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  1. Marcus Morris says he ‘shed a tear or two’ after learning of trade to Suns (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

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    Marcus Morris, after being traded to the Suns on Wednesday, caught up with CSNHouston and said he “shed a tear or two” when he first got news he was headed out of town. It wasn’t so much the fact that Morris, in the middle of his second season with the Rockets, was all that attached…

  2. Rockets get Thomas Robinson from Kings in six-player deal

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Boston Celtics

    If you, like me, thought the Kings were not going to make any trades at the deadline because of the pending potential sale of the team, we were wrong. Whatever happens with the Kings GM Geoff Petrie is a lame duck, yet here we are with a trade The Kings have sent the No. 5…

  3. Rockets trade Marcus Morris to Suns for future pick

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Marcus Morris

    The small deals are beginning to trickle in as the trade deadline approaches, and although this one involves three teams, it’s not exactly likely to send huge seismic waves throughout the league at large. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: The Houston Rockets have traded Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a future second-round…

  4. Tuesday And-1 Links: Kevin Garnett doing yoga. He’s centered.

    Feb 19, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett grins after a jump shot in the closing minutes in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    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. • We open with Kevin Garnett doing yoga. • Great stuff from before the…

  5. Jeremy Lin says he’s “thankful” he wasn’t voted as All-Star starter

    Feb 19, 2013, 2:08 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    It came down to about 45,000 votes. That’s how much separated eventual NBA All-Star Game MVP Chris Paul from being replaced as a starter by Jeremy Lin (who finished with 883,809 votes, more than 400,000 than teammate James Harden). Now that the All-Star weekend circus has moved on from Houston, Lin can be honest —…

  6. For old times sake, James Harden to Russell Westbrook (VIDEO)

    Feb 18, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    All Star Basketball

    Kevin Durant seemed genuinely happy all weekend to get to hang out with his old friend James Harden. Russell Westbrook is a harder guy to read sometimes but he seemed to miss his teammate, too. For us fans, it’s plays like this that we’ll miss. But likely get to see at All-Star Games for years…

  7. Duncan, Garnett get restful All-Star Game. Harden not so much.

    Feb 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    HOUSTON — Combined Kevin Durant and Tim Duncan had played in 26 All-Star Games before their planes even landed in Houston this weekend. Both veterans would have preferred a weekend off from the game this year. Their coaches tried to accommodate. Tim Duncan played 8:03 and Kevin Garnett 6:26. They made their appearance for the…

  8. With CP3, Durant leading the way West wins tight All-Star Game

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Griffin of the Clippers dunks as teammate Durant and All-Star Noah of the Bulls look on during the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — You know it’s an All-Star Game and all the seriousness that entails when Dwight Howard is launching and hitting threes, Howard and Blake Griffin are pretending to do acrobatics between quarters and the understated Tim Duncan is wearing some bright green Adidas Crazy Fast shoes. “I think that’ll be the only time you…

  9. PBT’s All-Star Game live blog

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    All Star Game 2013 Houston logo

    HOUSTON — Enough with the preliminaries — especially the pregame Ke$ha concert — let’s get on with the real show. Time for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. We’ve got this show covered for you. First, over on the mothership NBC site is a running log of everything tweeted by myself, PBT’s Brett Pollakoff, as well…

  10. Rockets owner says he’ll extend GM Daryl Morey’s contract

    Feb 17, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    This weekend, Houston is the center of the NBA universe. It is where we got see some great dunks and long range sniping on Saturday night and where we’ll see the greatest players on the planet play in their annual mid-season exhibition. It’s also the home of the Rockets who are having a nice season…

  11. Raking up hardware already, Lillard wins All-Star Skills Competition

    Feb 16, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Consider this the first of a bunch of award Damian Lillard could be racking up. The Portland Trailblazers celebrated rookie won the All-Star Saturday Taco Bells Skills Competition. He seemed to embody the old John Wooden mantra of “be quick, don’t hurry.” “I think the biggest thing for me is to try to be too…

  12. Are the Rockets in the market for Josh Smith? Maybe not quite yet.

    Feb 14, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Trade speculation surrounding Josh Smith is in full swing. The Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs have been reported as potential landing spots, but there may not be a more attractive trading partner for the Hawks given their rebuilding process than the Houston Rockets. Despite lacking a “big name” who can be moved, Houston has…

  13. The Extra Pass: Breaking Down Houston’s Transition Game (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    James Harden

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at the fastbreak of the Houston Rockets. You’re probably aware of how brilliant James Harden has been, but this season has been about more than just Harden for Houston. The big…

  14. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Break up the Raptors, that’s four straight wins

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Johnson and Gay defend New York Knicks' Stoudemire during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at toys you can buy that would traumatize your child…. Celtics 71, Bulls 69: Man this game was ugly. You knew it was going to be low scoring — two defensive minded teams both missing the point guard that stirs their…

  15. James Harden tweaks ankle Tuesday, out Wednesday

    Feb 13, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden said he wants to play Wednesday night, because when doesn’t a real competitor want to play? But with him already playing through a bruised left knee then tweaking his ankle in the third quarter on Tuesday night, Harden is not going to suit up for the Rockets against the Clippers on Wednesday, tweets…

  16. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Lakers win, but it’s not pretty

    Feb 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while reading up on the gory, unromantic history of Valentines Day… Lakers 91, Suns 85: The Lakers won this one eventually, but as has been the case plenty of times throughout the season, they made it unnecessarily difficult on themselves. L.A. managed to…

  17. Royce White has reported for duty in the D-League

    Feb 12, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

    Royce White

    Royce White’s road to the NBA has started to take hold in the NBA it appears — after working out his issues with the Rockets over how they will work with his anxiety disorder, he has reported to the D-League and gone through a couple of practices. He told the Associated Press he is ready…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Finals rematch Thursday could be finals preview

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Finally, here are the delayed regular Monday PBT NBA power rankings. We said this a lot during the NBA finals last year — if we see the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in three of the next five NBA finals it shouldn’t be a shock. This season looks more and more like…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It took three overtimes for Celtics to stop Nuggets streak

    Feb 11, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed wondering again why you watch the Grammy’s every year… Heat 107, Lakers 97: The Lakers are playing better, they are starting to figure things out. But that’s still a process. And when the Heat cranked it up in the fourth quarter they pulled…

  20. Rosters set for 2013 Rising Stars game on All-Star Friday featuring rookies and sophomores

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The rosters have been set for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, the game featuring the league’s top rookies and sophomores that will kick off the All-Star weekend festivities on Friday, Feb. 15. Teams were drafted from the pool of available players by TNT analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, with Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio and Sacramento’s…

  21. Harden, Westbrook, Bosh to highlight 2013 All-Star Shooting Stars Challenge

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

    James Harden

    All-Star Saturday night once again will start off with the Sears Shooting Stars challenge — the event where NBA stars, retired NBA legends and some WNBA players (who often are the best shooters of the group in the event) have to drain a series of shots, ending with a half courter. You know, the event…

  22. 2013 All-Star Saturday Skills Challenge participants announced

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

    Tony Parker

    Tony Parker will defend his title in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge during All-Star Saturday night in Houston, and he’ll have some exciting players joining him in the event. The remainder of the field will consist of Jrue Holiday of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail…

  23. Thursday And-1 Links: Blake Griffin taps Chandler Parsons in the… watch the video

    Feb 7, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    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 old ladies like to complain about how loud movies are now days (written…

  24. Westbrook, Harden to coach All-Star Celebrity Game; Usain Bolt to play.

    Feb 7, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

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    I don’t really know how good of coaches they will be, but the 2013 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will have better dressed coaches than the All-Star Game itself. All-Stars and hipsters James Harden and Russell Westbrook have stepped up to coach the annual celebrity game that is part of the All-Star weekend. And if…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron, Wade enough for Heat

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rockets Heat Basketball

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying out your stylish new Get Smart shoe-phone…. Heat 114, Rockets 108: What a fun finish. After collapsing in the finals last year against the Heat, James Harden exacted a little personal revenge. Harden was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 36 points…

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