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  1. PBT’s NBA season awards: LeBron for MVP is the easy one

    Apr 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Heat's James prepares to dunk against the Bulls in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    In the NBA, reputations are made and broken in the playoffs — but that is like a different season completely. The NBA gives out its awards based on the regular season. And this season a couple awards are obvious, but a couple could go a lot of different directions. Here are PBT’s awards for the…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Heat end rankings where they ended last season

    Apr 15, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers

    For the final power rankings of the year my criteria are simple: Who do I think is most likely to win a seven game series between the teams right now. It is essentially a playoff rankings. 1. Heat (64-16, last week ranked No. 1). For a couple games this week the Heat rolled out their…

  3. Dirk Nowitzki’s 25,000th point came on a very Nowitzki shot (VIDEO)

    Apr 15, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Mike James

    Outside of scoring this on a one-legged fade-away from the elbow, this was about the most Dirk Nowitzki way to get his 25,000 point. He’s 20 feet out from the rim, faces up on Robin Lopez, takes a couple jab steps to create just enough space, then takes a rainbow-arc jumper that finds the bottom…

  4. Hornets’ Anthony Davis out for season with MCL sprain

    Apr 11, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Marcus Thornton

    The good news is this is not serious, and when the injury happened it looked like it could have been. New Orleans’ No. 1 pick Anthony Davis will be out for the season due to a sprained MCL plus a bone bruise in his left knee, suffered in the fourth quarter Wednesday night against the…

  5. Anthony Davis tweaks knee near end of Hornets loss, apparently okay

    Apr 11, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Marcus Thornton

    New Orleans fans were holding their breath near the end of the fourth quarter Wednesday night. With 5:45 left in the game Anthony Davis — the former No. 1 overall pick and promising rookie — tried to draw a charging foul as Marcus Thornton drove the lane. The resulting collision had Thornton falling on and…

  6. Kobe lifts Lakers to win, back into playoff picture (with help of Utah loss)

    Apr 10, 2013, 2:43 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers

    To say the Lakers had to beat the Hornets on Tuesday is to state the obvious — they need to win just about every game from here on out to get the eight seed and make the playoffs. But the one they really have to have now is Wednesday night in Portland. The Lakers stumbled…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Knicks climb up to No. 2

    Apr 8, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    Welcome to the penultimate PBT power rankings for the season. If you win 12 games in a row you can get the No. 2 spot, but if you asked me to pick who wins a seven game series between the Thunder and Knicks it would look different than this ranking. Same with the Spurs. But…

  8. Report: Hornets still looking to move Eric Gordon this summer

    Apr 8, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets' Gordon reacts after a call by officials while his team took on the Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans

    At the trade deadline the New Orleans Hornets had some discussions about trades for shooting guard Eric Gordon, but nothing came of it. Not surprising — it’s not easy to move a guy on a max contract coming off knee surgery. But after an up and down season where he averaged 16.5 points on 40.2…

  9. Eric Gordon benched in second half at Utah after shouting match with his head coach

    Apr 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    The Hornets were competitive in Utah into the third quarter on Friday, but things fell apart in the fourth when the team managed to score just 16 points in an eventual 12-point loss to the Jazz. The points might have come easier had Eric Gordon, the team’s leading scorer, actually been in the game. Gordon…

  10. Anthony Davis’ bulk-up diet: Pizza. A lot of pizza.

    Apr 5, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Monty Williams, Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis is on every man’s dream diet. The Hornets rookie has improved and been impressive as the season has worn on — 15.5 points a game on 52.8 percent shooting with 9.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game in his last 15 contests — but there are things he needs to work on. One…

  11. Damian Lillard’s future goal: MVP

    Apr 2, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    At some point during the NBA award season, Damian Lillard is going to pick up the Rookie of the Year hardware. It is the biggest lock of the award season (even ahead of the inevitable LeBron MVP). The question with Lillard — who is older than most of his draft class after a four-year college…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: The streak is dead, the Heat not so much…

    Apr 1, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    350x-1

    Only two more power rankings after this, so we are starting to turn our view toward the playoffs. Which still feel like the Heat then everyone else. 1. Heat (58-15, last week ranked No. 1). A gutty performance by the Chicago Bulls ended the Heat win streak at 27. But that was a one-time performance,…

  13. Watch Andre Drummond airball two free throws (VIDEO)

    Apr 1, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Ouch. Andre Drummond has had a very promising rookie season — the Pistons’ big man has looked like he could be the second best player out of this past draft class at points this year (behind Anthony Davis, and yes better than Damian Lillard down the line). He is athletic, gets to the rim and…

  14. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks continue streaking, shorthanded Heat take care of Spurs

    Apr 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to avoid seeing the replay of Kevin Ware’s horrific injury in the Elite Eight. Heat 88, Spurs 86: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers all sat out of this one for Miami due to various injuries, but the Heat managed…

  15. James, Heat bounce back from loss, destroy Hornets

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Mike Miller

    NEW ORLEANS — The Heat’s 27-game winning streak may be over, but they aren’t ready to stop terrorizing the rest of the NBA quite yet. The Heat still own the league’s best record and have the league’s best player, and they were out to prove a point on Friday night. The Heat actually looked better…

  16. Danilo Gallinari warned for epically bad flop (VIDEO)

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari, Zach Randolph

    Among the flops people have been warned/fined for this season, Danilo Gallinari may nave my new favorite. And the league did officially warn him on Thursday for this beauty during the Nuggets loss to the Hornets Monday that snapped their 15-game win streak. New Orleans’ Robin Lopez had set a high pick then sort of…

  17. Chris Paul says Greivis Vasquez talks too much

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Greivis Vasquez, Blake Griffin

    Chris Paul and Greivis Vasquez appeared to jaw at each other in the final seconds of the Clippers’ 105-91 win over the Hornets on Wednesday. After the game, Paul was interviewed on the court during the Hornets’ broadcast. “He just talk way too much, man,” Paul said. “He talk too much. I don’t – he…

  18. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat finally lose, Knicks now streaking

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Martin congratulates Anthony after being fouled by Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out what caused these pond circles … Bulls 101, Heat 97: It had to end sometime, and Wednesday was the night Miami finally lost after winning 27 straight, ending the second longest streak of victories in NBA history. We…

  19. Draft notes from NCAA Tournament: NC State’s Brown, Leslie expected to go pro

    Mar 26, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT

    Temple v North Carolina State

    As we’ve said before, players performance in the NCAA Tournament doesn’t move the needle on their NBA draft position as much as fans tend to think. It’s one part of the mosaic that includes regular season games, interviews and workouts, among other things. But it is part of the picture and guys can help and…

  20. Lack of energy, lack of Lawson ends Denver’s streak in New Orleans

    Mar 26, 2013, 1:30 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis , Wilson Chandler, Kosta Koufos

    It didn’t take long into Monday night’s contest to know this was not the Nuggets night. Maybe it was the early 7-0 Hornets run, or the 15-3 run in the middle of the first quarter, or the Nuggets 33 percent shooting in the first quarter, or… you get the idea. Denver was having one of…

  21. Monday And-1 links: NBA Grateful Dead T-Shirts? Better than a “box of rain.”

    Mar 25, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    Clippers GD

    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 like I love fried chicken and waffles…. • I know what T-shirt Luke Walton…

  22. NBA Power Rankings: Streakers go to front of the line

    Mar 25, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    Obviously the Heat are undefeated in their last 10 games, but in the East the Brooklyn Nets are the only team with a better than .500 record in their last 10 games. Which is why after the Heat the next five spots on this list come from the Western Conference. 1. Heat (54-14, last week…

  23. Report: NBA teams eyeing Iowa State’s Hoiberg as coach

    Mar 25, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Iowa State Cyclones head coach Hoiberg coaches team against Notre Dame Fighting Irish during NCAA tournament basketball game in Dayton

    NBA teams are hesitant to pluck coaches out of the college ranks to take their NBA head jobs — even elite college coaches like Rick Pitino and John Calipari have struggled in NBA jobs. NBA coaching is different, starting with you just can’t recruit Anthony Davis or Gorgui Dieng to your team. But a number…

  24. Report: UNLV’s Bennett to declare for NBA draft

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Championship - UNLV v New Mexico

    This isn’t a surprise, in fact it was expected. At least we’re not going to go through the silly “of course I’m coming back… wait, I changed my mind” dance. UNLV forward Anthony Bennett will go pro next season, reports CBSSports.com. Sources told CBSSports.com that the 6-foot-8 Canadian forward, who averaged 16.1 points and 8.1…

  25. Doc Rivers blames basketball gods for loss to Hornets

    Mar 21, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Anthony Davis’ tip-in with 0.3 seconds left gave the Hornets an 87-86 win over the Celtics last night. You might think the play was a combination of Davis’ length, leaping ability and timing. According to Boston coach Doc Rivers, you’d be wrong. He says Davis’ basket was preordained by “the basketball gods,” who didn’t like…

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