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  1. Tuesday And-1 links: James Harden listed as day-to-day

    Apr 24, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • The official status of James Harden is day-to-day and he is undergoing tests…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Playoff picture starts to clear up

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets Armon Johnson and Anthony Morrow leave court for final time after NBA basketball game loss to Philadelphia 76ers in Newark

    What you missed while watching a cat fight off a black bear…  Sixers 105, Nets 87: With this win Philadelphia both spoiled the Nets final home game in New Jersey after 35 years and clinched themselves a playoff spot (likely the eight seed) in the East. They controlled the game pretty much the whole way,…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs close out season riding high

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    This is it, our final power rankings of the season. Usually I’d have them ranked in the order I would rank championship contenders, but this year any of the top four could win a chip and I wouldn’t be surprised. Hard to rank teams at the end of the season with everyone coasting and resting…

  4. Andrew Bynum skipping Olympics… so who is in for USA?

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Dwight Howard went under the knife and sacrificed his summer, the speculation began — who gets his spot on Team USA for the London Olympics this summer? It pretty much guaranteed that Knicks big man Tyson Chandler is in now. He was on the bubble before, but now he is a must as the…

  5. Report: The Nets plan to pursue Kevin Garnett in free agency

    Apr 21, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Kevin Garnett‘s going to be a free agent this summer. That sounds weird just saying it. But if he doesn’t return to Boston, he’s going to have options. And one option keeps him in the Northeast, as both the New York Post and New Jersey Star-Ledger report that the Nets have interest in bringing in Garnett. What…

  6. John Wall admits he played too many charity games last summer

    Apr 17, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall seemed to be everywhere last summer (him and Kevin Durant). As summer rec leagues and charity games grew is stature during the lockout — players were not at Summer League, were not working out at team facilities, so they were finding games — Wall crisscrossed the country seeming to show up at everything…

  7. Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams out for Heat vs. Nets Monday

    Apr 16, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

    Not that it is going to make much difference in the final outcome, but the Nets will be without Deron Williams and the Heat will be without Dwyane Wade Monday night when Miami and New Jersey clash. Williams was a surprise late scratch due to a calf injury, tweets Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.…

  8. Quote of the Day: Deron Williams feels bad for John Wall

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    John Wall, Deron Williams

    “I don’t want to put anybody down but he’s not playing with the smartest guys in the world.” — Deron Williams, talking about the challenges John Wall is facing in Washington. Pretty spot on there, but you get the feeling the Wizards are finally trying to turn that corner with some recent moves. Still a…

  9. Jason Kidd wants to come back for one more season

    Apr 12, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd drives past Bobcats guard Augustin  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    At age 39, Jason Kidd is having the worst season of his NBA career — 5.9 points per game on 34.7 percent shooting, 5.3 assists per game and a PER of 12.5. All of those are career lows. He has been slowed by back pain and other physical issues. But he wants to come back…

  10. Who gets the most “hockey assists” in the NBA?

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    In the NBA, the guy who makes the pass to set up a shooter gets an assist. But often you will see a point guard drive and draw the defense, kick out to a guy at the arc, who will then see the defense rotate and make a pass to a second open shooter who…

  11. Report: Celtics to play preseason games in Istanbul, Milan

    Apr 11, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    istanbul

    We have no idea who will be on the Celtics roster next October when training camp opens. But we do know whoever it is will need working passports as part of training camp will be in Turkey and Italy. The Celtics will have part of their training camp and play some preseason games in Istanbul…

  12. Nets owner Prokhorov said he spoke with Deron Williams, jokes about Cuban

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov

    The Nets did not get Dwight Howard to pair with Deron Williams as the team heads to Brooklyn. (Although, if the Magic knew then what they know now, don’t you think they pull the trigger on that deal?) The Nets are not good. They likely will not be good when they move into the Barclay’s…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Who forgot to tell Spurs they are old?

    Apr 9, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    Can you picture a San Antonio vs. Miami finals? It’s not that hard, if you try. 1. Spurs (40-14, last week ranked number 2). Eleven wins in a row and they are percentage points ahead of the Thunder (and one ahead of them in the loss column). Are they title contenders? They have four rings…

  14. Jazz GM O’Connor says team will not tank for pick

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    derrick-favors-jazz

    From the AP: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Conspiracy theorists might think the Utah Jazz have an interesting dilemma Friday night against Golden State. A Utah win will knock the Warriors farther down the standings while keeping the Jazz within striking distance of postseason play – scenarios that could leave the Jazz going from two possible…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out LeBron can score a lot

    Apr 4, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James drives to the basket as his team plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while watching Baylor win the national title and thinking Brittney Griner can flat out ball…. Heat 99, Sixers 93: The Heat needed a win and they had LeBron James in a scoring mood — those things go together like Oreos and milk for Miami. The result was James putting up a season…

  16. Deron Williams sounds ready to test free agent market

    Apr 3, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Don’t pull out the “loyalty” card on Deron Williams. Some Nets fans have tried it on twitter as a way to convince D-Will to stay in New Jersey — actually, make that Brooklyn — and not opt-out this summer. Williams will have none of it. He keeps saying his loyalty is to winning. What Williams…

  17. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Apr 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook celebrates with small forward Kevin Durant during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Oklahoma City

    There can’t be any question about the Thunder in the top spot after the last 8 days, but there are questions about the Heat and the Bulls in the East. And the Celtics and Spurs as spoilers. 1. Thunder (40-12, last week ranked number 2). They beat the Heat, Bulls and Lakers in the last…

  18. Jason Kidd would like to be a general manager when he retires

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

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

    Jason Kidd is not ready to retire after this season. He will be 40 next season but has played solidly this season — 5.9 points and 5.2 assists per game with a PER of 12.4. He might be reduced to being a backup — especially if he returns to Dallas and they fulfill their goal…

  19. Dallas’ gunner Jason Terry says Heat on his free agent radar

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Jason Terry

    Miami is becoming the team where veterans who are willing to play for less want to go to win a ring. You can add Dallas’ Jason Terry to the list. The Mavericks’ second leading scorer is a free agent this summer — he didn’t get a contract extension as part of Dallas’ effort to free…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Fear Kevin Love

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Eduardo Najera

    What you missed while tweeting pictures of your food rather than eating it… Knicks 108, Magic 86: It was pretty much a perfect storm for the Knicks, and they need more like it. We broke it all down here. Minnesota 88, Bobcats 83: Kevin Love is in full on NBA2K12 beast mode — he had…

  21. Winderman: 2012 Mavericks are what Heat should have been in 2007

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Marion, guard Kidd, guard Terry and forward Nowitzki stand with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy before their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Heat-Mavericks wasn’t what it was cracked up to be on Christmas Day, and it won’t be on Thursday night either. At least when cast as an NBA Finals rematch. Oh, the Heat still start the same lineup they started in Game 6 in the 2011 NBA Finals, the night the Mavericks won the NBA championship…

  22. Report: Nets to target free agents Kevin Garnett, Ersan Ilyasova

    Mar 27, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles

    Dwight Howard is still the guy at the top of the Nets most wanted list. But he is not going to be there when the Nets start playing in Brooklyn next season, so the Nets are looking at some other potential free agents who could pair well with Deron Williams — who they are desperately…

  23. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks playing against Fisher

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derek Fisher

    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) — laid out in bullet points. Because god is a bullet (have mercy on us everyone). • Next Thursday night Derek Fisher will pull on…

  24. PBT Extra: I answer all your questions from twitter… or some at least

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    PBT Extra is back and today I answered your questions from twitter about everything from Deron Williams and the Nets (and Mavericks) to the evolution of positions in the NBA. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions, we will be doing this again, and I’ll take questions on Top Chef, bebop jazz and probably some…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bulls are beating everybody

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah

    What you missed while getting emails from your dead friend…. Bulls 85, Magic 59: Chicago is now 10-4 this season when Derrick Rose sits and now have beaten the Heat and Magic without him in the last week. Credit where credit is due — they have been playing the best basketball in the NBA for…

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