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  1. This is LeBron James’ best start to a season ever

    Feb 1, 2012, 1:26 PM EST

    LeBron James

    LeBron James has been a statistical beast this season. He is averaging 29.2 points per game, 8.3 assists and 7.1 rebounds. He is shooting 55.1 percent, the best of his career, because he’s cut down on his three pointers and long twos and instead is playing more out of the post and closer to the…

  2. Tuesday And-1 links: Judge tells Allen Iverson to pay up

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Allen Iverson

    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). A judge has reached into Allen Iverson’s bank account to pay a jewelry store where Iverson bought more than $300,000 in bling but never paid…

  3. Lakers, Clippers, Heat among teams in Kenyon Martin chase

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:08 AM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    In a few weeks, the Chinese Basketball Association season will come to an end and a few quality free agents — Kenyon Martin, Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith — will alter the balance of power in the NBA. Martin (who left his team and is stateside but cannot sign until the season ends over there)…

  4. Carmelo returns to Knicks lineup Tuesday night

    Jan 31, 2012, 7:07 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    From the New York Times’ Howard Beck, via Steve Adamak: Report from @bergenadamek at the Garden: Carmelo is back in the lineup tonight vs. Detroit. Anthony’s struggles this season have been well-documented: he is currently behind only LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in usage rate, but he’s shooting just 39.4% from the floor and 30.3% from beyond…

  5. LeBron says chemistry at ‘all-time high’ with Wade

    Jan 31, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    Last season, building chemistry was the underlying theme of the Heat’s season. There was very little between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade during that 9-8 start — the two stars took turns watching each other, not playing off of each other. That started to change as the season wore on and into the playoffs and…

  6. Winderman: Bulls should look at Knicks before going all-in for Dwight Howard

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:04 PM EST

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Ah, the mega-trade, the all-for-one and the hope that the one is the end-all. As the Magic continue to stagger, and as it becomes clearer that Dwight Howard did not sign up for this, the only remaining issue seems to be how “all in” a trade partner might go. And that, to a degree, brings…

  7. Tuesday And-1 links: Clipper Darrell love abounds

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:26 AM EST

    clipper darrell

    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). The world is starting to realize what we at PBT have known for a while — Clipper Darrell rocks! Fantastic story about Greg Stiemsma battling…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando with another bad outing

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick

    What you missed while realizing that Homeland Security is monitoring your tweets…. Clippers 112, Thunder 100: There was a lot more to this than just Blake Griffin dunking on Kendrick Perkins, which is why it was our game of the night. Sixers 74, Magic 69: The Magic were just terrible shooting the ball in this…

  9. Video: Dunk of the year, Blake Griffin destroys Perkins

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:20 AM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    In a season plus of insane Blake Griffin highlights, what he did to Kendrick Perkins of the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night may be the baddest a– of them all. This was better than the dunk over Timofey Mozgov. First, because Perkins went up and tried to contest it. Second, because it is Kendrick Perkins,…

  10. How much has LeBron James’ post game improved?

    Jan 30, 2012, 7:47 PM EST

    LeBron Post

    If you’ve taken a drink every time a national TV broadcaster has referenced Miami Heat forward LeBron James‘ “improved post game” this season, there’s a good chance your liver hates you. After being shut down by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals thanks, in part, to James refusing to punish the likes of Jason…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kris Humphries

    The top three teams remain the same, just trading places, because they are the three best teams in the league right now. But all three also have long road trips coming up, which should test them. 1. Thunder (16-3, last week ranked No. 3). They are “only” fifth in point-per-possession differential in the league, but…

  12. Dwight Howard open to playing with Derrick Rose, Bulls

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:08 AM EST

    Dwight Howard Derrick Rose

    And the “Dwight Howard said he would play here” tour has moved on to Chicago. This has all the meaning of a Kardashian wedding vow, but here is the quote from the Chicago Tribune when Howard was asked if he would be open to playing in Chicago with Derrick Rose. “If I could play with…

  13. Yes, LeBron James did ride his bike to Heat game Sunday

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:46 AM EST

    lebron-james-bike

    If you live in a town that has a marathon — as I do — you know that it snarls traffic. I love what marathons bring to a city (and I’m not just saying that because my wife runs marathons and would beat me up if I said otherwise… well, not completely), there’s a real…

  14. Video: Derrick Rose takes the blame for Bulls loss

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:07 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    This is what you have to love about Derrick Rose — he has a fantastic game, becomes the first guy to score 30 points or more on the Heat all season, but he steps up and tries to take on the blame for Bulls loss. Yes, he did miss those late free throws, but those…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kyrie Irving does not fear the moment

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:33 AM EST

    Ray Allen Cleveland Cavaliers

    What you missed while waiting for Nadal and Djokovic to finish…. Heat 97, Bulls 93: LeBron James and Derrick Rose had moments of brilliance and key missed free throws in our game of the day. Cavaliers 88, Celtics 87: If you want to say that Boston choked, to ahead — if you give up a…

  16. Video: LeBron James dunks over John Lucas

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    LeBron James

    LeBron James would say after the game that the Heat may not be “lob city” but they are doing okay. Yes, they are. Just ask John Lucas. He ended up on the wrong end of the game’s biggest highlight — early in the game the Heat were getting a lot of fast break attempts and one…

  17. Miami holds on, beats Chicago. Can we just start their playoff series now?

    Jan 29, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

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

    In two ways Sunday’s Heat victory over the Bulls summed up this young season. First, the Bulls and the Heat are the two best teams in the East. Clear and away. Philadelphia, Atlanta and even Indiana are good, but these two teams are on another level and are destined for an Eastern Conference finals rematch.…

  18. Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat: Five things to watch

    Jan 29, 2012, 12:35 PM EST

    Derrick Rose LeBron James

    For the first time since the playoffs last year, the Chicago Bulls come into Miami to take on the Heat Sunday afternoon (3:30 ET on ABC). A battle of the two best teams in the East, two of the league’s true contenders, it’s a fun early season showdown and chance to measure each other right…

  19. Heat show Knicks how to run up-tempo offense and win

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:34 PM EST

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade was back and so were the Heat. After a few games of the LeBron James show with the pace slowed (while Wade recovered from a sprained ankle), the Miami Heat with Wade returned to their high-pressure, up-tempo style of play — you know, kind of like Mike D’Antoni was brought in to run…

  20. It’s official, Dwyane Wade back for Heat Friday vs. Knicks

    Jan 27, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

    Despite national media reports to the contrary earlier in the day (not here, we know who to listen to), Dwyane Wade will be back playing for the Heat on Friday night. Wade had been through shootaround and everything felt fine, so he is a go. Here is coach Erik Spoelstra’s quote, thanks to Ira Winderman…

  21. Winderman: NBA alternate uniform craze out of control

    Jan 27, 2012, 3:43 PM EST

    LeBron James, Kane Fitzgerald

    Finally, we have found the saving grace of this lockout-shortened season: The ratio between uniform combinations and games is drawing closer to a one-to-one basis. Even before the Memphis TAMs took the court against the L.A. Stars on TNT on Thursday night, we had entered a world where we were facing video-game-like choices when it…

  22. LeBron James says Knicks fans should be patient

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:46 PM EST

    LeBron James Carmelo Anthony

    Just so we’re clear, LeBron James is preaching patience to New Yorkers. Good luck with that. The Knicks are struggling this season and now get to face the Heat Friday without Carmelo Anthony, who is taking the weekend off. In their first full season with ‘Melo, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler there were high expectations.…

  23. Friday And-1 links: Would you bet on Giants/Knicks to pull a title double?

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:35 AM EST

    Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby, Carmelo Anthony

    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). From Bovada.lv, some Super Bowl prop bets: The odds of the Patriots winning the Super Bowl and the Celtics the NBA title in 2012: 40/1.…

  24. Carmelo Anthony out Friday vs. Heat (and one more game)

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:04 AM EST

    Knicks' Anthony watches a free throws by Grizzlies during NBA game in Memphis

    Carmelo Anthony has clearly not been right the last couple games. He is 5-for-21 shooting, has looked sluggish and is battling a sore wrist and ankle. So he is going to take a couple of games off — Mike D’Antoni told the media at shootaround Friday that Anthony is out for a showdown with the…

  25. Dwight Howard says he would consider Boston. Well, sure.

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Remember how first LeBron James went around the country the season before “The Decision” and whenever he got to a new city and was asked if he could see himself playing there he said yes? Then last year Carmelo Anthony tried a calmer version of that same play, but would never say no to any…

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