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  1. The Extra Pass: The league’s leading lineups; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    After watching two of the league’s best starting lineups duke it out in Indiana, let’s check in on the best and worst lineups around the league so far this season. Best Net Efficiency Rating (minimum 150 minutes) Houston: Patrick Beverley-James Harden-Chandler Parsons-Terrence Jones-Dwight Howard Net efficiency is the difference between a team’s offensive rating and…

  2. Tuesday night NBA Grades: Kobe plays pretty well, Suns’ backcourt plays better

    Dec 11, 2013, 2:51 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Here is our nightly look at some of the noteworthy things around the NBA, the things you missed while freaking out that there are now cockroaches which can survive a freezing winter just fine… Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers. He looked better. Kobe was more fluid and in part because (as he noted after the…

  3. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At the quarter pole Portland takes the lead

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:53 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    The general rule of thumb is 20 games into the season you can start to really trust the stats and the trends — in which case it’s good to be a Portland Trail Blazers fan. They move into the top slot with their recent wins over Indiana and OKC. 1. Trail Blazers (17-4, Last Week…

  4. League execs on Kyrie Irving’s recent struggles: ‘He’s pouting’

    Dec 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    kyrie

    Kyrie Irving has been far from the dominating, game-changing point guard he showed capable of last season, and people around the league are beginning to take notice. He’s had games where he’s put up some decent numbers, but has done so inefficiently in recent weeks. After an 0-9 performance in Cleveland’s blowout loss to the…

  5. Paul Millsap hits a shot to beat first quarter buzzer vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:47 PM EST

    Chuck Hayes, Paul Millsap

    Russell Westbrook wasn’t the only one showcasing his range under pressure on Friday. Paul Millsap of the Hawks heaved a shot from well beyond half court to beat the first quarter buzzer against the Cavaliers, and it found nothing but the bottom of the net. We’d like to tell you that this particular heave mattered…

  6. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Heat and a lot from out West at the top

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:03 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    The Eastern Conference has two elite teams — Indiana and Miami — and they are on top of the PBT Power Rankings for this week. Then you don’t see another team from the East until No. 12, which speaks to the depth of the West and the drop off after the East elite.   1.…

  7. Andrew Bynum with a monster jam over the Bulls (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum,Reggie Evans

    This jam from Andrew Bynum happened very early on in the Cavaliers’ win over the Bulls on Saturday, but it may have foreshadowed what was yet to come. Bynum had his best game of the season in helping his team snap a five-game losing streak, and finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked…

  8. Lakers execute halfcourt alley-oop to end the first half against Pistons for second straight season (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:45 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

    Kobe Bryant is injured and Earl Clark is gone in free agency, but the play those two ran in Detroit to end the first half against the Pistons a season ago was alive and well on Friday. The play above shows Steve Blake inbounding the ball from just inside the halfcourt line on the sideline,…

  9. Report: Dion Waiters accused Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson of playing “buddy ball.”

    Nov 28, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Clippers

    We knew that a couple of weeks ago after another ugly loss (29 points to the Timberwolves), the Cavaliers had a team meeting and in it things got a little tense — shouting, but not fisticuffs. Not long after, Dion Waiters lost his starting spot to Matthew Dellavedova, which made sense as Waiters is shooting…

  10. Report: Cavaliers testing trade market for Dion Waiters

    Nov 27, 2013, 4:14 PM EST

    Dion Waiters

    Well, that didn’t even take two seasons. Apparently the Cleveland Cavaliers are considering moving on from the Kyrie Irving/Dion Waiters backcourt of the future, and you can be sure Irving isn’t the one going out the door. Which leads us to this tweet from Chris Broussard of ESPN: Sources: Cavs shopping Dion Waiters. They've spoken…

  11. John Wall: ‘I’m the best point guard in the league’

    Nov 27, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Washington Wizards

    John Wall has played pretty well lately. In his last three games, he’s averaging 33.0 points on 61.4 percent shooting, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per contest. The Wizards are 2-1 in that span. It’s a fantastic three-game stretch, but let’s not get carried away. Aw, shoot, let’s get carried away. "I'm the…

  12. Anderson Varejao says LeBron James could return to Cavaliers, which sounds like tampering

    Nov 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    United States v Brazil - Men's Exhibition Game

    Ever since LeBron James said he’d consider returning to the Cavaliers, it’s been fun to speculate. Will he do it? How would it affect his legacy? How great would LeBron and Kyrie Irving be together? It’s an interesting discussion, one that’s assuredly been held within in the league, by fans and many in between. And…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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,…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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.…

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