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  1. PBT Extra: PBT does its own Rising Stars Challenge draft; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The NBA announced the field for the Rising Stars Challenge, but the teams won’t be selected until next week. A sucker for any opportunity to hold a mock draft, I enlisted Kurt into holding our own. We followed the same positional rules whoever picks the teams on TNT next Thursday – the general managers have yet to…

  2. Minnesota’s Nikola Pekovic out 7-10 days with bursitis in right ankle

    Jan 28, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Minnesota Timberwolves

    You didn’t think we were going to go another day without an NBA injury, did you? The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves were above .500 they were 8-7 and you hadn’t even had your Thanksgiving turkey yet. Ten times since then they have gotten back to .500 and 10 times they lost the next game.…

  3. The Extra Pass: Three guys that deserve more playing time, plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the first half of the season in the books, let’s look at five players who deserve to get a little more burn the rest of the way. John Henson, F/C, Milwaukee Bucks Before we get to Henson, let’s travel in the way back machine to the 2009-10 season. If you’ll remember, Kurt Rambis was…

  4. Monday night NBA grades: Is Kevin Durant even human?

    Jan 28, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while being mesmerized by head-banging Taylor Swift… Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. At this point, I’m beginning to question if Durant is human. Maybe a Terminator sent back from the future to take over the NBA? Maybe an X-Men style mutant? Whatever he is, I…

  5. Kevin Love chows down in latest Taco Bell ad (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Minnesota Timberwolves

    As pointed out at SLAM, the best part of this commercial may be the varsity jacket Love wears during it. Kevin Love has dropped a lot of weight the past few seasons and really focused on his conditioning, so it’s safe to say he’s not making a lot of late night “runs to the border”…

  6. Dwight Howard’s parody PSA calls for fans to ‘Save the Centers’ (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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    This video clip was originally published over a year ago, but with Dwight Howard losing his starting spot in the All-Star game to Kevin Love thanks to fan voting, it’s once again making the rounds. The NBA recently eliminated the center position from the voting process, instead giving players either backcourt or frontcourt designations. In…

  7. Report: If Carmelo Anthony leaves New York, he is leaning toward Chicago

    Jan 25, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks

    In the end, I still believe that Carmelo Anthony will be a New York Knick next season. When he surveys all his options, he will choose Manhattan, he will choose to go down as a Knicks’ legend. But ‘Melo is going to look at his options closely. His amazing 62-point performance aside, the 16-27 Knicks’…

  8. LaMarcus Aldridge thinks he should have been an All-Star starter

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Portland Trail Blazers

    If the NBA coaches and players were voting for who got to be an All-Star Game starter, LaMarcus Aldridge would be a lock in the West. But the fans wanted to see other guys (Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love is your West starting frontcourt) so Aldridge will again be selected by the coaches…

  9. Dwight Howard’s popularity decline as measured in All-Star fan votes

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

    When the surprise announcement came that Kevin Love and Blake Griffin had leapfrogged Dwight Howard to become All-Star Game starters this season — leaving the Rockets’ big man for the coaches to pick as a reserve — my first thought was “that’s a huge Lakers fans base that he pissed off.” They took their vote…

  10. Watch LaMarcus Aldridge drop 44 on Denver (VIDEO)

    Jan 24, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    LaMarcus Aldridge was good in the first half Thursday night, scoring 14 points but needing 14 shots to get there. So at the half Denver coach Brian Shaw decided not to make any changes, leaving J.J. Hickson (primarily) on an island with Aldridge. That strategy backfired. In the second half Aldridge dropped 30 points on…

  11. Thursday night NBA grades: Night of the power forward

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:03 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering what NBA players could play in the NFL… Only power forwards make the list tonight. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers. He’s the best power forward in the game right now. Better than Kevin Love (Aldridge is a better and more interested defender), better…

  12. Rockets GM takes to Twitter to complain about All-Star voting process

    Jan 24, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    It’s a virtual certainty that the Rockets are going to get two players on the All-Star team this year in Dwight Howard and James Harden. But that apparently isn’t good enough for Rockets GM Daryl Morey. The All-Star starters were revealed on Thursday, and in a bit of a surprise, Howard was overtaken by Kevin…

  13. We know the starters, so who should be the All-Star reserves?

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Your job is done fans. You picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. Well done. Now the job of picking the reserves falls to the NBA’s coaches. Well, really whoever the coaches delegate the job to — an assistant coach, the video coordinator, the equipment manager, someone working the beer concession line — but the coach…

  14. LeBron, Curry, Kobe voted All-Star Game starters — but Kobe doesn’t want to play

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    You voted for them, so here they are — your 2014 NBA All-Star Game starters: EASTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) Frontcourt: LeBron James (Miami Heat), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) WESTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder),…

  15. LeBron, Durant lead Team USA roster pool for 2014 World Championships, 2016 Olympics

    Jan 23, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    When Team USA takes the court in Rio in 2016 to defend its gold medal, you can expect to see somethings old and somthings new — guys who won gold in London and Beijing will be mixed with newcomers who got their real first taste of USA Basketball this coming summer in Spain for the…

  16. The Extra Pass: Ranking all 28 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team candidatles

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some names leaked yesterday for inclusion on the 2014-16 USA Basketball men’s national-team roster – the pool of players who will be considered for upcoming international events. That includes the World Cup of Basketball this summer, possibly 2015 Olympic qualifiers  – and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Stein of ESPN beat today’s official announcement with…

  17. Report: Dwight Howard to play for Team USA at World Championships, maybe Olympics

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    USA's Dwight Howard grans the ball durin

    The last time Dwight Howard played for Team USA he was a 22-year-old helping the United States win gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But that appears likely to change this summer with the World Championships in Spain, Howard will be in the pool of players coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball will choose from,…

  18. 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…

  19. The Extra Pass: Mark Cuban happy to have his friend Nowitzki around longer; plus Tuesdays’ recaps

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Pelicans v Mavericks

    To them this is more than a business — Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki are friends. Technically they are boss and employee, but neither sees it that way. “I kick his ass whenever I’ve wanted to,” Cuban said last week, joking around about his friend the way you ride yours. “It’s kind of like we…

  20. 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…

  21. Rick Adelman to Minnesota Timberwolves: ‘If you think you’re a playoff team, why don’t you just forget it?’

    Jan 17, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Rick Adelman

    Before the season, all five of us predicted the Minnesota Timberwolves would make the playoffs (and I didn’t include that link just to point out I was the only one to predict the Trail Blazers would make it, but check that out as long as you’re on the page). The Timberwolves had a star (Kevin…

  22. Mark Cuban good with NBA admitting referee mistakes, wish it would happen more

    Jan 14, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors

    The Dallas Mavericks have benefitted from two late game bad calls by the referees this season — the one above where Monta Ellis clearly fouled Austin Rivers on the final shot, and one earlier in the season that wasn’t quite as egregious but still a foul, when Shawn Marion clipped Kevin Love on the arm.…

  23. PBT Extra: Talking J.R. Smith rumors, Kevin Love’s future

    Jan 13, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Knicks are on a hot streak, that in spite of the injury to Tyson Chandler and the distraction that is J.R. Smith. In this latest edition of PBT Extra Kay Adams asks be about the reality of the J.R. Smith trade rumors, which were really a bluff by the Knicks more than anything. Then…

  24. PBT NBA Power Rankings: New York teams rising but Pacers on top still

    Jan 13, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    Here are the weekly PBT power rankings, with some improving teams out of New York. For you fans in Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minnesota and Memphis — teams with dreams of the Western Conference playoffs — know that the pace right now is 47-48 wins just to get the 8 seed. Plan accordingly.   1. Pacers…

  25. NBA says refs missed foul call on final play of Mavericks’ win over Pelicans

    Jan 12, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Mavericks hung on for a 110-107 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, and Monta Ellis hacked the heck out of Austin Rivers on the game’s final play to ensure that would be the case. No foul was called by the officials at the time, however, and a day later, the league issued a statement…

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