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  1. Bulls energy, defense too much for Nets in easy Chicago win

    Feb 13, 2014, 11:30 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls

    Last year in the first round of the playoffs the Bulls defeated the Nets because they were tougher — their energy, their execution, their aggressive, physical style of play knocked the Nets off their game. It felt like finesse against power, and power won. Even if the Bulls were without their MVP. So this summer…

  2. Report: Only ‘a slim chance’ Nets make a move before the trade deadline

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:24 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Brooklyn Nets

    There are plenty of teams that will be obvious buyers or sellers at the upcoming Feb. 20 trade deadline. But the situation with the Nets is a bit less clear. Brooklyn went all-in this season as much as possible, putting together a team whose payroll including luxury tax payments will reach the $180 million range…

  3. The Extra Pass: The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the clock

    Feb 11, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Clippers

    10 days before the trade deadline. 30 games left in the season. One contract year remaining. To say this is one of the most important time frames in the history of the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise isn’t overly dramatic or hyperbolic. It’s reality. Minnesota has never won a championship. 25 years, no rings, and an overall…

  4. The book that helped Shaun Livingston (and maybe saved the Nets’ season)

    Feb 5, 2014, 7:00 PM EST

    Amir Johnson; Mirza Teletovic; Alan Anderson

    The Brooklyn Nets started Shaun Livingston for seven of eight games in November when Deron Williams was out injured, and it went pretty poorly. Livingston shot just 34 percent, and the Nets went 1-6 before replacing him in the starting lineup with Tyshawn Taylor. That’s when Livingston received Hermann Hesse’s book “Siddhartha” – a tale…

  5. With Brooklyn winning going small, could they look to move Brook Lopez?

    Feb 4, 2014, 4:59 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    Around Christmas, it looked like we could leave the Brooklyn Nets for dead. By the time they lost to San Antonio on New Year’s Eve, the Nets were 10-21 and without Brook Lopez, their star center, for the rest of the season due to another foot surgery. That injury forced Brooklyn to go small —…

  6. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Adam Silver signs the balls, Kevin Durant keeps shooting them

    Feb 3, 2014, 2:21 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Brooklyn Nets

    A look at PBT’s power rankings show basically the only thing that really changed this week was the signature on the Spaulding balls — Adam Silver’s signature is in play. Aside that Durant has the Thunder on top and the Lakers continue fall like the lead balloon they are. 1. Thunder (38-11, Last Week No.…

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

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  8. Deron Williams will continue coming off Nets bench for now

    Jan 30, 2014, 3:14 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v. Philadelphia 76ers

    If “Bull Durham” taught us one thing, it’s you don’t mess with a streak. (That and don’t throw punches with your pitching hand.) The Brooklyn Nets are in the playoff picture in the East and just three games back of winning the Atlantic Division after having won 10-of-12. They are on a streak and coach…

  9. Report: Nets to target Kevin Durant in 2016

    Jan 30, 2014, 12:58 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Let’s start with the obvious: If Kevin Durant decides to become a free agent in 2016 and talk to other teams, the line of GMs at his door will be as long or longer than the one LeBron James saw in 2010. The other obvious statements here are Durant and LeBron are different people, their…

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

    Jan 29, 2014, 3:40 PM EST

    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…

  11. The Extra Pass: Three guys that deserve more playing time, plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the first half of the season in the books, let’s look at five players who deserve to get a little more burn the rest of the way. John Henson, F/C, Milwaukee Bucks Before we get to Henson, let’s travel in the way back machine to the 2009-10 season. If you’ll remember, Kurt Rambis was…

  12. Monday night NBA grades: Is Kevin Durant even human?

    Jan 28, 2014, 2:00 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while being mesmerized by head-banging Taylor Swift… Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. At this point, I’m beginning to question if Durant is human. Maybe a Terminator sent back from the future to take over the NBA? Maybe an X-Men style mutant? Whatever he is, I…

  13. Patrick Patterson makes steal, hits game winner to lift Raptors past Nets (VIDEO)

    Jan 28, 2014, 1:14 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

    This was a huge win for Toronto… if the goal is to win the Atlantic Division. Which it is for the players, if not management. Brooklyn had been surging and the Raptors needed a win to solidify their hold on the Atlantic, they got it 104-103. They got it because Patrick Paterson first made a…

  14. John Wall trying to use USA Basketball snub as motivation

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:37 AM EST

    the Washington Wizards host the Boston Celtics

    When USA Basketball announced its pool of players being considered for the World Championships this summer (and the Rio Olympics in a couple years) the list included the best point guards in the NBA: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Damian Lillard. John Wall was not on that list. His…

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

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    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. LeBron, Durant lead Team USA roster pool for 2014 World Championships, 2016 Olympics

    Jan 23, 2014, 11:04 AM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    When Team USA takes the court in Rio in 2016 to defend its gold medal, you can expect to see somethings old and somthings new — guys who won gold in London and Beijing will be mixed with newcomers who got their real first taste of USA Basketball this coming summer in Spain for the…

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

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  19. Trade is official: Nets get Marquis Teague, Bulls land Tornike Shengalia

    Jan 21, 2014, 12:50 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    We told you this trade was coming last Friday night, now it is official: The Chicago Bulls have sent Marquis Teague to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Tornike Shengalia, the teams have announced. What the Bulls get is money — the little-used Shengalia can and will be let go after this season. Teague is…

  20. The Extra Pass: Why the Knicks are starved offensively; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  21. Report: Knicks’ Beno Udrih requests trade

    Jan 21, 2014, 3:16 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks

    At points this season Beno Udrih has taken pointed criticism from Knicks coach Mike Woodson — remember back on Jan. 3 when J.R. Smith took an ill-advised three (tie game, shot clock turned off and rather than go for the last shot he fired away off an offensive rebound)? Woodson questioned why Udrih threw the…

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

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EST

    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…

  23. Deron Williams returns, chooses to come off the bench in Nets’ blowout win over Knicks

    Jan 20, 2014, 6:58 PM EST

    deron williams knicks

    NEW YORK – The last time the Nets faced the Knicks, they were without Deron Williams and Paul Pierce due to injury, and a fully healthy New York squad thumped Brooklyn back on Dec. 5 at Barclays by a 30-point margin. A little more than a month later, things have completely changed for both sides. The…

  24. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At season midway Pacers, Portland on top (not exactly Stern’s dream finals)

    Jan 20, 2014, 1:20 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    We’re at the midway point in the NBA season and the Indiana Pacers sit on top of the ProBasketballTalk NBA power rankings — we knew they’d be good but they have been better in the regular season than expected. Portland is second, and that is a surprise, but also a team on a win streak.…

  25. Lance Stephenson’s alter ego “Sir Lancelot” wants you to vote for his man for All-Star Game (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 12:59 PM EST

    Lance Stephenson

    Sir Lancelot is emphatic. If nothing else. A lot of players have gone to the Web with attempts at viral videos to get you to vote for them for the All-Star Game (Ty Lawson in Denver was the latest) but most are about as funny as Carrot Top. Lance Stephenson hit it out of the…

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