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  1. Chris Paul says Warriors acted like ‘they won the NBA Finals’ last time they beat Clippers in L.A.

    Jan 6, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    BKN-CLIPPERS-WARRIORS

    The Warriors have been a nice surprise in the West this season, and with All-Star caliber performances from both Stephen Curry and David Lee for the bulk of the season, they were able to beat an equally surprising Clippers team in each of their first two meetings. The third meeting, however, was all Clippers. A…

  2. Lakers problems: It’s all about the defense

    Jan 6, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Pau Gasol cannot find his place in the Mike D’Antoni offense. Steve Nash is still clearly not fully used to his new teammates. The Lakers lack shooters. With all the talent the Buss family is paying a pretty penny (well, many pennies) for we all expected an exceptional offense from the Lakers. So it’s been…

  3. Chris Paul’s half-court alley-oop to DeAndre Jordan (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers lobs are getting ridiculous. The Warriors decided to do some trapping of Chris Paul — maybe they watched the Lakers not trap and lay back on him on Friday night and he shredded them, but the result was the same. And this was the best example, it is CP3 with the half-court lob…

  4. J.R. Smith believes an All-Star spot is within reach

    Jan 5, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    J.R. Smith has been lauded for his play in New York this season, coming off the bench to provide a solid scoring punch at 16.6 points per game, while giving the team an active defensive presence on the perimeter. Smith’s name, along with that of the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford, has been widely mentioned when discussing…

  5. Pau Gasol says he won’t ask to be traded from Lakers

    Jan 5, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol was essentially non-existent in the Lakers loss to the Clippers on Friday, finishing with just two points on 1-of-6 shooting in his 27 minutes of action. Defensively, he wasn’t much better, and seemed to be playing in slow motion at times against the likes of the super-athletic Blake Griffin. To make matters worse,…

  6. Kobe Bryant with the vicious dunk over Chris Paul (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Kobe Bryant may have won the battle early, but Chris Paul was the one who won the war. Bryant finished with an impressive 38 points on 15-of-25 shooting on Friday, none more eye-popping than this steal and powerful breakaway slam dunk over Paul that had Staples Center buzzing in the game’s opening minutes. In a…

  7. Chris Paul leads Clippers to convincing win over Lakers

    Jan 5, 2013, 2:38 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul dribbles the ball as Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The battle of Los Angeles turned out to be not much of a contest after all, and if you’ve been paying attention to the fortunes of the Lakers and Clippers to this point in the season, the end result shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. Chris Paul controlled the game from the very…

  8. Lakers vs. Clippers: Not a battle for soul of L.A., but a real battle

    Jan 4, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant brushes past Los Angeles Clippers' Paul during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    The soul of Los Angeles is not at stake on Friday night when the Clippers “host” the Lakers at Staples Center. First off, Los Angeles sold its soul for year-around 70 degree weather  long ago. Second, Los Angeles is a Lakers town. Trust me, I live there, and while Clippers fans are no longer afraid to…

  9. Report: Despite plenty of interest, Clippers not likely to trade Bledsoe at deadline

    Jan 4, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

    Eric Bledsoe is in a funk on the court. And it’s hard to blame him — the Clippers reserve guard would start for half the teams in the league (at least) but he is buried behind Chris Paul among the starters then off the bench Jamal Crawford is the primary scorer and ball handler. Bledsoe…

  10. One last look back: Top 10 plays of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    This is it. We are done after this one. No more looking back at 2012, only looking forward to 2013 and when the Lakers trade Pau Gasol. Maybe. But the NBA’s top 10 plays of 2012 was too good not to run. Watch it and you get to see Rudy Fernandez with the buzzer-beating tip-in…

  11. Barkley says old, slow Lakers have no shot at NBA title

    Jan 4, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    Lakers starters walk onto the court after a timeout during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    A few diehard Lakers fans are still clinging on to the hope they could win an NBA title this season. Why? Why is the team itself still optimistic? Because they still have so much talent, something Kevin Ding explains at the Orange Country Register. That talent hasn’t been healthy or fit together all that well…

  12. PBT Podcast: Knicks-Spurs, Lakers-Clippers, All-Star Voting, and Nets talk with Howard Beck

    Jan 4, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the Knicks’ win over the Spurs on Thursday, and whether it was New York’s dominance or San Antonio’s fatigue that was ultimately responsible for that result. We take a look at the latest All-Star voting returns, and wonder if guys like…

  13. Kobe Bryant confirms that the Clippers are championship worthy (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Say what you will about Kobe Bryant, but he might be the best interview in all of sports. He’s candid, he doesn’t bite his tongue, and he rejects stupid questions like he was Dikembe Mutombo. Every interview with him is like a Gregg Popovich sideline interview, only a little bit longer and slightly more terrifying.…

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

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    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…

  15. No team has a drop off like Portland when Lillard, Aldridge sit

    Jan 3, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Pablo Prigioni

    The first thing you should know about the +/- stat is that is says as much about the person who replaces a player as it does the player himself. Which makes sense when you look at a fantastic bit of work by NBA.com’s John Schuhmann, a list of the NBA’s biggest difference makers — a…

  16. Blake Griffin three hits side of backboard; Warriors, fans have fun with that (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    That Blake Griffin missed a three isn’t really news — he’s 2-of-11 from there this season and most of those shots, like the one above, come late in the clock when he doesn’t have the time to get a better one. But when you are All-Star Blake Griffin and you hit the side of the…

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

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    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…

  18. Three Stars of the night: Getting your team wins against elite

    Jan 3, 2013, 2:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    There were so many people who could have made three stars of the night tonight we could have done 10 stars of the night. But, for the sake of my sanity (such as it is) we are keeping it at three. So how do you separate the top three? It’s not just numbers, but who…

  19. Blake Griffin has awkward fall after flagrant foul by Ezeli (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2013, 1:08 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    Blake Griffin starts his drive from the top of the key, goes right and blows by Festus Ezeli and as he starts to elevate for the shot Ezeli hooks his arm. The result is an awkward and ugly foul that earned Ezeli a flagrant one foul. Griffin laid on the ground for a little bit grabbing his head…

  20. Wednesday And-1 Links: Is Serge Ibaka the NBA’s most improved?

    Jan 2, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    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. • Kevin Durant for NBA Most Improved Player? Over at Sports Illustrated, Rob Mahoney…

  21. Grant Hill hopes to be playing for Clippers later this month

    Jan 2, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    A lot of NBA coaches wish they had Vinny Del Negro’s problem — too many talented players to give minutes to. Because the Clippers are winning there is little grumbling, but it’s a challenge Del Negro and others have admitted to. Soon there will be another wing player demanding minutes on the active roster. Grant…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lots of ‘Melo, not much else for Knicks

    Jan 2, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Stoudemire reacts after stuffing ball to score against Portland Trail Blazers in NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while breaking your New Year’s resolutions already…. Nuggets 92, Clippers 78: The Clippers win streak dies at 17on a night they were just ice-cold from the floor — 38.5 percent as a team, with leading scorer Jamal Crawford shooting 2-of-11.…

  23. Ice-cold Clippers win streak ends at 17 in Denver

    Jan 2, 2013, 12:47 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The Clippers were not going to win the next 50 games, there was going to be a day when the shots would just clang off the rim. There was going to be a night when nothing went right. That night was Jan. 1 in Denver. The Clippers had shot 48.3% last 15 games, and 41.9…

  24. NBA’s best crossovers of 2012 (video)

    Jan 1, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    I like a good dunk as much as the next guy, but if you give me my highlight loop of choice it would be crossovers. These are just so much fun. The fine folks at NBA.com have been putting together these year-end compilations, which have been fun. Well, this one wasn’t a lot of fun…

  25. LeBron takes ‘walking the dog’ to an entirely new level (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    With under two minutes remaining in overtime of Miami’s game against the Magic on Monday, the Heat were trailing, and wanted to preserve every precious second on the clock to ensure enough possessions were available for the team to come back and get this victory. They got it down the stretch, but time ended up…

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