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  1. LaMarcus Aldridge says he would be open to re-signing in Portland

    Jan 13, 2014, 1:16 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Portland Trail Blazers

    It’s amazing how winning cures all ills in sports. As recently as last summer, it was clear LaMarcus Aldridge was frustrated with the losing in Portland (the team had gone 33-49). There was buzz he wanted a trade, which he denied, but the reality was he could be a free agent in 2015 and it…

  2. Report: Pelicans shopping around Eric Gordon, his huge contract

    Jan 10, 2014, 12:36 PM EST

    New Orleans Pelicans  v Indiana Pacers

    There was a time three years ago when Eric Gordon looked like the best young two guard in the NBA, a guy on the rise who could be a key cornerstone of a franchise. Then came a lot of injuries (and a lot of questions about rehab, and questions about his desire to play in…

  3. Report: Some league executives think Kevin Love will bolt Timberwolves for Lakers in 2015

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:44 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Clippers

    Kevin Love is frustrated — and he should be. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the point differential of a team that should be 23-12 (according to Basketball-Reference.com), yet they are 17-18. Minnesota is 0-10 in games that ended within five points, which is a combination of some bad luck and some poor execution at the end…

  4. Stephen Curry moves past Chris Paul as starter in latest NBA All-Star balloting

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:24 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    We can take Chris Paul’s brilliance as a point guard for granted because he’s the guy throwing the lobs, not the guy finishing the highlight play. Paul can score and take over a game, but his mastery of the point guard play is subtler than that — he takes over games by dictating flow and…

  5. Victor Oladipo with crazy block on Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum tries to answer (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2014, 11:48 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Portland Trail Blazers

    Victor Oladipo is going to finish high up on the season-end Top 10 blocks highlight packages with that one. The Orlando Magic rookie skied to send back a dunk attempt by Damian Lillard. That was just a flat-out impressive athletic play. Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $400,000 Fantasy Basketball league for Friday night’s…

  6. Mo Williams says he will opt out this summer, hopes to re-sign in Portland

    Jan 9, 2014, 11:08 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Portland Trail Blazers

    It’s not that Mo Williams wants to leave Portland, it’s that he wants to get paid. Williams signed this summer in Portland on a two-year, $5.4 million contract (the full cap-room mid-level exception) with the second year as a player option. He confirmed to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com what we all expected — Williams will…

  7. The Extra Pass: The Raptors press pause, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    When Masai Ujiri jumped from the Denver Nuggets to the Toronto Raptors to take over as general manager, the objective was clear. Ujiri was to do what he does best: tear it down, and try to salvage as much value as possible from the mistakes made by the previous regime. Ujiri hasn’t failed to live…

  8. Wednesday night NBA grades: Don’t look now, but Brooklyn is playing with heart

    Jan 9, 2014, 4:18 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Brooklyn Nets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while getting your dinner out of the burrito vending machine…. Brooklyn Nets. For the first third of the season the Nets were listless, seeming adrift, and continually beset by injuries. Well, the injuries are still there but these Nets are playing with a real fire…

  9. Kevin Garnett explains Joe Johnson’s nickname: ‘Joe Jesus’

    Jan 8, 2014, 12:55 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    Kevin Garnett used to play with someone nicknamed Jesus Shuttlesworth, but Garnett has tried to erase Ray Allen from his life. Now, Garnett is playing with a new teammate he calls Jesus: Joe Johnson. “He might not be there when you call on him, but he’s there when you need him,” Garnett said in the…

  10. The Extra Pass: Quiet Jazz and Tuesday’s recaps

    Gordon Hayward

    For the most part, the Utah Jazz typically fly under the radar. Occasionally they’ll pop up after unexpectedly beating a contender, like they did last night with a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But other than that? You won’t hear much out of Utah. No real trade rumors, no murmurs of unhappiness, no headline…

  11. Tuesday night NBA grades: Durant gets more points, Hayward will take the win

    Jan 8, 2014, 2:05 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Utah Jazz

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wakeboarding in a flooded garage…. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. No Russell Westbrook. No Serge Ibaka. Nights like this Kevin Durant has to go supernova for the Thunder to have a chance and he did — 48 points overall, 11 in the fourth quarter…

  12. Kobe Bryant thinks you should be voting younger guards into All-Star Game

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:44 AM EST

    kobe all-star 2013

    You want Kobe Bryant to start in the All-Star Game… well, maybe not you personally, but people do. Like that guy in front of you in line at Starbucks this morning. Blame him. Fan voting has Kobe Bryant well out in front as a starting guard for the West in the 2014 All-Star Game. Chris…

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

    Jan 5, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    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…

  14. Report: Jeremy Lin switching to adidas with new shoe deal

    Jan 3, 2014, 12:50 PM EST

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    Knock his game if you want — although you have to admit it has taken a healthy step forward this season — but you have to know Jeremy Lin is one of the most popular players in the NBA. He is fourth in NBA All-Star voting for the Western Conference’s backcourt, with more votes than…

  15. Thomas Robinson was yelling “lunch meat” every time Aldridge touched ball

    Jan 3, 2014, 12:02 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Portland Trail Blazers

    Thomas Robinson wasn’t getting a lot of time on the court Thursday night — he played garbage time in the second half of the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers’ blowout of the Bobcats, that was it — but he was still a part of the story after the game. It started with this tweet…

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

    Jan 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  17. Blazers rookie C.J. McCollum will play his first professional game in the D-League

    Jan 1, 2014, 8:30 PM EST

    CJ McCollum

    The Blazers selected C.J. McCollum with the 10th overall pick in this summer’s draft, not necessarily knowing just how good the team’s guard play would be to this point in the season. Portland, of course, has been one of the year’s biggest surprises, and has a won-loss record that places them among the league’s elite…

  18. Anthony Davis with alley-oop poster on Joel Freeland (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    New Orleans Pelicans v Portland Trail Blazers

    The Pelicans’ Anthony Davis can throw it down with the best of them. Just ask Portland’s Joel Freeland, who gets caught in the middle trying to take away the Jrue Holiday driving lane and not really watching his roll man Davis, and by the time Freeland reacts to the alley-oop pass it is entirely to…

  19. The Extra Pass: The best dunks of 2013; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Derrick Williams

    If the end of a year serves as a time for reflection and the remembrance of lessons learned, then let the video below serve as one last reminder for the small guards of the league. If LeBron James is coming at you on a break, move. If DeAndre Jordan is flying down the lane towards…

  20. Damian Lillard, Tyreke Evans trade clutch shots at end of Blazers’ loss to Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Dec 30, 2013, 11:28 PM EST

    New Orleans Pelicans v Los Angeles Lakers

    Wild finish to Monday’s game between the Blazers and the Pelicans. New Orleans had itself in position to win thanks to the play of Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis, who both made several key plays all night long, including in the game’s final period. But it was Tyreke Evans who drained the game-winner, a 15-footer…

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

    Dec 30, 2013, 4:51 PM EST

    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…

  22. Report: Questions of if Pau Gasol could play for Lakers just means more trade speculation

    Dec 30, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers lost at home to the stumbling Philadelphia 76ers Sunday night, a low point in a season with a number of them for the Lakers. Pau Gasol wasn’t there — and that was Gasol’s decision, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com. It was Gasol’s decision to sit out as his team extended its season-high…

  23. Chris Bosh drains three to beat Trail Blazers (VIDEO)

    Dec 29, 2013, 1:34 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers

    Sorry Blazers fans, but this is what your team has been doing to other fan bases all season long. Portland has hit a lot of big shots this season, this time it happened to them. Miami was down two with 7.7 seconds left after some Nicolas Batum free throws. Dwyane Wade got the inbounds pass…

  24. The Extra Pass: A big test for the Clippers; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Dec 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Atlanta Hawks

    Pressure reveals character, and the last minutes of the Clippers road matchup with Portland did just that. Down the stretch, both teams played perfectly to their strengths. The Blazers ran everything through LaMarcus Aldirdge (32 points) on the left block, surrounding him with three-point shooters and daring the Clippers to double. The Clippers, meanwhile, put the…

  25. Thursday night NBA grades: Teague, Aldridge play big in overtime

    Dec 27, 2013, 4:04 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while playing the Breaking Bad game… Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks. Teague had a nice game before entering overtime — he had 22 points and 7 assists in regulation. However, he finished with 12 points and 3 assists in the extra 10 minutes and controlled the…

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