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  1. NBA Power Rankings: All-Star Weekend edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    Heat's Wade and James watch teammate Chalmers compete in three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    With no games after Thursday, we don’t have a lot of movement in the standings this week, but we tie in some All-Star Weekend notes and look ahead at the second half for teams. 1. Heat (27-7, last week ranked 1). LeBron James’ All-Star performance is what fans seem to expect from him — 36…

  2. Recapping PBT’s coverage of All-Star weekend from Orlando

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    After four exciting and exhausting days in Orlando for All-Star weekend, it’s time for PBT to get out of town. The weather was good, and the city itself might be great, but we wouldn’t know due to spending the entire time shuttled between hotels, convention centers, and of course, the Amway Center downtown. Speaking of…

  3. Monday And-1 links: All-Star Weekend notes edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    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). All weekend Deron Williams got asked about Jeremy Lin again and again — not his favorite topic, as you might guess — but he did…

  4. Deron Williams says Nets ready for weeks of speculation

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    It’s about to become the only think anyone talks about. Through All-Star Weekend, Dwight Howard was able to keep a lid on the speculation about whether or not he will be traded. But that is about to change. The Magic players and front office staff are going to be asked constantly about whether or not…

  5. Kevin Durant wins 2012 All-Star MVP, West beats East 152-149

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:56 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The 2012 NBA All-Star game started off as a blowout, but ended up being competitive to the final possession. Kevin Durant and LeBron James tied for the game-high in scoring with 36 points each, but Durant got the MVP nod as his West squad held on to win in exciting fashion, 152-149. Durant started off…

  6. Dwight Howard isn’t talking trade, but everyone else is

    Feb 26, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    Three times on Friday and Saturday I heard a reporter try to broach the topic of trade demands and where he might play in the future with Dwight Howard, and every time he has responded that he is not talking about anything past All-Star Weekend. “The situation we are in right now is All-Star Weekend.…

  7. Tony Parker is your 2012 Skills Challenge champion

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:50 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    The Taco Bell Skills challenge was technically the second event on the agenda for All-Star Saturday night in Orlando, but with the first featuring teams of NBA players past and present, along with WNBA players launching half-court shots to ultimately determine the winner, well … we passed. The Skills Challenge, though, is a little bit…

  8. David Stern defends Dwight Howard’s right to leave Orlando

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:46 PM EST

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    NBA commissioner David Stern held his annual All-Star weekend press conference from the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, and not surprisingly, one of the first questions that came up was about Dwight Howard. Howard, as you may have heard, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and he’s gone back…

  9. The league was nice enough to pair Dwight Howard up on a community service trip with Deron Williams

    Feb 25, 2012, 1:35 PM EST

    NBA All-Star Practice

    The Nets want Dwight Howard. And not in the “well, if you’re available, we’d love to have coffee with you” way. More in the “blurting out ‘I love you’ on the first date and talking about how easy you are to get into bed” way. The only way this gets more intense is if Mikhail…

  10. Don’t expect Dallas to make a trade deadline deal. Unless…

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:28 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    The defending NBA champions started slow — we’ll call it a championship/lockout hangover — but have found their footing of late. Despite all the roster changes this summer they look good — Dirk Nowitzki is healthy again and their offense is clicking. But the Mavs don’t as good as Oklahoma City in the West. Or…

  11. Nets pulling out all the fireworks to impress Dwight Howard

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dwight Howard heads to New Jersey Wednesday night to play the Nets in the building that team will not play in next season. The Nets are going to Brooklyn, and they want Howard to join them there. So they are pulling out all the fireworks. Literally. Here is the tweet from Andy Vasquez, the Nets…

  12. Video: Mannix, Wojnarowski discuss ‘Melo, Lin fit

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo were on NBC’s SportsTalk yesterday and of course Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks came up. Their consensus — there’s a lot of potential there. Which sounds familiar. Oh, and by the way Deron Williams is really good.

  13. First look at Team USA Olympic basketball uniforms

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

    USA Basketball uniforms

    That photo to the right (the larger version is below) was tweeted out by Nike on Tuesday. Nike has all kinds of interconnections with USA basketball and they are the people who design and make what Team USA will wear in London this summer for the Olympics. What you see is it, modeled by Kobe…

  14. Lin, ‘Melo together showed a lot of potential in first game

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:56 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    Let’s be clear — there was a lot of uncertainty and plenty of rust in the Knicks first game with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin in the lineup together. It was far from pretty. Stoudemire spent most of the game as the weakside option, something he will do more of but he needs…

  15. By the way, Deron Williams really enjoyed win over Knicks

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Linsanity started a couple weeks ago when Jeremy Lin came off the bench and out of nowhere to drop 25 on the New Jersey Nets. Deron Williams read in the papers how he got “destroyed” by Lin. He got weeks of questions about Lin and how good he was. Williams quietly fumed. Then Monday night…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dirk Nowitzki is still good

    Feb 21, 2012, 7:55 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Dallas Mavericks

    What you missed while trying to find something to watch now that Downton Abbey is over….. Nets 100, Knicks 92: Deron Williams would like you to know he is the best point guard in the greater New York area, and will be next year when the Nets move to Brooklyn (unless he leaves to play…

  17. Jeremy Lin who? Deron Williams dominates Knicks in Net wins

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:33 AM EST

    Deron Williams, Jeremy Lin

    “Linsanity” started when Jeremy Lin came in off the bench against the New Jersey Nets, dropped 25 points on Deron Williams and his team, and started to change the Knicks season around. Williams was frustrated. A couple days later, Williams was being peppered with questions about Lin, at one point said “What phenomenon?” then cut…

  18. Westbrook, Williams headline All-Star Skills Challenge

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Samuel Dalembert

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge can get overlooked during the All-Star Saturday festivities (especially when guys are dunking over a car), watching guys go through drills is not the most exciting part of the weekend. But this year’s lineup might at least get you stop and watch. Participating are: Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker,…

  19. In Stephen Jackson’s world he gets traded to the Nets

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:02 AM EST

    Stephen Jackson

    Stephen Jackson is living in his own little world right now. Jackson and old-school coach Scott Skiles have not meshed, nor has Jackson in the Bucks system. The result has been reduced minutes — eight on Sunday — and lots of Stephen Jackson trade speculation. Jackson basically said on Sunday his ideal situation in his…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pistons handle Celtics easily

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:14 AM EST

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while trying to decide if you should vote for the naked cowboy guy for president… Knicks 104, Mavericks 97: So Mark Cuban, still think Linsanity is all about New York? Matt Moore broke this down as our game of the day Sunday. Heat 90, Magic 78: It wasn’t that close, the Heat…

  21. Brook Lopez likely to return Sunday

    Feb 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Dwight Howard Brook Lopez

    Brook Lopez lost nearly the first two months of the season to a broken foot. He started the season being constantly talked about in trade rumors, and that was the primary focus of the news of his injury. Now he’s ready to return. Avery Johnson told reporters on Saturday before the Nets game with the…

  22. Nets to slash ticket prices when Dwight Howard comes to town, for they are desperate

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:13 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    When something from your team’s PR department ends up on Deadspin, it’s generally not a good thing. This marketing ploy from the New Jersey Nets caught the eye of Deadspin’s Jack Dickey today (emphasis Deadspin’s): On February 22, your NETS will face off against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. For this one night only the NETS…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls keep winning without Rose

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:07 AM EST

    Boston Celtics' Garnett and Chicago Bulls' Boozer react to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while you were fascinated with the photo of a shark eating another shark…. Bulls 89, Celtics 80: The Bulls are now 3-1 without Derrick Rose and, as they have through this run (and really the last two seasons), they won this one with defense. Chicago held Boston to 39.7 percent shooting overall…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: There are days the Magic look good

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia

    What you missed while realizing your Valentine’s Day could have gone worse…. Knicks 100, Kings 85: The perfect storm that is Jeremy Lin continues, and it is our game of the night. Hawks 101, Suns 99: Our own Brett Pollakoff was at this game and filed a report. But that doesn’t mean we won’t give…

  25. Brook Lopez practices for first time since breaking foot, may be back before All-Star game

    Feb 14, 2012, 5:39 PM EST

    Lopez_Brook

    From the Star-Ledger’s Colin Stephenson: Center Brook Lopez practiced for the first time since breaking his foot in the preseason and looked good, coach Avery Johnson and his teammates said… …Lopez had surgery Dec. 23 to insert a screw in his right foot, in which he had suffered a broken fifth metatarsal bone. The team had said he…

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