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  1. NBA Power Rankings: Heat slip, Bulls charge into top spot

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Miami tripped up out West and the Bulls ran over them on the way to the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Meanwhile, jump on the Sixers bandwagon while you can. 1. Bulls (12-2, last week ranked No. 2). Five wins in a row and their next five games are against teams under .500, so…

  2. Video: Bucks, Pistons go 41-of-41 from free throw line

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Carlos Delfino (10) drives upcourt after stealing the ball from Detroit Pistons' Ben Gordon

    Dwight Howard wasn’t the only one making free throw history on Thursday night. In a game we’re pretty sure you didn’t watch, the Bucks and Pistons went 41-of-41 combined from the charity stripe. They were perfect — thanks to a lane violation early on that saved the day. Pistons big man Greg Monroe led the…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: it’s a free throw-a-palooza

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    What you missed while trying to beat up a police officer with a stuffed monkey…. Cavaliers 101, Suns 90: Kyrie Irving had his best game ever matched up against Steve Nash. Our own Brett Pollakoff broke it down as our game of the night. Magic 117, Warriors 109: Mark Jackson decided the best strategy was…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Blazers best in West

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James does a dance with Chalmers during a time-out in overtime after they tied their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    A little shifting up at the top but nothing too dramatic. Your big movers this week is the 76ers, who are playing well and moving up the rankings, and the Hornets dropping like a rock. 1. Heat (8-1 last week ranked No. 1). Chris Bosh drops 33 on the Hawks and wants you to remember…

  5. Weekend Observations: 25 things from the week that was

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Ramon Sessions is not shooting well, but he’s drawing a lot of contact and his assists are up this year. He’s got a 19.5 PER and can’t get over 25 minutes per game on the Cavaliers. He’s much more of…

  6. Report: Four 2008 Team USA members on the out, roster to mix 2008 and 2010 gold medal teams

    Jan 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Beijing Olympics

    Team USA begins its preparation for the 2012 Summer Games this month. It will release the 18-man roster under consideration for final inclusion as the 2012 U.S men’s basketball team and ESPN reports that there will be some changes from the 2008 squad that won gold in Beijing. The new team will reportedly feature combined…

  7. Rip Hamilton back in Detroit… but as a Bull. That’s weird.

    Jan 4, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    I’m still not used to it. Richard Hamilton is a Chicago Bull now and — when healthy and in the lineup — a key part of the diversification of the Chicago offense. He’s fitting in well. But it still seems a little weird to see the facemask and headband with a Bulls uniform, not a…

  8. Wednesday And-1 links, where Wade is eating plant food

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    Welcome to our morning 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). Dwyane Wade is eating Chlorophyll as part of his new diet. Seriously. Is Zach Randolph’s knee injury worse than the Grizzlies first let on? We…

  9. Tuesday And-1 links, or how Kevin Love = Bill Laimbeer

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    Welcome to our morning 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). Lamar Odom thinks Kevin Love is the Bill Laimbeer for a new generation. Dennis Rodman is going to coach a topless women’s basketball team in…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the living upsets

    Jan 3, 2012, 6:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James walks during a time out in the closing minutes of his team's loss to the Atlanta Hawks in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while watching Oregon and Wisconsin score another touchdown…. Hawks 100, Heat 92: Miami was zoned out again. The Hawks went to a zone defense a lot starting in the second quarter and it stalled out the Heat, who shot just 37 percent in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Tracy McGrady alone had 13…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Blazers climb, Heat on top of mountain

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James

    Lots of big moves up and down as the rankings start to shake themselves out a little. In college football they should hold off doing polls through those early weeks because said polls impact the postseason, but as the NBA has a playoff to determine who is best let’s dive in. 1. Heat (5-0, last…

  12. 100 early season observations

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    We lost basketball this year. Precious, sweet basketball. And even though most of the lockout happened in the offseason, those days were still slogs through disappointment and frustration. So to mourn those days and celebrate the first week of professional basketball this season, here are 100 observations on the early season. 1. Lob City’s a…

  13. Winderman: Technical fouls more expensive with shortened season

    Dec 30, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    The upside of the NBA’s lockout-compacted 66-game schedule? It can shorten the lengths of previously handed-down suspensions, with Andrew Bynum and Charlie Villanueva receiving that benefit of the doubt to start the season. The downside? Less tolerance from big brother, namely NBA czar of discipline Stu Jackson. While much was made publicly of the league…

  14. Thursday And-1 links (with some Portland love)

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace reacts to his team's loss against the Dallas Mavericks in Portland, Oregon

    Welcome to our morning 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). They love them some Gerald Wallace in Portland, and he is learning to love it there. With Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland could be very,…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks fall, Heat race into top spot

    Dec 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Only one third of the teams in the NBA have played a game, but it was enough to move some teams around and give us a new No. 1. 1. Heat (1-0, last week ranked No. 2). They had 100 possessions in their opening game, nine more than they averaged last season. If they do…

  16. League reduces suspensions for Bynum, Villanueva by one game

    Dec 23, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The Lakers Andrew Bynum and the Pistons Charlie Villanueva will both be back on the court a little sooner thanks to the lockout. Both had their five-game suspensions to start the season reduced to four because of the schedule being cut back to 66 games due to the lockout. Bynum will make his debut now…

  17. Wednesday morning one liners

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert, Tony Battie

    Our morning 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). If you want to be the smartest NBA fan on the block — or the virtual block — order the new Basketball Prospectus preview book that just…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  19. Monday morning one liners

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. A fantastic read at Hoopspeak.com on what the Thunder need to do to get Kevin Durant more open looks. After signing Baron Davis for the mini mid-level, the Knicks are out of the running…

  20. Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight shine in preseason game which actually doesn’t tell us anything

    Dec 17, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Detroit Pistons

    You’re probably reading that headline and wondering what the point of the post is. The point is that after a seven month layoff from organized basketball, Friday was the first time we’ve seen Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight play at the NBA level. As both players will have a huge impact on the directions of…

  21. Now what for the Boston Celtics? It’s not a pretty picture.

    Dec 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    What really matters in all of this is that Jeff Green will be fine and next season will return to the NBA. That is what is important. But Green being out for the entire NBA season following heart surgery leaves the Boston Celtics in a bind. Green was key to their chances this season —…

  22. Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey. Is continuity worth it?

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    (Update:  It’s official, Pistons have re-signed Stuckey.)   Yahoo! Sports reports:   Rodney Stuckey has agreed to a 3 year, $25M deal to stay with Pistons, league source confirms to Y!Sat Dec 17 16:21:18 via UberSocial for BlackBerryAdrian Wojnarowski WojYahooNBA   It’s a… well, it’s a move for the Pistons. It’s a matter of two extremes.…

  23. Celtics’ Jeff Green to miss entire season after heart surgery

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    We thought things didn’t sound good, and they are not for the Celtics. Jeff Green — expected to be Boston’s sixth man — will miss the entire season after surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm, the Celtics announced on Saturday. The important thing is that Green is expected to make a full recovery. This can…

  24. NBA Season Preview: Chicago Bulls

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    2010-11 Record: 62-20 (best in the NBA, thanks to relentless effort on defense every night) Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau (you can thank him for the defense) Key Departures: Rasual Butler, Kurt Thomas Key Additions: Richard Hamilton — a big upgrade at the two. Best case scenario (that does not involve a highly unlikely Dwight Howard…

  25. NBA Season Preview: Boston Celtics

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Last season: 56-26 and a tough out by the hand of LeBron James. Head Coach: The perennially fantastic Doc Rivers. He may not have the mystique of Gregg Popovich or the cult appeal of Stan Van Gundy, but Rivers consistently does a great job of balancing the personalities on Boston’s roster while drawing up highly…

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