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  1. The Extra Pass Wednesday Roundup: Talking tanking (or not) in Phoenix

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

          PHOENIX — After the Suns traded their projected starting center in Marcin Gortat to the Wizards in exchange for an injured player who might not play this season and a future first round draft pick, and did so less than a week before the start of the regular season, it doesn’t exactly…

  2. The Extra Pass Tuesday roundup: Doc Rivers talks Clippers defensive woes

    Oct 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Doc Rivers, Chris Paul

    LOS ANGELES — The long grind of the NBA season is about building habits, building sustainable ways to win that can carry a team through the playoffs. For the Clippers this season, that building focus is on defense (their offense is going to score plenty). Before his team’s opening night game Tuesday the Clippers’ Doc…

  3. Tuesday night’s NBA Grades: How about that Lakers bench?

    Oct 30, 2013, 2:08 AM EST

    Xavier Henry, J.J. Redick

    Our grades from Tuesday night around the NBA, or what you missed while watching crazy big wave surfing videos. The Los Angeles Lakers’ bench. The Lakers bench played free, played Mike D’Antoni ball and scored 76 points including the final 46 the Lakers scored to spark an opening night upset win over the Lakers. Xavier…

  4. Paul George leads Pacers to opening night win over Magic

    Oct 29, 2013, 9:53 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers are expected to contend for the Eastern Conference crown, while the Magic are rebuilding and have no goals beyond player development for the upcoming season. The end result of the first game of the year reflected those expectations, as Indiana pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Orlando by a final of…

  5. Roy Hibbert meets Jason Maxiell in midair to reject his dunk attempt (VIDEO)

    Oct 29, 2013, 9:22 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The Heat and the Bulls are the marquee matchup on opening night, but the Pacers and the Magic actually got the season started earlier in the evening. Orlando is hanging much closer than expected on the road against the team that finished last season just a game short of making the Finals, but one thing…

  6. Five NBA players likely to get traded this season

    Oct 29, 2013, 3:35 PM EST

    Jameer Nelson

    When I started compiling this list more than a week ago, Marcin Gortat was the guy on top of it — then his trade happened earlier than anyone expected. The Wizards want to make the playoffs this year, the Suns want to tank and so they had a common ground. Now who is most likely…

  7. 5 teams that could prevent the Miami Heat from winning the 2014 NBA title

    Oct 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    The Miami Heat will open the 2013-14 NBA season at home against the Bulls on Tuesday, after receiving their championship rings and raising a banner to the rafters for the second straight season. They’ll also open the year as the favorites to win a third straight title, but history has not been kind to teams…

  8. PBT’s 2013-14 NBA season predictions… it’s not all Miami

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:08 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The last couple years, it has felt going into the season that the road to an NBA title went through Miami. And it wasn’t going any farther. This year it feels far more wide open. Make no mistake, the road goes through Miami and they are saying all the right things about defending their title,…

  9. What to expect from LeBron and the Heat?

    Oct 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    LeBron James

    You’re busy, so I’ll save you some time: a championship.  They’ve won two straight, basically their entire squad is coming back, and their best guy is the most dynamic and exciting player since Michael Jordan.  The Heat have all the tools they need to make a run at a three-peat – but even with them…

  10. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EST

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  11. Pacers’ Granger now ruled out first three weeks of season

    Oct 28, 2013, 10:59 AM EST

    Danny Granger

    Sunday the Pacers were saying Danny Granger would be out for the season opening back-to-back they have. What they meant to say is he would miss the first three weeks of the season with a calf strain. The team made the official announcement Monday and they called it a “precautionary measure.” “The length of time…

  12. Danny Granger officially out for Pacers’ first two games

    Oct 27, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger attempts a lay up against Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones in the second quarter of their NBA pre-season basketball game in Taipei Arena

    This was expected (we told you Thursday this was likely coming) but now it is official: Danny Granger will miss the first two games of the Pacers season due to a strained left calf, reports Pacers.com. The Pacers open up Tuesday night at home against Orlando then travel to take on the Pelicans in New…

  13. Report: Danny Granger unlikely to be ready for Pacers’ season opener

    Oct 24, 2013, 7:13 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger attempts a lay up against Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones in the second quarter of their NBA pre-season basketball game in Taipei Arena

    So the Indiana Pacers season opener is going to look a lot like the end of last season — no Danny Granger. That’s what coach Frank Vogel said Thursday when talking about the Pacers season opener Tuesday night against Orlando, reports the Indianapolis Star. At least this is something they should be used to. Pacers…

  14. Greg Oden plays first NBA minutes in almost 4 years, dunks the first time he gets the ball (VIDEO)

    Oct 23, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

    Greg Oden

    Greg Oden hasn’t played NBA minutes since December 5, 2009 — a span of 1,418 days. (That figure is via Ben Golliver at SI.com, who personally lived through the Oden nightmare in Portland, so we’ll take his word for it.) Oden was picked up by the Miami Heat this summer, on a one-year minimum deal…

  15. Kevin Love brags about winning “the ‘White Guy’ award”

    Oct 22, 2013, 6:23 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    The NBA’s annual GM survey, analyzed by Kurt earlier today, contained few surprises. Who will win the championship? The Heat, as usual. Who will win MVP? LeBron James, obviously. Who is the best center? Dwight Howard, of course. Who’s the best coach in the NBA? Gregg Popovich, surely. Which player makes the most of limited…

  16. NBA.com GM survey predicts another big season for Heat, LeBron James

    Oct 22, 2013, 11:22 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    The annual NBA.com GM survey is pretty much a spot check on the conventional wisdom around the NBA. It’s not the place you see daring picks or gain deep insight. It’s generally a lot of guys picking the favorite. This year’s survey shows the conventional wisdom is “good luck beating LeBron James the Heat.” In…

  17. Pacers shut down Danny Granger the rest of the preseason

    Oct 21, 2013, 3:25 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger attempts a lay up against Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones in the second quarter of their NBA pre-season basketball game in Taipei Arena

    He’d been back for a couple of weeks and looked pretty good as he started to shake the rust off, but now Danny Granger is sidelined again. The Pacers forward strained his left calf Friday night against the Bulls, leaving the game. Monday the team announced that he sat out practice and would not play…

  18. Derrick Rose on rivalry between Bulls and Pacers: ‘I don’t really see it’

    Oct 19, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    As we’ve discussed before in the recent case of the budding rivalry between the Nets and the Knicks, whether or not a rivalry exists is often times in the eye of the beholder. Where one team may view another as a rival, that team may not exactly see things the same way. A rivalry would…

  19. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Eric Bledsoe

    Last season: Believe it or not, the Suns actually had playoff aspirations when the regular season began. The front office believed that Michael Beasley would be different in Phoenix than he had been anywhere else, and mandated that he be given a chance to be a difference-maker in the lineup. Once it became clear that…

  20. PBT Roundtable: Who is poised for a breakout season?

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:17 PM EST

    John Henson

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Which player do you expect to have a breakout season? Kurt Helin: After spending an entire summer pumping up Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, I’ll go with……

  21. Raptors trying to get Valanciunas to defend like Roy Hibbert

    Oct 14, 2013, 6:59 PM EST

    Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Pekovic

    In his rookie season, Roy Hibbert averaged 7.7 personal fouls per 36 minutes. You can’t stay on the court that way. Pacers coaches worked hard on teaching him how to play vertically — jump straight up and down and referees are less likely to make a call, even if there is contact. Don’t swing at…

  22. NBA’s new promo video has young stars turning on arena lights (VIDEO)

    Oct 14, 2013, 2:29 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    I’m not sure this is the best NBA season opening promo video I’ve seen this season, but I like it. The league put together footage of Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, John Wall, Jrue Holiday, Kenneth Faried, Paul George and other young stars from around the league “turning on the lights” in their buildings with the…

  23. Jeremy Lin has huge game in Taiwan (VIDEO)

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin, Fancisco Garcia

    Right at the start of Sunday’s exhibition game in Taiwan, Jeremy Lin stepped up and knocked down a three. Linsanity never really died in Lin’s ancestral home of Taiwan and by the end of the game Sunday it felt like New York at the peak of the craze. That opening three sparked a first half…

  24. Greg Oden cleared for full practice, could play for Heat in preseason

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:21 PM EST

    Greg Oden

    When Miami took a chance on signing Greg Oden this offseason, the plan was to bring him along slowly, with the hope that he’d be healthy enough to contribute at some point before the postseason run to a third straight title began. All indications now are that he’ll be ready much, much sooner than was…

  25. Danny Granger returns too, but appeared ‘a little rusty’ to Pacers’ head coach

    Oct 6, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Danny Granger

    Derrick Rose wasn’t the only player making a long-awaited return to the court when the Bulls and the Pacers opened the preseason against each other on Saturday. Danny Granger, who missed essentially all of last season with a knee injury, came off the bench for Indiana and scored six points on 2-of-10 shooting in 29…

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