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  1. Will Cavaliers make the playoffs after trading for Luol Deng?

    Jan 7, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    luol deng

    The deal between the Bulls and the Cavaliers that went down Monday night was all about the long-term for Chicago, and more about this season in Cleveland. Luol Deng will be a free agent this summer, and after reportedly turning down a contract extension worth $30 million over three years, it was clear he was…

  2. Michael Carter-Williams crosses up Ricky Rubio (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    There weren’t a lot of highlights for the Sixers in Monday’s blowout loss to the Timberwolves, but after just getting back from a 17-day road trip, the weariness was to be expected. Still, this was an incredible move from Michael Carter-Williams, who loses Ricky Rubio with the nice crossover and then gets the and-1 to…

  3. The Extra Pass: Winners, losers from Bynum/Deng trade (plus Monday’s recaps)

    Jan 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Chicago Bulls

    Winner: Luol Deng Deng is going to a team that desperately needs him. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ small forwards have a PER of 9.2 and yield a PER of 15.5 to opposing small forwards, according to 82Games.  That’s a horrific net PER of –6.3. Of the 150 positions in the NBA (five per team), only three have have…

  4. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Golden State climbing rankings fast

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

    The top two teams in the East are the top two teams on PBT’s Power Rankings, but with their current nine-game win streak Golden State has moved in as the top ranked team in the West. If they keep defending like this they are legitimate contenders come playoff time.   1. Pacers (27-6, Last Week…

  5. Michael Carter-Williams says he’s fine after catching an elbow to the head on final play against Blazers (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    Michael Carter-Williams caught an elbow to the head on the final play of the Sixers’ win in Portland on Saturday, and remained down on the court for a few minutes after the final buzzer had sounded. From Dei Lynam of CSN Philly: Eventually MCW made his way to the Sixers’ locker room and underwent a…

  6. Blazers’ Batum breaks middle finger on non-shooting hand, may not miss time

    Jan 5, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

    Nicolas Batum, the Trail Blazers’ swingman, has suffered a broken middle finger on his non-shooting left hand, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. However, he may not miss any time. The injury happened at the end of the Trail Blazers’ loss at home to the 76ers, on an inbounds play where Batum got a little tangled…

  7. The Extra Pass: Seven young players to watch in 2014

    Jan 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers

    One of the best parts of the NBA is watching the young talent emerge, some guys you expected to be good but others that came out of left field. Along those lines, here are seven players to watch as they start to break out and find their way in their first couple NBA seasons. Anthony…

  8. Thad Young with the spike pass to James Anderson for the slam (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Thaddeus Young

    The Sixers only have 10 wins on the season, but two of them have come in their last two games after losing nine of 10. They scored 44 points in the second quarter in Denver to help get this one, and Thaddeus Young came up with this high-basketball-IQ play in the third, when he rebounded…

  9. The Extra Pass: A rookie report (plus Wednesday’s recaps)

    Jan 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Due to injuries and the lack of a transcendent talent, this year’s draft class has been pretty underwhelming as a whole. Still, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few pleasant surprises along the way. Now that we’ve had a little more time to evaluate, let’s check in on three of the most impressive rookies…

  10. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Even without Westbrook Thunder take top spot

    Dec 30, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    It’s legitimate to question how well Oklahoma City will fair in the roughly 27 games they will play without Russell Westbrook, but so far so good and that slides the to the top of the last power rankings of 2013. 1. Thunder (25-5, Last Week No. 2). They won all their games last week, but…

  11. Sixers’ Evan Turner apologizes for dunk to close out win against Lakers

    Dec 30, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There is etiquette to the end of NBA games — if your team is going to win you don’t celebrate with a dunk or three, you dribble it out, hand the ball to the referee and walk off. The Sixers were up 109-104 on the Lakers with about five seconds left in the game Sunday…

  12. The Extra Pass: Changes coming in threes; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Dec 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    If you’ve watched basketball this year and thought at some point, “Man, these teams sure are shooting a lot of threes”, you’re not alone. Firing up shots from behind the arc has become more of a standard practice for most NBA teams (except for good ol’ Memphis) and teams like the Phoenix Suns and Portland…

  13. Sunday night NBA grades: Thunder’s Durant, Lamb both get an “A”

    Dec 30, 2013, 3:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching the Dallas Cowboys miss the playoffs again… Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. With Russell Westbrook out a whole lot more scoring load falls on Durant’s shoulders — and he answered against a tired Rockets team. Durant had 31 points on 11-17 shooting, 13…

  14. 76ers hired a coach with a plan for handling a tanking team

    Dec 27, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Brett Brown

    Thaddeus Young reportedly requested a trade from the 76ers. Though he later denied it, that’s the type of thing veterans on tanking teams do. Evan Turner has been featured prominently in trade reports. That’s another thing that happens with veterans on a tanking team. Good luck coaching all that, especially if you’re a first-year coach,…

  15. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Santa brings presents to Blazers, Thunder; lumps of coal to Atlantic

    Dec 23, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Oklahoma City almost took over the top spot in the rankings, until they laid an egg Sunday night. The Blazers hold on for another week, but they didn’t look elite last week even in their wins and this week sees a few big tests.   1. Trail Blazers (23-5, Last Week No. 1). If the…

  16. Evan Turner hits game-winner at the overtime buzzer to give Sixers win over Nets (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

    Britain NBA Preseason Basketball

    When the Nets played the Sixers just four days ago in Brooklyn, they won by 36 points and honestly, the game wasn’t even that close. Things were different Friday night in Philadelphia, however, and it had everything to do with the available personnel. Kevin Garnett took this game off as a day of rest, and…

  17. Thaddeus Young denies making trade request. Because that’s how the game is played.

    Dec 20, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

    Thaddeus Young

    Yesterday we passed along the report that before Philadelphia had starting shopping Thaddeus Young around he had gone to the team and asked for a trade. He didn’t want to be part of a rebuilding process. If you’ve watched how this game was played with others guys trying to get moved then you knew what…

  18. Michael Carter-Williams returns to Sixers lineup Friday against Nets

    Dec 20, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Philadelphia 76ers

    This could be fun: Deron Williams vs. Michael Carter-Williams. Looks like we will get to see it because Michael Carter-Williams is set to return to the Sixers lineup Friday night after missing seven straight games with a knee infection. Officially he is a game time decision — because teams like to keep their options open…

  19. Reports: Houston Rockets pull out of Asik trade talks, will keep him for now

    Dec 19, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Omer Asik may not like it, but he’s staying a Rocket for now. Probably. After weeks of talks — not to mention media and fan speculation — Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey has looked at the trade market for Asik and decided it’s not good enough. The Rockets have pulled out of all Asik trade talks…

  20. LeBron, Kobe top NBA jersey sales list during holidays

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Heat Media Day Basketball

    He’s the reigning NBA MVP, won the last two NBA titles, earned the last two the Finals MVPs… And not surprisingly, LeBron James sells a lot of jerseys. The NBA released the top selling jerseys from the start of this season (October through December this year), which includes the holiday buying rush, and not surprisingly…

  21. Asik trade update: Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland and Philadelphia most likely destinations

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    This is the one thing that is certain: Omer Asik will get his wish and be traded in the next 48 hours. Houston still plans to move him by Dec. 19 — after that date and they can’t flip any of the assets they get at the trade deadline. Where he is going to land…

  22. Report: Bulls, Sixers lead in Dion Waiters trade talks, he wants Philly

    Dec 17, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters

    It’s been known for a while the Cavaliers have been testing the trade market for Dion Waiters. We told you last week that there was buzz the Sixers could look to move Evan Turner — he leads them in scoring and as a free agent this summer could draw a bigger contract than they want…

  23. Tony Wroten warned for flopping

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    Tony Wroten, Steve Novak

    The NBA warned Tony Wroten for flopping, and he deserved it. Here’s video (hat tip: Ben Golliver of Point Forward): Wroten was wide open when he shot, and he still fell. He clearly stuck his foot out to either draw contact or lose his balance. It’s the type of play that could get someone injured.…

  24. Nerlens Noel says he might come back this season

    Dec 16, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel

    I still wouldn’t bet on it. Smart money is last year’s first round pick Nerlens Noel will sit out this entire season recovering from an ACL injury, there is no reason for Philadelphia to rush him. That’s been the accepted wisdom. However, when Noel was interviewed on SiriusXM NBA Radio with hosts Jason Goff and…

  25. PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Stability at the top, trades could shake up bottom

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers

    There is no movement at the top of the standings as the top five teams went 15-1 last week (and that one loss was to another top 5 team). However, get past that five and you get into teams like the Rockets, Suns and others where trades could really change rankings as we move toward…

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