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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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:…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

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

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

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    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…

  11. 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…

  12. Kings’ Isaiah Thomas goes off glass to Derrick Williams for dunk (VIDEO)

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Rudy who? The shorthanded Kings played well and put on a show in a win over Dallas Monday night. The highlight of that show? Isaiah Thomas on the fast break going off-the-backboard with the pass to Derrick Williams for the finish. Thomas had 24 points and 12 assists, Williams had a career-high 31 points in…

  13. The Extra Pass: Five quick ways to improve the league; plus Monday’s Recaps

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Five ideas that could help make the NBA even greater: Offensive Goaltending: Let’s get rid of it. The “in the cylinder” call is routinely one of the toughest for refs to get right on the floor, and we know how the subsequent huddle and review process can suck the life out of a game. If it…

  14. Monday night NBA Grades: DeMarcus Cousins was in beast mode

    Dec 10, 2013, 3:14 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Sacramento Kings

      Here is our nightly look at some of the noteworthy things around the NBA, the things you missed while glued to a toilet seat at Home Depot. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings. Note to Rudy Gay: Get this guy the ball. Not like you did with Jonas Valanciunas — actually get Cousins the rock. Cousins…

  15. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At the quarter pole Portland takes the lead

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    The general rule of thumb is 20 games into the season you can start to really trust the stats and the trends — in which case it’s good to be a Portland Trail Blazers fan. They move into the top slot with their recent wins over Indiana and OKC. 1. Trail Blazers (17-4, Last Week…

  16. Report: Kings not done trading, Jason Thompson next on block

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    Getting Rudy Gay in a trade from Toronto was not a sign the Kings want to make a run at the playoffs right now in the West — they are one of just two teams in a deep conference with no real shot at the postseason (Utah is the other). No, this was about future…

  17. The Extra Pass: Raptors’ salary dump trade could mean a few more wins, too; plus Sunday recaps

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Amir Johnson Raptors

    LOS ANGELES — Make no mistake, this was first and foremost about money. And future flexibility. Raptors GM Masai Ujiri made a smart trade sending Rudy Gay out of town in a deal that sets his team up for the future by removing up to $12.4 million from the books next season. This summer  Andrea…

  18. Sunday night NBA Grades: Rudy Gay traded to Kings, Kobe returns for Lakers

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Kobe Bryant returned, Rudy Gay was traded, and the Knicks were crushed. Grading a busy Sunday of NBA action: Toronto Raptors: What the Toronto Raptors have not had in recent years is a GM with a plan and financial flexibility. With this and previous trades you get a sense that GM Masai Ujiri has a plan. First, get the…

  19. Raptors trade Rudy Gay to Sacramento for multiple players

    Dec 8, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    The Toronto Raptors are trading Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for multiple players, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Toronto began the season with the goal of making the playoffs, but it’s become clear after 18 games that even in the dismal Eastern Conference, that’s not going to…

  20. DeMarcus Cousins jokes about being out for year, getting comeback commercial

    Dec 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Sacramento Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins sat out the Kings loss to the Thunder Tuesday night with an ankle injury. When asked if he would be ready to go Friday, he decided to play comedian. Don’t tempt fate, DeMarcus. Derrick Rose may not think it’s funny but Cousins’ comments sounded like a lot of people on twitter who have…

  21. The Extra Pass: Chemistry clicking in Denver as Nuggets beat Nets to win seventh straight, and Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — If it was a fight, they would have stopped it. To say the Nuggets beat the Nets on Tuesday to earn their seventh straight win wouldn’t at all be an accurate description of how Denver came out and destroyed Brooklyn in the third quarter, and then continued the assault against a depleted and…

  22. The Extra Pass: Our awards at the quarter pole, plus Monday recaps

    Dec 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    Believe it or not, we’re nearly at the quarter mark of the NBA season already. That means it’s time to start believing a little more in what we’ve seen so far, and maybe even time to dish out a few awards. Remember, these aren’t predictions for what will happen at the end of the season.…

  23. The Extra Pass: The Wild West, can Portland last, and Sunday’s Recaps

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Let’s jump around the Western Conference with a few observations: Portland: 20 percent of the regular season is in the books, and the Trail Blazers hold the pole position in the Western Conference. It’s a great accomplishment and something absolutely no one expected, but the Blazers should come back down to earth soon enough. Wesley…

  24. Clippers Redick out 6-8 weeks with fractured hand, torn ligament in elbow

    Dec 1, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    J.J. Redick

    J.J. Redick has been a key part of the Clippers having the third best offense in the NBA this season — he gives them an efficient 15.8 points a game in kind of a “Ray Allen in Boston” role coming off screens and spotting up at the arc as a kick-out option. But the Clippers…

  25. DeMarcus Cousins won’t shake J.J. Redick’s hand, Redick appears confused (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t want his teammates shaking hands with their opponents, believing that they will be better served in competition by loathing the other team instead of liking them, even by showing the smallest display of sportsmanship. Personally, I’m completely down with this philosophy. In an age where plenty of players have known each other…

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