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  1. PBT Extra: PBT does its own Rising Stars Challenge draft; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The NBA announced the field for the Rising Stars Challenge, but the teams won’t be selected until next week. A sucker for any opportunity to hold a mock draft, I enlisted Kurt into holding our own. We followed the same positional rules whoever picks the teams on TNT next Thursday – the general managers have yet to…

  2. Wednesday night NBA grades: I, for one, welcome our new Kevin Durant overlord

    Jan 30, 2014, 2:08 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while freaking out about how much time you wasted on Facebook…. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. What is there left to say? Call him KD like he prefers, call him the Slim Reaper, call him whatever you want just make sure you add MVP race…

  3. The Extra Pass: Three guys that deserve more playing time, plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the first half of the season in the books, let’s look at five players who deserve to get a little more burn the rest of the way. John Henson, F/C, Milwaukee Bucks Before we get to Henson, let’s travel in the way back machine to the 2009-10 season. If you’ll remember, Kurt Rambis was…

  4. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Durant powers Thunder to top slot

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    No Russell Westbrook yet Kevin Durant has pushed the Thunder to the top of the West and the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Still strange to see the Celtics and Lakers near the bottom of the poll, but it’s where they belong this season.   1. Thunder (35-10, LW 4). Kevin Durant is making…

  5. The Extra Pass: Kobe’s thoughts on Carmelo Anthony to L.A. speculation, plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    by Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – When Carmelo Anthony scored a jaw-dropping 62 points in a win over the Bobcats on Friday, he didn’t just set a Knicks franchise record. He took something that belonged to Kobe Bryant. The Madison Square Garden arena record, since the building opened its fourth incarnation in 1968, was set…

  6. Terrence Ross scores 51 points, making Raptors and NBA history

    Jan 26, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jonas Valanciunas; DeAndre Jordan; Jamal Crawford

    Terrence Ross tied Vince Carter’s single-game Toronto Raptors scoring record with 51 points against the Los Angeles Clippers last night. Wait. Terrence Ross? The same Terrence Ross who went more than three weeks earlier this season without scoring 51 combined points? The same Terrence Ross who had scored fewer points than J.J. Redick this season…

  7. Paul George completes four-point play to send game against Kings into overtime (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Pacers have been one of the league’s best teams through the first half of the season, but were coming off of a 24-point loss in Phoenix, and were in danger of losing in Sacramento to a Kings team playing without both Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins due to injury. Paul George made sure that…

  8. Friday And-1 links: What happened to all those draft picks the Knicks gave away?

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    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 more than we love a good California Zinfandel…. • What happened to all the…

  9. Friday night is Google Glass night at Sacramento Kings game

    Jan 24, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    US-TECHNOLOGY-GOOGLE-GLASS

    It’s one of the features of Google Glass — you can stream the video of people wearing the computer-in-your-eyewear “glasses.” So what if you gave them to a player during warm-ups, a cheerleader, a sideline reporter and others at an NBA game? We will find out Friday night as the Sacramento Kings host the Indiana…

  10. We know the starters, so who should be the All-Star reserves?

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Your job is done fans. You picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. Well done. Now the job of picking the reserves falls to the NBA’s coaches. Well, really whoever the coaches delegate the job to — an assistant coach, the video coordinator, the equipment manager, someone working the beer concession line — but the coach…

  11. LeBron, Curry, Kobe voted All-Star Game starters — but Kobe doesn’t want to play

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    You voted for them, so here they are — your 2014 NBA All-Star Game starters: EASTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) Frontcourt: LeBron James (Miami Heat), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) WESTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder),…

  12. Rudy Gay has strained Achilles, to be re-evaluated in 3-5 days

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    This is some good news for Kings fans. An MRI of Rudy Gay’s foot and ankle revealed only a strain, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. He will be in a walking boot for the next 3-5 days, then be re-evaluated, according to the report. Gay had left Wednesday’s Kings’ loss to the Rockets with…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Rudy Gay leaves with Achilles injury against Rockets (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Sacramento Kings

    Despite his reputation as a ball-dominant, inefficient scorer, Rudy Gay has played splendidly since being traded to Sacramento, and was coming off of a 41-point performance on Tuesday night against the Pelicans. So naturally, since he plays for one of the historically worst franchises in league history, the jinx kicked in and he went down…

  17. Report: Dwight Howard to play for Team USA at World Championships, maybe Olympics

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    USA's Dwight Howard grans the ball durin

    The last time Dwight Howard played for Team USA he was a 22-year-old helping the United States win gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But that appears likely to change this summer with the World Championships in Spain, Howard will be in the pool of players coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball will choose from,…

  18. 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…

  19. Rudy Gay drops 41 on the Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Sacremento Kings v Oklahoma City Thunder

    In his 18 games with Toronto to start this season, Rudy Gay had a PER of 15.1 and while he scored almost the same amount he had a true shooting percentage of 46.8 percent, well below the league average of 53 percent. But since the trade to Sacramento Gay has a TS% of 59.6 and…

  20. The Extra Pass: Mark Cuban happy to have his friend Nowitzki around longer; plus Tuesdays’ recaps

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Pelicans v Mavericks

    To them this is more than a business — Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki are friends. Technically they are boss and employee, but neither sees it that way. “I kick his ass whenever I’ve wanted to,” Cuban said last week, joking around about his friend the way you ride yours. “It’s kind of like we…

  21. Tuesday night NBA grades: Kevin Durant should hear some MVP chants

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while planning your pizza wedding…  Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. Most of the time when fans start “M-V-P” chants for a player, it’s wishful thinking — Oklahoma City, go ahead and start chanting it for Durant with my blessing. To early to say if he…

  22. 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…

  23. Sunday night NBA grades: Channing Frye lets it fly

    Jan 20, 2014, 12:58 AM EDT

    Channing Frye Suns

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Richard Sherman get the last word on Michael Crabtree, even if it freaked Erin Andrews out… Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns. A guy out for all of last season with a heart condition, he has been a key part of the Suns surprise season…

  24. Kings’ coach Mike Malone fined for confronting officials after loss to Grizzlies

    Jan 19, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Indiana Pacers

    You need to get ahead to the 1:42 in the highlights above to see what set Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone off. The Kings were down by one and going for the last shot, Rudy Gay ends up with the ball around the free throw line, is double teamed and tried to go up…

  25. DeAndre Jordan receives dunk contest invite, but is waiting to see if he’s an All-Star before accepting

    Jan 18, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five

    DeAndre Jordan would be fantastic as a participant in All-Star weekend’s slam dunk contest. He’s a big man who also has tremendous leaping ability, and could be the next incarnation of Dwight Howard in terms of entertainment during the midseason exhibition. The league recognized that fact by approaching Jordan about it before Friday’s game against…

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