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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron beats Cleveland. Yawn.

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward James watches a replay of his score with teammate Miller against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while learning to play a-ha on the accordion…. Heat 107, Cavaliers 91: As has been their pattern, this is another game where the Heat played down to the level of the competition. At least for three quarters — in the fourth the Heat cranked up the defense and that was enough to…

  2. League admits Aldridge goaltend call on Durant was wrong

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:42 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Portland should have had the win. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge looked like he’d made the defensive play of the game, blocking a Kevin Durant layup on the last play of regulation, but then Scott Foster, the referee out near half court, called goaltending. Tie game, 103-103, and the Thunder went on to win in overtime. Tuesday…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links: Want to watch Gilbert Arenas workout?

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:14 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Here is our daily 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). Gilbert Arenas is going to conduct an open workout in Los Angeles this week so teams can come and decide for themselves if he’s got…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jeremy Lin is king of New York

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin Knicks

    What you missed while thinking that even though you didn’t love Madonna’s halftime show at the Super Bowl, it was better than the Black Eyed Peas doing Tron or whatever it was the year before…. 76ers 95, Lakers 90: It was the Kobe Bryant and Lou Williams show, and it was our game of the…

  5. Dirk Nowitzki says he shouldn’t be an All-Star this year

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:08 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The fans wanted to see Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant as the Western Conference All-Star starters. (Durant is a gimme, but we can debate later if Griffin should really start.) That leaves it to the coaches to pick the two or three forwards on the bench out of Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Paul…

  6. Why you shouldn’t expect LeBron to do the Dunk Contest

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:14 PM EST

    LeBron James

    In what is an annual tradition rivaling Meryl Streep getting an Oscar nomination or the Grammys being a disappointment, LeBron James is flirting with the All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest. He says he’s on the fence this year. He’s not going to do it. You know it. I know it. LeBron may be toying with the…

  7. Greg Oden to have another knee surgery. Ugh.

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:56 PM EST

    Greg Oden

    This is not something you should gloat about, this is not a time for “I told you so.” This is a sad addendum to a long story. Greg Oden is going to have another operation on his knee, the team has announced. This one is to “remove debris” from his right knee (which was the…

  8. Friday And-1 links: Even the Mavs realize OKC is very good

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:25 AM EST

    Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Here is our daily 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). Dallas’ Jason Terry says what we all already knew: Oklahoma City is the team to beat in the West. Lou Williams and the art of…

  9. PBT’s All-Star reserves — no Celtics, no Mavs, no apologies

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:56 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    This is the hard part. And the fun part. Picking the NBA All-Star game reserves. The voters picked the starting five from each team, but picking the reserves is a balancing act of rewarding good players and making sure the teams doing well get represented. You can’t make this omelet without breaking some eggs, and…

  10. Kobe, LeBron, Howard lead NBA All-Star starters

    Feb 2, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    Well fans, you got the game you wanted. And it should be a good one (as defenseless exhibitions go). Good on ya. The NBA has announced the starters for the All-Star game, as voted in by the fans. Usually there are a painful choice or two, but this year it’s a solid group. We can…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Sixers are legit

    Feb 2, 2012, 5:52 AM EST

    iguodala

    What you missed while rock climbing with your 2-year-old strapped to your back… Sixers 98, Bulls 82: The 76ers are legit. That fast start wasn’t the soft schedule, they are a quality squad. Good ball movement will beat even the best defense, and that’s what the story was here. They have balance — five guys…

  12. Pau Gasol says players saying he’s soft just talking, jealous

    Feb 1, 2012, 7:02 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    When at the end of the Lakers win over the Clippers last week Pau Gasol reached out and rubbed Chris Paul’s head and Paul took offense, he turns at one point to Kobe and says, “he’s soft.” Gasol has been hearing the soft thing since before he was drafted. From coaches, players (Kendrick Perkins, Amare…

  13. Kevin Durant calls monster Griffin dunk “a layup”

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    Blake Griffin Clippers Thunder

    Kevin Durant was not very talkative after his Thunder squad got their heads handed to them by the Clippers Monday night. Not surprisingly. The entire Thunder team was frustrated. After the game a reporter asked Durant if he got a good look at that Blake Griffin’s monster dunk over Kendrick Perkins. He responded, “I don’t…

  14. Video: Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki go “BIG”

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    It’s not an all-time favorite, but I am kind of liking the NBA’s new “BIG” advertising campaign. So, here are the two latest ads, featuring Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant. Enjoy. You’ll probably see these a lot as commercials during games in the coming weeks.  

  15. Tuesday And-1 links: Judge tells Allen Iverson to pay up

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Allen Iverson

    Here is our daily 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). A judge has reached into Allen Iverson’s bank account to pay a jewelry store where Iverson bought more than $300,000 in bling but never paid…

  16. Video: Which was better, Griffin’s Mozgov or Perkins dunk?

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

    griffin_dunk

    They have similarities. Both came off a wing pick-and-roll where the defense went with the point guard. Both were over a tall man wearing blue. But which was better, Blake Griffin‘s dunk over Timofey Mozgov last year or his throwdown over Kendrick Perkins Monday night? I vote Perkins, because he tried to defend it. But…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando with another bad outing

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick

    What you missed while realizing that Homeland Security is monitoring your tweets…. Clippers 112, Thunder 100: There was a lot more to this than just Blake Griffin dunking on Kendrick Perkins, which is why it was our game of the night. Sixers 74, Magic 69: The Magic were just terrible shooting the ball in this…

  18. Kendrick Perkins on Blake Griffin dunk: “It happens.”

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:20 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    For a guy who was all over YouTube and twitter as the latest victim of a monster Blake Griffin dunk, Kendrick Perkins was philosophical after the game. “It happens,” Perkins said in the corner of the Thunder locker room. “A the end of the day if you’re a shot blocker, you’re going to get dunked…

  19. When you mention contenders, consider the Clippers

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:45 AM EST

    Blake Griffin Clippers Thunder

    Sunday night, the Clippers went into the thin air of Denver and knocked off the Nuggets, the deepest and most steady team in the West (with the second best record in the conference). Monday night they faced a rested Oklahoma City Thunder team and ran the team to best in the West out of the…

  20. Video: Dunk of the year, Blake Griffin destroys Perkins

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:20 AM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    In a season plus of insane Blake Griffin highlights, what he did to Kendrick Perkins of the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night may be the baddest a– of them all. This was better than the dunk over Timofey Mozgov. First, because Perkins went up and tried to contest it. Second, because it is Kendrick Perkins,…

  21. Kendrick Perkins thinks that Westbrook and Rose are similar, Westbrook doesn’t get a fair shake

    Jan 30, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Juan Barea

    From Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears: Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins doesn’t want to hear anything aboutRussell Westbrook’s shot count or his drop in assists or his occasional arguments with Kevin Durant. The only thing Perkins sees in Westbrook is an All-Star point guard who has helped lead the Thunder to the NBA’s best record. “He always gets this label…

  22. Kobe Bryant, Ricky Rubio already started Olympics trash talk

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:07 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    The Lakers were in Minnesota Sunday night as part of their Grammys road trip (the event that kicks them and the Clippers out of Staples Center for a couple of weeks) and that means Spanish friends and teammates Ricky Rubio and Pau Gasol were hanging out talking in the hall after the game. Then Kobe…

  23. Kevin Durant: “Who cares who’s better, Westbrook or me?”

    Jan 28, 2012, 9:27 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Kevin Durant honestly doesn’t get why people think he and Russell Westbrook can’t coexist. They have had some friction, but so has every team that won a title. You think it was a bowl of cherries to practice with Michael Jordan? Durant genuinely could not care less who scores the most points, who gets the…

  24. Eric Gordon says lack of deal with Hornets was “mutual”

    Jan 27, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    The New Orleans Hornets and shooting guard Eric Gordon negotiated but could not reach a deal on an extension to his rookie deal. Reports said he rejected the offer from the Hornets, but Gordon told the Times-Picayune that is not exactly the case. “It wasn’t that I turned down anything, it works both ways,’’ Gordon…

  25. Blake Griffin heads 2012 rookie deal extension class

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:24 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin slam dunks against Memphis Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi of Iran and Dante Cunningham during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook got theirs. Kevin Love got a deal, as did Danilo Gallinari. Eric Gordon and Brook Lopez did not. And nobody seriously considered giving Michael Beasley one. It’s the first extension to the rookie contract — the first chance for NBA players to make serious, serious money. But as we saw…

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