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  1. Dirk Nowitzki warned for flop vs. Nuggets (VIDEO)

    Nov 26, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki, welcome to the club. That’s the club of star players who have gotten a warning from the league about flopping. Nowitzki earned his in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ loss to Denver Monday night, when Darrell Arthur closed out and contested the jumper and Nowitzki fell like he was reenacting the Kennedy…

  2. Andrew Bynum feels sharp pain every time he runs or jumps and probably will all season

    Nov 26, 2013, 11:15 AM EST

    Ekpe Udoh, Andrew Bynum

    We know when Andrew Bynum plays, and we know when he doesn’t. Sometimes, it’s easy to evaluate Bynum’s health in those same binary terms. Watching Bynum clearly reveals a combination of injury and rust have robbed him of his athleticism, but whether Bynum feels fine or not is a different story. He might feel well…

  3. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Injuries start to shape the rankings

    Nov 25, 2013, 6:18 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs

    The top of our rankings remain solid this week, but after a bad weekend of injuries there were a few shakeups farther down with more to come. 1. Spurs (12-1, Last Week No. 1). They are the winners of 10 in a row and are doing it with great defense, good offense, not much Tim…

  4. Cavaliers’ fans boo No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett. Really Cleveland?

    Nov 21, 2013, 11:42 AM EST

    Anthony Bennett

    Cavaliers’ fans have a right to be frustrated. Owner Dan Gilbert pumped up this team and the fan base talking playoffs yet they are 4-8 to start the season with the second worst offense in the NBA (94.1 points per 100 possessions). They look like a lottery team. Again. They look like a team searching…

  5. Mike Brown: ‘We had one guy compete the entire time he was on the floor’

    Nov 21, 2013, 10:40 AM EST

    Mike Brown

    The Cavaliers and Wizards both had high hopes of making the playoffs entering the season. Shoot, they still have high hopes. But after a 4-7 start by Cleveland and 3-7 start by Washington, these teams are right back to being viewed as also-rans by the rest of the league. The each might not view themselves…

  6. The Extra Pass: Three takeaways and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    paul george

    Three takeaways from a busy Wednesday night around the league: It was Paul George, in the Garden, with the dagger It’s a crazy thing to watch an entire arena lose all hope, all at once. The Knicks were well on their way to a statement win over the Indiana Pacers. Maybe it could have been…

  7. Kyrie Irving, Dennis Rodman in Foot Lockers’ quality “Week of Greatness” ad (VIDEO)

    Nov 19, 2013, 1:58 PM EST

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    It has Kyrie Irving and Dennis Rodman in it, that was enough of a basketball excuse for me to run this. Because this ad made me laugh. Really, the Craig Sager suit part is the best. Love that Rodman agreed to do this.

  8. Dion Waiters back practicing with Cleveland Cavaliers

    Nov 18, 2013, 5:12 PM EST

    Dion Waiters

    Whatever was ailing Dion Waiters he seems to be over it. After missing about five days and a couple of games Waiters was back on the practice court with Cleveland on Monday, reports Bob Finnan of the News-Herald. Waiters said there was no confrontation at the players meeting last Wednesday, despite earlier reports. Of course,…

  9. PBT NBA Power Rankings: San Antonio slides into top slot

    Nov 18, 2013, 1:56 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Another season, another year of the Spurs just making teams pay with their execution. Portland is flying up the rankings, on the other end Utah continues to anchor the bottom.   1. Spurs (9-1, Last Week No. 2). The winners of seven in a row, they move into the top spot as they appear the…

  10. Report: Dion Waiters has a mysterious illness that may be tied to his being removed from the starting lineup

    Nov 17, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    dion waiters

    The Cavaliers held a players only meeting earlier this week, after losing by 29 points to the Timberwolves which put them at just 3-7 through the team’s first 10 games. There were reports that the meeting turned contentious, and that players confronted one another about how things were playing out — none of which is…

  11. Kyrie Irving gets hot, leads Cavaliers past Wizards (VIDEO)

    Nov 17, 2013, 2:14 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving

    Cleveland beat Washington Saturday night because Kyrie Irving was the best player on the court — 41 points on 28 shots, plus nine points in the overtime (the Warriors combined only had six). The Cavaliers have struggled this season — a 4-7 start, a three game losing streak coming into Saturday that led to a…

  12. Report: Cavaliers team meeting turns contentious

    Nov 16, 2013, 9:02 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Cleveland came into this season with playoff dreams, but their 3-7 start has been more nightmare. They have not looked anything like a team headed to the postseason. Not close. They have one of the worst offenses in the NBA this season (29th in points per possession) with their two leading scorers — Kyrie Irving…

  13. Kyrie Irving to play through broken nose

    Nov 15, 2013, 5:38 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Irving brings the ball up court against New York Knicks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Remember last season when Kyrie Irving had to wear a mask for a while after a broken jaw? Well, we may see the mask again. Irving suffered a minimally displaced right nasal fracture against the Timberwolves, but he will play through the injury, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. That includes Friday night against the Bobcats.…

  14. NBA All-Star balloting opens with some interesting questions

    Nov 15, 2013, 4:56 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    If he doesn’t come back until December, is Kobe Bryant still a starting All-Star guard in the West? Or should Stephen Curry or James Harden have that spot? Does Kevin Love move past Tim Duncan into the starting lineup? Is Paul George a starter in the East? Is it time for a Derrick Rose/Kyrie Irving…

  15. The Extra Pass: An early look at SportVU data and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    Chances are at some point this season, you’ve heard about SportVU. For the uninitiated, SportVU is a player tracking software that utilizes cameras positioned around the court to collect all sorts of data. It’s a major breakthrough for analytics, and while a good portion of teams have had the software and data for a few years,…

  16. Warriors’ Toney Douglas has stress reaction in tibia, out two weeks minimum

    Nov 13, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Toney Douglas

    While Golden State has looked good this season — 5-3 so far after a beat down of Detroit Tuesday — their bench has been not been the source of strength it was last season (they miss Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry so far). Now the bench just got a little weaker. Backup point guard Toney…

  17. League warns Chris Paul, Anderson Varejao for flopping

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:02 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    You had to know it was only a matter of time before Chris Paul got a flopping warning, the only question was when. How about eight games? Tuesday the league announced warnings for both the Clippers Paul and Anderson Varejao of the Cavaliers. These are the first offense this season warnings for the players, the…

  18. Andrew Bynum to miss two games for personal reasons (no, he’s not injured)

    Nov 12, 2013, 5:29 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers Wine & Gold Scrimmage

    Andrew Bynum started his first game of the season Monday night, playing 20 minutes and scoring 11 points and 3-of-5 shooting, with six rebounds. In a sign of what he means to this team defensively he was a -1 on a night the Cavaliers lost to the Bulls by 15 (he had the best +/-…

  19. The Extra Pass: Five observations from the East and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    After a busy Monday night in the NBA, let’s swing around the Eastern Conference for a few observations. Indiana: If Roy Hibbert keeps getting that “verticality” respect from officials, it’s goodnight, Irene time for all of the other the Defensive Player of the Year candidates. Look at these numbers: Per 36 minutes on his career: 2.6…

  20. Monday night NBA Grades: Lance Stephenson with the triple double

    Nov 12, 2013, 2:12 AM EST

    Lance Stephenson

    Our grades from Monday around the NBA, or what you missed while weeping that Lionel Messi will be out 6-8 weeks…. Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers. He had a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. He has played the most complete, efficient basketball of his young NBA career this season and it showed…

  21. Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving finish even as Bulls pull away to beat Cavaliers

    Nov 11, 2013, 10:52 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    There was plenty of excitement surrounding the first ever matchup between Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving on Monday, but the game itself was largely devoid of any fireworks. Irving and Rose essentially played to a standstill in a contest that was mostly defense-oriented, and one that the Bulls pulled away to win easily by a final…

  22. PBT NBA Power Rankings: It’s the Pacers, Spurs then everyone else

    Nov 11, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    David Stern’s nightmare Finals matchup is on top of the second PBT NBA Power rankings — Indiana and San Antonio. Lots of shifting still going on in the rankings as teams shake themselves out just a couple weeks into the season, but a few patterns are emerging. 1. Pacers (7-0, Last Week No. 1). Yes…

  23. For first time ever, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving face off Monday

    Nov 11, 2013, 11:15 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Chicago Bulls

    Kyrie Irving is in his third NBA season; Derrick Rose is in his fifth. However, the two leading faces of a generation of young, star point guards have never faced off — until tonight. Blame injuries. Last season Rose was out all year. In Irving’s rookie year he missed 15 games and Rose missed 27…

  24. Kyrie Irving hits game-winning layup to give Cavs a 2OT win over Sixers (VIDEO)

    Nov 10, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    kyrie

    Kyrie Irving had it all working against the Sixers on Saturday — the floater, the midrange jumper, and shots from three-point distance. But the speed and agility he displayed is what really is tough to account for, as evidenced by the way he was able to get to the rim and convert the game-winning shot…

  25. Andrew Bynum booed in his return to Philadelphia with Cavaliers (VIDEO)

    Nov 8, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum knew this was coming. In his return to Philadelphia with the Cavaliers on Friday, Bynum was booed lustily by the hometown crowd when he checked in for the first time late in the first quarter, despite never playing a single game for the franchise last season. Actually, that’s probably the reason why. Bynum…

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