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  1. Durant defends his shot volume and why it’s not higher

    Mar 13, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    Monday night in a loss to San Antonio, Kevin Durant hit 7-of-13 shots on his way to 26 points. Russell Westbrook on the other hand put up 27 shots (including a ridiculous half-court shot trying to draw a foul), hit 11, and finished with an inefficient 25 points. Tuesday that brought up the same old…

  2. Russell Westbrook tried to draw foul on halfcourt shot mid-game (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    Hey Russell Westbrook, you realize you’re pretty much never going to get that call, right? He tried. Westbrook was coming up the court with just under 2:30 left in the second quarter and Gary Neal steps up to apply some early pressure. And Westbrook — who was in a gunner mode for long stretches of…

  3. Kawhi Leonard with steal, move, slam over Perkins (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    As much as one play can, this play pretty much sums up why the Spurs beat the Thunder Thursday night. There was the defense — from the start of the second quarter on the Thunder had 12 turnovers, like this steal by Kawhi Leonard, and shot just 39.3 percent. There was the energy — the Spurs…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: Unlikely heroes edition

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:44 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Stephen Jackson, Tim Duncan, and Tiago Splitter of Brazil celebrate after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Most nights, we have the game’s biggest stars lighting up the scoreboard while leading their teams to victory. That wasn’t the case on Monday, as the leading scorers on the winning side of things were largely unheralded players. Third Star: Kosta Koufos (Game-high and career-high 22 points, 10 rebounds in win over Suns) Koufos isn’t…

  5. Spurs sure look like contenders in 12-point win over Thunder

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    There are two, slightly contradictory take aways from this game: 1) There are a lot of people that watched the Spurs look great in the regular season the last couple years but then look very beatable in the playoffs who think this Spurs team is like those. But there is a key difference — this…

  6. Durant doesn’t buy talk Thunder can’t win it all this year

    Mar 8, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Not everyone believes the Oklahoma City Thunder have a real chance to win an NBA title. And if you watched the Miami Heat take them apart on Valentines Day, it’s easy to say that the gap between the Heat and Thunder is pretty much still where we left it last June. Which is pretty wide.…

  7. Thunder overcome hot shooting from J.R. Smith to outlast Knicks

    Mar 8, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith walks off the floor after missing a shot in their NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New York

    Initially, a little of the luster was lost from the TNT matchup between the Knicks and the Thunder when it was learned that Carmelo Anthony would be forced to sit out his second straight game due to a sore right knee. J.R. Smith took it upon himself to carry the offensive load for New York…

  8. Two men stabbed outside Lakers/Thunder game Tuesday

    Mar 6, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

    chesapeake arena

    Not sure there is ever a bright side to a stabbing, but the NBA league office can at least breathe easy that this apparently had nothing to do with the game or fans at it. Two men were injured by another man with a knife inside the Cox Convention Center parking area across the street…

  9. Phil Jackson has texted Dwight Howard about back issues

    Mar 6, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Relationships in the Lakers world are more like that of a Scottish clan than a traditional business. Around the Buss family there are rivalries, alliances and marriages (or pending ones, anyway) with all kinds of power implications. There are not a lot of clear lines of demarcation. Out of that morass everyone deals with everyone.…

  10. Serge Ibaka blocks Dwight Howard’s dunk (VIDEO)

    Mar 6, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Earl Clark, Serge Ibaka

    That is how you protect the rim. There aren’t many guys in the league who would even try to block a Dwight Howard dunk, let alone pull it off, but Serge Ibaka did Tuesday night (and got Earl Clark‘s follow up, too). The Thunder beat the Lakers and I don’t know that there is some…

  11. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Three playoff teams get wins

    Mar 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Avery Bradley ,Doc Rivers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while stopping a crime using coffee… Thunder 122, Lakers 105: The Lakers show some fight. Kobe Bryant had 30, Steve Nash had 20 and this was a five point game with six minutes to go. But the Thunder have another gear, the Lakers…

  12. Three Stars of the Night: Youth is served

    Mar 6, 2013, 2:19 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Darius Morris

    It’s an exciting time in the NBA when some of the league’s fresher faces are able to dominate the headlines at times and, more importantly, lead their respective teams to victory. On a light three-game slate in the Association, we had one of the younger guys playing a key role in all three contests. Third…

  13. Russell Westbrook scores 37, leads Thunder to easy win over Lakers

    Mar 6, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    The last time the Thunder played the Lakers, they turned the ball over just nine times, and Russell Westbrook struggled offensively, finishing with just 17 points on 6-22 shooting. Oklahoma City dropped that one on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles, so Tuesday night at home, the team corrected itself in those two areas — in…

  14. Improved Lakers get measuring stick game against Thunder

    Mar 5, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    There was a time not so long ago when the up-and-coming Thunder were measuring their improvement against the Lakers. Now, it’s the Western Conference champion Thunder that are the measuring stick and the Lakers who want to see where they stand after a run of better play. The two face off Tuesday night in Oklahoma…

  15. Monday And-1 links: Highlights from the MIT SLOAN advanced statistics conference

    Mar 4, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    MIT campus

    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 like the guys at MIT like beer. Because all guys like beer. • Last…

  16. Wizards’ John Wall with sweet 360 layup (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards

    This play kind of got overlooked in the Sunday crush of Kobe and LeBron and Russell Westbrook, but John Wall can still make plays that have you turning your head. The Wizards still need a lot more from John Wall — they need him to be aggressive, especially late in games like he was Sunday.…

  17. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Kobe pushes Lakers to .500

    Mar 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the wildest ending to a high school state championship game you will ever see… Lakers 99, Hawks 98: It took a phenomenal performance down the stretch from Kobe Bryant, after the Lakers gave back all of a 16-point third quarter lead…

  18. Three Stars of the Night: Kobe, LeBron, Westbrook spark wins

    Mar 4, 2013, 4:06 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, DeShawn Stevenson

    Some very familiar names on top of the three stars list to NBA fans tonight. Sorry to overlook Chandler Parsons dropping 32 out of the blue, or Carmelo Anthony getting 32 in a losing cause, or David West putting up an impressive 31 against the Bulls defense. But these guys had big games and sparked…

  19. Thunder overcome late rally by Clippers to win a physical one in Los Angeles

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    ibaka griffin

    The Thunder and the Clippers are likely second round playoff opponents, should neither team be able to overtake the Spurs for the number one overall seed in the Western Conference. If it ends up happening, and if Sunday’s contest at Staples Center was any indication, we’d be in for a battle of epic proportions. Oklahoma…

  20. LeBron’s shooting in February was the best by any player in the last 30 years

    Mar 2, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    In case you needed an additional reminder of how awesome LeBron James is, here’s a little something to put what we’re seeing from him this season into historical context. From Marc Stein of ESPN.com: The final tally for LeBron’s ridiculously accurate shooting in the month of February was 139 makes in 217 attempts from the…

  21. Ty Lawson hits the game-winner to beat the Thunder (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Lawson celebrates game winning basket over Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA basketball game in Denver

    It all came down to this. Game tied at 103, Nuggets ball, less than 10 seconds remaining. Ty Lawson gets isolation on the wing against Thabo Sefolosha, who is known as an above-average defender. Sefolosha plays Lawson for the drive, which isn’t a bad idea considering Lawson’s rep as one of the speediest guards in…

  22. LeBron, Kobe named February’s Conference Players of the Month

    Mar 1, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month respectively for games played in February, the league announced via official release. It was the fourth straight Player of the Month award for James (in case you had any doubt who the leading candidate for MVP is), and the Heat…

  23. Greg Monroe not expecting Pistons contract extension, thinking 2014 free agency

    Mar 1, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe

    This summer the draft class of 2010 is eligible for contract extensions — teams with a star they want to lock up can do what the Thunder did with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, what the Clippers did with Blake Griffin, and so on. Give your franchise player the max. So who from that draft…

  24. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Every game from the most entertaining night of NBA season

    Feb 28, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Felton comes down on Golden State Warriors' Curry after trying to block his shot in their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the rest of the legendary “pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?” commercial…. Knicks 109, Warriors 105: Stephen Curry was the story… except for the part where his team didn’t win the game. That’s not on him — 54 points…

  25. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Thunder roll as Bulls need a Rose

    Feb 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook controls the inbound pass in front of Chicago Bulls defenders Belinelli and Gibson during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while pointing out to friends the historical inaccuracies of “Argo”… Lakers 103, Mavericks 99: The Lakers are starting to find their identity as a team… of course, some night’s that identity is Kobe Bryant. He dropped 38 points, 14 in the fourth quarter,…

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