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  1. Are the Rockets in the market for Josh Smith? Maybe not quite yet.

    Feb 14, 2013, 5:10 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

    Trade speculation surrounding Josh Smith is in full swing. The Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs have been reported as potential landing spots, but there may not be a more attractive trading partner for the Hawks given their rebuilding process than the Houston Rockets. Despite lacking a “big name” who can be moved, Houston has…

  2. The Extra Pass: Breaking Down Houston’s Transition Game (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    James Harden

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at the fastbreak of the Houston Rockets. You’re probably aware of how brilliant James Harden has been, but this season has been about more than just Harden for Houston. The big…

  3. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Break up the Raptors, that’s four straight wins

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Johnson and Gay defend New York Knicks' Stoudemire during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at toys you can buy that would traumatize your child…. Celtics 71, Bulls 69: Man this game was ugly. You knew it was going to be low scoring — two defensive minded teams both missing the point guard that stirs their…

  4. James Harden tweaks ankle Tuesday, out Wednesday

    Feb 13, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden said he wants to play Wednesday night, because when doesn’t a real competitor want to play? But with him already playing through a bruised left knee then tweaking his ankle in the third quarter on Tuesday night, Harden is not going to suit up for the Rockets against the Clippers on Wednesday, tweets…

  5. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Lakers win, but it’s not pretty

    Feb 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while reading up on the gory, unromantic history of Valentines Day… Lakers 91, Suns 85: The Lakers won this one eventually, but as has been the case plenty of times throughout the season, they made it unnecessarily difficult on themselves. L.A. managed to…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: Finals rematch Thursday could be finals preview

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Finally, here are the delayed regular Monday PBT NBA power rankings. We said this a lot during the NBA finals last year — if we see the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in three of the next five NBA finals it shouldn’t be a shock. This season looks more and more like…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It took three overtimes for Celtics to stop Nuggets streak

    Feb 11, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed wondering again why you watch the Grammy’s every year… Heat 107, Lakers 97: The Lakers are playing better, they are starting to figure things out. But that’s still a process. And when the Heat cranked it up in the fourth quarter they pulled…

  8. Harden, Westbrook, Bosh to highlight 2013 All-Star Shooting Stars Challenge

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

    James Harden

    All-Star Saturday night once again will start off with the Sears Shooting Stars challenge — the event where NBA stars, retired NBA legends and some WNBA players (who often are the best shooters of the group in the event) have to drain a series of shots, ending with a half courter. You know, the event…

  9. Westbrook, Harden to coach All-Star Celebrity Game; Usain Bolt to play.

    Feb 7, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

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    I don’t really know how good of coaches they will be, but the 2013 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will have better dressed coaches than the All-Star Game itself. All-Stars and hipsters James Harden and Russell Westbrook have stepped up to coach the annual celebrity game that is part of the All-Star weekend. And if…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron, Wade enough for Heat

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rockets Heat Basketball

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying out your stylish new Get Smart shoe-phone…. Heat 114, Rockets 108: What a fun finish. After collapsing in the finals last year against the Heat, James Harden exacted a little personal revenge. Harden was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 36 points…

  11. Three Stars of the Night: Wade channels 2006 for a game

    Feb 7, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Toney Douglas

    Should you have to lead your team to victory to make it into our nightly three stars tribute? I say no. But it helps. If you are someone like Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday with 31 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort, you can still make the list. Well, he didn’t because I put…

  12. Will Rockets make run at Andrew Bynum this summer? Will others?

    Feb 6, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    It’s part of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement — it is better financially for a potential free agent to become a free agent and re-sign with his team than to just sign an extension. So even if a sure max player has no intention of leaving a team, he has to at least dip…

  13. The Houston Rockets tie the NBA record for most 3-pointers, blow past Golden State

    Feb 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    James Harden

    We thought Rockets-Warriors might be a shootout, but this was more like the grand finale of a fireworks show for a full 48 minutes. Behind a record trying 3-point performance, the Rockets issued a 140-109 beatdown of the Golden State Warriors in Houston. Let’s allow the numbers to tell the story: 77 We probably should…

  14. LeBron James, Tony Parker named conference players of the month

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    LeBron James and Tony Parker were named conference players of the month for games played in January, the league announced via official release. It was the third straight player of the month award for James, and for Parker, while his numbers weren’t necessarily dominant, he led his team to a Western Conference best record of…

  15. LeBron says stars that want to win need to sacrifice dollars

    Feb 1, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-HEAT-NETS

    In the summer of 2014, LeBron James can and likely will opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat. And that has led to a raft of preparations and speculation about what’s next — the Lakers have cleared out enough cap space to offer a max deal that summer (even if they sign Dwight…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: For one night at least Celtics look fine post-Rondo

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:34 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while thinking you may have finally found the perfect job… Suns 92, Lakers 86: Ouch. You can apply that one word sentence to Dwight Howard’s shoulder, he left the game midway through the fourth quarter and did not return, seeming to aggravate his…

  17. UPDATED: Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes out for Warriors Tuesday

    Jan 29, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry bites a mouth piece during the first quarter of his NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland

    UPDATE 5:49 pm: Warriors coach Mark Jackson met with the media and said that Stephen Curry and, as expected, Andrew Bogut were out for Golden State on Tuesday in Cleveland, tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio. Harrison Barnes, who had a mild calf tweak, also is out, Jackson said. That’s a lot of bodies…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Crazy endings all across the league

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    George Hill, Andre Miller, Andre Iguodala

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were getting your last Whopper Jr. — and I mean last Whopper Jr…. Nuggets 102, Pacers 101: It was the last game of a six-game road trip for the Pacers against an up-tempo Nuggets squad, and Indy was down 13 in…

  19. Stephen Curry rolls ankle, forced to leave game with “mild sprain” (VIDEO)

    Jan 28, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    Golden State finally had some good news on the ankle front — Andrew Bogut returned from ankle surgery and looked pretty good with 12 points and 8 rebounds in 23 minutes — then this happened. Stephen Curry rolled his surgically-repaired right ankle during the third quarter. It was described as a mild sprain at first,…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs back in the saddle again

    Jan 28, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

    Tony Parker

    You know the consistently good Spurs are going to climb into the top spot a couple times during the season. The top four remain the same but we see some teams fall farther down the list while teams like the Wizards and Hornets climb. 1. Spurs (36-11, last week ranked No. 2). They have won…

  21. Stephen Curry heads list of NBA All-Star Game snubs

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry, sorry. It sucks. Every year there are a couple of guys right on the bubble, guys you can argue should have made the NBA All-Star Game as reserves voted in by the coaches, but didn’t make the cut. (If you have a problem with the starters, blame yourself — the fans vote those…

  22. 2013 NBA All-Star reserves announced

    Jan 24, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

    East All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat (L)  battles West All-Star Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder

    The 2013 NBA All-Star reserves were announced Thursday, and while there will always be a few players who fans will argue should have made it, it’s tough to disagree with the ones the coaches selected. In the Western Conference, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden were the guards selected, and big men Tim Duncan,…

  23. PBT’s NBA Mid-Season Awards: All hail Kevin Durant

    Jan 24, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    It’s the halfway point of the NBA season. To me having a serious discussion about end of season awards before this point is like discussing the 2016 presidential election today — it’s all speculation and wishful thinking. Now we have enough games to have a body of evidence and a discussion. So here are my…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another day, another Lakers loss

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while working on your eyelid weightlifting…. Grizzlies 106, Lakers 93: The Lakers added injury to insult when Dwight Howard re-aggravated his shoulder problem in the first half, and the Grizzlies took full advantage by recording 16 offensive rebounds and 60 points in the…

  25. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Value (Southwest Division)

    Jan 23, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. We’ve looked at the Northwest Division and Pacific Division, so let’s finish up the Western Conference with the Southwest Division. *** San Antonio Spurs: 33-11, 1st in Southwest Division, $988,000 short of tax…

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