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  1. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Durant powers Thunder to top slot

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    No Russell Westbrook yet Kevin Durant has pushed the Thunder to the top of the West and the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Still strange to see the Celtics and Lakers near the bottom of the poll, but it’s where they belong this season.   1. Thunder (35-10, LW 4). Kevin Durant is making…

  2. Steven Adams exactly the player, personality Oklahoma City Thunder need him to be

    Jan 27, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    BOSTON – Steven Adams arrived at Notre Dame Prep, as his first American coach put it, “with a guitar and a knapsack.” Ryan Hurd, who coaches the Massachusetts basketball powerhouse, knew his team needed a center, and the highly touted Adams certainly was one. Otherwise, Hurd didn’t know what to expect from Adams, a mid-year…

  3. Anthony Davis was blocking threes, throwing down dunks vs. Magic (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 9:53 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New Orleans Pelicans

    Anthony Davis put up a huge stat line Sunday night — 22 points, 19 rebounds and 7 blocks. But watch him do it and it’s more impressive. A couple of those blocks were three pointers where he rotated out and because of his length closed on the shooter so fast they got shut down on…

  4. ProBasketballTalk’s mid-season awards: Durant for MVP, Carter-Williams for ROY

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    We are at the NBA’s mid-season — it takes that long to really start to get a line on the NBA’s award season. Guys get hot early then fade, and you can bet some guys will make a push the second half of the season (remember J.R. Smith for Sixth Man of the Year last…

  5. The Extra Pass: Kobe’s thoughts on Carmelo Anthony to L.A. speculation, plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    by Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – When Carmelo Anthony scored a jaw-dropping 62 points in a win over the Bobcats on Friday, he didn’t just set a Knicks franchise record. He took something that belonged to Kobe Bryant. The Madison Square Garden arena record, since the building opened its fourth incarnation in 1968, was set…

  6. Anthony Davis was throwing it down on Glen Davis, Orlando (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 12:51 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New Orleans Pelicans

    Anthony Davis was making his “Hey, I should be an All-Star” case on Sunday when he threw down 22 points, grabbed 19 boards (a career best) and blocked seven shots against the Magic. Oh, and he had a couple big dunks. The first one is nice, but the second one all over Glen Davis is…

  7. Defending dunk-contest champion Terrence Ross names his desired challengers: Tony Mitchell, Andre Drummond and Victor Oladipo

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Toronto Raptors

    If Paul George can stump for his desired dunk-contest field – even if he likely has no real intention of participating – the event’s defending champion should have a say, too. The man who can do this probably knows a little something about dunking: So, Terrence Ross, who should join you in the dunk contest…

  8. Josh Smith on pace for worst 3-point-shooting season in NBA history, but only because he’s playing smarter

    Jan 24, 2014, 3:57 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons  v Indiana Pacers

    Josh Smith is on pace for the worst 3-point-shooting season in NBA history. That was the case recently made by Sean Corp of Detroit Bad Boys and backed by Kyle Wagner of Deadspin. There are varying potential cutoffs, but here’s how it stacks up: In NBA history, players have attempted at least 200 3-pointers in…

  9. We know the starters, so who should be the All-Star reserves?

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Your job is done fans. You picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. Well done. Now the job of picking the reserves falls to the NBA’s coaches. Well, really whoever the coaches delegate the job to — an assistant coach, the video coordinator, the equipment manager, someone working the beer concession line — but the coach…

  10. The Extra Pass: Ranking all 28 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team candidatles

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some names leaked yesterday for inclusion on the 2014-16 USA Basketball men’s national-team roster – the pool of players who will be considered for upcoming international events. That includes the World Cup of Basketball this summer, possibly 2015 Olympic qualifiers  – and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Stein of ESPN beat today’s official announcement with…

  11. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  12. Mario Chalmers warned for flopping by league (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    The Heat were about to lose to the Hawks on Monday when LeBron James tried to make the final seconds interesting with a three, which missed. What the league noticed on that play was Mario Chalmers, who comes down the left side and tries to get into rebounding position, gets legitimately bumped from behind, and…

  13. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At season midway Pacers, Portland on top (not exactly Stern’s dream finals)

    Jan 20, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    We’re at the midway point in the NBA season and the Indiana Pacers sit on top of the ProBasketballTalk NBA power rankings — we knew they’d be good but they have been better in the regular season than expected. Portland is second, and that is a surprise, but also a team on a win streak.…

  14. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Western Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After selecting the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves on Friday, it’s time to tackle the Western Conference. Once again, we’ll defer to the last ballot returns for our starters, which are decided solely by fan vote. Here’s the projected Western Conference starters: West Starters (Fan Vote) Backcourt: Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin We’ll…

  15. Jameer Nelson after being fined for obscene gesture: ‘I’ll do it again’

    Jan 18, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    The NBA views what Jameer Nelson did in celebration of hitting a big shot against the Bulls earlier this week as an “obscene gesture,” and routinely fines players who continue to rejoice in this way. We all know it as the “big balls dance,” made famous by Sam Cassell. Nelson was slapped with a $15,000…

  16. Victor Oladipo with the powerful fast break slam over Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:17 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    Victor Oladipo has shown a flair for dunking in this, his rookie season with the Orlando Magic. He got loose once again on Friday, exhibiting both speed and power when finishing a fast break slam over the Bobats’ Gerald Henderson. Veterans and players that have achieved a certain level of star status tend not to…

  17. Jameer Nelson on Victor Oladipo: ‘He’s faster than a hiccup’

    Jan 17, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Victor Oladipo is a lot of fun. Everywhere he’s gone, his teammates love playing with him, and it’s easy to see why. He’s an explosive athlete who plays with a ton of passion – an awesome combination. The Orlando Magic are 10-29 as we reach the time of year when bad teams fall into ruts.…

  18. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Eastern Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The 2013-14 All-Star game in New Orleans is still 30 days away, but the starters will be announced January 23rd and the reserves will follow on January 30th. There’s only a few days of voting left, and since I’m not good with hashtags or 140 character limits or following directions, I thought I’d put my…

  19. Lance Stephenson’s career-high 28 points lead Pacers to blowout win over Knicks

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers will almost certainly have two players representing their team at All-Star weekend in New Orleans in Paul George and Roy Hibbert, with George likely to be voted in as a starter by the fans, and Hibbert likely to be selected as a reserve by the Eastern Conference coaches. It’s also possible that the…

  20. Magic’s Jameer Nelson fined $15,000 for doing “Sam Cassell Dance”

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

    Chicago at Orlando

    You can call it the “Sam Cassell Dance” (which is my preferred moniker). You can call it the “big balls dance.” You can call it the “Pedro Sorano Dance” from Major League II and you’d be right about the origin of it. Whatever you call it, you can’t do it in the NBA. Orlando’s Jameer…

  21. The Extra Pass: Vince Carter had a front row seat for the “Miracle on Hudson” plane crash

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    US Airways Passenger Jet Crashes Into Hudson River By NYC

    LOS ANGELES — “They have to be shooting a movie or something.” That was Vince Carter’s first thought. Five years ago yesterday, the morning of Jan. 15, 2009, Carter woke up in the bedroom of his home in Edgewater New Jersey, and was lazily sitting on his bed just looking out the window of his…

  22. Wednesday night NBA grades: Greg Oden is back — that is a story worth celebrating

    Jan 16, 2014, 1:57 AM EDT

    Miami Heat vs Washington Wizards

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering what kind of Little League coach sues one of his 14-year-old players… Greg Oden, Miami Heat. He made it back, and that is the story. Tonight he had six points on 2-of-3 shooting in 8:24 on the court — what matters is that…

  23. Lance Stephenson’s alter ego “Sir Lancelot” wants you to vote for his man for All-Star Game (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Sir Lancelot is emphatic. If nothing else. A lot of players have gone to the Web with attempts at viral videos to get you to vote for them for the All-Star Game (Ty Lawson in Denver was the latest) but most are about as funny as Carrot Top. Lance Stephenson hit it out of the…

  24. PBT NBA Power Rankings: New York teams rising but Pacers on top still

    Jan 13, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    Here are the weekly PBT power rankings, with some improving teams out of New York. For you fans in Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minnesota and Memphis — teams with dreams of the Western Conference playoffs — know that the pace right now is 47-48 wins just to get the 8 seed. Plan accordingly.   1. Pacers…

  25. Hedo Turkoglu impresses Doc Rivers in workout for Clippers

    Jan 11, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Hedo Turkoglu wasn’t a part of the futre in Orlando, and as a result, the Magic let him know that before the season began and allowed him to remain away from the team until he was either dealt or waived. When no one was willing to offer anything in trade for Turkoglu, the Magic decided…

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