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  1. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Heat on the top, Sixers fall to very bottom

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat

    We have a new team at the top and the bottom of PBT’s weekly NBA Power Rankings. Miami’s defense is back and propelled them to a couple wins that have them back on top of the chart. It has taken some sustained losing — a real effort — on the part of a Sixers team…

  2. A missed call from Suns’ GM day before the deadline had P.J. Tucker worried he was being traded

    Feb 20, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    The trade deadline is a stressful time not just for front office personnel trusted with making tough decisions that will impact a franchise’s future, but it can be harrowing for many players, as well. P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns was apparently a bit on edge in the days leading up to Thursday’s deadline, but…

  3. Suns’ P.J. Tucker fined $5,000 for flop vs. Nuggets Tuesday (VIDEO)

    Feb 19, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    The NBA continues to look at better ways to punish flopping and get players to think twice — they are going to be more aggressive with technical foul calls for flops in the D-League starting Thursday — but for now the NBA will continue it’s slap-on-the-wrist fines. The latest one goes to P.J. Tucker of…

  4. Gerald Green with the wild alley-oop slam over Kenneth Faried (VIDEO)

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:56 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Charlotte Bobcats

    This was nuts. Thanks to Kenneth Faried going up to try to intercept the pass that was intended for Gerald Green, his flying toward the rim just made this an even more highlight-worthy alley-oop finish. Faried is as athletic as they come, and credit him for giving his all to try to defend the play.…

  5. The Extra Pass: Five teams to watch closely as the trade deadline nears

    Feb 19, 2014, 7:59 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried

    With just more than 48 hours left until the NBA’s trade deadline, it feels like the biggest deals may be behind us — Rudy Gay and Luol Deng have already been moved. Rumors are swirling, but the feeling around the league is it is all a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. Still there…

  6. Tuesday night NBA grades: LeBron had no All-Star weekend hangover

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:29 AM EDT

    Heat Mavericks

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while listening to Sir David Attenborough narrate curling for the BBC as if it were Planet Earth…. LeBron James, Miami Heat. A lot of us — players and some of the media (myself included, damn Sazerac) — have been fighting off a post New Orleans…

  7. Pau Gasol to Charlotte? That’s not likely, nor is any other Pau Gasol trade

    Feb 18, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is trying. He doesn’t want to lose Pau Gasol for nothing. The Lakers are talking to teams about moving Gasol at the trade deadline. However, finding a team that wants to rent a guy making $19.3 million (he is a free agent after this season) and give the Lakers anything of…

  8. Lillard repeats as Skills Challenge champion, partnered with Trey Burke

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

    2014 Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    NEW ORLEANS — Damian Lillard’s busy All-Star Saturday night started out pretty darn well — with a repeat win. Lillard will be in all three major events on the evening and first out of the gate he and Trey Burke teamed up to win the NBA All-Star Saturday Skills Challenge — by just one tenth…

  9. The Extra Pass: Predictions for All-Star Weekend

    Feb 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    All-Star weekend is upon us. While the rest of the PBT crew gets to eat beignets and earn beads for showing a little skin (that’s how that works, right?), some of us will be stuck at home watching the celebrity game and reevaluating our life choices. Not that I’m bitter or anything. Not at all.…

  10. Suns’ president reiterates team will match any offer for Eric Bledsoe

    Feb 12, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Phoenix Suns are going to have to pay big money to keep Eric Bledsoe this summer. They know it. They’d just like to keep the price down a little. The Suns are committed to Bledsoe, having traded Jared Dudley for him. They thought Bledsoe could be a cornerstone piece. However, that’s different than the…

  11. Heat grind out a win against pesky Suns

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Kevin Durant may very well win the MVP this season, due to a combination of the incredible individual performances he’s strung together along with the voter fatigue that surrounds LeBron James. But it won’t be because James has slipped, even in the slightest. Tuesday night in Phoenix, LeBron put together a performance that reminded us…

  12. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder stay on top, Bucks stay on bottom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    More and more I think Adam Silver’s first NBA Finals as commissioner will feature Indiana and Oklahoma City — which would be good basketball but not exactly Super Bowl ratings. Things can change, but those are the two best teams right now.   1 Thunder (41-12, Last Week No. 1). We gave been praising Kevin…

  13. Goran Dragic scores career-high 34 points to lead Suns past Warriors (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    goran dragic

    When an All-Star replacement needed to be named for the injured Kobe Bryant, there was no way the league was going to pass up the opportunity to have the host city’s team represented, and Anthony Davis was certainly deserving of the honor. But so was Goran Dragic. The Suns’ point guard has played at an…

  14. Report: Suns would have ‘serious interest’ in Rudy Gay if he becomes a free agent

    Feb 8, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    Rudy Gay can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, should he choose to opt out of the final year of his contract which will pay him $19.3 million next season. The majority of players like to sign for as many guaranteed years as possible as soon as the option is available, both to secure…

  15. Hawks’ Antic out of All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge, Suns’ Plumlee in

    Feb 7, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    Pero Antic was a guy not a lot of NBA fans have seen much of, the Hawks reserve big man who is really a stretch 4/5 (57 percent of his shots have been threes), but he’s a guy with real potential in the league. He’s also a guy with a stress fracture in his right…

  16. Anthony Davis selected to fill Kobe Bryant’s All-Star slot in West

    Feb 7, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    We told you earlier in the week it was coming down to two guys: Anthony Davis of the Pelicans or Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns. Kobe Bryant was voted an All-Star starter by the fans but can’t play due to his fractured knee, so the league office picks the replacement — meaning new commissioner…

  17. The Extra Pass: Handicapping the All-Star Saturday events

    Feb 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Denver Nuggets

    A week from now the eyes of the basketball world will be on New Orleans for the NBA’s Damian Lillardapalooza. … er, I mean the NBA’s All-Star weekend. While Sunday’s All-Star Game is the big show, I’ve always found Saturday night’s series of skill contests more fun than the no-D exhibition that is the All-Star…

  18. All-Stars Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan highlight field for 2014 Skills Challenge

    Feb 6, 2014, 8:11 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    It seems redundant at this point to list Damian Lillard as part of the lineup for any of All-Star weekends many events, considering he’s participating in all of them. But he, along with DeMar DeRozan are the two 2014 All-Stars who will be taking part in the Skills Challenge event on All-Star Saturday night. The…

  19. Wednesday night NBA grades: Dwight Howard looks like guy Rockets thought they signed

    Feb 6, 2014, 3:58 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering why anyone would live in a dumpster for a year, voluntarily…  Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets. The NBA game is in large part about exploiting mismatches. With all due respect to the solid season Miles Plumlee is having, him trying to cover Dwight Howard…

  20. The Extra Pass: Talking Blazers, Clippers, coaching with Bill and Luke Walton

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants

    Portland Trail Blazers fans are not fair weathered. They have stuck with the franchise through some dark times. Now they are being rewarded — with LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard leading the way, Portland fans are getting to witness some of the best, most entertaining basketball Rip City has seen in more than a decade.…

  21. Report: Suns halt Pau Gasol trade talks (for now), think Lakers asking too much

    Feb 4, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Don’t be surprised if these talks start up again — part of the negotiation game is to walk away from the table if you can’t get the deal you want, then check back in a few days or weeks and see if positions have changed. However, for now, the Pau Gasol to the Suns trade…

  22. James Harden tries to go incognito as Anthony Davis (VIDEO)

    Feb 4, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Memphis Grizzlies

    I’m not sure a basketball star from the University of Kentucky who went No. 1 in the draft can really fly under the radar, but Anthony Davis isn’t as well known to casual hoops fans now as he will be in a couple years. Or sooner if Adam Silver puts him on the All-Star Team…

  23. Suns want to see Pau Gasol back from injury before escalating trade talks with Lakers

    Feb 4, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The Suns and Lakers engaged in preliminary trade talks on a deal centered around Pau Gasol over the weekend, and continued those discussions again on Monday. The primary holdup at this point (at least on the Suns’ side) appears to be the health of Gasol, who is expected to miss at least a week with a…

  24. United States draws into soft group for basketball World Cup this summer

    Feb 3, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

    via FIBA.com

    This is pretty much the opposite of what happened to USA Soccer for the World Cup. Pools for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, taking place in Spain this summer, were drawn Monday and the USA landed in probably the easiest group. The USA is in Group C with the Dominican Republic,…

  25. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Adam Silver signs the balls, Kevin Durant keeps shooting them

    Feb 3, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Brooklyn Nets

    A look at PBT’s power rankings show basically the only thing that really changed this week was the signature on the Spaulding balls — Adam Silver’s signature is in play. Aside that Durant has the Thunder on top and the Lakers continue fall like the lead balloon they are. 1. Thunder (38-11, Last Week No.…

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