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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets, Warriors get statement wins

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while figuring out what’s in and what’s out for 2013… Nets 110, Thunder 93: Well, P.J. Carlesimo has his signature win and for a night the Nets looked like the team from the first weeks of the season. Oh, they’re…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Western Conference dominates top spots

    Dec 31, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin, Jordan, Crawford, and Paul, celebrate a three pointer by teammate Green during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Los Angeles

    We enter 2013 off a week where the two best teams in the East — Miami and New York — looked sloppy while the teams at the top of the Western Conference looked strong and took over the top spots in the weekly rankings. 1. Clippers (25-6, Last week ranked No. 1). The win streak…

  3. Report: Andrea Bargnani “a lock to be moved”

    Dec 29, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    It sounds like the Toronto Raptors are finally ready to give up on Andrea Bargnani. The first pick of the 2006 draft has displayed tantalizing potential and has put together short bursts of production throughout his seven seasons in Toronto, but his deficiencies as a defender and a rebounder have become increasingly more difficult to…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Clippers in top spot, which is close to Mayans being right

    Dec 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s not the end of the world in a classic way, or even in a “Michael Stipe feels fine” kind of way, but the Clippers being on top of the PBT power rankings are as close to the end of the world as we are getting this week. 1. Clippers (21-6, LW 2). Winners of…

  5. LeBron James, Chris Paul named conference players of the week

    Dec 24, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    Shocking news out of the league office this Christmas Eve, I know. But two of the game’s best players had two of the best weeks statistically speaking, and were therefore awarded for the accomplishment. LeBron James and Chris Paul were named Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, for games played from Dec. 17…

  6. Raptors rookie Valanciunas out indefinitely with broken finger

    Dec 22, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Raptors forward Valanciunas grabs his right hand during NBA basketball game against Magic in Toronto

    Midway through the first quarter against the Magic Friday night Raptors prized rookie Jonas Valanciunas was scrambling for a loose rebound on the ground and came up grabbing his finger. Turns he broke the ring finger on his right hand and is going to be out indefinitely. The Raptors have not yet given us an…

  7. Trimester Awards: A Naughty and Nice List

    Dec 21, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Can you believe it? The NBA season is somehow a third of the way finished, which means it’s probably time to take stock of what we’ve seen so far this year. We’ll give out some awards — ’tis the season and all that — but we’ll also dish out some coal. After all, what are…

  8. Knicks tried to trade Stoudemire, didn’t work. Now they have to fit him in.

    Dec 21, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Knicks are good. Top of the Eastern Conference, best offense in the land, getting fantastic play from Carmelo Anthony, steady point guard play from Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd, solid defense thanks to Tyson Chandler. And now they have to work in Amare Stoudemire. And everyone is a little usure what happens next. Stoudemire…

  9. Amir Johnson shaved Raptors logo in his hair

    Dec 21, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    amir-johnson-raptors-logo-h

    Amir Johnson is getting a lot of attention this year. And more in the slightly-off-center Rasheed Wallace kind of way rather than his play. First there was his ejection and suspension for wrestling with a referee over the ball after a free throw. Now, this. What you see to the right. Johnson put the Raptors…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: That Kevin Durant guy is pretty good

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

    Thunder forward Durant reacts after a three point shot against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while being more than willing to do your part to fight breast cancer…. Knicks 100, Nets 86: Battle of New York? Not really. The Knick are an elite team that got Carmelo Anthony back and he dropped 31 (that makes it…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Joakim Noah is all the offense Bulls need

    Dec 19, 2012, 3:27 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Noah celebrates basket against Boston Celtics' Terry during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Golden Eagle snatches kid video over and over… Lakers 101, Bobcats 100: Pau Gasol returned but that kind of got overshadowed by the Lakers barely winning a game they were supposed to cruise in. We’ve got all the…

  12. Hornets to bring in forward Dominic McGuire

    Dec 17, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Dominic McGuire slam dunks against New York Knicks in the first half of their pre-season NBA basketball game in Montreal

    The New Orleans Hornets, who want to add some depth at forward with Jason Smith out for a while, have found their man. The Hornets have signed Dominic McGuire, reports the Times-Picayune. McGuire has played five NBA seasons, bouncing between the Wizards, Kings, Bobcats, Warriors and most recently Raptors where he started nine games this…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Hornets comeback runs into Lillard

    Dec 17, 2012, 4:17 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Roger Mason Jr.

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while buying an ugly Christmas sweater… Lakers 111, 76ers 98: Two wins in a row for the Lakers, both on the road — in this sad season for them so far that counts as something to celebrate. For Philly, more of…

  14. Three Stars of the Night: Blazers’ Batum with rare 5×5 night

    Dec 17, 2012, 3:24 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum

    Kobe had the kind of big stat line we take for granted (but that the Lakers need right now). Jose Calderon had the second triple-double of his career. But Nicolas Batum’s balanced stat line wins the night. Honorable mention to J.J. Hickson (24 points), Nick Young (30 in a losing effort, a lot in garbage…

  15. Bargnani denies saying Toronto was “worst team”

    Dec 16, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Andrea Bargnani is already not exactly the most popular guy in Toronto. And that’s putting it kindly. He’s slightly ahead of Gary Bettman on the most hated sports figures list, but that’s about it. So reports last week that Bargnani told an Italian publication that the Raptors were the worst team (and he would be…

  16. Report: Raptors waiting to get healthy before talking trades

    Dec 14, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    There may be no team that will be a seller at the trade deadline like the Toronto Raptors — this is an organization where the ownership group met this week with GM Bryan Colangelo and his lead consultant Wayne Embree was brought in. It feels like something is going to change and Colangelo shouldn’t feel…

  17. Bargnani tells Italian paper he will miss at least three weeks, Raptors are NBA’s worst team

    Dec 14, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    If Andrea Bargnani takes his time coming back from an elbow and wrist injury will anyone in Toronto care? Probably not after this. Toronto will have a few weeks to see what a Bargnani-less Raptors team looks like. He has a ligament tear in his right elbow and a strained right wrist, and the official…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pierce, Rondo lead Celtics to win

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Sandy relief concert and thinking the Who looked really old… Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2OT): This game was fun. It entertained. Oh, no it wasn’t pretty at all — Dallas had 27 turnovers — but it had its…

  19. Raptors release injury update: Lowry out 10 days, Bargnani out indefinitely

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    The Raptors haven’t been very good when healthy this season, so one can only assume that prolonged absences due to injury from the team’s best players won’t help the situation. The team released an update to its injured players, and while the news is better than expected where Kyle Lowry is concerned, the news isn’t…

  20. Injuries and a suspension have Raptors down to eight healthy players vs. Nets

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Calderon of Spain, Kleiza of Lithuania and Valanciunas of Lithuania, sit on the bench during the final minutes of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Nets have been struggling lately, and will head into Toronto on Wednesday night riding a five-game losing streak. Miami, Oklahoma City, and most recently, the Knicks have accounted for three of those losses, so it’s not anything to be too concerned about. And given the situation with the Raptors, it’ll be almost impossible for…

  21. Raptors’ Amir Johnson gets off light, one game suspension

    Dec 12, 2012, 1:28 AM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus, Amir Johnson

    Generally, if you get in a wrestling match over a ball with a referee then, when ejected, you take your mouthpiece and throw it at him, you are lined up for more than one game of suspension. But the Raptors Amir Johnson admitted afterward that he was “childish” and apologized, and with that he got…

  22. Pau Gasol to miss Lakers game Tuesday. Maybe more.

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    While this news should come with about as much surprise as the news Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards once did drugs, we pass it along anyway. Pau Gasol will not suit up for the Lakers on Tuesday night against Cleveland due to knee tendonitis, reports the Los Angeles Times. This will be the fifth game…

  23. Who is next NBA coach to be fired? Watch your back, Dwane Casey

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

    We’ve had one coach canned in the first quarter of the NBA season, and just as we expected it was Mike Brown from the Lakers. Which is why it is ironic to listen to Lakers brass and supporters say it’s too early to judge Mike D’Antoni because so many players are injured and they haven’t…

  24. Amusing new ad: Carmelo is better at basketball than fourth graders

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony is the biggest star in New York — and is playing like it this season — and with that comes a lot opportunities, a lot of endorsements and chances to be in ads. This one, from Foot Locker, amused me. In part because even against fourth graders ‘Melo is settling for jumpers half…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Heat put together a complete game. That will beat anyone.

    Dec 11, 2012, 3:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade smile during second half of NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Miami

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the video of the worst free throw attempt ever… Spurs 134, Rockets 126 (OT): There was a Linsanity flashback in Houston. Jeremy Lin took charge in the third quarter, slashed into the defense, hit rainbow jumpers and looked like…

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