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  1. Wednesday And-1 links: Iman Shumpert has a new Knicks anthem

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    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. • That would be Iman Shumpert‘s new Knicks anthem. Good to see he’s keeping…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Carmelo has Knicks on top in New York

    Dec 12, 2012, 3:24 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Bill Kennedy

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while you were wondering who thought an Angry Birds movie was a good idea… Cavaliers 100, Lakers 94: It’s not just one thing with the Lakers – their offense was off, their defensive rotations are sloppy, their big men missed shots,…

  3. It’s official, Anthony Davis returns to Hornets lineup Tuesday

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Samuel Dalembert, Monta Ellis

    The 2-15 Washington Wizards can’t catch a break. Tonight they thought they had a potential win against the New Orleans Hornets — one of the league’s other struggling sides at 5-14 — but they catch the Hornets on the night of the return of their star Anthony Davis. We told you it was likely when…

  4. Hornets’ Anthony Davis practices, could play Tuesday

    Dec 10, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    After missing 11 games with a sprained ankle, we likely will see Anthony Davis back on the court this week. He was cleared for contact and had a full practice with the team on Monday. Depending on how he responds, he could play Tuesday against the Washington Wizards or maybe Wednesday against the Oklahoma City…

  5. NBA Power Rankings: Oh-oh Thunder road, oh Thunder road

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    A lot of the preseason talk in the West focused on the Lakers… and it still does. And too often it ends with “and the Thunder are still contenders, too.” No, the Thunder are the defending Western Conference champs, the team to beat in that conference and they look pretty good right now. Thank you…

  6. Friday And-1 links: Injury updates for Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon

    Dec 7, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    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. • The good news is the Hornets’ Anthony Davis is on the court and…

  7. Dwight Howard jawed at Kobe about defensive rotations

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    We need to start with this on the table — Dwight Howard is in the right here. Watch the last few minutes of the Lakers loss to the Houston Rockets and you will see Kobe Bryant out of position then taking a bad angle on his help rotation, which is too late as Toney Douglas…

  8. Kobe Bryant becomes fifth player in NBA history to score more than 30,000 points (VIDEO)

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    As expected, Kobe Bryant joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, and Wilt Chamberlain on Wednesday as the only players in NBA history to score more than 30,000 career points. Bryant achieved the milestone with 1:16 left in the first half in New Orleans, by converting a right-handed floater in the lane over Hornets center…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Robin Lopez, Luke Babbitt key wins. It was that kind of night.

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:42 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Robin Lopez

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while trying to decide if you love or hate the new Air Jordan XX8…. Clippers 105, Jazz 104: Blake Griffin has his biggest scoring game of the year and the Clippers hand the Jazz their first home loss of the year.…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Heat, Thunder on top, it feels like 2011

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates win over Atlanta Hawks with Bosh and Allen during their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    It’s early in the season, very early, but there are moments it feels line the NBA finals come June could be a rematch of last year — Miami vs. Oklahoma City. And that really shouldn’t be a surprise. Right now those two teams are on top of the PBT power rankings. 1. Heat (12-3, last…

  11. Hornets’ Anthony Davis to be out at least another week

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    Anthony Davis has already missed the Hornets’ last seven games and he’s going to be out a while longer, coach Monty Williams told the Times Picayune. “If I have to guess, I think he’s a week away from us thinking about him ramping up his conditioning; let alone playing,” Williams said. “So I just think…

  12. Friday And-1 Links: The Hawks are playing really good defense

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Hawks Media Day Basketball

    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 more than football players like viagra. • Things we did not expect coming into…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jazz, Bucks make it night of the comebacks

    Nov 27, 2012, 7:34 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Iguodala is ejected during their NBA basketball game against Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while thinking there are some really screwed up people in Germany…. Nets 96, Knicks 89 (OT): It certainly wasn’t the best-played, prettiest game of the young season, but it was the most intense. The one with the most playoff feel, both…

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Memphis hangs on but Spurs, Heat charging

    Nov 26, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins, Jerryd Bayless, Mike Conley

    If you ask me who was the best team in the NBA was last week, well, it was Denver. But they are fully capable of a winless week now, so we leave Memphis in the top spot this week. And Washington is still trying to find a win and a way out of the cellar…

  15. Video: Kenneth Faried rejects Al-Farouq Aminu dunk attempt

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried Rises Up to Reject Aminu

    That right there is why we like Kenneth Faried — nothing is just conceded. The hustle and effort is there on every play. In this case Al-Farouq Aminu of the Hornets thinks he has a dunk Sunday only to find Faried is stronger and athletic enough to get up and block it. Cleanly. The Nuggets are on…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Celtics, Spurs need OT for wins

    Nov 26, 2012, 5:26 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili; DeMar DeRozan;

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while out buying a $4.2 million gold Christmas tree… Spurs 111, Raptors 106 (2OT): Now this is a close game — at the end of every quarter and the first overtime this was a one-point or tied game. Toronto needs to…

  17. Robin Lopez says Suns made a ‘fair offer’ to him in free agency, but needed a fresh start

    Nov 24, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Robin Lopez, Marcin Gortat

    The Robin Lopez era in Phoenix lasted four seasons, and had its ups and downs. But ultimately, when Lopez was a restricted free agent last summer, the Suns couldn’t come to an agreement to retain his services, so they worked out a sign-and-trade that sent Lopez to New Orleans. We’re only 11 games in, but…

  18. Stackhouse and ‘Sheed did it, so how about a Michael Finley comeback?

    Nov 23, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Sacramento Kings

    We last saw Michael Finley as a guy who barely got off the Boston Celtics bench in the 2010 playoffs, and when he did he shot just 25 percent. After that, the former All-Star walked away from the game to become a part of the Dallas Mavericks front office staff. But the long time Maverick…

  19. Five early season NBA trends to be thankful for

    Nov 22, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Shane Battier

    We are 10 games or so into the NBA season and one thing is clear — this is fun. Not everything is fitting neatly into the preseason prediction boxes and that is the best part of being a sports fan. We at PBT are thankful for a lot of things. All of you who read…

  20. Three Stars of the Night, two Kevins, and one kiss

    Nov 22, 2012, 2:14 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant is guarded by Los Angeles Clippers' Griffin and Odom during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Just a monster 14-game slate this Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, so before we give you our Three Stars, let’s break off a few honorable mentions. In Boston, there was Tony Parker shredding the Celtics for 26 points and six assists on 12-of-17 shooting. In Miami, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each had 28 points, but…

  21. Three Stars of the Night: Kobe, ‘Melo and Swaggy P

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:39 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    Only three games tonight, so how about we give the three stars to the key players from each of the three winning teams. Sounds good to me. Third Star: Kobe Bryant (25 points, 5 assists, +20) Kobe Bryant has spent almost his entire career in Phil Jackson’s triangle, the only times outside it were in…

  22. Knicks 102, Hornets 80: Carmelo Anthony breaks bad

    Nov 20, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony is on a sort of “basketball diet.” After years of not maximizing his full potential, Anthony has shown great restraint against the temptations of chucking this season, and as a result, he looks the best he ever has. He’s motivated. He has the desire to defend. He’s taking only what he needs and…

  23. Rasheed Wallace yells ‘ball don’t lie’ after missed free throw from Austin Rivers (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace loves to yell things out to opposing players at the free throw line. We showed you his trash talk at Arron Afflalo last week, and now, we give you Wallace yelling his patented “Ball don’t lie!” at Austin Rivers of the Hornets, after Wallace was whistled for the ticky-tack reach-in, and Rivers clanked…

  24. Hornets reach deal to buy out Matt Carroll, as expected

    Nov 20, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    Carroll_Matt

    We told you this was coming not long after Matt Carroll was traded from Charlotte to New Orleans for Hakim Warrick — the Hornets did it to save money (Carroll made $500,000 less) and they planned to buy out Carroll from the start. That became official on Tuesday, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN. Hornets’ expected…

  25. Anthony Davis out Tuesday vs. Knicks, day-to-day with ankle injury

    Nov 20, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Samuel Dalembert, Monta Ellis

    New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis will miss Tuesday night’s home game against the Knicks due to an ankle injury, according to multiple reports. Davis has tweaked his left ankle multiple times over the past week, and the injury wasn’t believed to be anything serious. After posting 28 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday in his…

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