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  1. Flip Saunders says he expects Nikola Pekovic to be back with T’Wolves next season

    May 29, 2013, 10:38 PM EST

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic had a breakout year for the Timberwolves, and is a very nice piece to have as a core member of the starting lineup for a team on the rise. New president of basketball operations Flip Saunders intends to keep it that way in Minnesota, and said that even though Pekovic is a restricted…

  2. LeBron, Durant, Kobe headline All NBA First Team

    May 23, 2013, 1:27 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Even before the season tipped off you had a pretty good sense that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul would be All-NBA First Team — they are dominant players at or entering their peak. But Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue to defy father time. The two veterans round out the All NBA Team…

  3. Report: Timberwolves interested in free agent O.J. Mayo

    May 10, 2013, 10:24 AM EST

    O.J. Mayo

    This seems an odd fit on the court and a challenge financially, but we pass it along anyway. Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 tweets he has “heard from multiple angles” that new Minnesota GM Flip Saunders is interested in free agent O.J. Mayo. That would be the same Mayo the Mavericks really didn’t want back…

  4. Harrison Barnes, Dion Waiters threw down huge dunks Monday (VIDEO)

    Apr 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Harrison Barnes, Nando de Colo

    There were a couple of monster dunks on Monday we thought you’d enjoy. Above, that is Harrison Barnes (who we know can throw down) driving and then throwing it down over the Spurs Aron Baynes. I want Barnes to enter the dunk contest next year, then see if he can get some big man to just…

  5. Timberwolves owner says he hasn’t decided if GM Kahn will be back

    Apr 15, 2013, 11:01 AM EST

    davidkahn

    We have taken our fair share of shots at Timberwolves’ GM David Kahn over the years, and he made some bad gambles this year (Brandon Roy), but the disappointment of this season in Minnesota is not on him — injuries to Ricky Rubio (miss half of season after ACL), Kevin Love (broke his hand twice)…

  6. Kevin Love to have knee surgery. His already done season is more done.

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:36 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    If they ever perfect that technology from “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” where you can wipe some memory from your mind, Kevin Love is going to pick the 2012-13 NBA season. In the preseason he broke his hand doing knuckle pushups at his gym. He pushed to get back, played 18 games then on…

  7. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Pacers look good, Clippers…. meh

    Apr 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Roy Hibbert

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering why UFO reports are down…. Pacers 109, Clippers 106:After the Clippers loss over the weekend coach Vinny Del Negro ripped the team for hits energy. He could have said the same thing after this one. Roy Hibbert showed up ready to…

  8. Three Stars of the Night: Roy Hibbert looks good (against Clippers defense)

    Apr 2, 2013, 4:02 AM EST

    Roy Hibbert

    Honorable mention tonight goes to the fans of the Toronto Raptors for the reception they gave Jose Calderon, and to the Rockets Omer Asik who had 22 points and 18 rebounds in a win. Third Star: Rudy Gay (34 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) He put up big numbers and did it shooting efficiently —…

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

    Apr 1, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

    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,…

  10. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Knicks have won five in a row

    Mar 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while imagining playing video games at the urinal…. Mavericks 109, Clippers 102 (OT): Chris Paul did his best to lift the Clippers — 33 points on 15 shots, including scoring the team’s last 10 points in regulation. But it wasn’t enough and he…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Western teams jockey for position behind Heat.

    Mar 18, 2013, 3:26 PM EST

    Kings Heat Basketball

    It’s Miami and then everyone else right now — but notice the next six teams in our weekly power rankings are from the West. That’s because the play of the second tier teams in the East has fallen off (Indiana, New York, Brooklyn) 1. Heat (51-14, last week ranked No. 1). What kind of concerns…

  12. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Clippers dust off what’s left of the Knicks

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Clippers center Jordan dunks the ball uncontested against the Knicks during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while making the case for the 68th team, the one left out of the NCAA Tournament, because they really had a shot to win it all…. Heat 108, Raptors 91: The Heat tied the second longest winning streak in NBA history with this…

  13. Kevin Love’s hand needs another 2-3 weeks to recover

    Mar 13, 2013, 5:01 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love is getting closer to returning — and teasing us for a few weeks with what might have been this season in Minnesota — but he’s not quite there yet. Love had surgery on his hand back in January and it was expected to take 8-10 weeks to recover. It looks like it could…

  14. Wednesday And-1 links: Greg Oden looking at four teams this summer

    Mar 6, 2013, 7:08 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    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. • Greg Oden’s agent Mike Conley Sr. (yes, the father of the Memphis point…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: It’s Miami then everyone else

    Mar 4, 2013, 3:34 PM EST

    Kings Heat Basketball

    Not much change at the top of the rankings this week, the Heat can’t seem to lose (the only real shift was the Clippers jumping the Pacers after beating them). The interesting question going forward is how far will the Spurs tumble without Tony Parker for a month. And if they tumble here, do they…

  16. Once again Lakers GM Kupchak defends Dwight Howard

    Mar 1, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 27, 2013, 8:41 AM EST

    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.…

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

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:41 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 21, 2013, 2:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 26, 2013, 11:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:44 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 18, 2013, 10:36 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    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…

  25. Injuries, defensive woes have Timberwolves playoffs hopes fading

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:15 PM EST

    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…

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