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  1. PBT Extra: PBT does its own Rising Stars Challenge draft; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The NBA announced the field for the Rising Stars Challenge, but the teams won’t be selected until next week. A sucker for any opportunity to hold a mock draft, I enlisted Kurt into holding our own. We followed the same positional rules whoever picks the teams on TNT next Thursday – the general managers have yet to…

  2. Michael Carter-Williams, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard all in All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge

    Jan 29, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Sacramento Kings

    While the All-Star Game itself is an exhibition for the biggest names in basketball, a sneaky fun part of All-Star Weekend is always the Rising Stars Challenge — watching the games best young players put on a little show. And there are plenty of good young players to showcase this season. Last season’s Rookie of…

  3. John Wall gets the chasedown block on Stephen Curry (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    John Wall

    An awful turnover on the game’s first possession was one John Wall was able to turn into one of the night’s better highlights. After the Wizards won the opening tip, Wall lost the ball after a questionable pass from Bradley Beal. He was credited with the turnover (unfairly, probably) but he didn’t give up on…

  4. The Extra Pass: Should Indiana be worried about its offense? And Tuesday’s recaps.

    Jan 29, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Indiana is the best team in the NBA right now — they have the best record in the league (by percentage points over Oklahoma City) and they have the best point differential in the league. The Pacers are legitimate title contenders. They have done all that in spite of their offense. The…

  5. Lakers make it official: Kobe out at least three weeks, meaning no All-Star Game

    Jan 28, 2014, 11:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    LOS ANGELES — We told you word was Kobe Bryant was going to be out a few more weeks, now it has become official. INJURY UPDATE: Kobe Bryant was examined tonight & still has pain and swelling in his left knee. Examined again in approximately 3 weeks.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 29, 2014 Bryant…

  6. Report: Australia’s Dante Exum to declare for NBA Draft

    Jan 28, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

    dante exum eurocamp

    Dante Exum is an Australian 6’6″ point guard who has had scouts drooling over both his current skill set and his NBA potential for well over a year. Many executives of teams currently projected to end up in the lottery have yet to see him play in person, but that’s likely to change over the…

  7. The Extra Pass: Three guys that deserve more playing time, plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the first half of the season in the books, let’s look at five players who deserve to get a little more burn the rest of the way. John Henson, F/C, Milwaukee Bucks Before we get to Henson, let’s travel in the way back machine to the 2009-10 season. If you’ll remember, Kurt Rambis was…

  8. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Durant powers Thunder to top slot

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    No Russell Westbrook yet Kevin Durant has pushed the Thunder to the top of the West and the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Still strange to see the Celtics and Lakers near the bottom of the poll, but it’s where they belong this season.   1. Thunder (35-10, LW 4). Kevin Durant is making…

  9. Pat Riley says David Stern “The No. 1 reason why this league is where it is today”

    Jan 27, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    This is David Stern’s final week as NBA Commissioner — the power exchange to Adam Silver comes over the weekend. Feb. 1 is the final day for David Stern on the job, and we all know the final day on a job you’re just screwing around and cleaning out your desk anyway. Stern is taking…

  10. John Wall trying to use USA Basketball snub as motivation

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

    the Washington Wizards host the Boston Celtics

    When USA Basketball announced its pool of players being considered for the World Championships this summer (and the Rio Olympics in a couple years) the list included the best point guards in the NBA: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Damian Lillard. John Wall was not on that list. His…

  11. The Extra Pass: Kobe’s thoughts on Carmelo Anthony to L.A. speculation, plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    by Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – When Carmelo Anthony scored a jaw-dropping 62 points in a win over the Bobcats on Friday, he didn’t just set a Knicks franchise record. He took something that belonged to Kobe Bryant. The Madison Square Garden arena record, since the building opened its fourth incarnation in 1968, was set…

  12. Sunday night NBA grades: Stephen Curry leads Warriors to big win

    Jan 27, 2014, 2:15 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering why the Grammy officials thought a classical pianist with Metallica was a good idea…. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. Turns out he can shoot the ball. Not his best day shooting but he had 23 in the first half and finished the game…

  13. Kevin Durant, even out injured, sparks Oklahoma City Thunder to sixth straight win

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    BOSTON – Kevin Durant rose from his seat on the bench, tugging up the slack on his warm-up pants as he inched forward at nearly action that could lead to an Oklahoma City Thunder basket. As the Thunder connected on shot after shot, Durant – out with a sore right shoulder that will be re-evaluated…

  14. Kyrie Irving says he plans to defend his All-Star Weekend Three Point Contest title

    Jan 24, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Kyrie Irving is going to be a little busier this weekend in New Orleans for the All-Star Game, what with the fans voting him a starter and all. But he wants to defend his Three Point Contest title. Irving beat Matt Bonner in the final round last season, he was a bit of a surprise…

  15. LeBron, Curry, Kobe voted All-Star Game starters — but Kobe doesn’t want to play

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    You voted for them, so here they are — your 2014 NBA All-Star Game starters: EASTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) Frontcourt: LeBron James (Miami Heat), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) WESTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder),…

  16. Kevin Durant takes twitter questions, is a Stephen Curry fan

    Jan 23, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Oklahoma Thunder v Utah Jazz

    Kevin Durant had a little time to kill on Thursday. The Thunder are off for the night, which means Durant will only score 25 tonight. He’s that good. With that down time, Durant decided to answer some twitter questions. A few interesting things here — including a question about Stephen Curry and a couple of…

  17. LeBron, Durant lead Team USA roster pool for 2014 World Championships, 2016 Olympics

    Jan 23, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    When Team USA takes the court in Rio in 2016 to defend its gold medal, you can expect to see somethings old and somthings new — guys who won gold in London and Beijing will be mixed with newcomers who got their real first taste of USA Basketball this coming summer in Spain for the…

  18. Lance Stephenson to appeal fine for flopping, blames ‘slippery floor’ for his fall

    Jan 23, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    Lance Stephenson became the third player to be fined for flopping this season, but he believes his second infraction — the one seen in the video clip above that occurred earlier this week against the Golden State Warriors — wasn’t a flop at all. From Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star: “I don’t feel like…

  19. The Extra Pass: Ranking all 28 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team candidatles

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some names leaked yesterday for inclusion on the 2014-16 USA Basketball men’s national-team roster – the pool of players who will be considered for upcoming international events. That includes the World Cup of Basketball this summer, possibly 2015 Olympic qualifiers  – and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Stein of ESPN beat today’s official announcement with…

  20. Chris Paul hopes to return from injury in time to play in All-Star game

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:12 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers holds up the MVP trophy after the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    Chris Paul is still out of action for the Clippers with a shoulder injury, but the initial timetable for his return would have him back some time near All-Star weekend, which will take place Feb. 14-16 in New Orleans. As Paul continues the recovery process, he told reporters he would love to play in the…

  21. PBT Extra: Who should be All-Star Game reserves?

    Jan 22, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Thursday night the starters for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans will become official, but we pretty much know who they will be — the East has no close races and the West is seeming settled. Here is who almost certainly gets announced. EASTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)…

  22. Report: Dwight Howard to play for Team USA at World Championships, maybe Olympics

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    USA's Dwight Howard grans the ball durin

    The last time Dwight Howard played for Team USA he was a 22-year-old helping the United States win gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But that appears likely to change this summer with the World Championships in Spain, Howard will be in the pool of players coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball will choose from,…

  23. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  24. Andre Iguodala hates playing in nationally televised games

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors

    When you are a team that draws eyeballs — like the Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry — you end up on national television broadcasts a lot. For Golden State, it’s 17 times this season — that’s more than 20 percent of their games. And that’s fewer than the Heat, Lakers (despite their play), Thunder…

  25. Pacers’ Lance Stephenson fined $5,000 by league for flopping

    Jan 21, 2014, 6:13 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers

    He may be on his way to the All-Star Game as a reserve (that’s not set in stone but it seems likely, more on that later in the week) but Lance Stephenson is still drawing the ire of the league. Indiana’s Stephenson was fined $5,000 by the league on Tuesday for flopping — it was…

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