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  1. Once again Lakers GM Kupchak defends Dwight Howard

    Mar 1, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Thursday night in the Lakers win Dwight Howard didn’t put up monster numbers against Nikola Pekovic (who left early injured) and the Minnesota Timberwolves — 11 points, 13 rebounds — but you could see he was moving much better, particularly on the defensive end of the court. He’s healthier, his back is bothering him less, and…

  2. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Kings take Heat two overtimes

    Feb 27, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    LeBron James,

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while scrolling through the Florida Man twitter feed…. Heat 141, Kings 129 (2OT): What looked like a blowout on paper ended up being the best game of the night. The Kings may deny it was a moral victory for them, but it was.…

  3. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: James Harden reminds Thunder he’s good

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were calling 9-1-1 then asking police to bring you some cigarettes…. Lakers 113, Celtics 99: Dwight Howard played maybe his best game as a Laker and was a force on defense, Steve Nash was carving up the defense and making passes…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: Harden’s Revenge Game

    Feb 21, 2013, 2:30 AM EDT

    James Harden

    On a night where trade talk dominated the news, James Harden served up a reminder that there’s an awful lot that must be considered when making a deal. Who knows how much it mattered to Oklahoma City at the time, but trading James Harden to a perennially competitive Western Conference foe badly in need of such…

  5. The Extra Pass: Drafting the Rookie-Sophomore Game

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    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, Kurt Helin and I draft our Rookie-Sophomore teams. We love the idea of the Rookie-Sophomore game at All-Star Weekend being drafted by Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. We love it so…

  6. Gerald Henderson hits the game-winning three as Bobcats beat Timberwolves (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Henderson_Gerald

    This was a pretty insane sequence, and an appropriate one to result in the Bobcats snapping their 16-game home losing streak, which was just two shy of the NBA record held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks. The Bobcats almost turned it over on this series more than once, but ultimately Kemba Walker chased down the…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another day, another Lakers loss

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while working on your eyelid weightlifting…. Grizzlies 106, Lakers 93: The Lakers added injury to insult when Dwight Howard re-aggravated his shoulder problem in the first half, and the Grizzlies took full advantage by recording 16 offensive rebounds and 60 points in the…

  8. Rubio wants Minnesota to stop using rash of injuries as excuse

    Jan 18, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rubio is defended by L.A. Clippers' Crawford and Griffin during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    Injury-ravaged Minnesota looked across the court and saw the Los Angeles Clippers — a team without MVP candidate Chris Paul due to injury. But without him the Clippers this week are 3-0 with road wins against Memphis, Houston before coming to Minnesota. The Clippers just steamrolled the Timberwolves Thursday and made Minnesota’s complaining about injuries…

  9. Ugly gets uglier as the Clippers defeat the injury-riddled Timberwovles

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rubio is defended by L.A. Clippers' Crawford and Griffin during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    It was easy to be excited for this one going in. Ricky Rubio is always must see TV, and Eric Bledsoe is capable of providing some serious fireworks. Pit the two against each other, throw in a few Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan jams, and you’ve got yourself a game, right? Well, not exactly. Bledsoe…

  10. Injuries, defensive woes have Timberwolves playoffs hopes fading

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Early in the season it was impressive — without stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio the Timberwolves were winning enough games to stay above .500. They were defending. The schedule was helpful, but it felt like once they got Kevin Love back from his broken hand and Ricky Rubio back from injury they would bolt…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pacers defense shuts down Heat

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Indiana's Paul George dribbles against Miami's LeBron James during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out “who was the hot girl in that commercial?”… Rockets 125, Lakers 112: The Lakers were without any of their main bigs — Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are all out injured — so…

  12. Top 10 NBA dunks of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Jared Sullinger

    WIth 2012 officially in the books, it’s time to look back on the top 10 dunks of the past year. And just as we all expected, Byron Mullens makes the list and kicks things off at number 10. Yeah, I don’t know either. But his flying jam down the lane after getting his own rebound…

  13. Three Stars of the Night: An Odd Scoring Battle

    Dec 30, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

    Brook Lopez, Kyrie Irving

    With 22 teams in action, you’d expect the usual suspects to be the big scorers of the night. Guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and James Harden. The guys battling Kobe Bryant for the scoring title. Those guys. Nope! Saturday was a little bit wild and crazy, and as a result we had Luis Scola…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nowitzki is back and the Spurs could not care less

    Dec 24, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while starting you Christmas shopping finally…. Spurs 129, Mavericks 91: Dirk Nowitizki is back and… yikes. San Antonio just dominated that game, hitting 20-of-30 three pointers, driving into the lane, basically doing whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. Danny Green led…

  15. Three Stars of the Night: All you need is Love

    Dec 21, 2012, 3:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    So the Mayans had it wrong, and The Beatles had it right. To end the Thunder’s winning streak, all the Wolves needed was Love (of the Kevin variety) and maybe some bruising play from Nikola Pekovic, some serious playmaking from Alexey Shved, and a pinch of J.J. Barea. Having Russell Westbrook join Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely…

  16. Timberwolves snap Thunder’s 12-game winning streak

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    J. J. Barea

    The schedule-makers didn’t do the Thunder any favors on Thursday, and Oklahoma City may have known ahead of time that it was going to be in for a battle that was perhaps tougher than most expected, given the team’s record, along with that of a Timberwolves opponent that it was facing. The Thunder came to…

  17. Timberwolves release Josh Howard due to knee injury

    Dec 20, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Josh Howard

    Oh, the basketball gods can be cruel with their irony. Minnesota sighed Josh Howard in mid-November because they were shorthanded with injuries (Kevin Love’s hand, Ricky Rubio’s knee, Chase Budinger’s knee, Brandon Roy’s knees, J.J. Barea’s foot, and Nikola Pekovic’s ankle. But just as they started to get those guys back, Howard suffered a torn…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Serge Ibaka is to be feared as Thunder beat Spurs

    Dec 18, 2012, 3:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while thinking “if you’re going to play Santa make sure you fit down the chimney”…. Rockets 109, Knicks 96: Jeremy Lin was back in New York and he doesn’t just play well at Madison Square Garden when Carmelo Anthony is out,…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pierce, Rondo lead Celtics to win

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Sandy relief concert and thinking the Who looked really old… Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2OT): This game was fun. It entertained. Oh, no it wasn’t pretty at all — Dallas had 27 turnovers — but it had its…

  20. 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…

  21. Wednesday And-1 links: David Stern broke the huddle at Saints Practice

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    David Stern Saints practice

    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. • David Stern broke the huddle with the Saints in New Orleans. We’re not…

  22. Video: Kevin Love’s smooth jazz to get you to donate coats

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    This is the fifth year Kevin Love has been part of a coat drive in Minnesota to help the less fortunate and…. well, he’s never done a PSA quite like that one. Smooth Jazz (which is one of the great evils of society, if you want jazz go listen go put in “Birth of the…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Sixers get win despite Vince Carter heroics

    Nov 28, 2012, 4:30 AM EDT

    Dorell Wright, Shawn Marion

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching a Christmas lights show timed out to “Gangnam Style”… Pacers 79, Lakers 77: Sometimes you watch a game and think neither team deserves to win it. That was this game. It was ugly. But despite 40 from Kobe Bryant…

  24. 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…

  25. Harrison Barnes destroys Nikola Pekovic with the vicious slam dunk (VIDEO)

    Nov 25, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    You know this dunk from Harrison barnes on Nikola Pekovic is insane for a couple of reasons. One, your eyes just tell you so. Barnes cutting full speed to the basket, and David Lee hitting him in stride perfectly with the no-look pass before Barnes elevates and detonates (shout out to Tom Leander) on Pekovic…

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