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  1. Paul George says he turned down request to do dunk contest

    Jan 20, 2014, 2:17 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Been there. Done that. Not sure that was the exact response of Paul George to the NBA league office, which requested his presence in the All-Star Saturday dunk contest, but he turned them down according to the Indy Star (hat tip Eye On Basketball). And don’t bet on him showing up for anything else on…

  2. David West gets $15,000 fine from league for elbow to Blake Griffin’s head

    Jan 19, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    It wasn’t much of an elbow, but it was one during a dead ball and the league has not looked kindly on it. David West of the Indiana Pacers got a $15,000 for the above elbow to Blake Griffin‘s head, during the Pacers’ 106-92 win over the Clippers Saturday. West was issued a Flagrant 2…

  3. Paul George with the 360 windmill slam against Clippers (VIDEO)

    Jan 19, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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    The NBA wants Paul George to participate in as many events over All-Star weekend as possible, and for the fans’ sake, let’s hope he at least chooses the dunk contest. During Saturday’s win over the Clippers, George got loose on the break and put on a show, throwing down a 360 windmill slam that would…

  4. Pacers’ David West ejected for elbowing Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

    Jan 18, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    David West decided to deliver an unnecessary elbow to the head of Blake Griffin on Saturday, and though it seemed minor in real time, the referees determined that the act warranted a flagrant-two foul, which comes with it an automatic ejection. Anytime something like this goes own, it’s likely the result of a physical buildup…

  5. Paul George asked to participate in dunk contest, three-point shootout and skills challenge over All-Star weekend

    Jan 18, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Pacers have been the best team in the league over the first half of the season, and have the best record to show for it. They’ve consistently played at an elite level, and Paul George has been the team’s best player during that stretch. It makes sense, then, that the league would like to…

  6. PBT Podcast: Is Lance Stephenson an All-Star?

    Jan 17, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets vs Indiana Pacers

    Lance Stephenson‘s 28 points on the Knicks — and how he plays with a real flair — has a lot of people around the NBA asking if he is an All-Star? That’s the first topic in the latest edition of the ProBasketballTalk Podcast, featuring myself and Brett Pollakoff of PBT, plus Eytan Shander of NBC…

  7. Lance Stephenson with the steal and finish against J.R. Smith (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Lance Stephenson was dominating in the Pacers’ blowout win over the Knicks on Thursday, and this play pretty much exemplifies what he brought to that game from an energy standpoint. Indiana had already put this one away, leading by 25 points with under six minutes remaining. But Stephenson kept his energy constant, ripping J.R. Smith…

  8. Paul George doesn’t think Heat can beat Pacers in playoffs without home court

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Can we just fast-forward ahead to the Pacers/Heat Eastern Conference Finals? (I suppose something could derail that still, but let’s hope not. The fact is the drop off in the East is so severe after those two teams that if one of those top two teams gets knocked off for injuries or whatever reason the…

  9. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Eastern Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The 2013-14 All-Star game in New Orleans is still 30 days away, but the starters will be announced January 23rd and the reserves will follow on January 30th. There’s only a few days of voting left, and since I’m not good with hashtags or 140 character limits or following directions, I thought I’d put my…

  10. Thursday night NBA grades: Joe Johnson apparently loves London

    Jan 17, 2014, 4:01 AM EDT

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    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking Ronald McDonald may have an anger management issues (no, not that one)… Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets. He remains one of the best (sometimes overlooked) shooters in the game. In the first half the Nets largely ran the offense through their “power forward” Paul…

  11. Roy Hibbert shuts down Carmelo Anthony dunk at the rim (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 1:03 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    This is how you protect the rim. The Knicks were just 8-of-17 inside the restricted area and shot 41.7 percent on the night inside 8 feet of the rim — that is the Roy Hibbert effect. He is the best in the game at altering shots in the paint. Or just blocking you at the…

  12. Lance Stephenson’s career-high 28 points lead Pacers to blowout win over Knicks

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers will almost certainly have two players representing their team at All-Star weekend in New Orleans in Paul George and Roy Hibbert, with George likely to be voted in as a starter by the fans, and Hibbert likely to be selected as a reserve by the Eastern Conference coaches. It’s also possible that the…

  13. Greg Oden makes first regular season appearance since 2009, dunks almost immediately (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    Greg Oden was a part of the Heat’s active roster on Wednesday, meaning that it was likely he’d see his first action of the regular season on the road against the Wizards. Oden was a reclamation project for Miami, a long-term gamble the team hoped would pay off by the time the postseason rolled around…

  14. Does trading Joel Anthony mean Heat are going after Andrew Bynum? Maybe.

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    It was obvious why Golden State wanted Jordan Crawford as the centerpiece of the three-team trade that went down Wednesday — Stephen Curry has played more minutes than any point guard in the league this season and they need to get him some rest the second half of the season (not to mention the whole…

  15. Greg Oden activated, will be in uniform and could play vs. Wizards Wednesday

    Jan 15, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Sacramento Kings

    Greg Oden could play in an NBA Game tonight for the first time since Dec. 5, 2009. The Miami Heat have activated Oden and he is in uniform as the Heat take on the Wizards in Washington, reports Tom Haberstoh of ESPN as well as other sources. Whether he gets on the court or not…

  16. Lance Stephenson’s alter ego “Sir Lancelot” wants you to vote for his man for All-Star Game (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Sir Lancelot is emphatic. If nothing else. A lot of players have gone to the Web with attempts at viral videos to get you to vote for them for the All-Star Game (Ty Lawson in Denver was the latest) but most are about as funny as Carrot Top. Lance Stephenson hit it out of the…

  17. The Extra Pass: The best possible nickname jerseys; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Jan 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    If you missed it last week, the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets played with nicknames on the back of their jerseys instead of their last names. Once I was able to shush the crotchety old man that sometimes takes over my brain, I really enjoyed it. Ray Allen‘s “J. Shuttlesworth” jersey, a nod to his…

  18. Monday night NBA grades: Jefferson, Cousins with big nights against good defenders

    Jan 15, 2014, 2:59 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while having another coffee but just to help your memory…. Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats. He made every Knicks front line player look bad — you’d think Tyson Chandler had never seen a pump fake before. Once Jefferson got his post moves going (he was 8-of-10…

  19. “LeBroning” — flopping on random, unsuspecting people — is going viral

    Jan 14, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    That’s “LeBroning.” Mocking the flopping skills of LeBron James — and he’s skilled at the art, no doubt — by just getting brushed by people in the hall or at the mall or wherever then falling to the ground looks like it’s going viral. You can see it on Huffington Post, which is pretty much…

  20. The Extra Pass: Rudy Gay taking control of his own story in Sacramento; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat

    The Memphis Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay and reached the Western Conference Finals. The Toronto Raptors traded Gay and are streaking toward home-court advantage in the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Regardless of anything Gay did, his perceived value dropped considerably in the last two years. But might Gay be taking control of his own…

  21. PBT NBA Power Rankings: New York teams rising but Pacers on top still

    Jan 13, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    Here are the weekly PBT power rankings, with some improving teams out of New York. For you fans in Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minnesota and Memphis — teams with dreams of the Western Conference playoffs — know that the pace right now is 47-48 wins just to get the 8 seed. Plan accordingly.   1. Pacers…

  22. Andrew Bynum learning the market for his services isn’t that strong

    Jan 13, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum missed all of last season in Philadelphia — well, basketball season, he got some bowling in. He got into 24 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season but saw his minutes dwindle as he is shooting just 41.9 percent and his rebounding percentage dropped. He was average on the court, at best. Combine…

  23. Report: Pacers become latest team to express interest in Andrew Bynum

    Jan 12, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    When Andrew Bynum was traded from the Cavaliers to the Bulls and then immediately waived in a move to shed salary, several teams, including the Miami Heat, reportedly expressed initial interest in acquiring his services. The East is unquestionably going to come down to a battle between the Heat and the Pacers, so Indiana must…

  24. Andrew Bynum clears waivers, is officially a free agent

    Jan 9, 2014, 8:06 PM EDT

    Bynum Cavaliers

    As of 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Andrew Bynum has cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent. A quick reminder of how we got here — Bynum was suspended by the Cavaliers for “conduct detrimental to the team,” a short-term solution while they attempted to trade him before his contract would become fully guaranteed…

  25. Pacers’ Lance Stephenson receives flopping warning from NBA

    Jan 9, 2014, 5:24 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    We like to bring you these (this is the 18th this season), even though we all now that these warnings from NBA will have about the same impact as your parents warning to stop drinking your dad’s beer when you were in high school. The Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson has been warned for a flop…

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