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  1. Wednesday And-1 links: Trade deadline talk (and some Barkley)

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:01 PM EST

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    Here is our regular 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. Today we have lots of smaller trade rumors and reports that we just haven’t…

  2. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Joe Johnson is the man

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:07 AM EST

    P.J. Carlesimo, C.J. Watson, Joe Johnson

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the residents of Harlem say the Harlem Shake meme has nothing to do with the Harlem Shake…. Nets 113, Bucks 111 (OT): Joe Johnson is clutch — so far this season he is 8-for-9 shooting with less than 30 seconds remaining…

  3. Detroit made its big trade already, don’t expect another

    Feb 19, 2013, 10:57 AM EST

    Jose Calderon

    The Detroit Pistons have made a big move — Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye are out, Jose Calderon is in (part of the three team Rudy Gay trade). So as the trade deadline approaches, Pistons fans shouldn’t expect another big move, reports the Detroit Free Press. One source even said: “You have already had the…

  4. Watch Kyrie Irving make 17 of his first 18 attempts in final round of 3-point contest (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    At one point during the 3-point contest I thought to myself, “You know what? I could probably do that. I’ve hit five in a row before. Yeah, I could totally do that.” Then Kyrie Irving had his turn, and I felt pretty stupid for thinking those thoughts. Irving put on one of the most impressive…

  5. Kyrie Irving wins 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Feb 16, 2013, 11:49 PM EST

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    HOUSTON — Kyrie Irving is your 2013 Three-Point Contest champion, besting Matt Bonner in the final round by a score of 23-20 to take home the title. “It feels good,” Irving said afterward. “Add it to the résumé. MVP for Rising Stars, and now Three‑Point Shoot Out champion.” The first round featured largely mediocre performances,…

  6. Raking up hardware already, Lillard wins All-Star Skills Competition

    Feb 16, 2013, 10:19 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Consider this the first of a bunch of award Damian Lillard could be racking up. The Portland Trailblazers celebrated rookie won the All-Star Saturday Taco Bells Skills Competition. He seemed to embody the old John Wooden mantra of “be quick, don’t hurry.” “I think the biggest thing for me is to try to be too…

  7. Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight go at each other late in Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:54 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013

    HOUSTON — Kenneth Faried was the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge at the Toyota Center in Houston on Friday, finishing with a game-high 40 points while his Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 163-135. But Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight stole the show. Late in the game with a little over five minutes remaining, Irving and…

  8. Kenneth Faried hustles his way to Rising Stars MVP (and win)

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:53 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets Faried goes in for a dunk during the NBA BBVA Rising Star Challenge basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — Kenneth Faried gets minutes in the NBA because he works harder than everyone else on the court. He is pure energy and hustle. There is no half speed, it’s all-out every play. Even in the BBVA Rising Star exhibition game on the Friday Night of All-Star weekend. Which is why the Nuggets forward…

  9. Zach Randolph thinks Grizzlies better set for playoffs without Rudy Gay

    Feb 15, 2013, 6:27 PM EST

    Zach Randolph

    When Rudy Gay was traded from Memphis to the Toronto Raptors, a lot of national pundits shook their head and said, “why would Memphis kill its title aspirations by trading its best player?” Those people didn’t watch a lot of Grizzlies basketball. It’s not that Gay isn’t a good player, look how he has helped…

  10. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Break up the Raptors, that’s four straight wins

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:35 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Johnson and Gay defend New York Knicks' Stoudemire during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at toys you can buy that would traumatize your child…. Celtics 71, Bulls 69: Man this game was ugly. You knew it was going to be low scoring — two defensive minded teams both missing the point guard that stirs their…

  11. Tuesday And-1 links: How good can Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson be together?

    Feb 12, 2013, 6:15 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    Here is our regular 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 like you love Girl Scout thin mint cookies. • Charles Barkley says that Stephen…

  12. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Bobcats, Sessions end Celtics winning streak

    Feb 12, 2013, 8:36 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at some really uncomfortable Valentines Day photos…. Bobcats 94, Celtics 91: A Celtics team on the second night of a back-to-back where the first game went three overtimes ran into a Bobcats that doesn’t have a lot going for it but…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Finals rematch Thursday could be finals preview

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Finally, here are the delayed regular Monday PBT NBA power rankings. We said this a lot during the NBA finals last year — if we see the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in three of the next five NBA finals it shouldn’t be a shock. This season looks more and more like…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It took three overtimes for Celtics to stop Nuggets streak

    Feb 11, 2013, 7:57 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed wondering again why you watch the Grammy’s every year… Heat 107, Lakers 97: The Lakers are playing better, they are starting to figure things out. But that’s still a process. And when the Heat cranked it up in the fourth quarter they pulled…

  15. Magic’s Nicholson to replace Drummond in Rising Stars game

    Feb 10, 2013, 8:01 PM EST

    Andrew Nicholson, Mirza Teletovic

    It was sad to see Detroit’s Andre Drummond go down for a month with a bad back, he was one of two guys who had a chance to chasing down Damian Lillard for Rookie of the Year (Anthony Davis is the other). Drummond was also supposed to be part of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge…

  16. Charlie Villanueva hits the game-winning three to send Pistons past Bucks (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2013, 11:27 PM EST

    Charlie Villanueva

    Charlie Villanueva hit this three-pointer as the shot clock expired with about 10 seconds remaining that ended up being the game-winner in the Pistons 105-100 win over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday. Villanueva was in the right place at the right time, planted at the top of the three-point arc and available when Will…

  17. Pistons rookie Andre Drummond out at least a month due to back injury

    Feb 8, 2013, 7:24 PM EST

    Andre Drummond

    Detroit Pistons rookie Andre Drummond is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a stress fracture in his back, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. A report from Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News has the injury as a fractured tailbone, but either way, it will require rest rather than…

  18. Rosters set for 2013 Rising Stars game on All-Star Friday featuring rookies and sophomores

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:38 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The rosters have been set for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, the game featuring the league’s top rookies and sophomores that will kick off the All-Star weekend festivities on Friday, Feb. 15. Teams were drafted from the pool of available players by TNT analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, with Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio and Sacramento’s…

  19. 2013 All-Star Saturday Skills Challenge participants announced

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:03 PM EST

    Tony Parker

    Tony Parker will defend his title in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge during All-Star Saturday night in Houston, and he’ll have some exciting players joining him in the event. The remainder of the field will consist of Jrue Holiday of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron, Wade enough for Heat

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Rockets Heat Basketball

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying out your stylish new Get Smart shoe-phone…. Heat 114, Rockets 108: What a fun finish. After collapsing in the finals last year against the Heat, James Harden exacted a little personal revenge. Harden was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 36 points…

  21. Mike D’Antoni says past actions from Metta World Peace factored into his latest suspension

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:41 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Ron Artest

    Metta World Peace was forced to miss the Lakers’ contest in Brooklyn on Tuesday, thanks to the one-game suspension the league handed down for his subtle punch to Brandon Knight during the team’s win over the Pistons on Sunday. At the time of the incident, however, the referees only assessed World Peace with a flagrant…

  22. Lakers’ World Peace, Kobe make least-liked athletes list

    Feb 5, 2013, 6:31 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant smiles after making a free throw while Peace comes towards him during their NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles

    As a professional athlete right now, you don’t really want to end up on a list with Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o — the public has turned on them. But two Lakers joined them on Forbes Magazine’s list of the least popular athletes — Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant. Well, it’s not Forbes list,…

  23. Lakers’ World Peace suspended game for punch; Dwight Howard also out vs. Nets

    Feb 5, 2013, 12:29 PM EST

    Jason Maxiell, Metta World Peace

    Down two starters, this could be a rough night for the Los Angeles Lakers in Brooklyn. Not sure we’ll see a lot of facilitator Kobe Bryant in this one. Metta World Peace has been suspended one game by the NBA for throwing a punch that struck Detroit’s Brandon Knight in the jaw when the two…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pacers, Bulls get together for shootout

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Pacers' West shoots the basketball defended by Bulls' Boozer during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while building a nuclear fusion reactor in your garage like any normal teenager…. Pacers 111, Bulls 101: If you were expecting a defense struggle between two of the top three defenses in the Association… well, sorry. There wasn’t a lot of defense and…

  25. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs still riding along in top slot

    Feb 4, 2013, 2:46 PM EST

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Not a lot of changes at the very top, although we see the Knicks and Nuggets making climbs with winning streaks. At the bottom the Magic have lost 9 in a row, lost Big Baby for the season and are about to trade their best shooter in the next couple of weeks. Do they ever…

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