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

    Feb 7, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. 2014 Rising Stars Challenge rosters set; Anthony Davis taken with first overall pick

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

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

    Feb 2, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Rajon Rondo offered contract extension by Celtics, says he wouldn’t mind finishing his career in Boston

    Jan 25, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Celtics GM Danny Ainge revealed earlier this week that the team offered Rajon Rondo a contract extension roughly a month ago, one which the All-Star point guard politely declined. Ainge wasn’t surprised that the offer was turned down, and in fact he seemed to expect it. From CBS Boston (via SB Nation): “In the Collective…

  20. Randy Wittman admits he’s not motivating Washington Wizards

    Jan 24, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Losing to the Boston Celtics isn’t embarrassing. Boston is 15-29 this season – hardly great, but definitely not a record indicative of a team that can’t compete. But losing to the Celtics when they don’t have Rajon Rando, Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless? When they outscore you by four points in the six minutes their…

  21. Josh Smith on pace for worst 3-point-shooting season in NBA history, but only because he’s playing smarter

    Jan 24, 2014, 3:57 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons  v Indiana Pacers

    Josh Smith is on pace for the worst 3-point-shooting season in NBA history. That was the case recently made by Sean Corp of Detroit Bad Boys and backed by Kyle Wagner of Deadspin. There are varying potential cutoffs, but here’s how it stacks up: In NBA history, players have attempted at least 200 3-pointers in…

  22. LaMarcus Aldridge thinks he should have been an All-Star starter

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Portland Trail Blazers

    If the NBA coaches and players were voting for who got to be an All-Star Game starter, LaMarcus Aldridge would be a lock in the West. But the fans wanted to see other guys (Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love is your West starting frontcourt) so Aldridge will again be selected by the coaches…

  23. The Extra Pass: Ranking all 28 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team candidatles

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some names leaked yesterday for inclusion on the 2014-16 USA Basketball men’s national-team roster – the pool of players who will be considered for upcoming international events. That includes the World Cup of Basketball this summer, possibly 2015 Olympic qualifiers  – and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Stein of ESPN beat today’s official announcement with…

  24. Celtics’ Gerald Wallace with game-winning layup in OT (VIDEO)

    Jan 23, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    With the game tied 111-111 and 10 seconds left in overtime, we didn’t really expect Boston’s Gerald Wallace to be the guy bringing the ball up the court. And when he did, we expected he would start to drive and pass it off. If not, he would settle for a pull-up jumper. But Wallace kept going,…

  25. Wednesday night NBA grades: Kevin Durant=Slim Reaper (and other guys with a good night)

    Jan 23, 2014, 4:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while getting absorbed in the “Swingers” oral history…. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. Twitter has dubbed him the “Slim Reaper” and I, for one, like the new nickname. He dropped 36 points tonight on the Spurs, including a couple of clutch threes late and rather…

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