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  1. Bucks’ O.J. Mayo ejected for punching Pelicans’ Greg Stiemsma (VIDEO)

    Mar 7, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

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    It’s been a frustrating season in Milwaukee, and it’s gotten to the point where the team’s players are taking out those emotions violently against their opponents. Ersan Ilyasova received a suspension for the punch-shove combo he delivered to Reggie Evans, and we can expect the same punishment to be handed down to O.J. Mayo, who…

  2. Sixers’ losing streak now 11 games away from setting new NBA record

    Mar 6, 2014, 12:14 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks  v Philadelphia 76ers

    The last time the Philadelphia 76ers won a game it was Jan. 29 in Boston. Since then the Sixers have lost 15 in a row, by an average of 19.8 points a game (a couple 40+ point losses skew that number). Coach Brett Brown is not sure his team will win another game this season…

  3. Anthony Davis had a couple big put-back dunks against Lakers (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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    New Orleans had lost eight straight games and was on the last day of a long road trip, but they ran into the soothing balm that is the Lakers “defense.” The result was 132 points and a nice win. And a couple high-flying putback dunks by Anthony Davis. Davis finished with 28 points and 15…

  4. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Miami putting its foot down on the gas

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    The PBT power rankings have returned with not a lot of change from last week — Miami, Indiana, San Antonio and Oklahoma City are the top four (in whatever order you wish) then there is a gap to the Clippers, Rockets and teams trying to knock on that door. Meanwhile the Sixers look like they…

  5. DeMar DeRozan wants to know where he’d get picked in 2009 re-draft

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Imagining how previous NBA drafts would play out in hindsight is always fun, an instant debate starter for basketball fans. I’m sure we’ve all wasted a countless hours analyzing questions like: Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh No. 3 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2004? Do half the top-eight picks in 2013 remain in…

  6. Report says Knicks to shop Amar’e Stoudemire this summer, but reasoning is flawed

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks  v Philadelphia 76ers

    It’s no secret that the Knicks would love to rid themselves of the contract of Amar’e Stoudemire, and not just because he is due more than $23 million next season and his contract is uninsurable against any future injury. That’s a huge chunk of salary that’s preventing New York from rebuilding quickly through signing star-level…

  7. Tyreke Evans almost missed game because he was stuck in hotel elevator

    Mar 1, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Phoenix Suns

    “DNP — Hotel Elevator.” It might have been the best line ever on an official scorecard (even better than Gregg Popovich’s legendary sitting of Tim Duncan with “DNP — old”). New Orleans’ guard Tyreke Evans almost missed the start of his team’s game Friday night in Phoenix because he was stuck in a hotel elevator. That…

  8. Goran Dragic scores a career high 40 in win over Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Mar 1, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Goran Dragic is having an All-Star season, even though he technically just missed out on being named to the Western Conference squad as an injury replacement. Anthony Davis of the Pelicans received the nod instead, an obvious choice for the league given both Davis’ play and the fact that his Pelicans were hosting the weekend’s…

  9. Bryan Colangelo admits to tanking when he was GM of the Raptors

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

    Raptors general manager Colangelo takes questions during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    BOSTON – Former Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo appeared as part of the basketball analytics panel at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, and as part of a discussion about revamping the draft lottery system, shared an story about how he tried to “tank” in one of his final seasons in Toronto,…

  10. Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday out for season after surgery on tibia

    Feb 28, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Sacramento Kings

    The Pelicans’ new look roster had potential — if all the new pieces could meld and Anthony Davis could start to blossom they would be a very interesting team the second half of the season. Injuries undid that dream — Ryan Anderson led a list of key Pelicans who have had to miss significant time…

  11. Pelicans’ Anthony Davis leaves game with sprained shoulder (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    New Orleans at Dallas

    It doesn’t look that severe or harsh as it happens, but New Orleans’ face-of-the-franchise young big man Anthony Davis sprained his left shoulder with 4:13 left in the first half of the Pelicans loss Wednesday night to Dallas. He did not return for the second half.  The team described it as a sprain. He was…

  12. Nene finishes the game-winning dunk to send Wizards past Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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    Nene rarely comes up during conversations regarding the league’s best big men, but there’s a reason he was signed to a contract that still owes him $13 million per year in each of the next two seasons. When healthy (which has admittedly been anything but a consistent occurrence), Nene can hang with the best of…

  13. Lakers engaged in talks with multiple teams to trade Jordan Hill

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

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    As the Lakers continue to look at ways to shed salary and potentially get under the luxury tax threshold this season, Jordan Hill is a player that many expect to be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline passes. L.A. was in talks with Brooklyn a couple of days ago, mainly because the Nets have a $5.25…

  14. Wednesday And-1 links: Trade rumor updates, mostly bad news if you want trades

    Feb 19, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

    Grizzlies' Tony Allen celebrates on the bench during the third quarter in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis

    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. Today we start off with a heavy dose of trade rumor updates. • Talks between Memphis and Minnesota on…

  15. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder, Heat on top coming up to trade deadline

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Today’s PBT NBA Power Rankings — brought to you by the technology of airplane wi-fi — will talk about the All-Star weekend past and the trade deadline coming up, as there weren’t many other games to speak of. 1. Thunder (43-12, Last Week No. 1). Their addition at the trade deadline is simply getting Russell…

  16. Karl Malone is a big Anthony Davis fan

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

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    NEW ORLEANS — Right now it’s a serious debate about who is the best power forward in the game — LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love lead most lists, Blake Griffin is trying to muscle in on the list, but guys like Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki still have a say in the matter. If five…

  17. All-Star 2014: The Standouts

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:40 AM EDT

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    First, the obvious: The NBA All-Star Game is different from a normal basketball game. Apathy often reigns supreme, especially on defense, in this yearly exhibition, and there’s a premium on flashy play instead of solid, efficient basketball. For some players, it’s a dream format, while it’s less than ideal for others. In short, how a…

  18. Anthony Davis with the block on one end, alley-oop finish on the other (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:16 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Memphis Grizzlies

    NEW ORLEANS – Don’t say nobody plays defense in the Rising Stars Challenge All-Star weekend… Actually, you can say that all you want. Nobody plays defense in this game. Trust me, I was in the building and my Monday night pickup games (with no guy over 6’4″) have more effort on defense. But Anthony Davis…

  19. James Harden to start All-Star Game for Kobe Bryant

    Feb 14, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Kobe Bryant was already replaced on the Western Conference All-Star roster with Anthony Davis, but that was only half the process. Kobe must also be replaced in the starting lineup. Looks like that’s settled, too. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports: Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be replaced as a Western Conference All-Star…

  20. PBT Podcast: Talking everything All-Star Weekend in New Orleans

    Feb 14, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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    New Orleans. The Big Easy. The NBA’s biggest party is coming to America’s premiere party city (sorry Vegas) and it is going to be something special. I have a personal goal of gaining 20 pounds this weekend. I am in New Orleans and stopped eating gumbo long enough to tape the latest NBC ProBasketballTalk Podcast…

  21. The Extra Pass: Predictions for All-Star Weekend

    Feb 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    All-Star weekend is upon us. While the rest of the PBT crew gets to eat beignets and earn beads for showing a little skin (that’s how that works, right?), some of us will be stuck at home watching the celebrity game and reevaluating our life choices. Not that I’m bitter or anything. Not at all.…

  22. Adam Silver talks Anthony Davis, league’s loyalty to New Orleans to kick off All-Star weekend

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    NEW ORLEANS – Adam Silver kicked off his first All-Star weekend as commissioner on Thursday, appearing at the NBA’s Jam Session theme-park-like setup at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to make a ceremonial opening statement of sorts to some children’s groups assembled at the event’s Center Court. Silver won’t be addressing national and more NBA-specific…

  23. Extra Pass: Jimmer Fredette salvaging NBA career with long 3-pointers

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    Jimmer Fredette – the bright lights of Madison Square Garden shining on him – walked the ball up court and called out a play. Of course, Fredette has never been big on plays. His freelancing, gunning style endeared him to fans at Brigham Young, where he carried the program to unprecedented heights. Fredette noticed his…

  24. Monday night NBA grades: Time to stop shoveling dirt on Anthony Bennett

    Feb 12, 2014, 3:09 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking this may be the best soccer goal celebration ever…. Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers. You don’t know how a draft pick is going to pan out for three years. You just don’t. Some guys start fast but never really develop beyond that (Tyreke Evans,…

  25. Anthony Davis goes off the wall for dunk, says “put me in the dunk contest”

    Feb 11, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    I wish they had put Anthony Davis in the dunk contest (although the lineup they have with Paul George, Damian Lillard, John Wall, Terrence Rose et al is quite good). Better yet, Adam Silver put Davis in the main game on Sunday (where he should be considered a dark horse MVP candidate as the hometown…

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