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  1. Three Stars of the Night: Digging the long ball

    Dec 27, 2012, 1:07 AM EST

    James Harden

    How important is the long ball to the modern NBA offense? If the season ended today, four teams would place in the all-time top-40 for best team 3-point percentage – the Spurs, Knicks, Thunder and Heat. The best offensive teams seem to manufacture plenty of looks from behind the arc, and in that spirit, we’re…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nowitzki is back and the Spurs could not care less

    Dec 24, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while starting you Christmas shopping finally…. Spurs 129, Mavericks 91: Dirk Nowitizki is back and… yikes. San Antonio just dominated that game, hitting 20-of-30 three pointers, driving into the lane, basically doing whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. Danny Green led…

  3. Sixers Doug Collins owes a lot of people Big Macs

    Dec 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    Doug Collins

    Fans love the food give-a-ways. “We want ta-cos” chants and people yelling for pizza are the norm. In Philadelphia, the giveaway is Big Macs — if the Sixers win and score 100 points everyone gets a free Big Mac coupon. Which brings us to the video above. Philly has 99 points and is going to…

  4. No real change: Andrew Bynum can increase activity but no return timetable

    Dec 21, 2012, 6:14 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    It’s another non-news update for Andrew Bynum. You think we all would be used to that by now, but Bynum himself had said a new MRI and meeting with a specialist afterwards on Thursday would give some direction to what was next. That update is Bynum can start to increase his activity level, however there…

  5. Jrue Holiday returns, says he will play Friday vs. Atlanta

    Dec 21, 2012, 12:11 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday stretches past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in Game 6

    Jrue Holiday — who has been the focal point of the Philadelphia offense for most of the season — has missed the last four games with a sprained foot. That he’s not totally sure how he got. Nonetheless the result has been four 76ers losses. The good new is he and Evan Turner told media…

  6. Thursday And-1 Links: Steve Nash went through a full practice with Lakers

    Dec 20, 2012, 4:28 PM EST

    Steve Nash

    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. • Steve Nash went through a five-on-five, full contact practice with the Lakers Thursday.…

  7. Is the Lakers biggest problem really Kobe Bryant? No.

    Dec 19, 2012, 8:42 PM EST

    Lakers Bryant reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the 76ers during their NBA game in Philadelphia

    While Steve Nash and Pau Gasol were out, Kobe Bryant has carried the Lakers. He is leading the league with 29.5 points per game, scoring more points per game than he has since before Pau Gasol arrived as a Laker. Back when Kobe had to carry Kwame Brown and Smush Parker (remember they both started).…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Joakim Noah is all the offense Bulls need

    Dec 19, 2012, 3:27 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Noah celebrates basket against Boston Celtics' Terry during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Golden Eagle snatches kid video over and over… Lakers 101, Bobcats 100: Pau Gasol returned but that kind of got overshadowed by the Lakers barely winning a game they were supposed to cruise in. We’ve got all the…

  9. Jrue Holiday likely out, what Sixers really need is free throws

    Dec 18, 2012, 3:37 PM EST

    Jrue Holiday

    After taking some shots at shootaround Tuesday morning, Jrue Holiday told Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com that his injured foot hurt more than it did on Monday morning. That was the morning after he worked out before the Sixers lost to the Lakers. Nothing is official, but draw your own conclusions on him playing Tuesday night…

  10. Video: Watch Kobe rack up points in Philly in “Phantom” slo-mo

    Dec 17, 2012, 8:49 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Among the cool things they do at the NBA’s official YouTube site is to put together “Phantom” videos of certain nights or plays — slow motion shots with music. Seeing what Kobe does in slow motion can be amazing. Kids at home, you watch his footwork, that’s what you should mimic. The rest of us…

  11. Monday And-1 Links: Should the Rockets send Jeremy Lin to the bench?

    Dec 17, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    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. • Should the Houston rockets bring Jeremy Lin off the bench? What has been…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Right now, Clippers are second best in West

    Dec 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin and Chris Paul run off the bench to celebrate a basket against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    What we see in December is not always a great predictor of what we see in the playoffs, but the Clippers look very good lately. Better than their more talked about roommate in Los Angeles. 1. Thunder (19-4, Last week ranked No. 1). They are the winners of 10 in a row. I still think…

  13. Quote of the Day: Like all of us, Kobe is confused by Bynum’s hair

    Dec 17, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum hair

    “I don’t know what he’s doing with that perm.” —Kobe Bryant‘s comments on Andrew Bynum, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. The comments came after the Lakers win Sunday evening over the 76ers. It was also after Bynum suggested playing with Kobe stunted his growth as a player and might do the same…

  14. Andrew Bynum has advice for Dwight Howard: Get used to not touching the ball with Kobe around

    Dec 17, 2012, 8:03 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum

    Dwight Howard tried to avoid talking about Andrew Bynum when the topic came up, and what he did say what right out of the “NBA cliché handbook.” Bynum on the other hand had no problem talking about Howard and the Lakers. He says he understands Howard’s challenges, because it’s not easy getting used to playing…

  15. Three Stars of the Night: Blazers’ Batum with rare 5×5 night

    Dec 17, 2012, 3:24 AM EST

    Nicolas Batum

    Kobe had the kind of big stat line we take for granted (but that the Lakers need right now). Jose Calderon had the second triple-double of his career. But Nicolas Batum’s balanced stat line wins the night. Honorable mention to J.J. Hickson (24 points), Nick Young (30 in a losing effort, a lot in garbage…

  16. Lakers cruise to win over Sixers thanks to an efficient 34 points from Kobe Bryant

    Dec 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EST

    Lakers' Bryant shoots between the defense of the 76ers' Turner, Richardson and Brown during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    It’s not often we use the word “efficient” in the same sentence while describing the offensive play of the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. But in Sunday’s easy 111-98 victory over the Sixers, it was not only appropriate, but it fit the description exactly. Bryant finished with 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting, to go along with four…

  17. Kwame Brown sends Dwight Howard’s shot into the stands (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

    Kwame Brown

    In the matchup at the center position between Kwame Brown and Dwight Howard on Sunday, who would you guess would be the one rejecting the other’s shot by swatting it several rows deep into the stands? Just as we all suspected, it was Kwame who defended Howard perfectly and got the emphatic block early in…

  18. Dwight Howard shuts down Andrew Bynum questions in advance of Lakers next game against Sixers

    Dec 15, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum

    The storylines are predictable anytime one team is set to face another that features one of its former players. The new player will be asked about the old one, and that’s especially true when those players were All-Stars who were swapped for one another in a deal that anyone would classify as nothing short of…

  19. Jrue Holiday out with sprained foot

    Dec 14, 2012, 2:29 PM EST

    HOLIDAY_JRUE

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday isn’t sure how he sprained his foot, but we should be able to safely eliminate “bowling injury” from the list. Holiday has been an absolute workhorse for the 76ers this season, leading the team in scoring (19), assists (9), and minutes (38.5). That type of court time is creeping…

  20. Nothing shocking here: Kobe, LeBron lead All-Star ballot early returns

    Dec 13, 2012, 2:32 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    We don’t exactly need Nate Silver to break down these voting returns and trends — the players in the lead early in the NBA All-Star balloting almost always stay on top. Occasionally guys close small gaps, but generally what you see now is what you get. In which case — good job public. No glaring…

  21. More Sixers injury woes? Holiday to have MRI on foot.

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:40 PM EST

    Jrue Holiday

    Haven’t the basketball gods already had enough fun with Sixers, dealt the enough of an injury woe for one season in the knees of Andrew Bynum? Apparently not. After racking up some heavy minutes recently, Jrue Holiday is getting an MRI on his sore foot and it sounds like he could miss at least the…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pierce, Rondo lead Celtics to win

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:57 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Sandy relief concert and thinking the Who looked really old… Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2OT): This game was fun. It entertained. Oh, no it wasn’t pretty at all — Dallas had 27 turnovers — but it had its…

  23. Pau Gasol to miss Lakers game Tuesday. Maybe more.

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:34 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    While this news should come with about as much surprise as the news Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards once did drugs, we pass it along anyway. Pau Gasol will not suit up for the Lakers on Tuesday night against Cleveland due to knee tendonitis, reports the Los Angeles Times. This will be the fifth game…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Heat put together a complete game. That will beat anyone.

    Dec 11, 2012, 3:42 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James and Wade smile during second half of NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Miami

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the video of the worst free throw attempt ever… Spurs 134, Rockets 126 (OT): There was a Linsanity flashback in Houston. Jeremy Lin took charge in the third quarter, slashed into the defense, hit rainbow jumpers and looked like…

  25. Video: Andrew Bynum says knees better, waiting on next MRI

    Dec 10, 2012, 8:19 PM EST

    Injured Philadelphia 76ers Andrew Bynum smiles before the start of the NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia

    In this exclusive interview with Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com, Andrew Bynum doesn’t say anything quite as deflating for Philly fans as he did when he met with the rest of the press later, but the message was largely the same: The MRI on Dec. 20 is the big one. Either that will tell him to…

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