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  1. Manu Ginobili is concerned about Spurs 1-8 record vs. NBA’s best

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Pelicans

    The Spurs are 32-9, battling for the best record in the West and looking like an elite team most nights. At least one scout thinks they are the same old Spurs, winning games while pacing themselves through the regular season and they are the class of the conference again. But there are questions — they…

  2. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Western Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After selecting the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves on Friday, it’s time to tackle the Western Conference. Once again, we’ll defer to the last ballot returns for our starters, which are decided solely by fan vote. Here’s the projected Western Conference starters: West Starters (Fan Vote) Backcourt: Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin We’ll…

  3. Patrick Beverley targeting Monday return to Rockets’ lineup

    Jan 18, 2014, 6:30 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 was thriving as a member of the Rockets this season, starting in 24 of his 25 appearances and providing an energetic spark on both ends of the floor that positively impacted his team’s lineup. Beverley suffered a fractured hand injury in late December that was expected to sideline him for up to six…

  4. Kevin Durant drops 54, leads Thunder over Warriors (VIDEO)

    Jan 18, 2014, 4:07 AM EDT

    All Kevin Durant all the time. For the Thunder to win against good team without Russell Westbrook it’s going to take a lot of Durant — and that is what he did against Golden State, finishing with 54 points on 19-28 shooting, six assists and four rebounds. He scored in double figures, leading a Thunder attack…

  5. Jekyll/Hyde Rockets fall to Thunder, continue to confound

    Jan 17, 2014, 3:09 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    It was the best of halves, it was the worst of halves. Unfortunately for the Rockets the worst of halves was the second one. That’s when Houston went ice cold from three (0-of-9), shot just 19.4 percent overall and put up 19 points. It was that half that makes you realize how far this Rocket…

  6. LeBron James jealous of Kevin Durant’s shot attempts

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    LeBron James has not won a scoring title since 2008, when, not coincidentally, he last led the NBA in shots per game. Attempting the most shots is not a sure-fire way to lead the league in scoring average – Kevin Durant leads the NBA in points per game this season, though Carmelo Anthony and LaMarcus…

  7. Kevin Durant wants to shoot less with Westbrook out, needs help from teammates

    Jan 14, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    It’s not that Kevin Durant wants to shoot more with Russell Westbrook out, it’s that he doesn’t have much of a choice if the Thunder want to score a lot of points (and they do, that remains kind of an important thing in basketball). In the nine games since Westbrook went out with another knee…

  8. Updated Report: Eric Bledsoe had piece of meniscus removed, could return in six weeks

    Jan 13, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    UPDATED 10:15 am: This makes more sense. According to the Arizona Republic on Monday Bledsoe had a small piece of his meniscus removed, which is a much less serious surgery than had been suggested previously. Removal of the meniscus in a player this young would be unusual, but if is is an arthosopic surgery they…

  9. Suns’ Bledsoe has meniscus repaired, could potentially return this season

    Jan 10, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

    Officially, here is what the Phoenix Suns are saying about the knee surgery star Eric Bledsoe underwent: Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe today underwent successful arthroscopic surgery involving meniscus cartilage in his right knee, the team has announced. The surgery was performed in Phoenix by renowned Suns team doctor and knee surgeon Thomas Carter. Bledsoe…

  10. Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday out indefinitely with stress fracture in leg

    Jan 10, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Sacramento Kings

    Ugh. The list of quality point guards currently out injured in the NBA includes Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Eric Bledsoe (even if he played some two guard)… And now Jrue Holiday. Pelicans starting point guard Holiday has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right tibia and will be out…

  11. Streaky Nuggets run past sleepy Thunder for easy win

    Jan 10, 2014, 3:01 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Remember just a week or so ago when the Denver Nuggets had lost seven in a row and looked like a team destined to fall far out of the playoff picture in the West? Now the Nuggets have turned it around with four straight wins, and while they are not in a playoff spot yet…

  12. Stephen Curry moves past Chris Paul as starter in latest NBA All-Star balloting

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    We can take Chris Paul’s brilliance as a point guard for granted because he’s the guy throwing the lobs, not the guy finishing the highlight play. Paul can score and take over a game, but his mastery of the point guard play is subtler than that — he takes over games by dictating flow and…

  13. The Extra Pass: Quiet Jazz and Tuesday’s recaps

    Gordon Hayward

    For the most part, the Utah Jazz typically fly under the radar. Occasionally they’ll pop up after unexpectedly beating a contender, like they did last night with a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But other than that? You won’t hear much out of Utah. No real trade rumors, no murmurs of unhappiness, no headline…

  14. Tuesday night NBA grades: Durant gets more points, Hayward will take the win

    Jan 8, 2014, 2:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Utah Jazz

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wakeboarding in a flooded garage…. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. No Russell Westbrook. No Serge Ibaka. Nights like this Kevin Durant has to go supernova for the Thunder to have a chance and he did — 48 points overall, 11 in the fourth quarter…

  15. Monday And-1 Links: Ronny Turiaf returns to Minnesota rotation, not so for Shabazz Muhammad

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf

    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. • One of my personal favorites around the league, Ronny Turiaf was back on…

  16. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Golden State climbing rankings fast

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

    The top two teams in the East are the top two teams on PBT’s Power Rankings, but with their current nine-game win streak Golden State has moved in as the top ranked team in the West. If they keep defending like this they are legitimate contenders come playoff time.   1. Pacers (27-6, Last Week…

  17. Could Russell Westbrook return before All-Star break?

    Jan 6, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook plays by his own rules. See here, here, here, here, here and here. So, just because the Oklahoma City Thunder said he’s be out until after the All-Star Break, that doesn’t mean Westbrook is listening. After all, when the team said he’d miss the first four to six weeks of the season following…

  18. The Extra Pass: Why D’Antoni is the right man for the job; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni and Dwight Howard react on the sidelines as the Lakers trail the Los Angeles Clippers, and after Howard fouled out of the game, during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    You may consider this curious timing to take up for Mike D’Antoni, considering his Lakers just gave up 137 points at home to a Denver Nuggets team that can best be described as “meh.” Believe it or not, though, pulling the wool over your eyes isn’t my intention here. Let’s be truthful: D’Antoni’s teams really…

  19. Sunday night NBA grades: Reggie Jackson hit one out of the park

    Jan 6, 2014, 1:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching frigid NFL playoff games while wearing shorts in the comfort of your heated home… Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder. No pressure Reggie, all you have to do is replace an All-Star guard who is probably one of the five best athletes in the game……

  20. Report: Jeremy Lin switching to adidas with new shoe deal

    Jan 3, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Knock his game if you want — although you have to admit it has taken a healthy step forward this season — but you have to know Jeremy Lin is one of the most popular players in the NBA. He is fourth in NBA All-Star voting for the Western Conference’s backcourt, with more votes than…

  21. June draft will be biggest NBA story of 2014

    Jan 1, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    The beauty of sports is that our predictions are often off the mark — like life itself it goes in directions we can’t predict. Still, we have some ideas of what we will look back on in a year as the biggest stories in the NBA for 2014. If the Miami Heat three-peat it will…

  22. NBA says there’s been no increase in rate of ‘significant’ injuries this season

    Dec 30, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Unless you’re a hardcore fan of one of a small group of five NBA teams, the injuries sustained this season to many of the league’s star players have made this a dismal campaign thus far. The Thunder are one of the five, but we’ve seen them have to deal with missed time from Russell Westbrook,…

  23. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Even without Westbrook Thunder take top spot

    Dec 30, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    It’s legitimate to question how well Oklahoma City will fair in the roughly 27 games they will play without Russell Westbrook, but so far so good and that slides the to the top of the last power rankings of 2013. 1. Thunder (25-5, Last Week No. 2). They won all their games last week, but…

  24. Sunday night NBA grades: Thunder’s Durant, Lamb both get an “A”

    Dec 30, 2013, 3:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching the Dallas Cowboys miss the playoffs again… Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. With Russell Westbrook out a whole lot more scoring load falls on Durant’s shoulders — and he answered against a tired Rockets team. Durant had 31 points on 11-17 shooting, 13…

  25. Russell Westbrook to miss at least 27 games

    Dec 27, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Beno Udrih

    Russell Westbrook has played in the Thunder’s last 16 games, which seemed like a decent accomplishment for someone who had knee surgery in April and again in October. Westbrook was supposed to miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season. Instead, he missed just two games. It took him a while to…

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