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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Denver makes lay-ups, beats L.A.

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:38 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while breaking your New Year’s resolutions already… Nuggets 99, Lakers 90: Best game of the night and there was a little fire to this one — second nights of a home-and-home often carry over some tension. Denver jumped out early with Kobe Bryant shooting only 1-of-10 in the first half and the…

  2. 100 early season observations

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    We lost basketball this year. Precious, sweet basketball. And even though most of the lockout happened in the offseason, those days were still slogs through disappointment and frustration. So to mourn those days and celebrate the first week of professional basketball this season, here are 100 observations on the early season. 1. Lob City’s a…

  3. Clippers put on a show, Bulls play defense and get victory

    Dec 31, 2011, 2:17 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Rose tosses the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers' Paul after the Bulls turned the ball over during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Clippers are pure Los Angeles now — entertainment with some basketball thrown in as a bonus. The Clippers are a show and Staples Center was filled and buzzing like a movie premiere — people want to see Chris Paul throwing lobs to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. They wanted and got Derrick Rose vs.…

  4. Wednesday And-1 links, where Nets fans want Dwight Howard

    Dec 28, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Welcome to our morning 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). Nets fans started a chant of “we want Howard” at the team’s home opener Tuesday. No, Deron Williams did not start it. As far as…

  5. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks fall, Heat race into top spot

    Dec 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Only one third of the teams in the NBA have played a game, but it was enough to move some teams around and give us a new No. 1. 1. Heat (1-0, last week ranked No. 2). They had 100 possessions in their opening game, nine more than they averaged last season. If they do…

  6. Five things we learned watching the NBA on Christmas

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Heat forward James and guard Wade laugh during the closing minutes against the Mavericks in Dallas, Texas

    The NBA gave five Christmas day presents to the fans… which were really more like belated birthday gifts disguised as Christmas gifts because we should have opened the NBA season on Nov. 1. But we’ll forgive and move on, like we do with family around the holidays. We’re just glad to have the NBA back.…

  7. Chris Paul is really good, which makes Clippers better than Warriors

    Dec 26, 2011, 6:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    For three-plus quarters, the Clippers did not look like the Golden Child, the team anointed to take over Los Angles, lob city, Western Conference contenders. Their half court offensive execution was unimpressive and Chauncey Billups suddenly had the shot selection of a rookie. Then Chris Paul took over the game. In the final 6:07 of…

  8. The gift-giving guide for NBA Christmas Sunday

    Dec 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Wait, so we’re going to have actual, real-life games on Sunday? Like, for real? With defense and actual coordinated playsets (as opposed the summer exhibitions) and everything? BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER. And since ’tis the season and all, we thought it would be good to put together what the teams playing in Sunday’s season openers really…

  9. Super-Conductors, Super-Teams, and You: An analysis of where the mega-squads stand and are constructed

    Dec 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Clippers' Paul sails to the basket as Lakers' players watch during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    The Knicks don’t make sense. ***************************** Every team’s fans are defensive of their squad. I like to single out specific fanbases for sport, but in reality, it doesn’t matter the locale or composition. Teams fans will react similarly in most cases provided the writing is not on the wall in gigantic stenciled block letters that…

  10. Matt Barnes kind of hates the Clippers

    Dec 23, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Barnes_Matt

    From ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin: Barnes said the Clippers should be feeling some positive vibes after adding Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler and re-signing DeAndre Jordan this month, but thinks they may have gone overboard in showing that enthusiasm. “They definitely have a much improved team here and are looking to make a push towards the playoffs,” Barnes said…

  11. Previewing NBA’s Christmas Day tip-off

    Dec 23, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

    Time to unwrap the present of an NBA season — and just like the gifts under the tree there may be some assembly required. Condensed training camps and just two preseason games is going to mean some sloppy openers on Christmas day. But they are games, which are vastly superior to antitrust lawsuits. So let’s…

  12. Video: Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes on stage with 50 Cent

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    50 Cent was on FOX’s X-Factor last night, which I am sure you watched live, but we bring you the highlights anyway. So many things to love about this video. Like who knew that Derek Fisher and 50 Cent were “good friends?” Is Fisher a closet gangsta? If so you would think the players would…

  13. Video: Watch Matt Barnes shove Blake Griffin down

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin is going to see more physical play this season than he has ever seen in his life. Teams are not just going to let him roll to the basket or set up shop in the paint. He is going to get banged on. Teams will send messages. Like Matt Barnes of the Lakers…

  14. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    LeBron James Quentin Richardson

    Our morning 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). Free Darko’s Bethlehem Shoals is blogging the NBA season over at GQ. I know that mag is your browser home page anyway, but be sure to check…

  15. Video: The Clippers were throwing it down on the Lakers

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    DeAndre Jordan is going to love him some Chris Paul. Those two hooked up a couple of times for big plays as the Clippers rolled the Lakers in an exhibition (see more dunks below). Paul looked good but this is an exhibition, so we’re not going to read a lot into it. However, the steady…

  16. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  17. Chris Paul already talking championship with Clippers

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is not backing down from the challenge. Clippers nation is dreaming of having their own banner hanging up at Staples Center, something that doesn’t look like the JV next to what the other team in the building has enshrined. The Clippers are not just dreaming of respectability — that came with Blake Griffin…

  18. Friday morning one liners (so long Brandon Roy)

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. If you read one thing today, make it the BlazersEdge look back at the career of Brandon Roy. This is spectacular stuff from Ben Golliver. In case you missed it, PBT previewed all 30 NBA…

  19. Is Los Angeles a Clippers town now? No.

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Blake_Griffin_grabs_his_jersey_with_Kobe_Bryant_by_his_side

    Last year, the Clippers were the hot new girl at the party in Los Angeles. You couldn’t take your eyes off her but there was nothing serious going on, it was all flirting and fun. Now, things are getting serious. The Chris Paul trade has the Clippers feeling like we all thought about the Oklahoma…

  20. PBT Season Preview: New Orleans Hornets

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Last season: 46-36, tied with Memphis but on a tiebreaker drew the Lakers in the first round, which got them knocked out. Head Coach: Monty Williams, entering just his second season at the head of an NBA team. Key Departures: Chris Paul, who is now throwing lobs to Blake Griffin, and David West, who left…

  21. Video: Watch Blake Griffin learn about CP3 trade

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    chris-paul-blake-griffin

    The Clippers were doing a bus tour with fans on Wednesday right as word started to leak out about the Clippers trading for Chris Paul. Watch the reaction of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, who realized they were about to become half of a couple of the best pick-and-roll tandems in the NBA. Elsewhere, off…

  22. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Chris Paul

    Last season: 32-50, or to frame it in context, 13th place in the West out of 15 teams. Head Coach: Vinny Del Negro, who, after the team successfully traded for Chris Paul, is now officially on the hot seat. VDN has yet to prove he can be successful coaching at the NBA level, and if…

  23. Clippers future now in hands of one Donald T. Sterling

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    Wednesday night the Clippers went from “good young team with potential” to “these guys are close to being contenders.” The Clippers are not title contenders yet. Not until we see them play better and consistent defense. Not until we’re convinced Vinny Del Negro can coach a team to a championship. Not with the stopgap Chauncey…

  24. Eric Gordon found out he was traded next to bus of Clippers fans

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon, Solomon Jones, Brandon Rush

    Awk-ward. Wednesday night the Clippers had a bus-tour with fans — Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Gordon and other players were riding around Los Angeles. Just as they were milling around afterward, word started to lead out that the Chris Paul to the Clippers trade was a reality. Griffin called out “lob city” and chest…

  25. Chris Paul traded to Clippers: The salvation of Blake Griffin

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:30 PM EDT

    chris-paul-blake-griffin

    Blake Griffin is going to have it different. That’s what the Wednesday night trade of Chris Paul to Griffin’s Clippers represents. There’s been a precedent set in this league, where great players have their youths squandered on poor teams, suffering without help. The most notable has been Kevin Garnett, and after him, LeBron James, whose…

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