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  1. Damian Lillard’s future goal: MVP

    Apr 2, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    At some point during the NBA award season, Damian Lillard is going to pick up the Rookie of the Year hardware. It is the biggest lock of the award season (even ahead of the inevitable LeBron MVP). The question with Lillard — who is older than most of his draft class after a four-year college…

  2. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Pacers look good, Clippers…. meh

    Apr 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Roy Hibbert

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering why UFO reports are down…. Pacers 109, Clippers 106:After the Clippers loss over the weekend coach Vinny Del Negro ripped the team for hits energy. He could have said the same thing after this one. Roy Hibbert showed up ready to…

  3. Three Stars of the Night: Roy Hibbert looks good (against Clippers defense)

    Apr 2, 2013, 4:02 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    Honorable mention tonight goes to the fans of the Toronto Raptors for the reception they gave Jose Calderon, and to the Rockets Omer Asik who had 22 points and 18 rebounds in a win. Third Star: Rudy Gay (34 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) He put up big numbers and did it shooting efficiently —…

  4. Jose Calderon heads toward wrong locker room at halftime of Pistons-Raptors

    Apr 1, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons' Calderon greets announcer Kuhn before playing Toronto Raptors in their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Jose Calderon spent 7.5 years with the Raptors, and when he returned to Toronto as a Piston tonight, Raptors fans gave him multiple standing ovations. Calderon, while high fiving fans at halftime, appeared to get caught up in the moment: The look on Calderon’s face when he realizes his gaffe is fantastic. The look on…

  5. Jason Maxiell out for season with detached retina, surgery

    Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Maxiell_Jason

    A couple weeks ago, Pistons forward Jason Maxiell was noticed some blurry vision, got some eye drops from the team and thought that was that. Except it kept getting worse. Maxiell went to a specialist who found something more serious — a detached retina. That requires surgery and he had it Sunday, which means he…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: The streak is dead, the Heat not so much…

    Apr 1, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    350x-1

    Only two more power rankings after this, so we are starting to turn our view toward the playoffs. Which still feel like the Heat then everyone else. 1. Heat (58-15, last week ranked No. 1). A gutty performance by the Chicago Bulls ended the Heat win streak at 27. But that was a one-time performance,…

  7. Watch Andre Drummond airball two free throws (VIDEO)

    Apr 1, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Ouch. Andre Drummond has had a very promising rookie season — the Pistons’ big man has looked like he could be the second best player out of this past draft class at points this year (behind Anthony Davis, and yes better than Damian Lillard down the line). He is athletic, gets to the rim and…

  8. Cavaliers get Kyrie Irving back Sunday against Hornets

    Mar 31, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Kyrie Irving will return to the Cavaliers’ lineup against the Hornets, the team announced on Sunday. Irving has missed his tam’s last eight games with a shoulder injury, and despite Cleveland riding a seven game losing streak and already having been eliminated from playoff contention with just 11 regular season games remaining, the team is…

  9. Friday And-1 link: Heat fan’s lawsuit against Spurs dismissed

    Mar 29, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs 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 Superman loves Lois. • Remember the Miami Heat fan who sued the San…

  10. Andre Drummond expected to return to Pistons Friday

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Andre Drummond is the most exciting thing about the Pistons this season and is the most intriguing rookie in this class. He might have moved into the Rookie of the Year conversation except for two things: 1) Lawrence Frank inexplicably strangling his minutes so he could play more Jason Maxiell; 2) A stress fracture in…

  11. John Wall: I’m NBA’s fastest player

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    John Wall, Mike Conley

    When two good players who play the same position play each other – as John Wall and Russell Westbrook did last night – they’re often asked about the other. Most players say something blandly positive about their opponent, satisfying the media with a nice sound bite. But put in that position, Wall didn’t bite. Michael…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Streakers go to front of the line

    Mar 25, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    Obviously the Heat are undefeated in their last 10 games, but in the East the Brooklyn Nets are the only team with a better than .500 record in their last 10 games. Which is why after the Heat the next five spots on this list come from the Western Conference. 1. Heat (54-14, last week…

  13. Pistons’ Bynum could be shut down for season due to hand

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

    Will Bynum

    Will Bynum has had his moments for the Detroit Pistons this season — as a designated scorer coming off the bench he’s averaging 9.3 points a game but has had 13 games with more than 15 points including 23 against the Trail Blazers recently. But he has been playing through pain in his hand since…

  14. Jose Calderon finds Jonas Jerebko with the two-handed bounce pass through traffic (VIDEO)

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Jose Calderon

    This was a pretty great pass from Jose Calderon to Jonas Jerebko, which took place during the portion of the Pistons’ game against the Heat on Friday where Detroit still had a fighting chance. Two-handed bounce pass, through trafic, to a cutting Jerebko who finished with the reverse jam. That’s enough for me to make…

  15. Heat extend win streak to 25 straight games after toying with the Detroit Pistons

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates a basket against Detroit Pistons during NBA game in Miami

    Technically speaking, the win streak of the Miami Heat, which has now reached 25 straight games after a 103-89 home win over the Pistons on Friday, is in jeopardy every time the Heat take the floor and the ball is tipped off, no matter the quality level of the opponent they may be facing. In…

  16. Andre Drummond remains out, but did go through full practice

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    UPDATE 3:01 pm: Just to make me look bad, Andre Drummond went through a full practice on Thursday, tweets Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. He described Drummond as “upbeat.” There is officially still no timetable for his return. Everyone will want to wait a day and see how his back and body respond to the workout.…

  17. Coach Frank calls Pistons “disheartening to watch”

    Mar 20, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Lawrence Frank

    It’s been a rough season for the Pistons, but the last few weeks in particular have been very tough — they have lost nine games in a row, the most recent a 37-point drubbing at the hands of the Nets. They are without Andre Drummond (back issues) and without any real spark. In their last…

  18. LeBron James savoring big dunk over Jason Terry

    Mar 20, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Heat forward James reacts after making a basket during their NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Boston

    LeBron James has had his share of big dunks in the NBA… and a few other people’s shares. To the point he doesn’t linger over them much. Usually. But the Celtics Jason Terry was dismissive of the Heat and their winning streak before the two teams met Monday night, so LeBron seemed pretty happy to…

  19. NBA Power Rankings: Western teams jockey for position behind Heat.

    Mar 18, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    It’s Miami and then everyone else right now — but notice the next six teams in our weekly power rankings are from the West. That’s because the play of the second tier teams in the East has fallen off (Indiana, New York, Brooklyn) 1. Heat (51-14, last week ranked No. 1). What kind of concerns…

  20. DeAndre Jordan throws down the windmill jam against the Knicks (VIDEO)

    Mar 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Ersan Ilyasova

    DeAndre Jordan got loose on the fast break early in the Clippers’ contest against the Knicks, and made sure to finish with some style by throwing down the thunderous windmill jam. This wasn’t quite on the level of DeAndre’s destruction of Brandon Knight, but not bad for an early Sunday afternoon start.

  21. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Denver fans savor blowout of Knicks

    Mar 14, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson, Tim Thomas, Chris Copeland

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were watching the papal seagull….. Heat 98, 76ers 94: There was a time this season when the Heat were coasting and this was the kind of game where they just didn’t bring any heart. But now they have something to play…

  22. You can get DeAndre Jordan’s dunk face on a T-shirt

    Mar 13, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

    Nice.-Image-via-Under-Armour

    DeAndre Jordan’s dunk over Brandon Knight was an instant YouTube sensation (that post is the most viewed on this site in the past week) and spawned a rash of memes (the Brandon Knight R.I.P. being the biggest if most misplaced). But maybe the best part of the video (after the dunk itself) was Jordan’s face…

  23. After everything else, Pistons had to take cold shower after loss to Jazz

    Mar 12, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight, Andre Drummond

    I’m not sure what the Pistons players did in their past lives to deserve this karma, but it must have been something. Not only have they lost six in a row, not only is star rookie Andre Drummond still out, not only did Brandon Knight get dunked on then sprained his ankle and will be…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Knicks take night off (except they had a game)

    Mar 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were hacking Donkey Kong to make Pauline the hero… Spurs 105, Thunder 93: The Spurs depth was too much for the Thunder — San Antonio made its big runs when it was bench-on-bench (mostly). Part of that was that the Thunder…

  25. Brandon Knight’s week gets worse, leaves game against Jazz with ankle sprain

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight, Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd

    Brandon Knight seems like a nice enough guy, but perhaps that wasn’t the case in a previous life. It’s been a rough season for Knight, with Sunday night’s obliteration at the hands of DeAndre Jordan leading the list of events that haven’t exactly gone his way. Players will always take embarrassment over injury, however, so…

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