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  1. Wednesday And-1 links: Is Rondo as Celtics leader a good thing?

    May 2, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

    Here is our daily 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. • Rajon Rondo is the future leader of the Celtics. Is that a good…

  2. Report: USA to add players to candidate pool for Olympics

    May 2, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    Demarcus Cousins

    Following a rash of injuries — and whatever happened to Lamar Odom — the original pool of 20 players USA Basketball was going to choose from to form its Olympic team this summer is down to 15. The waters are getting a little shallow with injuries to Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight…

  3. This year Thunder closing out close wins, up 2-0 on Mavericks

    May 1, 2012, 2:53 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder- Game Two

    Last season in the Western Conference Finals, the Mavericks and Thunder played each other close, but when it came time to execute under pressure at the end it was Dallas making the plays. Dirk Nowitzki was a legendary player who could not seem to miss. This year the torch has been passed. For the second…

  4. USA Basketball may look at new players after Rose injury

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:13 AM EST

    Rose injury

    Back in January USA Basketball released a list of 20 players, a pool from which the United States basketball team for the London Olympics would be chosen. But due to injuries, that list is down to 15. Derrick Rose’s ACL injury puts him on the shelf, along with Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups.…

  5. Derrick Rose’s injury punch to gut of Chicago, opens doors elsewhere

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:16 PM EST

    Bulls Rose is helped off the court after getting hurt during their NBA quarter-final playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Chicago

    Derrick Rose’s injury sucks. He is out for the playoffs with a torn ACL and there is no other word but sucks to do it justice. (Well, other words I can run here, anyway.) It also changes the playoff picture in the East completely. First and foremost, this just sucks for fans of basketball who…

  6. Your PBT Saturday Morning Opening Playoff Day Viewing Guide

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:21 AM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    It’s time. The NBA Playoffs begin Saturday as 16 teams begin their challenge for a championship. OK, only about seven of them think they actually have a chance. But still. Here’s what’s on tap today. 1 p.m. EST: Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls. The Sixers actually do really match up better with Chicago than Miami,…

  7. My (hypothetical) end of season awards ballot

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami, Florida April 19

    It’s end of season award time and… well, I don’t have an official ballot. But not being official never stopped me before. So here would be my votes for the winners, plus some people I also would have put on the list. Note that the one exception is the Most Improved Player category, an award…

  8. PBT Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:20 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Season Records: Oklahoma City (47-19, 2 seed) vs. Dallas (38-28, 7 seed) Season Series: OKC 3-1 Offense/Defense Rankings (points per 100 possessions): Offense: OKC 107.2 (2nd in NBA) vs. DAL 101.1 (20th in NBA) Defense: OKC 100 (9th in NBA) vs. DAL 98.6 (8th in NBA) Three Key Thunder: Kevin Durant: Durant just locked up…

  9. Andrew Bynum skipping Olympics… so who is in for USA?

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Dwight Howard went under the knife and sacrificed his summer, the speculation began — who gets his spot on Team USA for the London Olympics this summer? It pretty much guaranteed that Knicks big man Tyson Chandler is in now. He was on the bubble before, but now he is a must as the…

  10. Lakers get huge double overtime win over Thunder…. without Harden

    Apr 22, 2012, 9:47 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook

    The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday, 112-106. In five years, that’s all that will remain from this game, in searched box scores. Those are the facts. But what happened is such a bigger story. I’ve been sitting here struggling to find a way to accurately portray this game. Can you deny…

  11. Five things to watch: Thunder-Lakers

    Apr 22, 2012, 11:44 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    The playoff race is heating up and with the Lakers battling for the division and the third seed and the Thunder haggling with the Spurs over the top seed in the West, Sunday’s game is the rare late season meeting with meaning. The Lakers need to get a win to lock in no-worse than fifth…

  12. For second time in a week, Clippers beat Thunder. Hmmm….

    Apr 17, 2012, 2:41 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    When the Clippers beat Oklahoma City Thunder last Wednesday, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were 2-for-12 shooting in the fourth quarter. In the second half Monday night, Durant and Westbrook were a combined 1-for-13 shooting and the Clippers pulled away with an 18-4 run in the fourth quarter to win 92-77. The OKC loss combined…

  13. Video: In other news, Russell Westbrook is not human

    Apr 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Oh, good gravy. It’s the extension that sells this one. Grabs it at the furthest point of the cockback, and then the total follow through in one motion. That is not basketball. That is violent art with some props.

  14. Video: Chris Paul’s game-winning drive and layup

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:56 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    This play is so fantastically Chris Paul. He dribbles out as much clock as he can, not starting his move until there is 5 seconds left. He goes away from the pick so as not to go into the trap. He gets around his man then makes a little ball fake like he might pass…

  15. Who gets the most “hockey assists” in the NBA?

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:59 PM EST

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    In the NBA, the guy who makes the pass to set up a shooter gets an assist. But often you will see a point guard drive and draw the defense, kick out to a guy at the arc, who will then see the defense rotate and make a pass to a second open shooter who…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Fear Memphis, for they are a force

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:24 AM EST

    Caron Butler, Marc Gasol

    What you missed while marveling at Japanese beer technology. Grizzlies 94, Clippers 85: Why does everyone fear the Grizzlies right now? Because they have a huge front line with skill. Because they have very good wing players. Because they have depth. Because they have won 8 of 10 and that includes victories over the Lakers,…

  17. Video: LeBron, Wade comment on Westbrook’s hard foul

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:13 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James and Wade talk before their NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami

    There is a great line at the end of the classic movie about the attack on Pearl Harbor “Tora Tora Tora” where the after the bombing Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto says, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” (Yes, I know that is…

  18. LeBron James, Miami Heat make their case at Thunder’s expense

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:57 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James and Bosh wait for a rebound with Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    If this does end up being the NBA finals matchup, we are all in for a lot of fun. These teams are starting to develop a real dislike of each other. Miami and Oklahoma City got together for an intense, physical, playoff-style game Wednesday were LeBron James make his MVP case and the Heat got…

  19. Where does Anthony Davis fit in the NBA? Anywhere he wants.

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    On a crucial play with 24 seconds left in the NCAA national championship game, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis had both feet in the lane when Kansas’ Elijah Johnson popped out off a screen out behind the three point line on the left side and took a pass for a standard catch-and-shoot three. Make it and this…

  20. Durant says Thunder better when Westbrook shoots more

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:32 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Skip Bayless’ job at ESPN2 is to get people to watch him. He’s good at it — saying often outrageous things will get people to watch to see what you will say next. (His ultimate goal is no different than this blog or anywhere else in the media, our job is to get you to…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Mayo sticks dagger in Thunder

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:58 AM EST

    O.J. Mayo

    What you missed while watching Kentucky win the national title they seemed destined to win…. Memphis 94, Oklahoma City 88: Apparently the Thunder are not comfortable on top of my (and everybody’s) power rankings. This was always a dangerous letdown game for the Thunder — they beat the Heat, Lakers and Bulls in the eight…

  22. Video: Westbrook’s ridiculous half-court alley-oop to Durant

    Apr 2, 2012, 12:46 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Just in case you hadn’t seen this during the game, or on pretty much every highlight show since then, here is Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant connecting on a ridiculous half-court alley-oop pass as part of the clinic they put on against the Bulls on Sunday. It’s plays like this that remind you just how…

  23. Thunder show off against Bulls as a question of athleticism comes into play

    Apr 1, 2012, 4:26 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Derrick was out, and had he played, this would have been a totally different game. Let’s just get that out in front right now. There is just no way to understate the impact that Derrick Rose, last season’s MVP, might have had on the Thunder’s 92-78 win vs. the Bulls on Sunday. This team is…

  24. Rose to miss Sunday game against Thunder

    Apr 1, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Derrick Rose

    From the Chicago Tribune: Bulls guard Derrick Rose will miss his 10th consecutive game Sunday at Oklahoma City as he continues to recover from a groin injury. Rose admitted his disappointment in not being able to face close friend Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and the Western-Conference leading Thunder. But Rose continues to have issues running.…

  25. Kobe has day only Kobe could have, caps it with game winner

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:11 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Saturday was vintage Kobe… or at least vintage 2012 Kobe. He looked tired — as he has a lot lately, which is why we have all watched his shooting percentages drop — and started the game 0-for-15 shooting with zero points through three quarters. Yes, you read that right. Zero points on 15 missed shots.…

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