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  1. Mario Chalmers after being whistled for flagrant on DeMarcus Cousins: ‘He flopped’

    Dec 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    When Mario Chalmers wasn’t throwing passes behind his head to LeBron James for ridiculous dunks, he was throwing his weight into DeMarcus Cousins late in Miami’s loss to Sacramento on Friday. Chalmers picked up a flagrant for body checking Cousins, who went flying to the floor with under a minute and a half remaining in…

  2. Kings coach Michael Malone on his players: ‘These guys have got to take responsibility’

    Dec 24, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Atlanta Hawks

    What’s bothering Kings coach Michael Malone? Right now, it seems to be Sacramento’s 22 turnovers in a loss to the Pelicans on Monday and the Kings allowing 39 fourth-quarter points in a loss to the Hawks on Wednesday. After the the loss to New Orleans – Sacramento’s fourth defeat in five games, which dropped the…

  3. The Extra Pass: The nightmare that is LeBron James; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    You know those nightmares where you can’t run away fast enough? The ones where your legs turn to mush and the baddy behind you keeps gaining ground? That’s a recurring nightmare for lots of people, but it’s a recurring reality for Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer was on the sidelines with the San…

  4. LeBron James just destroys Paul Millsap with dunk (VIDEO)

    Dec 23, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat

    Credit the Hawks’ Paul Millsap for trying to make the right play, he slides over and tries to draw the charge on LeBron James. But he just ends up in another LeBron highlight. After the game — where the Heat beat the Hawks in OT — in a televised interview LeBron joked about having a…

  5. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Santa brings presents to Blazers, Thunder; lumps of coal to Atlantic

    Dec 23, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Oklahoma City almost took over the top spot in the rankings, until they laid an egg Sunday night. The Blazers hold on for another week, but they didn’t look elite last week even in their wins and this week sees a few big tests.   1. Trail Blazers (23-5, Last Week No. 1). If the…

  6. Isaiah Thomas: ‘I want to be the best little guy to ever play’

    Dec 22, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Isaiah Thomas, Jameer Nelson

    The Kings made the Rudy Gay trade to, well, get Rudy Gay. But that wasn’t the only benefit of the the deal. The trade, which shipped out starting point guard Greivis Vasquez, gave Isaiah Thomas a bigger role, and that’s a positive development for Sacramento. Thomas is averaging 18.8 points, 5.7 assists and 1.4 steals…

  7. LeBron throws down a monster jam on Kings rookie Ben McLemore (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:36 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    One of the first lessons a rookie can learn in the NBA is which players not to try to take a charge against. LeBron James has to be near the top of that list, but Kings rookie Ben McLemore gave it a shot anyway on Friday night in Miami. He chose … poorly. LeBron elevated…

  8. Terrence Ross excited for ‘biggest opportunity of my career’

    Dec 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    Technically, the Raptors got Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes for Rudy Gay. But Toronto also got a new spirit. Without the shoot-first, do-little-else Gay, the Raptors have gone 3-1. They’re just clicking a little better. They might be playing with a little more passion, too. Terrence Ross certainly is. Landry Fields…

  9. The Extra Pass: The Spurs’ Hammer set; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich talks to Duncan during the third quarter of play against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    The Signature Series takes a look at a play that’s largely unique to one team. Here’s San Antonio’s “Hammer” set. The San Antonio Spurs don’t get enough credit for keeping up with the times. Although the end result is often the same as it has always been – Tim Duncan facing up and banking a…

  10. Updated Report: Boston Celtics talking Rondo trade with Kings, multiple sources deny

    Dec 17, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 3:47 pm: It didn’t take long for multiple quality sources to shoot this idea down. Spoke w/source moments ago who said the latest Rajon Rondo rumor that he will be traded to the Sacramento #Kings, is "not happening."— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) December 17, 2013 FYI re: Rajon Rondo rumor, Celtics & Kings have…

  11. PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Stability at the top, trades could shake up bottom

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers

    There is no movement at the top of the standings as the top five teams went 15-1 last week (and that one loss was to another top 5 team). However, get past that five and you get into teams like the Rockets, Suns and others where trades could really change rankings as we move toward…

  12. Rudy Gay has impressive first game in Sacramento (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Sacramento Kings

    If Rudy Gay played like this every night he wouldn’t be the poster child for volume scorers, a player considered overrated by the statistical community. In his home debut in Sacramento Gay 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting — more importantly most of his shots were not forced, they were good looks in the rhythm of the…

  13. The Extra Pass: Eric Bledsoe’s path from afterthought to building block; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Dec 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    In Eric Bledsoe’s final game with the Los Angeles Clippers last season, he played nine minutes and 28 seconds. In that game, the Memphis Grizzlies scored 118 points despite possessing what most would consider a below-average offense. Mike Conley, a player Bledsoe has routinely shut down throughout his career, went to the free throw line…

  14. James Harden takes free throws on one foot after rolling ankle (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    James Harden

    Early in the third quarter Sunday of what would become an ugly Rockets loss to the Kings, James Harden rolled his ankle on a play where he was fouled by Ben McLemore. Rather than leave the game, Harden took his free throws while lifting his tweaked left ankle. And he nailed them. By staying in…

  15. Sunday night NBA grades: Kevin Love can defend, too

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:05 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while laughing at LeBron James’ recent outfit… Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves. He could be here for the 30 points on 21 shots. He could be here for the 9 rebounds (which is a little off his pace a little), But he is here because a…

  16. Eric Bledsoe, Miles Plumlee each with a big rejection on DeMarcus Cousins (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    The Suns registered two highlight-worthy rejections on DeMarcus Cousins during their win over the Kings on Friday. Eric Bledsoe is up first, as he came flying in with the help defense to swat this attempt by Cousins out of bounds. No way Cousins was expecting that kind of help to come from the 6’1″ Bledsoe,…

  17. Report: Knicks ownership may reconsider trade for Lowry if team continues to struggle

    Dec 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    The Raptors are rebuilding, and so not surprisingly, just about every player on the roster not tied to the team’s long-term plans is available in trade. Kyle Lowry is a skilled point guard that could help many teams, and with an expiring deal for just $6.1 million, he would come at a palatable price. But…

  18. Patrick Patterson learned he was traded on way to see “Hunger Games.” Still went to movie.

    Dec 13, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Patrick Patterson

    For the Toronto Raptors, Rudy Gay never got out of the hotel while Aaron Gray was doing a pregame workout when they found out they had been traded to Sacramento. But nothing was as good as Patrick Patterson’s story that he had been sent back the other way. Patterson was taking his mom to see…

  19. Thursday And-1 Links: LeBron James praises Andre Drummond

    Dec 12, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    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. • LeBron James had a lot of good things to say about Andre Drummond:…

  20. Report: Knicks, Raptors talking Kyle Lowry trade

    Dec 12, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    The Knicks need help on offense — a shot creator besides Carmelo Anthony — and they are looking at another point guard to get it. Multiple reports say the Knicks are now talking with the Toronto Raptors about getting Kyle Lowry, who became available when the Raptors picked up Greivis Vasquez in the Rudy Gay…

  21. The Extra Pass: Bucks are bad, and that’s good; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    John Henson

    By D.J. Foster All over the league, we’ve seen young teams fighting against the tank. If the playoffs started today, the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns would be in the playoffs. This was unfathomable a few months ago. It wasn’t just about their rosters being bad – they were supposed to be bad. The Milwaukee…

  22. Report: D.J. Augustin reaches deal with Chicago Bulls

    Dec 11, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    We told you this was coming and now a real has been reached: D.J. Augustin is about to be a Chicago Bulls. Augustin cleared waivers on Wednesday and has reached a deal as a free agent with Chicago, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Augustin needs to pass a physical with the Bulls on Thursday.…

  23. Report: Bulls likely to sign D.J. Augustin once he clears waivers

    Dec 10, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    How much do the Chicago Bulls miss Derrick Rose at the point? It looks like they are going to pick up D.J. Augustin, who was waived Monday by the Toronto Raptors. So reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Bulls lost superstar point guard Derrick Rose for the season, and have been searching for further…

  24. Why question “When did basketball get so bad?” misses mark

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    NBA basketball right now is entering a golden age. Just not everybody appreciates that. Charles Barkley swung by the Dan Patrick Show on Monday and together they sounded like grumpy old men telling you how basketball isn’t as good now as it was when they were fans of the sport. At least they didn’t throw…

  25. Rudy Gay gets standing ovation from Kings’ fans (VIDEO)

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Rudy Gay did not suit up for the Sacramento Kings Monday night. Not that they needed him, they got 32 from DeMarcus Cousins, 31 from Derrick Williams and 24 from Isaiah Thomas as they rolled to an impressive win over Dallas. However, when Gay (and Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray) walked into the building Monday…

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