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  1. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: James Harden reminds Thunder he’s good

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were calling 9-1-1 then asking police to bring you some cigarettes…. Lakers 113, Celtics 99: Dwight Howard played maybe his best game as a Laker and was a force on defense, Steve Nash was carving up the defense and making passes…

  2. Trade Rumor Roundup: As deadline nears, lots of questions remain

    Feb 21, 2013, 2:16 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    It is now just a little less than 13 hours until the NBA trade deadline and we have had all of one whopping trade. Which means it’s going to be a very busy Thursday… probably. There are going to be deals, guys we expect to get dealt will get dealt, but there may be fewer…

  3. Wednesday And-1 links: Trade deadline talk (and some Barkley)

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    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. Today we have lots of smaller trade rumors and reports that we just haven’t…

  4. Report: Nets made pitch for Paul Pierce, were shot down

    Feb 20, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    At this point, I pretty much picture Nets GM Billy King like the peanut vendor at a baseball game, walking around asking, “Who wants Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first round pick? Get them while they’re hot. Gotcha Humphries here!” Nobody’s buying. Not Danny Ferry in Atlanta for Josh Smith. And not Danny Ainge…

  5. Report: Suns, Bucks, Nets leaders in Josh Smith sweepstakes

    Feb 20, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    If it appears two things are certain following the trade deadline now — Lakers fans will complain (because they always do) and Josh Smith will be in another uniform. The question now seems to be “where will Josh Smith play the rest of this season?” Followed by, “what about next season?” Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo…

  6. Report: Nets still hoping Humphries, Brooks enough to get Josh Smith

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    Atlanta doesn’t have to rush with Josh Smith. Well, sure, there is the trade deadline at 3 ET on Thursday. But they have the biggest name and best player available on the trade block right now and a lot of teams calling them. Atlanta GM Danny Ferry is not taking the first offer he sees.…

  7. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Joe Johnson is the man

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:07 AM EDT

    P.J. Carlesimo, C.J. Watson, Joe Johnson

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the residents of Harlem say the Harlem Shake meme has nothing to do with the Harlem Shake…. Nets 113, Bucks 111 (OT): Joe Johnson is clutch — so far this season he is 8-for-9 shooting with less than 30 seconds remaining…

  8. Three Stars of the Night: No Average Joes

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:11 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Johnson smiles on the bench after leaving their NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder, in Oklahoma City

    Wasn’t Monday night awful? No NBA games being played brought back some serious lockout flashbacks, but Tuesday night was just the remedy. Nine games were on the slate to welcome us back from the All-Star break, and there were some impressive performances put up. Tony Parker rattled off 30 points and 11 assists in a…

  9. Trade rumor roundup: Lots of talk Tuesday, no action

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:10 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    We warned you this could be a slow trade deadline — with the new CBA kicking in fully next summer teams are concerned about both the more regressive tax and the repeater taxes for going over the luxury tax line. Meaning teams that might normally take on more salary simply are hesitant now. Here is…

  10. Nets’ Joe Johnson hits three to send game to OT, then beats Bucks with game winner (VIDEO)

    Feb 19, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson Nets Game winner

    Joe Johnson can have some coffee. He can close. As evidence, we will first present the three he hit to send the game to overtime against the Bucks on Tuesday night. Then in overtime, he drained the game winner as the buzzer sounded. Johnson crossed up a really good defender in Luc Richard Mbah a…

  11. Fear of tax may make this slower-than-usual trade deadline

    Feb 19, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Phoenix Suns

    All-Star weekend usually signals the official start of a frenzied week of rumors and eventually trades in the NBA. Everybody is in town — this year Houston — and general managers are talking face-to-face rather than texting and by Tuesday trades are picking up steam. But maybe not this year. If there was a buzz…

  12. Chris Paul wins MVP of 2013 NBA All-Star game

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers holds up the MVP trophy after the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — Chris Paul took home the MVP trophy from the 2013 All-Star game, as he led the West to a 143-138 win in the NBA’s midseason exhibition, and did so in a contest that was close and competitive down the stretch. The award often times goes to the player who scores the most points…

  13. Report: Increasingly desperate Nets now eye J.J. Hickson

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    J.J. Hickson

    General Manager Billy King really wants to get some help at the four spot for his Nets. Of course, that’s all about just helping his team out and has nothing to do with him being in the last year of his contact and his expensive team not impressing much. It’s not about saving his job.…

  14. Report: Bobcats working to trade Gordon after incident with coach

    Feb 14, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    Ben Gordon

    Ben Gordon was already on the trade block — Charlotte had used him as part of an offer to Brooklyn to pry Kris Humphries away. So far the Nets haven’t taken the bait as they have shopped Humphries around for players the Nets actually want. But now the Nets have really stepped up their efforts…

  15. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Break up the Raptors, that’s four straight wins

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Johnson and Gay defend New York Knicks' Stoudemire during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at toys you can buy that would traumatize your child…. Celtics 71, Bulls 69: Man this game was ugly. You knew it was going to be low scoring — two defensive minded teams both missing the point guard that stirs their…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: Two All-Stars and a guy who should have been

    Feb 14, 2013, 2:27 AM EDT

    Gerald Henderson, Paul George

    I wanted to do an all All-Star edition of three stars tonight, but I couldn’t leave Josh Smith off (representing he and Al Horford, who alone almost beat the Magic)… but he should have been one. So I’m calling this the All-Star edition anyway. As always some guys are close but just missed out. Joe…

  17. Report: Nets shift trade focus, target Paul Millsap of Jazz

    Feb 13, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King wants to be a player at the trade deadline. Maybe it’s because he realizes his very expensive Nets roster is on the third tier in the East. Maybe it’s because King’s contract is up at the end of this season. Maybe when you combine those two facts with an impatient…

  18. Nets’ GM King believes in Deron Williams. Not that he has a choice.

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The Nets are invested in Deron Williams. He was the first star they got, trading with the Utah Jazz in a surprise move before they had moved out of New Jersey. They worked hard to keep him and gave him a max contract. Now he’s finally got some healthy other stars around him such as…

  19. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Bobcats, Sessions end Celtics winning streak

    Feb 12, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at some really uncomfortable Valentines Day photos…. Bobcats 94, Celtics 91: A Celtics team on the second night of a back-to-back where the first game went three overtimes ran into a Bobcats that doesn’t have a lot going for it but…

  20. Three Stars of the Night: Stretching Out

    Feb 12, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    The stretch big man has come a long way. I distinctly remember watching Sam Perkins play with the Lakers and Sonics through the 90’s and wondering how someone so big could shoot it from the perimeter so well. It was a little jarring to see. Perkins was 6-foot-10, about 235 pounds, and his eyes always…

  21. NBA Power Rankings: Finals rematch Thursday could be finals preview

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Finally, here are the delayed regular Monday PBT NBA power rankings. We said this a lot during the NBA finals last year — if we see the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in three of the next five NBA finals it shouldn’t be a shock. This season looks more and more like…

  22. Brooklyn Nets announce Deron Williams out next two games

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    You see this a few times every season — a banged up player taking a couple games off before the All-Star Game to get an extended break and get healthy for the stretch run. To that end, the Nets have announced Deron Williams will miss the team’s two games this week — against the Pacers…

  23. Report: Nets going hard after trade for Josh Smith

    Feb 11, 2013, 1:15 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Atlanta Hawks

    Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov wants a contender. Badly. And he has to look at his Nets then look at the Heat and realize his side is not better than them. Or the Knicks. Or Pacers. Or Bulls (with Derrick Rose back). And so he has a team trying to swing a big deal for maybe…

  24. Report: Nets, Bobcats discussing Kris Humphries for Ben Gordon trade

    Feb 8, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    The Brooklyn Nets are looking for a way to space the floor — they take the seventh most threes in the NBA, 21.7 a game, but shoot just 34.8 percent (21st in the league). Teams clog the lane on the Nets, try to take away Brook Lopez and easy driving lanes for Deron Williams. The…

  25. Harden, Westbrook, Bosh to highlight 2013 All-Star Shooting Stars Challenge

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

    James Harden

    All-Star Saturday night once again will start off with the Sears Shooting Stars challenge — the event where NBA stars, retired NBA legends and some WNBA players (who often are the best shooters of the group in the event) have to drain a series of shots, ending with a half courter. You know, the event…

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