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  1. Seven players whose teams need them to step up big in the postseason

    Apr 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Jeff Green Since his 43-point game in mid-March (excluding Boston’s season finale, when regular players rested), Green has averaged 20.0, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. By any eye test, he’s looked excellent. But in that span, the Celtics have been outscored by 3.6 points per 100 possession with him on the court and…

  2. Top 10 game-winners of NBA regular season (VIDEO)

    Apr 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    You got your J.R. Smith. You got your Kyrie Irving from the next area code. You got your Joe Johnson crossover and step back. And you got your ridiculous Monta Ellis shot. You’ve got the best game winners of the regular season to get you ready for later today, when the playoffs start and all…

  3. Seven NBA playoff story lines to watch

    Apr 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    After weeks of trying to predict seedings and matchups while watching teams rest their perfectly healthy superstars, the playoffs are finally upon us. In no particular order, here are the story lines we’ll be watching when the postseason tournament opens on Saturday. How much damage can the Lakers do without Kobe Bryant? L.A. opened the…

  4. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

    Apr 18, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    SEASON RECORDS New York:54-28, second seed in East Boston: 41-40, seven seed in East (the odd number of games is due to the cancelled one the day after the Boston Marathon tragedy, it did not impact the standings) SEASON SERIES The Knicks won the regular season 3-1, but both these teams went through seasons within…

  5. PBT’s NBA season awards: LeBron for MVP is the easy one

    Apr 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Heat's James prepares to dunk against the Bulls in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    In the NBA, reputations are made and broken in the playoffs — but that is like a different season completely. The NBA gives out its awards based on the regular season. And this season a couple awards are obvious, but a couple could go a lot of different directions. Here are PBT’s awards for the…

  6. Tuesday And-1 links: Dennis Rodman is heading back to North Korea

    Apr 16, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Retired U.S. NBA basketball player Rodman is welcomed by Son, Vice Chairman of North Korea's Olympic Committe, as he arrives in Pyongyang

    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. • It’s his life so I pass this along without comment: Dennis Rodman has…

  7. J.R. Smith loses $48 K lawsuit over unpaid jewelry bill

    Apr 11, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith celebrates scoring past Washington Wizards during their NBA basketball game in Manhattan

    What is it with NBA players not paying for their chains? Seriously, add this to the rookie seminar for the guys coming in the league — pay your bills. A day after DeJuan Blair got busted for not paying his bill, a judge ruled in favor of a jewelry store in Southern California that had…

  8. J.R. Smith drains the dagger three-pointer to seal Knicks’ win over Thunder (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    It seemed like there were a lot of plays kind of like this one Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City, where the Knicks earned their 12th straight victory by outscoring the Thunder. Scramble plays in this game often seemed to end with the ball in a Knicks shooter’s hands, who would then launch an open long…

  9. Knicks look very much a contender out-scoring Thunder in OKC

    Apr 7, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    What do you want from your title contender? A superstar to lead the team? How about Carmelo Anthony with 36 points and 12 rebounds — nine offensive? He took over the league’s scoring title race with that performance. Toughness inside? How about 19 offensive rebounds on one end and your big center Tyson Chandler contesting…

  10. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Carmelo’s 40 points lead Knicks to 10th straight victory

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while choosing sides in the battle between Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi … Knicks 95, Hawks 82: The Knicks extended their league-best winning streak to 10 games on Wednesday, thanks to a dominant offensive performance from Carmelo Anthony for the second straight…

  11. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat finally lose, Knicks now streaking

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Martin congratulates Anthony after being fouled by Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out what caused these pond circles … Bulls 101, Heat 97: It had to end sometime, and Wednesday was the night Miami finally lost after winning 27 straight, ending the second longest streak of victories in NBA history. We…

  12. J.R. Smith drains buzzer-beating 30 footer (VIDEO)

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    You know it’s going to be your kind of night when… J.R. Smith had it going Tuesday night — 32 points on 24 shots to help power the Knicks win over the Celtics — but you know he has it going when the notoriously streaky shooter (if you believe in such things) knocked this one…

  13. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Knicks have won five in a row

    Mar 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while imagining playing video games at the urinal…. Mavericks 109, Clippers 102 (OT): Chris Paul did his best to lift the Clippers — 33 points on 15 shots, including scoring the team’s last 10 points in regulation. But it wasn’t enough and he…

  14. Three Stars of the night: CP3, Dirk trade shots in Dallas

    Mar 27, 2013, 3:51 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Best game of the night was in Dallas, and we’ve got two from that game. Plus the hot hand that did in Boston. Third Star: Chris Paul (33 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) For much of the game Dallas took the strategy of making Chris Paul the scorer for the Clippers. This is the same…

  15. Marshall Henderson’s favorite NBA players? J.R. Smith and JaVale McGee, because of course

    Mar 23, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Marshall Henderson

    Marshall Henderson – the flashy, showboating, rabble-rousing guard who just led No. 12 seed Mississippi to an upset of No. 5 seed Wisconsin – listed J.R. Smith and JaVale McGee as his favorite NBA players in the above video. “I love those kind of players,” Henderson said. “They can put a crowd in the arena,…

  16. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Night of wild finishes all over NBA map

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Kevin Durant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while reading the oral history of Ace of Bass’ one hit…. Heat 98, Cavaliers 95: Crazy game. I mean certifiable, off its meds kind of game. Starting with a 40-minute delay at the start to fix a coolant leak in the scoreboard that…

  17. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Refs make Nuggets/Bulls ending interesting

    Mar 19, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls coach Thibodeau argues with referee Mauer during their NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Chicago

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wishing you were as well traveled as this dog… Heat 105, Celtics 103: This felt like a playoff game — it was chippy, emotional and the crowd was into it. Jeff Green took over for the Celtics with 43 points, giving the…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Western teams jockey for position behind Heat.

    Mar 18, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    It’s Miami and then everyone else right now — but notice the next six teams in our weekly power rankings are from the West. That’s because the play of the second tier teams in the East has fallen off (Indiana, New York, Brooklyn) 1. Heat (51-14, last week ranked No. 1). What kind of concerns…

  19. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Clippers dust off what’s left of the Knicks

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Clippers center Jordan dunks the ball uncontested against the Knicks during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while making the case for the 68th team, the one left out of the NCAA Tournament, because they really had a shot to win it all…. Heat 108, Raptors 91: The Heat tied the second longest winning streak in NBA history with this…

  20. Bucks head coach expresses concern after Larry Sanders is ejected from second straight game

    Mar 16, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    Larry Sanders gave us one of the more colorful reactions to an ejection we’ve seen all season on Wednesday, giving all three officials a demonstrative thumbs up before he headed to the locker room. Sanders found himself being kicked out of his second straight game on Friday, after arguing a foul call late in the…

  21. Raymond Felton hears boos in Portland, then plays like he was still a Blazer

    Mar 15, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Felton shoots during NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon

    It was bound to be a rough night for Raymond Felton on his return to Portland — and not because Trail Blazers fans were going to boo him. Carmelo Anthony, the focus on the Knicks offense, was out getting his knee drained. Tyson Chandler, Felton’s quality pick-and-roll partner, was out with his own sore knee…

  22. Damian Lillard leads Blazers to win over shorthanded Knicks

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:21 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas

    The Knicks limped into Portland on Thursday, and were forced to give it a go against the Blazers without their two All-Stars. The result was pretty much what you would have expected. New York was dropped by the Blazers 105-90, thanks to a stellar 26 point, 10 rebound performance from Damian Lillard, the runaway candidate…

  23. No suspension for DeMarcus Cousins; injury may sideline him anyway

    Mar 13, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins will almost certainly sit out Wednesday night when the Sacramento Kings take on the Chicago Bulls. But not because the league told him too. In a surprise decision, the league is not going to suspend Cousins for the elbow to the head of Mike Dunleavy on Monday reports Sam Amick at the USA…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Knicks take night off (except they had a game)

    Mar 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were hacking Donkey Kong to make Pauline the hero… Spurs 105, Thunder 93: The Spurs depth was too much for the Thunder — San Antonio made its big runs when it was bench-on-bench (mostly). Part of that was that the Thunder…

  25. Knicks J.R. Smith ejected for foul on Harrison Barnes (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith walks off the floor after missing a shot in their NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New York

    On the scale of Flagrant II fouls, J.R. Smith‘s on Harrison Barnes Monday was not as bad as many. But Joey Crawford and the referee corp saw the replay above and decided the foul was “unnecessary and excessive” — the threshold that has to be met for the Flagrant II and automatic ejection. As Mike…

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