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  1. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  2. Cavaliers couldn’t inbound ball with chance to tie game

    Jan 21, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    Should have slid this into our nightly NBA Grades post and thrown an “F” at Cleveland. It was a long shot anyway, Monday night Cleveland was down three with 2.8 seconds left and they were going to need a fantastic three just to send the game to OT, Dallas knew it and would defend the…

  3. The Extra Pass: Why the Knicks are starved offensively; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    As the New York Knicks were serenaded with a mix of boos and chants of “Brooklyn! Brooklyn!” at Madison Square Garden during an embarrassing 23 point home loss to the Nets, it felt like rock bottom. Again. For about the seventh time. That’s the thing about the Knicks this season. When it looks like it…

  4. MLK Day NBA: Live updates, highlights and recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

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    The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is one traditionally well-celebrated in the NBA. Today features a 10-game slate, and we’ll provide live updates, highlights and recaps here as the day goes on. 1:15 a.m. ET Tuesday: Pacers 102, Warriors 94 (FINAL): The second half of this game felt like a playoff game, down to the…

  5. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At season midway Pacers, Portland on top (not exactly Stern’s dream finals)

    Jan 20, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    We’re at the midway point in the NBA season and the Indiana Pacers sit on top of the ProBasketballTalk NBA power rankings — we knew they’d be good but they have been better in the regular season than expected. Portland is second, and that is a surprise, but also a team on a win streak.…

  6. Cleveland Cavaliers beat writers try, survive cryotherapy

    Jan 20, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    NBA players are increasingly using cryotherapy, but to most of us, the actual process is a mystery. All I knew, thanks to the pain and suffering of Manny Harris, is not to wear wet socks during treatment. Otherwise, I was at a loss. But while covering the Cleveland Cavaliers on the West Coast, Mary Schmitt…

  7. Luol Deng on his defense with the Cleveland Cavaliers: ‘I’m putting the team in bad situations’

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

    Wesley Matthews, Luol Deng

    Luol Deng joined the Cleveland Cavaliers just in time for a four-game Western Conference road trip, which ends tonight in Denver. The Cavaliers have gone 2-2 so far, a stellar mark for a team that was 12-23 prior. Deng is clearly finding his stride offensively. In the last two games, a loss to the Portland…

  8. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Eastern Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The 2013-14 All-Star game in New Orleans is still 30 days away, but the starters will be announced January 23rd and the reserves will follow on January 30th. There’s only a few days of voting left, and since I’m not good with hashtags or 140 character limits or following directions, I thought I’d put my…

  9. The Extra Pass: Vince Carter had a front row seat for the “Miracle on Hudson” plane crash

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    US Airways Passenger Jet Crashes Into Hudson River By NYC

    LOS ANGELES — “They have to be shooting a movie or something.” That was Vince Carter’s first thought. Five years ago yesterday, the morning of Jan. 15, 2009, Carter woke up in the bedroom of his home in Edgewater New Jersey, and was lazily sitting on his bed just looking out the window of his…

  10. Lance Stephenson’s alter ego “Sir Lancelot” wants you to vote for his man for All-Star Game (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Sir Lancelot is emphatic. If nothing else. A lot of players have gone to the Web with attempts at viral videos to get you to vote for them for the All-Star Game (Ty Lawson in Denver was the latest) but most are about as funny as Carrot Top. Lance Stephenson hit it out of the…

  11. Report: Warriors add Jordan Crawford for guard depth in three-team trade with Celtics, Heat

    Jan 15, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Jordan Crawford goes up for the jump shot in front of Toronto Raptors John Lucas III in Toronto

    Golden State has been looking to add depth behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson all season — the offense has been down just slightly this season, and Warriors missed the spark Jarrett Jack brought off the bench last season (not to mention wanting to get Curry some reduced minutes in the second half of the…

  12. The Extra Pass: The best possible nickname jerseys; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Jan 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    If you missed it last week, the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets played with nicknames on the back of their jerseys instead of their last names. Once I was able to shush the crotchety old man that sometimes takes over my brain, I really enjoyed it. Ray Allen‘s “J. Shuttlesworth” jersey, a nod to his…

  13. Monday night NBA grades: Jefferson, Cousins with big nights against good defenders

    Jan 15, 2014, 2:59 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while having another coffee but just to help your memory…. Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats. He made every Knicks front line player look bad — you’d think Tyson Chandler had never seen a pump fake before. Once Jefferson got his post moves going (he was 8-of-10…

  14. Tuesday And-1 Links: Family Feud fans think Shaq is second best player ever

    Jan 14, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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    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. • That photo you see to the right (courtesy The Big Lead) is from…

  15. Report: Cavs players growing more frustrated with Dion Waiters

    Jan 13, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT

    dion waiters

    When a team loses by more than 40 points, it’s rarely only a product of the available talent on the floor. It’s usually a sign of deeper trouble going on within a given team’s ranks. The Cavaliers found themselves in this situation on Sunday, losing by 44 points in Sacramento in a game where Kyrie…

  16. Andrew Bynum learning the market for his services isn’t that strong

    Jan 13, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum missed all of last season in Philadelphia — well, basketball season, he got some bowling in. He got into 24 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season but saw his minutes dwindle as he is shooting just 41.9 percent and his rebounding percentage dropped. He was average on the court, at best. Combine…

  17. Isaiah Thomas has big night, drops 26 on Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving (VIDEO)

    Jan 13, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

    Utah at Sacramento

    Isaiah Thomas the starting point guard may have had the best night yet in that role for the Kings Sunday. Going against a Cavaliers team that had played a couple good games in a row since the Luol Deng trade, Sacramento completely dismantled Cleveland, especially in the second half (winning by 44) and Thomas was…

  18. Report: Cavs may hold off on contract talks with Luol Deng in hopes of pursuing LeBron James

    Jan 13, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    LeBron James Cavaliers

    When the Cavaliers ridded themselves of an unhappy Andrew Bynum and traded for Luol Deng, it was a short-term decision aimed at helping the team compete for a playoff spot in the miserable Eastern Conference this season. Deng is an unrestricted free agent this summer, so the deal amounts to nothing more than a half-season…

  19. The Extra Pass: Klay Thompson’s interesting statistical season; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 13, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    Stephen Curry gets most of the headlines, and he earns them. Just remove Andre Iguodala from the rotation and the Warriors become pedestrian (as we have seen). Andrew Bogut anchors it all down. However we shouldn’t leave Klay Thompson off the list. When you start to look at the Sports VU camera data from the…

  20. Sunday night NBA grades: Giving “A” grades to point guards

    Jan 13, 2014, 1:39 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Sacramento Kings

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while you were wondering exactly how a guy gets high of cans of dust cleaner… Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings. He just completely outplayed All-Star starting point guard in the East this year Kyrie Irving. No, this doesn’t mean Thomas is better than Irving overall, even…

  21. Report: Pacers become latest team to express interest in Andrew Bynum

    Jan 12, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    When Andrew Bynum was traded from the Cavaliers to the Bulls and then immediately waived in a move to shed salary, several teams, including the Miami Heat, reportedly expressed initial interest in acquiring his services. The East is unquestionably going to come down to a battle between the Heat and the Pacers, so Indiana must…

  22. Andrew Bynum clears waivers, is officially a free agent

    Jan 9, 2014, 8:06 PM EDT

    Bynum Cavaliers

    As of 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Andrew Bynum has cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent. A quick reminder of how we got here — Bynum was suspended by the Cavaliers for “conduct detrimental to the team,” a short-term solution while they attempted to trade him before his contract would become fully guaranteed…

  23. Stephen Curry moves past Chris Paul as starter in latest NBA All-Star balloting

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    We can take Chris Paul’s brilliance as a point guard for granted because he’s the guy throwing the lobs, not the guy finishing the highlight play. Paul can score and take over a game, but his mastery of the point guard play is subtler than that — he takes over games by dictating flow and…

  24. Luol Deng says Bulls made take-it-or-leave-it offer, he did not ask for $15 million

    Jan 8, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    How badly did the Chicago Bulls really want to keep Luol Deng? The two sides couldn’t reach an agreement on an extension last summer. It had been reported since Deng was traded to Cleveland for Andrew Bynum that the Bulls had made a last ditched take-it-or-leave-it offer to their All-Star small forward and he turned…

  25. PBT Extra: Fallout from Bynum/Deng trade for Bulls, Cavaliers and Bynum himself

    Jan 8, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Chicago Bulls

    It’s been the talk of the NBA and it’s the talk of the latest PBT Extra — the Cavaliers/Bulls trade of Andrew Bynum for Luol Deng. Kay Adams asks me what a lot of people have — is this it for Bynum in the NBA? No, not in the least, but how much he gets…

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