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  1. The Extra Pass: The All-Mesh Team and Tuesday’s recaps

    Nov 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    While the Golden State Warriors were giving the Detroit Pistons the proverbial business on Tuesday night, the Warriors’ announcing crew fawned over Andre Iguodala before asking, “who wouldn’t want to play with this guy?” It was a rhetorical question, of course, but I tried to answer it anyway. For the life of me, I couldn’t…

  2. Ray Allen says Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett haven’t spoken to him since he left Celtics for Heat

    Nov 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    The players and coaches of the Celtics team that won a title in 2008 and contended for a few years afterward pretended as though there was a bond in place that was more special than it was anywhere else. But once the business side of things began to take precedent over the basketball side, things…

  3. James Harden officially day-to-day with bruised foot

    Nov 8, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    No, this is not an excuse for how flat-footed and slow his defense has been this season. However it appears James Harden is hurt — he is day-to-day with a bruised foot tweets Jonathan Feigen of the the Houston Chronicle. Those tend not to keep people out long if at all, and against the Lakers…

  4. Dwyane Wade helps Heat pull away for win over Clippers

    Nov 7, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

    d wade

    LeBron James is in the rare situation of being widely recognized as the game’s best player, and few would argue his position in those rankings. But what makes the Miami Heat a championship level team is the star talent surrounding James, and that starts with a healthy Dwyane Wade. Wade is still able to impact…

  5. Red-hot Clippers put on a show at Rockets expense, win big

    Nov 5, 2013, 2:40 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Chris Paul

    LOS ANGELES — This happens a few games a season. It was a perfect storm of the already explosive Clippers offense really finding its flow in an up-tempo game, a Rockets defense that was just floundering, some foul trouble to the Rockets defensive anchor, and to top it all off Chris Paul had the Midas…

  6. Nets in control from start, hang on at end to finally beat LeBron and gain confidence

    Nov 1, 2013, 11:51 PM EDT

    Heat Nets Basketball

    There are no statement games on Día de los Muertos. I’m not sure there are statement games in early April either, but right now it’s far, far too early to talk about them. Teams change and evolve a lot over the course of a season. A lot. Plus regular season series are not reliable predictors…

  7. Sixers pull off stunning upset, open season with win over Heat

    Oct 30, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT

    Heat 76ers Basketball

    The Sixers were tabbed by most to be the worst team in the league this year, and no one expected it to be that close. The team’s own head coach said he only thought Philadelphia was fielding six NBA-caliber players, but that was enough at least for one night. Philadelphia caught the defending champion Heat…

  8. The Extra Pass Tuesday roundup: Doc Rivers talks Clippers defensive woes

    Oct 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Chris Paul

    LOS ANGELES — The long grind of the NBA season is about building habits, building sustainable ways to win that can carry a team through the playoffs. For the Clippers this season, that building focus is on defense (their offense is going to score plenty). Before his team’s opening night game Tuesday the Clippers’ Doc…

  9. What to expect from LeBron and the Heat?

    Oct 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    You’re busy, so I’ll save you some time: a championship.  They’ve won two straight, basically their entire squad is coming back, and their best guy is the most dynamic and exciting player since Michael Jordan.  The Heat have all the tools they need to make a run at a three-peat – but even with them…

  10. NBA GMs would take Kevin Durant over Kobe Bryant for last shot

    Oct 22, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s a great barstool debate: Who do you want taking the final shot with the game on the line? General Managers around the NBA say Kevin Durant. For many years that question was one Kobe Bryant owned in the annual NBA.com GM survey, but for the second straight GMs picked the scoring machine out of…

  11. Monday And-1 Links: Luke Walton wants another shot in NBA

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton

    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. • Luke Walton spent most of last season on the Cleveland bench (he got…

  12. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Last season: The Spurs finished with the second best record in the Western Conference, and blew through the playoffs with a 12-2 record (including sweeps against the Lakers in the first round and the Grizzlies in the Conference Finals) before facing the Heat in the NBA Finals. The series was one for the ages, with…

  13. Garnett fires back at LeBron, says to mind his own business

    Oct 18, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    We may actually have a little Heat/Nets rivalry brewing. Preseason talk matters usually matters about as much as preseason games, but the tension built up in years past between LeBron James and Kevin Garnett as led to a few shots across the bow this preseason. That could lead to some actual drama during the regular…

  14. LeBron, Wade call out former Celtics who dissed Ray Allen then left Boston themselves

    Oct 17, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    One year ago at this time the story we were all sick of was the “feud” between Ray Allen and his former teammates on the Boston Celtics. Allen didn’t feel respected or part of the Celtics plans (Avery Bradley had taken his starting job) and so he took less money to bolt for Miami. He…

  15. Mike Brown a little frustrated with Dion Waiters’ defense

    Oct 16, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters, Gerald Henderson

    Mike Brown is a defensive minded coach. That is his reputation. If you see the Cavaliers as a playoff team in the East (and I do) then you are counting on a healthy Kyrie Irving, somebody stepping up in the frontcourt, and Mike Brown improving a defense that was 27th in the NBA in points…

  16. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Miami Heat

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Last season: The Heat won their second straight championship in an epic seven-game battle against a Spurs team that had every chance to take home the title instead. On their way, Miami flirted with history by stringing together a 27-game winning streak that lasted late into March, and finished the season by winning an incredible…

  17. Refs say Rick Barry is wrong, Ray Allen didn’t travel on critical shot in Game 6 of Finals

    Sep 26, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    Ray Allen‘s shot at the end of regulation to send Game 6 of the Finals into overtime was as clutch as they come, especially considering those now famous yellow ropes in place along the sidelines that were there in preparation for the Spurs’ trophy presentation. NBA Hall-of-Famer Rick Barry has turned it into a mini-controversy…

  18. Kobe says he would love Derek Fisher to come back to Lakers

    Sep 26, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derek Fisher

    This is why you don’t let current players act as your GM. Derek Fisher is back with the Thunder this season on a one-year minimum contract, and after that he is expected to retire. Fisher was one of the great role players of his era and had a skill set that fit beautifully with Phil…

  19. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Boston Celtics

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Boston Celtics

    Last season: For the first half of the season Boston — with veterans like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — looked like that team everyone wants to avoid in the first round. Remember, the year before they had taken Miami seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Maybe this version of the Celtics wasn’t going…

  20. 2005 Phil Jackson commercial foreshadowed 2013 Heat Fans at Finals Game 6

    Sep 12, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Back during the 2005 NBA Finals, while the San Antonio Spurs were beating the Detroit Pistons in 7 games, this Toyota commercial was running. It featured Phil Jackson appearing as a psuedo-Zen sounding apparition admonishing Heat fans who left the game early and missed a great comeback. Fast forward to Game 6 of the 2013 NBA…

  21. Kevin Garnett says he showed Rondo how to lead Celtics

    Sep 12, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Celtics' Garnett talks with Rondo during a time out against Knicks in the second half during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Rajon Rondo was arguably the best player on the Celtics the past two seasons, but he was not the team leader. Kevin Garnett was, with Paul Pierce (and a couple seasons back Ray Allen) in that mix as well. Now, Rondo has been thrust into the roll of unquestioned leader of a young, rebuilding Boston…

  22. Everybody keeps asking Ray Allen about “The Shot.” He’s cool with that.

    Sep 10, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    If you were Ray Allen, wouldn’t you want to talk about the biggest shot of your career? Allen hit a step-back three with 5.2 seconds left that tied Game 6 of the NBA Finals and saved the Miami Heat’s title chances. Miami had looked dead in the water seconds before but Chris Bosh got the…

  23. Report: Miami Heat considering signing Michael Beasley

    Sep 7, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    heat beasley

    There’s no way to put this mildly: The Michael Beasley free agent signing by the Phoenix Suns last summer was a disastrous one for the franchise. It led to the firing of head coach Alvin Gentry midway through last season, and when things had completely fallen apart by year’s end, it resulted in the firing…

  24. Rick Barry says Ray Allen travelled on key Game 6 three

    Sep 6, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    Talk with a group of basketball fans – it doesn’t have to be too large – and discuss that play, Michael Jordan’s final shot with the Bulls, the basket that won the 1998 NBA Finals over the Jazz. Someone will claim Jordan pushed off Bryon Russell.* Unlike nearly every other all-time great shot in NBA…

  25. Watch reaction of arena full of Spurs fans to Ray Allen’s Game 6 three (VIDEO)

    Sep 5, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    It was the defining moment of these NBA Finals — Miami was down three in Game six and were seconds away from losing the series to the San Antonio Spurs. LeBron James missed a three, but Chris Bosh got the rebound, Ray Allen hit the step back three and the rest is history. In San…

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