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  1. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  2. The Extra Pass: Mark Cuban happy to have his friend Nowitzki around longer; plus Tuesdays’ recaps

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Pelicans v Mavericks

    To them this is more than a business — Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki are friends. Technically they are boss and employee, but neither sees it that way. “I kick his ass whenever I’ve wanted to,” Cuban said last week, joking around about his friend the way you ride yours. “It’s kind of like we…

  3. Tuesday night NBA grades: Kevin Durant should hear some MVP chants

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while planning your pizza wedding…  Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. Most of the time when fans start “M-V-P” chants for a player, it’s wishful thinking — Oklahoma City, go ahead and start chanting it for Durant with my blessing. To early to say if he…

  4. Breaking down the final couple minutes of Thunder win over Trail Blazers

    Jan 22, 2014, 1:31 AM EDT

    Reggie Jackson LaMarcus Aldridge

    For much of the season, this is the kind of game the Portland Trail Blazers have won — every close game they seemed to be the team making the big shots, getting the big steals, they had the players who stepped up. That includes the last time Portland and Oklahoma City met — the Thunder…

  5. Dwight Howard drives for impressive reverse dunk vs. Blazers (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    At first glance, this is a play more suited to Kevin Durant than Dwight Howard, mainly because we’re just not used to seeing seven-footers put the ball on the floor and blow by their defenders so quickly, and then elevate for the slam. But Howard showed he has this skill set during Monday’s win over…

  6. The Extra Pass: Why the Knicks are starved offensively; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    As the New York Knicks were serenaded with a mix of boos and chants of “Brooklyn! Brooklyn!” at Madison Square Garden during an embarrassing 23 point home loss to the Nets, it felt like rock bottom. Again. For about the seventh time. That’s the thing about the Knicks this season. When it looks like it…

  7. Monday NBA grades: Chandler Parsons might be the Rockets’ third man

    Jan 21, 2014, 2:52 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching… actually you should have been watching the NBA all day. There were great performances — such as Anthony Davis with 27 points and 10 rebounds, or Dwight Howard with 24 points and 12 boards — that don’t even make the cut here. The…

  8. MLK Day NBA: Live updates, highlights and recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    mlk nba

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is one traditionally well-celebrated in the NBA. Today features a 10-game slate, and we’ll provide live updates, highlights and recaps here as the day goes on. 1:15 a.m. ET Tuesday: Pacers 102, Warriors 94 (FINAL): The second half of this game felt like a playoff game, down to the…

  9. Blazers’ Robin Lopez defends Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (VIDEO)

    Jan 20, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    Sunday belonged to the NFL as far as most sports fans were concerned, as the conference champions were decided and the Super Bowl matchup was set between the Broncos and the Seahawks. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman made headlines with his excited postgame rant on live television, but Robin Lopez, big man for the Blazers and…

  10. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Western Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After selecting the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves on Friday, it’s time to tackle the Western Conference. Once again, we’ll defer to the last ballot returns for our starters, which are decided solely by fan vote. Here’s the projected Western Conference starters: West Starters (Fan Vote) Backcourt: Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin We’ll…

  11. Nicolas Batum says he should be an All-Star

    Jan 19, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

    The starters for the All-Star game will be revealed Jan. 23 live on TNT, but the reserves are voted on by the coaches in each conference and we’ll have to wait at least another week to see how the complete rosters shake out. Since the fans vote in the starters, most of those positions have…

  12. DeAndre Jordan receives dunk contest invite, but is waiting to see if he’s an All-Star before accepting

    Jan 18, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five

    DeAndre Jordan would be fantastic as a participant in All-Star weekend’s slam dunk contest. He’s a big man who also has tremendous leaping ability, and could be the next incarnation of Dwight Howard in terms of entertainment during the midseason exhibition. The league recognized that fact by approaching Jordan about it before Friday’s game against…

  13. Watch Gregg Popovich lose it on officials, get tossed (VIDEO)

    Jan 18, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    There was some tension in the air Friday night in San Antonio — the Trail Blazers came into town and beat the Spurs. There are questions about this Spurs team, which is 31-9 overall but just 11-8 vs. teams over .500, this just kind of added to those questions. Gregg Popovich was wound up —…

  14. Thursday And-1 Links: Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton is back in jail

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an extradition hearing with attorney Brian Steel in downtown Los Angeles

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • This is just sad, he had potential — former NBA player Javaris Crittenton…

  15. Nicolas Batum finds Damian Lillard for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    I know what you’re thinking: Shouldn’t this be the other way around? Nope. Not only does Damian Lillard go way up to catch the pass from Nicolas Batum for the alley-oop slam, but at first glance, this looks like it might have been a set play — immediately after Lillard gets around the screen up…

  16. The Extra Pass: Vince Carter had a front row seat for the “Miracle on Hudson” plane crash

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    US Airways Passenger Jet Crashes Into Hudson River By NYC

    LOS ANGELES — “They have to be shooting a movie or something.” That was Vince Carter’s first thought. Five years ago yesterday, the morning of Jan. 15, 2009, Carter woke up in the bedroom of his home in Edgewater New Jersey, and was lazily sitting on his bed just looking out the window of his…

  17. Wesley Matthews opens up about strained relationship with NBA-playing father

    Jan 15, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

    Wesley Matthews, Eric Gordon

    Wes Matthews was one of the best basketball players in University of Wisconsin history. In 1978-79, he was MVP of a team that won more games than any of the four previous seasons. He scored 18.1 points per game in his career, third-best in program history. His college success led him to be drafted No.…

  18. LeBron James jealous of Kevin Durant’s shot attempts

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    LeBron James has not won a scoring title since 2008, when, not coincidentally, he last led the NBA in shots per game. Attempting the most shots is not a sure-fire way to lead the league in scoring average – Kevin Durant leads the NBA in points per game this season, though Carmelo Anthony and LaMarcus…

  19. PBT Podcast: Talking Marc Gasol return, taking your twitter questions

    Jan 14, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors

    Marc Gasol is back with the Memphis Grizzlies and that is the lead topic in the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast with myself and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio. Gasol being back is a good thing for Memphis but they have a lot of work to do — the win pace to make the playoffs in…

  20. Denver makes video trying to get people to vote Ty Lawson for All-Star Game

    Jan 13, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Lawson celebrates a three-point shot against Golden State Warriors in their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    Not bad Denver Nuggets, not bad. Ty Lawson likely isn’t getting invited to New Orleans for the NBA All-Star game — he’s not in the Top 10 vote getters in the Western Conference backcourt so far this season — but Denver is pushing his candidacy with this video, making light of Lawson’s speed. To me,…

  21. PBT NBA Power Rankings: New York teams rising but Pacers on top still

    Jan 13, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    Here are the weekly PBT power rankings, with some improving teams out of New York. For you fans in Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minnesota and Memphis — teams with dreams of the Western Conference playoffs — know that the pace right now is 47-48 wins just to get the 8 seed. Plan accordingly.   1. Pacers…

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

    Jan 13, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 10, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    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…

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