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  1. LeBron, Durant lead Team USA roster pool for 2014 World Championships, 2016 Olympics

    Jan 23, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    When Team USA takes the court in Rio in 2016 to defend its gold medal, you can expect to see somethings old and somthings new — guys who won gold in London and Beijing will be mixed with newcomers who got their real first taste of USA Basketball this coming summer in Spain for the…

  2. The Extra Pass: Ranking all 28 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team candidatles

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some names leaked yesterday for inclusion on the 2014-16 USA Basketball men’s national-team roster – the pool of players who will be considered for upcoming international events. That includes the World Cup of Basketball this summer, possibly 2015 Olympic qualifiers  – and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Stein of ESPN beat today’s official announcement with…

  3. DeMarcus Cousins leaves with ankle injury against Rockets (VIDEO)

    Jan 23, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Sacramento Kings

    The Kings aren’t anything resembling good, but they have a couple of players that have been playing at a well-above-average level in Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. And both left with injuries against the Rockets on Wednesday that didn’t allow them to return. Gay’s was more nebulous, in that you never like to see a…

  4. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  5. Watch Kevin Durant drop 46 on Portland Trail Blazers (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 11:24 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

    Kevin Durant is just trying to get his team wins, and with Russell Westbrook out that means he has to take on a heavy scoring load — he has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games. That includes an impressive 46 on Portland Tuesday night, with 11 of those coming in the final…

  6. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At season midway Pacers, Portland on top (not exactly Stern’s dream finals)

    Jan 20, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    We’re at the midway point in the NBA season and the Indiana Pacers sit on top of the ProBasketballTalk NBA power rankings — we knew they’d be good but they have been better in the regular season than expected. Portland is second, and that is a surprise, but also a team on a win streak.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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……

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