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  1. J.R. Smith untied Dwight Howard’s shoelace before Shawn Marion’s, then reportedly blames Howard for inspiring trick

    Jan 8, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    J.R. Smith has some nerve. He got got caught untying Shawn Marion’s shoelaces, talked his way out of a fine and then pretended to pull the same stunt against Greg Monroe (though I can buy the possibility Smith was joking when he reached toward Monroe’s shoe and had no true intention of grabbing the lace).…

  2. The Extra Pass: Quiet Jazz and Tuesday’s recaps

    Gordon Hayward

    For the most part, the Utah Jazz typically fly under the radar. Occasionally they’ll pop up after unexpectedly beating a contender, like they did last night with a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But other than that? You won’t hear much out of Utah. No real trade rumors, no murmurs of unhappiness, no headline…

  3. J.R. Smith warned but not fined for untying opponent’s shoes, tries it again anyway (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    You’ve got to love J.R. Smith, at least to a certain extent. During Sunday’s win over the Mavericks, Smith untied Shawn Marion‘s shoe while the two were lining up to rebound a free throw attempt. Multiple reports, including this one from Marc Berman of the New York Post, say that the league issued a warning…

  4. Andre Drummond runs back on offense with Pistons still on defense

    Jan 7, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    If JaVale McGee gets a hard time for this: Andre Drummond deserves a little chastising for this. (hat tip: commenter ProBasketballPundit for the video) Amar’e Stoudemire squares up shoots a jumper with 9:58 left in the second quarter of Tuesday’s Pistons-Knicks game. Drummond runs out to contest it. Then, Drummond backs away as the shot is…

  5. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Golden State climbing rankings fast

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

    The top two teams in the East are the top two teams on PBT’s Power Rankings, but with their current nine-game win streak Golden State has moved in as the top ranked team in the West. If they keep defending like this they are legitimate contenders come playoff time.   1. Pacers (27-6, Last Week…

  6. Detroit Pistons spend three practices focused on fourth quarters, get blown out in fourth quarter

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    On Dec. 30, the Pistons were outscored 28-12 in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Washington Wizards. After the game, Detroit coach Maurice Cheeks said, via Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News: “I can’t, I can’t … whew,” said Cheeks when asked if he could pinpoint the continuous letdowns in fourth quarters. “We…

  7. The Extra Pass: Why D’Antoni is the right man for the job; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni and Dwight Howard react on the sidelines as the Lakers trail the Los Angeles Clippers, and after Howard fouled out of the game, during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    You may consider this curious timing to take up for Mike D’Antoni, considering his Lakers just gave up 137 points at home to a Denver Nuggets team that can best be described as “meh.” Believe it or not, though, pulling the wool over your eyes isn’t my intention here. Let’s be truthful: D’Antoni’s teams really…

  8. Report: Jeremy Lin switching to adidas with new shoe deal

    Jan 3, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Knock his game if you want — although you have to admit it has taken a healthy step forward this season — but you have to know Jeremy Lin is one of the most popular players in the NBA. He is fourth in NBA All-Star voting for the Western Conference’s backcourt, with more votes than…

  9. Greg Monroe throws down all over John Wall in transition (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    This is one of those highlight dunks where the guy getting dunked on deserves a little credit. Detroit’s Greg Monroe stole the errant pass and was off to the races in transition (with numbers) and John Wall was the only Wizards’ player able to get back in a defensive position. A lot of players just…

  10. The Extra Pass: The best dunks of 2013; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    If the end of a year serves as a time for reflection and the remembrance of lessons learned, then let the video below serve as one last reminder for the small guards of the league. If LeBron James is coming at you on a break, move. If DeAndre Jordan is flying down the lane towards…

  11. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Even without Westbrook Thunder take top spot

    Dec 30, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    It’s legitimate to question how well Oklahoma City will fair in the roughly 27 games they will play without Russell Westbrook, but so far so good and that slides the to the top of the last power rankings of 2013. 1. Thunder (25-5, Last Week No. 2). They won all their games last week, but…

  12. Looks like Josh Smith, Maurice Cheeks have made up

    Dec 30, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Saturday night Maurice Cheeks benched Josh Smith for the entire second half of another Pistons loss. Smith took great offense. But apparently the two sides have made up, as reported by the Detroit Free Press (via SLAM). “Y’all the only one who got a problem with it,” Cheeks said. “Me and Josh are fine. Josh…

  13. Josh Smith takes ‘real offense’ to Maurice Cheeks benching him

    Dec 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    When Maurice Cheeks removed Josh Smith from the starting lineup for missing a practice – called at the last moment, for the day following a back-to-back, after Smith had decided to stay in Atlanta to tend to his ill father – Smith bit his tongue. But now that Cheeks benched Smith for the entire second…

  14. Josh Smith no longer deserves to be long-2 whipping boy

    Dec 27, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    What’s the worst shot in basketball? A long 2 taken by Josh Smith. At least that seems to be the prevailing opinion of many. As basketball analytics have exposed the ineffectiveness of long 2s, Smith has become a poster child for taking the shot too often. Really, all Smith’s jumpers get criticized, but his long…

  15. Latest NBA All-Star balloting released; LeBron, Durant leading vote getters

    Dec 26, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    We warned you this would be the case — there are not many changes in the All-Star Game fan voting as we move through the process. Who you vote for early tends to be who you vote for late. The fans choose the starters for the annual exhibition game and as of Thursday when the…

  16. The Extra Pass: The nightmare that is LeBron James; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    You know those nightmares where you can’t run away fast enough? The ones where your legs turn to mush and the baddy behind you keeps gaining ground? That’s a recurring nightmare for lots of people, but it’s a recurring reality for Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer was on the sidelines with the San…

  17. Andre Drummond seals Cavaliers fate with thunderous dunk (VIDEO)

    Dec 24, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers

    After this play the Cavaliers were down 25 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Technically the game wasn’t over, but it might as well have been. Consider this a dagger dunk. Rodney Stuckey made the steal and was off in transition, Andre Drummond ran the floor with him, Stuckey threw the pass back…

  18. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Santa brings presents to Blazers, Thunder; lumps of coal to Atlantic

    Dec 23, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Oklahoma City almost took over the top spot in the rankings, until they laid an egg Sunday night. The Blazers hold on for another week, but they didn’t look elite last week even in their wins and this week sees a few big tests.   1. Trail Blazers (23-5, Last Week No. 1). If the…

  19. Taj Gibson, Brandon Jennings get flopping warnings from league

    Dec 22, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    The league had a special Christmas greeting from Santa for the Bulls’ Taj Gibson and the Pistons’ Brandon Jennings: Stop flopping. Or you’re getting a lump of coal. Gibson got his for this play against the Cavaliers, and while it’s an embellishment doesn’t seem like it was as bad as some stuff that goes uncalled.…

  20. Andre Drummond thanks Dwight Howard for dominating him

    Dec 22, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard posted up Andre Drummond. Howard rebound over Drummond. Howard passed around Drummond. When it was all over, Howard had 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting, 19 rebounds and five assists in the Rockets win over the Pistons on Saturday. Any talk that Howard has lost his place as the NBA’s best center should be…

  21. WATCH: Jared Sullinger with ridiculous tip-in at end of quarter

    Dec 19, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Jared Sullinger reacts as he loses control of the ball against the Miami Heat in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    After this play, you just thought it was the Celtics’ night. Turns out not so much (the Pistons came back to win). Still, this was a fantastic execution by the Celtics. With o.2 seconds left on the clock the only way to score was a tip in, and Jared Sullinger rolls to the basket (without…

  22. The Extra Pass: The Clippers’ “Rosie” Screen; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Atlanta Hawks

    Over the next few days in this space, we’ll break down a play that’s largely unique to one team. To kick off this signature series, we’ll start with the Los Angeles Clippers’ “Ring-Around-The-Rosie” screen. Innovation in the NBA is often about adding little wrinkles to something very simple. There are no “Wildcat” offenses that take…

  23. Monday night NBA grades: Joe Johnson owns the third. And the Sixers.

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed figuring out James Bond was an impotent drunk. Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets. You are simply never going to see a player have a hotter hand, at least for a quarter of basketball. In the third quarter Monday night Johnson tied an NBA record 8 threes…

  24. Pistons’ Andre Drummond honors Sandy Hook victims

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

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    Pistons big man Andre Drummond spent his one year of college at the University of Connecticut, so he has ties to the community there. This weekend was the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, and Drummond honored the victims by both writing their names on his game shoes, as well as donating his…

  25. Damian Lillard hits game-winner in OT to bury the Pistons (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    Damian Lillard finished just 6-of-21 from the field in Sunday’s contest in Detroit, but when the game was on the line and his shot mattered most, he was able to get it to go down. Lillard hit this tough shot over Rodney Stuckey as time expired in overtime, giving the Blazers a 111-109 victory that…

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