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  1. All-Star Weekend rookie/sophomore game to go playground

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    There’s always a bit of a playground element to the NBA Rookie Challenge — what you and I call the rookie/sophomore game — on Friday night of All-Star weekend. Remember last year John Wall threw a bounce-pass ally-oop last year, it’s all about as playground as it gets. So this year they decided to take…

  2. Dirk Nowitzki says he shouldn’t be an All-Star this year

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:08 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The fans wanted to see Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant as the Western Conference All-Star starters. (Durant is a gimme, but we can debate later if Griffin should really start.) That leaves it to the coaches to pick the two or three forwards on the bench out of Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Paul…

  3. Monday And-1 links: Comparing the Knicks and Giants

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:57 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert

    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). Stat of the day, courtesy Tim Reynolds of the AP: Since the Knicks last won a playoff game, the Giants have won eight. Ice Cube…

  4. Clippers will attempt to continue to stockpile talent by pursuing J.R. Smith

    Feb 5, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    The L.A. Clippers have had maybe the most impressive offseason of any team in the league. Already sitting in second place in the Western Conference standings, and with their latest acquisition, Kenyon Martin, joining the team in Orlando on Sunday, they will look to get even deeper by going after J.R. Smith, reports Brad Turner…

  5. Weekend Observations 2.4.12: Where corn don’t grow

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.    1. Blake Griffin is not human. 2. Denver’s a really great team this season, they’re just not so impressive you know you can count on them in the WCF. The lack of star power is going to continue to be…

  6. Why you shouldn’t expect LeBron to do the Dunk Contest

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:14 PM EST

    LeBron James

    In what is an annual tradition rivaling Meryl Streep getting an Oscar nomination or the Grammys being a disappointment, LeBron James is flirting with the All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest. He says he’s on the fence this year. He’s not going to do it. You know it. I know it. LeBron may be toying with the…

  7. Clippers, Kenyon Martin agree to deal

    Feb 3, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    When you say Clippers you better start to use the word contender with it. Los Angeles filled in a major need — depth along the front line — by agreeing to terms Kenyon Martin, he will sign a mini mid-level deal of $2.5 million for this season (pro-rated by games played), reports the Los Angeles…

  8. Blake Griffin reminds George Karl of Shawn Kemp

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:38 PM EST

    shawn_kemp

    Reign Man II? It’s hard to come up with a good historic comparison for Blake Griffin, because that combination of size and athleticism just do not come along very often. If ever. But Nuggets coach George Karl had one that I liked — Shawn Kemp. Here’s his quote via the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve talked…

  9. Blake Griffin will not defend Dunk Contest crown

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    What exactly was he going to do for an encore, anyway? Jump over a Zamboni? There will be a new NBA All-Star Dunk Contest champion because Blake Griffin is not going to defend the crown, he said Thursday. From ESPNLosAngeles.com. “As of right now I don’t plan on being in it,” Griffin said Thursday night.…

  10. Kobe, LeBron, Howard lead NBA All-Star starters

    Feb 2, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    Well fans, you got the game you wanted. And it should be a good one (as defenseless exhibitions go). Good on ya. The NBA has announced the starters for the All-Star game, as voted in by the fans. Usually there are a painful choice or two, but this year it’s a solid group. We can…

  11. Report: Clippers will offer Kenyon Martin mini mid-level

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:47 PM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin and the Clippers look like a marriage that could work. Martin wants to be on a contender, the Clippers are starting to look like one but they need depth along the front line and experience (both of which Martin brings). He wants consistent minutes, he can get them in Los Angeles (the drop…

  12. Video: Blake Griffin’s dunk in Taiwanese animation

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:47 AM EST

    griffin_dunk

    Something is not a pop culture phenomenon until it’s been done in Taiwanese animation. So, welcome to the big stage, Blake Griffin. The best part is him taking the podium away from LeBron James. Hat tip to Eye on Basketball and I am a GM.

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Sixers are legit

    Feb 2, 2012, 5:52 AM EST

    iguodala

    What you missed while rock climbing with your 2-year-old strapped to your back… Sixers 98, Bulls 82: The 76ers are legit. That fast start wasn’t the soft schedule, they are a quality squad. Good ball movement will beat even the best defense, and that’s what the story was here. They have balance — five guys…

  14. Kevin Durant calls monster Griffin dunk “a layup”

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    Blake Griffin Clippers Thunder

    Kevin Durant was not very talkative after his Thunder squad got their heads handed to them by the Clippers Monday night. Not surprisingly. The entire Thunder team was frustrated. After the game a reporter asked Durant if he got a good look at that Blake Griffin’s monster dunk over Kendrick Perkins. He responded, “I don’t…

  15. Video: Which was better, Griffin’s Mozgov or Perkins dunk?

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

    griffin_dunk

    They have similarities. Both came off a wing pick-and-roll where the defense went with the point guard. Both were over a tall man wearing blue. But which was better, Blake Griffin‘s dunk over Timofey Mozgov last year or his throwdown over Kendrick Perkins Monday night? I vote Perkins, because he tried to defend it. But…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando with another bad outing

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick

    What you missed while realizing that Homeland Security is monitoring your tweets…. Clippers 112, Thunder 100: There was a lot more to this than just Blake Griffin dunking on Kendrick Perkins, which is why it was our game of the night. Sixers 74, Magic 69: The Magic were just terrible shooting the ball in this…

  17. Kendrick Perkins on Blake Griffin dunk: “It happens.”

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:20 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    For a guy who was all over YouTube and twitter as the latest victim of a monster Blake Griffin dunk, Kendrick Perkins was philosophical after the game. “It happens,” Perkins said in the corner of the Thunder locker room. “A the end of the day if you’re a shot blocker, you’re going to get dunked…

  18. When you mention contenders, consider the Clippers

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:45 AM EST

    Blake Griffin Clippers Thunder

    Sunday night, the Clippers went into the thin air of Denver and knocked off the Nuggets, the deepest and most steady team in the West (with the second best record in the conference). Monday night they faced a rested Oklahoma City Thunder team and ran the team to best in the West out of the…

  19. Video: Dunk of the year, Blake Griffin destroys Perkins

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:20 AM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    In a season plus of insane Blake Griffin highlights, what he did to Kendrick Perkins of the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night may be the baddest a– of them all. This was better than the dunk over Timofey Mozgov. First, because Perkins went up and tried to contest it. Second, because it is Kendrick Perkins,…

  20. Blake Griffin heads 2012 rookie deal extension class

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:24 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin slam dunks against Memphis Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi of Iran and Dante Cunningham during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook got theirs. Kevin Love got a deal, as did Danilo Gallinari. Eric Gordon and Brook Lopez did not. And nobody seriously considered giving Michael Beasley one. It’s the first extension to the rookie contract — the first chance for NBA players to make serious, serious money. But as we saw…

  21. Chris Paul wants Pau Gasol to know he’s not his kid

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:27 PM EST

    los-angeles-lakers, Kobe, Chris Paul, Pau Gasol, Clippers

    There is starting to be a real rivalry is Los Angeles. It showed up in a little end of game sequence from the Lakers win over the Clippers Wednesday night between Chris Paul and Pau Gasol. Chris Paul was walking near Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant and all were talking a little when Gasol reached…

  22. Video: Blake Griffin was a highlight reel against Lakers

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:06 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin had it going on against the Lakers — he was in rare highlight form. Even for him. So we’re bringing a few to you. It was more than just the dunks, by the way — Griffin was 6-of-9 from 10 feet out to the arc. He is far from consistent on his midrange…

  23. Gasol, Bryant end Lakers’ losing streak, spoil Paul’s return to the court

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:37 AM EST

    Pau Gasol, DeAndre Jordan

    The Los Angeles Clippers held the lead over the Lakers for most of the game on Wednesday night, but were unable to put the game away at any point, and ended up succumbing to the Lakers because of Pau Gasol‘s aggressive play and yet another late-game takeover by a Mr. Kobe Bryant. The Clippers got…

  24. NBA quarter pole awards: Yes, LeBron is the MVP

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:37 PM EST

    Miami Heats' LeBron James plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    We are a quarter of the way into the NBA season, which is far too early to start talking about end of the season awards, playoffs or much of anything else. I’m going to anyway. Here are the awards in a few categories as we reach the quarter pole. We’ve got a long back stretch…

  25. All-Star rookies vs. sophomores game may see changes

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    john-wall-021811

    It’s one of the “highlights” — and we use the term loosely — of Friday night of All-Star weekend: NBA rookies taking on NBA sophomores (officially called the Rookie Challenge). There’s a lot of showboating and not a lot of defense — basically a less interesting version of the All-Star game itself. But this year…

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