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  1. Too much Dirk Nowitzki in overtime lifts Mavericks over Thunder

    Mar 26, 2014, 12:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks

    When Kevin Durant is putting on the kind of show that will win him the MVP award, as he was doing Tuesday night, the Thunder are very hard to beat. Dallas did just that though. They did it behind a vintage night from Dirk Nowitzki (well, except he continued to struggle from three going 2-of-8),…

  2. Russell Westbrook’s minute limit might continue into playoffs

    Mar 24, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Spencer Hawes

    The Thunder are playing Russell Westbrook less than ever. They’re even sitting him in some back-to-backs. It’s all designed to maximize his availability for the playoffs. Oklahoma City is a legitimate championship contender. There’s no sense risking Westbrook’s health until it matters most. But given how serious every hit to the knee Westbrook absorbs seems,…

  3. PBT Power Rankings: Streaking Spurs on top, streaking Sixers on bottom

    Mar 24, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker

    San Antonio has won 13 in a row, they remain in the top spot, Philly has lost 24 in a row and remains in the bottom slot. Hey, guess which two teams play this week?

  4. Kobe Bryant talks with Jim Buss, reiterates ‘selfish’ desire for Lakers to contend next two seasons

    Mar 24, 2014, 10:18 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    I can’t see how these next two years could go wrong for the Lakers.

  5. Kevin Durant has latest technical foul rescinded, remains two away from automatic suspension

    Mar 23, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    Kevin Durant had his latest technical foul rescinded, but two more and he’ll receive a one-game suspension.

  6. MRI shows Russell Westbrook is fine after leaving with knee injury against Raptors

    Mar 22, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    An MRI showed that Russell Westbrook came away from his latest injury scare unscathed.

  7. PBT Podcast: Draft status of Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart more

    Mar 22, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Duke v Mercer

    A poor outing in the NCAA Tournament and his being benched at the end of the game by Mike Krzyzewski alerted America to what NBA scouts already knew — Jabari Parker doesn’t play defense. In the latest edition of the PBT Podcast myself and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio cover bring in Ed Isaacson…

  8. Russell Westbrook leaves after suffering knee injury against Raptors (VIDEO)

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:33 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook left Friday’s game with a knee injury, and it did not look good. However, he left the arena later without a limp or brace and said he will not miss time.

  9. Thursday NBA grades: Stephen Curry slays the Bucks

    Mar 21, 2014, 2:41 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching your bracket go up in flames on the first day… Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. Credit the Milwaukee Bucks, they would not roll over, they fought and made Golden State work for it. Stephen Curry was the guy that was not going to…

  10. Monday NBA grades: Faried, Hickson help Nuggets snap Clippers’ win streak

    Mar 18, 2014, 2:28 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets versus the Los Angeles Clippers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while trying to explain how a python ate your family pet… J.J. Hickson/Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets. Let’s be clear — Denver snapped the Los Angeles Clippers 11-game win streak because the Clippers were tired and off. The back-to-back with the second game in Denver trap…

  11. Sunday NBA grades: Golden State’s Curry, Thompson put on a show

    Mar 17, 2014, 2:57 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching the King of the Hill/True Detective mashup… Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors. Early in the third quarter Houston took an 18 point lead over Golden State and seemed to be in complete control. Then the shots from Warriors backcourt started to…

  12. Thunder to rest Russell Westbrook on certain back-to-back sets to finish the season

    Mar 15, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    The Thunder are just a game back of the Spurs for the league’s best record, an achievement that would guarantee home court advantage throughout the playoffs. But they’ll willingly be hurting that effort by resting Russell Westbrook as a precautionary measure in certain back-to-back sets.

  13. Charles Barkley almost fell asleep on Inside the NBA set (VIDEO)

    Mar 14, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

    Charles Barkley

    This is what makes Inside the NBA on TNT great. You can be sure some star almost fell asleep on the set of a Sunday morning football show this year, but they got him some coffee and kept it off the air. Not Inside the NBA. They show Charles Barkley nodding off and the guys…

  14. Thursday NBA grades: Don’t make Mike Dunleavy angry

    Mar 14, 2014, 3:16 AM EDT

    Mike Dunleavy, James Harden

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while applying for maybe the best journalism job out there…. Mike Dunleavy, Chicago Bulls. Don’t make Mike Dunleavy angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. Dunleavy had no points in the first half before Chandler Parsons caught Dunleavy just above the eye with an…

  15. Russell Westbrook opens game with steal, slam (VIDEO)

    Mar 14, 2014, 12:55 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    The rest of this game went pretty much like this play. This steal and slam was the first two of Russell Westbrook‘s 11 first quarter points as the Thunder raced out to a 14 point first quarter lead. Then they really opened it up in the third quarter, making it a 24-point lead and it…

  16. PBT Extra: Talking Andrew Bynum’s arrival, Trail Blazers’ stumble

    Mar 12, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    It’s just one game, so you can’t read too much into Andrew Bynum‘s 8 point, 10 rebound first game with the Pacers, but he certainly has the potential to make them better. Today on PBT Extra Kay Adams talk about what Bynum can bring to the Pacers. Then we discuss the stumbles of the Portland…

  17. James Harden admits Rockets were sidetracked by overly-emotional play of Patrick Beverley

    Mar 12, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

    beverley westbrook

    Patrick Beverley went hard after Russell Westbrook from the opening tip on Tuesday, but James Harden says it was a needless distraction.

  18. Tuesday night NBA Grades: San Antonio with another impressive statement

    Mar 12, 2014, 2:33 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Chicago Bulls

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking I never had teachers like that… San Antonio Spurs offense. The Bulls defense has forced everyone they have faced lately into an ugly, grappling fight on the ground that favors Chicago. Even Miami fell victim to it. San Antonio rose above it with…

  19. Kevin Durant scores 42, Thunder win a chippy one over Rockets

    Mar 11, 2014, 11:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant led the Thunder to victory with his 42 points, but not before there were plenty of fireworks between the two teams.

  20. Patrick Beverley goes at Russell Westbrook just as he did on the play that caused injury in 2013 playoffs (VIDEO)

    Mar 11, 2014, 8:44 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Patrick Beverley gives Russell Westbrook a not-so-subtle reminder of the play that caused Westbrook’s season-ending knee injury in the 2013 playoffs.

  21. Sunday NBA grades: All hail the unstoppable Jodie Meeks

    Mar 10, 2014, 12:59 AM EDT

    Jodie Meeks, Kevin Durant

    A career-high 42 points on just 18 shots. Not bad.

  22. Udonis Haslem told Patrick Beverley to stop talking trash at halftime of Heat-Rockets

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets' Beverley smiles after being called for a foul while playing Oklahoma City Thunder in their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Patrick Beverley gained some national attention when his aggressive play resulted in an injury to the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook in the first round of last year’s playoffs. There was nothing wrong with Beverley’s play, but it branded him as an agitator of sorts. He’s since lived up to that label, being one of the more…

  23. PBT Extra: Two man MVP race will go down to wire

    Mar 5, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat

    It’s a two man race for the MVP this season and the two best basketball players walking the face of the earth are basically even heading into the final quarter of the season. Watching Kevin Durant and LeBron James battle this out the rest of the way is going to be fun. We start off…

  24. Watch Russell Westbrook record fastest triple-double in more than 50 years (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Jim Tucker did it in 17 minutes in 1955. That was the last person to record a triple-double faster than Russell Westbrook did on Tuesday night — 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in less than 21 minutes. Kevin Durant dropped 42 points on the sad 76ers as well, but Westbrook’s achievement stood out.…

  25. Tuesday night NBA grades: Westbrook with a triple-double in 21 minutes

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:09 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem if you prefer) and The Roots sing “Let It Go”… Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder. Tell me again how this team is better off without him? Westbrook had a triple double — 13 points, 10 rebounds…

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