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  1. NBA Power Rankings: The streak is dead, the Heat not so much…

    Apr 1, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    350x-1

    Only two more power rankings after this, so we are starting to turn our view toward the playoffs. Which still feel like the Heat then everyone else. 1. Heat (58-15, last week ranked No. 1). A gutty performance by the Chicago Bulls ended the Heat win streak at 27. But that was a one-time performance,…

  2. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat finally lose, Knicks now streaking

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Martin congratulates Anthony after being fouled by Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out what caused these pond circles … Bulls 101, Heat 97: It had to end sometime, and Wednesday was the night Miami finally lost after winning 27 straight, ending the second longest streak of victories in NBA history. We…

  3. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Night of wild finishes all over NBA map

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Kevin Durant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while reading the oral history of Ace of Bass’ one hit…. Heat 98, Cavaliers 95: Crazy game. I mean certifiable, off its meds kind of game. Starting with a 40-minute delay at the start to fix a coolant leak in the scoreboard that…

  4. Russell Westbrook scores 37, leads Thunder to easy win over Lakers

    Mar 6, 2013, 1:37 AM 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

    The last time the Thunder played the Lakers, they turned the ball over just nine times, and Russell Westbrook struggled offensively, finishing with just 17 points on 6-22 shooting. Oklahoma City dropped that one on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles, so Tuesday night at home, the team corrected itself in those two areas — in…

  5. Winners and Losers from the Trade Deadline

    Feb 21, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    A good chunk of trades went down before the trade deadline, but it’s the deals that didn’t get made that loom large. Josh Smith is still an Atlanta Hawk, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are still Boston Celtics, Dwight Howard is still a Laker, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are still on the Jazz…you get…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron, Wade enough for Heat

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rockets Heat Basketball

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying out your stylish new Get Smart shoe-phone…. Heat 114, Rockets 108: What a fun finish. After collapsing in the finals last year against the Heat, James Harden exacted a little personal revenge. Harden was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 36 points…

  7. Thunder look cool (except for Westbrook who got hot) in easy win over Grizzlies

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless tries to defend against against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    It was a perfect storm of bad for Memphis — they trade their leading scorer Rudy Gay, who is out shopping for a much more extensive winter wardrobe, but his replacements (Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye) have yet to arrive. Then you are on the road against a rested Oklahoma City team who…

  8. PBT’s NBA Mid-Season Awards: All hail Kevin Durant

    Jan 24, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    It’s the halfway point of the NBA season. To me having a serious discussion about end of season awards before this point is like discussing the 2016 presidential election today — it’s all speculation and wishful thinking. Now we have enough games to have a body of evidence and a discussion. So here are my…

  9. Kevin Durant delivers daggers as the Thunder roll over the Clippers

    Jan 23, 2013, 2:32 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    In a big road test against the Los Angeles Clippers for Western Conference supremacy, Kevin Durant was unproductive and almost non-existent to start the game. Those aren’t words you typically use to describe Durant at any point, but it was inexplicably true. The league’s leading scorer was quiet throughout the first quarter, scoring only one…

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

    Jan 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    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…

  11. Be warned: This year’s Thunder are better than last year’s

    Jan 12, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Kevin Durant is a better player today than he was when the Thunder lost Game 5 of the NBA finals last season. His ball handling has improved allowing him to take on more playmaking. His defense is better. He is rebounding more. Russell Westbrook is more of a floor general. His play seems crisper, more…

  12. Ricky Rubio throws a sick pass between his own legs (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    Sky Lynx Basketball

    Here’s further proof that Ricky Rubio might be an actual real life wizard. The good kind of wizard — not the Jordan Crawford kind of wizard. Late last night during a drubbing against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Rubio decided to bust out a new trick. With a trap coming on a pick and roll, Rubio…

  13. NBA issues flopping warnings to Royal Ivey, Gustavo Ayon and Tony Parker

    Dec 30, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, flop

    Tony Parker? Flop? Well, I never! The NBA has officially warned Parker, Royal Ivey and Gustavo Ayon today for violating the anti-flopping policy established this season. While this is solely a warning for all three players, if they’re accused of violating the policy again, they will be subject to a $5,000 dollar fine. Parker’s flop…

  14. Heat knock Thunder out of rhythm, hang on for close win

    Dec 25, 2012, 11:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka in Miami

    If this is going to be the NBA finals again, I am all good with that. In fact, can we start it tomorrow? The Thunder and Heat gave us all the Christmas Day gift of what felt as close to playoff game as you are going to get in December— it was physical, intense, even…

  15. Quote of the Day: LeBron praises Durant and his improvement

    Dec 24, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    “I think he’s a better player. He continues to get better.” —LeBron James speaking of Kevin Durant, via Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. And LeBron is right — what makes Oklahoma City better this year than last is that Durant is better, Russell Westbrook is better, Serge Ibaka is better and so on and so…

  16. Report: DeMarcus Cousins changes agents

    Dec 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins has made a mess for himself. He’s lashed out at opponents, coaches, announcers — pretty much everyone. He’s been fined, he’s been suspended. The Kings are tired of apologies. Cousins is sick of losing. And around and around we go. No matter whose side you’re on, it’s safe to say that Cousins has…

  17. Timberwolves snap Thunder’s 12-game winning streak

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    J. J. Barea

    The schedule-makers didn’t do the Thunder any favors on Thursday, and Oklahoma City may have known ahead of time that it was going to be in for a battle that was perhaps tougher than most expected, given the team’s record, along with that of a Timberwolves opponent that it was facing. The Thunder came to…

  18. Three Stars of the Night: The Truth is Here

    Dec 20, 2012, 3:17 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    The big scorers weren’t messing around tonight, folks. The clocks were turned back in Boston, an ABA type score was dropped in Houston, and the Highlight Factory was invaded (even more than usual!) by a force that even the great Kyle Korver could not stop. Robin Lopez was also on pace for 56 points after…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: It’s your world, baby.

    Dec 18, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    After trading Dwight Howard and not getting a heck of a whole lot in return, the Orlando Magic were left for dead by everyone — yours truly included. But after taking out a hot Minnesota team and improving to a very respectable 11-13 record on the season, Glen “Big Baby” Davis made it clear in…

  20. Report: Manu Ginobili (among others) to sit out against Thunder

    Dec 17, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    The Spurs visit the Thunder tonight in a rematch of the thrilling Western Conference Finals from last spring. The Thunder come into the game having won their last 10 games and in possession of the conference’s best record. The Spurs enter the game winning six of their last eight games and have the conference’s second…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pierce, Rondo lead Celtics to win

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Sandy relief concert and thinking the Who looked really old… Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2OT): This game was fun. It entertained. Oh, no it wasn’t pretty at all — Dallas had 27 turnovers — but it had its…

  22. Report: Wizards’ owner rejected trade for James Harden

    Dec 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden — his playmaking skills, his 24.7 points per game and his beard — could have been members of the Washington Wizards. But owner Ted Leonsis balked at the cost. That according to a Washington Post report: The Washington Wizards turned down a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden this summer…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bucks tried to give up 29 point lead, hang on to beat Nets

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Mirza Teletovic, Jerry Stackhouse

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching some goat farmers win the Amazing Race… Jazz 117, Lakers 110: The Lakers most passionate and probably best player was Jordan Hill. That’s not a good sign. The Lakers defense was sad and Utah outworked them, we break it…

  24. Gerald Wallace gets flopping warning for move on ‘Melo

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    Yup, that’s a flop. Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace was trying to get back into the play and harass Carmelo Anthony, Wallace made contact and Anthony used his elbow to create some space, but the Wallace sold it like he was going for an Oscar nomination. This is Wallace’s first warning. There is no fine, unless he…

  25. Three Stars of the Night: Return of the Stack

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:52 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Mark Morrison is not one of our Three Stars of the Night, mainly because he does not play professional basketball. For those unfortunate souls who are unfamiliar, Morrison is a singer who made a name for himself way back in 1996 with the hit single “Return of the Mack.” While Mark Morrison and that awesome…

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