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  1. Wednesday And-1 links: Plenty of playoff injury, playing time notes

    Apr 24, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    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. Consider this the playoff injury update edition (with a few other things thrown in…

  2. Kendrick Perkins leads fast break, throws alley-oop pass to Ibaka (VIDEO)

    Apr 22, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Perkins takes a free throw against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee

    You knew things were going Oklahoma City’s way when this happened. After Russell Westbrook makes an athletic play to make a steal, Kendrick Perkins picks up the loose ball and takes off on the fast break. So he can dribble, we learned. Then as they got close to the rim he threw the alley-oop to…

  3. Thunder turn Game 1 against Rockets into a laugher

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Durant , Ibaka of Congo, and Perkins share a light moment on the bench late in the game against the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City

    The Thunder led 13-2 before the Rockets tied the game at 38, but Oklahoma City responded with a 14-1 run late in the first half. Houston hung around the fringe of striking distance before the Thunder made another 13-2 run midway through the second half. The Rockets – and the Western Conference – are trying…

  4. Mavericks want to make Dirk Nowitzki their second-best player

    Apr 21, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Ryan Anderson

    For the first time since the 1999-00 season, when Michael Finley did it, Dirk Nowitzki didn’t lead the Mavericks in win shares. As Nowitzki missed a large of the 2012-13 season due to injury, Vince Carter, Darren Collison and Shawn Marion passed him in the all-in-one stat. If the Mavericks have their way, Nowitzki won’t…

  5. Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul get Jordan playoff edition shoes

    Apr 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin are among the stars representing Jordan Brand who are getting new-look, player exclusive versions of their signature shoes. From the official release: The Air Jordan XX8 worn primarily by Russell Westbrook this season will feature a team-inspired white (home) or black (away) upper with photo blue and tour yellow…

  6. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets

    Apr 19, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    SEASON RECORDS Oklahoma City: 60-22, first seed in East Houston: 45-37, eighth seed in East SEASON SERIES The Thunder won 2-1, though that doesn’t truly capture how much they dominated the series. Oklahoma City won by 22 and 30, and Houston won by just three. KEY INJURIES Oklahoma City: Kevin Martin and Kendrick Perkins haven’t…

  7. Looking at the possible first round upsets in the NBA playoffs

    Apr 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Heat's Bosh and Bulls' Boozer await a rebound from a Miami free throw in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    There are some first round series in the NBA playoffs, like the one between the Heat and the Bucks, for example, that are nothing more than foregone conclusions. But there are others where the lower seed has a more than legitimate shot at beating a higher-seeded team winning and advancing, at least in theory. In…

  8. Who can knock off Miami? NBA playoff power rankings

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    If you want to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy — the one that goes to the NBA champions each June — you’re going to have to pry it out of Miami’s cold, dead hands. Good luck. They are the defending champs. They had the best regular season record in the NBA despite coasting to start…

  9. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Jazz win keeps playoff dream alive

    Apr 16, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson, Ricky Rubio, Greg Stiemsma

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the news out of Boston with horror and yet were reminded of the heroism of both first responders and everyday Americans who did what they could to help…. Jazz 96, Timberwolves 80: Utah needed to win to keep its playoffs hopes…

  10. Playoff seeding roundup: Jazz win means playoff race will go to final games on final day

    Apr 16, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Randy Foye, Derrick Favors, Marvin Williams

    We’re going to be talking about who gets in the playoffs — and what seed they are going to be —down to the final games on the final day of the regular season. It’s all because on Monday night the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, the struggling Suns upset the Rockets, and Golden State…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Heat end rankings where they ended last season

    Apr 15, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers

    For the final power rankings of the year my criteria are simple: Who do I think is most likely to win a seven game series between the teams right now. It is essentially a playoff rankings. 1. Heat (64-16, last week ranked No. 1). For a couple games this week the Heat rolled out their…

  12. No more Mr. Nice Guy: Kevin Durant fined $25,000 for “menacing gesture”

    Apr 12, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is greeted by fans as he exits the arena after the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    I thought he was supposed to be the nicest player in the NBA? But Kevin Durant has been fined $25,000 by the league $25,000 for making a menacing gesture, it was announced by Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. It came on a play you may remember from the second quarter, with 1:45 on…

  13. Russell Westbrook elevates, throws down on Jazz (VIDEO)

    Apr 10, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts to a fan as he exits the arena after the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    You really need to cut off Russell Westbrook‘s path to the basket. Or this happens. Westbrook went left off a high pick in the first quarter of the Thunder’s win Tuesday, turned the corner, saw nobody in his way and attacked the rim. He does that really, really well. The Jazz bigs were slow with…

  14. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Knicks’ streak reaches 13

    Apr 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates with teammates during their NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Manhattan, New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what to do with five tons of Nutella… Lakers 104, Hornets 96 ; & Thunder 90, Jazz 80: We combine these two because together they put the Lakers in as the eight seed in the West and in control of their…

  15. Kobe lifts Lakers to win, back into playoff picture (with help of Utah loss)

    Apr 10, 2013, 2:43 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers

    To say the Lakers had to beat the Hornets on Tuesday is to state the obvious — they need to win just about every game from here on out to get the eight seed and make the playoffs. But the one they really have to have now is Wednesday night in Portland. The Lakers stumbled…

  16. Carmelo Anthony passes LeBron for top selling jersey

    Apr 9, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James may be the best player in the NBA, but Carmelo Anthony is the biggest star on the biggest NBA stage — the scorer leading the best New York Knicks team in more than a decade — and that sells a lot of jerseys. Anthony moved past LeBron into the top spot in national…

  17. Three Stars of the Night: Three All-Stars lead teams to wins

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    This was a tough night to narrow the list to three, some guys with huge games miss the cut — Russell Westbrook with 36 points and a near triple-double, Nikola Vucevic with 21 points and 21 boards for the Magic. But there was a key theme to go with for the night — current or…

  18. Knicks look very much a contender out-scoring Thunder in OKC

    Apr 7, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    What do you want from your title contender? A superstar to lead the team? How about Carmelo Anthony with 36 points and 12 rebounds — nine offensive? He took over the league’s scoring title race with that performance. Toughness inside? How about 19 offensive rebounds on one end and your big center Tyson Chandler contesting…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: A lot of Durant. And Boozer.

    Apr 5, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard

    Three games on Thursday night, three teams picked up wins, we’re going to honor one guy from each team. It’s just that simple. Third Star: Andre Miller (23 points, 7 assists) More responsibility falls on him with Ty Lawson out and he was up to it on Thursday night. He was the guy providing offense…

  20. Thunder take down Spurs, close the gap for top playoff position in the West

    Apr 5, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant drives against the San Antonio Spurs defense of guard Tony Parker of France and forward Tim Duncan in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Spurs have been known to rest their top players when their head coach feels the timing is just right, but Thursday night in Oklahoma City there was good reason for Gregg Popovich to see what his team was capable of against the Thunder while playing at full strength. San Antonio started the game with…

  21. John Wall admits a number of point guards are better than him, still wants to get paid

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    John Wall

    It remains one of the interesting questions of the NBA off-season: How much do the Wizards offer John Wall in a contract extension? The Wizards are going to make an offer and they’ve suggested it’s substantial. I think something close to Stephen Curry’s four year, $44 million seems about right. Since getting back and healthy…

  22. NBA Power Rankings: The streak is dead, the Heat not so much…

    Apr 1, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

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    Only two more power rankings after this, so we are starting to turn our view toward the playoffs. Which still feel like the Heat then everyone else. 1. Heat (58-15, last week ranked No. 1). A gutty performance by the Chicago Bulls ended the Heat win streak at 27. But that was a one-time performance,…

  23. John Wall: I’m NBA’s fastest player

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    John Wall, Mike Conley

    When two good players who play the same position play each other – as John Wall and Russell Westbrook did last night – they’re often asked about the other. Most players say something blandly positive about their opponent, satisfying the media with a nice sound bite. But put in that position, Wall didn’t bite. Michael…

  24. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat finally lose, Knicks now streaking

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Martin congratulates Anthony after being fouled by Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out what caused these pond circles … Bulls 101, Heat 97: It had to end sometime, and Wednesday was the night Miami finally lost after winning 27 straight, ending the second longest streak of victories in NBA history. We…

  25. Denver goes to Oklahoma City, makes statement with 13th straight win

    Mar 20, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari

    I’m dubious about regular season games making postseason statements; there is too much evidence just from the last few years that the results of regular season games are poor predictors of a playoff series. This win doesn’t mean the Nuggets will beat the Thunder in a playoff series. It means that they truly believe they…

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