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  1. John Wall, Bradley Beal were quite the duo Tuesday (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal had 25 points to lead all Wizards and played good defense on Kevin Martin all night. John Wall was more crucial yet — he tied his career high with 16 assists, including one to Martell Webster for the game winner, plus he had a key jumper down the stretch himself. Washington got the backcourt…

  2. PBT NBA Power Rankings: San Antonio slides into top slot

    Nov 18, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Another season, another year of the Spurs just making teams pay with their execution. Portland is flying up the rankings, on the other end Utah continues to anchor the bottom.   1. Spurs (9-1, Last Week No. 2). The winners of seven in a row, they move into the top spot as they appear the…

  3. Mark Jackson: Klay Thompson is a top-five shooting guard

    Nov 18, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

    Warriors coach Mark Jackson has never been shy about praising his players, once calling Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson the best shooting backcourt of all time. It’s also becoming increasingly popular to claim high rankings among shooting guards. Just by chance, that’s the weakest position in the NBA right now, so marginal players at the…

  4. NBA All-Star balloting opens with some interesting questions

    Nov 15, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    If he doesn’t come back until December, is Kobe Bryant still a starting All-Star guard in the West? Or should Stephen Curry or James Harden have that spot? Does Kevin Love move past Tim Duncan into the starting lineup? Is Paul George a starter in the East? Is it time for a Derrick Rose/Kyrie Irving…

  5. Knicks to start J.R. Smith, move Prigioni to bench

    Nov 13, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

    When Pablo Prigioni has been on the court this season, the Knicks have been 8.9 points per 100 possessions better. So he’s getting benched. Looking to put some spark in an offense that is 25th in the league so far this season (using points per possession), Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he is putting J.R.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. PBT Roundtable: Who is the most overrated team in the NBA to start season?

    Nov 1, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton

    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: Kurt Helin: There are a few candidates here, but after seeing them in person opening night I will say the Clippers (and I picked them…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

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

    Oct 21, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    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…

  19. Jeremy Lamb is off to a cold start for Oklahoma City

    Oct 11, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    James Metecan Birsen, Jeremy Lamb

    Two preseason games is far too early to draw any sweeping conclusions about anything NBA related. But it might be enough to start to raise some concern in Oklahoma City. The Thunder need a sixth man who can come in off the bench and light it up. That was the Kevin Martin role (and before…

  20. Thunder may be looking for Serge Ibaka to emerge as team’s third scoring option

    Oct 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    It’s easy to argue that the Thunder got worse this summer by losing Kevin Martin to the Timberwolves in free agency, and getting nothing in return to replace his offensive production in the lineup. For a slide to be avoided, Kevin Durant is going to have to raise his game to an even higher level,…

  21. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    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…

  22. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Oct 7, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts during NBA Global Game against Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul

    Last season: The Thunder finished the regular season with a record of 60-22, which was good for the number one playoff seed in the Western Conference. Thanks to the unfortunate knee injury that occurred in Game 2 of the team’s first round playoff series against the Rockets, however, OKC quite literally limped to the finish…

  23. What if Russell Westbrook is never quite as explosive again?

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Russell Westbrook is just 25 years old and diligent about recovery from the meniscus injury he suffered last playoffs. We’ve seen him throw his crutches into the pool, but we’ve now also seen him need a second surgery to clean everything up. Still, he has said when he comes back he will be the same…

  24. Westbrook has knee surgery Tuesday, will miss 4-6 weeks of regular season

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    This is bad news for the Thunder — not “the season is lost, woe is me” kind of news but for a team with championship aspirations it is a step back. Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to reduce swelling on Tuesday, the team announced. The big news — it pushes back…

  25. Chase Budinger has knee surgery, out indefinitely

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    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…

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