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  1. After being traded, Rudy Gay tried to get money back on Lakers tickets he bought

    Dec 12, 2013, 12:35 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    A lot of players have friends or family in the Los Angeles area (a shocking number live there in the off-season), so when they come to play the Lakers or Clippers they are looking to buy a few extra tickets to get those people in the door. There is always a scramble. Rudy Gay is…

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

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 11, 2013, 7:23 PM EST

    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.…

  4. PBT Podcast for Dec. 10: Talking Lakers with Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is back on the court for the Lakers — and with a huge contract that will keep him the highest paid player in the NBA for two more seasons after this one. In the latest edition of the PBT podcast myself and Eyton Shander of NBC Sports Radio welcome in Kevin Ding of…

  5. Amir Johnson shuts down Kawhi Leonard at rim (VIDEO)

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:59 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Miami Heat

    Amir Johnson has had a couple strong games — 32 points against the Lakers Sunday, then another 19 points and 9 boards against the Spurs Tuesday. Plus this awesome block of Kawhi Leonard at the rim. Leonard is athletic, has a freakish wingspan and goes up strong. Johnson was stronger. That is what rim protection…

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

    Dec 10, 2013, 1:58 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:58 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 10, 2013, 3:14 AM EST

    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…

  10. PBT Extra: Kobe Bryant is back, doesn’t have much time to get it right

    Dec 9, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant is back with the Lakers and frankly that’s just good for the NBA — it’s a star driven league and it needs its elite players on the court. That said Kobe looked rusty and his teammates clearly were not used to playing with him in the Lakers loss to the Raptors Sunday. Kay…

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

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:53 PM EST

    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…

  12. Nick Young’s wild, failed 360 lay-up attempt vs. Raptors (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:01 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    This was easily my favorite highlight of Sunday night. In the fourth quarter of the Lakers loss to the Raptors Sunday, Nick Young got the ball in a transition attempt before the defense set, Young got the ball in the right corner, attacked along the baseline and as he got close to the basket Jonas…

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

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  15. Kobe is back but loss to Raptors shows Lakers still have a lot of work to do

    Dec 9, 2013, 2:17 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Kobe passed the first challenge he has set before himself. Eight months of never-ending therapy sessions and workouts to return to the court paid off — Kobe is back. He was introduced with Darth Vader’s theme music and Staples Center was buzzing like it was a playoff game. Kobe was on the court…

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

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:29 AM EST

    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…

  17. Raptors trade Rudy Gay to Sacramento for multiple players

    Dec 8, 2013, 7:42 PM EST

    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…

  18. Bargnani blows by Garnett for dunk (VIDEO), later gets ejected for trash talking him

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:12 AM EST

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    When the Knicks got Andrea Bargnani the sales pitch from the pro-Bargnani side was he could do things Steve Novak couldn’t — play some defense in the post and put the ball on the floor and blow by guys. Whether those skills are really worth $23 million over two years is now a moot question,…

  19. 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 EST

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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…

  20. Timofey Mozgov blocks Rudy Gay dunk attempt (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:46 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Two

    You think what Blake Griffin did was easy? Timofey Mozgov can play a little defense — just ask Rudy Gay. The Raptors swingman went for the dunk Sunday and Mozgov said “I’m tired of being dunked on” and shut it down. Shut. It. Down. Denver went on to win the game 112-98.

  21. Lionel Hollins turned down opportunity to be an assistant coach with Pistons

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Lionel Hollins led the Memphis Grizzlies to a franchise-best 56 wins and a trip to the Western Conference Finals last year. His reward for that accomplishment? Not having his contract renewed by Grizzlies management, and becoming unemployed once the season was finished. There were a variety of reasons that the franchise chose to part ways with…

  22. Rudy Gay puts up 500 shots at practice trying to shoot way out of slump

    Nov 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Rudy Gay is struggling this season. He is shooting 37.5 percent so far this season, averaging 19.4 points a game but taking 18.9 shots a game to get there. Tuesday night he was 3-of-12 from the floor with seven turnovers against the Nets weak defense. It felt like a low point for him. So he…

  23. Wednesday And-1 Links: Rudy Gay has banned stat sheets from Raptors locker room

    Nov 27, 2013, 5:11 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    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 you love Thanksgiving leftovers…. • Rudy Gay — who is shooting 37.5…

  24. That is one relieved Jason Kidd after Nets win (VIDEO)

    Nov 27, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Jason Kidd

    Brooklyn did their best to choke away a win Tuesday. Toronto went on a 14-0 run in the final minutes to get it within two (after the Nets did not play the free throw game well), and they had a shot at tying it. (Go read our nightly NBA Grades to see what I thought…

  25. Tuesday night NBA Grades: John Wall has found his groove

    Nov 27, 2013, 2:37 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Washington Wizards

    Here’s a quick swing through the NBA for a Tuesday night, or you missed while seeing how far you could launch a pumpkin…  John Wall, Washington Wizards. No Bradley Beal so they need big games from him and they got it Tuesday in a win over a Lakers team that had been playing good defense…

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