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  1. Spurs’ Tony Parker out at least two games with shin injury

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

    San Antonio’s ability to be without a player, just plug in another guy and make it work is the stuff of legend. However, it’s a lot harder for them to do this with Tony Parker than anyone else — he is the focal point of the offense. Yet that’s what the Spurs are going to…

  2. Mark Jackson frustrated with Warriors’ effort

    Dec 16, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Golden State had some dramatic and exciting comebacks at home recently, but those have masked some bigger issues. ‘The Warriors are 4-6 in their last 10, basically playing teams even, not hitting threes at the pace they used to but mostly not playing defense as well as they did at the start of the season…

  3. 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…

  4. The Extra Pass: Eric Bledsoe’s path from afterthought to building block; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Dec 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    In Eric Bledsoe’s final game with the Los Angeles Clippers last season, he played nine minutes and 28 seconds. In that game, the Memphis Grizzlies scored 118 points despite possessing what most would consider a below-average offense. Mike Conley, a player Bledsoe has routinely shut down throughout his career, went to the free throw line…

  5. Sunday night NBA grades: Kevin Love can defend, too

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:05 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while laughing at LeBron James’ recent outfit… Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves. He could be here for the 30 points on 21 shots. He could be here for the 9 rebounds (which is a little off his pace a little), But he is here because a…

  6. Report: Heat have interest in Celtics’ Jordan Crawford

    Dec 14, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Jordan Crawford goes up for the jump shot in front of Toronto Raptors John Lucas III in Toronto

    The Heat are doing just fine at 16-6, sitting at second place in the East behind a Pacers team playing as if the playoffs were going on right now. While Indiana is at full strength and crushing the competition to this point in the season — Heat included — Miami is resting Dwyane Wade occasionally…

  7. Eric Bledsoe, Miles Plumlee each with a big rejection on DeMarcus Cousins (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    The Suns registered two highlight-worthy rejections on DeMarcus Cousins during their win over the Kings on Friday. Eric Bledsoe is up first, as he came flying in with the help defense to swat this attempt by Cousins out of bounds. No way Cousins was expecting that kind of help to come from the 6’1″ Bledsoe,…

  8. Report: Suns looking to trade 2014 draft picks in order to win now

    Dec 13, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Ryan McDonough

    The Suns under new GM Ryan McDonough have been widely praised for setting themselves up for success by attempting to rebuild the franchise in what is conventionally believed around the league to be the right way. That process involves pain at the beginning due to the losing that typically accompanies a roster that’s been intentionally…

  9. The Extra Pass: The league’s leading lineups; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    After watching two of the league’s best starting lineups duke it out in Indiana, let’s check in on the best and worst lineups around the league so far this season. Best Net Efficiency Rating (minimum 150 minutes) Houston: Patrick Beverley-James Harden-Chandler Parsons-Terrence Jones-Dwight Howard Net efficiency is the difference between a team’s offensive rating and…

  10. Tuesday night NBA Grades: Kobe plays pretty well, Suns’ backcourt plays better

    Dec 11, 2013, 2:51 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Here is our nightly look at some of the noteworthy things around the NBA, the things you missed while freaking out that there are now cockroaches which can survive a freezing winter just fine… Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers. He looked better. Kobe was more fluid and in part because (as he noted after the…

  11. Kobe Bryant’s first dunk since return (VIDEO)

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant can dunk again. It’s not going to be remembered as one of his most thunderous throw downs, but he got around P.J. Tucker with the spin, got to the rim, took off with both feet and dunked. It’s about steps with Kobe on his return. His turnovers were down, he got a dunk…

  12. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At the quarter pole Portland takes the lead

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    The general rule of thumb is 20 games into the season you can start to really trust the stats and the trends — in which case it’s good to be a Portland Trail Blazers fan. They move into the top slot with their recent wins over Indiana and OKC. 1. Trail Blazers (17-4, Last Week…

  13. The Extra Pass: A Google goggle revolution dream, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich

    I have this odd vision for the future of the NBA, and in it everyone looks like Kirk Hinrich. Well, everyone doesn’t actually look like Kirk Hinrich, but all the players are wearing goggles nonetheless. That’s not just because they look cool and I think Hinrich is the undisputed king of accessorizing, and it’s not…

  14. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Heat and a lot from out West at the top

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    The Eastern Conference has two elite teams — Indiana and Miami — and they are on top of the PBT Power Rankings for this week. Then you don’t see another team from the East until No. 12, which speaks to the depth of the West and the drop off after the East elite.   1.…

  15. The Extra Pass: Nets believe they’re headed in the right direction, and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 28, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

    joe johnson steve blake

    NEW YORK – The Nets fell to 4-11 on the season after an early blowout ended up becoming a heartbreaker before the final buzzer sounded. But the vibe around the team is good despite the rough start, because some of the key players believe that the recent effort shown has the beginnings of trending things…

  16. Wednesday night NBA Grades: Phoenix has a couple dangerous backcourt players

    Nov 28, 2013, 2:36 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    We’re feeling generous so no bad grades out of of action in the NBA on Thanksgiving eve. Here are our grades for the nigh from games you might have missed while trying to smell like DeAndre Jordan…  Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns. Portland had an 11-game win streak thanks to their offense, but the Blazers defense…

  17. The Extra Pass: Behind San Antonio’s hot start and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    At least in the standings, the San Antonio Spurs are as good as they’ve ever been. By walloping the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, San Antonio tied their franchise best for a start to the season. The Spurs are 13-1 now and winners of 11 straight games. What can you say? I ran out of…

  18. Eric Bledsoe to miss fifth straight game for Suns due to shin injury

    Nov 25, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson

    Eric Bledsoe was off to a strong start to his first season with the Phoenix Suns, scoring as many believed he was capable of while playing starter’s minutes for a team that’s surprised with a 7-6 record through its first 13 games. The past four games, however, Bledsoe has been sidelined to due a bruised…

  19. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Injuries start to shape the rankings

    Nov 25, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs

    The top of our rankings remain solid this week, but after a bad weekend of injuries there were a few shakeups farther down with more to come. 1. Spurs (12-1, Last Week No. 1). They are the winners of 10 in a row and are doing it with great defense, good offense, not much Tim…

  20. The Extra Pass: You may not believe this, but a D’Antoni team is winning with defense, plus game recaps

    Nov 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Six games ago, a frustrated Mike D’Antoni decided to shake up the rotation of his struggling 3-5 Lakers: Chris Kaman was out of the starting lineup, Jordan Hill was in; Nick Young became a sixth man and Wesley Johnson became the starting three; and with Steve Nash out Jodie Meeks became Steve…

  21. Sunday night NBA Grades: The Nets woes in the third quarter continue

    Nov 25, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Brooklyn Nets

    We know you were busy Sunday night trying out the new Cinnabon vodka (why does that exist?) so we kept our eye on the NBA for you and are bringing you some grades. Brooklyn Nets in the third quarter. Brooklyn was up 7 over Detroit… then the third quarter happened. Again. Sunday the Nets shot…

  22. Gerald Green with in-game windmill dunk (VIDEO)

    Nov 24, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Charlotte Bobcats

    Phoenix wants to get out and run and when they did against Orlando the Magic had no answer for it (which is one reason the Suns won). When Gerald Green got out and ran, he put on a show. Green had 20 points on the night and was attacking and finishing well — like on…

  23. Morris twins thriving in Phoenix, even if the Suns can’t tell them apart

    Nov 22, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Toronto Raptors

    When the Suns traded for Marcus Morris, pairing him with his twin brother Markieff, many scoffed at the move as a gimmick. Even though I realized getting Marcus for just a second-round pick was good value, I still laughed at the deal as overly marketing generated. Well, the joke is on us. With more competent…

  24. The Extra Pass: Three takeaways and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    paul george

    Three takeaways from a busy Wednesday night around the league: It was Paul George, in the Garden, with the dagger It’s a crazy thing to watch an entire arena lose all hope, all at once. The Knicks were well on their way to a statement win over the Indiana Pacers. Maybe it could have been…

  25. The Extra Pass: Gay, Wallace and D-Will on notice, plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    It’s early. Early, early, early. I don’t want to condemn anyone based on ten games, but it’s time to wonder what’s going on with Rudy Gay, Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams. Rudy Gay – He’s been chucking, but his chucking has now reached historic levels. Through 11 games, Gay has shot under 40 percent from…

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