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  1. Kyrie Irving scores 35 points, hits huge shots down the stretch to beat Thunder (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving

    The Cavaliers aren’t supposed to be able to take down a team like the Thunder. But when you have Kyrie Irving making shots like these down the stretch, anything is possible. Irving scored 35 points on the night, but 13 of those came in the final 2:52, with the game on the line and the…

  2. LeBron James, Tony Parker named conference players of the month

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:07 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    LeBron James and Tony Parker were named conference players of the month for games played in January, the league announced via official release. It was the third straight player of the month award for James, and for Parker, while his numbers weren’t necessarily dominant, he led his team to a Western Conference best record of…

  3. LeBron says stars that want to win need to sacrifice dollars

    Feb 1, 2013, 6:47 PM EST

    BKN-NBA-HEAT-NETS

    In the summer of 2014, LeBron James can and likely will opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat. And that has led to a raft of preparations and speculation about what’s next — the Lakers have cleared out enough cap space to offer a max deal that summer (even if they sign Dwight…

  4. Irving, Lillard lead selections for All-Star Rising Stars (rookie/sophomore game)

    Jan 30, 2013, 4:17 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Friday night of All-Star weekend is when the NBA likes to show off it’s future All-Stars. Or, at least the guys who seem like they are going to stick around the league for a while. It’s the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge — what the rest of us still call the rookie/sophomore game. Although for the…

  5. The Extra Pass: Drafting the Rookie-Sophomore Game

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Anthony Davis

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, Kurt Helin and I draft our Rookie-Sophomore teams. We love the idea of the Rookie-Sophomore game at All-Star Weekend being drafted by Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. We love it so…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Portland, Dallas end in a shootout

    Jan 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while spending way too much time on the Stacy King soundboard…. Lakers 111, Hornets 106: The renaissance of the Lakers offense continues — Kobe Bryant had 11 assists, Dwight Howard rolled to the rim for 24 and the Lakers played beautiful basketball. But…

  7. UPDATED: Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes out for Warriors Tuesday

    Jan 29, 2013, 5:49 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry bites a mouth piece during the first quarter of his NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland

    UPDATE 5:49 pm: Warriors coach Mark Jackson met with the media and said that Stephen Curry and, as expected, Andrew Bogut were out for Golden State on Tuesday in Cleveland, tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio. Harrison Barnes, who had a mild calf tweak, also is out, Jackson said. That’s a lot of bodies…

  8. Tuesday And-1 links: Set your DVRs, next week is “NBA Week” on Wheel of Fortune

    Jan 29, 2013, 3:55 PM EST

    Grant Hill_WOF

    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 Bobby Flay loves a chipotle pepper. • Finally, something NBA related you can…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs back in the saddle again

    Jan 28, 2013, 4:29 PM EST

    Tony Parker

    You know the consistently good Spurs are going to climb into the top spot a couple times during the season. The top four remain the same but we see some teams fall farther down the list while teams like the Wizards and Hornets climb. 1. Spurs (36-11, last week ranked No. 2). They have won…

  10. So who gets Rajon Rondo’s All-Star slot?

    Jan 28, 2013, 8:29 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Houston Rockets

    Don’t we all just love it when David Stern and the league office get to put their fingerprints all over the All-Star Game? But with Rajon Rondo now out with a torn ACL in his right knee, it falls to Stern to make changes to the East roster for the Feb. 17 game in Houston.…

  11. Kyrie Irving hits the game-winner to send Cavs past Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2013, 10:12 PM EST

    Omri Casspi; Kyrie Irving

    Let’s just get this out of the way right now — that was absolutely horrible defense by the Raptors. Kyrie Irving hit the game-winning shot from three-point distance with just 0.7 seconds remaining to give his Cavaliers the 99-98 victory in Toronto. The win was Cleveland’s third straight and fourth in its last five games.…

  12. Stephen Curry heads list of NBA All-Star Game snubs

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:21 PM EST

    Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry, sorry. It sucks. Every year there are a couple of guys right on the bubble, guys you can argue should have made the NBA All-Star Game as reserves voted in by the coaches, but didn’t make the cut. (If you have a problem with the starters, blame yourself — the fans vote those…

  13. 2013 NBA All-Star reserves announced

    Jan 24, 2013, 7:39 PM EST

    East All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat (L)  battles West All-Star Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder

    The 2013 NBA All-Star reserves were announced Thursday, and while there will always be a few players who fans will argue should have made it, it’s tough to disagree with the ones the coaches selected. In the Western Conference, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden were the guards selected, and big men Tim Duncan,…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kyrie Irving outduels Rajon Rondo

    Jan 23, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving, Avery Bradley

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while waiting five days for that goat cheese fire to butn itself out… Thunder 109, Clippers 98: This was a four-point game at the half, then Kevin Durant happened. The Clippers were without their star in Chris Paul — bruised knee — but…

  15. Watch Kyrie Irving drop 40 on the Celtics (VIDEO)

    Jan 23, 2013, 8:06 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    I know he missed a chunk of the season, but watch this game and tell me Kyrie Irving doesn’t deserve to be an All-Star. Irving was the best player on the court when the Cavaliers took on the Celtics and he won Cleveland that game with a variety of shots — driving layups, pull-up midrange…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: A couple All-Stars and an Ilyasova

    Jan 23, 2013, 2:57 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving, Avery Bradley

    Sometimes you watch a game and a certain player just jumps off the screen at you. These were the three who did that for me on Tuesday. And yes, I know that Kyrie Irving has not yet been named an All-Star, but I think that changes Thursday. He’s going to get Doc Rivers vote. Third…

  17. Cavaliers, Grizzlies trade Speights and Selby for Leuer

    Jan 22, 2013, 9:08 AM EST

    Marreese Speights

    Memphis has been looking for a way to get under the luxury tax line for this season — they may have just found it without shipping Rudy Gay out the door. Brian Windhorst of ESPN broke news of a trade that could benefit both teams on twitter, then Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports confirmed it…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Clippers back on top, showdown with Thunder Tuesday

    Jan 21, 2013, 3:46 PM EST

    BKN-CLIPPERS-WIZARDS

    No change in the top four teams, but really it feels like right now there is a top three teams with the Heat capable of being that good but not really choosing to all the time. 1. Clippers (32-9, last week ranked No. 2). Chris Paul sits out three games, Eric Bledsoe steps in and…

  19. Anderson Varejao develops blood clot, now out for season

    Jan 21, 2013, 11:21 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The hits just keep on coming for the Cleveland Cavaliers. First it was Kyrie Irving missing the first third of the season, now this. Anderson Varejao, the Cavaliers big man who was playing at an All-Star level (14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds a game), had knee surgery a couple weeks ago that was expected to…

  20. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Situations (Northwest Division)

    Jan 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at potential homes for players on the trading block.  Here’s a look at the trade situations for every team in the Northwest Division: Oklahoma City Thunder: 32-9, 1st in Northwest…

  21. Brandon Jennings doesn’t like his All-Star chances

    Jan 19, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Brandon Jennings, Ben Uzoh

    PHOENIX — Brandon Jennings, and to a lesser extent, Monta Ellis, are on the bubble in terms of potential players who could be named to the All-Star team as a reserve. We discussed this on the podcast this week — once you get past Kyrie Irving, there really aren’t any locks to make the team…

  22. The Extra Pass: Rookie Report

    Jan 18, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we ask you to put down your TPS report and pick up the Rookie Report: Since we’re near the halfway point of the season, it’s time to revisit the rookie class…

  23. These guys should be the NBA All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:30 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook drives by San Antonio Spurs' Parker during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    The fans have done their job — you all picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. And well done. While I could quibble with a choice I might have made differently, there are no egregious errors (read: Jeremy Lin is not a starter). Now it falls to the coaches to pick the seven reserves for each…

  24. Kyrie Irving spin move leaves Lillard looking lost (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving

    Hey rookie, welcome to the NBA. Damian Lillard is having about as good a rookie year as one could hope, although defense has not exactly been his strong side of the ball. To put it kindly. But this isn’t fair, because Kyrie Irving abuses a lot of people and makes them look bad. The rookie…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out, the Heat and Thunder are pretty good

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Durant shoots against Denver Nuggets defenders Randolph and Brewer in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while having to deal with all the people knocking on your door asking for their lost cell phones…. Heat 92, Warriors 75: As it has been with the Heat all season long, when they are focused and defend they destroy teams. Especially teams…

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