantial contract during the offseason free agency period is like tap dancing through a…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pacers defense shuts down Heat

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Indiana's Paul George dribbles against Miami's LeBron James during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out “who was the hot girl in that commercial?”… Rockets 125, Lakers 112: The Lakers were without any of their main bigs — Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are all out injured — so…

  21. Three Stars of the Night: Beard Power!

    Jan 9, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    I’m willing to give Paul George a pass for his slightly questionable beard growing abilities, primarily because he’s still only 22-years-old (scary, right?) and he’s still growing, uh, taller. George is listed at 6-foot-8, but some people are saying he’s now 6-foot-10, and even if that is a Bunyan-sized tall tale, we’ll let him finish…

  22. Nets’ Andray Blatche questioned in sexual assault case in Philly

    Jan 8, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    brooklyn-nets-logo-0

    UPDATE 2:01 p.m.: We have more details about the incident and the player involved was Andray Blatche, something he himself tweeted but has since taken down. Here is what it said, via Howard Beck of the New York Times. “Im ok and I didn’t do anything jus was n the area when it happened” In…

  23. Report: “Birdman” Chris Andersen to workout for Heat

    Jan 7, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    chris-andersen-upper-bodies

    Miami has some rebounding issues. And while you can certainly make the case that rebounding is about effort (think Reggie Evans or Anderson Varejao or Dennis Rodman) it also doesn’t hurt to have some size. So the Heat are going to take a look at a guy known for size and effort (and tattoos) —…

  24. Report: Kobe, Howard almost came to blows after New Year’s Day loss

    Jan 7, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    UPDATE 12:56 pm: As we suggested in the story below, pretty much everyone around the Lakers is saying “what are you talking about?” Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA.com went on SportsCenter and said: “Everybody I’ve talked to associated with the Lakers said nothing like that has happened.” She went on to say the chemistry in the…

  25. 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…

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