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  1. For second time in a week, Clippers beat Thunder. Hmmm….

    Apr 17, 2012, 2:41 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    When the Clippers beat Oklahoma City Thunder last Wednesday, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were 2-for-12 shooting in the fourth quarter. In the second half Monday night, Durant and Westbrook were a combined 1-for-13 shooting and the Clippers pulled away with an 18-4 run in the fourth quarter to win 92-77. The OKC loss combined…

  2. Former MVPs think Durant edges out LeBron this year

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    It’s going to come down to LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant. That is your MVP race and it is going to be close. Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida decided to ask 11 former MVPs who would get their vote. Fun idea. Durant won five votes to four (with two abstentions). “I think that this…

  3. Why don’t more stars want to be like Tim Duncan?

    Apr 15, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    In Saturday’s New York Times, Harvey Araton has a piece on Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, comrades in court action, and how different they stand from the modern generation of market-chasing, self-aggrandizing drama queens that currently permeate the landscape. Let’s start here: I’m an NBA modernist. I don’t go for the “back in my day…”…

  4. Kevin Durant goes off in a line for a ridiculous line

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    The new-ish trendy element to judge a player is efficiency. We’ve learned over time that a lot of guys, not all, but a lot of guys can drop 30+ if they shoot it 27-plus times. So every scoring effort is weighed against how many shots it took to get there. After all, if you’re just…

  5. Video: Blake Griffin throws it down over Serge Ibaka

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Griffin dunks the ball over Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka during their second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Wednesday night the Clippers were more than just a highlight factory, they were a team that started to live up to all that promise and found a way to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Kevin Durant‘s house. It was a quality win. But of course, there were highlights, too. Like Chris Paul’s game winner.…

  6. NBA Summer League returning to Las Vegas

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

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    After a lockout-induced one-year hiatus, the NBA’s Summer League will return to Las Vegas this July 13-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. From the official release: “Launched in 2004 as the Las Vegas Summer League, the inaugural event featured six NBA teams (Boston Celtics, Cleveland…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston is hot, the Sixers not so much

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:30 AM EDT

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    What you missed while buying a small town for yourself… Knicks 100, Bulls 99 (OT): It took some huge threes by Carmelo Anthony and some missed late free throws by Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, but the Bulls got a key win in their playoff chase. Celtics 103, Sixers 79: Paul Pierce was hot early…

  8. Here we go again: Udonis Haslem calls Thunder’s Perkins “fake tough guy”

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our own Ira Winderman has the report: While both James and Haslem downplayed Westbrook’s foul as one of exuberance in the heat of the moment, Haslem pointedly took umbrage to Perkins’ shove against Wade. Recall, earlier this season Perkins derided James for drawing attention to Blake Griffin‘s highlight-of-the-season dunk on Perkins. Perkins also has a push-come-to-shove…

  9. Thursday And-1 links: Comparing Kobe and CP3

    Apr 5, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant brushes past Los Angeles Clippers' Paul during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    Here is our daily 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. • Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul, compared by their fellow Olympians in Beijing and…

  10. LeBron James, Miami Heat make their case at Thunder’s expense

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Bosh wait for a rebound with Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    If this does end up being the NBA finals matchup, we are all in for a lot of fun. These teams are starting to develop a real dislike of each other. Miami and Oklahoma City got together for an intense, physical, playoff-style game Wednesday were LeBron James make his MVP case and the Heat got…

  11. David Stern still wants to add a year to the age limit

    Apr 3, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    From the AP: The league wasn’t able to change its draft eligibility rules during collective bargaining last year. The rules require an American player to be 19 years old and a year out of high school. The players’ association would only agree to form a committee to discuss changes, and it is unlikely to consent…

  12. Gilbert Arenas as Kevin Durant stopper? Sure, for a night.

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas

    The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night while you were watching Anthony Davis, and we all chalked it up to being a sandwich game (the Thunder beat the Lakers, Heat and Bulls in the last 8 days and have the Heat again Wednesday). We missed the obvious — Kevin Durant can’t…

  13. Durant says Thunder better when Westbrook shoots more

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Skip Bayless’ job at ESPN2 is to get people to watch him. He’s good at it — saying often outrageous things will get people to watch to see what you will say next. (His ultimate goal is no different than this blog or anywhere else in the media, our job is to get you to…

  14. Video: Westbrook’s ridiculous half-court alley-oop to Durant

    Apr 2, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Just in case you hadn’t seen this during the game, or on pretty much every highlight show since then, here is Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant connecting on a ridiculous half-court alley-oop pass as part of the clinic they put on against the Bulls on Sunday. It’s plays like this that remind you just how…

  15. Thunder show off against Bulls as a question of athleticism comes into play

    Apr 1, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Derrick was out, and had he played, this would have been a totally different game. Let’s just get that out in front right now. There is just no way to understate the impact that Derrick Rose, last season’s MVP, might have had on the Thunder’s 92-78 win vs. the Bulls on Sunday. This team is…

  16. Rose to miss Sunday game against Thunder

    Apr 1, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    From the Chicago Tribune: Bulls guard Derrick Rose will miss his 10th consecutive game Sunday at Oklahoma City as he continues to recover from a groin injury. Rose admitted his disappointment in not being able to face close friend Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and the Western-Conference leading Thunder. But Rose continues to have issues running.…

  17. Kobe has day only Kobe could have, caps it with game winner

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Saturday was vintage Kobe… or at least vintage 2012 Kobe. He looked tired — as he has a lot lately, which is why we have all watched his shooting percentages drop — and started the game 0-for-15 shooting with zero points through three quarters. Yes, you read that right. Zero points on 15 missed shots.…

  18. Derek Fisher has moved on from Lakers trade, embracing his new role in Oklahoma City

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:47 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook

    Derek Fisher returned to Staples Center on Thursday as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, his first time back since the deadline day deal the Lakers made to trade him away exactly two weeks ago. The return was a triumphant one, with his new team thrashing his old one 102-93, behind strong performances from…

  19. “New” Lakers still not as good as same ol’ Thunder

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:43 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    This was supposed to be a statement game for the “new” Lakers — new coach, new system, new emphasis on defense and now a new point guard to organize it all. The Thunder, they didn’t change much of anything from last year. Well, the game was a statement all right — the Thunder are much…

  20. Kevin Durant talks flag football, backpacks with Jimmy Kimmel

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Durant points after dunk during NBA basketball game in Portland

    Oklahoma City was in town a little early to take on the Lakers Thursday night and apparently everybody didn’t just want to hang out at Derek Fisher‘s house. So Kevin Durant decided to  swing by the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and chat. They talk flag football, backpacks and life in the OKC. Not the most…

  21. PBT Extra: Talking Lakers, end of season awards (as of now)

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:47 PM EDT

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    What you see is the latest edition of PBT Extra, which covers the Knicks (as of the time of taping earlier on Wednesday), the troubles with Andrew Bynum and the Lakers, plus where I stand now on end of season awards. Some of those awards are all but wrapped up — we’re looking at you,…

  22. Wednesday And-1 links: Weird Jeremy Lin dances sweeping the globe

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Here is our daily 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. • Honestly, I have no idea what to make of this odd Jeremy Lin…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Drama with the Lakers? Shocking.

    Mar 28, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    What you missed while thinking you don’t hate your job as much as this guy… Lakers 104, Warriors 101: What’s a Laker win without more drama? During the game the drama was the Lakers not pulling away against an undersized Golden State side, then the Warriors fighting back from a double digits deficit in the…

  24. David Stern says league will discuss adding goaltending calls to instant replay list

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

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    NBA commissioner David Stern wants the NBA to do away with goaltending as we know it, and adopt the international rule which would allow players to touch the ball as soon as it hits the rim. The competition committee has fought him on this issue, and it’s not one that’s likely to change anytime soon.…

  25. Tuesday And-1 links: Delonte West, Lamar Odom go to the zoo

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Here is our daily 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. • Delonte West and Lamar Odom went to the zoo. That went about as…

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