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  1. USA plays one good half, that’s enough to beat Argentina handily

    Aug 6, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    If the USA can play the next four games like they played the second half against Argentina, they will cruise to a gold medal. Let’s just forget about the six quarters before that, shall we? After a sloppy first half of the defensive end and a lot of three point shots, Team USA got it…

  2. Monday And-1 links: Photographic evidence of Celtics changes

    Aug 6, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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    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 like Alex Morgan loves headers. • How much have the Celtics changed the roster?…

  3. J.R. Smith sounds like blog commenter, says Knicks are contenders

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    There are some very thoughtful, basketball smart Knicks fans out there. As a whole they know the game. And then there are the Knicks fans who vastly overestimate how good their team really is and think the franchise is still thought of like it’s 1972. Apparently, J.R. Smith falls in the later group. The Knicks…

  4. Kobe Bryant says again he could finish career in Europe

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    US basketball player Kobe Bryant reacts

    This is not a new refrain, but it doesn’t make it any more likely. Kobe Bryant has said again he might choose to end his career with a couple years in Europe after the NBA. This time he said it to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports while both were in London for the Olympics. “It…

  5. USA’s defense, outside shooting needs to return vs. Argentina

    Aug 6, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    US forward LeBron James (L), guard Kobe

    Argentina is in some way a better version of the Lithuanian team that gave the USA trouble on Saturday — more talented but with that same experienced veteran savvy that exposed the American’s mistakes. But that’s really what Monday is about — has the USA learned from its mistakes as it heads to the medal…

  6. Kevin Garnett blocked from purchase of minority ownership in European soccer club

    Aug 5, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    LeBron James can, but Kevin Garnett can’t. And there are good reasons why not. KG wanted to buy a share in AS Roma, but the Boston Globe reports that Garnett was blocked from that bid. LeBron James is a minority owner in a club as well. The reason why one was legal and one was…

  7. How Darius Songaila’s play in the Olympics is a bad sign for the Raptors

    Aug 4, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    In Saturday’s Team USA squeaker against Lithuania, fringe NBA player (who hasn’t been in the league for a year) played nearly 18 minutes, particularly down the stretch. Raptors lottery pick and presumed starting center next season, Jonas Valanciunas, played just eight. It’s yet another game where Valanciunas has struggled to see floor time and struggled…

  8. Lithuania gives USA a real test, but LeBron passes it in 99-94 win

    Aug 4, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    James of the U.S. goes in for a lay-up past Lithuania's Kleiza during their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    There is a script for beating the USA, we talked about it before the Olympics: Pack the paint on defense and hope they miss threes, play good transition defense, don’t turn the ball over, and have a hot shooting night yourself. Lithuania did almost all of that, playing their best game of the Olympics by…

  9. Who is left in free agency? Here’s a list of the key names.

    Aug 3, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    We have made it through the bulk of free agency. Fans are always looking for the next, best thing, the guy who can come in and make a difference. It’s now August and time to be honest — any guy who can really help your team has already been picked up. There are a few…

  10. Harden says he was not crossed-over against Nigeria. You decide.

    Aug 3, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    During the often otherwise almost unwatchable Team USA demolition of Nigeria on Thursday, this happened: James Harden got crossed. Broken ankles. Call it whatever you want. Except Harden wouldn’t call it that at all. Trey Kirby of The Basketball Jones monitors players twitter accounts (so you don’t have to) and he found this exchange between…

  11. The Inbounds: Saint Anthony and America’s war on isolation

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Today, a bonus segment. So Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in an Olympic basketball game Thursday, and based on probability,…

  12. Should Team USA have eased up on Nigeria? Coach K says they did.

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:42 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    Already up 57 points entering the fourth quarter Thursday, Team USA beat Nigeria 37-11 in the final frame. They were knocking down threes, creating turnovers and continuing to put up points. When the historic beatdown had finished and the USA won by 83, some were calling it poor sportsmanship — they say the USA tried…

  13. USA 156, Nigeria 73: Is that enough of a rout for you?

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski said after Tuesday’s game he was not trying to send a message to his players. He said that he didn’t mass substitute in the second unit then start the bench guys in the second half of the win over Tunisia as a message to USA starters after a lackadaisical opening few…

  14. Preview: Nigeria next very small bump in the road for USA

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    Ike Diogu of Nigeria celebrates after de

    Nigeria — Team USA’s opponent in the late game Thursday — is better than Tunisia, the USA’s last opponent. Barely. Nigeria beat Tunisia by four points. Vegas odds makers have the USA as 42 point favorites, which is closer than predicted against Tunisia (it was a 54 points spread, a number the Tunisians covered). The…

  15. Orlando’s blueprint comes straight from San Antonio

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT

    Jacque Vaughn, Rob Hennigan

    One of the questions around the league right now is: “What exactly is Orlando trying to do?” As they wait out the Dwight Howard trade situation, others wonder whether they want someone like Andrew Bynum to build around, do they just want to dump bad contracts, or would they rather get some young players and…

  16. The Inbounds: Team USA and an outlet pass to the future of superstar team-ups

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    Just kidding. I’m not actually going to give you the top five possible superstar teamups from these Olympics. No slideshows or top ten lists, though I have written those before and they serve a purpose. But I did want to write about that dynamic, where it comes from, and what it means. In Team USA’s…

  17. Winderman: Despite Dwightmare, we’ve reached NBA slow season

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    In a non-Dwight year, this is when it tends to stop, in August. As an NBA executive recently explained, there tend to be four stages to the offseason when it comes to personnel moves: — The start of the free-agency period and the resulting immediate frenzy. — The period shortly thereafter when offer sheets are…

  18. Yes, you did see a Tunisian player ask for Kobe’s autograph

    Aug 1, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Bryant of the U.S. gives a thumbs-up to Tunisia's Rzig after their game at the men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    After the game Tuesday came the moment this 2012 Team USA felt like the original Dream Team. Following the USA’s crushing Tunisia, in the handshake line Tunisian forward Mohamed Hadidane (who scored 11 points in the game) took off his shoe and handed it to Kobe Bryant with a sharpie and asked for his autograph.…

  19. Nicolas Batum thinks a few teams could beat Team USA

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    US forward LeBron James (L) challenges F

    It’s not going to happen this week. Tunisia and Nigeria are no threat to the United States, and while they have some talent Lithuania really isn’t either. But next week against Argentina then moving into the medal round play things are going to get serious for Team USA. They need to start playing better because…

  20. LeBron James wants Kevin Durant to shoot the rock more

    Jul 30, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Kevin Durant led Team USA with 22 points against France on Sunday, and you can look for that trend to continue. He is the best pure shooter and scorer on Team USA (frankly, the best in the world), his role on this team is to score. And LeBron James wants him doing more of it.…

  21. Olympics Day 1 roundup: Argentina picks up key victory

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    Argentinian guard Emanuel Ginobili (2dR)

    We’ve broken down the USA win over France a few ways now, but there were five other games in the Olympics on Sunday. And we know you didn’t watch all of them because you were entranced by beach volleyball. We get that. To help you out, here is a recap of the rest of the…

  22. Video: LeBron’s insane 50-foot, thread-the-needle bounce pass

    Jul 29, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    It was just the first quarter of the third game of the first day of the London Olympics, and I feel safe saying you are not going to see a better pass than this. Tyson Chandler rebounds the miss, makes a quick pass out to LeBron, who is the only person on earth who could…

  23. Magic says Kobe and LeBron would make the Dream Team

    Jul 29, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    As interesting uninteresting kill-me-now painful as the discussion over whether the 2012 team could beat the Dream Team has been, Magic Johnson gave an interesting answer Saturday on who would make the Dream Team from this year’s squad. From the L.A. Times: “You have to say Kobe would definitely make it,” Johnson said. “He’s unbelievable.…

  24. Team USA: Three problems shown in the France blowout

    Jul 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    “Problems” are kind of a relative term for Team USA, at least in group play. Talent’s going to carry them pretty far in the opening rounds of Olympic play. But we’re always able to get better. So here are three problems that showed up in Team USA’s win over France. 1. Shooting is going to…

  25. USA Basketball: Kevin Love burns the doghouse down and Team USA shows its depth

    Jul 29, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    Kevin Love has been under fire the past two weeks. He struggled in exhibition play, and his role on Team USA was questioned. He was supposed to be the other big to help Team USA with a roster that has almost no size. There was talk of him slipping out of the rotation almost entirely.…

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