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  1. James Harden’s career-high 45 leads Rockets to 2-0 start

    Nov 3, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    NBA: Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons

    If James Harden continues to play like he’s played in his first two games with the Rockets, the trade that brought him to Houston may eventually be seen as one of the most one-sided in NBA history. It’s early, of course, and finances were the motivation in Oklahoma City, where Harden didn’t (and wouldn’t) have…

  2. Three Stars of the Night: Upset Edition

    Nov 3, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Scott Brooks

    So, who had the Bobcats, Magic, Bucks and Knicks all winning tonight? Of course you did. There were lots of upsets around the league, but who are the PBT Three Stars of the Night? Who is hanging out with Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan in the record books? And where in the world is Carmen…

  3. Manu Ginobili very close to making his season debut

    Nov 2, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Ty Lawson

    After Tony Parker’s clutch basket led to a thrilling victory over one of the west’s elite powers, the Spurs are again showing they will be a team to be reckoned with this season. It’s scary to think, then, that the Spurs are about to get even better but that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Manu…

  4. Video: Tim Duncan blocks Kevin Durant going to rim

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    Go ahead, call Tim Duncan old. He’s not 25-year-old Tim Duncan anymore, but he is still one of the best forwards to ever play the game — and he can still play it. He can still get up and send your weak stuff back. Don’t ask me, ask Kevin Durant. Hat tip to SLAM.

  5. Amir Johnson wore shoes with Amir Johnson’s face on them

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

    amir johnson face shoes

    Half the league (or more) wear shoes with Michael Jordan’s silhouette on them. A handful of guys have their own signature shoes to lace up. Then there is Toronto’s Amir Johnson, who took the floor in the opener wearing custom Nike’s with his own face on them (hat tip to The Basketball Jones for noticing…

  6. Tony Parker’s clutch buckets late help Spurs take down the Thunder

    Nov 2, 2012, 1:23 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Serge Ibaka

    This was a game the Thunder could have won, and watching how the last few possessions played out, it’s one the Thunder should have won. But in the end, San Antonio had the execution that Oklahoma City did not, and the Spurs came away with a buzzer-beating 86-84 win over the Thunder to give them…

  7. NBC SportsTalk: Rockets happy with Harden, but are they a playoff team?

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    James Harden

    The Rockets looked like the big winners in the James Harden deal after opening night, where Harden poured in 37 points and 12 assists in leading Houston to a win over the Pistons. But let’s not get too carried away just yet. Harden definitely had something to prove in his first career opening night start,…

  8. Michael Jordan called the Thunder about trading for James Harden, and other interesting tales

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    In a wide-ranging interview with Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Michael Jordan said a lot of things that may be of interest to fans of both the Bobcats and the NBA alike. One of the more interesting notes to fans of the league in general was the fact that Jordan said he “made some…

  9. Kevin Durant plans to open restaurant in Oklahoma City

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant restaurant

    Kevin Durant, baller. Rapper. Actor. Restaurateur? Yes, restaurateur. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority has approved plans for a KD restaurant in the Bricktown area of downtown OKC, near the canal, reports KOCO TV (hat tip to Sports Illustrated). It’s going to be right near Toby Keith’s restaurant. Beyond the Buzzer had more details and…

  10. Winderman: Trying to make sense of rookie contract extensions

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    On many levels it makes sense that the NBA’s deadline for rookie-scale extensions is Oct. 31. Because while there are many treats (for the players involved), there also can be more than a few tricks (down the road when it comes to teams’ salary caps and luxury taxes). James Harden? He deserved as much as…

  11. What does Oklahoma City look like without James Harden?

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Getting hit with the cold truth hurts. Getting hit with it 37 times? Ask a Thunder fan how that feels. Here’s the truth, and it has been evident long before last night’s coming out party: James Harden is a star in this league. And no matter how you try to rationalize trading Harden while competing…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers defense sucks, too

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:13 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Jodie Meeks

    Our nightly recap of every gamegaround the NBA. It’s what you missed while buying dive bar T-shirts…. Trail Blazers 116, Lakers 106: In the season opener, Dallas scored at a 108.7 points per 100 possessions pace on the Lakers (for comparison, only five teams in the NBA averaged giving up more points per 100 last…

  13. Three Stars of the Night: Two stars are born, and another just changes systems

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    Hornets' Davis dunks the ball over Spurs' Duncan during the second half of  their NBA basketball in New Orleans

    Long live oddly polarizing facial hair! You wear that neckbeard with pride tonight, loyal reader, and come check out the three best individual performances from Wednesday’s great slate of games. Third Star: Anthony Davis – 21 points, 7 rebounds It’s rare for a rookie to just look like he belongs. Usually they have flashes, but…

  14. Fear the Beard II: Harden drops 37 and 12 in Rockets win

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:39 AM EDT

    James Harden

    In case you thought James Harden only looked like he could ball because he was playing next to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook… honestly, if you thought that what guy have you you watching? Harden has been fantastic the last few years. The guy didn’t make the Olympic team because Coach K liked his beard.…

  15. Report: James Harden agrees to 5-year, $80 million deal with Houston

    Oct 31, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    James Harden

    A difference over dollars was the entire reason that the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets, so the news is no surprise, but it has now been confirmed. Harden has agreed to a full max contract extension with the Rockets, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The deal is for five years and $80…

  16. Kevin Garnett tries to explain why he couldn’t shake Ray Allen’s hand

    Oct 31, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

    This is Kevin Garnett’s act — he plays in some 1960s NBA where the players hate the opposing players on and off the court and want nothing to do with them. Fans eat it up because that’s how they feel even though often KG comes off as an a******. Which brings us to last night,…

  17. Where Jeremy Lin called wrong rookie about being traded

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    This would have been a great rookie prank if it were intentional. As you may have heard, the Houston Rockets traded for James Harden this week. We did a post or two on it. As part of the package headed north to Oklahoma City was rookie Jeremy Lamb, a promising prospect out of UConn. Rockets…

  18. A guide for which teams to watch

    Oct 30, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Our ideas of fun may be completely different. Personally, I like to pretend I’m playing Supermarket Sweep in the grocery store, but you may like going out on “dates” or “talking to actual people.” With that said, I can’t in good faith tell you which teams will be fun this year. That’s a decision for…

  19. PBT’s preseason predictions: Yes, expect Heat vs. Lakers final

    Oct 30, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Larry O'Brien trophy

    It’s that time of year again, when we NBA writers make predictions we will wince at in a few months. When you can read our predictions and use those as evidence that we clearly hate your favorite team (pick a team, any team). What follows are the ProBasketballTalk predictions for the 2012-13 season by myself…

  20. Thunder have some adjustments to make with Kevin Martin

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Martin, De Andre Liggins

    For years, Kevin Martin was a player I hoped would land on a bigger stage. He was maybe the most efficient scorer in the NBA, a guy who could shoot the three, had a deceptively good handle and knew how to get to the line. He scored more than 20 points a game for five…

  21. Rockets GM Morey says Harden trade is unprecedented

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:55 AM EDT

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    Daryl Morey is feeling pretty good about himself right now. After striking out going after Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol and just about every other big name who came on the market in the past couple years, he finally made contact. He got James Harden in a trade that shocked the NBA and even shocked…

  22. PBT Power Rankings: Heat start season on top, Bobcats in cellar

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh,Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    It’s that time of year — the PBT’s NBA Power Rankings are back. Power Rankings before a single game is played are admittedly a bit silly, but then again the NBA has playoffs to determine which team is best so really all power rankings are silly and just for the entertainment value. It would take…

  23. Four teams that could head off a Lakers vs. Heat NBA final

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    It’s the consensus of prognosticators (and me as well) — the NBA finals will be the Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. You can already sense David Stern drooling like a Pavlovian dog thinking about the television ratings. What teams could destroy David Stern’s dream? There are four. While we…

  24. Harden reportedly “devastated” by trade. I can think of 25 million reasons he’ll get over it.

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden didn’t want to be traded from the Thunder. He said as much. He was having fun on a contending team that he had kind of grown up in the NBA on. But business is business. Harden earned his right to get paid — the Thunder reportedly offered four years, $52 million (an offer…

  25. Wade “shocked” by Harden trade, still thinks Thunder are best in West

    Oct 29, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Wade jumps to the basket on top of Oklahoma City Thunder Harden during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Everyone was shocked. I mean, a few people had suggested that maybe James Harden could be traded after the season or maybe closer to the deadline in February, but not before the season. Yet it happened. Dwyane Wade was shocked like everyone else. But he doesn’t think the Thunder took much of a step backwards.…

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