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  1. Friday And-1 links: Even the Mavs realize OKC is very good

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Here is our daily 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). Dallas’ Jason Terry says what we all already knew: Oklahoma City is the team to beat in the West. Lou Williams and the art of…

  2. PBT’s All-Star reserves — no Celtics, no Mavs, no apologies

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    This is the hard part. And the fun part. Picking the NBA All-Star game reserves. The voters picked the starting five from each team, but picking the reserves is a balancing act of rewarding good players and making sure the teams doing well get represented. You can’t make this omelet without breaking some eggs, and…

  3. Nowitzki’s knee feeling better, but his game isn’t

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki looks to pass defended by Celtics forward Garnett in the second quarter of their NBA Basketball game in Boston

    Dirk Nowitzki was 2-of-15 from the field Wednesday as Dallas lost to Oklahoma City. I rewatched all his shots from the game on Thursday morning, and what’s disturbing is these are by and large good looks. Particularly by Nowitzki’s standards (open threes, turnarounds from the elbow).  This was not an isolated off night, Nowitzki is…

  4. The 76ers are legit. But can they win big playoff games?

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night. Yes, a Bulls team without Luol Deng or Richard Hamilton, but still the team with the best record in the east and the reigning MVP Derrick Rose. As I said in the recaps, this was another clear sign that the Sixers are legit. They are a…

  5. Video: Mavericks’ coach Carlisle ejected for kicking ball

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rick Carlisle

    Clearly Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle did not play a lot of soccer growing up. Use the inside of your foot to get control, don’t kick off the toe. They teach you that day one of pee-wee soccer camp. Carlisle can work with Dirk Nowitzki on this. Carlisle kicked the ball into the stands during the…

  6. Video: Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki go “BIG”

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    It’s not an all-time favorite, but I am kind of liking the NBA’s new “BIG” advertising campaign. So, here are the two latest ads, featuring Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant. Enjoy. You’ll probably see these a lot as commercials during games in the coming weeks.  

  7. Dirk Nowitzki says he plans to play at least two more years

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki is defended by Spurs forward Blair during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    At age 33, how much longer is Dirk Nowitzki going to play? Well, a couple years at least. We know that for two reasons. One, he has two more years on his contract totaling $42 million and he’s not walking away from that. Because nobody would. The other is that he said so. Nowitzki was…

  8. Tuesday And-1 links: Clipper Darrell love abounds

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    clipper darrell

    Here is our daily 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). The world is starting to realize what we at PBT have known for a while — Clipper Darrell rocks! Fantastic story about Greg Stiemsma battling…

  9. Magic GM Smith says no trades coming anytime soon

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Glen Davis

    Orlando has been a mess for the past couple weeks. Their offense has come apart at the seams — they scored 56 against Boston last week, just 69 against Philadelphia Monday, blew a 27 point lead in another Boston game and got blown out by the Hornets last week. They are struggling. Mightily. This is…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando with another bad outing

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick

    What you missed while realizing that Homeland Security is monitoring your tweets…. Clippers 112, Thunder 100: There was a lot more to this than just Blake Griffin dunking on Kendrick Perkins, which is why it was our game of the night. Sixers 74, Magic 69: The Magic were just terrible shooting the ball in this…

  11. How much has LeBron James’ post game improved?

    Jan 30, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

    LeBron Post

    If you’ve taken a drink every time a national TV broadcaster has referenced Miami Heat forward LeBron James‘ “improved post game” this season, there’s a good chance your liver hates you. After being shut down by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals thanks, in part, to James refusing to punish the likes of Jason…

  12. Report: Lakers talking to Cavaliers about Ramon Sessions

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    A bunch of Lakers fans just read that headline and either rolled their eyes or said, “who?” But this would be a good pickup for them. The Lakers have had talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers about trading for Ramon Sessions, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. No deal is imminent, but the Lakers view Sessions as…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kris Humphries

    The top three teams remain the same, just trading places, because they are the three best teams in the league right now. But all three also have long road trips coming up, which should test them. 1. Thunder (16-3, last week ranked No. 3). They are “only” fifth in point-per-possession differential in the league, but…

  14. Jason Kidd expected to miss week, more with calf strain

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Jason Kidd did not play Sunday in the Mavericks overtime win against the Spurs and it may be a week or more before he returns. Kidd suffered a calf strain and had to leave Friday’s game not to return. Then before Sunday’s game coach Rick Carlisle said he could be out for at least a…

  15. Monday And-1 links: Former Net now “Moses of Rikers.”

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Jayson Williams

    Here is our daily 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). Former Net Jayson Williams is now the “Moses of Rikers.” Can you blame all the problems in your life on Minnesota GM David Kahn? Maybe.…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kyrie Irving does not fear the moment

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:33 AM EDT

    Ray Allen Cleveland Cavaliers

    What you missed while waiting for Nadal and Djokovic to finish…. Heat 97, Bulls 93: LeBron James and Derrick Rose had moments of brilliance and key missed free throws in our game of the day. Cavaliers 88, Celtics 87: If you want to say that Boston choked, to ahead — if you give up a…

  17. Dirk Nowitzki says he is in shape, nobody scares him in West

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas is off to a slow start in its title defense, hasn’t looked the part of a contender and has looked old. Especially Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk has taken to the offensive on those that question him and his team. He thinks they’ll be just fine. Nowitzki — who has been sitting out the last four…

  18. Dirk Nowitzki looking at Sunday return to lineup

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki’s mid-season break — call it to rest his knee, or get in better condition, or practice his color commentary skills — is about to come to an end. He is looking at a Sunday return in a nationally televised game against the Spurs, he told reporters Thursday, as reported by the Associated Press.…

  19. Thursday And-1 links: Heat arena as homeless shelter?

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    AAArena_Night

    Here is our daily 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). Some politicians want to force Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena to house the homeless on non-game nights (that was part of the public financing plan). Feels like…

  20. Dallas Mavericks get their rings tonight

    Jan 25, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Mavericks ring

    Jason Kidd waited a long time for tonight. Same with Dirk Nowitzki. And Shawn Marion. And most of all Mark Cuban. The Dallas Mavericks are getting their championship rings tonight. Which even in the realm of championship rings are pretty much the definition of bling — Vanessa Bryant doesn’t have that many diamonds. Estimated value,…

  21. Jason Terry auctioning off his championship ring for charity

    Jan 25, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    JasonTerry

    Jason Terry doesn’t need a Dallas Mavericks championship ring. If he ever wants to be reminded of the title he was key to winning, he can just look at his right bicep. So Terry is going to take his ring and raffle it off for charity, reports the Star-Telegram. Sort of. He’s ordered a second…

  22. Cuban calls NBA players in Olympics “epitome of stupidity”

    Jan 24, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    In the ongoing “club vs. country” debate that rages through soccer, basketball and other sports, Mark Cuban has long been clearly on the side of the clubs. Which makes sense because he owns one. He pays a lot of money, hypothetically, to a tall German forward who went and played for his national team this…

  23. Cuban admits he didn’t think Steve Nash would last this long

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It worked out for Dallas — they let Steve Nash walk, breaking up a pairing with Dirk Nowitzki that created some of the best offenses the NBA has ever seen, but they still got their title last year. Which is probably why he was comfortable enough to admit that he made a mistake — he…

  24. Tuesday And-1 links: Learn about the Van Gundy brothers

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Here is our daily 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). Tonight (Tuesday), HBO’s Real Sports will profile the Van Gundy brothers — broadcaster (and former coach Jeff) and current Magic coach Stan. They talk about…

  25. Dirk Nowitzki could be out more than four games

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki sits on the bench during the first half an NBA basketball game against the Jazz in Salt Lake City

    The fine folks in Dallas continue to say it’s not his knee, it’s conditioning and strength issues that have Dirk Nowitzki out for a week. Not sure I buy it, but that’s what they are selling. But this little note from ESPNDallas.com turned our head — he could be out longer. Depending upon the progress…

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