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  1. P.J. Carlesimo questions Mark Cuban’s intelligence

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

    Mark Cuban, Deron Williams w

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was mostly mum about Deron Williams, who re-signed with the Nets rather than choosing his hometown Mavericks this summer, before the teams played Wednesday. But not everyone stayed quiet. Associated Press: Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said he didn’t know if Williams was a little extra motivated against the team he…

  2. Andrew Bynum has his knee surgeries. So that’s done.

    Mar 21, 2013, 11:52 AM EST

    76ers Bynum Basketball

    Andrew Bynum’s knees were not right all season, he will not play one minute of one game. So how much are teams willing to gamble that this solved the problem? First things first, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports Radio tweets that Bynum’s knee surgery to clean up everything following his previous surgery…

  3. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Night of wild finishes all over NBA map

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:19 AM EST

    Marc Gasol, Kevin Durant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while reading the oral history of Ace of Bass’ one hit…. Heat 98, Cavaliers 95: Crazy game. I mean certifiable, off its meds kind of game. Starting with a 40-minute delay at the start to fix a coolant leak in the scoreboard that…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: Go big or go home

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:34 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    A couple Hawks – Al Horford (26 points and 15 rebounds) and Jeff Teague (27 points and 11 rebounds) – played well as Atlanta jockeys for playoff positioning with the Bucks, but we’re less concerned with the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture than a vintage performance by an all-time great, helping a…

  5. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Refs make Nuggets/Bulls ending interesting

    Mar 19, 2013, 8:37 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls coach Thibodeau argues with referee Mauer during their NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Chicago

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wishing you were as well traveled as this dog… Heat 105, Celtics 103: This felt like a playoff game — it was chippy, emotional and the crowd was into it. Jeff Green took over for the Celtics with 43 points, giving the…

  6. Deron Williams says poor play in Brooklyn earlier this season was about the pain in his ankles, nothing else

    Mar 16, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    It was a rough start to the season for Deron Williams in Brooklyn. He was failing miserably at living up to the max contract he signed in the offseason to remain with the Nets, and was placing blame seemingly everywhere but on himself for those early-season struggles. That behavior didn’t exactly ingratiate himself with the…

  7. Friday And-1 Links: Rajon Rondo is better on national television

    Mar 15, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    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 like a good IPA. Which is a lot. • It’s not a…

  8. Humphries, Stackhouse to get chance as Nets reshape rotation

    Mar 14, 2013, 2:03 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets' Kris Humphries puts a shot up over Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    P.J. Carlesimo realizes that the Nets are in danger of being a one-and-done playoff team and that he doesn’t have a lot of weapons to turn to that can change that around. His hands are pretty tied. So he’s going to take one more look at what he’s already got. Carlesimo tried heavy doses of…

  9. What’s next for Jerry Stackhouse? Broadcasting? Coaching? Both?

    Mar 13, 2013, 1:06 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets

    Jerry Stackhouse’s NBA career is a fascinating one. When he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers back in 1995 he was the new face of the franchise, the star, the guy the Sixers were hitching their team to, something he recounts in a great feature at CSNPhilly.com. He remembers getting a hardhat, under-construction tour of…

  10. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Celtics’ off night makes Bobcats look good

    Mar 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    bobcatsAP

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while checking out what porn stars look like without makeup… Heat 98, Hawks 81: If Tuesday night was any indication, the Hawks should want to win enough games from here on out to avoid slipping to the eighth seed and getting the Heat…

  11. Brook Lopez posterizes brother Robin (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:38 PM EST

    Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez

    We bring you some Lopez on Lopez violence. Brook Lopez trailed the play up the court and got the ball out at the top of the key with no defender on him, so he attacked as the All-Star is known to do. Robin was slow to recognize and react to the play, as he is…

  12. Dwight Howard returns to Orlando, which will be fine without him

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:47 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Tuesday night will be cathartic for some Magic fans — Dwight Howard returns to Orlando and they will get to lustily boo the guy who left them. The guy they feel screwed them and the franchise over. Magic fans can sing “Forget You” at the top of their lungs. They can boo the Lakers as…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Knicks take night off (except they had a game)

    Mar 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were hacking Donkey Kong to make Pauline the hero… Spurs 105, Thunder 93: The Spurs depth was too much for the Thunder — San Antonio made its big runs when it was bench-on-bench (mostly). Part of that was that the Thunder…

  14. NBA Power Rankings: After the Heat it gets interesting

    Mar 11, 2013, 4:36 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers guard Stephenson is guarded by Heat forward Andersen and Battier during their NBA game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami

    Going to be an interesting week out West — Thunder and Spurs on Monday, while the Grizzlies play the Clippers and Nuggets this week. Those games don’t foreshadow playoff outcomes as much as hint at seedings — if Denver can get home court in the first round whoever has to face them is in trouble.…

  15. Deron Williams sets NBA record by hitting nine three-pointers in first half against Wizards

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:20 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Deron Williams put himself in the NBA record book on Friday, and he did so before the first half of the game between the Nets and the Wizards was anywhere close to being finished. Williams knocked down nine three-pointers by halftime , including hitting 7-7 from beyond the arc before the end of the first…

  16. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Celtics 11-0 run closes out Pacers

    Mar 7, 2013, 9:52 AM EST

    Jason Terry, Jordan Crawford

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what live is like for a poor sultan…. Lakers 108, Hornets 102: The Lakers were down 25 in the third quarter, 18 entering the fourth. But then Kobe Bryant took over the offense and Dwight Howard the defense, the Hornets fell…

  17. Wednesday And-1 links: Greg Oden looking at four teams this summer

    Mar 6, 2013, 7:08 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    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. • Greg Oden’s agent Mike Conley Sr. (yes, the father of the Memphis point…

  18. Coach tells Kris Humphries he is out of Nets rotation

    Mar 6, 2013, 3:20 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    Just in case you wondered why the Nets had trouble trading Kris Humphries and his $12 million contract at the deadline…. Humphries has played less than 15 minutes in five of the Nets last six games, and he played just two minutes against the Bulls on Tuesday. Now he’s not even going to get to…

  19. LeBron, Kobe named February’s Conference Players of the Month

    Mar 1, 2013, 8:33 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month respectively for games played in February, the league announced via official release. It was the fourth straight Player of the Month award for James (in case you had any doubt who the leading candidate for MVP is), and the Heat…

  20. Andrew Bynum has swelling in his knee, says he may not play this season

    Mar 1, 2013, 2:06 PM EST

    76ers Bynum Basketball

    Welcome to the Sixers nightmare. Their worst-case scenario was to trade Andre Iguodala and other young players and get nothing from Andrew Bynum because his nagging knee injuries flared up. Now that’s exactly where we are. Andrew Bynum admitted Friday that he had some swelling after recent practice, reports John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com. He has…

  21. Thursday And-1 links: Breaking down LeBron’s big February

    Feb 28, 2013, 6:29 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    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. • Here’s a statistical break down at SI of what an insanely good month…

  22. Why is Chicago slumping? Go back to this summer’s moves.

    Feb 28, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson

    The Chicago Bulls are in a slump. They have lost 7-of-10 and are 6-9 in their last 15. Their already weak offense has slipped a little but it is the defense that has taken the bigger step back. They have slid down the ranks in the Eastern conference to the sixth seed, making their road…

  23. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Kings take Heat two overtimes

    Feb 27, 2013, 8:41 AM EST

    LeBron James,

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while scrolling through the Florida Man twitter feed…. Heat 141, Kings 129 (2OT): What looked like a blowout on paper ended up being the best game of the night. The Kings may deny it was a moral victory for them, but it was.…

  24. Three Stars of the Night: Not Enough Help Edition

    Feb 27, 2013, 1:44 AM EST

    Golden State's Curry chews his mouthpiece against Indiana during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    No one really remembers the numbers guys get in losing efforts. Those numbers usually seem hollow; they come off as not worthy of mention. Tonight, though, we honor those guys who put up big numbers in a losing effort. Because as those guys showed out and did their best to help their team win, they…

  25. Carlesimo admits benching Lopez against Grizzlies was mistake

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:08 PM EST

    Brook Lopez, P.J. Carlesimo

    Brook Lopez was in a mini-slump following All-Star Weekend in Houston. That happens. The players are pulled 50 different directions during the day and then there are parties every night. But a week after that game, on Sunday night, the Nets were locked in a low-scoring affair with the Memphis Grizzlies, a team with a…

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