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  1. Kobe finds Earl Clark for the half-court alley-oop against Pistons (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2013, 9:36 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    There’s something about the Lakers with 0.4 seconds on the clock. One of the team’s most famous postseason shots ever came with that amount of time remaining, as Derek Fisher won Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference semi-finals. This one doesn’t mean nearly as much, but it was a spectacular play nonetheless. Kobe Bryant…

  2. Lakers hold off Pistons, have now won five of their last six

    Feb 3, 2013, 5:01 PM EST

    Pau Gasol, Jason Maxiell

    It certainly wasn’t pretty, and at times it seemed as though the Lakers were trying to give this game away more than they were trying to win it. But ultimately, L.A. held off the Pistons for a 98-97 victory, the team’s fifth win in its last six games. Dwight Howard missed his second straight game…

  3. Metta World Peace receives a flagrant foul for his subtle uppercut to Brandon Knight (VIDEO)

    Feb 3, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

    Jason Maxiell, Metta World Peace

    Late in the second quarter of Sunday afternoon’s game between the Lakers and the Pistons, Metta World Peace got tangled up away from the ball with Brandon Knight. Knight didn’t appreciate the rough play from World Peace, and used a forearm to his neck to try to achieve separation. There was no foul called on…

  4. Dwight Howard out Sunday against Pistons

    Feb 3, 2013, 11:35 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    UPDATE Feb. 3 11:30 a.m. ET: Howard is out for Sunday’s game against the Pistons, according to multiple reports. He still has pain in that right shoulder, and as we speculated yesterday, it makes more sense for him to get a couple of extra days of rest in advance of the game against the Nets…

  5. Report: Rudy Gay cleared to play for Toronto; new Memphis trio ready as well

    Feb 1, 2013, 4:23 PM EST

    Gay Charity Game

    Clearing physicals and lining all the ducks in a row can take some time, but newly acquired forward Rudy Gay has been cleared to play for the Raptors against the Clippers on Friday night. In addition, Memphis forwards Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis have all been cleared for the Grizzlies in their tilt…

  6. PBT Podcast: Talking Rudy Gay trade, angry Westbrook, Celtics without Rondo, and Lakers without Dwight

    Feb 1, 2013, 3:22 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless tries to defend against against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to review the Thursday night TNT games. We discuss the Grizzlies without Rudy Gay, and whether or not the team has a chance to actually improve before the end of the season once Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis get acclimated to life in…

  7. Thunder look cool (except for Westbrook who got hot) in easy win over Grizzlies

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:02 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless tries to defend against against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    It was a perfect storm of bad for Memphis — they trade their leading scorer Rudy Gay, who is out shopping for a much more extensive winter wardrobe, but his replacements (Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye) have yet to arrive. Then you are on the road against a rested Oklahoma City team who…

  8. Thursday And-1 Links: Andre Iguodala talks defense

    Jan 31, 2013, 6:42 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks

    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. • If you read one thing this week, it should be Matt Moore at…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: For one night at least Celtics look fine post-Rondo

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:34 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while thinking you may have finally found the perfect job… Suns 92, Lakers 86: Ouch. You can apply that one word sentence to Dwight Howard’s shoulder, he left the game midway through the fourth quarter and did not return, seeming to aggravate his…

  10. The Extra Pass: Grading the Rudy Gay Trade

    Jan 31, 2013, 8:36 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we analyze the three-way deal between Memphis, Toronto and Detroit.  Trades born from necessity are often the most interesting to evaluate. Usually the need to deal is lopsided — think Denver…

  11. Three-team trade official sending Rudy Gay to Toronto

    Jan 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Rudy Gay

    All day long Wednesday we were saying it could happen, now the deal is reached and approved — Rudy Gay is headed to Toronto as part of a three-team deal. The trade also involves the Pistons as the third team and Tayshaun Prince going to Memphis in a deal that sends Jose Calderon to Detroit.…

  12. UPDATED Report: Rudy Gay to Toronto trade nearly done, Detroit may be third team

    Jan 30, 2013, 5:04 PM EST

    Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant

    UPDATE #2, 6:04 pm: Here is some twitter confirmation that the deal is close from one of the participants in the trade: Calderon just told us it is close to done but hasn't heard official. He is putting on uniform — Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) January 30, 2013 Memphis may have found their third team according…

  13. Irving, Lillard lead selections for All-Star Rising Stars (rookie/sophomore game)

    Jan 30, 2013, 4:17 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Friday night of All-Star weekend is when the NBA likes to show off it’s future All-Stars. Or, at least the guys who seem like they are going to stick around the league for a while. It’s the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge — what the rest of us still call the rookie/sophomore game. Although for the…

  14. The Extra Pass: Drafting the Rookie-Sophomore Game

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Anthony Davis

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, Kurt Helin and I draft our Rookie-Sophomore teams. We love the idea of the Rookie-Sophomore game at All-Star Weekend being drafted by Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. We love it so…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Portland, Dallas end in a shootout

    Jan 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while spending way too much time on the Stacy King soundboard…. Lakers 111, Hornets 106: The renaissance of the Lakers offense continues — Kobe Bryant had 11 assists, Dwight Howard rolled to the rim for 24 and the Lakers played beautiful basketball. But…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: ‘Melo sparks Knicks win

    Jan 28, 2013, 7:59 AM EST

    New York Knicks forward Anthony reacts to hitting a three-point shot against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while doing the Bernie lean… Lakers 105, Thunder 96: For two consecutive games the Lakers have basically moved Kobe Bryant to the point and put Steve Nash off the ball, and their offense has looked better. We have a lot more detail on…

  17. PBT’s NBA Mid-Season Awards: All hail Kevin Durant

    Jan 24, 2013, 12:31 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    It’s the halfway point of the NBA season. To me having a serious discussion about end of season awards before this point is like discussing the 2016 presidential election today — it’s all speculation and wishful thinking. Now we have enough games to have a body of evidence and a discussion. So here are my…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another day, another Lakers loss

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:44 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while working on your eyelid weightlifting…. Grizzlies 106, Lakers 93: The Lakers added injury to insult when Dwight Howard re-aggravated his shoulder problem in the first half, and the Grizzlies took full advantage by recording 16 offensive rebounds and 60 points in the…

  19. Wednesday And-1 Links: Justin Beiber meets Michael Jordan. And twitter explodes.

    Jan 23, 2013, 7:25 PM EST

    Michael Jordan Justin Beiber

    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. • Justin Beiber — that would be 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game MVP…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kyrie Irving outduels Rajon Rondo

    Jan 23, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving, Avery Bradley

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while waiting five days for that goat cheese fire to butn itself out… Thunder 109, Clippers 98: This was a four-point game at the half, then Kevin Durant happened. The Clippers were without their star in Chris Paul — bruised knee — but…

  21. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Situations (Pacific Division)

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:50 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Yesterday, we looked at the Northwest Division. Today, we head out to the Pacific Division. Los Angeles Clippers: 32-10, 1st in Pacific Division, $440,000 short of tax Off Limits: Blake Griffin and Chris…

  22. NBA Power Rankings: Clippers back on top, showdown with Thunder Tuesday

    Jan 21, 2013, 3:46 PM EST

    BKN-CLIPPERS-WIZARDS

    No change in the top four teams, but really it feels like right now there is a top three teams with the Heat capable of being that good but not really choosing to all the time. 1. Clippers (32-9, last week ranked No. 2). Chris Paul sits out three games, Eric Bledsoe steps in and…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nuggets knock of Thunder in OT

    Jan 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while taking out your frustrations in the “rage room”… Nuggets 121, Thunder 118 (OT): This was the kind of game that fans find entertaining and makes a coach cringe. Entertaining because it was close most of the way, was played at a fast…

  24. Kyle Singler takes his trick shots to London (VIDEO)

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:01 PM EST

    Kyle Singler

    Frankly, this isn’t as good as previous Kyle Singler trick shot videos — the one around Duke is still the best, followed by just his random ones in Detroit. But he was in London with the Pistons to get stomped by the Knicks and while there he got on a double-decker bus and hit some…

  25. The Extra Pass: Rookie Report

    Jan 18, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we ask you to put down your TPS report and pick up the Rookie Report: Since we’re near the halfway point of the season, it’s time to revisit the rookie class…

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