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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Video: Watch Raptors fans being Jonas Valanciunas bobbleheads

    Nov 19, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Raptors forward Jonas Valanciunas reacts after drawing a foul during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    Well, you don’t see this every day. And with good reason. Raptors fans are pumped about what Jonas Valanciunas can bring to the team (even though their team defense is way off this season with him on the roster), and so Sunday in Toronto was the Valanciunas bobblehead game. Yes, we’re serious. And this is…

  7. Video: Kevin Durant throws it down on Jonas Valanciunas

    Nov 6, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    This play was basically a microcosm of the Thunder’s blowout of the Raptors. Kevin Durant saw the opportunity, and was aggressive in taking it. Jonas Valanciunas half-heartedly contested, but was late in doing so, before ducking out at the very end to avoid further embarrassment. So, yeah. That was pretty much how things went for…

  8. 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…

  9. Video: George Hill’s game-winning floater buries the Raptors

    Oct 31, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Toronto Raptors

    Entertaining opening night contest in Toronto between the Raptors and the Pacers. There were plenty of solid performances for both teams — David West had his way offensively with 25 points in 28 minutes, Paul George finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, and for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry did it all with…

  10. Friday And-1 links: As season nears, a lot of players waived

    Oct 26, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    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. Right before the season starts is when a lot of players who were invited…

  11. The 2012-2013 All-Breakout Team

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Last season, Jeremy Lin coming out of nowhere (and the ensuing Linsanity) was the perfect headlining story for a crazy, compacted season. Lin was absolutely the breakout star of the year, but we also saw Ersanity (Ersan Ilyasaova) become a thing — at least in Milwaukee, anyway. And Kevin Love‘s nightly performances? Just good old-fashioned…

  12. Video: Another big dunk from Wednesday… Jonas Valanciunas

    Oct 18, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Raptors' Valanciunas looks on during a break in play against the Pistons during their NBA presseason basketball game in Toronto

    Ladies and gentlemen, Jonas Valanciunas. This is the Raptors rookie, the No. 5 overall pick from 2011 who is about to debut in the NBA this season. He’s looked a bit raw at times, he needs to get stronger, but he does have a move or two. And he can finish. Raptors fans have high…

  13. Steve Nash was “very close” to being a Raptor

    Oct 17, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Steve Nash of Canada poses with his new jersey at a press conference to announce his signing with the NBA basketball team Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo

    Only three days after the NBA free agency period began, a bombshell was dropped on the NBA landscape when it was announced that Steve Nash would be a Laker via a sign and trade with the Phoenix Suns. Shock spread around the league with everyone wondering how the Lakers could pull the deal off and…

  14. Odds on NBA MVP (yes, LeBron leads), Rookie of Year

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    If you don’t have LeBron James, Kevin Durant on top of your “most likely to win the MVP” list you’re doing it wrong. Professional odds makers don’t do it wrong. So when the guys at offshore book Bovada put together a list, you know who is at the top. But the real value is farther…

  15. Monday And-1 links: Kevin Garnett may sit out game Monday

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    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. • Kevin Garnett may sit out the Celtics preseason game on Monday. What does…

  16. 5 Preseason Observations

    Oct 13, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    1. The disconnect isn’t necessarily obvious. If you watch preseason, on the surface, there’s not much outside of the number of minutes for starters between regular season and this. I mean, the game is fundamentally the same. But the speed and intensity differential is startling, and you’ll see the shift for small moments with the…

  17. Thursday And-1 link: News, notes from around NBA camps

    Oct 4, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Lakers new guard Steve Nash of Canada smiles as he walks past Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    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 was news when Kobe Bryant said this was the most talented Lakers…

  18. Can the Raptors make the playoffs? Kyle Lowry says yes.

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    Pity the Toronto Raptors — they are in a division with the Celtics, Knicks, Nets and Sixers. Four lock playoff teams. Throw in the Heat, Pacers and other teams from other playoff divisions and there is no easy path from Toronto to the post season this year. But Kyle Lowry thinks they can make it.…

  19. Raptors rookie Valanciunas suffers mild left calf strain

    Sep 24, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    Eyebrows were raised when photos surfaced of highly anticipated Toronto Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas wearing a walking boot. The team confirmed Monday morning that he has a strained left calf. Via the Raptors official twitter account. #Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas sustained a left calf strain. Injury not thought to be serious. No timeline set for…

  20. NBA Season Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Sep 21, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    We wrap up PBT’s Atlantic Division previews this week by going north of the border. Next week we head to the Midwest and the Central Division. Last season: Sure, a 23-43 record isn’t good. But it really wasn’t that bad. Seriously. Sure, the Toronto offense was dreadful and would have been the worst in the…

  21. Thursday And-1 links: What NBA players could play in NFL?

    Sep 20, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

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    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. • There are a handful of NBA players who you see in the locker…

  22. Wednesday And-1 links: Who are the NBA’s most traded players?

    Sep 19, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics, Game 2

    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 like Linsay Lohan likes getting arrested. • Who are the most traded players in…

  23. Maybe LeBron’s agent switch turns out to be a smart move

    Sep 14, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    My initial reaction to LeBron James switching agents from Leon Rose and the powerful CAA — the agency that helped bring LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together in Miami — was that it was vintage LeBron. That once again he was tightening his inner circle to lean on close friends, and new agent Rich…

  24. Report: Magloire gets camp-invite deal from Raptors

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Jamaal Magloire thanks the fans before their last home game against the New Jersey Nets in their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    The Toronto Raptors don’t really need another big man. They already have Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, Jonas Valanciunas, Quincy Acy. Bargnani is the scorer, the young guys are going to get minutes because they need to develop. But the Raptors think Jamaal Magloire might be a good veteran presence in the locker room, an…

  25. NBA Summer Power Rankings: Free agency moves Lakers up

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Summer NBA power rankings are about as meaningful and accurate as preseason college football rankings. At least the NBA isn’t silly enough to have something like this matter in determining a champion. That would be stupid. The top and the bottom of the poll are what you’d expect, but the Lakers and Celtics moved up…

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