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  1. Too much Dirk Nowitzki in overtime lifts Mavericks over Thunder

    Mar 26, 2014, 12:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks

    When Kevin Durant is putting on the kind of show that will win him the MVP award, as he was doing Tuesday night, the Thunder are very hard to beat. Dallas did just that though. They did it behind a vintage night from Dirk Nowitzki (well, except he continued to struggle from three going 2-of-8),…

  2. Tuesday And-1 Links: Dwyane Wade to play vs. Pacers

    Mar 25, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    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. • Dwyane Wade is expected to play Wednesday night in the Heat/Pacers showdown, meaning…

  3. Tony Parker out vs. Sixers Monday… I still like Spurs’ chances

    Mar 24, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    San Antonio has won 13 games in a row. Philadelphia has lost 24 games in a row. Tony Parker sitting out for the Spurs Monday night isn’t going to change the outcome of this game. And he is sitting this one out, coach Gregg Popovich made official. Injury report: Spurs guard Tony Parker (soreness, left…

  4. Wednesday NBA grades: Love, Rubio play like they should stay together

    Mar 20, 2014, 3:29 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love work well together lifting Timberwolves past Mavericks. Also, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks just keep on rolling.

  5. Mark Cuban chides Dirk Nowitzki for napping through games

    Mar 18, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    David Lee, Dirk Nowitzki

    Not that Dirk is having a great season or anything.

  6. The Extra Pass: This season’s record number of threes is just the start

    Mar 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    One in four shots in an NBA Game this season has been a three. That number is only going to go up.

  7. Sunday NBA grades: Golden State’s Curry, Thompson put on a show

    Mar 17, 2014, 2:57 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching the King of the Hill/True Detective mashup… Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors. Early in the third quarter Houston took an 18 point lead over Golden State and seemed to be in complete control. Then the shots from Warriors backcourt started to…

  8. The Extra Pass: Talking “Summer Dreams” with producer of Summer League documentary

    Mar 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    I’m a big fan of the NFL/HBO series “Hard Knocks,” which each year follows a team through training camp and the drama of season-ending injuries and the cut downs — guys are playing for their livelihood and there is inherent drama in that. It’s great television. But thanks to guaranteed contracts you can’t do the…

  9. Monta Ellis throws some trick shots in his pregame routine (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    NBA guys break out trick shots at practice all the time. Not so much during pregame warmups. Except for Dallas’ Monta Ellis, who practiced some free throws with his eyes closed, and a no-look over-his-head corner three. And nailed it. Maybe he should have broke them out during the game in Golden State Tuesday night…

  10. Blazers’ Nicolas Batum suffers nasal contusion

    Mar 8, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Portland Trail Blazers

    UPDATE 6:20 p.m.: Batum’s nose is not broken after all, according to an updated CSNNW.com report. It’s being called a nasal contusion, and it hasn’t yet been determined if it will require a protective mask. 4:30 p.m.: Well, we know he can’t wear a black mask to protect his face going forward. Portland’s starting swingman…

  11. Is Carmelo Anthony’s smart play to opt in and play out contract with Knicks?

    Mar 7, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks vs Miami Heat

    According to every reliable source, Carmelo Anthony is going to opt out of the final year of his contract this season and look either to re-sign a five-year deal with the Knicks or move on to another team to be part of a contender. If Anthony wants to jump ship and go somewhere like oft-mentioned…

  12. Kings sign Royce White to 10-day contract, assign him to D-League

    Mar 6, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

    Royce White

    We told you last week to expect this and now it is a reality: Royce White is now a member of the Sacramento Kings. The Kings announced Wednesday the signing of White to a 10-day contract. He was immediately assigned to the Kings D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns. White was the No. 22 pick of the…

  13. Report: Carmelo Anthony’s camp doesn’t want to wait for 2015 Knicks rebuild

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    Every player says it. Carmelo Anthony is saying it. It’s is some variant of “I’m not about the money, I’m about winning.” Then the money goes on the table and it’s all about the money. That’s the choice facing Carmelo Anthony this summer — a big payday from the Knicks and trust them to rebuild…

  14. The Extra Pass: Talking “Showtime” Lakers with author Jeff Pearlman

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pat Riley and Magic Johnson Game Portrait

    Honestly, most sports books blow. I can’t read them. Jeff Pearlman’s books — “Sweetness,” “The Bad Guys Won!” and “Boys Will Be Boys” — are the exception. The former Sports Illustrated columnist (remember he wrote the legendary John Rocker story for the magazine) combines tireless research and great storytelling. It’s just great writing. His latest…

  15. Dirk Nowitzki does his Arnold Schwarzenegger impression (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

    Arnold Schwarzenegger In 'Eraser'

    If you think just because Dirk Nowitzki comes from a neighboring country that Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki would do a really good Arnold Schwarzenegger impression… Decide for yourself. I think mine is that good. No, it’s not the most serious thing of the day. But it’s pretty funny so we pass it along.

  16. Monday night NBA grades: Masked LeBron James is a bad mutha (Shut your mouth)

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:37 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Lionel Messi be Lionel Messi…. Masked LeBron James, Miami Heat. The rest of the teams may petition the NBA asking that LeBron not be allowed to wear any mask again. In the three games since coming back and wearing a mask he is…

  17. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Miami putting its foot down on the gas

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    The PBT power rankings have returned with not a lot of change from last week — Miami, Indiana, San Antonio and Oklahoma City are the top four (in whatever order you wish) then there is a gap to the Clippers, Rockets and teams trying to knock on that door. Meanwhile the Sixers look like they…

  18. The Extra Pass: Recapping the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    adam silver sloan

    The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was held in Boston this past weekend, the eighth in an annual series intended to bring the sports world and the advanced statistics community together to discuss common areas where the two fields can share and benefit from an increasingly abundant amount of raw data that measures athletes performing…

  19. Tony Parker returns, Spurs look vintage in knocking off Dallas. Again.

    Mar 2, 2014, 10:33 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs

    Tony Parker was back for his first game since the All-Star Game and scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting and that is going to be the big story out of the Spurs win over Dallas Sunday night. And it should be. The Spurs are finally healthy as a team and we may finally get a…

  20. Daryl Morey says he called Mark Cuban last summer asking to trade for Dirk Nowitzki

    Mar 1, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    BOSTON – Rockets general manager Daryl Morey appeared on a panel with Warriors general manager Bob Myers on Friday, as part of a negotiation discussion at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The two GMs were extremely open in detailing their perceived shortcomings and missteps in their personal negotiation processes, and one of the…

  21. Pelicans’ Anthony Davis leaves game with sprained shoulder (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    New Orleans at Dallas

    It doesn’t look that severe or harsh as it happens, but New Orleans’ face-of-the-franchise young big man Anthony Davis sprained his left shoulder with 4:13 left in the first half of the Pelicans loss Wednesday night to Dallas. He did not return for the second half.  The team described it as a sprain. He was…

  22. Vince Carter not bothered by J.R. Smith’s headband antics

    Feb 26, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

    vince carter motorcycle celebration

    At one point in Monday night’s close contest between the Knicks and the Mavericks, J.R. Smith was apparently tired of seeing Vince Carter rain in shot after shot from three-point distance, and was willing to try anything to distract him. That included, of course, messing with Carter’s headband during a stoppage in play. All by…

  23. The Extra Pass: Carmelo Anthony calls his string of stellar performances ‘pointless’ after latest crushing loss

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    NEW YORK – The Knicks seem intent on finding new ways to lose basketball games, the most recent one coming in crushing fashion Monday night at the buzzer against the Mavericks. But the constant losing and the team’s abysmal record truly have nothing to do with Carmelo Anthony. Dallas gave back all of an eight-point…

  24. Monday night NBA grades: The yin and yang of Sixers, Knicks

    Feb 25, 2014, 2:11 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks  v Philadelphia 76ers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while mourning the loss of Harold Ramis (RIP)….. Philadelphia 76ers on the court. My. Lord. They. Are. Terrible. The Sixers have lost 11 in a row after getting just routed by the Milwaukee Bucks 130-110. That would be the 11-win Milwaukee Bucks, which shot 57.1…

  25. J.R. Smith plays with Vince Carter’s headband during game (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Well, at least he didn’t untie his shoelaces. Early in the fourth quarter of the Mavericks taking on the Knicks Monday night, J.R. Smith decided to just knock Vince Carter‘s headband down over his eye. The best is Carter’s look of “what is this, third grade?” But it also works, notice Carter spends most of…

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