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  1. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  2. Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight gets flopping warning from league (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 10:29 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v San Antonio Spurs

    Brandon Knight, come on down, you’re the 22nd player this season to get a flopping warning from the NBA league office. You can see the play in question above, back from a Jan. 18 game. Houston’s James Harden (already fined for flopping this season himself) was backing down Knight in the post and Knight flopped…

  3. Pacers’ Lance Stephenson fined $5,000 by league for flopping

    Jan 21, 2014, 6:13 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers

    He may be on his way to the All-Star Game as a reserve (that’s not set in stone but it seems likely, more on that later in the week) but Lance Stephenson is still drawing the ire of the league. Indiana’s Stephenson was fined $5,000 by the league on Tuesday for flopping — it was…

  4. Mario Chalmers warned for flopping by league (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    The Heat were about to lose to the Hawks on Monday when LeBron James tried to make the final seconds interesting with a three, which missed. What the league noticed on that play was Mario Chalmers, who comes down the left side and tries to get into rebounding position, gets legitimately bumped from behind, and…

  5. Monday NBA grades: Chandler Parsons might be the Rockets’ third man

    Jan 21, 2014, 2:52 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching… actually you should have been watching the NBA all day. There were great performances — such as Anthony Davis with 27 points and 10 rebounds, or Dwight Howard with 24 points and 12 boards — that don’t even make the cut here. The…

  6. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At season midway Pacers, Portland on top (not exactly Stern’s dream finals)

    Jan 20, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    We’re at the midway point in the NBA season and the Indiana Pacers sit on top of the ProBasketballTalk NBA power rankings — we knew they’d be good but they have been better in the regular season than expected. Portland is second, and that is a surprise, but also a team on a win streak.…

  7. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Western Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After selecting the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves on Friday, it’s time to tackle the Western Conference. Once again, we’ll defer to the last ballot returns for our starters, which are decided solely by fan vote. Here’s the projected Western Conference starters: West Starters (Fan Vote) Backcourt: Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin We’ll…

  8. Patrick Beverley targeting Monday return to Rockets’ lineup

    Jan 18, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets' Beverley smiles after being called for a foul while playing Oklahoma City Thunder in their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Patrick Beverley was thriving as a member of the Rockets this season, starting in 24 of his 25 appearances and providing an energetic spark on both ends of the floor that positively impacted his team’s lineup. Beverley suffered a fractured hand injury in late December that was expected to sideline him for up to six…

  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

    BASKET-GBR-USA-NBA-ATLANTA-BROOKLYN

    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. Jekyll/Hyde Rockets fall to Thunder, continue to confound

    Jan 17, 2014, 3:09 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    It was the best of halves, it was the worst of halves. Unfortunately for the Rockets the worst of halves was the second one. That’s when Houston went ice cold from three (0-of-9), shot just 19.4 percent overall and put up 19 points. It was that half that makes you realize how far this Rocket…

  12. The Extra Pass: Vince Carter had a front row seat for the “Miracle on Hudson” plane crash

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    US Airways Passenger Jet Crashes Into Hudson River By NYC

    LOS ANGELES — “They have to be shooting a movie or something.” That was Vince Carter’s first thought. Five years ago yesterday, the morning of Jan. 15, 2009, Carter woke up in the bedroom of his home in Edgewater New Jersey, and was lazily sitting on his bed just looking out the window of his…

  13. Celtics’ Jerryd Bayless gets warned for flopping (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Jerryd Bayless come on down, you’re the next contestant on “getting a league warning for flopping.” Who knows, maybe Bayless was just “LeBroning.” Either way, the league gave him an official warning Tuesday. The incident occurred Monday night (Jan. 13), when the Celtics were playing the Rockets. Jeremy Lin was bringing the ball up court…

  14. Denver makes video trying to get people to vote Ty Lawson for All-Star Game

    Jan 13, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Lawson celebrates a three-point shot against Golden State Warriors in their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    Not bad Denver Nuggets, not bad. Ty Lawson likely isn’t getting invited to New Orleans for the NBA All-Star game — he’s not in the Top 10 vote getters in the Western Conference backcourt so far this season — but Denver is pushing his candidacy with this video, making light of Lawson’s speed. To me,…

  15. Stephen Curry moves past Chris Paul as starter in latest NBA All-Star balloting

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    We can take Chris Paul’s brilliance as a point guard for granted because he’s the guy throwing the lobs, not the guy finishing the highlight play. Paul can score and take over a game, but his mastery of the point guard play is subtler than that — he takes over games by dictating flow and…

  16. The Extra Pass: The Raptors press pause, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    When Masai Ujiri jumped from the Denver Nuggets to the Toronto Raptors to take over as general manager, the objective was clear. Ujiri was to do what he does best: tear it down, and try to salvage as much value as possible from the mistakes made by the previous regime. Ujiri hasn’t failed to live…

  17. Wednesday night NBA grades: Don’t look now, but Brooklyn is playing with heart

    Jan 9, 2014, 4:18 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Brooklyn Nets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while getting your dinner out of the burrito vending machine…. Brooklyn Nets. For the first third of the season the Nets were listless, seeming adrift, and continually beset by injuries. Well, the injuries are still there but these Nets are playing with a real fire…

  18. No drama in reunion, just easy Rockets win vs. Lakers (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Wise move, NBA television executives, choosing to pull Wednesday night’s Lakers at Rockets game off the national broadcast (not that the Spurs/Mavs game that replaced turned out to be a thriller). There is no Kobe Bryant and the “Dwight Howard reunion” drama had played itself out long ago. This was simply another mid-season NBA game…

  19. Kobe Bryant thinks you should be voting younger guards into All-Star Game

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    kobe all-star 2013

    You want Kobe Bryant to start in the All-Star Game… well, maybe not you personally, but people do. Like that guy in front of you in line at Starbucks this morning. Blame him. Fan voting has Kobe Bryant well out in front as a starting guard for the West in the 2014 All-Star Game. Chris…

  20. Report: Jeremy Lin switching to adidas with new shoe deal

    Jan 3, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-TAIWAN-TPE-NBA-PACERS-ROCKETS-LIN

    Knock his game if you want — although you have to admit it has taken a healthy step forward this season — but you have to know Jeremy Lin is one of the most popular players in the NBA. He is fourth in NBA All-Star voting for the Western Conference’s backcourt, with more votes than…

  21. NBA warns Lakers’ Jodie Meeks for flopping

    Jan 2, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers

    Jodie Meeks — you know, one of the few healthy guards the Lakers have left on the roster — has been officially warned by the league for flopping. As he should have been. You can see the play above — it’s late in the Lakers loss to Bucks New Year’s Eve and the Lakers were dreaming…

  22. Flopping: It’s not just for defenses anymore

    Jan 1, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Clippers

    You see it all the time in the NBA: A point guard comes off a pick and attacks the paint only to find the opposing team’s center there waiting for him cutting off the lane, so the guard pretty much charges into the big man, falls back, flails his arms as he throws up a…

  23. The Extra Pass: Changes coming in threes; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Dec 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    If you’ve watched basketball this year and thought at some point, “Man, these teams sure are shooting a lot of threes”, you’re not alone. Firing up shots from behind the arc has become more of a standard practice for most NBA teams (except for good ol’ Memphis) and teams like the Phoenix Suns and Portland…

  24. Kevin Durant dunks over James Harden (VIDEO)

    Dec 30, 2013, 1:47 AM EDT

    James Harden, Kevin Durant

    It wasn’t a complete poster dunk because James Harden realized what was about to happen and slid to the side to get out of the way. Kevin Durant was bringing the ball up the court and just past before passing half court shifted from casual to Maserati and just blew by Chandler Parsons. Harden rotated…

  25. As expected, Zach Randolph gets $25,000 fine for saying refs favored Harden, Rockets

    Dec 27, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES VS. HOUSTON ROCKETS

    “It’s obvious. It was the refs tonight. I mean, eight against five. I mean, the game was, in the second half, (James Harden) is shooting a free throw every time. We out there playing hard. They dictating the game. It can’t be like that, man. We’re out here playing, too.  It was a horrible game…

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