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  1. 2013 All-Star Three-Point Contest participants announced

    Feb 7, 2013, 7:42 PM EST

    Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis

    The participants for the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest that will take place as the penultimate event of All-Star Saturday have been announced, and as usual, some of the league’s best shooters make up the field of six. Representing the East we have Paul George of the Pacers, Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers, and Steve…

  2. Dwight Howard out Friday for Lakers due to shoulder injury

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:29 PM EST

    Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Goran Dragic, Luis Scola

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you read ProBasketballTalk’s story on the injury from Brett Pollakoff, who was in the Lakers’ locker room after the loss to the Suns, you’d know Dwight Howard was in a lot of pain. Howard will sit out Friday night when the Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, something…

  3. Thursday And-1 Links: Andre Iguodala talks defense

    Jan 31, 2013, 6:42 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Dallas Mavericks

    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. • If you read one thing this week, it should be Matt Moore at…

  4. Report: Rick Adelman returns to Timberwolves

    Jan 28, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    Rick Adelman

    For the past three weeks, Rick Adelman has been away from the Minnesota Timberwolves, being with his ailing wife. Terry Porter has served as the interim coach. But he is back now, reports the Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because Adelman had yet to publicly address the…

  5. Dwight Howard/Nets trade rumor shot down. True or not, consider Howard rumor season open.

    Jan 22, 2013, 6:29 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The point here is not the specific rumor itself but what it signifies. This morning there was a report on Real GM that seemed to sweep across twitter and the Internet like a buffalo stampede — the Nets had interest in acquiring disgruntled Laker Dwight Howard. (I’m calling him disgruntled because I watched him play…

  6. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Situations (Northwest Division)

    Jan 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at potential homes for players on the trading block.  Here’s a look at the trade situations for every team in the Northwest Division: Oklahoma City Thunder: 32-9, 1st in Northwest…

  7. Rubio wants Minnesota to stop using rash of injuries as excuse

    Jan 18, 2013, 10:36 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rubio is defended by L.A. Clippers' Crawford and Griffin during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    Injury-ravaged Minnesota looked across the court and saw the Los Angeles Clippers — a team without MVP candidate Chris Paul due to injury. But without him the Clippers this week are 3-0 with road wins against Memphis, Houston before coming to Minnesota. The Clippers just steamrolled the Timberwolves Thursday and made Minnesota’s complaining about injuries…

  8. Ugly gets uglier as the Clippers defeat the injury-riddled Timberwovles

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rubio is defended by L.A. Clippers' Crawford and Griffin during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    It was easy to be excited for this one going in. Ricky Rubio is always must see TV, and Eric Bledsoe is capable of providing some serious fireworks. Pit the two against each other, throw in a few Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan jams, and you’ve got yourself a game, right? Well, not exactly. Bledsoe…

  9. Minnesota signs Mickael Gelabale to help depleted front line

    Jan 17, 2013, 11:05 PM EST

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    Minnesota needs some depth along the front line — Kevin Love had hand surgery this week and is out at least two more months, and also out injured are Chase Budinger, Brandon Roy, Josh Howard and Malcolm Lee. So Minnesota reached overseas and signed French national Mickael Gelabale, reports the Associated Press. He is expected…

  10. Ricky Rubio wants more minutes, despite some pain in his knee

    Jan 16, 2013, 3:54 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio, Russell Westbrook

    Ricky Rubio, coming off an ACL surgery, has been on a minutes limit — he played 22 a game up until Monday night when he got 26. But he is frustrated and wants to do more, he told NBA.com. “It’s hard because I still have a little pain and it’s something you have to fight…

  11. Injuries, defensive woes have Timberwolves playoffs hopes fading

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:15 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio

    Early in the season it was impressive — without stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio the Timberwolves were winning enough games to stay above .500. They were defending. The schedule was helpful, but it felt like once they got Kevin Love back from his broken hand and Ricky Rubio back from injury they would bolt…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, Nuggets climbing ranks

    Jan 14, 2013, 4:11 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark

    Each of the top five teams in last week’s ranking suffered losses, some pretty ugly losses. So, who bounced back and looked best after that? Oklahoma City, so they maintain the top spot. 1. Thunder (28-8, Last week ranked No. 1). Kevin Durant is a better playmaker than last year. Russell Westbrook a better floor…

  13. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s Undeserved Reputation

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we examine some of the criticism surrounding Blake Griffin. As fans, we take on the role of production line workers when new players enter the league. We inspect them quickly, stamp…

  14. Minnesota coach Adelman missed last two games to be with ill wife

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:38 AM EST

    Rick Adelman

    Minnesota coach Rick Adelman has missed the last couple of games with what the team would only describe as “personal reasons.” But he may miss more so the team issued a statement on Thursday: Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman has missed the team’s last two games in order to be with his wife, Mary…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas makes the Clippers work for it

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:01 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while listening to an ice record… Spurs 108, Lakers 105: The Lakers went on a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter to make this game interesting down the stretch, but in the end the result was the fifth straight Los…

  16. Report: Kevin Love needs surgery on hand, out 8-10 weeks

    Jan 9, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    The basketball gods are not done taking out their vengeance on the Minnesota Timberwolves just yet. Kevin Love’s broken hand is worse than had first been reported — he needs surgery and will be out eight to 10 weeks, tweets Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Love missed the start of the season recovering from a…

  17. PBT Extra: Talking Lakers, Mavericks and Love

    Jan 7, 2013, 7:59 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    This week on PBT Extra the incomparable Kay Adams and I are talking about the big stories in the NBA. Like how Kevin Love‘s hand injury harms the Timberwolves playoff chances in a crowded Western Conference. We talk Dallas a little and if there are any long-term issues between Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki (there…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, but it’s close

    Jan 7, 2013, 3:22 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    To be honest, you could have ranked the top three in this week’s PBT NBA Power Rankings and been fine. I’m giving the top spot to the Thunder this week because I think they’d beat the Clippers or Spurs in a seven game series right now. But not easily. 1. Thunder (26-7, Last week ranked…

  19. Kevin Love re-fractured his right hand, out indefinitely

    Jan 5, 2013, 6:46 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    More bad news on the injury front for a Timberwolves team that has had more than its fair share. Kevin Love underwent an MRI on Saturday, which revealed a re-fracture of the third metacarpal on his right hand, the team announced. The injury occurred during the third quarter of Minnesota’s win in Denver on Thursday.…

  20. Love, Rubio both out for Minnesota Saturday vs. Portland

    Jan 5, 2013, 3:34 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio

    Good news for the visiting Trail Blazers, bad news for a Timberwolves team that needs wins in a tight Western Conference. Both Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio will sit out for the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. Rubio has been out with back spasms and didn’t travel with Minnesota this…

  21. Report: Grizzlies testing waters for potential Rudy Gay trade

    Jan 4, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    Memphis is one of those “maybe if everything goes right” contenders. They are not as talented as Oklahoma City or the Los Angeles Clippers, but they have a dominating front line with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. In the last couple weeks their elite defense has taken a step back, their already unimpressive offense has…

  22. Kevin Love sprains finger, Minnesota beats Denver without him

    Jan 4, 2013, 2:47 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    You would think the injury gods have exacted their pound of flesh from the Timberwolves already this season, but they were not done. However it could have been a lot worse. Kevin Love left the game in the third quarter after spraining the middle finger on his right hand. The good news for Timberwolves fans…

  23. Latest All-Star voting returns in, Charles Barkley will not be happy

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EST

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Apparently, you folks have no concern whatsoever for Charles Barkley’s feelings. The day after Barkley said Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett have not played well enough to be part of the All-Star starters, they are both in. Howard solidly, he’s a lock, and Garnett has stretched out his lead over Chris Bosh. Basically, nothing has…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets, Warriors get statement wins

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while figuring out what’s in and what’s out for 2013… Nets 110, Thunder 93: Well, P.J. Carlesimo has his signature win and for a night the Nets looked like the team from the first weeks of the season. Oh, they’re…

  25. Quote of the Day: Derrick Favors not Kevin Love’s biggest fan

    Jan 2, 2013, 4:52 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    “(Kevin Love is) just like any other stretch 4 in the league…probably a better rebounder but pretty much like every other stretch 4.” —Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, talking about Kevin Love with Timberwolves radio play-by-play guy Alan Horton.  If you want to debate whether Love is really a guy you can build a franchise…

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