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  1. Alonzo Mourning misses old school, physical NBA. But hey, it’s marketing.

    Dec 4, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Miami Heat

    It was a different NBA in a lot of ways when Alonzo Mourning suited up. It was a more physical game — you could put a hand on a guy out on the perimeter or body him up inside in a way that draws a whistle now. That physical play led to emotional outbursts —…

  2. Video: Byron Mullens with the Dunk of the Year? Let’s all go home.

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Remember when And-1 mixtapes ruled the world? Those were good times. If someone got dunked on in one of those games — I’m talking really embarrassed — they would yank the poor sucker off the court and tell him to go home. Sometimes they would just end the game, let the crowd rush the court,…

  3. 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…

  4. Trade talk for Anderson Varejao expected to heat up

    Dec 2, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Image (1) varejao-thumb-250x218-21449.jpg for post 4424

    The Cavaliers aren’t exactly having a great season, but if nothing else they play hard just about every time out under head coach Byron Scott. Once Kyrie Irving returns from injury things should improve a bit, but even in his absence, Anderson Varejao is making an impact in every one of his court appearances. Varejao…

  5. Russell Westbrook had a statistical performance for the ages in win over Jazz

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    Russell Westbrook is a divisive player among fans, mainly because he sometimes takes on too much of the offensive burden when he has one of the game’s greatest pure scorers in Kevin Durant usually playing right along side him. There’s no doubting Westbrook’s athleticism and talent, however, and he put up a statistical line that…

  6. 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…

  7. James Harden welcomed back to OKC with rejections from Ibaka and Westbrook (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    It was a rough night for James Harden and the Rockets on Wednesday, where the Thunder’s former Sixth Man of the Year wasn’t able to do much of anything against his former teammates. The Thunder brought the pain early with these two blocks from Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka that occurred midway through the first…

  8. Gerald Wallace gets flopping warning for move on ‘Melo

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    Yup, that’s a flop. Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace was trying to get back into the play and harass Carmelo Anthony, Wallace made contact and Anthony used his elbow to create some space, but the Wallace sold it like he was going for an Oscar nomination. This is Wallace’s first warning. There is no fine, unless he…

  9. Hasheem Thabeet’s strange ejection, then reversal by refs

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden, Omer Asik

    Hasheem Thabeet was taking part in the block party the Thunder were bringing to James Harden on Wednesday night (Russell Westbrook had the best Harden block with Serge Ibaka a close second. But in the second quarter, when Thabeet had blocked consecutive Harden shots, the two jawed a bit. And referee Marc Davis was there.…

  10. Three Stars of the Night: Return of the Stack

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:52 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Mark Morrison is not one of our Three Stars of the Night, mainly because he does not play professional basketball. For those unfortunate souls who are unfamiliar, Morrison is a singer who made a name for himself way back in 1996 with the hit single “Return of the Mack.” While Mark Morrison and that awesome…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets beat Celtics with TKO

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching a guy do a backflip on a surfboard…. Thunder 120, Rockets 98: Welcome back to Oklahoma City James Harden. After a warm reception from the crowd Harden was 3-of-16 shooting and struggled to defend Kevin Durant (who doesn’t?). And…

  12. Thunder have no problem with Rockets in James Harden’s return to OKC

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    James Harden returned to Oklahoma City as a member of the the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, his first time doing so since the Thunder traded him out of town due to a failure to agree on a contract extension prior to the start of the season. While the fans gave Harden a warm welcome during…

  13. James Harden says playing Thunder will be ‘just another game’

    Nov 28, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    The Rockets will play the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, which will mark the first time that James Harden will lace ’em up against the team he couldn’t come to terms with on a contract extension shortly before the start of the season. As a result, OKC traded Harden to Houston, where he’s been…

  14. LeBron James back on top, King of NBA jersey sales again

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures during a free throw in the second quarter of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    The deepest of LeBron James haters didn’t want to hear it but we were telling you this from the day after the decision — win a ring and the public perception of him would change. He’s got a ring, a gold medal from London, he was the NBA regular season and finals MVP — and…

  15. Tuesday And-1 links: Dwight Howard not that influential. Apparently.

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    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. • Dwight Howard and James Dolan — congratulations! You made GQ’s list of least…

  16. Video: Russell Westbrook’s huge dunk on the Bobcats

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    It must have felt like this for most of the night for the Thunder — one quick move and it was a wide-open path to the basket. The result in this case, right before the half, was a monster dunk by Russell Westbrook made it a 40-point Thunder lead at the break. The Bobcats, who…

  17. Thunder 114, Bobcats 69: Breaking it down by the numbers

    Nov 27, 2012, 2:18 AM EDT

    Ramon Sessions, Jeff Taylor, Byron Mullens

    The Charlotte Bobcats were historically bad last season — the team with the worst winning percentage in the history of the NBA. They were 7-59. And their performance Monday night in a 114-69 loss to the Thunder may have been their worst game yet. Which seems out of place for a Bobcats team that is…

  18. Video: Rockets Patterson latest warned for flopping (and he did)

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    PATTERSON_PATRICK

    Patrick Patterson of the Houston Rockets, come on down — you’re the next contestant in the “NBA league office has warned you for flopping.” And rightfully so, watch the play above. He anticipates the contact with Tyson Chandler but that contact never happens and Patterson still hits the deck. That is a vintage flop, the…

  19. Reminder: Jeremy Lin likely to be voted in as an All-Star starter

    Nov 25, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Knicks Lin talks during a new conference before the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    This is not exactly breaking news, because (A) it hasn’t actually happened yet, and (B) it’s been widely speculated about since last season. But it is worth reminding you about nonetheless. When the NBA’s All-Star festivities descend on Houston in February, Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is more than likely to appear in the mid-season…

  20. Kendrick Perkins wants to guard Rajon Rondo when Thunder face the Celtics

    Nov 23, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    Plenty of story lines are in play when the Thunder face the Celtics, as they will Friday night in Boston, due to the 2010 deal between the two teams that saw Kendrick Perkins and Jeff Green trade places. Both players were thought at the time to be untouchable members of each team’s core, with Perkins…

  21. Jeff Green finally to face former team… and he yawns

    Nov 23, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Jeff Green, Al Jefferson

    Last January, when Kendrick Perkins faced the Celtics for the first time since they traded him away, Jeff Green was home. Recovering from heart surgery, which was a pretty good excuse to skip the game. But that changes Friday when Green takes on the team that moved him in a still-controversial 2010 deadline deal when…

  22. Kevin Durant hits courtside fan with a pass, kisses her to apologize (VIDEO)

    Nov 22, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant is nothing short of a killer on the basketball court, as evidenced by his 35-point effort which helped his team to an overtime win over one of the league’s top teams. But he was able to showcase his softer side at the same time. With just over seven minutes to play in the…

  23. 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…

  24. Thunder 117, Clippers 111: A Chris Paul survival guide

    Nov 22, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Chris Paul is terrifying, and he knows it. Paul doesn’t score just to score — he does it to establish the threat. When you’re 6-foot-nothing in a league filled with giants, you manipulate instead of overwhelm. Paul can have 6 points and it will feel like he’s dominating, just because he made his shadow look…

  25. Zach Randolph explains confrontation with Kendrick Perkins

    Nov 21, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    Zach Randolph was fined $25K for his role in a locker room area confrontation with Kendrick Perkins, after the two were ejected for on-court jawing during the Grizzlies win over the Thunder last week. Details of the incident were initially vague, but Randolph cleared them up a little bit in a radio interview on the…

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