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  1. PBT Podcast for Nov. 5: Westbrook is back, Clippers offense impressive, Howard gets boos

    Nov 5, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Time for the latest edition of the PBT Podcast. Myself and Eyton Shander of NBC Sports Radio talk about the return of Russell Westbrook and what that means for the Thunder (they will return to contender form soon) and the West. Then we talk about how the Clippers — four games in they have the…

  2. The Extra Pass: Clippers offensive fireworks cover up struggling defense, plus Monday recaps

    Nov 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    LOS ANGELES — The Clippers know how to put on a show — they dropped a highflying 137 points on the Rockets and blew the up-and-coming team out of the water. Through four games the Clippers are averaging 116.7 points per 100s possessions, that is almost 7 points better than the second place team (Houston).…

  3. Red-hot Clippers put on a show at Rockets expense, win big

    Nov 5, 2013, 2:40 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Chris Paul

    LOS ANGELES — This happens a few games a season. It was a perfect storm of the already explosive Clippers offense really finding its flow in an up-tempo game, a Rockets defense that was just floundering, some foul trouble to the Rockets defensive anchor, and to top it all off Chris Paul had the Midas…

  4. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Rockets, T-Wolves and Sixers on top

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    The first few weeks of the Power Rankings see crazy fluctuations — teams that aren’t really that good start off hot, teams that are good start cold, so teams bounce up and down the rankings like they are on a bungee cord the first few weeks. Eventually things find their level. But this week was…

  5. And the active leader for consecutive regular season NBA games played is …

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Omer Asik, Ed Davis

    Omer Asik of the Rockets is the active leader in consecutive regular season games played, with his current streak hitting 233 straight after appearing in each of the Rockets’ first three games of the year. Asik topped the leaderboard once Russell Westbrook‘s streak ended due to a knee injury he suffered during last season’s playoffs…

  6. Toughest guys to guard on pick-and-roll? Sanders says Nash, Rose, Conley

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    Steve Nash, Chris Paul

    Larry Sanders got a big four-year, $44 million extension from the Milwaukee Bucks this summer because he can defend — he can protect the rim and block shots, but he also is quite good showing out and shutting of drives on the pick-and-roll. Talking with him after the Bucks season-opening loss to the Knicks, Zach…

  7. Mark Cuban calls Dwight Howard’s judgment childish

    Oct 31, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert,Dwight Howard

    Billionaires usually get their way. That’s why they’re billionaires. Those who didn’t get their way never amassed such a large fortune. Then, once they reached that status, they have the means to continue getting their way. The best NBA example is Dan Gilbert’s infamous letter when LeBron James left Cleveland. That was whiny and shameful,…

  8. Anthony Davis talks Pelican chemistry, his game and NBA 2K14

    Oct 31, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    While you were looking at Dwight Howard or Derrick Rose this preseason, the New Orleans Pelicans put together a nice little 7-1 record. Then on opening night the Pelicans had a 16-point second half lead against the contending Pacers, a lead the more experienced Pacers were able to make evaporate behind some strong play from…

  9. For at least a night, Dwight Howard looks like he made the smart move

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Bismack Biyombo

    For at least one night, Dwight Howard could say the move was justified. He can say he made the right call and back it up. We’ll see what the future holds, but Howard looked healthy, moved well, grabbed 26 rebounds, was a strong defensive presence and chipped in 17 points in the Rockets season-opening win.…

  10. The Extra Pass Wednesday Roundup: Talking tanking (or not) in Phoenix

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

          PHOENIX — After the Suns traded their projected starting center in Marcin Gortat to the Wizards in exchange for an injured player who might not play this season and a future first round draft pick, and did so less than a week before the start of the regular season, it doesn’t exactly…

  11. Wednesday Night’s NBA Grades: How about that Michael Carter-Williams?

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    Our grades from Tuesday night around the NBA, or what you missed while throwing back a few bottles of snake venom with your buddies. Michael Carter Williams, Philadelphia 76ers. His first NBA bucket came on a steal and coast-to-coast drive and slam against the Miami Heat. It doesn’t get much better than that… except it did.…

  12. Jeremy Lin on coming off the bench: “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal”

    Oct 30, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-TAIWAN-TPE-NBA-PACERS-ROCKETS-LIN

    When the Houston Rockets tip off the season Wednesday night, Patrick Beverley will be out on the court as the starting point guard. Jeremy Lin will be in his warm-ups on the bench, waiting for his name to be called by coach Kevin McHale — Lin will be the sixth man for the Rockets, at…

  13. Chandler Parsons leaks Patrick Beverley, not Jeremy Lin, to start at point for Rockets

    Oct 29, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverly, Russell Westbrook

    The last couple of preseason games, Patrick Beverley started at the point for the Houston Rockets and Jeremy Lin came off the bench as the sixth man. We’d written before this could be coming. It was something the Rockets had toyed with all preseason. Yet Kevin McHale was going all Bill Belichick when asked about his…

  14. Five NBA players likely to get traded this season

    Oct 29, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

    Jameer Nelson

    When I started compiling this list more than a week ago, Marcin Gortat was the guy on top of it — then his trade happened earlier than anyone expected. The Wizards want to make the playoffs this year, the Suns want to tank and so they had a common ground. Now who is most likely…

  15. How about a couple dunks on Vine, including one over Jordan (in poster form)

    Oct 29, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    I know, I just want the NBA season to tip-off tonight as well, enough with the waiting. What are we going to do, discuss the Dwight Howard season with the Lakers for the 5,493, 672nd time? So to kill some time, how about a couple of dunks recorded on Vine. Here is Andre Drummond throwing…

  16. D’Antoni on running offense through Howard: “I think it was all (politics)”

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Dwight Howard

    If you haven’t heard, Dwight Howard wasn’t happy in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and the feeling was pretty mutual. What, you heard that already? Okay, during the preseason this whole storyline has been overplayed more than “Blurred Lines,” but as the season tips off tonight, the Lakers coach decided to answer a reporters’ question in a…

  17. PBT’s 2013-14 NBA season predictions… it’s not all Miami

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The last couple years, it has felt going into the season that the road to an NBA title went through Miami. And it wasn’t going any farther. This year it feels far more wide open. Make no mistake, the road goes through Miami and they are saying all the right things about defending their title,…

  18. What to expect from LeBron and the Heat?

    Oct 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    You’re busy, so I’ll save you some time: a championship.  They’ve won two straight, basically their entire squad is coming back, and their best guy is the most dynamic and exciting player since Michael Jordan.  The Heat have all the tools they need to make a run at a three-peat – but even with them…

  19. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  20. Commissioner-to-be Adam Silver is a big fan of advanced stats

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Deputy NBA commissioner Silver speaks during an announcement that the Toronto Raptors will host the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto

    If you fear that the NBA is being taken over by people who just love advanced stats… well, you’re right. Come February 1 Adam Silver will be the Commissioner of the NBA — and he loves advanced stats. Silver was at the early days of the SLOAN Conference at MIT (almost an annual convention of…

  21. Will the Nets or Rockets make a Finals splash?

    Oct 28, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Flash back to April 26, 2012. The Nets closed the season with their six straight loss, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The Rockets picked up a meaningless win that day, but they had just lost seven of their previous eight games to ensure they’d miss their third straight postseason. Both teams had…

  22. Report: Rockets to release Marcus Camby

    Oct 27, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Marcus Camby

    If there’s one element of professional sports people consistently overlook, it’s how significant and unavoidable aging is. As players get in to their 30s, their production declines. The later into their 30s, the more drastic the decline. Of course, there are exceptions, and people cling to those, because the exceptions are far more visible than…

  23. Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol engage in preseason shoving match (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The first quarter of the Rockets’ preseason finale against the Grizzlies on Friday was far more eventful than the team would have liked. Early on, James Harden left the game with a knee contusion after being fouled on a three-point attempt by Quincy Pondexter. He did not return, although the injury was not believed to…

  24. Wednesday And-1 Links: Cavaliers pick up options for Irving, Waiters, Zeller, Thompson

    Oct 23, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    It’s time for 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 more than Skittles… • If you are rebuilding with youth, rule one is…

  25. Tracy McGrady watched the Lakers play, feels bad for Kobe

    Oct 23, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    Yao Ming & Kobe Bryant Attend NBA Fans Appreciation Day

    Lakers fans could have watched their team’s preseason win over Utah Tuesday night with a sense of optimism. Jordan Farmar looked good in the second half running the offense, Wes Johnson looked comfortable in the system on his way to 14 points, Xavier Henry was attacking, Jordan Hill looked solid in the paint. You could…

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