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  1. Report: Cavaliers testing trade market for Luol Deng

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:31 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    Cleveland brought in Luol Deng because owner Dan Gilbert laid down a “playoffs or bust” mandate and then GM Chris Grant realized they were more bust — even in the lowly East — so he tried to add an All-Star level player at their weakest spot. That likely will not work (Cleveland is three games…

  2. Dion Waiters leaves with injury after throwing down monster dunk against Sixers (VIDEO)

    Feb 19, 2014, 9:31 AM EST

    dion waiters

    Dion Waiters is known for being a bit of a chucker if you’re the glass-half-empty type, or perhaps as a deadly outside shooting threat if you’re feeling more positive. On this play from Tuesday night’s win over the Sixers, however, he showed that he has the athleticism to attack the rim with the best of…

  3. The Extra Pass: Five teams to watch closely as the trade deadline nears

    Feb 19, 2014, 7:59 AM EST

    Kenneth Faried

    With just more than 48 hours left until the NBA’s trade deadline, it feels like the biggest deals may be behind us — Rudy Gay and Luol Deng have already been moved. Rumors are swirling, but the feeling around the league is it is all a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. Still there…

  4. For his next trick, All-Star MVP Kyrie Irving wants to lead Cavaliers into playoffs

    Feb 18, 2014, 2:31 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Houston Rockets

    Right before the All-Star break, the Cleveland Cavaliers strung together four wins in a row. In the lowly Eastern Conference, that is enough to get you back in the playoff picture — Cleveland is the 11 seed in the East, three games back of the Charlotte Bobcats. The Cavaliers are Kyrie Irving’s team and he…

  5. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder, Heat on top coming up to trade deadline

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:16 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Today’s PBT NBA Power Rankings — brought to you by the technology of airplane wi-fi — will talk about the All-Star weekend past and the trade deadline coming up, as there weren’t many other games to speak of. 1. Thunder (43-12, Last Week No. 1). Their addition at the trade deadline is simply getting Russell…

  6. Report: Nets, Cavaliers talking Jarrett Jack for Jason Terry swap

    Feb 17, 2014, 5:23 PM EST

    Jarrett Jack, Jameer Nelson

    Jarrett Jack came off the bench last season for a Golden State team that made a nice playoff run going small (remember that three guard line-up with Jack, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson?). Brooklyn has had found it’s idenity and had some success going small this season, and they are now looking to add pieces…

  7. Kyrie Irving’s top plays on way to All-Star MVP (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2014, 9:31 AM EST

    2014 NBA All-Star Game

    When the East was down 18 and needed to makes its comeback, that’s when Kyrie Irving stepped up. The Cavaliers point guard scored 15 of his 31 in the fourth quarter to help lift the East to a victory and earn MVP honors. We can always tell you about his exploits, but it’s better to…

  8. All-Star players pay tribute to Bill Russell, wish him happy 80th birthday

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest 2014

    NEW ORLEANS — That was maybe the best moment from the All-Star Game — legendary former players such as Dr. J and Magic Johnson honored Celtics legend Bill Russell, who turned 80 this week. The crowd sang happy birthday to the 11-time NBA champion and then the players took time to shake his hand and…

  9. All-Star 2014: The Standouts

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:40 AM EST

    NBA-All-Star-Game-2014-starters

    First, the obvious: The NBA All-Star Game is different from a normal basketball game. Apathy often reigns supreme, especially on defense, in this yearly exhibition, and there’s a premium on flashy play instead of solid, efficient basketball. For some players, it’s a dream format, while it’s less than ideal for others. In short, how a…

  10. Kyrie Irving wins MVP of 2014 NBA All-Star game

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:26 AM EST

    NBA All-Star Game 2014

    NEW ORLEANS – At halftime of what was a record-setting 2014 NBA All-Star game, Kyrie Irving wasn’t on anyone’s radar as far as the game’s MVP award was concerned. By the time it was finished, he was the obvious choice. Irving finished with 31 points, five rebounds and 14 assists, and was the catalyst for…

  11. Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony shoot East to win in highest scoring NBA All-Star Game ever

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:18 AM EST

    2014 NBA All-Star Game

    NEW ORLEANS — The NBA All-Star Game is never exactly a defensive showcase, it’s an exhibition. But this year’s version was an analytic lover’s dream: Three pointers and dunks. A lot of them. In the highest-scoring NBA All-Star Game ever, the East beat the West 163-155. This was the kind of showcase of athleticism the…

  12. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says he doesn’t regret “The Letter”

    Feb 16, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

    Dan Gilbert, Mike Brown

    When LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami nearly four years ago, emotions were obviously running pretty high. A lot of things that probably shouldn’t have been said were said. Media, fans, LeBron — it wasn’t handled all that well by anyone. But let’s make one thing clear: no one handled himself as poorly as Cavs…

  13. Curry, Lillard, George bring mid-major flavor to All-Star Game

    Feb 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    NEW ORLEANS – Fresno State. Davidson. Weber State. Paul George. Stephen Curry. Damian Lillard. This year’s NBA All-Star Game has a distinct mid-major feel. While most of the top players in high school head to the big-name basketball factory colleges, that is not the only route to NBA stardom. With more games televised and the rise…

  14. Belinelli beats Beal in tiebreaker, wins 3-point shootout

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:42 PM EST

    via @marcobelinelli on twitter

    In the first year of the new 3-point contest format, the 27-year old Marco Belinelli emerged victorious, holding off Sophomore Bradley Beal with a contest-high 24-point performance in the tiebreaker round to beat Beal’s 18-point performance. The first format change, which pitted the conferences against each other and had the top shooter from each conference…

  15. Dion Waiters, Tim Hardaway Jr. duel one-on-one during Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    waiters hardaway

    NEW ORLEANS – Andre Drummond may have taken home the (admittedly broken) MVP trophy of All-Star weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge, but the most entertaining parts of the exhibition involved Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters. The pair of guards put on a show that began in the first half and carried on throughout the game,…

  16. NBA All-Star Weekend: Waiters, Hardaway light up Rising Stars Challenge with 3-point shootout

    Feb 15, 2014, 12:11 AM EST

    dion waiters

    NEW ORLEANS — To be perfectly honest, there are times when the Rising Stars Challenge can feel like a bit of a chore. It can’t match the talent level of the actual All-Star game, but it has all of the lack of defense, intensity, and ball movement that is usually par for the course in…

  17. Andre Drummond named MVP of Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:56 PM EST

    drummond

    NEW ORLEANS – Andre Drummond finished with 30 points and 25 rebounds in his team’s 142-136 win in Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge, a performance which earned him the game’s MVP trophy. Few will remember him for it, however, thanks to an extended one-on-one shootout that went down between Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters.…

  18. The Extra Pass: Predictions for All-Star Weekend

    Feb 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    All-Star weekend is upon us. While the rest of the PBT crew gets to eat beignets and earn beads for showing a little skin (that’s how that works, right?), some of us will be stuck at home watching the celebrity game and reevaluating our life choices. Not that I’m bitter or anything. Not at all.…

  19. PBT Podcast: Talking trades, Andrew Bynum, coaching Detroit

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:44 AM EST

    Bynum Cavaliers

    With all the trade rumors now flying around the NBA, with a coaching change that still leaves a lot of questions in Detroit, one thing has clearly caught PBT readers’ attention. Andrew Bynum‘s antics right before he got let go by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Myself and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio talk about Bynum…

  20. Report: Warriors looking to make trade to bolster bench

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:47 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    Warriors owner Joe Lacob has made it clear: The organization’s goal for this season was a top four seed in the West and home court in the first round of the playoffs. At 31-21, the Warriors are the six seed currently but are closer to Memphis in the nine seed out of the playoffs (2.5…

  21. Reason for Andrew Bynum getting kicked out of practice and suspended by Cavs revealed, and it’s hilarious

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:14 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Andrew Bynum has done just fine for himself, having landed with a legitimate title contender in the Pacers after stops in Philadelphia and Cleveland that haven’t worked out, to say the very least. Last season with the Sixers, Bynum never got healthy enough to be able to play in even a single game for the…

  22. Monday night NBA grades: Time to stop shoveling dirt on Anthony Bennett

    Feb 12, 2014, 3:09 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking this may be the best soccer goal celebration ever…. Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers. You don’t know how a draft pick is going to pan out for three years. You just don’t. Some guys start fast but never really develop beyond that (Tyreke Evans,…

  23. John Wall: People see me as a No. 1 pick who hasn’t done anything

    Feb 11, 2014, 4:22 PM EST

    John Wall, LeBron James

    Professional athletes love to talk about all the people who don’t believe in them, even if everyone believes in them. Some get creative. Throughout his NBA career, Michael Jordan referenced a high school coach cutting him. That was because nobody really doubted Jordan during his time at North Carolina and with the Chicago Bulls. But…

  24. Jeff Van Gundy: No NBA coach does better with his team than Tom Thibodeau with Bulls

    Feb 11, 2014, 3:28 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau, Mike Dunleavy

    Say whatever else you want about him, but Tom Thibodeau’s Bulls have never underachieved during the regular season. Thibodeau took over a .500 team and turned it into a 62-win squad his first year. The next season, the lockout-shortened 2011-12, Chicago was even better, going 50-16. With Derrick Rose out all of last year, the…

  25. Minnesota’s Flip Saunders says strength of draft could dampen trade deadline

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:53 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves 2013 NBA Draft Picks Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng Introduced to the Media

    Last season’s trade deadline was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing — it was a very slow trade deadline, the bigger deals having already happened. This season seems to be more active and with some bigger names — Pau Gasol could be moved, as potentially could guys like Greg Monroe. Names like Brandon…

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