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

    Feb 15, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 12, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 12, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 11, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 10, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 9, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 8, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    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…

  11. 2013 All-Star Saturday Skills Challenge participants announced

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 5, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    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,…

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

    Feb 5, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 4, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Jose Calderon cleared, will suit up for Pistons vs. Knicks

    Feb 4, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Raptors' Calderon poses for the team photographer during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    Detroit brought in Jose Calderon in last week’s three-team Rudy Gay trade in part because he has a $10 million expiring contract and they will go well under the salary cap next summer and be able to be free agent players. But also, Calderon can fit what they do on the court. We’ll find out…

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

    Feb 3, 2013, 9:36 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 3, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 3, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    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…

  22. Dwight Howard out Sunday against Pistons

    Feb 3, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 1, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 1, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    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…

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