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  1. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder move up to second spot

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant leaves the court after their NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Oklahoma City

    Some shifting around near the top as the Thunder go up, the Heat drop down and the Spurs hold steady. So do the Bobcats at the bottom. It’s not March Madness, but it is March setting up for a run to the playoffs. 1. Bulls (40-10, last week ranked number 1). With an undefeated week…

  2. Video: Who has the best floater in the NBA?

    Mar 26, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    When you talk about the best floaters in the game, you are talking about the best point guards in the league — Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul all get mentions in this video. And deservedly so. That said, Tony Parker didn’t get in this video from NBA.com and he should, he’s been doing…

  3. Monday And-1 links: Trayvon’s father thanks Heat players

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat hoodie photo

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • The father of Trayvon Martin thanked the Miami Heat for their support. •…

  4. Report: Wait, Jason Smith actually killed the Chris Paul Lakers trade? Pack it in, civilization ends here.

    Mar 24, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Yes, we’re still talking about this. Forgive me, I’m just as tired of it as you are. But for the unrighteously indignant… So one more time with feeling, the Lakers, Rockets, and Hornets had agreed on a trade last December. Chris Paul goes to the Lakers, Pau Gasol goes to the Rockets and magically solves…

  5. The “Violence Against Blake Griffin” situation

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    He’s asking for it. OK, stop, that right there. That’s me trying to snag your attention with some sort of bombastic statement. I can assure you my position is more nuanced than this phrase, which by the way, in the context of violence of any sort — on-court, off-court, sexual, non-sexual — should never, ever…

  6. Friday And-1 links: NCAA makes players draft decision harder

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Adrian Diaz

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • To make things easier on their coaches and universities, the NCAA is screwing…

  7. New night, same problems haunt Clippers in loss to Hornets

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Three games in three nights. Three losses. Each seemingly uglier than the last. Right now, the Clippers are not a good basketball team, and coach Vinny Del Negro could pay the price for that. A night after Del Negro’s postgame tirade at his team after it was blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the…

  8. David Stern: An anchor of legacy

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    This isn’t the David Stern we thought we knew. Or maybe it’s not the David Stern he wanted to be. Or maybe it’s not the David Stern who actually is David Stern. The National Basketball Association has been under the care of Stern since 1984,with Stern having worked with the league in some capacity since…

  9. Clippers crossroads: Is Vinny Del Negro’s job in danger?

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    The Clippers are regressing. They have gone 7-11 since Chauncey Billups went down with his Achilles injury and they have looked a mess, including a blowout loss to the Thunder Wednesday. The Clippers have not played good defense all season but early on their offense was able to overwhelm teams — Chris Paul in the…

  10. Samuel L. Jackson to do intros at Clippers, Hornets Thursday

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    What is it about New Orleans that they get all the best celebrity introductions? A few weeks ago it was Will Ferrell. Now on Thursday night when Chris Paul and the Clippers come to New Orleans it will be Samuel L. Jackson, reports the Times-Picayune. The Oscar-nominated actor, in town to shoot Quentin Tarantino’s “Django…

  11. Wednesday And-1 links: Who are the NBA’s best floppers?

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Who are the NBA’s best floppers? These guys. But Chris Paul is really…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Suns are rising, Spurs climb too.

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    Trade deadline moves aren’t changing the top of the rankings much, but we will see Portland and some other teams fall in the coming weeks. And we don’t know what the Nets are thinking either, so don’t ask. 1. Bulls (37-10, last week ranked number 1). They beat the Heat without Derrick Rose in the…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bosh looks good in Heat victory

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:10 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwight Howard

    What you missed while thinking a new study proves your children are brilliant…. Heat 91, Magic 81: Everybody talks about the big man the Heat could use. We often underestimate Chris Bosh — he had 23 points on 13 shots. Dwyane Wade owned the fourth quarter with 14 of his 31 coming then, when the…

  14. Video: Another day, another monster slam from Blake Griffin

    Mar 18, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin is going to end his career mentioned with Vince Carter, Shawn Kemp and the other great in-game dunkers of the NBA at his peak. Because he does things like this every game. It helps to have Chris Paul feeding you and all, but this guy is a monster. Whether he finishes his career…

  15. LeBron says we shouldn’t compare his free agent decision to Dwight Howard’s

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Miami Heat forward LeBron James talk during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Orlando

    After a great deal of deliberation, Dwight Howard decided to opt-in for the additional year on his contract, staying in Orlando for at least one more season. It obviously was a difficult decision, evidenced by the fact that Howard changed his mind seemingly a thousand times before signing the necessary paperwork to stay with Magic.…

  16. Who has the best hesitation move in the Association?

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose LeBron James

    Fun video from the fine folks at NBA.com. I tend to agree it is Chris Paul or Derrick Rose, but they both use them so differently. With CP3 it’s like in that split second he soaks everything in then makes the best play for the team. Rose just uses it to blow by you before…

  17. Clippers hold hour-long, closed-door meeting after ugly loss

    Mar 16, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    The Clippers blew a 12-point fourth quarter lead at home to a Phoenix Suns team playing without Steve Nash or Grant Hill. That is pretty much the textbook definition of an ugly loss. The Clippers have had a number of losses lately, most accompanied by some poor end-of-game execution. Take the ball out Chris Paul’s…

  18. Don’t expect the Hornets to buy out Chris Kaman

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    The usual pattern goes like this: Team tries hard to trade overpriced veteran player, then if they find no takes they buy him out after the trade deadline. Then he signs elsewhere for the minimum (or fades into the sunset) That’s not going to be the pattern with Chris Kaman of the Hornets. New Orleans…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Clippers collapse leads to a lot of talk

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Caron Butler

    What you missed while watching your NCAA bracket go up in flames…. Suns 91, Clippers 87: Phoenix was on the second night of a back-to-back-to-back so coach Alvin Gentry decided to rest Grant Hill and Steve Nash — and the Suns still rallied from 12 back in the fourth quarter to win. The Suns have…

  20. Surveying trade deadline landscape: League’s second tier got better

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:56 AM EDT

    Nick Young

    As you survey the NBA landscape in the aftermath of the storm that is always the NBA trade deadline, and a couple things leap out: First, the title contenders did not change — and they all stood pat. In the East, the path to the finals goes through Miami and Chicago and nobody really moved…

  21. Video: Pau Gasol, happy to still be with the Lakers

    Mar 15, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol drives between Boston Celtics Brandon Bass and Celtics Jermaine O'Neal in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    It was a rough first half of the season for Pau Gasol. Ever since training camp, when he was included in the trade that would have sent him out of town in exchange for Chris Paul, except that it was vetoed … well, it was never really agreed to by the Hornets’ ownership, so technically…

  22. PBT’s constantly updated trade deadline tracker

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    Here it is — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. With our thoughts on everything. This post will be constantly updated throughout the day as the newest information becomes available. Just hit refresh and you will know the latest. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Eastern (all…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls beat Heat even without that Rose guy

    Mar 15, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James is guarded by Chicago Bulls' John Lucas and Luol Deng during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while waiting for Dwight Howard to change his mind again…. Bulls 106, Heat 102: This just shows the different mentalities of these two teams. No Derrick Rose, no Richard Hamilton and yet the Bulls just brought it with fantastic energy. They defended, guys like John Lucas III (24 points) and Jimmy Butler…

  24. Tuesday And-1 links: Rondo’s pregame meal? Sushi.

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo celebrates during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles

    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). Rajon Rondo’s pregame meal? Sushi, of course. (I was in the locker room last night and can confirm this.) What would life be like if…

  25. Danny Ainge: “Rondo’s not being traded”

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots over Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Danny Ainge was unequivocal as you can be in speaking with A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com before the Celtics took on the Clippers Monday night. “Rondo’s not being traded,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com prior to the Celtics facing the Los Angeles Clippers. “I don’t know how many times I have…

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