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  1. NBA Power Rankings: All-Star Weekend edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade and James watch teammate Chalmers compete in three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    With no games after Thursday, we don’t have a lot of movement in the standings this week, but we tie in some All-Star Weekend notes and look ahead at the second half for teams. 1. Heat (27-7, last week ranked 1). LeBron James’ All-Star performance is what fans seem to expect from him — 36…

  2. Recapping PBT’s coverage of All-Star weekend from Orlando

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    After four exciting and exhausting days in Orlando for All-Star weekend, it’s time for PBT to get out of town. The weather was good, and the city itself might be great, but we wouldn’t know due to spending the entire time shuttled between hotels, convention centers, and of course, the Amway Center downtown. Speaking of…

  3. Your 2012 All-Star Game winners and losers

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

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    It’s an exhibition, but it’s still a competition. Someone has to win (the West, 152-149). Someone has to lose. We’re here to sort it all out for you. The winners. The losers. And even how you can be both. Winner: Kevin Durant. The game MVP did it all — he had maybe the best dunk…

  4. Kevin Durant wins 2012 All-Star MVP, West beats East 152-149

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The 2012 NBA All-Star game started off as a blowout, but ended up being competitive to the final possession. Kevin Durant and LeBron James tied for the game-high in scoring with 36 points each, but Durant got the MVP nod as his West squad held on to win in exciting fashion, 152-149. Durant started off…

  5. Video: Chris Paul with off-the-backboard ally-oop to Durant

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Chris Paul‘s passing makes every dunk just a little bit better. (Ask Blake Griffin if you don’t believe me.) Here Paul takes the outlet lob (can’t really call that a pass) and sets up Kevin Durant for one of the better dunks of the night. Next year for the All-Star Dunk Contest, Chris Paul should…

  6. Video: LeBron’s nasty windmill dunk from All-Star Game

    Feb 26, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The first half of the NBA All-Star Game Sunday saw more — and more creative — dunks than we saw in the actual Dunk Contest Saturday night. One of the best was the windmill from LeBron James. By the way, LeBron had five first half dunks, one ahead of Blake Griffin‘s four, as they had…

  7. West sets All-Star game record by scoring 88 points in the first half

    Feb 26, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The 2012 All-Star game hasn’t been filled with a ton of memorable highlights just yet, but here in Orlando at halftime, one of the teams has accomplished something worth noting. The West is out to an 88-69 lead over the East, and the 88 points is a record for the most scored in a half.…

  8. The bizarre dichotomy of the NBA All-Star Game

    Feb 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Sunday night, 24 players will amble into the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Many of them will be hungover, sleep-deprived, or both from a night of partying at all the hot spots during the biggest nightlife year for the NBA universe. They will casually go through the media requirements, slowly get dressed, do some casual…

  9. Grading Dunk Contest dunks: Evans and Budinger get an A

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    It was not a great contest, and worst of all it felt scripted, like the Kardashian “reality” shows. But I guess that’s where we’ve gotten to with the All-Star Dunk Contest. It’s style over substance. And only a couple dunks really impressed We’ve graded all 12 dunks from the contest (from A to F, like…

  10. Video: A Kia dunks over Blake Griffin

    Feb 25, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    One year ago today (give or take), Blake Griffin won the NBA Dunk Contest jumping over the hood of a Kia while Baron Davis threw him the ally-oop out  of a sunroof. As part of a Kia commercial from Funny or Die, now a Kia tries to do a dunk over him. Griffin has a…

  11. Dunk Contest gives Evans, others chance to make name for themselves

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Jeremy Evans

    There is no Blake Griffin. No Dwight Howard. Not even a Nate Robinson. The NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night Dunk Contest is a showcase event this year filled with a bunch of names that had casual fans saying, “who is that?” But for Jeremy Evans, it’s a chance. Evans is a human pogo stick — the…

  12. NBA’s Rising Stars know exhibition drill, put on dunk fest

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Give the people what they want. Nobody tuned in to the BBVA Rising Stars game Friday night of All-Star weekend to watch defense — they wanted to see dunks, crazy passes and guys carpet bombing threes. Then more dunks off ally-oops. Then Jeremy Lin. In that case, the fans got their money’s worth. Friday night…

  13. Kyrie Irving scores 34 points, named MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Kyrie Irving was the number one overall pick in last year’s NBA draft, but he was largely selected there for his ability to create for his teammates first, with his scoring being an afterthought. In the Rising Stars Challenge, which kicked off All-Star weekend on Friday, he showcased what’s possible for him offensively, scoring 34…

  14. Video: Ricky Rubio dribbles between defender’s legs, finishes with lob to Blake Griffin for the dunk

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

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    The Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star weekend’s opening night was largely an abomination, with players going half-speed, playing zero defense, and only occasionally producing the kind of highlights one would hope to see in an exhibition game. But there were a few noteworthy moments, and this one, started by Ricky Rubio dribbling between the legs…

  15. Blake Griffin dishes out some dunk contest advice

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin car dunk

    Blake Griffin won last year’s dunk contest in an exciting and memorable way that most think will be difficult to top by any of the contestants participating in the event this year.  Jumping over a car isn’t something we see every day, and last year, JaVale McGee said he had no shot to top it…

  16. All-Star 2012 interview: Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Norris Cole

    Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole has made an impact early this season, despite playing alongside veteran superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. We caught up with him Friday morning at the practice session for the Rising Stars challenge, and discussed what it’s like to play with that kind of star power, how he and his…

  17. Chris Paul confirms he will stay with Clippers next season

    Feb 23, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    When Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers, it was with the understanding that he would give them a couple years — this season, and he would opt-in for next season. Opt in for a cool $17.8 million. But there was a concern he would opt-out after this season, either to go play with someone…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lin, ‘Melo play together well

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:58 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    What you missed while stacking 2.5 feet of pancakes… Warriors 106, Suns 104: We have other details, but you really should just click this link to see Monta Ellis’ game winning shot. Knicks 99, Hawks 82: It was just a second game with everyone healthy on the Knicks, but you could see an improved chemistry.…

  19. Charles Oakley pretty much thinks that everybody is a wimp

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Charles Oakley

    Charles Oakley was on Jim Rome’s radio show today, and the former Bulls big man had some choice words for Kevin Garnett, Charles Barkley, and Kendrick Perkins. Here are the highlights, courtesy of Larry Brown Sports: “Garnett left Minnesota and hollered and screamed and all that but hes not a tough guy,” Oakley said as Sports…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls keep winning without Rose

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett and Chicago Bulls' Boozer react to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while you were fascinated with the photo of a shark eating another shark…. Bulls 89, Celtics 80: The Bulls are now 3-1 without Derrick Rose and, as they have through this run (and really the last two seasons), they won this one with defense. Chicago held Boston to 39.7 percent shooting overall…

  21. Jeremy Lin added to Rising Stars All-Star Weekend game

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Lin smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    How about Jeremy Lin throwing ally-oops to Blake Griffin? You got it. Thanks to a late add by the NBA and some drafting prowess by Shaquille O’Neal, Lin and Griffin will be playing together the Friday night of All-Star weekend at the Rising Stars Challenge (formerly the Rookie/Sophomore Game). Lin was not on the original…

  22. Shumpert, Williams headline All-Star Dunk Contest field

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Blake Griffin will not be back to defend his All-Star Dunk Contest crown, and you can bet no Kia cars will be on the court this time. He wasn’t the only big name to stay away — all the stars are staying home. There are some quality dunkers in the field but all the names…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: There are days the Magic look good

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia

    What you missed while realizing your Valentine’s Day could have gone worse…. Knicks 100, Kings 85: The perfect storm that is Jeremy Lin continues, and it is our game of the night. Hawks 101, Suns 99: Our own Brett Pollakoff was at this game and filed a report. But that doesn’t mean we won’t give…

  24. Tuesday And-1 links: Zach Randolph is back at practice

    Feb 14, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

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    Here is our daily 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). Zach Randolph has been cleared by doctors for non-contact practices and is expected to return to the Grizzlies in early March. That would be huge…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas can still close out games

    Feb 14, 2012, 7:35 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    What you missed while wondering why a man would try to rob a store wearing only chocolate and peanut butter… Mavericks 96, Clippers 92: What do you need to do to win in tight fourth quarters in the NBA? Execute. For example, don’t turn the ball over — the Clippers has seven fourth quarter turnovers.…

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