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  1. Thunder likely to tweak Durant’s substitution pattern

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Scott Brooks

    In the Thunder’s loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, Kevin Durant played 44 minutes, and Russell Westbrook played 42. That’s some pretty heavy usage for the team’s two All-Stars, and it’s something that’s not likely to be sustainable over the course of an 82-game season. With James Harden‘s playmaking ability gone from the second unit,…

  2. Rockets beginning to fine Royce White for his absence

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Royce White

    On the surface, the impasse that has apparently been reached between the Houston Rockets and their rookie first round draft pick Royce White seems complicated, and the details seemingly make it difficult to choose sides. But look a little deeper, and you’ll see that it’s the team, and not the player, that’s truly the victim…

  3. Wizards sign Shaun Livingston, cut Jannero Pargo

    Nov 15, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Shaun Livingston Deron Williams

    John Wall is still out and the idea that he could be back around Thanksgiving is about as done as you’re turkey is going to be next Thursday — there is no timetable for his return. The Wizards had brought in Jannero Pargo to help out with Wall out, but they have changed course on…

  4. Grizzlies continue impressive start with road win over Thunder

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    The Memphis Grizzlies look like a team ready to compete in the postseason. The Thunder look like a team still searching for answers. The result of the meeting between these two teams reflected that on Wednesday, as Memphis had little trouble in cruising to a convincing 107-97 win in Oklahoma City. When we last saw…

  5. NBC SportsTalk: Could Rockets be doing more to accommodate Royce White?

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Royce White

    There are no simple, easy answers with Royce White in Houston. He is a rookie frustrated with playing time — something a lot of rookies are — but his issues there should not be tied to the anxiety order that he is dealing with. Not completely, anyway. It’s messy. Wednesday on Sports Talk on the…

  6. Rockets Royce White skips game, practice, to be sent to D-League

    Nov 13, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Royce White

    UPDATE 10:19 pm: Royce White took to twitter to answer critics and defend himself on Tuesday night. He said first hat the flight to Detroit the Rockets had to take was not the issue. I’m most definitely* not AWOL… There are many things here ppl don’t know, #Honesty is what I’m sticking with. @houstonrockets “Luke…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about the Boston offense

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while being scared by the idea of a Hillary Clinton decorating show…. Jazz 140, Raptors 133 (3OT): Utah got its first road win but the Raptors made them really work for it — they needed the second three of Al Jefferson’s…

  8. Three Stars: We are all witnesses

    Nov 13, 2012, 2:02 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    What a night. We saw Utah and Toronto battle it out in a triple-overtime slugfest high on theatrics. We saw the Pistons put a scare into the Thunder before collapsing, and the Bulls make things interesting against the Celtics. There were a lot of memorable moments from tonight’s games, but like anyone who has stood…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: The Knicks are on top? The Knicks are on top.

    Nov 12, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith celebrates as he faces the crowd after making a shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks on top of the PBT Power Rankings? Well, that’s it, you need to stock up on canned goods, bottles of water and flashlight batteries because the end is neigh. But no denying, they have earned it the past two weeks. 1. Knicks (4-0, last week ranked No. 3). Through a couple weeks,…

  10. Kevin McHale to take immediate leave of absence from Rockets

    Nov 10, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    Kevin McHale will be taking a leave of absence from the team effective immediately, according to a team release. The absence is family-related, which always makes these types of situations that much more sensitive. From the official release: Houston Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale will be taking an immediate leave of absence from the team…

  11. Denver 93, Houston 87: Kenneth Faried and the Nuggets get freaky

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    kenneth-faried

    Crunch time. Two possession game. James Harden has been completely locked up due to some stingy perimeter defense, but he still lurks as a viable closer. Rockets forward Patrick Patterson is hitting corner 3-pointers, which is apparently a thing that happens now. This has been a sloppy game, but it’s winning time for the Nuggets.…

  12. Thunder get right with blowout destruction of Raptors

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 5, 2012, 2:55 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:54 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 3, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    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…

  18. Three Stars of the Night: Upset Edition

    Nov 3, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 2, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 2, 2012, 1:23 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:13 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:39 AM EDT

    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.…

  25. Where Jeremy Lin called wrong rookie about being traded

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    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…

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