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  1. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder stay on top, Bucks stay on bottom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    More and more I think Adam Silver’s first NBA Finals as commissioner will feature Indiana and Oklahoma City — which would be good basketball but not exactly Super Bowl ratings. Things can change, but those are the two best teams right now.   1 Thunder (41-12, Last Week No. 1). We gave been praising Kevin…

  2. Blake Griffin with back-to-back windmill alley-oop throwdowns (VIDEO)

    Feb 10, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Philadelphia “defense” provided a blank canvas on which the Los Angeles Clippers could create whatever art they wanted Sunday night (Los Angeles led 100-51 after three quarters). And when you let the Clippers do whatever they want, you get alley-oops. Chris Paul was back to throw them and Blake Griffin was finishing them with…

  3. Sunday night NBA grades: It’s Kevin Durant’s world we just live in it

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:08 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Jeopardy to see what all the Arthur Chu fuss is about…. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. If you are going to win the MVP award you need a couple monster games on national television. Durant delivered that on Sunday — 41 points, 10…

  4. Clippers embarrass Sixers, coast to 45-point win

    Feb 10, 2014, 12:44 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Los Angeles Clippers won by 45 and it wasn’t that close. Seriously. Sunday night was just a perfect storm of everything going right for the Clippers and everything going wrong for the Sixers. This was a game where the Clippers were ahead 100-51 after three quarters and went on to win 123-78. Here are…

  5. Blake Griffin on the Dunk Contest: ‘It’s something I would never do again’

    Feb 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    blake griffin dunk contest

    Blake Griffin won the 2011 Dunk Contest by doing something that had never been done previously, and won’t be duplicated again. The man jumped over a car. While we can debate whether or not that sounds a lot more impressive than it actually was, the vibe at Staples Center was electric when the car was…

  6. LeBron says he should be Defensive Player of the Year

    Feb 7, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

    Heat vs. Spurs

    It’s going to be Roy Hibbert. If you were going to bet on one sure thing out of the NBA’s awards this season, you should bet on Roy Hibbert being named Defensive Player of the Year. More than Durant as MVP or Michael Carter-Williams as Rookie of the Year, Hibbert is a lock for DPOY.…

  7. Mario Chalmers fined $5,000 for flop against Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

    chalmers

    That play from Wednesday night worked for Mario Chalmers — he drew and offensive foul on Blake Griffin. He also flopped — and that’s the second time this season he’s been caught flopping so the league came down on him with a $5,000 fine this season. Yes, a whopping $5,000. To be clear, do the…

  8. Giannis Antetokounmpo to compete in Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Typically, rookies don’t get noticed. Typically, players from overseas need more time to build an American following. Typically, Milwaukee Bucks are ignored. Giannis Antetokounmpo is definitely atypical. “The Greek Freak” has wowed fans all season with his long arms, diverse skillset and outward happiness. He’s been so impressive, he’ll be competing in Skills Challenge –…

  9. Heat, Clippers had “Dunkfest 2014″ Wednesday night (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Clippers

    Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers can put on show. LeBron James and the Miami Heat can throw it down with the best of them. When the two teams got together at Staples Center Wednesday night it was “Dunkfest 2014.” It was an amazing show of athleticism. The Miami Heat raced out early and…

  10. Clippers should get Chris Paul back on court Sunday

    Feb 6, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    The Clippers have gone 11-6 since Chris Paul went out Jan. 3 with a separated shoulder. It’s been an impressive run, with Blake Griffin stepping up and showing off a more well-rounded game. In those 17 games the Clippers have averaged 111.7 points per 100 possessions, best in the NBA. It makes you wonder how…

  11. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

  12. Wednesday night NBA grades: Dwight Howard looks like guy Rockets thought they signed

    Feb 6, 2014, 3:58 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering why anyone would live in a dumpster for a year, voluntarily…  Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets. The NBA game is in large part about exploiting mismatches. With all due respect to the solid season Miles Plumlee is having, him trying to cover Dwight Howard…

  13. Heat start hot then hang on to beat Clippers

    Feb 6, 2014, 3:13 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Clippers

    This was a nationally televised against a top-four team in the West in the Clippers — these are the kind of games that shake the Heat out of their mid-season malaise. And when the Heat play like they did early Wednesday night it is a beautiful thing. Miami’s first quarter was as good as they…

  14. Wednesday And-1 Links: “The Justice League Goes Inside the NBA: All Star Edition” comic book exists

    Feb 5, 2014, 7:23 PM EDT

    Inside the NBA comic book

    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. • I LOVE that this exists. DC Comics has teamed with TNT’s “Inside the…

  15. The Extra Pass: Talking Blazers, Clippers, coaching with Bill and Luke Walton

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants

    Portland Trail Blazers fans are not fair weathered. They have stuck with the franchise through some dark times. Now they are being rewarded — with LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard leading the way, Portland fans are getting to witness some of the best, most entertaining basketball Rip City has seen in more than a decade.…

  16. The Extra Pass: Central heat, plus Monday’s recaps

    Mike Brown

    No NBA head coach has been fired yet this season. Of course, “yet” is the key word there. Given the performances and the high expectations of a few teams in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division, that could be changing soon. Here’s a look at the tenuous positions of three coaches from that division, in order…

  17. Denver’s Randy Foye hits ridiculous leaning game-winning three (VIDEO)

    Feb 4, 2014, 2:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    Just seconds before the Clippers’ Matt Barnes had drained a three off a pass and a nice bit of improvisation from J.J. Redick. The Clippers had a two-point lead and looked like they were going to escape Mile High with a win. Then Randy Foye happened. Whatever Nuggets coach Brian Shaw drew up in the…

  18. Monday night NBA grades: Tony Parker can still carve up a defense

    Feb 4, 2014, 2:16 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Pelicans

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while realizing yes, the TSA employees are laughing at your body scans…. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs. The Pelicans are without Jason Smith for the rest of the season and that means New Orleans usually had Greg Stiemsma or Alexi Ajinca on the court —…

  19. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Adam Silver signs the balls, Kevin Durant keeps shooting them

    Feb 3, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Brooklyn Nets

    A look at PBT’s power rankings show basically the only thing that really changed this week was the signature on the Spaulding balls — Adam Silver’s signature is in play. Aside that Durant has the Thunder on top and the Lakers continue fall like the lead balloon they are. 1. Thunder (38-11, Last Week No.…

  20. Report: Clippers to sign Sasha Vujacic to 10-day contract

    Feb 2, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Vujacic_Sasha

    The Clippers have continually been on the lookout for upgrades to the roster this season, in hopes of winning now with All-Star talent like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin already in place. L.A. tried its luck with Stephen Jackson earlier in the year before releasing him, and brought in Hedo Turkoglu for bench support as…

  21. Jordan Brand celebrates grand opening of first Flight 23 store (PHOTOS)

    Feb 2, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Flight 23 opening

    Jordan Brand has always had a huge retail footprint (pun intended), but had yet to open specialized individual retail stores of its own — at least until now. From the official release: “[Saturday] morning in midtown Manhattan, Jordan Brand president Larry Miller, Footaction CEO Jake Jacobs and filmmaker Spike Lee officially welcomed the first consumers to…

  22. The Extra Pass: Which non-All-Stars will make an All-NBA team?

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    All-Star selections have become the de facto measure of good seasons, even though they’re really only the measure of good half seasons and rely on a gerrymandered system that splits players by conference. But All-NBA teams – which evaluate a full year and aren’t split by conference – are a better metric for good seasons. In the last…

  23. Report: Chris Paul targeting Feb. 7-9 return

    Jan 31, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    The Clippers have been impressive with Chris Paul out, having gone 10-3 in this stretch (heading into Thursday’s game at Golden State). Blake Griffin has stepped up and his mid-range jumper has become a real weapon, Darren Collison has been solid at the point and the Clipper offense has been the best in the NBA…

  24. Doc Rivers lobbied other coaches to vote DeAndre Jordan an All-Star. It won’t be enough.

    Jan 30, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Boston Celtics

    Later on Thursday the NBA All-Star Game reserves will be announced — and in the Western Conference frontcourt a couple deserving guys will get snubbed. The fans voted in Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love as the starters. There likely will be four (maybe five) front court replacement players from a group including LaMarcus…

  25. PBT Extra: PBT does its own Rising Stars Challenge draft; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The NBA announced the field for the Rising Stars Challenge, but the teams won’t be selected until next week. A sucker for any opportunity to hold a mock draft, I enlisted Kurt into holding our own. We followed the same positional rules whoever picks the teams on TNT next Thursday – the general managers have yet to…

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