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  1. Dwight Howard leads everyone in first All-Star ballot returns

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    You didn’t love Dwight Howard as much as Derrick Rose and LeBron James when it came time to award the MVP last year (I know you didn’t get to vote on that, neither did I, but sentiment on this site ran heavy to Rose among commenters). But you love him now. Howard, the Magic’s center,…

  2. Thursday And-1 links: “Kobe really wants that MVP”

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Gerald Wallace, Kobe Bryant

    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). After the Clippers win over the Heat, in the Clippers locker room a player (to remain nameless as this was not an on the record…

  3. LeBron finally aggressive late, but Clippers hand Heat another loss

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:19 AM EST

    Chris Paul, Chris Bosh

    Last year’s “it” team faced off against this year’s “it” squad and fans from both sides got what they wanted. Sort of. They both got a wildly entertaining contest that had the intensity of May. But it came wrapped in a game where it looked like both teams were on the second night of a…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nate Robinson beats the Heat

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:40 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors

    What you missed while being addicted to cracking your knuckles… Wizards 93, Raptors 78: The Wizards win! Theeee Wizards win! Warriors 111, Heat 106: This was another Miami route, they were up 17 late in the third quarter, but then Nate Robinson happened. And then Dorell Wright happened. And suddenly Mark Jackson and the rebuilding…

  5. Report: Team USA sets 19 players for preliminary Olympic roster

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:39 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The USA will send 12 men to London this summer to suit up and defend America’s gold medal from the last Olympic games. And that dozen will come from these 19 guys, according Chris Sheridan at SheridanHoops.com who broke the story of the preliminary roster. We’ve broken them out by position (they are alphabetical in their…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Blazers best in West

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James does a dance with Chalmers during a time-out in overtime after they tied their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    A little shifting up at the top but nothing too dramatic. Your big movers this week is the 76ers, who are playing well and moving up the rankings, and the Hornets dropping like a rock. 1. Heat (8-1 last week ranked No. 1). Chris Bosh drops 33 on the Hawks and wants you to remember…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: No LeBron, no Wade, no problem

    Jan 6, 2012, 4:17 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    What you missed while wondering what a crocodile would do with a lawn mower… Heat 116, Hawks 109 (3OT): No LeBron James or Dwyane Wade for Miami, yet the Heat were gritty (a little lucky) and get an unexpected win. This game was entertaining and dramatic, much more so than we expected going in. But can…

  8. Thursdays And-1 links, where Lakers fans are just wrong

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    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). In this poll, 56 percent of Lakers fans would rather have Andrew Bynum as their starting center over Dwight Howard. Those fans are fools. I’m…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bobcats and Knicks have the same record

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:14 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    What you missed while watching West Virginia score more first half points than 15 the NBA teams playing last night (seriously)…. Bobcats 118, Knicks 110: Boris Diaw outplayed Amare Stoudemire. Gerald Henderson took it to Landry Fields at every turn. The Charlotte Bobcats outworked a Knicks team that has a lot of talent but looks…

  10. NBA releases All-Star ballot, here are my early votes

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

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    You can vote — and not just if you’re a Republican in Iowa. The NBA opened All-Star Game voting to the fans on Wednesday, so you can pick who will not play any defense in Orlando Feb. 26. Fan voting picks the starters, the coaches for the teams help pick the rest of the squad.…

  11. The Nets, “Community,” and the darkest timeline

    Jan 3, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

    darkesttimeline

    In the Community (Thursdays this…. sometime in the coming months… on NBC!) episode “Remedial Chaos Theory,” the writers took the ol’ alternate timeline theory and spread it out like a Nuggets fast break. The concept is simple. The cast of man characters are at an apartment, sitting around a table. The door buzzer buzzes with…

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

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:38 AM EST

    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…

  13. 100 early season observations

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

    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…

  14. Baseline to baseline recaps: Celtics fall, Knicks fall, Heat almost join them

    Dec 29, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    What you missed while worried about what a bad year this was for elephants… Oklahoma City 98, Memphis 95: This playoff rematch was our game of the night. New Orleans 97, Celtics 78: Don’t hit the panic button yet, Celtics fans. Still too early. But if you want to feel uncomfortable and a little ill,…

  15. Welcome Norris Cole, your new fan favorite in Miami

    Dec 28, 2011, 12:55 PM EST

    Norris Cole Getty

    Norris Cole was fearless. Fans can sense that and love it. Cole became the new fan favorite (behind the big 3) in Miami by scoring 14 fourth-quarter points to stave off a Boston comeback and keep the Heat perfect on the young season. Cole, the rookie out of Cleveland State, was the man knocking down…

  16. Boston fights back but Miami relentless, too much for C’s

    Dec 28, 2011, 12:11 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Boston would not get steamrolled. You’ve got to give them that. When Dallas found themselves getting overwhelmed early by the aggressive and up-tempo version of the Heat on Christmas Day, the Mavs rolled over and played dead. Not Boston. They scrapped and zoned all the way back to make it a game. But in the…

  17. Video: Miami Heat 2011 intro video (with extra neon)

    Dec 27, 2011, 10:18 PM EST

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    You were just saying to yourself “where can I see the Miami Heat roster laid out in neon with all the guys dressed very stylishly?” Well, we’re here to help. This is your 2011 Miami Heat intro video. Enjoy. At least this year they don’t have to tell the fans to show up on time…

  18. Preview: Will Miami be able to run over Boston, too?

    Dec 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    Miami looked dominant on opening day. They came into the season trying to unbalance a defense with speed and aggressiveness, and it worked on Dallas — Miami had 100 possessions, nine more than they averaged last season. But Boston is a better defensive squad and should prove an interesting preseason test. The two teams meet…

  19. Video: Ira Winderman talks evolution of the Miami Heat

    Dec 27, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

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

    The Miami Heat were a running team. LeBron James was camped out in the post, as was Dwyane Wade. It’s just one game, but our own Ira Winderman — who covers the team — talks the evolution of the Heat this season and how they are trying to grow things. How these Heat are different…

  20. Now off to the races: the Miami Heat

    Dec 26, 2011, 7:57 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Tom Haberstroh has some thoughts on the Miami Heat’s new “Pace and Space” offense after the Heat’s opening-day blowout of the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. Here’s a quick excerpt from his post, which starts with a description of LeBron James drawing a foul on a fast break after a made basket: LeBron blurred past the…

  21. Miami 105 Dallas 94: Heat unleash the Nightmare on Christmas for Mavs

    Dec 25, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

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    A three-part preface, to begin, before we cover the Heat’s shelling/drilling/slaughter of the Mavericks. It’s the first game of the season, and the first game of the season is never indicative of how the season will go for either team, even if it seems like it in retrospect. Th Celtics beat the Heat in the…

  22. 5 Things to Watch, Heat-Mavericks: Christmas revenge

    Dec 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    GAMES. There will be actual NBA games played today starting at noon. To get you pumped, ready, and primed for the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season, we give you five things to keep an eye on today in Heat-Mavericks. To get you pumped: The devil you know is worse than the devil you don’t…

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

    Dec 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    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…

  24. Friday morning And-1 links (formerly one liners)

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

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    New name, same drill. This is 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). Snoop Dogg is no Pau Gasol fan. (Language NSFW or family Christmas gatherings. The spelling is bad, too.) A really fascinating…

  25. Rose, Durant go different path with contracts than LeBron

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose attends news conference in Chicago

    When LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade came up for contract extensions, they all asked for three-year deals, or options that let them opt out of their deals after three years. The idea was simple — gain leverage over the team, pressure them to build a winner or they could lose their star. (We…

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