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  1. Wednesday night NBA grades: Amar’e Stoudemire played well? Yes. Yes he did.

    Dec 12, 2013, 2:21 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    Our quick look around the association on a busy Wednesday night. Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks. Stoudemire played 30 minutes. Stoudemire was clutch, hitting a key jumper with less than 3 minutes to go after the Bulls had stormed from 23 points back to tie the game. Stoudemire played good interior defense. Stoudemire showed a…

  2. The Extra Pass: The league’s leading lineups; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    After watching two of the league’s best starting lineups duke it out in Indiana, let’s check in on the best and worst lineups around the league so far this season. Best Net Efficiency Rating (minimum 150 minutes) Houston: Patrick Beverley-James Harden-Chandler Parsons-Terrence Jones-Dwight Howard Net efficiency is the difference between a team’s offensive rating and…

  3. Why question “When did basketball get so bad?” misses mark

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    NBA basketball right now is entering a golden age. Just not everybody appreciates that. Charles Barkley swung by the Dan Patrick Show on Monday and together they sounded like grumpy old men telling you how basketball isn’t as good now as it was when they were fans of the sport. At least they didn’t throw…

  4. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At the quarter pole Portland takes the lead

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    The general rule of thumb is 20 games into the season you can start to really trust the stats and the trends — in which case it’s good to be a Portland Trail Blazers fan. They move into the top slot with their recent wins over Indiana and OKC. 1. Trail Blazers (17-4, Last Week…

  5. Mike D’Antoni: Chances “pretty good” Kobe plays Sunday… he sold that short

    Dec 6, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    UPDATE 5:37 pm: Kobe Bryant will make his return on Sunday night — he made the announcement in a Facebook video. Apparently he owns some FB stock. 3:22 pm: The Lakers are in Sacramento tonight. Kobe Bryant will be at his home in Newport Beach, trying to get his daughters to turn off the “Muppets…

  6. The Extra Pass: A Google goggle revolution dream, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich

    I have this odd vision for the future of the NBA, and in it everyone looks like Kirk Hinrich. Well, everyone doesn’t actually look like Kirk Hinrich, but all the players are wearing goggles nonetheless. That’s not just because they look cool and I think Hinrich is the undisputed king of accessorizing, and it’s not…

  7. The Extra Pass: Chemistry clicking in Denver as Nuggets beat Nets to win seventh straight, and Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — If it was a fight, they would have stopped it. To say the Nuggets beat the Nets on Tuesday to earn their seventh straight win wouldn’t at all be an accurate description of how Denver came out and destroyed Brooklyn in the third quarter, and then continued the assault against a depleted and…

  8. Tuesday night NBA Grades: Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo with dueling rookie triple doubles

    Dec 4, 2013, 2:13 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Orlando Magic

    If you were busy exploring our galaxy online and not watching hoops Monday then you missed the first time in NBA history that two rookies recorded triple-doubles in the same game. We’re here to help you out with our nightly grades from around the league. Michael Carter Williams, Philadelphia 76ers. The early leader in the…

  9. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Heat and a lot from out West at the top

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    The Eastern Conference has two elite teams — Indiana and Miami — and they are on top of the PBT Power Rankings for this week. Then you don’t see another team from the East until No. 12, which speaks to the depth of the West and the drop off after the East elite.   1.…

  10. The Extra Pass: The Wild West, can Portland last, and Sunday’s Recaps

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Let’s jump around the Western Conference with a few observations: Portland: 20 percent of the regular season is in the books, and the Trail Blazers hold the pole position in the Western Conference. It’s a great accomplishment and something absolutely no one expected, but the Blazers should come back down to earth soon enough. Wesley…

  11. Sunday night NBA Grades: Turns out Kevin Durant is good at basketball

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:55 AM EDT

    Oklahoma Thunder v Utah Jazz

    Maybe it’s the remnants of the tryptophan talking, but I am handing out nothing but “A” grades tonight… except for the Knicks. I’m feeling generous. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. How about this line for KD: 32 points on 66.7 percent shooting, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 steals, 4 blocks. He did pretty much everything…

  12. Maurice Cheeks: Brandon Jennings doesn’t know how to play point guard yet

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Maurice Cheeks, Brandon Jennings

    Flash back to the Pistons’ news conference to introduce Brandon Jennings. Joe Dumars in his opening statement, as transcribed by Matt Watson of Detroit Bad Boys: We also like the fact that he has five years of pro experience, one in Italy and four in Milwaukee. And we thought that he could step right in,…

  13. Lakers execute halfcourt alley-oop to end the first half against Pistons for second straight season (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

    Kobe Bryant is injured and Earl Clark is gone in free agency, but the play those two ran in Detroit to end the first half against the Pistons a season ago was alive and well on Friday. The play above shows Steve Blake inbounding the ball from just inside the halfcourt line on the sideline,…

  14. Will Bynym paid electric bill, bought Thanksgiving dinner for Chicago women’s shelter

    Nov 28, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Detroit Pistons

    Good on ya, Will Bynum. There are some women in Chicago trying to escape an abusive situation and turn their lives around who are thankful for Pistons reserve guard Will Bynum today — he helped keep the lights out and bought Thanksgiving dinner for them. The Detroit News has the details, talking about how Bynum…

  15. Brian Shaw tries to improve Nuggets’ free throw shooting by asking team to hit him on the head

    Nov 27, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Denver Nuggets are making 69.9 percent of their free throws. Which is not good, even if there are two teams that are worse (Charlotte and Detroit, thank you Andre Drummond). Coach Brian Shaw was using his head trying to come up with ways to get the team to shoot better from the stripe, when…

  16. Caron Butler doesn’t like Brandon Jennings showing up the Bucks

    Nov 26, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Brandon Jennings traded barbs with his old team this offseason and then finally got his chance to prove his point on the court Monday. He did. Jennings scored an efficient 15 points and added 13 assists and two steals, leading the Pistons to a 19-point win over the Bucks. It was already fulfilling revenge for…

  17. The Extra Pass: Behind San Antonio’s hot start and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    At least in the standings, the San Antonio Spurs are as good as they’ve ever been. By walloping the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, San Antonio tied their franchise best for a start to the season. The Spurs are 13-1 now and winners of 11 straight games. What can you say? I ran out of…

  18. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Injuries start to shape the rankings

    Nov 25, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs

    The top of our rankings remain solid this week, but after a bad weekend of injuries there were a few shakeups farther down with more to come. 1. Spurs (12-1, Last Week No. 1). They are the winners of 10 in a row and are doing it with great defense, good offense, not much Tim…

  19. The Extra Pass: You may not believe this, but a D’Antoni team is winning with defense, plus game recaps

    Nov 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Six games ago, a frustrated Mike D’Antoni decided to shake up the rotation of his struggling 3-5 Lakers: Chris Kaman was out of the starting lineup, Jordan Hill was in; Nick Young became a sixth man and Wesley Johnson became the starting three; and with Steve Nash out Jodie Meeks became Steve…

  20. Sunday night NBA Grades: The Nets woes in the third quarter continue

    Nov 25, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Brooklyn Nets

    We know you were busy Sunday night trying out the new Cinnabon vodka (why does that exist?) so we kept our eye on the NBA for you and are bringing you some grades. Brooklyn Nets in the third quarter. Brooklyn was up 7 over Detroit… then the third quarter happened. Again. Sunday the Nets shot…

  21. Brandon Jennings says he has lost confidence in his shot… but he’s still shooting

    Nov 24, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    The Detroit Pistons need floor spacing and Brandon Jennings is not providing it. He was 4-of-16 shooting with four turnovers in the Pistons loss Friday night, and in his last five games Jennings is shooting just 35.5 percent. On the season he is struggling to finish (hitting just 44.9 percent in the restricted area), struggling…

  22. Maurice Cheeks says Josh Smith will remain Detroit Pistons starting small forward

    Nov 23, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    When the Detroit Pistons tipped off against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Josh Smith was on the bench. This, naturally, raised all kinds of questions. Why wasn’t Smith starting against his former team? Had Maurice Cheeks given up on the Pistons’ big frontcourt of Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond after just 11 games? Was…

  23. The Extra Pass: Three takeaways and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Three takeaways from a busy Wednesday night around the league: It was Paul George, in the Garden, with the dagger It’s a crazy thing to watch an entire arena lose all hope, all at once. The Knicks were well on their way to a statement win over the Indiana Pacers. Maybe it could have been…

  24. Kobe Bryant returns to practice, but are expectations too high?

    Nov 20, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In Los Angeles, it apparently is illegal to use the words “temper” and “expectations” in the same sentence. At least when discussing the return of Kobe Bryant to the court. As you likely have heard, Kobe Bryant returned to practice on Tuesday with the Lakers and above you see the video as proof (courtesy the…

  25. The Extra Pass: Gay, Wallace and D-Will on notice, plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    It’s early. Early, early, early. I don’t want to condemn anyone based on ten games, but it’s time to wonder what’s going on with Rudy Gay, Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams. Rudy Gay – He’s been chucking, but his chucking has now reached historic levels. Through 11 games, Gay has shot under 40 percent from…

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