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  1. Grizzlies continue impressive start with road win over Thunder

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:30 PM EST

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    The Memphis Grizzlies look like a team ready to compete in the postseason. The Thunder look like a team still searching for answers. The result of the meeting between these two teams reflected that on Wednesday, as Memphis had little trouble in cruising to a convincing 107-97 win in Oklahoma City. When we last saw…

  2. Video: Russell Westbrook passes to self off Brandon Knight

    Nov 13, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    I think this is my favorite play from last night. Tie game, inside five minutes in the fourth quarter and Russell Westbrook does a very Westbrook thing and gets caught in the air with nowhere to go with the ball. So he improvised, threw it off Brandon Knight, got it back and scored the layup.…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about the Boston offense

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

    Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while being scared by the idea of a Hillary Clinton decorating show…. Jazz 140, Raptors 133 (3OT): Utah got its first road win but the Raptors made them really work for it — they needed the second three of Al Jefferson’s…

  4. Video: Jason Maxiell sends Russell Westbrook’s layup to the moon

    Nov 13, 2012, 12:52 AM EST

    Maxiell_Jason

    The Pistons blew a double-digit lead at home to the Thunder, remaining winless at 0-8 on the season. Things obviously aren’t going great in Detroit, but at the very least, they were aesthetically pleasing tonight for the first time in a long time. Jason Maxiell was a big part of that. Although he is crazy…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Memphis can flat out ball

    Nov 12, 2012, 1:53 AM EST

    LeBron James, Marreese Speights

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while thinking maybe you should lay off those breakfast sandwiches…. Lakers 103, Kings 90: The Lakers are 2-0 in the Bernie Bickerstaff era and all anybody wants to talk about is Phil Jackson. We break it all down right here. Grizzlies…

  6. Three Stars of the Night: Two big names and a role player

    Nov 12, 2012, 1:05 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, James Johnson

    On any given night, anyone can step up to be the difference maker that leads his team to a victory. Typically, it’s the team’s best player or one of their key starters that does it. That’s why they’re paid the big bucks, after all. Sometimes, though, it’s a role player that comes out hitting shots…

  7. Thunder get right with blowout destruction of Raptors

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:05 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    If you want the short version of how things went for the Raptors in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, we have that for you here and here. For those that want the excruciating details, feel free to continue. It’s amazing how any the talk of chemistry issues and in-house bickering suddenly disappears when a weaker opponent…

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs and Knicks movin’ on up

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Fans celebrate as Knicks' Anthony sinks a three-point shot against Heat during NBA basketball game in New York

    The first few power rankings of the year show the most volatility — we don’t have established patterns for teams and so if someone gets hot or cold for a few games there is no context yet to put that in. It’s Small Sample Size Theatre. The Magic are 2-0 but I don’t think they…

  9. Strain of change leading to concerns about Thunder chemistry

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    It has been a strange thing to see — barking and bickering among the tight chemistry of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s come up every game so far this season, Darnell Maryberry of the Oklahoman described Sunday’s incident in a loss to the Hawks. At the end of the first quarter, Thabo Sefolosha and Russell…

  10. Three Stars of the Night: Big stars earn the stars on Sunday

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:54 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, Jonas Jerebko

    We at PBT love the underdogs, the little guys, the players who make the contributions you don’t as quickly notice. But the NBA’s biggest stars are stars for a reason. And Sunday it was some of the NBA’s biggest names showing you why they get paid the big bucks. Third Star: Kevin Martin, 28 points…

  11. James Harden’s career-high 45 leads Rockets to 2-0 start

    Nov 3, 2012, 11:40 AM EST

    NBA: Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons

    If James Harden continues to play like he’s played in his first two games with the Rockets, the trade that brought him to Houston may eventually be seen as one of the most one-sided in NBA history. It’s early, of course, and finances were the motivation in Oklahoma City, where Harden didn’t (and wouldn’t) have…

  12. Tony Parker’s clutch buckets late help Spurs take down the Thunder

    Nov 2, 2012, 1:23 AM EST

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Serge Ibaka

    This was a game the Thunder could have won, and watching how the last few possessions played out, it’s one the Thunder should have won. But in the end, San Antonio had the execution that Oklahoma City did not, and the Spurs came away with a buzzer-beating 86-84 win over the Thunder to give them…

  13. Winderman: Trying to make sense of rookie contract extensions

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:56 PM EST

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    On many levels it makes sense that the NBA’s deadline for rookie-scale extensions is Oct. 31. Because while there are many treats (for the players involved), there also can be more than a few tricks (down the road when it comes to teams’ salary caps and luxury taxes). James Harden? He deserved as much as…

  14. Fear the Beard II: Harden drops 37 and 12 in Rockets win

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:39 AM EST

    James Harden

    In case you thought James Harden only looked like he could ball because he was playing next to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook… honestly, if you thought that what guy have you you watching? Harden has been fantastic the last few years. The guy didn’t make the Olympic team because Coach K liked his beard.…

  15. Thunder have some adjustments to make with Kevin Martin

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Kevin Martin, De Andre Liggins

    For years, Kevin Martin was a player I hoped would land on a bigger stage. He was maybe the most efficient scorer in the NBA, a guy who could shoot the three, had a deceptively good handle and knew how to get to the line. He scored more than 20 points a game for five…

  16. PBT Power Rankings: Heat start season on top, Bobcats in cellar

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:56 PM EST

    Chris Bosh,Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    It’s that time of year — the PBT’s NBA Power Rankings are back. Power Rankings before a single game is played are admittedly a bit silly, but then again the NBA has playoffs to determine which team is best so really all power rankings are silly and just for the entertainment value. It would take…

  17. Four teams that could head off a Lakers vs. Heat NBA final

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:42 PM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    It’s the consensus of prognosticators (and me as well) — the NBA finals will be the Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. You can already sense David Stern drooling like a Pavlovian dog thinking about the television ratings. What teams could destroy David Stern’s dream? There are four. While we…

  18. Harden reportedly “devastated” by trade. I can think of 25 million reasons he’ll get over it.

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:51 PM EST

    James Harden

    James Harden didn’t want to be traded from the Thunder. He said as much. He was having fun on a contending team that he had kind of grown up in the NBA on. But business is business. Harden earned his right to get paid — the Thunder reportedly offered four years, $52 million (an offer…

  19. Maynor, Thunder stop contract talks; he will be a free agent

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:09 AM EST

    Eric Maynor

    Eric Maynor is going to be a key part of the Oklahoma City Thunder this year, a role that just got bigger in the wake of the James Harden trade. Maynor is going to get a piece of the Harden role. No, he hasn’t been asked by management to grow a beard. Probably. But Maynor is…

  20. Oklahoma City’s big mistake was Perkins trade, extension

    Oct 28, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Kendrick Perkins, James Harden

    We all have at least a little bit of stubbornness in us. Not asking for directions? A common mistake rooted in pride. Going down a random, unmarked dirt road for five miles after not asking for directions? A little more foolish. Ending up out of gas in the middle of a field hoping the hills…

  21. Thunder weaken title chances to save almighty dollar

    Oct 28, 2012, 1:45 AM EST

    James Harden

    Mark Cuban once said that there are two kinds of NBA owners: Those that want to win and those that want to make money. We know where the Thunder owners fall. Oklahoma City traded their Sixth Man of the Year and best playmaker James Harden — the guy with the sweet beard who often had…

  22. Four days left and Harden, Thunder still talking extension

    Oct 27, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    James Harden

    Halloween is the deadline for rookies from the draft class of 2009 to sign extensions. And there are some real questions out there. Would you offer an extension to Stephen Curry? What about Jrue Holiday? Or Ty Lawson? The Bulls are expected to reach a deal with Taj Gibson but it hasn’t happened yet. Tyreke…

  23. Thunder’s Maynor offers advice on ACL recovery to Rose

    Oct 24, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    Eric Maynor is back on the Oklahoma City bench, coming in behind Russell Westbrook as one of the better backup point guards in the league. Maynor was missed by the Thunder in the playoffs last year when he was out recovering from an ACL injury and Derek Fisher was getting his minutes. With the Thunder…

  24. Who are the key role players on contending teams?

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Ray Allen

    In the NBA, you win with star players (except if you’re the 2004 Pistons, the exception to every championship rule). They’re the guys you lean on in the closing minutes of tight games. The guys that can affect a game with their sheer talent and turn what looks to be a sure loss into a…

  25. League GMs say Durant now more clutch than Kobe

    Oct 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    Kevin Durant

    There are 15 seconds left in the game, your team is down by one, and you can have anybody in the NBA take that shot. Who do you want? For years now NBA general managers have said “Kobe” in their annual survey when asked what one player they would want taking a shot with the…

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