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  1. Kevin Durant, Carlos Boozer named conference players of the week

    Jan 21, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Carlos Boozer and Kevin Durant were named Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, for games played from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20. Chicago and Oklahoma City were both 3-1 during that stretch. Here are the numbers, from the official release: Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls Jan. 14 vs. Atlanta: Tallied 20 points, 13 rebounds…

  2. You can put Kevin Garnett in the Anthony Davis fan club

    Jan 18, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Jred Sullinger

    Fans may not get how well No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis is playing this season. For one, Damian Lillard gets all the rookie headlines, and he deserves them for his smooth offensive game and taking control of the Portland offense. Combine that with the fact Davis is an evolving offensive player — you can’t…

  3. The Extra Pass: Rookie Report

    Jan 18, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we ask you to put down your TPS report and pick up the Rookie Report: Since we’re near the halfway point of the season, it’s time to revisit the rookie class…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out, the Heat and Thunder are pretty good

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Durant shoots against Denver Nuggets defenders Randolph and Brewer in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while having to deal with all the people knocking on your door asking for their lost cell phones…. Heat 92, Warriors 75: As it has been with the Heat all season long, when they are focused and defend they destroy teams. Especially teams…

  5. Roy Hibbert paid Pacers reserves to keep defensive clamps on Bobcats

    Jan 16, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' Hibbert looks to pass the ball against Charlotte Bobcats' Haywood during their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    The Indiana Pacers are the best defensive team in the NBA right now. Hands down. Zach Lowe did a fantastic breakdown of what they are doing over at Grantland. The Pacers are long, everybody can defend, their guys move on a string — one moves then the next moves to cover — and it’s just…

  6. Nets show real ball movement on fast break (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

    Yes, there were a lot of fantastic highlights last night — Blake Griffin with a steal and another huge dunk, Terrence Ross with probably the best dunk of the night, and many more. But this was probably my favorite, because after the Robin Lopez block there is one dribble on a fast break all about…

  7. Austin Rivers comes to Boston to take on Dad’s Celtics

    Jan 16, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers Austin Rivers

    It has to be both a proud moment and a little bit surreal for Doc Rivers to be looking at the Celtics scouting report for the New Orleans Hornets game Wednesday and see his own son, Austin Rivers, right there in black and white. Doc is pretty excited to see his son and have his…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the offensive outbursts

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while thinking about what a jump to hyperspace in the Millennium Falcon would really be like… Lakers 104, Bucks 88: Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard each had 31 points, but the real key for Los Angles was their defense — Kobe was on…

  9. The Extra Pass: Teams in the basement

    Jan 15, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we hope David Stern isn’t reading.  Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who have had their memory cleansed of everything lockout related, but try and remember this. Before everything went…

  10. Earl Clark making the most of his opportunity with the Lakers

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters,  Earl Clark

    Earl Clark was supposed to be nothing more than an afterthought for the Lakers this season. But a concussion to starting power forward Pau Gasol has opened the door for Clark to contribute, and he’s made more than expected of his opportunity thus far. Clark was a throw-in as part of the trade that brought…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, Nuggets climbing ranks

    Jan 14, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark

    Each of the top five teams in last week’s ranking suffered losses, some pretty ugly losses. So, who bounced back and looked best after that? Oklahoma City, so they maintain the top spot. 1. Thunder (28-8, Last week ranked No. 1). Kevin Durant is a better playmaker than last year. Russell Westbrook a better floor…

  12. A list of NBA players who can veto or block trades in 2013

    Jan 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Excellent information from Marc Stein of ESPN.com in his weekend column, where he details the circumstances surrounding the ability of various players to either block or veto a trade involving them this season. There are 19 players in total that can throw a wrench in their respective team’s trade talks if they so choose, due…

  13. After sleepy start, Carmelo, Knicks defense wake up to beat Hornets

    Jan 13, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Hornets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Like you, the New York Knicks were feeling a little lazy on Sunday morning. Sleeping in, needing a little coffee to get going. Except they had some work to do — the New Orleans Hornets were at Madison Square Garden for a noon tipoff game. And after three straight losses the Knicks looked at this…

  14. The Extra Pass: The All-Value Team

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we’ll put together a squad featuring some of the league’s most valuable contracts.  Signing players to any substantial contract during the offseason free agency period is like tap dancing through a…

  15. The Extra Pass: Identifying Offensive Calling Cards

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at which teams are outperforming all others in specific areas of the game. Play logging has been used by NBA teams for quite some time, but the derived numbers…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas makes the Clippers work for it

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while listening to an ice record… Spurs 108, Lakers 105: The Lakers went on a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter to make this game interesting down the stretch, but in the end the result was the fifth straight Los…

  17. Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol injured, out indefinitely for Lakers

    Jan 7, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Because Kobe Bryant needed an excuse to take more shots… The Lakers will be without big men Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill on a two game, back-to-back road trip against Houston and San Antonio this week, but it could be more — both starters are listed as out “indefinitely.” Howard is out at…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, but it’s close

    Jan 7, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    To be honest, you could have ranked the top three in this week’s PBT NBA Power Rankings and been fine. I’m giving the top spot to the Thunder this week because I think they’d beat the Clippers or Spurs in a seven game series right now. But not easily. 1. Thunder (26-7, Last week ranked…

  19. Wayns out in Philly; Sloan in for Hornets; deadline pushes lots of end of bench moves

    Jan 7, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks

    We’ve already seen some, and in the next 24 hours your are going to see a lot more moves of guys who have barely gotten any run — then you are going to start to see 10-day contract guys fill their place on the bench. The deal is that by today at 5 p.m. (Eastern),…

  20. Eric Gordon is back, hits and-1 game winner vs. Dallas (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    That is how you start to win back the fans in New Orleans. Eric Gordon is back from his knee surgery and showing the Hornets what they were missing — their offense is just much better when the young guard they got as the highlight of the Chris Paul trade is back on the floor.…

  21. Hornets waive Dominic McGuire. Start of trend next week.

    Jan 4, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT

    McGuire_Dominic

    Over the next week a lot of guys currently on NBA rosters are going to get waived. Next Thursday is the deadline — if you have been on an NBA roster since training camp by next Tuesday your contract is guaranteed through the end of the season. Teams are going to start waiving guys who…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets, Warriors get statement wins

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while figuring out what’s in and what’s out for 2013… Nets 110, Thunder 93: Well, P.J. Carlesimo has his signature win and for a night the Nets looked like the team from the first weeks of the season. Oh, they’re…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lots of ‘Melo, not much else for Knicks

    Jan 2, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Stoudemire reacts after stuffing ball to score against Portland Trail Blazers in NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while breaking your New Year’s resolutions already…. Nuggets 92, Clippers 78: The Clippers win streak dies at 17on a night they were just ice-cold from the floor — 38.5 percent as a team, with leading scorer Jamal Crawford shooting 2-of-11.…

  24. Three Stars of the Night: Justified Jumpers

    Jan 2, 2013, 3:18 AM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    Play enough basketball and chances are you’ll run into a player who likes to justify his relentless jump shooting with a catchy phrase like, “you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take” or “there’s a reason it’s called feeling it instead of thinking it” or maybe “I was open.” These people, of course,…

  25. Monday And-1 Links: Will Shaq be at Kobe’s jersey retirement?

    Dec 31, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Image (1) Shaq and Kobe-thumb-275x260-13925.jpg for post 2602

    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 you will pretend to like champagne on New Year’s Eve…. • Will Kobe…

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