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  1. 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…

  2. 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 +/-…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Andrew Bynum admits to considering retirement while continuing to work his way back from injury

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:19 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum,Reggie Evans

    Andrew Bynum is far from your typical NBA player. His interests are varied, and he’s one of the few in the league who treat the occupation as a job more than as his life’s true passion. Bynum didn’t play at all last season in Philadelphia due to injury, which obviously caused some consternation among that…

  11. Andrew Bynum says he expects boos in Philadelphia, doesn’t feel bad at all about last season

    Nov 7, 2013, 10:40 AM EST

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    The Sixers traded away their best player in Andre Iguodala before last season in exchange for Andrew Bynum, who was coming off of an All-Star year in Los Angeles. A series of knee injuries and setbacks during the rehabilitation process kept Bynum from ever playing a single game in Philadelphia, and he was allowed to…

  12. The Extra Pass: Three new faces and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    One of the best parts about the start of any season is the chance to get familiar with the new faces in the league. Guys like Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo will get plenty of publicity, so let’s dig a little deeper and look at a few other players that are impressing in their first…

  13. Michael Carter-Williams’ family prepared him for this moment

    Nov 6, 2013, 3:53 PM EST

    Michael Carter-Williams

    He’s the guy everybody around the NBA wants to talk about. When Michael Carter-Williams was selected No. 11 by the Philadelphia 76ers this rapid success wasn’t expected. It was thought he could develop into the point guard of the future there in a few years (they had just traded away Jrue Holiday). He was tall,…

  14. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett starts season 0-15 shooting through four games

    Nov 5, 2013, 6:04 PM EST

    Anthony Bennett, Jonas Jerebko

    It’s way, way too early to freak out about this or to use the “B” word. (“Bust.” As your mom used to say get your mind out of the gutter.) That said… Cleveland’s No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is off to a historically rough start of his rookie season. He is 0-of-15 from the…

  15. Andrew Bynum playing through “little sharp pains” in his knees

    Nov 5, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum, Nikola Pekovic

    Andrew Bynum played 18 minutes for the Cavaliers Monday night, his third game of the young season. He had 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting and he got to the free throw line six times. He did that through some pain that is still in his knees. That’s what he said after the game, as reported…

  16. Ridiculous rumors: No, Kyrie’s not going to New York in two years; Kevin Martin not mad at OKC

    Nov 4, 2013, 10:31 PM EST

    Kyrie Irving

    One of the first words of advice I got from a boss when we started ProBasketballTalk was to write about what people are talking about. Even if they are talking about something stupid. Which brings us to two stories working their way around the Web Monday: The idea that Kyrie Irving could bolt for New…

  17. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Rockets, T-Wolves and Sixers on top

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    The first few weeks of the Power Rankings see crazy fluctuations — teams that aren’t really that good start off hot, teams that are good start cold, so teams bounce up and down the rankings like they are on a bungee cord the first few weeks. Eventually things find their level. But this week was…

  18. The Extra Pass Weekend Roundup: Seven storylines from Week 1 and Sunday recaps

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    One week down, 23 more to go. Let’s look at some of the emerging storylines from the first week of the season. A Sneaky MVP Candidate Emerges There’s a real struggle to discern what’s real and what isn’t in the early part of the season, and the standings are almost a totem of sorts. If…

  19. Cavs’ C.J. Miles throws it down over Pacers’ Orlando Johnson (VIDEO)

    Nov 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    C.J. Miles

    The names in the headline may not be all that familiar, but the highlight is just as worthy as those featuring the game’s biggest stars. Early on in the Pacers’ win over the Cavaliers on Saturday, C.J. Miles got loose on the fast break. Orlando Johnson was back and decided to contest, and it’s worth…

  20. Andrew Bynum likely out for Cavaliers Saturday, not expected to play second game of back-to-backs

    Nov 2, 2013, 5:45 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum,Reggie Evans

    Andrew Bynum made his somewhat unexpected debut for the Cavaliers during their season opener on Wednesday, after working his way back from knee issues following his signing in Cleveland during the offseason. Bynum played again for the Cavs on Friday, and finished with five points and three rebounds in 11 minutes of action. He doesn’t…

  21. John Wall held out of practice due to back spasms

    Nov 2, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    John Wall lit up the Sixers for 15 first quarter points on 6-of-6 shooting in just eight minutes on Friday, but cooled off considerably thereafter. Wall was just 4-of-13 the rest of the night, and an injury he’s never experienced before appears to be the reason why. From J. Michael of CSN Washington: John Wall,…

  22. PBT Podcast: Nate Robinson talks “Uncle Drew” plus we discuss Bynum, Rose and more

    Nov 1, 2013, 3:19 PM EST

    Nate Robinson

    It’s back, new and improved. Welcome to the PBT Podcast, featuring myself and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio talking all things NBA — this is the first of the season but something we plan to bring you a couple of times a week. Click the link below to listen to it right now. (Soon we…

  23. PBT Roundtable: Who is the most overrated team in the NBA to start season?

    Nov 1, 2013, 9:45 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Kurt Helin: There are a few candidates here, but after seeing them in person opening night I will say the Clippers (and I picked them…

  24. The Extra Pass Wednesday Roundup: Talking tanking (or not) in Phoenix

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

          PHOENIX — After the Suns traded their projected starting center in Marcin Gortat to the Wizards in exchange for an injured player who might not play this season and a future first round draft pick, and did so less than a week before the start of the regular season, it doesn’t exactly…

  25. UPDATE: Andrew Bynum has been medically cleared, will play in opener

    Oct 30, 2013, 6:25 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    Things change fast — just ignore everything we wrote earlier today (based on what was being said in Cleveland this morning): Just this afternoon Andrew Bynum has been medically cleared to play and will be active for the Cavaliers as they host the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night, reports Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.…

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