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  1. Watch Kevin Durant drop 46 on Portland Trail Blazers (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 11:24 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

    Kevin Durant is just trying to get his team wins, and with Russell Westbrook out that means he has to take on a heavy scoring load — he has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games. That includes an impressive 46 on Portland Tuesday night, with 11 of those coming in the final…

  2. Michael Beasley banks in the half-court shot to beat first quarter buzzer (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

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    Many times when a player makes a shot from half court or beyond, it’s essentially more luck than skill that’s responsible. Don’t get me wrong, these guys have spent their whole lives in the gym and are elite at what they do, but still, connecting on shots from 47 feet out or more is low-percentage,…

  3. The Extra Pass: Mark Cuban happy to have his friend Nowitzki around longer; plus Tuesdays’ recaps

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Pelicans v Mavericks

    To them this is more than a business — Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki are friends. Technically they are boss and employee, but neither sees it that way. “I kick his ass whenever I’ve wanted to,” Cuban said last week, joking around about his friend the way you ride yours. “It’s kind of like we…

  4. Tuesday night NBA grades: Kevin Durant should hear some MVP chants

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while planning your pizza wedding…  Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. Most of the time when fans start “M-V-P” chants for a player, it’s wishful thinking — Oklahoma City, go ahead and start chanting it for Durant with my blessing. To early to say if he…

  5. Greg Oden blocks Jeff Green’s dunk attempt (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2014, 9:46 PM EDT

    greg oden jeff green

    That is Greg Oden, the injury-riddled Heat big man who debuted with the team last week, starting to look like the guy the Heat hoped they were getting. The guy who can make a defensive difference in the paint. In the second quarter of the Heat/Celtics game Tuesday night, Boston’s Jeff Green got the ball…

  6. Dwyane Wade out for third straight game Tuesday for Heat

    Jan 21, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

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    When Dwyane Wade has played this season he has played well — 18.9 points a game with a True Shooting percentage of 58 percent, plus he gets almost five rebounds and five assists a game. He deserves to be an All-Star (you fans are voting him in as a starter). But he’s missed about a…

  7. Marco Belinelli says he passed up money to sign with the San Antonio Spurs

    Jan 21, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT

    Marco Belinelli

    Marco Belinelli, explaining how the San Antonio Spurs pitched him during free agency last summer, recalled three factors. In the order Belinelli listed them: 1. Chance to win a championship 2. Money 3. Support to improve his game Belinelli is certainly getting No. 1. The Spurs are 32-9, best in the Western Conference. No. 3…

  8. Mario Chalmers warned for flopping by league (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    The Heat were about to lose to the Hawks on Monday when LeBron James tried to make the final seconds interesting with a three, which missed. What the league noticed on that play was Mario Chalmers, who comes down the left side and tries to get into rebounding position, gets legitimately bumped from behind, and…

  9. Michelle Obama dunks, Chris Bosh photobombs, Heat talk fitness (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    Last week the Miami Heat made the annual NBA champions visit to the White House and they got t meet the president, give him a jersey, Barack Obama told the team to stop yelling at Mario Chalmers, and it was over and done in 10 minutes. Then LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen…

  10. Rondo on Celtics-Heat: ‘It’s not a rivalry. But I still don’t like those guys.’

    Jan 21, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo has returned from injury, but he’s the only star veteran remaining from a team that won a championship in 2008, and had many memorable playoff battles in the years that followed — including against the Miami Heat. While there may no longer be a rivalry between the two teams based on the talent…

  11. The Extra Pass: Why the Knicks are starved offensively; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    As the New York Knicks were serenaded with a mix of boos and chants of “Brooklyn! Brooklyn!” at Madison Square Garden during an embarrassing 23 point home loss to the Nets, it felt like rock bottom. Again. For about the seventh time. That’s the thing about the Knicks this season. When it looks like it…

  12. MLK Day NBA: Live updates, highlights and recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

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    The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is one traditionally well-celebrated in the NBA. Today features a 10-game slate, and we’ll provide live updates, highlights and recaps here as the day goes on. 1:15 a.m. ET Tuesday: Pacers 102, Warriors 94 (FINAL): The second half of this game felt like a playoff game, down to the…

  13. Kevin Garnett: ‘I would do anything for’ Rajon Rondo

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    It can be a little difficult keeping track of the feuds among the members of the Boston Celtics’ last title team. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce don’t like Ray Allen. Doc Rivers reportedly tried to fight Rajon Rondo. Rondo said he “didn’t feel anything” when Garnett and Pierce were traded. It’s dizzying. But between Garnet…

  14. Paul George says he turned down request to do dunk contest

    Jan 20, 2014, 2:17 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Been there. Done that. Not sure that was the exact response of Paul George to the NBA league office, which requested his presence in the All-Star Saturday dunk contest, but he turned them down according to the Indy Star (hat tip Eye On Basketball). And don’t bet on him showing up for anything else on…

  15. Shane Battier memorializes grandmother with ‘Battle’ nickname jersey

    Jan 19, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat

    Shane Battier doesn’t have a  well-established nickname, though I guess “Batman” comes closest. So, when Battier learned the Miami Heat would wear nickname jerseys a few times this season, he was stuck. Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press: Miami forward Shane Battier – who wasn’t exactly thrilled about the nickname idea – said he wanted…

  16. Kemba Walker sprains ankle, expected to miss up to two weeks

    Jan 19, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Charlotte Bobcats

    UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: The Bobcats announced that an MRI revealed a second degree sprain in Kemba Walker‘s left ankle that is expected to sideline him up 10-14 days. 2:00 p.m.: You knew it wasn’t going to be good when Kemba Walker’s teammates had to carry him to the locker room because he couldn’t put any…

  17. Ramon Sessions dunks on LeBron. Yes, that sentence is correct. (VIDEO)

    Jan 19, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

    Ramon Sessions dunk LeBron

    That would be journeyman guard Ramon Sessions – all 6’3″, 190 pounds of him — putting LeBron James in a poster. Midway through the third quarter Miami turned the ball over creating a two-on-one fast break, with Sessions coming in from the right and LeBron looking for the block (not really his patented chase-down, but…

  18. Kobe includes Rajon Rondo when discussing future Hall of Famers who played for 2010 Celtics

    Jan 18, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant is still a spectator these days, not expecting to return from the fractured bone in his knee until sometime in February. With his Lakers taking on the Celtics in Boston on Friday, memories of better times were brought to the surface, and Bryant was among those sad to see the Paul Pierce and…

  19. adidas says aggregate reaction to sleeved jerseys from players and fans has been ‘very positive’

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    NEW YORK – The 2014 All-Star jerseys were officially unveiled by the folks at adidas on Thursday, but media were invited to the company’s showroom in New York the week prior to get a look at the uniform collection in person. Along with the sneak peek, executives from adidas and the NBA were available to…

  20. Greg Oden says knees feel “fine” after game action, could play Friday vs. Sixers

    Jan 17, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards

    Greg Oden was back for a night and that alone was worth celebrating — he dunked, he started the second half, he played more than eight minutes, scored six points and he wasn’t the reason Miami got it’s doors blown off by the Wizards. He said felt good after the run, which means we could…

  21. Kevin Durant responds to LeBron James’ ‘jealous’ comment: ‘LeBron can do whatever he wants’

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    LeBron James recently expressed his jealousy of how much Kevin Durant shoots. LeBron attempts 16.2 shots per game (19th in the NBA) to Durant’s 19.5 (third in the NBA), so there is a certainly a significant difference for the leading MVP candidates. Neither player is putting up empty numbers – nothing close to that. Although…

  22. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Eastern Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The 2013-14 All-Star game in New Orleans is still 30 days away, but the starters will be announced January 23rd and the reserves will follow on January 30th. There’s only a few days of voting left, and since I’m not good with hashtags or 140 character limits or following directions, I thought I’d put my…

  23. Thursday And-1 Links: Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton is back in jail

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an extradition hearing with attorney Brian Steel in downtown Los Angeles

    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. • This is just sad, he had potential — former NBA player Javaris Crittenton…

  24. The Extra Pass: Vince Carter had a front row seat for the “Miracle on Hudson” plane crash

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    US Airways Passenger Jet Crashes Into Hudson River By NYC

    LOS ANGELES — “They have to be shooting a movie or something.” That was Vince Carter’s first thought. Five years ago yesterday, the morning of Jan. 15, 2009, Carter woke up in the bedroom of his home in Edgewater New Jersey, and was lazily sitting on his bed just looking out the window of his…

  25. Wednesday night NBA grades: Greg Oden is back — that is a story worth celebrating

    Jan 16, 2014, 1:57 AM EDT

    Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering what kind of Little League coach sues one of his 14-year-old players… Greg Oden, Miami Heat. He made it back, and that is the story. Tonight he had six points on 2-of-3 shooting in 8:24 on the court — what matters is that…

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