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  1. 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 EST

    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…

  2. 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 EST

    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…

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

    Nov 4, 2013, 6:49 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 4, 2013, 11:31 AM EST

    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 —…

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

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:16 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:18 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 24, 2013, 9:21 AM EST

    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…

  15. PBT Roundtable: Who is your League Pass team this season?

    Oct 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    JaVale McGee

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Who is going to be your League Pass team this season (the team outside the brightest spotlights that you keep finding yourself drawn to when there are…

  16. Kevin Love brags about winning “the ‘White Guy’ award”

    Oct 22, 2013, 6:23 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    The NBA’s annual GM survey, analyzed by Kurt earlier today, contained few surprises. Who will win the championship? The Heat, as usual. Who will win MVP? LeBron James, obviously. Who is the best center? Dwight Howard, of course. Who’s the best coach in the NBA? Gregg Popovich, surely. Which player makes the most of limited…

  17. Timberwolves pick up option on Derrick Williams, now just have to find fit

    Oct 22, 2013, 3:02 PM EST

    Derrick Williams

    Derrick Williams is going to stay with the Timberwolves — the team is picking up his option for this season as expected, reports the Associated Press. On the very surface this seems a simple and smart move — he started 56 games for the Wolves last season, averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds a game…

  18. Tweet of the Day: Morey understands how to fill out GM survey

    Oct 22, 2013, 2:38 PM EST

    daryl-morey-rockets

    All of us just answer Lebron James to every question RT @AdamKoscielak Hey @dmorey, can U give silly answers 4the GM survey next year? — Daryl Morey (@dmorey) October 22, 2013 The NBA.com NBA GM Survey came out on Tuesday and it was a LeBron James love fest. GMs picked the Heat to win it…

  19. Kevin Love’s other job as a barista (VIDEO)

    Oct 21, 2013, 3:05 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Among the things ESPN does really well is advertising SportsCenter. Their ad campaigns of “sports star takes a role in the office” has had some great moments, and we like this new one with Kevin Love as the guy running the coffee cart. Nice little play on the double doubles. So we thought we’d pass…

  20. Kevin Love drops 22 on Celtics in Montreal (VIDEO)

    Oct 21, 2013, 10:59 AM EST

    Ronny Turiaf, Jeff Green, Dante Cunningham,

    Maybe Kevin Love just wanted to make some French-Canadians happy? Minnesota played chunks of what likely will be their regular rotation on Sunday and went on to beat the Celtics 104-89 in a preseason game played in Montreal. Kevin Love had 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting and 2-of-8 from three. But what mattered for Minnesota is…

  21. PBT Roundtable: Who is poised for a breakout season?

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:17 PM EST

    John Henson

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Which player do you expect to have a breakout season? Kurt Helin: After spending an entire summer pumping up Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, I’ll go with……

  22. Adelman frustrated, basically calls Timberwolves lollygaggers

    Oct 14, 2013, 1:09 AM EST

    Rick Adelman

    Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry! Larry: Lollygaggers! Skip: Lollygaggers. — “Bull Durham” Rick Adelman didn’t exactly quote “Bull Durham” when talking about his Timberwolves team through four preseason…

  23. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio

    Last season: The Timberwolves never had much of a chance to finish better than their 31-51 record, thanks to a rash of injuries to the team’s top players. Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic all missed substantial time due to injury, rendering the season an unforced failure in the process. Signature highlight…

  24. Chase Budinger has knee surgery, out indefinitely

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:14 AM EST

    Chase Budinger, Joakim Noah

    In today’s NBA teams are hesitant to give timelines for injury recovery. You can thank Andrew Bynum and Derrick Rose for that; teams are trying to avoid a public relations hit with their fans. Following reports of cartilage damage that cause swelling in his knee, Chase Budinger had knee surgery on Monday and  had his…

  25. Timberwolves’ Chase Budinger suffers serious knee injury

    Sep 27, 2013, 1:03 PM EST

    Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson

    The injury bug just will not leave the Minnesota Timberwolves alone. A season after they lost Kevin Love for much of the year when he broke his hand twice, and after Ricky Rubio missed part of the season (and wasn’t himself for much of it) recovering from a major knee injury comes this news: Chase…

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