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  1. The Extra Pass: A rookie report (plus Wednesday’s recaps)

    Jan 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Due to injuries and the lack of a transcendent talent, this year’s draft class has been pretty underwhelming as a whole. Still, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few pleasant surprises along the way. Now that we’ve had a little more time to evaluate, let’s check in on three of the most impressive rookies…

  2. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Santa brings presents to Blazers, Thunder; lumps of coal to Atlantic

    Dec 23, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Oklahoma City almost took over the top spot in the rankings, until they laid an egg Sunday night. The Blazers hold on for another week, but they didn’t look elite last week even in their wins and this week sees a few big tests.   1. Trail Blazers (23-5, Last Week No. 1). If the…

  3. Kevin Love put up a monster line against Clippers (VIDEO)

    Dec 23, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Clippers

    Minnesota lost another close game — they do that a lot — but you can’t blame Kevin Love for this one. He had a monster game — 45 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists on the night. He got those 45 points on 15-of-23 shooting, hitting shots from the arc out to the post. He…

  4. The Extra Pass: Three things you think about Danny Granger that are wrong

    Dec 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets  v Indiana Pacers

    In his second game back Sunday, Danny Granger looked good. After battling knee issues that kept him out almost all of last season and most of this one, Granger returned the Pacers lineup this weekend. Sunday against the Celtics he looked like the guy the Pacers are hoping he will be off the bench —…

  5. Matt Barnes ejected for hard foul on Kevin Love (VIDEO)

    Dec 23, 2013, 1:55 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s some Bruin on Bruin crime. Kevin Love was having a monster night (he finished with 45 and 19) and the Clippers big men had no answer for him (or Nikola Pekovic) when this happened: Love got the ball at the three point line, pump faked and that just burned Ryan Hollins, so Love put…

  6. Sunday night NBA grades: Kevin Love makes his All-Star statement against Griffin

    Dec 23, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Clippers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while reading about how Charles Dickens’ classic “Christmas Carroll” almost didn’t get published… Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves. Kevin Love is not going to own up to it, but this came off as a “are all of you really voting for Blake Griffin as an All-Star…

  7. The Extra Pass: Golden State’s Elevator Screen plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The Signature Series takes a look at a play that’s largely unique to one team. Here’s Golden State’s Elevator screen play: The “Elevator” screen is one of the most aesthetically pleasing plays you’ll see in the league, particularly when it’s run by Golden State. That’s in large part because any possession that ends in a…

  8. Wednesday night NBA grades: Vintage Dwyane Wade sighting

    Dec 19, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    Our quick look around a busy night in the NBA, or what you missed while trying to buy some beer and pay for it with a live alligator…  Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat. The last time Wade scored 30 points or more in a game it was Game 4 of the NBA Finals, so it’s been…

  9. The Extra Pass: The league’s leading lineups; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    After watching two of the league’s best starting lineups duke it out in Indiana, let’s check in on the best and worst lineups around the league so far this season. Best Net Efficiency Rating (minimum 150 minutes) Houston: Patrick Beverley-James Harden-Chandler Parsons-Terrence Jones-Dwight Howard Net efficiency is the difference between a team’s offensive rating and…

  10. NBA All-Star balloting opens with some interesting questions

    Nov 15, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    If he doesn’t come back until December, is Kobe Bryant still a starting All-Star guard in the West? Or should Stephen Curry or James Harden have that spot? Does Kevin Love move past Tim Duncan into the starting lineup? Is Paul George a starter in the East? Is it time for a Derrick Rose/Kyrie Irving…

  11. The Extra Pass: An early look at SportVU data and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chances are at some point this season, you’ve heard about SportVU. For the uninitiated, SportVU is a player tracking software that utilizes cameras positioned around the court to collect all sorts of data. It’s a major breakthrough for analytics, and while a good portion of teams have had the software and data for a few years,…

  12. Report: Minnesota willing to move Derrick Williams, Alexey Shved for veterans

    Nov 12, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Derrick Williams and Alexey Shved are reportedly on the market but this is all about Kevin Love. If that sounds strange, follow along here. Minnesota is entering a “win now” phase and they are off to a nice 5-3 start this season thanks to their expected strong offense and a better than expected defense. They…

  13. Jamal Crawford with half court buzzer-beater that matters (VIDEO)

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Chris Paul

    Usually we bring you the video of these half-court buzzer beaters just because they are fun shots to watch, they rarely have a big impact on the game itself. But this one from the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford at the end of the third quarter did. Crawford’s shot took a 2 point lead and jacked it…

  14. The Extra Pass: Five observations from the East and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    After a busy Monday night in the NBA, let’s swing around the Eastern Conference for a few observations. Indiana: If Roy Hibbert keeps getting that “verticality” respect from officials, it’s goodnight, Irene time for all of the other the Defensive Player of the Year candidates. Look at these numbers: Per 36 minutes on his career: 2.6…

  15. Kevin Love drains three to send game to OT, saves Timberwolves win (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

    Nikola Vucevic, Kevin Love

    Minnesota was in danger of dropping their home opener to an Orlando team on the second night of a road back-to-back — then Kevin Love showed he has the clutch gene. As our own D.J. Foster noted on twitter, Rick Adelman loves this elevator screen on the sideline out of bounds — and it worked…

  16. Kevin Love drops 22 on Celtics in Montreal (VIDEO)

    Oct 21, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf, Jeff Green, Dante Cunningham,

    Maybe Kevin Love just wanted to make some French-Canadians happy? Minnesota played chunks of what likely will be their regular rotation on Sunday and went on to beat the Celtics 104-89 in a preseason game played in Montreal. Kevin Love had 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting and 2-of-8 from three. But what mattered for Minnesota is…

  17. Ricky Rubio finds Nikola Pekovic for the impressive spinning assist (VIDEO)

    Oct 20, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio has a flair for the game that makes him exciting to watch, even as purists see plenty of areas where he needs to improve in order to become a more complete NBA player. That won’t stop us from enjoying this preseason highlight, however, where Rubio uses a behind-the-back dribble to get past a…

  18. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Golden State Warriors

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Last season: The Warriors ultimately overachieved when all was said and done in 2013, getting to the second round of the playoffs and taking the eventual Western Conference champion Spurs to six games before their season was ended. For a sixth seed entering the playoffs with just 47 wins and having to go through the…

  19. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio

    Last season: The Timberwolves never had much of a chance to finish better than their 31-51 record, thanks to a rash of injuries to the team’s top players. Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic all missed substantial time due to injury, rendering the season an unforced failure in the process. Signature highlight…

  20. Chase Budinger has knee surgery, out indefinitely

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Joakim Noah

    In today’s NBA teams are hesitant to give timelines for injury recovery. You can thank Andrew Bynum and Derrick Rose for that; teams are trying to avoid a public relations hit with their fans. Following reports of cartilage damage that cause swelling in his knee, Chase Budinger had knee surgery on Monday and  had his…

  21. Timberwolves rookie Gorgui Dieng tweaks ankle in scrimmage

    Sep 20, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

    Gorgui Dieng

    Now is the time of year when basketball players — trying to get in shape before camp — start getting nagging injuries. Some of these are far more serious than others. The Minnesota Timberwolves may feel like they are owed some good injury Karma after last season, but on Friday this happened to rookie center…

  22. Ronny Turiaf happy to be on Rubio’s team after battling him in international competition

    Sep 19, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf,  Matt Barnes

    We’re almost out of the deep offseason woods, where in our effort to provide constant content, the mildly amusing quotes of fringe players make it into stories of their own during the slow summer months. But we’re not there just yet. Ronny Turiaf, now with the Minnesota Timberwolves, had an interesting remark when describing his…

  23. PBT Roundtable: Who gets the last couple playoff spots in the West?

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: The conventional wisdom is in the West the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Warriors, Grizzlies and Rockets are playoff locks (barring catastrophe). If true, who gets those final two slots? Kurt Helin: I think Minnesota,…

  24. Nikola Pekovic can earn an additional $1.6 million per year if he meets all (somewhat unlikely) contract incentives

    Sep 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic eventually signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Timberwolves this summer, after the negotiation process took a little longer than expected. It was reported that Pekovic was seeking as much as $15 million per year in his new deal, which was obviously a place that the Timberwolves weren’t willing to go, and…

  25. Report: Minnesota undecided on picking up Derrick Williams’ fourth year

    Sep 6, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    Luis Scola, Derrick Williams

    I think they will do it. Derrick Williams is entering his third NBA season this fall and Minnesota now has to decide if they want him back for a fourth season. Usually teams keep a player on a rookie deal around unless he was a swing and a miss, or he’s just not in the…

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