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  1. Report: Anderson Varejao ‘highly available’ in trade, but asking price remains high

    Dec 15, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The trade talk for Anderson Varejao has been consistently present in recent seasons, but the asking price the Cavaliers organization placed on him has always been too steep for teams to consider. That might change this year, with Varejao leading the league in rebounding and having an All-Star caliber season — even if, as we…

  2. Nothing shocking here: Kobe, LeBron lead All-Star ballot early returns

    Dec 13, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    We don’t exactly need Nate Silver to break down these voting returns and trends — the players in the lead early in the NBA All-Star balloting almost always stay on top. Occasionally guys close small gaps, but generally what you see now is what you get. In which case — good job public. No glaring…

  3. Dwight Howard stars in parody “Save The Centers” video

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    That is damn funny. In case you missed it, the NBA has taken the “center” designation off the All-Star ballot, instead you vote for three “frontcourt” players. The reason is the evolution of the NBA — Kevin Garnett spent most of his career as a forward but he plays the center spot now for Boston,…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pierce, Rondo lead Celtics to win

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Sandy relief concert and thinking the Who looked really old… Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2OT): This game was fun. It entertained. Oh, no it wasn’t pretty at all — Dallas had 27 turnovers — but it had its…

  5. Kobe Bryant “baffled,” Lakers frustrated by recent losses

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Lakers fans, it’s not just you. The Lakers are frustrated with their recent play and string of losses, too. They see the loss in Cleveland as a new low-point in the season, too. Look at their post-game comments, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Starting with Kobe Bryant, who put up an efficient…

  6. Video: Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving put on a show

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving

    It really felt like the Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant show at points Tuesday night. And it was damn entertaining. When the two went head-to-head Kobe got the best of the battle, but Irving and the Cavaliers fot the win. Both guys put up big lines but both were efficient, too — Kobe had 42…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Carmelo has Knicks on top in New York

    Dec 12, 2012, 3:24 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Bill Kennedy

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while you were wondering who thought an Angry Birds movie was a good idea… Cavaliers 100, Lakers 94: It’s not just one thing with the Lakers – their offense was off, their defensive rotations are sloppy, their big men missed shots,…

  8. Three Stars of the Night: Big nights for Kobe, Carmelo

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:29 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony reacts after he scored past Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace in NBA game in New York

    This was one of those nights when a number of guys could have made the three-stars list — Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds; Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 13 rebounds; Ty Lawson with an impressive 26 points; and there were others in consideration. Even Andray Blatche. But in the end, these…

  9. Kyrie Irving is back and sends Lakers to new low, new loss

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers Tyler Zeller during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game  in Cleveland

    If you’re a Lakers fan you have to believe that at some point they reach rock bottom and start to bounce back. It’s just that they hadn’t reached it yet. The Lakers offense took a vacation and their defense had no answer Kyrie Irving and the result of all that is the Lakers falling to…

  10. Video: Varejao beats Howard off bounce, posterizes Hill

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    Anderson Varejao, Kobe Bryant

    This was pretty emblematic of how the first half of the game went for the Lakers — their front line got outplayed. Midway through the third quarter Dwight Howard, Jordan Hill and Metta World Peace were a combined 4-of-19 shooting. And their defensive rotations were not much better. Watch Anderson Varejao (not the most fleet-footed…

  11. Pau Gasol to miss Lakers game Tuesday. Maybe more.

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    While this news should come with about as much surprise as the news Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards once did drugs, we pass it along anyway. Pau Gasol will not suit up for the Lakers on Tuesday night against Cleveland due to knee tendonitis, reports the Los Angeles Times. This will be the fifth game…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Oh-oh Thunder road, oh Thunder road

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    A lot of the preseason talk in the West focused on the Lakers… and it still does. And too often it ends with “and the Thunder are still contenders, too.” No, the Thunder are the defending Western Conference champs, the team to beat in that conference and they look pretty good right now. Thank you…

  13. Report: Kyrie Irving expected to return vs. Lakers Tuesday

    Dec 10, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    After missing 11 games with a broken finger, the Cavaliers are expected to get Kyrie Irving back Tuesday night when they host the Lakers. Irving practiced with the team Monday and is expected to go, tweets Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. The return is about a week earlier than expected. Without Irving the…

  14. Nate Robinson talks rookie hazing after Cavs rookies given baby dolls, strollers

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

    Byron Scott, Dion Waiters

    If you see Dion Waiters walking around Cleveland pushing a tiny little stroller, know that is coach’s orders. As part of some rookie hazing, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott gave his team’s rookies — Waiters, Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones — a baby doll and strollers to match. The kind 3-year-old girls can’t get enough of.…

  15. Report: Kyrie Irving a couple weeks away from practicing

    Dec 6, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    It’s been a rough go for the Cleveland Cavaliers since Kyrie Irving broke his finger — they are 2-6 with him out of the lineup. In the last five games they have an offensive rating of 96 (points per 100 possessions), which would be second worst in the NBA this season, ahead of only the…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers show up for a half, that’s enough in New Orleans

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching Bilbo Baggins going on a drunken ‘Unexpected Journey’… Lakers 103, Hornets 87: On night where Kobe Bryant became only the 5th player in NBA history to hit the 30,000 career point plateau, the Lakers also got the win. And so…

  17. Wednesday And-1 links: David Stern broke the huddle at Saints Practice

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    David Stern Saints practice

    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. • David Stern broke the huddle with the Saints in New Orleans. We’re not…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Robin Lopez, Luke Babbitt key wins. It was that kind of night.

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:42 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Robin Lopez

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while trying to decide if you love or hate the new Air Jordan XX8…. Clippers 105, Jazz 104: Blake Griffin has his biggest scoring game of the year and the Clippers hand the Jazz their first home loss of the year.…

  19. Monday And-1 links: The new Jordan XX8 is… different

    Dec 3, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    air-jordan-xx8

    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 Steve Novak loves the corner three. • What really got twitter buzzing on…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Heat, Thunder on top, it feels like 2011

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates win over Atlanta Hawks with Bosh and Allen during their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    It’s early in the season, very early, but there are moments it feels line the NBA finals come June could be a rematch of last year — Miami vs. Oklahoma City. And that really shouldn’t be a surprise. Right now those two teams are on top of the PBT power rankings. 1. Heat (12-3, last…

  21. Trade talk for Anderson Varejao expected to heat up

    Dec 2, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Image (1) varejao-thumb-250x218-21449.jpg for post 4424

    The Cavaliers aren’t exactly having a great season, but if nothing else they play hard just about every time out under head coach Byron Scott. Once Kyrie Irving returns from injury things should improve a bit, but even in his absence, Anderson Varejao is making an impact in every one of his court appearances. Varejao…

  22. Cavaliers snap Hawks’ six-game winning streak at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Pargo (8), Alonzo Gee (33),  Anderson Varejao (17), Dion Waiters

    The Hawks came into Friday night’s home contest against the Cavaliers riding a six-game winning streak, although a closer look at the teams they played during that stretch would reveal that it really wasn’t one that was terribly impressive. Atlanta recorded maybe one quality win in those six games, which came against the Clippers. But…

  23. Friday And-1 Links: The Hawks are playing really good defense

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Hawks 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 more than football players like viagra. • Things we did not expect coming into…

  24. Gerald Wallace gets flopping warning for move on ‘Melo

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    Yup, that’s a flop. Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace was trying to get back into the play and harass Carmelo Anthony, Wallace made contact and Anthony used his elbow to create some space, but the Wallace sold it like he was going for an Oscar nomination. This is Wallace’s first warning. There is no fine, unless he…

  25. Byron Scott is brutally honest in assessing Cavs’ latest loss (VIDEO)

    Nov 28, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tuesday night wasn’t a good one for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They managed just 78 points in a home loss to the Suns, and shot 35.7 percent from the field, including a dismal 2-of-15 from three-point range, while committing 18 turnovers and getting outscored in the paint by 14. Dion Waiters was 7-of-20, Jeremy Pargo was…

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