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  1. LeBron says if he took 37 shots in a game, he’d ‘put up 60. Easy.’

    Nov 16, 2013, 4:30 PM EST

    LeBron James

    LeBron James had a remarkably efficient performance in the Heat’s win over the Mavericks on Friday, even by his unprecedented standards. James finished with 39 points in just under 37 minutes of action, and scored them by taking just 18 shots. LeBron shot 14-of-18 from the field, good for 77.7 percent shooting, and made his…

  2. NBA All-Star balloting opens with some interesting questions

    Nov 15, 2013, 4:56 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    If he doesn’t come back until December, is Kobe Bryant still a starting All-Star guard in the West? Or should Stephen Curry or James Harden have that spot? Does Kevin Love move past Tim Duncan into the starting lineup? Is Paul George a starter in the East? Is it time for a Derrick Rose/Kyrie Irving…

  3. The Extra Pass: An early look at SportVU data and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    Chances are at some point this season, you’ve heard about SportVU. For the uninitiated, SportVU is a player tracking software that utilizes cameras positioned around the court to collect all sorts of data. It’s a major breakthrough for analytics, and while a good portion of teams have had the software and data for a few years,…

  4. The Extra Pass: Five observations from the East and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    After a busy Monday night in the NBA, let’s swing around the Eastern Conference for a few observations. Indiana: If Roy Hibbert keeps getting that “verticality” respect from officials, it’s goodnight, Irene time for all of the other the Defensive Player of the Year candidates. Look at these numbers: Per 36 minutes on his career: 2.6…

  5. Monday night NBA Grades: Lance Stephenson with the triple double

    Nov 12, 2013, 2:12 AM EST

    Lance Stephenson

    Our grades from Monday around the NBA, or what you missed while weeping that Lionel Messi will be out 6-8 weeks…. Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers. He had a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. He has played the most complete, efficient basketball of his young NBA career this season and it showed…

  6. PBT NBA Power Rankings: It’s the Pacers, Spurs then everyone else

    Nov 11, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    David Stern’s nightmare Finals matchup is on top of the second PBT NBA Power rankings — Indiana and San Antonio. Lots of shifting still going on in the rankings as teams shake themselves out just a couple weeks into the season, but a few patterns are emerging. 1. Pacers (7-0, Last Week No. 1). Yes…

  7. Three things to watch this weekend: Can Pacers stay unbeaten?

    Nov 8, 2013, 4:38 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    We here at PBT don’t believe in “days off” or “sleep” or any of the rest of that pansy stuff — we will be here all weekend giving you NBA content. Still, we want to give you some NBA storylines to watch over the weekend as you bounce between your regular Saturday pickup game and getting…

  8. The Extra Pass: Three new faces and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    One of the best parts about the start of any season is the chance to get familiar with the new faces in the league. Guys like Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo will get plenty of publicity, so let’s dig a little deeper and look at a few other players that are impressing in their first…

  9. LeBron James does little late-game dance, Raptors fans boo

    Nov 6, 2013, 4:24 PM EST

    Lebron James; Jonas Valanciunas

    Raptors fans had a little reason to be frustrated Tuesday night — Miami came to town without Chris Bosh, went very small and the Raptors couldn’t make them pay. Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points in the first quarter but the Raptors got away from pounding the ball inside, meanwhile LeBron James was being LeBron James…

  10. Jonas Valanciunas dunks on LeBron James (VIDEO)

    Nov 6, 2013, 10:06 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    With Chris Bosh home with his wife and new baby, the Toronto Raptors tried to pound the ball inside on the smaller Heat and make them pay Tuesday night — Jonas Valanciunas had 10 first quarter points and led the Raptors with 18. He did an excellent job of just being bigger and stronger than everyone…

  11. The Extra Pass: 10 teams, 10 observations, plus Tuesday recaps

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Chuck Hayes, Paul Millsap

    Let’s zip around the league with ten observations for ten teams: Atlanta: I’m digging the former Jazz men. Paul Millsap is already getting along famously with Al Horford, but the smart movement off the ball by flex-bred wingmen Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll is keeping defenses off guard. This is a really unselfish offense already,…

  12. Tuesday Night NBA Grades: Overlook the Pacers at your own peril

    Nov 6, 2013, 2:18 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Detroit Pistons

    Our grades from Tuesday night around the NBA, or what you missed while debating the Top 10 superhero movies… Indiana Pacers. They have been the best team in the NBA through the first week plus — they are undefeated at 4-0 thanks to a lock-down defense and Paul George. That defense is the best in…

  13. Tuesday And-1 Links: Adam Silver talks the Sports VU cameras

    Nov 5, 2013, 7:09 PM EST

    Deputy NBA commissioner Silver speaks during an announcement that the Toronto Raptors will host the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto

    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. • Commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver talks about the Sports VU cameras that are out —…

  14. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Rockets, T-Wolves and Sixers on top

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    The first few weeks of the Power Rankings see crazy fluctuations — teams that aren’t really that good start off hot, teams that are good start cold, so teams bounce up and down the rankings like they are on a bungee cord the first few weeks. Eventually things find their level. But this week was…

  15. Report: Raptors open to trade everyone on roster not named Valanciunas

    Nov 1, 2013, 6:15 PM EST

    Rudy Gay

    You knew things would be different with Masai Ujiri in charge in Toronto. For one, there might be a plan. That would be a nice change of pace from the past few years. Whatever that plan is, it could involve a wholesale changeover of the roster. They already moved Andrea Bargnani (to the delight of…

  16. Toughest guys to guard on pick-and-roll? Sanders says Nash, Rose, Conley

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:56 PM EST

    Steve Nash, Chris Paul

    Larry Sanders got a big four-year, $44 million extension from the Milwaukee Bucks this summer because he can defend — he can protect the rim and block shots, but he also is quite good showing out and shutting of drives on the pick-and-roll. Talking with him after the Bucks season-opening loss to the Knicks, Zach…

  17. The Extra Pass Wednesday Roundup: Talking tanking (or not) in Phoenix

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

          PHOENIX — After the Suns traded their projected starting center in Marcin Gortat to the Wizards in exchange for an injured player who might not play this season and a future first round draft pick, and did so less than a week before the start of the regular season, it doesn’t exactly…

  18. Report: Raptors have talked about trading Rudy Gay, being patient

    Oct 30, 2013, 6:24 PM EST

    Rudy Gay

    When the Toronto Raptors traded for Rudy Gay last year, some saw it as a bold and smart move for a franchise that needs a star. Others saw it as the last desperate gasp of Bryan Colangelo. What we know is it wasn’t Masai Ujiri ‘s move, and he is the current general manager of…

  19. Toronto’s Amir Johnson makes a very good zombie (VIDEO)

    Oct 29, 2013, 12:27 PM EST

    AUSTRALIA-ZOMBIE WALK

    Zombie Walks are a Halloween tradition in some cities (I stumbled into the one in my city last weekend). Toronto has a huge one and the Raptors’ Amir Johnson decided to go all out. Thing is, even if you don’t find zombies intimidating a 6’9″, 210 pound one pretty much is by definition. He was…

  20. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EST

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  21. Bucks’ new court too slippery, preseason game vs. Raptors canceled midway through first quarter

    Oct 26, 2013, 12:03 AM EST

    DeMar DeRozan, O.J. Mayo

    The Bucks unveiled a new court design this offseason, one that gave a nod to the artistic look of the one at the old Mecca many years ago. But the team may have focused too much on looks and not enough on functionality, at least initially. The surface was deemed too slippery to play upon,…

  22. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Memphis Grizzlies

    Oct 24, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Last season: After totaling up 56 wins in the regular season, the Memphis Grizzlies got sweet revenge over the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round, then extinguished a short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder team before finally falling to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. This was the best season in franchise history by a large…

  23. Quote of the Day: Metta World Peace loves Mr. Softee ice cream (not players)

    Oct 22, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

    Mister Softee 01

    “We’ve got a lot of Mister Softees now. You remember Mister Softee in New York? They’re made right from the ice cream cone. A lot of these guys, a lot of basketball players are made right from the Mister Softee Ice Cream truck. “I like Mister Softee, but I don’t like playing basketball with Mister…

  24. Tyler Hansbrough backs down from confrontation after realizing it’s Metta World Peace (VIDEO)

    Oct 22, 2013, 12:09 AM EST

    Newly acquired NBA basketball player Hansbrough goes up for a slam dunk during a photo shoot  for the Toronto Raptors in Toronto

    This is THE video of the NBA night, and one you will see replayed thousands of times, especially  every time Tyler Hansbrough‘s toughness comes up. During an otherwise often tedious double overtime preseason game, Toronto’s Hansbrough missed a shot and as he went for an offensive rebound and putback he got fouled solidly from behind. Hansbrough didn’t see…

  25. Monday And-1 Links: Luke Walton wants another shot in NBA

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:59 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton

    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. • Luke Walton spent most of last season on the Cleveland bench (he got…

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