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  1. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

  2. Wednesday night NBA grades: Dwight Howard looks like guy Rockets thought they signed

    Feb 6, 2014, 3:58 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering why anyone would live in a dumpster for a year, voluntarily…  Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets. The NBA game is in large part about exploiting mismatches. With all due respect to the solid season Miles Plumlee is having, him trying to cover Dwight Howard…

  3. 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…

  4. Shawn Marion would like to see age limit raised in league. And no salary cap.

    Feb 3, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors

    If you wonder why there is an age limit on players entering the NBA, it’s because the veterans aren’t all that concerned about those young players coming to take their jobs. It comes up again because 35-year-old Shawn Marion was asked if he had any advice for incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and he threw…

  5. The Extra Pass: Which non-All-Stars will make an All-NBA team?

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    All-Star selections have become the de facto measure of good seasons, even though they’re really only the measure of good half seasons and rely on a gerrymandered system that splits players by conference. But All-NBA teams – which evaluate a full year and aren’t split by conference – are a better metric for good seasons. In the last…

  6. Lance Stephenson leads list of three biggest All-Star Game snubs from each conference

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    There are only 12 All-Star Game roster slots per conference, and there are more than 12 deserving players. Somebody is going to be left off — we like to call it a snub, but most of the time it’s more like splitting hairs between good players. You pull on of these guys off the coach’s…

  7. John Wall, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard lead NBA All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    The fans had their say last week naming the NBA starters. This week coaches have their say getting to vote in the All-Star reserves — seven from each conference. Next the fun part comes, picking out who got snubbed. The reserves are voted on by the coaches (who only vote in their own conference and…

  8. Dirk Nowitzki reaches 26,000 points in career (VIDEO)

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    Dirk Nowitzki is going to go down as one of the great scorers in NBA history — a 7-footer with a high release that was unblockable, a guy who could score at the rim or bury the three ball. And his one-legged fadeaway was unstoppable. Wednesday night he passed the 26,000 point mark in his…

  9. Doc Rivers lobbied other coaches to vote DeAndre Jordan an All-Star. It won’t be enough.

    Jan 30, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Boston Celtics

    Later on Thursday the NBA All-Star Game reserves will be announced — and in the Western Conference frontcourt a couple deserving guys will get snubbed. The fans voted in Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love as the starters. There likely will be four (maybe five) front court replacement players from a group including LaMarcus…

  10. PBT Extra: PBT does its own Rising Stars Challenge draft; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The NBA announced the field for the Rising Stars Challenge, but the teams won’t be selected until next week. A sucker for any opportunity to hold a mock draft, I enlisted Kurt into holding our own. We followed the same positional rules whoever picks the teams on TNT next Thursday – the general managers have yet to…

  11. Wednesday And-1 links: Sacramento’s new arena is going to be special

    Jan 29, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

    kings building

    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. • Some architectural renderings of the new arena in Sacramento have been released, and…

  12. Don Nelson: ‘I can’t believe that Dallas isn’t getting more free agents’

    Jan 29, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Just two years ago, the Dallas Mavericks were dreaming of adding Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. But Dallas struck out on both, Williams re-signing with the Nets and Howard joining the Rockets. Instead, the Mavericks – who play in a state without an income tax, haven’t had a losing season since 2000 and have one…

  13. Andre Drummond benched twice in loss to Dallas Mavericks, doesn’t want to talk about it

    Jan 27, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    How much can an NBA player really screw up in the first 11 seconds of a half? In Andre Drummond’s case, enough to cause Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks to bench him. On the Pistons first play of the second half in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, Drummond set a ball screen…

  14. Steven Adams exactly the player, personality Oklahoma City Thunder need him to be

    Jan 27, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    BOSTON – Steven Adams arrived at Notre Dame Prep, as his first American coach put it, “with a guitar and a knapsack.” Ryan Hurd, who coaches the Massachusetts basketball powerhouse, knew his team needed a center, and the highly touted Adams certainly was one. Otherwise, Hurd didn’t know what to expect from Adams, a mid-year…

  15. The Extra Pass: Kobe’s thoughts on Carmelo Anthony to L.A. speculation, plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    by Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – When Carmelo Anthony scored a jaw-dropping 62 points in a win over the Bobcats on Friday, he didn’t just set a Knicks franchise record. He took something that belonged to Kobe Bryant. The Madison Square Garden arena record, since the building opened its fourth incarnation in 1968, was set…

  16. Terrence Ross scores 51 points, making Raptors and NBA history

    Jan 26, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jonas Valanciunas; DeAndre Jordan; Jamal Crawford

    Terrence Ross tied Vince Carter’s single-game Toronto Raptors scoring record with 51 points against the Los Angeles Clippers last night. Wait. Terrence Ross? The same Terrence Ross who went more than three weeks earlier this season without scoring 51 combined points? The same Terrence Ross who had scored fewer points than J.J. Redick this season…

  17. Pau Gasol not sure if he will play for Spain in 2016 Olympics

    Jan 23, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

    pau gasol spain olympics

    Spain has the second best national basketball team in the world. Anchored in the paint by brothers Marc Gasol and Pau Gasol, plus with a host of good guards such as Jose Calderon and Ricky Rubio, they have won two Olympic silver medals in a row, able to beat out every nation on earth save…

  18. The Extra Pass: Ranking all 28 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team candidatles

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some names leaked yesterday for inclusion on the 2014-16 USA Basketball men’s national-team roster – the pool of players who will be considered for upcoming international events. That includes the World Cup of Basketball this summer, possibly 2015 Olympic qualifiers  – and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Stein of ESPN beat today’s official announcement with…

  19. Toronto fans boo Vince Carter, he immediately responds with monster jam (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 11:07 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

    Raptors fans need to let it go. Vince Carter played his first six and a half seasons in Toronto, before ultimately forcing his way out and spurning the fanbase due to a complex set of circumstances. But now in his 16th season, it seems time to move on, no? Apparently not if you were one…

  20. 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…

  21. The Extra Pass: Mark Cuban happy to have his friend Nowitzki around longer; plus Tuesdays’ recaps

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Pelicans v Mavericks

    To them this is more than a business — Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki are friends. Technically they are boss and employee, but neither sees it that way. “I kick his ass whenever I’ve wanted to,” Cuban said last week, joking around about his friend the way you ride yours. “It’s kind of like we…

  22. Nowitzki says he plans to extend with Mavs for two or three seasons

    Jan 21, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    This really was what everyone around the league has expected. Dirk Nowitzki has said before he planned to stay in Dallas after his contract was up this season, he would come back and take a pay cut to help the team out. Now Nowitzki said he plans to spend a few more years in Dallas,…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    mlk nba

    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…

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