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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    Jan 8, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 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) —…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. J.R. Smith believes an All-Star spot is within reach

    Jan 5, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    J.R. Smith has been lauded for his play in New York this season, coming off the bench to provide a solid scoring punch at 16.6 points per game, while giving the team an active defensive presence on the perimeter. Smith’s name, along with that of the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford, has been widely mentioned when discussing…

  9. Joe Johnson hits the game-winner to sink Wizards in double overtime (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2013, 2:37 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Washington Wizards

    Joe Johnson only made seven shots in the Nets 115-113 double-overtime win in Washington on Friday, but his final one ensured his team would leave with the victory. The player known pejoratively as ISO-Joe worked that situation to perfection, taking his man off the dribble and creating space for an open 20-foot jumper that put…

  10. Andray Blatche returns to Washington, receives boos as expected (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    The most surprising thing about this video, which shows Andray Blatche checking in during the first quarter in Washington for the first time as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, is the fact that the broadcaster reminds us that Blatche played for the Wizards for seven (!) seasons. Blatche was known for whatever the opposite…

  11. Report: Grizzlies testing waters for potential Rudy Gay trade

    Jan 4, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    Memphis is one of those “maybe if everything goes right” contenders. They are not as talented as Oklahoma City or the Los Angeles Clippers, but they have a dominating front line with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. In the last couple weeks their elite defense has taken a step back, their already unimpressive offense has…

  12. Latest All-Star voting returns in, Charles Barkley will not be happy

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Apparently, you folks have no concern whatsoever for Charles Barkley’s feelings. The day after Barkley said Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett have not played well enough to be part of the All-Star starters, they are both in. Howard solidly, he’s a lock, and Garnett has stretched out his lead over Chris Bosh. Basically, nothing has…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets, Warriors get statement wins

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while figuring out what’s in and what’s out for 2013… Nets 110, Thunder 93: Well, P.J. Carlesimo has his signature win and for a night the Nets looked like the team from the first weeks of the season. Oh, they’re…

  14. Three Stars of the night: Getting your team wins against elite

    Jan 3, 2013, 2:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    There were so many people who could have made three stars of the night tonight we could have done 10 stars of the night. But, for the sake of my sanity (such as it is) we are keeping it at three. So how do you separate the top three? It’s not just numbers, but who…

  15. Wednesday And-1 Links: Is Serge Ibaka the NBA’s most improved?

    Jan 2, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    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. • Kevin Durant for NBA Most Improved Player? Over at Sports Illustrated, Rob Mahoney…

  16. Steve Nash says Sixers Jrue Holiday should be an All-Star

    Jan 2, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

    Steve Nash, Jrue Holiday

    Is Jrue Holiday an All-Star player? Holiday wants to be and after he dropped 26 points and 10 assists on the Lakers Tuesday night Steve Nash told the Los Angeles Times he thinks Holiday should be. (Insert your own joke about playing like an All-Star against Steve Nash’s defense here.) “Obviously they’re a different team…

  17. Report: If Nets don’t land Phil Jackson they may stick with Carlesimo for season

    Jan 2, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    This much we know — the New Jersey Nets big plan to replace Avery Johnson starts with Phil Jackson. They want the biggest name out there, the guy with 11 championship rings, to come in and make the whole better than the sum or its parts with this Nets team. I still don’t think he…

  18. NBA’s best crossovers of 2012 (video)

    Jan 1, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    I like a good dunk as much as the next guy, but if you give me my highlight loop of choice it would be crossovers. These are just so much fun. The fine folks at NBA.com have been putting together these year-end compilations, which have been fun. Well, this one wasn’t a lot of fun…

  19. Deron Williams says two years of constant playing may have worn him down

    Jan 1, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Brooklyn Nets

    Deron Williams was unimpressive Monday against Tony Parker and the Spurs — he was 3-of-11 shooting, finishing with eight points, one assist and he was a -35 in a game the Nets lost by 31. It really fits with a season where he is shooting 39.9 percent overall, 30 percent from three and has a…

  20. Monday And-1 Links: Will Shaq be at Kobe’s jersey retirement?

    Dec 31, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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    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 you will pretend to like champagne on New Year’s Eve…. • Will Kobe…

  21. Jazz coach benches Millsap for fourth quarter. That didn’t sit well.

    Dec 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    We need to start with this note: Paul Millsap will be a free agent next summer. Unrestricted, he can go where he pleases. Now jump ahead to Sunday night, when the Jazz were on the road against the Clippers. Two nights before against the same team, Jazz coach Ty Corbin heard criticism for leaving Al…

  22. NBA Power Rankings: Western Conference dominates top spots

    Dec 31, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin, Jordan, Crawford, and Paul, celebrate a three pointer by teammate Green during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Los Angeles

    We enter 2013 off a week where the two best teams in the East — Miami and New York — looked sloppy while the teams at the top of the Western Conference looked strong and took over the top spots in the weekly rankings. 1. Clippers (25-6, Last week ranked No. 1). The win streak…

  23. NBA issues flopping warnings to Royal Ivey, Gustavo Ayon and Tony Parker

    Dec 30, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, flop

    Tony Parker? Flop? Well, I never! The NBA has officially warned Parker, Royal Ivey and Gustavo Ayon today for violating the anti-flopping policy established this season. While this is solely a warning for all three players, if they’re accused of violating the policy again, they will be subject to a $5,000 dollar fine. Parker’s flop…

  24. Three Stars of the Night: An Odd Scoring Battle

    Dec 30, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

    Brook Lopez, Kyrie Irving

    With 22 teams in action, you’d expect the usual suspects to be the big scorers of the night. Guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and James Harden. The guys battling Kobe Bryant for the scoring title. Those guys. Nope! Saturday was a little bit wild and crazy, and as a result we had Luis Scola…

  25. Friday And-1 links: Isiah Thomas talks small point guards

    Dec 28, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

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    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 I love turkey leftovers… • Isiah Thomas does a great piece for NBA.com…

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