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  1. Cavaliers down another big man as Varejao’s knee swells up

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    Anderson Varejao has been fantastic this young season for Cleveland — 14 points a game on 65.8 percent shooting, plus 15 rebounds a game. He has grabbed 25 percent of the available rebounds when he has been on the floor the first four games (that is Dennis Rodman like). He has been playing like an…

  2. Winderman: Granger news takes pressure of Rose return

    Nov 7, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    The upshot of Wednesday’s prime injury news is that the Bulls’ injury news no longer is nearly as grim. No sooner had the Pacers sent out their release about Danny Granger likely missing three months following a knee procedure, then Tom Thibodeau certainly would have been within his rights to call Derrick Rose and tell…

  3. Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Tyler Zeller out indefinitely

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Tyler Zeller, Jordan Crawford

    Short of wearing a helmet, there was pretty much nothing Cleveland Cavaliers rookie center Tyler Zeller could have done to protect against this injury. Zeller has been ruled out indefinitely after Cleveland’s win over the Clippers on Monday night, making it a little more bitter than sweet for the Cavs. Zeller suffered the injury after…

  4. Chris Paul told Byron Scott to let Kyrie Irving guard him

    Nov 7, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Dion Waiters, Anderson Varejao,  Chris Paul

    Kyrie Irving played a fantastic game to lead the Cavaliers to a win over the Clippers Monday — 24 points, 10 assists and he had the dagger three at the end (when for some reason DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe both backed off him and gave him a clean look with the game on the…

  5. Stan Van Gundy thinks new NBA flopping rule will flop

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    Already two NBA players — J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan — have gotten warnings about flopping. Do it again and they get fined, although the real goal of the new NBA flopping rules is make it kind of a public embarrassment that has players hesitating to make a grandiose gesture to sell a foul. But…

  6. Video: Chris Paul has some sick handles (in case you forgot)

    Nov 6, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Dion Waiters, Anderson Varejao,  Chris Paul

    Chris Paul got outplayed by Kyrie Irving on Monday night. Which really says less about CP3, who was trying to set up teammates, than it does about how good Irving is (and he has less guys around him one would want to set up). But lest you think CP3 has lost anything, enjoy the video…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs, Knicks remain undefeated

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:42 AM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace, Tyson Chandler

    Our nightly recap of every game around the NBA. We catch you up on what you missed while you were finding out where Superman’s home planet Krypton actually was…. Spurs 101, Pacers 79: Don’t look now, but the Spurs are defending again this year. Which is how they crushed the Pacers. We broke it down.…

  8. First NBA flopping warnings go to J.J. Barea, Donald Sloan

    Nov 5, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Barea Hinrich

    Congratulations J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan, you have gotten the historic first warnings from the NBA for flopping. The league announced Monday that Minnesota’s Barea and Cleveland’s Sloan got warnings — there are no fines until their second offense (and then it is just $5,000 for the next offense). The goal rather is to leak…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs and Knicks movin’ on up

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Fans celebrate as Knicks' Anthony sinks a three-point shot against Heat during NBA basketball game in New York

    The first few power rankings of the year show the most volatility — we don’t have established patterns for teams and so if someone gets hot or cold for a few games there is no context yet to put that in. It’s Small Sample Size Theatre. The Magic are 2-0 but I don’t think they…

  10. Video: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love in “Uncle Drew Part 2″

    Oct 31, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    pepsi-max-kyrie-irving-uncle-drew

    Maybe the best part of this is the cameo in the first minute. If I have to tell you who that is… Kyrie Irving is back with his Uncle Drew character and this time he brings and older version of Kevin Love — named Wes — along to a park in Crenshaw, California, where they…

  11. Quote of the Day: Cavs’ Anderson Varejao is Secretariat

    Oct 31, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    “Andy is a horse, man. He might win the Kentucky Derby by himself. I might have to saddle up and try and ride him to victory. That’s how strong of a leader he is.” – Cavaliers’ forward Tristan Thompson after Anderson Varejao had a career best 23 rebounds (12 offensive) plus 9 points and 9…

  12. Three Stars of the Night

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:39 AM EDT

    VAREJAO_ANDERSON

    Basketball is back! Hockey? Well, not so much. That doesn’t mean we can’t pay homage to the guys on ice by handing out the Three Stars of the Night, basketball style. Tonight’s stars feature a few familiar faces in new places, and a player who did something that hasn’t been done in 25 years: Third…

  13. Kyrie Irving would like to remind you he is very good. And Cavaliers win.

    Oct 31, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    You know why the Cleveland and Washington were on the NBA opening night schedule along with marquee teams like the Lakers, Heat and Celtics? Because the NBA likes to showcase its future, and here were John Wall and Kyrie Irving to entertain you… except John Wall is out for a while with a cracked patella.…

  14. Cavs owner Gilbert says he regrets guaranteeing titles. You don’t say.

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    Business Leaders Address Detroit Economic Club

    All too often in life, we are the last ones to come to the realizations that everyone else around us figured out a long time ago. Like that girl we were dating was essentially Linda Blair from the Exorcist. Or we really shouldn’t have let our frustrations lead us to saying something stupid in public.…

  15. A guide for which teams to watch

    Oct 30, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Our ideas of fun may be completely different. Personally, I like to pretend I’m playing Supermarket Sweep in the grocery store, but you may like going out on “dates” or “talking to actual people.” With that said, I can’t in good faith tell you which teams will be fun this year. That’s a decision for…

  16. PBT Power Rankings: Heat start season on top, Bobcats in cellar

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh,Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    It’s that time of year — the PBT’s NBA Power Rankings are back. Power Rankings before a single game is played are admittedly a bit silly, but then again the NBA has playoffs to determine which team is best so really all power rankings are silly and just for the entertainment value. It would take…

  17. Cavs pick up option on Byron Scott’s contract

    Oct 24, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are a team with an upward trajectory. They have the reigning rookie of the year in Kyrie Irving, Tristian Thompson is making strides in his game, and rookie Dion Waiters looks like he can be a nice player for many years to come. With these young building blocks in place, it comes…

  18. Cavaliers Daniel Gibson out for now with concussion

    Oct 23, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

    Daniel Gibson

    Veteran Cavaliers shooting guard Daniel Gibson is not suiting up for Tuesday night’s preseason game against Indiana and he could be out a little while. Gibson has been diagnosed with concussion symptoms, the team reports. That means to get back on the court he has to pass a battery of tests and he has to…

  19. Friday And-1 links: Something is different with Gooden’s hair

    Oct 19, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

    drew-gooden-weird-hair

    Here is our regular 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 guys at The Basketball Jones ask a great question: What is going…

  20. Odds on NBA MVP (yes, LeBron leads), Rookie of Year

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    If you don’t have LeBron James, Kevin Durant on top of your “most likely to win the MVP” list you’re doing it wrong. Professional odds makers don’t do it wrong. So when the guys at offshore book Bovada put together a list, you know who is at the top. But the real value is farther…

  21. A year later, the Wolves drafting Williams still doesn’t make sense for anyone

    Oct 13, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    From Canis Hoopus.com: At some point, I think this team is just going to have to face the facts: Williams is a guy who could potentially be a pretty good power forward, on a team that has absolutely no minutes available at power forward. It’s not like the Wolves are oblivious to this sort of…

  22. Tuesday And-1 links: Felton starts but does Kidd close for Knicks?

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Here is our regular 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 like old people love In The Heat of the Night. • Raymond Felton will…

  23. Monday And-1 links: NBA media day edition

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    Here is our regular 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. Today, we bring you a lot of news and notes out of the various…

  24. NBA Preview: Orlando Magic

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:23 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Last season: Oh, what a tangled web we weave… The Magic won 37 games (to 29 losses) last season because for a stretch in the first half of the season they were one of the top-five teams in the NBA. Dwight Howard was putting up his usual MVP numbers (well, not last season next to…

  25. Report: Cavs keep Varejao on trade block. Shocking, I know.

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics- Game Three

    Do you remember a time when Anderson Varejao wasn’t on the trade block? It seems so long ago that he was going to be a part of the Cavaliers future along with that LeBron guy, but things have changed. Varejao has been on the blocks forever and a day now, it seems. And that hasn’t…

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