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  1. Mario Chalmers fined $5,000 for flop against Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

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    That play from Wednesday night worked for Mario Chalmers — he drew and offensive foul on Blake Griffin. He also flopped — and that’s the second time this season he’s been caught flopping so the league came down on him with a $5,000 fine this season. Yes, a whopping $5,000. To be clear, do the…

  2. Reports: Dunk contest field headlined by George, Wall, Lillard

    Feb 6, 2014, 5:58 PM EDT

    Paul George

    We let you know last night that Damian Lillard said he was in for the dunk contest (and maybe much more). He’s not the only star. Multiple reports (including Yahoo, CSNWashington.com and ESPN) have given us what we expect to be the six-man dunk contest field: Paul George (Indiana Pacers) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)…

  3. Paul George breaks away for the windmill slam dunk (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

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    Paul George hasn’t just evolved into on of the game’s best players. He’s becoming known as one of its best in-game dunkers, as well. The anticipation to jump into the passing lane to grab the steal on the perimeter was almost more impressive than the dunk, but the flair and athleticism that George continues to…

  4. The Extra Pass: Talking Blazers, Clippers, coaching with Bill and Luke Walton

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants

    Portland Trail Blazers fans are not fair weathered. They have stuck with the franchise through some dark times. Now they are being rewarded — with LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard leading the way, Portland fans are getting to witness some of the best, most entertaining basketball Rip City has seen in more than a decade.…

  5. Lance Stephenson injures himself on ridiculous, falling and-1 (VIDEO)

    Feb 4, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic  v Indiana Pacers

    That is the definition of circus shot. Lance Stephenson drove the lane clearly thinking dunk but was bumped midair by Atlanta’s Kyle Korver which sent him twisting into Paul Millsap, so Stephenson just ended up just throwing up the over-the-head-shot. Which he nailed. Somehow. But watch the landing — ouch. Stephenson stayed in the game…

  6. Mark Jackson pitches Andrew Bogut for Defensive Player of the Year

    Feb 4, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Andrew Bogut

    Who has allowed fewer points per possession this season, the San Antonio Spurs or Golden State Warriors? Since I’m asking, you know the answer is Golden State. The Warrior rank fourth in the NBA in defensive rating (99.3) – behind only the Pacers, Bulls and Thunder and just ahead of the Spurs. Last season, Golden…

  7. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Adam Silver signs the balls, Kevin Durant keeps shooting them

    Feb 3, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Brooklyn Nets

    A look at PBT’s power rankings show basically the only thing that really changed this week was the signature on the Spaulding balls — Adam Silver’s signature is in play. Aside that Durant has the Thunder on top and the Lakers continue fall like the lead balloon they are. 1. Thunder (38-11, Last Week No.…

  8. John Wall leaning toward declining dunk contest invite, but if other stars join he may change his mind

    Feb 2, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

    John Wall

    The NBA solicits its star players to compete in All-Star weekend’s dunk contest on a regular basis, but most don’t want to be the biggest name associated with the event. There’s no upside for someone like LeBron James to enter the dunk contest against a field of mostly lesser-known, non-star players. Win it, and that…

  9. Lance Stephenson throws down a monster jam … on a referee (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Lance Stephenson was admittedly mad about not making the All-Star team, and has vowed to “kill everyone in front of him” in order to prove the coaches who left him off the roster wrong. Apparently, that includes referees. After a play was whistled dead and the official came onto the floor into the restricted area…

  10. Luis Scola seals Pacers’ win over Nets with inbound pass off the back of Paul Pierce (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT

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    The Pacers held on for a 97-96 victory over the Nets on Saturday, and used a crafty move by one of their veterans on the game’s final play to seal it. Leading by one with 0.4 seconds remaining, Luis Scola left nothing to chance. Instead of attempting to inbound the ball to one of his…

  11. Larry Bird says notion that Pacers signed Bynum to keep him from Heat is ‘the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard’

    Feb 1, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The Pacers signed Andrew Bynum for the remainder of the season, and some think it was a move based purely in defense — off the court, much more than on it. Indiana has been the best team in the East over the first half of the season, and team chemistry has been at at all-time…

  12. Lance Stephenson ‘mad’ at All-Star snub

    Feb 1, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers

    It can be argued that Lance Stephenson was among the players most deserving of All-Star status in the Eastern Conference who was ultimately left off the roster. Kyle Lowry of the Raptors also belongs in that discussion, but Stephenson’s overall play this season with averages of 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists on one of…

  13. It’s official: Pacers sign Andrew Bynum for rest of season

    Feb 1, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    UPDATE  #2 11:02 a.m.: It’s official, the Pacers have announced that Andrew Bynum has signed with Indiana for the remainder of the season. Bynum had wanted to play for more than the league minimum (we don’t yet know the details of the contract yet but the Pacers could offer more than the minimum) and for…

  14. The Extra Pass: Which non-All-Stars will make an All-NBA team?

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    All-Star selections have become the de facto measure of good seasons, even though they’re really only the measure of good half seasons and rely on a gerrymandered system that splits players by conference. But All-NBA teams – which evaluate a full year and aren’t split by conference – are a better metric for good seasons. In the last…

  15. Thursday night NBA grades: Goran Dragic would like the coaches to snub this

    Jan 31, 2014, 2:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns  v Indiana Pacers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering if you can get a beer delivery by drone while off in some remote spot…. Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns. Just as he was taking the court he found out he was snubbed from the All-Star Game (although smart money is he gets in…

  16. Lance Stephenson leads list of three biggest All-Star Game snubs from each conference

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    There are only 12 All-Star Game roster slots per conference, and there are more than 12 deserving players. Somebody is going to be left off — we like to call it a snub, but most of the time it’s more like splitting hairs between good players. You pull on of these guys off the coach’s…

  17. John Wall, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard lead NBA All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    The fans had their say last week naming the NBA starters. This week coaches have their say getting to vote in the All-Star reserves — seven from each conference. Next the fun part comes, picking out who got snubbed. The reserves are voted on by the coaches (who only vote in their own conference and…

  18. Paul George goes around his back then throws it down (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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    The Lakers wanted to get out and run against the Pacers, with Mike D’Antoni knowing full well if Indiana got its physical defense set his team was in trouble. Problem is, the Pacers like to run a little, too (they play at the 19th fastest pace in the league) and they have better athletes than…

  19. 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…

  20. NBA rescinds flopping warning issued to Hawks’ Shelvin Mack

    Jan 28, 2014, 9:16 PM EDT

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    Shelvin Mack of the Atlanta Hawks became the 22nd player this season to be warned for flopping on Monday, and an initial look at the video clip above seemed to show that it was indeed justified. But upon further review, Mack didn’t flail or fall cleanly like so many do when trying to sell a…

  21. Paul George swings by Jimmy Kimmel Live (VIDEO)

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Denver Nuggets

    Paul George can wear that outfit and get away with it. Kind of. You cannot pull it off, I come nowhere close to pulling it off, but on Paul George it sort of works. The Indiana Pacers are in Los Angeles to flat out destroy take on the slumping Lakers Tuesday, so with a night…

  22. PBT Extra: Handing out the NBA’s midseason awards

    Jan 27, 2014, 7:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    In the latest edition PBT Extra, it’s a Kevin Durant love fest as we name him the NBA’s MVP at the midseason. As noted in my post on this topic, LeBron James could go on a run and catch him, but there is some voter fatigue with LeBron as the MVP so people have been…

  23. Hawks’ Shelvin Mack’s egregious flop draws warning from league (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Milwaukee Bucks

    This is one of the more egregious — and by that amusingly bad and funny — flops of the season. A lot of flops caught and fined by the league are guys exaggerating contact, but Shelvin Mack takes it to a new level. Watch the middle of the lane on the video above from Saturday’s…

  24. Minnesota’s Kevin Martin gets flopping warning from league (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves

    A lot more flopping is happening on the offensive side of the ball in the NBA lately, so it’s good to see the league starting to throw some of their warnings that way (even if those warnings have no real impact on players). Kevin Martin of the Minnesota Timberwolves got one for the play above…

  25. ProBasketballTalk’s mid-season awards: Durant for MVP, Carter-Williams for ROY

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    We are at the NBA’s mid-season — it takes that long to really start to get a line on the NBA’s award season. Guys get hot early then fade, and you can bet some guys will make a push the second half of the season (remember J.R. Smith for Sixth Man of the Year last…

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