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  1. Kevin Durant wins 2012 All-Star MVP, West beats East 152-149

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The 2012 NBA All-Star game started off as a blowout, but ended up being competitive to the final possession. Kevin Durant and LeBron James tied for the game-high in scoring with 36 points each, but Durant got the MVP nod as his West squad held on to win in exciting fashion, 152-149. Durant started off…

  2. Video: LeBron’s nasty windmill dunk from All-Star Game

    Feb 26, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The first half of the NBA All-Star Game Sunday saw more — and more creative — dunks than we saw in the actual Dunk Contest Saturday night. One of the best was the windmill from LeBron James. By the way, LeBron had five first half dunks, one ahead of Blake Griffin‘s four, as they had…

  3. West sets All-Star game record by scoring 88 points in the first half

    Feb 26, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The 2012 All-Star game hasn’t been filled with a ton of memorable highlights just yet, but here in Orlando at halftime, one of the teams has accomplished something worth noting. The West is out to an 88-69 lead over the East, and the 88 points is a record for the most scored in a half.…

  4. Kevin Durant wants LeBron, Westbrook, star power in Dunk Contest

    Feb 26, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    We can all admit it — Saturday night’s NBA Dunk Contest was sad. It was scripted and felt stiff. Jeremy Evans deserved the win for a legitimately impressive dunk, and a lot of people liked Paul George’s black-light dunk (more than I did). But overall, not good. Kevin Durant is thinking exactly what you are…

  5. The bizarre dichotomy of the NBA All-Star Game

    Feb 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Sunday night, 24 players will amble into the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Many of them will be hungover, sleep-deprived, or both from a night of partying at all the hot spots during the biggest nightlife year for the NBA universe. They will casually go through the media requirements, slowly get dressed, do some casual…

  6. Kevin Love works overtime to win Three-Point Contest

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    Love of the Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Do you remember when then Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis was trying to keep Kevin Love from straying away from the basket and shooting threes? Rambis, Loves hopes you were watching. “But for me, coming into the league, I was told not to shoot three point shots, so to be where I am now and continue…

  7. David Stern defends Dwight Howard’s right to leave Orlando

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    NBA commissioner David Stern held his annual All-Star weekend press conference from the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, and not surprisingly, one of the first questions that came up was about Dwight Howard. Howard, as you may have heard, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and he’s gone back…

  8. LeBron James might try the dunk contest … if the winner received a million dollars

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James in unquestionably one of the most violent dunkers in the game today, and could easily compete with anyone in the league in a slam dunk contest if that’s something he wanted to do. But up until this point, despite empty promises and a tease from time to time, he hasn’t decided to commit.…

  9. Jeremy Lin talks D’Antoni system, overcoming bias

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The Mavericks’ Jason Terry said what a number of people — a decreasing number every day, but they are out there — have said about Jeremy Lin: He is a system guy. Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system is designed to give the point guard numbers, and Lin is a product of it more than anything else.…

  10. All-Star 2012 interview: Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Norris Cole

    Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole has made an impact early this season, despite playing alongside veteran superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. We caught up with him Friday morning at the practice session for the Rising Stars challenge, and discussed what it’s like to play with that kind of star power, how he and his…

  11. Oscar Robertson tells Dwight Howard to “keep mouth shut”

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    What LeBron James did, what Carmelo Anthony did, what Dwight Howard is doing — that does not sit well with an older generation of players. Say, for example Oscar Robertson. Mr. I averaged a triple-double for an entire season. One of the game’s 50 greatest players (easily). Robertson — one of the trail blazers of…

  12. Heat have a plan for Jeremy Lin… and it’s not who you think

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Jeremy Lin vs. Joel Anthony. That is the matchup that will determine the highly anticipated showdown between the Miami Heat and New York Knicks Thursday night in South Beach. Not LeBron James or Dwyane Wade — although they will both get their say — but rather Joel Anthony. Let me explain. (Tom Haberstroh at ESPN…

  13. Kevin Durant to replace Joe Johnson in Three-Point Contest

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    And the All-Star Three-Point Contest continues to have way more star power than the Dunk Contest…. Kevin Durant has been chosen to replace the Hawks Joe Johnson in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday night in Orlando, the league has announced. Johnson has tendonitis in his left knee and is resting it through…

  14. LeBron says he expects to cover Jeremy Lin some Thursday

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heats LeBron James looks on during their NBA basketball game against his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Jeremy Lin has stood up pretty tall to every test he’s faced the past few weeks — the Knicks haven’t won every game, but he’s not wilted in the spotlight. However, the Miami Heat’s defensive energy and athleticism on the perimeter is a whole different ballgame. And Lin is going to get all of it…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs take vacation in Portland

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan Spurs

    What you missed while filling out your Oscar pool…. Trail Blazers 137, Spurs 97: Gregg Popovich decided to sacrifice the Spurs 11-game win streak on the alter of rest. He sat Tony Parker and Tim Duncan (Manu Ginobili is already out with an oblique strain). The result was kind of what you’d expect with the…

  16. Video: LeBron James with block, 60-foot ally-oop pass

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:02 AM EDT

    Heat forward James and guard Wade laugh during the closing minutes against the Mavericks in Dallas, Texas

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade know how to put on a show. This is not really as good as the baseball-pass ally-oop from Wade to LeBron earlier in the year, but it comes close thanks to the block by LeBron at one end and the acrobatic finish by Wade at the other. The Heat rack…

  17. Do timeouts hurt offenses at the end of close games?

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Kane Fitzgerald

    HoopIdea’s Beckley Mason has been taking a hard look at late-game situations recently, and one theory he’s been playing with is that calling a timeout in late-game situations actually makes the offense less likely to score. The evidence is in, and it supports Mason’s hypothesis: in a late-game situation, teams have a better chance of…

  18. First look at Team USA Olympic basketball uniforms

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    USA Basketball uniforms

    That photo to the right (the larger version is below) was tweeted out by Nike on Tuesday. Nike has all kinds of interconnections with USA basketball and they are the people who design and make what Team USA will wear in London this summer for the Olympics. What you see is it, modeled by Kobe…

  19. Tuesday And-1 links: We talk LeBron’s steak house eating habits

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

    Heats' James looks around after an opponent's free throw went through the basket during their game against the Magic in Miami

    Here is our daily 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). When he dines out at a fine steak house, LeBron James apparently likes apple martinis, his steak well done and he wants it cut up…

  20. Kenyon Martin talks about George Karl talking too much

    Feb 19, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    For seven years, Kenyon Martin was a Nugget. For six of those, George Karl was his coach — and those were some pretty good Nuggets teams. But you don’t have to like someone to work with them. Martin and Karl are not on each other’s Christmas card list. Karl has remarked multiple times about how…

  21. Heat keep blasting their way through the NBA; today’s victim: Orlando

    Feb 19, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    The season series is tied. The Magic controlled the first game, won it handily, the final score not reflective of how well they played. So why does the Heat’s 90-78 win over the Orlando, a 12-point margin, same as the Magic’s in the first game, feel so much more important, so much more reflective of…

  22. LeBron has a new PR handler

    Feb 19, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    Sweat rolls down the face of Miami Heat's James during a break in play against Milwaukee Bucks in their NBA game in Milwaukee

    LeBron James is loathed by many, still. His negative PR is lessening as people begin to move on with their lives, but after last year,it was clear that James had struggled with how to handle his public perception. He took a bad situation, lit it on fire, and then dropped it off a cliff into…

  23. LeBron James says he has not reached out to Dan Gilbert

    Feb 18, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Remember when our Blogger-in-Chief Kurt Helin was like: LeBron is going to be a member of the Heat for years. He can’t predict what will be happening in his life and the NBA five years from now no more than you or me or anyone else can. So he tried to leave a door open.…

  24. LeBron happy in Miami, was “truthful” about Cleveland

    Feb 17, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    The day after LeBron James offered an olive branch to Cleveland and opened the door a little on his possible return to play for the Cavaliers someday, you knew there would be a day of follow up questions. Because it’s LeBron and Cleveland and perspective goes out the window when those two things meet. LeBron…

  25. Jeremy Lin added to Rising Stars All-Star Weekend game

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Lin smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    How about Jeremy Lin throwing ally-oops to Blake Griffin? You got it. Thanks to a late add by the NBA and some drafting prowess by Shaquille O’Neal, Lin and Griffin will be playing together the Friday night of All-Star weekend at the Rising Stars Challenge (formerly the Rookie/Sophomore Game). Lin was not on the original…

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