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  1. Sunday Summer League Notes: Talking big men like Zeller, Vesley

    Jul 15, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    Our notebooks are full from another day watching hoop in Vegas are a few notes from Day 3 of the NBA Summer League: • In case you missed it, we’ve written about a couple of big men who are looking good in Las Vegas — Jonas Valanciunas of the Raptors and Cody Zeller for the…

  2. Bigger, stronger Jonas Valanciunas pushes Heat around in Summer League

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Raptors Heat Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Not a lot of people noticed, but at Jonas Valanciunas had a nice rookie season up in Toronto: 8.9 points and 6.2 rebounds a game, he shot 48 percent in post up spots and 62 percent as the roll man in the pick-and-roll. He had a PER of 15.6. All of those…

  3. Summer League Notes: The svelte Draymond Green and other Day 2 highlights

    Jul 14, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Saturday saw some rough rookie debuts but also some strong performances. Here are a few notes and highlights from Day 2 of Summer League in Vegas. • Ben McLemore had a rough shooting Summer League debut at 4-of-23, but as noted in PBT’s story it wasn’t as bad as it looked. •…

  4. Report: Masai Ujiri leaves Denver to take over Toronto basketball operations

    May 31, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

    Masai Ujiri

    Nuggets GM and current NBA Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri couldn’t turn down the combination of more money and more power— he is leaving the Denver Nuggets to take over as the guy in charge of basketball operations for the Toronto Raptors. That according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Masai Ujiri has accepted…

  5. Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis headline NBA All-Rookie Team

    May 14, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    It was an interesting year for rookies. Damian Lillard stood out as the point guard Portland needed, but he had the advantage of talent around him that other promising players (Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond) did not. Then there were good young players like Jonas Valanciunas flying under the radar in Toronto. So picking the NBA…

  6. Damian Lillard named Rookie of the Year in unanimous vote

    May 1, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

    adidas x Damian Lillard ROY

    We’ve essentially known this for quite some time, but it became official on Wednesday: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers was named as the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Lillard’s selection was a unanimous one, as he received all 121 first place votes. The last unanimous winner of the award was Blake…

  7. Report: Raptors must include another asset to trade Bargnani

    Apr 23, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    In a lot of cities, the drafting of, then giving a large contract extension to, Andrea Bargnani would get a GM fired. In Toronto it appears Bryan Colangelo remains safe in his job. Of course, part of that job now is trying to trade Bargnani — a three-point shooting big man who can do little…

  8. Raptors Valanciunas hurts neck, taken to hospital after game

    Apr 10, 2013, 10:12 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    In recent weeks, the Raptors have seen a lot of progress out of young center Jonas Valanciunas — he came into this season in Toronto with a lot of hype but proved to be a work in progress. But last month he was the Eastern Conference Rookie of the month with a double-double in 12…

  9. 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…

  10. Three Stars of the night: Carmelo’s hot hand continues

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:56 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd

    Welcome to the Atlantic Division version of Three Stars of the night. We don’t need your other five divisions, you can keep them. Third Star: Jonas Valanciunas (24 points, 10 rebounds) Coming into this season, there was a lot of hope in Toronto around Valanciunas, that the rookie could be a key part of their…

  11. Kyrie Irving out 3-4 weeks with sprained shoulder

    Mar 11, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Apparently the basketball injury gods were not done with Kyrie Irving yet. Irving left Sunday night’s game with the Raptors after a collision and now the Cavaliers have announced he will be out three to four weeks with a sprained shoulder the team announced. The injury happened with just a couple minutes left in the…

  12. 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…

  13. Tyler Hansbrough throws Jonas Valanciunas to the ground (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough

    Midway through the fourth quarter of Friday’s game between the Pacers and the Raptors, Tyler Hansbrough got a little more physical than the rules should allow while battling for position under the basket with Jonas Valanciunas. Hansbrough literally throws Valanciunas to the ground near the end of the play, but the officials on the floor…

  14. Caron Butler tricks Jonas Valanciunas, gets a steal at end of Clippers blowout loss to Raptors (VIDEO)

    Feb 2, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The Clippers essentially didn’t bother to show up Friday night in Toronto, falling behind by as many as 31 points before eventually losing 98-73. Caron Butler shot just 3-of-12 from the field in 37 minutes, which may explain why he attempted to trick Jonas Valanciunas into getting one more chance to score as the clock…

  15. The Extra Pass: Grading the Rudy Gay Trade

    Jan 31, 2013, 8:36 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. Today, we analyze the three-way deal between Memphis, Toronto and Detroit.  Trades born from necessity are often the most interesting to evaluate. Usually the need to deal is lopsided — think Denver…

  16. Raptors’ Bargnani, Valanciunas could return in couple weeks

    Jan 25, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    Raptors fans, you could be getting Andreas Bargnani back soon. You feel good about that? Toronto was 4-17 when he played and 12-10 since he went down. It’s not hard to guess how Toronto fans feel about him and his return. Nonetheless, Bargnani is getting closer to a return from the elbow injury that has…

  17. Wednesday And-1 Links: Justin Beiber meets Michael Jordan. And twitter explodes.

    Jan 23, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan Justin Beiber

    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. • Justin Beiber — that would be 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game MVP…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Clippers in top spot, which is close to Mayans being right

    Dec 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s not the end of the world in a classic way, or even in a “Michael Stipe feels fine” kind of way, but the Clippers being on top of the PBT power rankings are as close to the end of the world as we are getting this week. 1. Clippers (21-6, LW 2). Winners of…

  19. Raptors rookie Valanciunas out indefinitely with broken finger

    Dec 22, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Raptors forward Valanciunas grabs his right hand during NBA basketball game against Magic in Toronto

    Midway through the first quarter against the Magic Friday night Raptors prized rookie Jonas Valanciunas was scrambling for a loose rebound on the ground and came up grabbing his finger. Turns he broke the ring finger on his right hand and is going to be out indefinitely. The Raptors have not yet given us an…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pierce, Rondo lead Celtics to win

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Sandy relief concert and thinking the Who looked really old… Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2OT): This game was fun. It entertained. Oh, no it wasn’t pretty at all — Dallas had 27 turnovers — but it had its…

  21. Who is next NBA coach to be fired? Watch your back, Dwane Casey

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

    We’ve had one coach canned in the first quarter of the NBA season, and just as we expected it was Mike Brown from the Lakers. Which is why it is ironic to listen to Lakers brass and supporters say it’s too early to judge Mike D’Antoni because so many players are injured and they haven’t…

  22. GM Colangelo calls Raptors play “unacceptable,” “embarrassing”

    Dec 9, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Raptors general manager Colangelo takes questions during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    Last season the Toronto Raptors weren’t very good, but they had a pretty good defense (12th in the NBA) that kept games close. So it stood to reason that if you added Kyle Lowry’s offense, the much anticipated Lithuanian big Jonas Valanciunas and rookie Tereence Ross, this team would take another step forward. Nope. The…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Celtics, Spurs need OT for wins

    Nov 26, 2012, 5:26 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili; DeMar DeRozan;

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while out buying a $4.2 million gold Christmas tree… Spurs 111, Raptors 106 (2OT): Now this is a close game — at the end of every quarter and the first overtime this was a one-point or tied game. Toronto needs to…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers, Celtics both lose; it’s not the ‘80s anymore

    Nov 22, 2012, 5:22 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Our nightly recap of the games from around the NBA. Or, what you missed while going out tonight because you have to deal with your family tomorrow… Thunder 117, Clippers 111 (OT): Nobody stops Chris Paul, but the Thunder did a better job of slowing him down than anyone has this season and that’s how…

  25. Nick Young brings the swagger, the points, the Philly win

    Nov 21, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers' Young celebrates with teammates Richardson and Holiday while playing against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    Nick Young brought the full Swagy P to this game. Young can be maddening. His swagger, his confidence can lead to bad decisions. The kind of shots Kobe regrets taking Young doesn’t fear. For example, in the first quarter against the Raptors Tuesday night Young was in the right corner when he got a high…

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