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

    Feb 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    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,…

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

    Feb 15, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT

    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…

  5. Andre Drummond named MVP of Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

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    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.…

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

    Feb 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 12, 2014, 3:09 AM EDT

    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,…

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

    Feb 11, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 11, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT

    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…

  14. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder stay on top, Bucks stay on bottom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    More and more I think Adam Silver’s first NBA Finals as commissioner will feature Indiana and Oklahoma City — which would be good basketball but not exactly Super Bowl ratings. Things can change, but those are the two best teams right now.   1 Thunder (41-12, Last Week No. 1). We gave been praising Kevin…

  15. Cavaliers’ interim GM says team will be buyers at trade deadline

    Feb 10, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

    David Griffin, Cavaliers

    The guy in the general manager’s chair may have changed but the directive from ownership has not: Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had laid out the playoffs as the goal. That may not happen this year — Cleveland is currently the 11 seed, four games out of the last playoff spot in the East. It…

  16. Sunday night NBA grades: It’s Kevin Durant’s world we just live in it

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:08 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Jeopardy to see what all the Arthur Chu fuss is about…. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. If you are going to win the MVP award you need a couple monster games on national television. Durant delivered that on Sunday — 41 points, 10…

  17. Report: There is little to no chance Luol Deng re-signs in Cleveland

    Feb 7, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    We already told you there were reports Luol Deng was dismayed at what he saw in Cleveland — as he should be. Of course, he came out and publicly denied this but what players say to the media when the mics are on and what they tell their friends are as different as what happened…

  18. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert gives Mike Brown a vote of confidence

    Feb 7, 2014, 11:36 AM EDT

    Mike Brown

    It’s really hard to envision Mike Brown being the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. If Knicks’ fans want to see a team that has really tuned out its coach, they should watch the Cavs — this is a bottom 10 offense and defense. While part of the issue is the talent on the…

  19. 2014 Rising Stars Challenge rosters set; Anthony Davis taken with first overall pick

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

    faried rising stars

    The Rising Stars Challenge kicks off the All-Star weekend festivities that Friday night, and features a mix of the game’s top rookies and sophomores competing in the exhibition. Teams used to be separated by seniority, which often times meant a blowout victory for the second-year players. But the league has since created a draft of…

  20. 2014 Three-Point Contest field features five All-Stars

    Feb 6, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Kyrie Irving will defend his title at the 2014 Three-Point Contest in New Orleans, and to win it for the second straight year he’ll have to beat a field that, at least on paper, appears to be pretty stacked. In addition to Irving, the east will be represented by Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal, and Joe Johnson.…

  21. Giannis Antetokounmpo to compete in Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Typically, rookies don’t get noticed. Typically, players from overseas need more time to build an American following. Typically, Milwaukee Bucks are ignored. Giannis Antetokounmpo is definitely atypical. “The Greek Freak” has wowed fans all season with his long arms, diverse skillset and outward happiness. He’s been so impressive, he’ll be competing in Skills Challenge –…

  22. It’s official: Cleveland Cavaliers fire GM Chris Grant

    Feb 6, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 2:07 p.m.: The Cleveland Cavaliers have confirmed the report, they have fired general manager Chris Grant. David Griffin, who had been an assistant to Grant, will step in as the interim GM. “This has been a very difficult period for the franchise,” Owner Dan Gilbert said in a released statement. “We have severely underperformed against…

  23. The Extra Pass: Central heat, plus Monday’s recaps

    Mike Brown

    No NBA head coach has been fired yet this season. Of course, “yet” is the key word there. Given the performances and the high expectations of a few teams in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division, that could be changing soon. Here’s a look at the tenuous positions of three coaches from that division, in order…

  24. Carlos Boozer not pleased with his frequent fourth-quarter benchings

    Feb 3, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau, Carlos Boozer

    Starting lineups get the most attention, and Carlos Boozer has started for the Bulls since signing with them in 2010. But closing lineups might be more important, and Boozer isn’t part of Chicago’s. He’s played just 117 fourth-quarter minutes all season – ninth on the team. In fact, he’s nearly as close to 12th-place Derrick…

  25. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Adam Silver signs the balls, Kevin Durant keeps shooting them

    Feb 3, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Brooklyn Nets

    A look at PBT’s power rankings show basically the only thing that really changed this week was the signature on the Spaulding balls — Adam Silver’s signature is in play. Aside that Durant has the Thunder on top and the Lakers continue fall like the lead balloon they are. 1. Thunder (38-11, Last Week No.…

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