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  1. Thunder get right with blowout destruction of Raptors

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:05 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    If you want the short version of how things went for the Raptors in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, we have that for you here and here. For those that want the excruciating details, feel free to continue. It’s amazing how any the talk of chemistry issues and in-house bickering suddenly disappears when a weaker opponent…

  2. NBC SportsTalk: Breaking down Harden’s new role in Houston, updates on Knicks and Lakers

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

    James Harden, Wesley Matthews

    On this segment of NBC SportsTalk, Adrian Wojnarowski goes deeper into the James Harden saga, and also discusses Jeremy Lin and how he may fit with Harden from a relationship standpoint. Woj also expects Steve Nash to be out two or three weeks with that leg fracture, and will Kobe Bryant still be playing at…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs and Knicks movin’ on up

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Fans celebrate as Knicks' Anthony sinks a three-point shot against Heat during NBA basketball game in New York

    The first few power rankings of the year show the most volatility — we don’t have established patterns for teams and so if someone gets hot or cold for a few games there is no context yet to put that in. It’s Small Sample Size Theatre. The Magic are 2-0 but I don’t think they…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers keep it simple and win. Finally.

    Nov 5, 2012, 2:55 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Jason Maxiell

    Our nightly recap of every game around the NBA. We catch you up on what you missed while thinking that a 14-year-old is a whole lot better at golf than you…. Lakers 108, Pistons 79: The Lakers had a 23-5 run in the second half of the first quarter, and that was pretty much it…

  5. Three Stars of the Night: Big stars earn the stars on Sunday

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:54 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, Jonas Jerebko

    We at PBT love the underdogs, the little guys, the players who make the contributions you don’t as quickly notice. But the NBA’s biggest stars are stars for a reason. And Sunday it was some of the NBA’s biggest names showing you why they get paid the big bucks. Third Star: Kevin Martin, 28 points…

  6. James Harden’s career-high 45 leads Rockets to 2-0 start

    Nov 3, 2012, 11:40 AM EST

    NBA: Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons

    If James Harden continues to play like he’s played in his first two games with the Rockets, the trade that brought him to Houston may eventually be seen as one of the most one-sided in NBA history. It’s early, of course, and finances were the motivation in Oklahoma City, where Harden didn’t (and wouldn’t) have…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: Upset Edition

    Nov 3, 2012, 1:47 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Scott Brooks

    So, who had the Bobcats, Magic, Bucks and Knicks all winning tonight? Of course you did. There were lots of upsets around the league, but who are the PBT Three Stars of the Night? Who is hanging out with Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan in the record books? And where in the world is Carmen…

  8. Luis Scola: “We’re not a cool team. We’re not a pretty team.”

    Nov 2, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    scola-suns

    When the Houston Rockets used the amnesty provision on Luis Scola, it was a pretty odd move. The Rockets were obviously juggling the numbers to make offers to both Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin this offseason, but it was still a little alarming to see a player of Scola’s caliber get cast aside for nothing…

  9. Tony Parker’s clutch buckets late help Spurs take down the Thunder

    Nov 2, 2012, 1:23 AM EST

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Serge Ibaka

    This was a game the Thunder could have won, and watching how the last few possessions played out, it’s one the Thunder should have won. But in the end, San Antonio had the execution that Oklahoma City did not, and the Spurs came away with a buzzer-beating 86-84 win over the Thunder to give them…

  10. Michael Jordan called the Thunder about trading for James Harden, and other interesting tales

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:45 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    In a wide-ranging interview with Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Michael Jordan said a lot of things that may be of interest to fans of both the Bobcats and the NBA alike. One of the more interesting notes to fans of the league in general was the fact that Jordan said he “made some…

  11. What does Oklahoma City look like without James Harden?

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Getting hit with the cold truth hurts. Getting hit with it 37 times? Ask a Thunder fan how that feels. Here’s the truth, and it has been evident long before last night’s coming out party: James Harden is a star in this league. And no matter how you try to rationalize trading Harden while competing…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers defense sucks, too

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:13 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, Jodie Meeks

    Our nightly recap of every gamegaround the NBA. It’s what you missed while buying dive bar T-shirts…. Trail Blazers 116, Lakers 106: In the season opener, Dallas scored at a 108.7 points per 100 possessions pace on the Lakers (for comparison, only five teams in the NBA averaged giving up more points per 100 last…

  13. Fear the Beard II: Harden drops 37 and 12 in Rockets win

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:39 AM EST

    James Harden

    In case you thought James Harden only looked like he could ball because he was playing next to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook… honestly, if you thought that what guy have you you watching? Harden has been fantastic the last few years. The guy didn’t make the Olympic team because Coach K liked his beard.…

  14. Where Jeremy Lin called wrong rookie about being traded

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    This would have been a great rookie prank if it were intentional. As you may have heard, the Houston Rockets traded for James Harden this week. We did a post or two on it. As part of the package headed north to Oklahoma City was rookie Jeremy Lamb, a promising prospect out of UConn. Rockets…

  15. A guide for which teams to watch

    Oct 30, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Our ideas of fun may be completely different. Personally, I like to pretend I’m playing Supermarket Sweep in the grocery store, but you may like going out on “dates” or “talking to actual people.” With that said, I can’t in good faith tell you which teams will be fun this year. That’s a decision for…

  16. Thunder have some adjustments to make with Kevin Martin

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Kevin Martin, De Andre Liggins

    For years, Kevin Martin was a player I hoped would land on a bigger stage. He was maybe the most efficient scorer in the NBA, a guy who could shoot the three, had a deceptively good handle and knew how to get to the line. He scored more than 20 points a game for five…

  17. Rockets GM Morey says Harden trade is unprecedented

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:55 AM EST

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    Daryl Morey is feeling pretty good about himself right now. After striking out going after Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol and just about every other big name who came on the market in the past couple years, he finally made contact. He got James Harden in a trade that shocked the NBA and even shocked…

  18. Video: Top 10 plays of the NBA preseason

    Oct 29, 2012, 6:21 PM EST

    Jeremy Evans

    I’m not going to miss the preseason, with its sloppy play, funky lineup experiments, star players sitting out and meaningless results. But still, there were some great plays during the preseason, so here are the top 10, as compiled by the fine people at NBA.com. Personally I would have had Carlos Delfino number one, but…

  19. PBT Power Rankings: Heat start season on top, Bobcats in cellar

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:56 PM EST

    Chris Bosh,Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    It’s that time of year — the PBT’s NBA Power Rankings are back. Power Rankings before a single game is played are admittedly a bit silly, but then again the NBA has playoffs to determine which team is best so really all power rankings are silly and just for the entertainment value. It would take…

  20. Four teams that could head off a Lakers vs. Heat NBA final

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:42 PM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    It’s the consensus of prognosticators (and me as well) — the NBA finals will be the Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. You can already sense David Stern drooling like a Pavlovian dog thinking about the television ratings. What teams could destroy David Stern’s dream? There are four. While we…

  21. Harden reportedly “devastated” by trade. I can think of 25 million reasons he’ll get over it.

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:51 PM EST

    James Harden

    James Harden didn’t want to be traded from the Thunder. He said as much. He was having fun on a contending team that he had kind of grown up in the NBA on. But business is business. Harden earned his right to get paid — the Thunder reportedly offered four years, $52 million (an offer…

  22. Deron Williams says Knicks better with Felton than Lin

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

    Nets Williams drives to the basket past Knicks Lin during their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Jeremy Lin is gone from New York, which led to a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth among some Knicks fans. He was their savior midseason, the guy who helped turn the team’s season around, a guy the fans related to and loved and now he is in Houston. Deron Williams thinks the Knicks…

  23. Wade “shocked” by Harden trade, still thinks Thunder are best in West

    Oct 29, 2012, 7:55 AM EST

    Miami Heat Wade jumps to the basket on top of Oklahoma City Thunder Harden during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Everyone was shocked. I mean, a few people had suggested that maybe James Harden could be traded after the season or maybe closer to the deadline in February, but not before the season. Yet it happened. Dwyane Wade was shocked like everyone else. But he doesn’t think the Thunder took much of a step backwards.…

  24. Houston, Daryl Morey got a star in Harden. It’s a start.

    Oct 28, 2012, 12:52 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    For the past year or more, Daryl Morey has been on a quest to get the Rockets an elite player to build around. He went hard after Dwight Howard even with Howard’s people saying he wouldn’t re-sign there. He knows you need an elite player to win in this league. He’s now got James Harden.…

  25. Oklahoma City’s big mistake was Perkins trade, extension

    Oct 28, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Kendrick Perkins, James Harden

    We all have at least a little bit of stubbornness in us. Not asking for directions? A common mistake rooted in pride. Going down a random, unmarked dirt road for five miles after not asking for directions? A little more foolish. Ending up out of gas in the middle of a field hoping the hills…

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