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  1. Jeremy Lin wants Rockets to finish strong no matter the team’s place in the standings

    Apr 16, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    PHOENIX — The Rockets aren’t overly concerned with playoff seeding as they look ahead to their final game of the regular season, and maybe that’s a good thing considering the hit the team took on the chin from the Suns in Phoenix on Monday. Houston was unable to match the intensity of their opponent from…

  2. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Jazz win keeps playoff dream alive

    Apr 16, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson, Ricky Rubio, Greg Stiemsma

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the news out of Boston with horror and yet were reminded of the heroism of both first responders and everyday Americans who did what they could to help…. Jazz 96, Timberwolves 80: Utah needed to win to keep its playoffs hopes…

  3. Mavs reach .500, Dirk Nowitzki takes razor to beard (VIDEO)

    Apr 15, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Back in February some Dallas Mavericks started growing beards — they were not going to shave until they got to .500. Finally, they got their Sunday night with a win in New Orleans — and it didn’t take a minute in the locker room for Dirk Nowitzki to pull out the razor and get that…

  4. Three Stars of the night: Harden, Iguodala, Howard set their teams up for playoffs

    Apr 15, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan,Tiago Splitter, Danny Green

    With teams busting it for playoff position tonight we feature three guys that helped their team big time Sunday night and got them in better playoff position. Third Star: James Harden (29 points, 9 assists) Houston controls its own destiny — win out and they get the six seed (and don’t have to face the…

  5. Bet I’d take: Lakers still make playoffs without Kobe

    Apr 13, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    When teams lose a star player, there is often this short period where they play a little better without him — everyone else raises their game, the team plays with passion and commitment, and they get a few wins they shouldn’t. Grantland founder Bill Simmons called it the “Ewing effect” after the 1999 Knicks, who…

  6. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Knicks’ streak reaches 13

    Apr 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates with teammates during their NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Manhattan, New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what to do with five tons of Nutella… Lakers 104, Hornets 96 ; & Thunder 90, Jazz 80: We combine these two because together they put the Lakers in as the eight seed in the West and in control of their…

  7. Rockets win, make playoffs on Harden three, ridiculous Jermaine O’Neal goaltend (VIDEO)

    Apr 10, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    This may be the most ridiculous ending to a game this season. Not what the Rockets did — with seven seconds left in a 98-98 game they went to the old “isolate your best player out high” and James Harden dribbled it out then pulled up for a three. Which was short and bounced high.…

  8. Jeremy Lin thinks being Asian-American hurt college basketball scholarship offers

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    Jeremy Lin didn’t play college basketball on a scholarship — Harvard doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Lin was a noted high school player — he led Palo Alto High School to the California state championship and won a number of state awards. But Stanford in his own back yard didn’t offer him a scholarship, nor did…

  9. Terrence Jones ignites the break with a block, James Anderson finishes with a posterization of Evan Fournier (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    James Anderson

    When looking at the names in the headline, the more casual NBA fan may not have been enticed enough to click through and check out the highlight. Oh, what a mistake that would have been. If you’ve gotten this far, then you’re fortunate enough to have seen one of the more incredible plays of Saturday…

  10. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Carmelo’s 40 points lead Knicks to 10th straight victory

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while choosing sides in the battle between Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi … Knicks 95, Hawks 82: The Knicks extended their league-best winning streak to 10 games on Wednesday, thanks to a dominant offensive performance from Carmelo Anthony for the second straight…

  11. 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…

  12. 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 —…

  13. Vinny Del Negro rips Clippers’ effort after loss to Rockets

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Most who saw the Clippers lose a heart-breaker in San Antonio on Friday would have expected a lackluster effort in Houston on Saturday. Vinny Del Negro did not expect it, and was anything but pleased with his team afterward. L.A. not only lost to a Rockets team playing without James Harden, who sat out with…

  14. James Harden out Saturday against Clippers

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    James Harden was held out of Saturday night’s game against the Clippers due to a sore right foot, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale told reporters before tip-off. Harden scored in single digits for just the second time all season on Friday, finishing with seven points on 3-9 shooting in 27 minutes in a loss to…

  15. Playoffs are coming but Rockets not slowing down pace

    Mar 29, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    The Houston Rockets play at the fastest pace in the NBA 98.8 possessions per game (via Hoopdata). And while it’s not yet a mathematical lock, we can say the Rockets are going to the playoffs — they are the seven seed in the West, three full games up on the eight seed Lakers and 3.5…

  16. Rockets Omer Asik fined $5,000 for flopping (VIDEO)

    Mar 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Back in December, the NBA warned Rockets center and defensive anchor Omer Asik about flopping when he embellished a minor contact with Tim Duncan to draw a foul. Three months later Asik was up to his old tricks and this time he’s going to pay for it. The league announced Thursday Asik will be fined…

  17. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat finally lose, Knicks now streaking

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Martin congratulates Anthony after being fouled by Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out what caused these pond circles … Bulls 101, Heat 97: It had to end sometime, and Wednesday was the night Miami finally lost after winning 27 straight, ending the second longest streak of victories in NBA history. We…

  18. Monday And-1 links: NBA Grateful Dead T-Shirts? Better than a “box of rain.”

    Mar 25, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    Clippers GD

    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 I love fried chicken and waffles…. • I know what T-shirt Luke Walton…

  19. Royce White returning to D-League after reportedly leaving without Rockets’ permission

    Mar 25, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Rockets White Basketball

    Just four days ago, Kurt wrote, “The saga of Royce White likely ends for this season this way — him on a practice floor in Houston working out, not on the Rockets active roster, not on any roster.” But the saga of Royce White has not ended this season. The latest turn, according to Adrian…

  20. Greg Smith throws down on Tiago Splitter (VIDEO)

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    Tiago Splitter ends up on the wrong end of a lot of dunks. Which means he’s a guy defending the rim who doesn’t shirk away from his duties. That’s admirable. But he still gets dunked on a lot, which is what happened with Greg Smith on Sunday. The Rockets’ Smith was open at the elbow to…

  21. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat continue streaking, Harden hits the game-winner to beat the Spurs

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching FGCU celebrate their trip to the Sweet 16 a thousand times. Nets 102, Suns 100: The Nets were without Joe Johnson in this one, but early in the third quarter, when Brooklyn had increased its lead to 16 points, it seemed…

  22. James Harden’s leaning game winner to beat Spurs (VIDEO)

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:47 AM EDT

    Spurs Rockets Basketball

    James Harden is a superstar. And it’s not just the beard. When he was traded from being the Thunder’s super-sub there was no question he was good, but there was a question about whether he could be a No. 1, franchise cornerstone guy. Yes, yes he is. Ask the Spurs. He had 18 of his…

  23. Shabazz Muhammad is 20, not 19, which will hurt his NBA Draft stock

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

    UCLA v Arizona State

    UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad is the subject of an article by Ken Bensinger of the Los Angeles Times that has the college-basketball world buzzing, and the piece also raises several questions that will affect Muhammad’s NBA Draft stock. Let’s start with the most tangible issue: According to the UCLA men’s basketball media guide, he was…

  24. Jerry West says Lakers would ‘have a chance against anyone’ in the playoffs

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Statue Unveiling At STAPLES Center

    Now that the Lakers making the playoffs seems much more like an eventuality than a faint possibility, it’s only natural that the pundits will begin lining up to assess the team’s chances once the postseason begins. Jerry West was first in line apparently, and said that he believes the Lakers would be a dangerous playoff…

  25. Royce White leaving D-League team, will be in Houston but not on Rockets

    Mar 21, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Royce White

    The saga of Royce White likely ends for this season this way — him on a practice floor in Houston working out, not on the Rockets active roster, not on any roster. White had been playing with the Rio Grand Valley Vipers of the D-League and after a slow start had been putting up decent…

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