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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Celtics bench gets them a win

    Nov 15, 2012, 6:34 AM EDT

    Jeff Green, Al Jefferson

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while thinking at least one drug dealer really cares…. Grizzlies 107, Thunder 97: We told you last week in the power rankings Memphis was for real. Believe us now? Brett Pollakoff broke down this game for us. Clippers 107, Heat 100:…

  2. Three Stars of the Night: Three huge games, one huge hairdo

    Nov 15, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum hair

    There were some fantastic performances on the court Wednesday night, but if you want to know what people were buzzing about on twitter it was that photo to the right — Andrew Bynum’s hair. Which I can’t describe, but it’s buzz worthy. I think the face of the guy to Bynum’s left really says it…

  3. Grizzlies continue impressive start with road win over Thunder

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    The Memphis Grizzlies look like a team ready to compete in the postseason. The Thunder look like a team still searching for answers. The result of the meeting between these two teams reflected that on Wednesday, as Memphis had little trouble in cruising to a convincing 107-97 win in Oklahoma City. When we last saw…

  4. Video: James Harden high-fives invisible teammates

    Nov 13, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    James Harden

    You gotta love James Harden. Here the beard hits his technical free throw and then walks forward to high-five all the nonexistent guys in the lane. Classic. At least Harden is keeping his sense of humor as the Rockets struggle to find their way. Hat tip to SLAM.

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about the Boston offense

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while being scared by the idea of a Hillary Clinton decorating show…. Jazz 140, Raptors 133 (3OT): Utah got its first road win but the Raptors made them really work for it — they needed the second three of Al Jefferson’s…

  6. Kevin McHale to take immediate leave of absence from Rockets

    Nov 10, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    Kevin McHale will be taking a leave of absence from the team effective immediately, according to a team release. The absence is family-related, which always makes these types of situations that much more sensitive. From the official release: Houston Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale will be taking an immediate leave of absence from the team…

  7. Teams are adjusting, now James Harden must adjust, too

    Nov 8, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    James Harden, Kenneth Faried

    For a couple games, nobody knew what to expect of James Harden in a Houston Rockets uniform. We knew he could play — Sixth Man of the Year, Olympic gold medalist — but the setting with him as the man and not a playmaking third option was going to be very different. The result was…

  8. Denver 93, Houston 87: Kenneth Faried and the Nuggets get freaky

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    kenneth-faried

    Crunch time. Two possession game. James Harden has been completely locked up due to some stingy perimeter defense, but he still lurks as a viable closer. Rockets forward Patrick Patterson is hitting corner 3-pointers, which is apparently a thing that happens now. This has been a sloppy game, but it’s winning time for the Nuggets.…

  9. Kyle Lowry leaves game with ankle injury

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    The Toronto Raptors got shelled by the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, 108-88, but one loss in a great big season is likely the last thing on the mind of everyone in the Raptors organization right now. Emerging star Kyle Lowry, who has started the season as hot as anyone north of James Harden, has been…

  10. NBC SportsTalk: Breaking down Harden’s new role in Houston, updates on Knicks and Lakers

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    James Harden, Wesley Matthews

    On this segment of NBC SportsTalk, Adrian Wojnarowski goes deeper into the James Harden saga, and also discusses Jeremy Lin and how he may fit with Harden from a relationship standpoint. Woj also expects Steve Nash to be out two or three weeks with that leg fracture, and will Kobe Bryant still be playing at…

  11. Thunder only gave Harden an hour to consider final contract offer

    Nov 6, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    James Harden

    There should be no looking back at this pont for James Harden. He’s flourishing in his new role with his new team, leading the league in scoring through three games with the Rockets at an average of over 35 points per contest. But Oklahoma City was a special situation; there was a core of young…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs and Knicks movin’ on up

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Fans celebrate as Knicks' Anthony sinks a three-point shot against Heat during NBA basketball game in New York

    The first few power rankings of the year show the most volatility — we don’t have established patterns for teams and so if someone gets hot or cold for a few games there is no context yet to put that in. It’s Small Sample Size Theatre. The Magic are 2-0 but I don’t think they…

  13. Strain of change leading to concerns about Thunder chemistry

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    It has been a strange thing to see — barking and bickering among the tight chemistry of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s come up every game so far this season, Darnell Maryberry of the Oklahoman described Sunday’s incident in a loss to the Hawks. At the end of the first quarter, Thabo Sefolosha and Russell…

  14. Josh Smith suffers ankle sprain, ruled out for Hawks’ next game in Oklahoma City

    Nov 3, 2012, 8:30 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

    It wasn’t a pretty start to the season for the Hawks on Friday, and things aren’t likely to get better when the team next takes the floor in Oklahoma City on Sunday. Josh Smith has been ruled out for the Hawks’ road game against the Thunder due to an ankle sprain. He won’t even make…

  15. James Harden’s career-high 45 leads Rockets to 2-0 start

    Nov 3, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    NBA: Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons

    If James Harden continues to play like he’s played in his first two games with the Rockets, the trade that brought him to Houston may eventually be seen as one of the most one-sided in NBA history. It’s early, of course, and finances were the motivation in Oklahoma City, where Harden didn’t (and wouldn’t) have…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: Upset Edition

    Nov 3, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Scott Brooks

    So, who had the Bobcats, Magic, Bucks and Knicks all winning tonight? Of course you did. There were lots of upsets around the league, but who are the PBT Three Stars of the Night? Who is hanging out with Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan in the record books? And where in the world is Carmen…

  17. Manu Ginobili very close to making his season debut

    Nov 2, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Ty Lawson

    After Tony Parker’s clutch basket led to a thrilling victory over one of the west’s elite powers, the Spurs are again showing they will be a team to be reckoned with this season. It’s scary to think, then, that the Spurs are about to get even better but that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Manu…

  18. Tony Parker’s clutch buckets late help Spurs take down the Thunder

    Nov 2, 2012, 1:23 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Serge Ibaka

    This was a game the Thunder could have won, and watching how the last few possessions played out, it’s one the Thunder should have won. But in the end, San Antonio had the execution that Oklahoma City did not, and the Spurs came away with a buzzer-beating 86-84 win over the Thunder to give them…

  19. NBC SportsTalk: Rockets happy with Harden, but are they a playoff team?

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    James Harden

    The Rockets looked like the big winners in the James Harden deal after opening night, where Harden poured in 37 points and 12 assists in leading Houston to a win over the Pistons. But let’s not get too carried away just yet. Harden definitely had something to prove in his first career opening night start,…

  20. Michael Jordan called the Thunder about trading for James Harden, and other interesting tales

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    In a wide-ranging interview with Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Michael Jordan said a lot of things that may be of interest to fans of both the Bobcats and the NBA alike. One of the more interesting notes to fans of the league in general was the fact that Jordan said he “made some…

  21. Winderman: Trying to make sense of rookie contract extensions

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    On many levels it makes sense that the NBA’s deadline for rookie-scale extensions is Oct. 31. Because while there are many treats (for the players involved), there also can be more than a few tricks (down the road when it comes to teams’ salary caps and luxury taxes). James Harden? He deserved as much as…

  22. What does Oklahoma City look like without James Harden?

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Getting hit with the cold truth hurts. Getting hit with it 37 times? Ask a Thunder fan how that feels. Here’s the truth, and it has been evident long before last night’s coming out party: James Harden is a star in this league. And no matter how you try to rationalize trading Harden while competing…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers defense sucks, too

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:13 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Jodie Meeks

    Our nightly recap of every gamegaround the NBA. It’s what you missed while buying dive bar T-shirts…. Trail Blazers 116, Lakers 106: In the season opener, Dallas scored at a 108.7 points per 100 possessions pace on the Lakers (for comparison, only five teams in the NBA averaged giving up more points per 100 last…

  24. Three Stars of the Night: Two stars are born, and another just changes systems

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    Hornets' Davis dunks the ball over Spurs' Duncan during the second half of  their NBA basketball in New Orleans

    Long live oddly polarizing facial hair! You wear that neckbeard with pride tonight, loyal reader, and come check out the three best individual performances from Wednesday’s great slate of games. Third Star: Anthony Davis – 21 points, 7 rebounds It’s rare for a rookie to just look like he belongs. Usually they have flashes, but…

  25. Fear the Beard II: Harden drops 37 and 12 in Rockets win

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:39 AM EDT

    James Harden

    In case you thought James Harden only looked like he could ball because he was playing next to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook… honestly, if you thought that what guy have you you watching? Harden has been fantastic the last few years. The guy didn’t make the Olympic team because Coach K liked his beard.…

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