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  1. And so the LeBron returns to Cleveland in 2014 speculation begins…

    Feb 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    LeBron James Cavaliers

    This has been a buzz around some NBA circles for little while now, but it’s starting to leak into the mainstream. First it was my friend T.J. Carpenter (radio host at ESPN’s WHB Radio in Kanas city), who plays for me a clip of one journalist quoting an off-the-record remark from Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins…

  2. PBT’s trade deadline tracker — up to minute news, analysis

    Feb 21, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Trade deadline day in the NBA can be ridiculously hard to keep up with as reality and rumor collide. We understand. That’s why we’re here to help. This is our trade deadline day deal tracker — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. Plus you get our thoughts…

  3. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: James Harden reminds Thunder he’s good

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:41 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were calling 9-1-1 then asking police to bring you some cigarettes…. Lakers 113, Celtics 99: Dwight Howard played maybe his best game as a Laker and was a force on defense, Steve Nash was carving up the defense and making passes…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: Harden’s Revenge Game

    Feb 21, 2013, 2:30 AM EST

    James Harden

    On a night where trade talk dominated the news, James Harden served up a reminder that there’s an awful lot that must be considered when making a deal. Who knows how much it mattered to Oklahoma City at the time, but trading James Harden to a perennially competitive Western Conference foe badly in need of such…

  5. Tuesday And-1 Links: Kevin Garnett doing yoga. He’s centered.

    Feb 19, 2013, 7:11 PM EST

    Celtics forward Garnett grins after a jump shot in the closing minutes in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    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. • We open with Kevin Garnett doing yoga. • Great stuff from before the…

  6. Detroit made its big trade already, don’t expect another

    Feb 19, 2013, 10:57 AM EST

    Jose Calderon

    The Detroit Pistons have made a big move — Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye are out, Jose Calderon is in (part of the three team Rudy Gay trade). So as the trade deadline approaches, Pistons fans shouldn’t expect another big move, reports the Detroit Free Press. One source even said: “You have already had the…

  7. Fear of tax may make this slower-than-usual trade deadline

    Feb 19, 2013, 7:59 AM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Phoenix Suns

    All-Star weekend usually signals the official start of a frenzied week of rumors and eventually trades in the NBA. Everybody is in town — this year Houston — and general managers are talking face-to-face rather than texting and by Tuesday trades are picking up steam. But maybe not this year. If there was a buzz…

  8. Chris Paul wins MVP of 2013 NBA All-Star game

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:43 AM EST

    NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers holds up the MVP trophy after the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — Chris Paul took home the MVP trophy from the 2013 All-Star game, as he led the West to a 143-138 win in the NBA’s midseason exhibition, and did so in a contest that was close and competitive down the stretch. The award often times goes to the player who scores the most points…

  9. PBT’s All-Star Game live blog

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:29 PM EST

    All Star Game 2013 Houston logo

    HOUSTON — Enough with the preliminaries — especially the pregame Ke$ha concert — let’s get on with the real show. Time for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. We’ve got this show covered for you. First, over on the mothership NBC site is a running log of everything tweeted by myself, PBT’s Brett Pollakoff, as well…

  10. Kyrie Irving, Cavs young players are an optimistic group

    Feb 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    East All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the three-point contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    When the microphones were turned off at one media session this week, one All-Star player (not from the East) wanted to talk about Kyrie Irving. He said he and other players were talking and think in three years he’ll be the best point guard in the NBA. It’s hard to argue — his game has…

  11. Watch Kyrie Irving make 17 of his first 18 attempts in final round of 3-point contest (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    At one point during the 3-point contest I thought to myself, “You know what? I could probably do that. I’ve hit five in a row before. Yeah, I could totally do that.” Then Kyrie Irving had his turn, and I felt pretty stupid for thinking those thoughts. Irving put on one of the most impressive…

  12. Kyrie Irving wins 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Feb 16, 2013, 11:49 PM EST

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    HOUSTON — Kyrie Irving is your 2013 Three-Point Contest champion, besting Matt Bonner in the final round by a score of 23-20 to take home the title. “It feels good,” Irving said afterward. “Add it to the résumé. MVP for Rising Stars, and now Three‑Point Shoot Out champion.” The first round featured largely mediocre performances,…

  13. Ricky Rubio with some ridiculous highlights from the Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Timberwolves Rubio is guarded by Portland Trail Blazers Lillard during the first half of the NBA BBVA Rising Star Challenge basketball game in Houston

    Kenneth Faried may have won the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, and Kyrie Irving may have stolen the show. But Ricky Rubio had some impressive highlights of his own during the game that definitely deserve to be noticed. The brilliance in this clip’s first highlight doesn’t seem to be recognized by either…

  14. Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight go at each other late in Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:54 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013

    HOUSTON — Kenneth Faried was the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge at the Toyota Center in Houston on Friday, finishing with a game-high 40 points while his Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 163-135. But Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight stole the show. Late in the game with a little over five minutes remaining, Irving and…

  15. Kenneth Faried hustles his way to Rising Stars MVP (and win)

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:53 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets Faried goes in for a dunk during the NBA BBVA Rising Star Challenge basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — Kenneth Faried gets minutes in the NBA because he works harder than everyone else on the court. He is pure energy and hustle. There is no half speed, it’s all-out every play. Even in the BBVA Rising Star exhibition game on the Friday Night of All-Star weekend. Which is why the Nuggets forward…

  16. Bledsoe, Thompson, lots of young stars idolize Vince Carter

    Feb 15, 2013, 3:54 PM EST

    Vince Carter Raptors

    HOUSTON — When NBA All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest participant Eric Bledsoe was asked about his favorite dunk contest dunk he didn’t hesitate. “I think that dunk contest where Vince Carter did the 360,” Bledsoe said. That same answer came up over and over with young players — to them the legend of Michael Jordan or…

  17. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Break up the Raptors, that’s four straight wins

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:35 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Johnson and Gay defend New York Knicks' Stoudemire during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at toys you can buy that would traumatize your child…. Celtics 71, Bulls 69: Man this game was ugly. You knew it was going to be low scoring — two defensive minded teams both missing the point guard that stirs their…

  18. Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning corner three to beat Cavaliers (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 1:37 AM EST

    Kawhi Leonard, Dion Waiters

    This is what the Spurs do — make a mistake and you pay the price. Down two with 8 seconds left in Cleveland, Tony Parker gets the ball out top and drives the lane. If you don’t take that away from him one of the best point guards in the game will tie it up.…

  19. Could Nerlens Noel’s injury shake up the NBA draft? Not really.

    Feb 13, 2013, 2:01 PM EST

    Nerlens Noel

    UPDATE 2:01 pm: The word is in and Nerlens Noel has a torn ACL for which he will have surgery in the next few weeks. The X-rays were negative and there doesn’t seem to be other damage. Expect him to miss six to eight months. Which really sucks for Kentucky. But it’s not going to impact…

  20. Tuesday And-1 links: How good can Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson be together?

    Feb 12, 2013, 6:15 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    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 you love Girl Scout thin mint cookies. • Charles Barkley says that Stephen…

  21. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Bobcats, Sessions end Celtics winning streak

    Feb 12, 2013, 8:36 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at some really uncomfortable Valentines Day photos…. Bobcats 94, Celtics 91: A Celtics team on the second night of a back-to-back where the first game went three overtimes ran into a Bobcats that doesn’t have a lot going for it but…

  22. NBA Power Rankings: Finals rematch Thursday could be finals preview

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Finally, here are the delayed regular Monday PBT NBA power rankings. We said this a lot during the NBA finals last year — if we see the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in three of the next five NBA finals it shouldn’t be a shock. This season looks more and more like…

  23. Cavs’ Varejao says he’s lucky to be alive after blood clot surgery

    Feb 11, 2013, 12:37 PM EST

    Anderson Varejao

    If he had not needed surgery, Anderson Varejao would be packing his bags for Houston and the All-Star Game right now. Nobody was noticing because nobody was watching Cavaliers games before Kyrie Irving got back, but Varejao was averaging better than 14 points and 14 rebounds a game with a PER of 21.8. But what…

  24. Rosters set for 2013 Rising Stars game on All-Star Friday featuring rookies and sophomores

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:38 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The rosters have been set for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, the game featuring the league’s top rookies and sophomores that will kick off the All-Star weekend festivities on Friday, Feb. 15. Teams were drafted from the pool of available players by TNT analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, with Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio and Sacramento’s…

  25. 2013 All-Star Three-Point Contest participants announced

    Feb 7, 2013, 7:42 PM EST

    Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis

    The participants for the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest that will take place as the penultimate event of All-Star Saturday have been announced, and as usual, some of the league’s best shooters make up the field of six. Representing the East we have Paul George of the Pacers, Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers, and Steve…

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