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  1. NBA Power Rankings: Knicks climb up to No. 2

    Apr 8, 2013, 4:11 PM EST

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    Welcome to the penultimate PBT power rankings for the season. If you win 12 games in a row you can get the No. 2 spot, but if you asked me to pick who wins a seven game series between the Thunder and Knicks it would look different than this ranking. Same with the Spurs. But…

  2. Kyrie Irving won’t discuss coach Byron Scott’s future

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:09 PM EST

    Kyrie Irving, Byron Scott

    It’s often the pattern with coaches who are in trouble that their players will come to their defense — “Don’t blame the coach, it’s us.” When Kyrie Irving was asked about the embattled coach Byron Scott in Cleveland, the answer didn’t exactly follow that pattern, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Until that time comes I’m…

  3. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks win 12th straight, Clippers clinch first division title

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, Robert Sacre, Chris Paul, Earl Clark

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the two-hour season premiere of Mad Men … Knicks 125, Thunder 120: When the Knicks are knocking down threes they can beat anyone — and they hit 10 threes in the first half as they pulled away. But more impressive was…

  4. Byron Scott: Cavaliers’ rebuild right on schedule; Tristan Thompson supports him

    Apr 5, 2013, 10:51 AM EST

    Byron Scott, Tristan Thompson

    The Cavaliers are in their third season since losing LeBron James to the Heat, and Cleveland’s records – 19-63, 21-45 and now 22-52 – have fluctuated between various stages of bad. Byron Scott, who has coached the Cavaliers during this rebuild, doesn’t see that as a problem. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal: Scott…

  5. Byron Scott looks to be in a lot of trouble in Cleveland

    Apr 4, 2013, 6:45 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost 10 games in a row and look like a team that has thrown in the towel on the season. Well, not Kyrie Irving, but watch the Cavs play and they have the energy of a three-toed sloth. They got throttled by a Nets team Wednesday that was missing two starters.…

  6. Wednesday And-1 links: LeBron, Kobe among the most clutch in the league

    Apr 3, 2013, 6:35 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    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 Mark Cuban loves to tweak Phil Jackson…. • Does it really surprise you…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: The streak is dead, the Heat not so much…

    Apr 1, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

    350x-1

    Only two more power rankings after this, so we are starting to turn our view toward the playoffs. Which still feel like the Heat then everyone else. 1. Heat (58-15, last week ranked No. 1). A gutty performance by the Chicago Bulls ended the Heat win streak at 27. But that was a one-time performance,…

  8. Speculation starting in Cleveland about Byron Scott’s security

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:09 PM EST

    Byron Scott, Tristan Thompson

    Is Byron Scott doing enough with the Cleveland Cavaliers? Can you really tell with a roster that didn’t have a lot of talent and had to deal with injuries? The Cavaliers are not very good, not defensively (26th in NBA at 106.9 points per 100 possessions) and 20th in offense. They are on an eight-game…

  9. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks continue streaking, shorthanded Heat take care of Spurs

    Apr 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to avoid seeing the replay of Kevin Ware’s horrific injury in the Elite Eight. Heat 88, Spurs 86: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers all sat out of this one for Miami due to various injuries, but the Heat managed…

  10. Three Stars of the Night: Luol Deng looking playoff ready

    Apr 1, 2013, 12:30 AM EST

    Luol Deng

    Today there were some guys with really nice stat lines that just get an honorable mention. There was Paul Pierce (24 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists), who was one of the only Celtics to show up. For the Knicks Carmelo Anthony (24 points, 10 rebounds) had a good line but it was really Raymond Felton…

  11. Cavaliers get Kyrie Irving back Sunday against Hornets

    Mar 31, 2013, 7:30 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Kyrie Irving will return to the Cavaliers’ lineup against the Hornets, the team announced on Sunday. Irving has missed his tam’s last eight games with a shoulder injury, and despite Cleveland riding a seven game losing streak and already having been eliminated from playoff contention with just 11 regular season games remaining, the team is…

  12. Jeff Green’s game-winning layup completes Celtics comeback on Cavs (VIDEO)

    Mar 28, 2013, 9:28 AM EST

    Jeff Green, Paul Pierce

    Doc Rivers said before the game Wednesday he liked how consistently aggressive Jeff Green had been lately for the Celtics — that was always the thing with Green. His talent was never the question, but he could just blend into the background. With the Celtics needing someone to step up lately, he has. Including on…

  13. He’s not shut down, Kyrie Irving could return this season

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:46 PM EST

    Kyrie Irving

    At this point in the season, with most teams having about a dozen games to go, if a key player is injured on a struggling team, he is usually just shut down for the season. There is no reason to risk more injury for meaningless games. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving is out with a sore shoulder…

  14. Monday And-1 links: NBA Grateful Dead T-Shirts? Better than a “box of rain.”

    Mar 25, 2013, 5:18 PM EST

    Clippers GD

    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 I love fried chicken and waffles…. • I know what T-shirt Luke Walton…

  15. Randy Wittman (basically): I’m funny how, I mean, funny like I’m a clown?

    Mar 25, 2013, 3:39 PM EST

    Randy Wittman, Trevor Ariza, Nene

    One might say the Wizards, who started the season 40-12 and 4-28, were a bit of a circus. One probably shouldn’t say that to Washington coach Randy Wittman, though. J. Michael of CSNWashington.com: Coach Randy Wittman just went ballistic on a local TV reporter comparing franchise to a circus The exact question: “the circus was…

  16. LeBron’s return to Cleveland Tuesday sparks more crazy “return in 2014” speculation

    Mar 21, 2013, 2:15 AM EST

    A Cleveland Cavaliers fan interrupts play during their NBA basketball game against Miami Heat in Cleveland

    If you don’t think some Cavaliers fans are a little bit over the top about the slim possibility of LeBron James returning to Cleveland in 2014, you didn’t see the shirt of the guy who ran on the court in the fourth quarter Wednesday night of the Heat’s dramatic win in Cleveland. The fool disrupted…

  17. Heat, Cavaliers enter Twilight Zone; Miami emerges with 24th straight win. Barely.

    Mar 20, 2013, 11:03 PM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James reacts after being fouled during the Heats NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Strangest. Game. Ever… or at least this season. Rod Serling should have done the play-by-play. In the end, Miami escaped Cleveland with a 98-95 win that extends their winning streak to 24 games. That’s what the history books will show. But like life, this game was not about the results, it was about the journey.…

  18. Cavs’ rookie Waiters out week at least, may need surgery

    Mar 19, 2013, 7:32 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Waiters goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Boozer during the first half of their NBA game in Chicago, Illinois

    Someday the Cavaliers may have a dangerous backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, but we didn’t get to see much of it this year due to injury. The latest is Waiters, who had an MRI done on his left knee and loose fragments were found, reports the Associated Press. You didn’t exactly need to…

  19. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Refs make Nuggets/Bulls ending interesting

    Mar 19, 2013, 8:37 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls coach Thibodeau argues with referee Mauer during their NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Chicago

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wishing you were as well traveled as this dog… Heat 105, Celtics 103: This felt like a playoff game — it was chippy, emotional and the crowd was into it. Jeff Green took over for the Celtics with 43 points, giving the…

  20. Cavaliers’ Luke Walton to wear mask after broken nose

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EST

    Luke Walton

    If you haven’t seen a Cleveland Cavaliers game lately (and we can’t really blame you in you haven’t tuned in) you’ve missed Luke Walton playing well. In his last 10 games he’s averaged 20 minutes, four points and 5.5 assists per game. Walton was always a gifted passer for a forward (which is why he…

  21. NBA Power Rankings: Western teams jockey for position behind Heat.

    Mar 18, 2013, 3:26 PM EST

    Kings Heat Basketball

    It’s Miami and then everyone else right now — but notice the next six teams in our weekly power rankings are from the West. That’s because the play of the second tier teams in the East has fallen off (Indiana, New York, Brooklyn) 1. Heat (51-14, last week ranked No. 1). What kind of concerns…

  22. Wednesday And-1 links: Do the Hawks, Lakers struggles with playoff teams matter?

    Mar 13, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada intervenes as Kobe Bryant berates Metta World Peace for committing a foul during their NBA game in Los Angeles

    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 Jack Bauer loves danger (sorry, got sucked into a “24” rerun the other…

  23. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Celtics’ off night makes Bobcats look good

    Mar 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    bobcatsAP

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while checking out what porn stars look like without makeup… Heat 98, Hawks 81: If Tuesday night was any indication, the Hawks should want to win enough games from here on out to avoid slipping to the eighth seed and getting the Heat…

  24. Brandon Knight’s week gets worse, leaves game against Jazz with ankle sprain

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:03 PM EST

    Brandon Knight, Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd

    Brandon Knight seems like a nice enough guy, but perhaps that wasn’t the case in a previous life. It’s been a rough season for Knight, with Sunday night’s obliteration at the hands of DeAndre Jordan leading the list of events that haven’t exactly gone his way. Players will always take embarrassment over injury, however, so…

  25. Monday And-1 links: Should we be praising Brandon Knight for trying to make a play on DeAndre Jordan?

    Mar 11, 2013, 7:12 PM EST

    DeAndre Jordan, Brandon Knight

    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. • Brandon Knight became a trending joke on twitter after the Clippers DeAndre Jordan…

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