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  1. PBT Extra: Damian Lillard or Kyrie Irving? Plus coaching hot seat talk.

    Dec 18, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Damian Lillard nailed a three pointer from roughly Shaker Heights to give the Trail Blazers a dramatic 119-116 win over Kyrie Irving‘s Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. That prompted Kay Adams to start off this edition of PBT Extra with the question Lillard or Irving? We also talk about the rise of LaMarcus Aldridge to…

  2. LaMarcus Aldridge’s MVP-level season looks a lot like last season

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    How about these numbers: 21.1 points per game on 48.4 percent shooting (17.8 shots a game), 9.1 rebounds a night and with a PER of 20.4 as the undisputed leader of his team. That’s your newly minted early MVP candidate LaMarcus’ Aldridge’s numbers… from last season. This season he is scoring 23.6 points per game…

  3. PBT Podcast: Damian Lillard can’t miss, plus Iguodala return

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After two straight game winners, it’s time for any team facing the Blazers in a late game situation to force the ball out of Damian Lillard‘s hands. He has that clutch gene. In the latest edition of the PBT Podcast myself and Eyton Shander of NBC Sports Radio discuss the Blazers fast start and how much…

  4. The Extra Pass: The Spurs’ Hammer set; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich talks to Duncan during the third quarter of play against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    The Signature Series takes a look at a play that’s largely unique to one team. Here’s San Antonio’s “Hammer” set. The San Antonio Spurs don’t get enough credit for keeping up with the times. Although the end result is often the same as it has always been – Tim Duncan facing up and banking a…

  5. Tuesday night NBA grades: Damian Lillard is clutch

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:49 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Portland trail blazers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while salivating over the idea of a “Rounders” sequel. Or wincing at the idea. (Count me with the latter group.) Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers. Two clutch game winners in a row. Tuesday night he had 23 of his 36 points in the second half…

  6. Another day, another Damian Lillard game-winning shot (video)

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Just two nights ago, Damian Lillard hit the game winner in overtime to lift the Blazers over the Pistons. Tuesday night he was playing the hero again. The Blazers and Cavaliers were tied 116-116 with 7.1 seconds left and Portland inbounded the ball and went with the simple 1-4 flat play and let Lillard create. I’m…

  7. Marvin Williams nicknamed Alec Burks ‘Easy 20,’ which makes no sense

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    Alec Burks, Andre Miller

    Alec Burks scored a career-high 31 points against the Heat on Monday night, so let’s all overreact. That should be easy for Marvin Williams, who’s been overreacting to his Jazz teammate’s good play for a while. Via Aaron Falk of The Salt Lake Tribune: “He had a hell of a game,” Utah forward Marvin Williams…

  8. Damian Lillard is 15-of-19 in overtime (!!!)

    Dec 16, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Damian Lillard hit a game-winner short jumper to give the Trail Blazers a win over the Pistons on Sunday night. Of course he did. Lillard has never missed a 2-point in overtime, shooting 10-for-10 inside the arc in his two-year career. He’s not bad on 3-pointers in the extra period, either, making 5-of-9. Determining whether…

  9. 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…

  10. Damian Lillard hits game-winner in OT to bury the Pistons (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    Damian Lillard finished just 6-of-21 from the field in Sunday’s contest in Detroit, but when the game was on the line and his shot mattered most, he was able to get it to go down. Lillard hit this tough shot over Rodney Stuckey as time expired in overtime, giving the Blazers a 111-109 victory that…

  11. Blazers’ Meyers Leonard, Sixers’ Daniel Orton each suspended one game for altercation

    Dec 15, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Daniel Orton, Meyers Leonard

    Portland’s Meyers Leonard and Philadelphia’s Daniel Orton were each suspended one game without pay on Sunday for their roles in the altercation that took place between the two players on Saturday, the league announced. Leonard body-slammed Orton to the floor (that’s the term used in the official release, so it must be true), and then…

  12. Sixers’ Daniel Orton, Trail Blazers’ Meyers Leonard ejected after scuffle (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Meyers Leonard

    This was just frustration, because by this point in the fourth quarter the game itself was all but over — Portland was up 34 and cruising in for a win. Philadelphia’s Daniel Orton was trying to back down Portland’s Meyers Leonard in to the post while the ball was on the other side of the…

  13. LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez try to sell you a car (VIDEO)

    Dec 13, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    One of the best parts of NBA League Pass is getting to see the quirky local commercial in cities around the nation. From Pizza Guy in Sacramento to Native American casinos all over this land, there are some amusing advertisements. Like this one from Portland featuring LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez. Brilliant. Hat tip to…

  14. The Extra Pass: Deron Williams is the difference for Nets; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Dec 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    By Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – It was only a week ago that the Nets were a sinking ship on the verge of capsizing completely, following consecutive losses at home where the team didn’t even seem capable of competing much less staying close enough to win for anywhere near the requisite 48 minutes. Jason Kidd may…

  15. Thursday night NBA grades: Any more questions for LaMarcus Aldridge? Didn’t think so.

    Dec 13, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers

    Our quick look around the association on a busy Thursday night, or what you missed while worrying about what could happen to Santa’s home due to global warming… LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers. I’ve been saying he is the best power forward in the game all season (yes, better than Kevin Love) and he showed…

  16. Deserving or not Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade among All-Star starters in early voting returns

    Dec 12, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s your game fans. The NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition filled with the players you vote to see. Whether those players deserve the honor based on their performance the first half of the season or not. Sometimes the most deserving guys don’t make the cut while guys hobbling through the season do. Which brings…

  17. Cheeks says he needs Pistons’ Jennings to step up on defense. Good luck with that.

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons vs Miami Heat

    It’s not that Brandon Jennings can’t play defense. He can. If you remember Jennings from the first couple seasons he was a solid defender on the perimeter. But that has changed over the years — he doesn’t seem to care about that end of the floor now, save for gambling for steals. He shows flashes,…

  18. PBT Extra: Talking Pacers win over Heat; Aldridge vs. Howard showdown

    Dec 11, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    In the latest edition of PBT Extra, Kay Adams asks about the Pacers win over the Heat Tuesday — I don’t read much into any regular season meeting between these games. That said, I still stand by my pick of the Pacers to win the NBA title this year. Then we shift our focus to…

  19. The Extra Pass: Five quick ways to improve the league; plus Monday’s Recaps

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Five ideas that could help make the NBA even greater: Offensive Goaltending: Let’s get rid of it. The “in the cylinder” call is routinely one of the toughest for refs to get right on the floor, and we know how the subsequent huddle and review process can suck the life out of a game. If it…

  20. LeBron James likely to start at center for Eastern Conference All-Stars

    Dec 8, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    The NBA changed the way they categorize players for All-Star voting purposes last season, eliminating the center position (and all others) from the ballot entirely and replacing those with either a frontcourt or backcourt player distinction. While it won’t affect superstar big men like Roy Hibbert making the All-Star roster, it will change the way…

  21. Monta Ellis hits the game-winner to beat Blazers (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Coming into Saturday night’s game against Dallas, the Blazers had used the top-ranked offense in the league to get out to a 17-3 start to the season, best in the Western Conference. Portland’s defense is ranked just 20th, however, and playing against a Mavericks team whose offense is ranked fourth and can score almost as…

  22. Blazers set NBA record for three-point percentage in rout of Jazz (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Lillard

    If you’ve only been paying cursory attention to the NBA in its early stages this season, you may not have noticed the rise of the Portland Trail Blazers. But following Friday night’s 130-98 pasting of the Utah Jazz, Portland now has a record of 17-3 — the best in a very deep Western Conference. Guys…

  23. Report: Rockets stepping up efforts to move Omer Asik

    Dec 6, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    I would say the fact Houston has put Omer Asik on the trade block is the worst kept secret in the NBA, except it’s not a secret. Everybody knows it. The only questions are when he gets moved and where he lands. Talks have not progressed all that quickly because while other teams come in…

  24. You knew this was coming: Carmelo Anthony denies report he has decided to leave Knicks

    Dec 5, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

    carmelo Antnony

    Anybody who tells you they know what Carmelo Anthony is going to do this summer is selling you something. And it’s something that doesn’t smell good. But we are going to be inundated with this stuff between now and July 1, when Anthony likely will become a free agent. The latest was ESPN personality Stephen…

  25. 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…

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