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  1. NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: All the trades, rumors, analysis, fun in one place

    Feb 20, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets

    It’s the one day on the NBA calendar you know is going to be like a roller coaster — rumors are going to fly, deals are going to appear close then fall apart, complete fabrications will fascinate a fan base who will then blame a GM for not making them reality, and in the end…

  2. Timberwolves reportedly turn eye toward Jarrett Jack

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:58 PM EST

    Jarrett Jack, Jameer Nelson

    The Minnesota Timberwolves wanted Andre Miller, but he’s headed to Washington. The Timberwolves still need a better backup point guard to make a playoff push – they’re outscored by 4.7 points per 100 possessions when Ricky Rubio sits (+5.8 when he plays) – so they’ve turned their attention elsewhere. Hearing that the Timberwolves, falling short…

  3. Trading for a star mid-season to make an immediate impact? Don’t count on it

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:15 AM EST

    Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony

    The Luol Deng trade gave us something we hadn’t seen in three years – a star dealt mid-season. The trade might even give us something we haven’t seen in even longer – a star dealt mid-season actually improving his new team. Teams make mid-season trades for several reasons, but we’re going to examine one archetype…

  4. Tuesday night NBA grades: Carmelo Anthony loves playing in New Orleans

    Feb 20, 2014, 5:29 AM EST

    New York Knicks v New Orleans Pelicans

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while worrying about our national clown shortage… Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks. New York picked up a win in New Orleans because of Carmelo Anthony (who seems to play well in that city as he had monster numbers in the All-Star Game, too). He poured…

  5. Quote of the Day: Kevin Love wonders why you’re so sure he’s bolting for L.A.

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:02 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Minnesota Timberwolves

    “People think it’s so far-fetched that I would stay in Minnesota. And I’m not s—— on the Lakers, but we have the better team, the better foundation. I’m having fun.” —Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, speaking to Steve Mash of GQ (in an article in large part about beard trimming). Love is not wrong.…

  6. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge out at least a week with a groin strain

    Feb 18, 2014, 10:39 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    For the first time this season a Portland Trail Blazer starter is going to miss a game due to injury (one of the real secrets of their success this season). All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge will be out at least a week with a left groin strain, the team announced. After a week he will be re-evaluated,…

  7. Report: Lakers, Mavericks target Kevin Love in trade, “no way” Minnesota does that at deadline

    Feb 18, 2014, 5:59 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves

    When the Lakers talk about all that cap space they have, they are talking more about 2015 than 2014 (unless LeBron has a radical change of heart and wants to come West). The Lakers are known to covet Kevin Love. The Mavericks, Knicks and other teams also will target Love in 2015 when he can…

  8. Report: Timberwolves trying to trade for Andre Miller, want to involve J.J. Barea

    Feb 18, 2014, 1:01 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets

    If Andre Miller isn’t returning to the Nuggets, they might as well trade him. Miller, sent away from the team after feuding with Denver coach Brian Shaw, definitely wants a trade and a chance to play somewhere. The Nuggets should resist any inclination to be petty, and they should accommodate him. There are a number…

  9. Report: Timberwolves, Grizzlies discussing Chase Budinger, Tony Allen trade

    Feb 17, 2014, 9:16 PM EST

    Tony Allen

    The Memphis Grizzlies have a very stout defense but need more scoring punch, particularly outside shooting, if they are going to advance deep in the playoffs again (Courtney Lee has been a big boost here). The Minnesota Timberwolves need more consistent defense if they have hopes of making a playoff  push (it’s not likely this…

  10. Report: Knicks interested in trade for Hawks’ Jeff Teague

    Feb 17, 2014, 2:43 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Once again, the Knicks are considering slicing away part of their future flexibility for a quick fix now. New York has been shopping around for a point guard as the play of Raymond Felton has deteriorated this season. Their original goal was Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, but they couldn’t find a quick deal then after the…

  11. Karl Malone is a big Anthony Davis fan

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:46 AM EST

    anthony Davis

    NEW ORLEANS — Right now it’s a serious debate about who is the best power forward in the game — LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love lead most lists, Blake Griffin is trying to muscle in on the list, but guys like Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki still have a say in the matter. If five…

  12. Belinelli beats Beal in tiebreaker, wins 3-point shootout

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:42 PM EST

    via @marcobelinelli on twitter

    In the first year of the new 3-point contest format, the 27-year old Marco Belinelli emerged victorious, holding off Sophomore Bradley Beal with a contest-high 24-point performance in the tiebreaker round to beat Beal’s 18-point performance. The first format change, which pitted the conferences against each other and had the top shooter from each conference…

  13. Carmelo Anthony said his “first priority” is to remain a Knick, but he wants to see a plan

    Feb 14, 2014, 4:34 PM EST

    NBA All-Star Press Conferences and Media Availability 2014

    NEW ORLEANS — Talk to Carmelo Anthony and it quickly becomes clear he loves being a Knick. He loves New York, he loves playing in Madison Square Garden, he loves Spike Lee, he loves everything about the experience. He also wants to win an NBA title. Are those two things compatible? Anthony is asking himself…

  14. Love puts up a big line, but balanced Rockets keep rolling to sixth straight win

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:30 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Just before the All-Star break and a celebration of the game’s biggest names we bring you this reminder: Basketball is still a team game. The Timberwolves’ Kevin Love was the best scorer on the floor Monday night when Houston came to Minnesota. With no Kevin Martin (thumb) and no Nikola Pekovic it puts a lot…

  15. Monday And 1 links: New look Pierre the Pelican ready for his close up

    Feb 10, 2014, 7:02 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    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. • The rumors are true: We will have a new look Pierre the Pelican…

  16. Timberwolves’ Kevin Martin out indefinitely with broken thumb

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Kevin Martin has been a bright spot for the Timberwolves this season, playing consistently well offensively to where he’s been their second leading scorer behind Kevin Love. Minnesota has struggled to stay healthy, and is already without big man Nikola Pekovic, who’s out with an ankle injury until at least the All-Star break. Things got…

  17. The Extra Pass: Handicapping the All-Star Saturday events

    Feb 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Denver Nuggets

    A week from now the eyes of the basketball world will be on New Orleans for the NBA’s Damian Lillardapalooza. … er, I mean the NBA’s All-Star weekend. While Sunday’s All-Star Game is the big show, I’ve always found Saturday night’s series of skill contests more fun than the no-D exhibition that is the All-Star…

  18. 2014 Three-Point Contest field features five All-Stars

    Feb 6, 2014, 9:41 PM EST

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Kyrie Irving will defend his title at the 2014 Three-Point Contest in New Orleans, and to win it for the second straight year he’ll have to beat a field that, at least on paper, appears to be pretty stacked. In addition to Irving, the east will be represented by Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal, and Joe Johnson.…

  19. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

  20. Wednesday night NBA grades: Dwight Howard looks like guy Rockets thought they signed

    Feb 6, 2014, 3:58 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering why anyone would live in a dumpster for a year, voluntarily…  Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets. The NBA game is in large part about exploiting mismatches. With all due respect to the solid season Miles Plumlee is having, him trying to cover Dwight Howard…

  21. Kevin Love out Wednesday after suffering hard fall vs. Lakers (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:12 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Late in the Timberwolves’ win over the Lakers on Tuesday, Kevin Love fell awkwardly after being fouled in the air by Robert Sacre. It initially appeared as though the problem was his tailbone, though the official reason given for him sitting out Wednesday night’s game in Oklahoma City is a stiff neck. That would make…

  22. The Extra Pass: Talking Blazers, Clippers, coaching with Bill and Luke Walton

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants

    Portland Trail Blazers fans are not fair weathered. They have stuck with the franchise through some dark times. Now they are being rewarded — with LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard leading the way, Portland fans are getting to witness some of the best, most entertaining basketball Rip City has seen in more than a decade.…

  23. Tuesday night NBA grades: Charlotte, Chicago win with defense…

    Feb 5, 2014, 2:20 AM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Golden State Warriors

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking this guy is tougher than you would be in his shoes… Charlotte Bobcats defense. Here’s a little secret — Golden State’s offense isn’t as good as you think it is. In their last five games the Warriors are shooting 39.5 percent overall and…

  24. United States draws into soft group for basketball World Cup this summer

    Feb 3, 2014, 3:48 PM EST

    via FIBA.com

    This is pretty much the opposite of what happened to USA Soccer for the World Cup. Pools for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, taking place in Spain this summer, were drawn Monday and the USA landed in probably the easiest group. The USA is in Group C with the Dominican Republic,…

  25. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Adam Silver signs the balls, Kevin Durant keeps shooting them

    Feb 3, 2014, 2:21 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Brooklyn Nets

    A look at PBT’s power rankings show basically the only thing that really changed this week was the signature on the Spaulding balls — Adam Silver’s signature is in play. Aside that Durant has the Thunder on top and the Lakers continue fall like the lead balloon they are. 1. Thunder (38-11, Last Week No.…

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