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  1. Report: Minnesota willing to move Derrick Williams, Alexey Shved for veterans

    Nov 12, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Derrick Williams and Alexey Shved are reportedly on the market but this is all about Kevin Love. If that sounds strange, follow along here. Minnesota is entering a “win now” phase and they are off to a nice 5-3 start this season thanks to their expected strong offense and a better than expected defense. They…

  2. Jamal Crawford with half court buzzer-beater that matters (VIDEO)

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Chris Paul

    Usually we bring you the video of these half-court buzzer beaters just because they are fun shots to watch, they rarely have a big impact on the game itself. But this one from the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford at the end of the third quarter did. Crawford’s shot took a 2 point lead and jacked it…

  3. The Extra Pass: Five observations from the East and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    After a busy Monday night in the NBA, let’s swing around the Eastern Conference for a few observations. Indiana: If Roy Hibbert keeps getting that “verticality” respect from officials, it’s goodnight, Irene time for all of the other the Defensive Player of the Year candidates. Look at these numbers: Per 36 minutes on his career: 2.6…

  4. PBT NBA Power Rankings: It’s the Pacers, Spurs then everyone else

    Nov 11, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    David Stern’s nightmare Finals matchup is on top of the second PBT NBA Power rankings — Indiana and San Antonio. Lots of shifting still going on in the rankings as teams shake themselves out just a couple weeks into the season, but a few patterns are emerging. 1. Pacers (7-0, Last Week No. 1). Yes…

  5. Ricky Rubio goes for triple-double against Lakers (VIDEO)

    Nov 11, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

    BKN-NBA-TWOLVES-LAKERS

    There were other stars for Minnesota as they thrashed the Lakers’ “defense” Sunday night — Kevin Martin had 27 points shooting over the top of Steve Blake and Steve Nash, Kevin Love had 25 points and 13 rebounds — but Ricky Rubio was the glue that pulled it all together. Rubio had a triple double…

  6. The Extra Pass: Pau Gasol talks slow start to season, plus Sunday recaps

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — In the first quarter Sunday night against Minnesota (as his Lakers were getting blown out of the water), Pau Gasol was 3-of-5 shooting for six points. The rest of the game he was 2-of-7 shooting, and the second of those buckets came :26 seconds left in the game when Rick Adelman had…

  7. Kevin Love is putting up historically great numbers to begin the season

    Nov 9, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    A healthy Kevin Love was expected to make a world of difference for the Timberwolves this season, and through the first six games that’s been exactly what’s happened. Minnesota is off to a 4-2 start to the season, and Love’s dominance in multiple statistical categories is a big reason why. Love’s numbers aren’t just great…

  8. Stephen Curry out vs. Spurs Friday

    Nov 8, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    UPDATE 6:10 p.m. ET: Curry is out, reports Sam Amick of USA Today. 1:17 p.m. ET: Stephen Curry is officially day-to-day with a bone bruise in his ankle — and considering this is their star player with a long history of ankle issues (including multiple surgeries), you can expect the Warriors will be cautious here.…

  9. James Harden receives flopping warning from league (VIDEO)

    Nov 7, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    James Harden

    We’re less than two weeks into the NBA season and James Harden has become the sixth NBA player to get a flopping warning from the league. Guys are really setting a fast pace here out of the gate this year. Harden’s came in the third quarter against the Trail Blazers Tuesday (you can see the…

  10. The Extra Pass: Three new faces and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    One of the best parts about the start of any season is the chance to get familiar with the new faces in the league. Guys like Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo will get plenty of publicity, so let’s dig a little deeper and look at a few other players that are impressing in their first…

  11. The Extra Pass: Clippers offensive fireworks cover up struggling defense, plus Monday recaps

    Nov 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    LOS ANGELES — The Clippers know how to put on a show — they dropped a highflying 137 points on the Rockets and blew the up-and-coming team out of the water. Through four games the Clippers are averaging 116.7 points per 100s possessions, that is almost 7 points better than the second place team (Houston).…

  12. Ridiculous rumors: No, Kyrie’s not going to New York in two years; Kevin Martin not mad at OKC

    Nov 4, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    One of the first words of advice I got from a boss when we started ProBasketballTalk was to write about what people are talking about. Even if they are talking about something stupid. Which brings us to two stories working their way around the Web Monday: The idea that Kyrie Irving could bolt for New…

  13. Michael Carter-Williams becomes first rookie since Shaq to win Conference Player of the Week to begin NBA career

    Nov 4, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    Forgive the lengthy headline, but the feat achieved by Michael Carter-Williams during his first week in the NBA requires an extended explanation. The Sixers’ guard burst onto the scene with some monster statistical performances that helped his team to a surprising 3-0 start to the season. The effort was good enough to earn him Conference…

  14. PBT Extra: Talking Russell Westbrook, Pacers, Kevin Love and hot starts

    Nov 4, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    It’s just a week into the season and some interesting story lines are developing, but the Russell Westbrook news trumped it all to start the season. Kay Adams and I talk in this PBT Extra about Westbrook and what his return means for Oklahoma City. Then we move on to two of the hot starts…

  15. Kevin Love among four NBA players to get flop warning

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love is leading the league in points per game (29.7), second in rebounds per game (14.7) and so he wanted to be one of the first to get a flopping warning from the league also. Well, congratulations, you’ve done it. Love was one of four players to get a flopping warning from the league…

  16. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Rockets, T-Wolves and Sixers on top

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    The first few weeks of the Power Rankings see crazy fluctuations — teams that aren’t really that good start off hot, teams that are good start cold, so teams bounce up and down the rankings like they are on a bungee cord the first few weeks. Eventually things find their level. But this week was…

  17. Watch Kevin Love rack up points against New York (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Sorry Knicks fans, you may not want to watch this, but the rest of the country is buzzing about it. There has been no hotter player in the NBA to start the season than Kevin Love, who averaged 29.7 points per game on 50 percent shooting, plus 14.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game —…

  18. Kevin Love hits off-balance jumper, gets high-five from Spike Lee (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love put on a show in Madison Square Garden — 34 points and 15 rebounds, he was getting buckets at the rim and knocking down threes. He was showing off the kind of versatile game that had to make Knicks fans jealous. Including Spike Lee. In the fourth quarter the Knicks had closed a…

  19. The Extra Pass Weekend Roundup: Seven storylines from Week 1 and Sunday recaps

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    One week down, 23 more to go. Let’s look at some of the emerging storylines from the first week of the season. A Sneaky MVP Candidate Emerges There’s a real struggle to discern what’s real and what isn’t in the early part of the season, and the standings are almost a totem of sorts. If…

  20. Sunday night NBA grades: Russell Westbrook returns, Kevin Love puts up numbers

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:16 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Our grades from Sunday around the NBA, or what you missed while watching your Ferrari get run over by a delivery truck… Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City. He returns and the Oklahoma City offense, particularly in the fourth quarter, looks better. (Not great by any stretch, there’s still work to do, but better). It’s not a…

  21. The Extra Pass Wednesday Roundup: Talking tanking (or not) in Phoenix

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

          PHOENIX — After the Suns traded their projected starting center in Marcin Gortat to the Wizards in exchange for an injured player who might not play this season and a future first round draft pick, and did so less than a week before the start of the regular season, it doesn’t exactly…

  22. Kevin Love drains three to send game to OT, saves Timberwolves win (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

    Nikola Vucevic, Kevin Love

    Minnesota was in danger of dropping their home opener to an Orlando team on the second night of a road back-to-back — then Kevin Love showed he has the clutch gene. As our own D.J. Foster noted on twitter, Rick Adelman loves this elevator screen on the sideline out of bounds — and it worked…

  23. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  24. Josh Smith rattles home game winning three for Pistons (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    If you’re playing the odds, letting Josh Smith take the game winner from three is a smart play — he is a career 28.3 percent from beyond the arc. What the Timberwolves didn’t know is last season Josh Smith shot a solid 36.5 percent from three from the right side above the break — which…

  25. Ricky Rubio with bounce pass assist through Michael Carter-Williams’ legs (VIDEO)

    Oct 24, 2013, 9:21 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    We call that the nutmeg (don’t ask me, it’s a soccer thing we picked up on this side of the pond). Welcome to the NBA Michael Carter-Williams. That guy with the shaggy hair is Ricky Rubio. He’s a gifted passer with a sense of flair, and he just made the nifty little bounce pass between your…

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