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  1. The key to Jared Sullinger’s recent success? His dad cussing him out

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo, Arron Afflalo, Jared Sullinger

    Jared Sullinger, last month, was going through an up-and-down period. On the low end, he committed two flagrant fouls in 24 seconds and was ejected. On the high end, he had 25 points and 20 rebounds in a game. The cycle continued from there into Sullinger’s last dozen games: Games 1-6: 8.3 points on 36…

  2. Report: Wizards interested in Nuggets’ Andre Miller, but a trade is difficult

    Feb 11, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    It’s always about the money. As we near the trade deadline remember that: It is always about the money. The Washington Wizards could argue they are the third best team in the East. It’s a dubious honor this season and the title seems to change hands weekly between the Wizards, Raptors and Nets, but all…

  3. Monday night NBA grades: In a tanktastic season, Philadelphia finding new lows

    Feb 11, 2014, 3:25 AM EDT

    Sixers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wishing you had a beer refrigerator as cool as Canada’s…. Philadelphia 76ers. They have lost two consecutive games by 40 or more points — 45 to the Clippers on Sunday, 43 to the Warriors on Monday. The only other team to lose back-to-back games…

  4. Minnesota’s Flip Saunders says strength of draft could dampen trade deadline

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves 2013 NBA Draft Picks Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng Introduced to the Media

    Last season’s trade deadline was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing — it was a very slow trade deadline, the bigger deals having already happened. This season seems to be more active and with some bigger names — Pau Gasol could be moved, as potentially could guys like Greg Monroe. Names like Brandon…

  5. 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…

  6. Report: Teams reaching out to Celtics about Brandon Bass

    Feb 10, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    Boston is expected to be an active team at the trade deadline — they are a franchise looking ahead to the draft and rebuilding, plus they have some assets that are attractive to other teams. Brandon Bass is apparently at the top of that list. The veteran big man is generating a lot of calls…

  7. Kings’ Isaiah Thomas calls Celtics’ Jerryd Bayless a ‘fake tough guy’ after on-court incident (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    thomas bayless

    This is yet another example of why you don’t give a max contract to a player with the temperament of DeMarcus Cousins without the presence of any veterans on the roster to help with the team’s leadership. But this is only about him tangentially, so we’ll revisit this in a moment. Late in the fourth…

  8. Coach Stevens says it “doesn’t look like” Rondo plays Friday vs. Kings

    Feb 7, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT

    rondo

    It’s not about this season, it’s about the next five or 10 in Boston. So with Rajon Rondo sore — he missed practice on Thursday because of it, he’s been a busy man since his return — it is very possible he doesn’t play on Friday. Teams want to take care of their franchise face…

  9. 2014 Rising Stars Challenge rosters set; Anthony Davis taken with first overall pick

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

    faried rising stars

    The Rising Stars Challenge kicks off the All-Star weekend festivities that Friday night, and features a mix of the game’s top rookies and sophomores competing in the exhibition. Teams used to be separated by seniority, which often times meant a blowout victory for the second-year players. But the league has since created a draft of…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. With Mike Conley out at least a week, Memphis Grizzlies sign Darius Morris

    Feb 3, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters, Darius Morris

    Mike Conley is out at least a week with a sprained ankle, and the Memphis Grizzlies already traded their backup point guard, Jerryd Bayless, to the Boston Celtics. Nick Calathes will start in Conley’s place, but the rookie is more of a shooting guard. The Grizzlies clearly need help at point guard if they want…

  14. Rondo uses signature ball fake to lose defender before scoring (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo looked like his old self in Sunday’s lone NBA contest, finishing with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go along with 10 assists and six rebounds to get his first win since returning to Boston’s lineup this season. This play, where Rondo used his signature behind-the-back ball fake to lose a defender before…

  15. The Extra Pass: What the NBA gets that the NFL doesn’t, plus Sunday’s recap

    Feb 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

    This past weekend, David Stern retired as commissioner of the NBA. After 30 years, he left as quietly as someone of his stature could. Instead of choosing a time where the NBA was in the spotlight to have his final farewell, Stern left in the middle of Super Bowl hoopla, when the coverage of his…

  16. Celtics get first win since Rondo’s return by beating Magic

    Feb 2, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    rondo

    Rajon Rondo returned to the Celtics lineup Jan. 17 from an ACL injury that prematurely ended his 2012-13 season. Boston’s only win since then, however, had been one against the Wizards that came on Jan. 22, in a game where Rondo was held out on the second night of a back-to-back as a precaution. That…

  17. Brooklyn Nets set NBA record-low with 17 rebounds in game

    Feb 1, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Andray Blatche

    The Brooklyn Nets grabbed 17 rebounds in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. 17! That set a new NBA record for fewest rebounds in a game, breaking the 18 the Detroit Pistons had against the Charlotte Hornets on November 28, 2001. Again, 17! This season, a single player has grabbed at least…

  18. Report: Pistons would trade Josh Smith if they could

    Jan 31, 2014, 7:48 PM EDT

    Josh Smith, Brandan Wright

    Josh Smith is having the worst season of his career. Playing far too much small forward, a position he can handle only in select matchups, his defense has really fallen off. Though Smith defends power forwards well, his his lack of speed on the perimeter kills his ability to chase wings around screens. He’s also…

  19. Harrison Barnes with the huge dunk. Plus the and-one. (VIDEO)

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:53 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors pretty much did this to the Clippers all night long (ninth game in 14 days for the Clippers and they looked tired). The Clippers were trying to get back in transition and were a step slow, Jordan Crawford drove the lane then passed back to Harrison Barnes and… Boom goes the dynamite. Golden…

  20. 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…

  21. Evan Turner hits the difficult game-winner to send Sixers past Celtics (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    Britain NBA Preseason Basketball

    Evan Turner‘s awkward shot through contact at the buzzer to give the Sixers a win over the Celtics was anything but a layup. Turner bumped into Jared Sullinger after crossing up Jerryd Bayless on the perimeter, and contorted enough to get a shot up just outside of the restricted area that found its way home…

  22. Rondo sits out second game of back-to-back against Sixers as a precaution

    Jan 29, 2014, 9:07 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo has appeared in six games for the Celtics since returning from ACL surgery a couple of weeks ago, but given the drop-off in talent on the roster from when he suited up last season, the 0-6 record Boston has endured is somewhat understandable. It also conveniently factors into the team’s decision to take…

  23. Michael Carter-Williams, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard all in All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge

    Jan 29, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Sacramento Kings

    While the All-Star Game itself is an exhibition for the biggest names in basketball, a sneaky fun part of All-Star Weekend is always the Rising Stars Challenge — watching the games best young players put on a little show. And there are plenty of good young players to showcase this season. Last season’s Rookie of…

  24. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Durant powers Thunder to top slot

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    No Russell Westbrook yet Kevin Durant has pushed the Thunder to the top of the West and the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Still strange to see the Celtics and Lakers near the bottom of the poll, but it’s where they belong this season.   1. Thunder (35-10, LW 4). Kevin Durant is making…

  25. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett return to Boston for first time as Brooklyn Nets

    Jan 26, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    BOSTON – Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett return to Boston today as conquering heroes. Centerpieces of the Celtics’ 2008 championship team, Pierce and Garnett will always be heroes of the past for fans here. But now, they’ve gone from goats to heroes of the present with the Brooklyn Nets, who are an NBA-best 9-1 in…

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