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  1. Clippers Matt Barnes suspended game for foul on Stiemsma

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

    L.A. Clippers' forward Matt Barnes pushes Minnesota Timberwolves' center Greg Stiemsma during the first half of their NBA basketball game in the Target Center in Minneapolis

    Yes, that deserved a suspension — you go at a guy’s neck, you get ejected and suspended for a game. The league officially suspended the Clippers Matt Barnes one game for his flagrant foul II on Gregg Stiemsma of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Barnes will sit out the Clippers game Friday night against Toronto. The…

  2. Thunder look cool (except for Westbrook who got hot) in easy win over Grizzlies

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless tries to defend against against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    It was a perfect storm of bad for Memphis — they trade their leading scorer Rudy Gay, who is out shopping for a much more extensive winter wardrobe, but his replacements (Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye) have yet to arrive. Then you are on the road against a rested Oklahoma City team who…

  3. Raptors’ Casey fined $25,000 for ripping officials after loss

    Jan 31, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

    Raptors head coach Casey directs his team against the Warriors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    As the words were coming out of his mouth, Toronto coach Dwane Casey knew he was going to get fined, and he was just too angry to care after his team lost 93-92 to Atlanta. “I’m tired of this,” Casey said. “I’m tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of the…

  4. Rudy Gay will not make Raptors debut until Sunday. Against Heat.

    Jan 31, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Rudy Gay is on his way to Toronto. The deal is done. But he will not report to the team until Friday afternoon and that means he will not play Friday night when the Raptors host the Los Angeles Clippers, tweets Eric Koreen of the National Post. The Raptors next game is Sunday against the…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: For one night at least Celtics look fine post-Rondo

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:34 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while thinking you may have finally found the perfect job… Suns 92, Lakers 86: Ouch. You can apply that one word sentence to Dwight Howard’s shoulder, he left the game midway through the fourth quarter and did not return, seeming to aggravate his…

  6. The Extra Pass: Grading the Rudy Gay Trade

    Jan 31, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we analyze the three-way deal between Memphis, Toronto and Detroit.  Trades born from necessity are often the most interesting to evaluate. Usually the need to deal is lopsided — think Denver…

  7. Three-team trade official sending Rudy Gay to Toronto

    Jan 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    All day long Wednesday we were saying it could happen, now the deal is reached and approved — Rudy Gay is headed to Toronto as part of a three-team deal. The trade also involves the Pistons as the third team and Tayshaun Prince going to Memphis in a deal that sends Jose Calderon to Detroit.…

  8. UPDATED Report: Rudy Gay to Toronto trade nearly done, Detroit may be third team

    Jan 30, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant

    UPDATE #2, 6:04 pm: Here is some twitter confirmation that the deal is close from one of the participants in the trade: Calderon just told us it is close to done but hasn't heard official. He is putting on uniform — Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) January 30, 2013 Memphis may have found their third team according…

  9. The Extra Pass: Drafting the Rookie-Sophomore Game

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, Kurt Helin and I draft our Rookie-Sophomore teams. We love the idea of the Rookie-Sophomore game at All-Star Weekend being drafted by Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. We love it so…

  10. UPDATED: Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes out for Warriors Tuesday

    Jan 29, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry bites a mouth piece during the first quarter of his NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland

    UPDATE 5:49 pm: Warriors coach Mark Jackson met with the media and said that Stephen Curry and, as expected, Andrew Bogut were out for Golden State on Tuesday in Cleveland, tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio. Harrison Barnes, who had a mild calf tweak, also is out, Jackson said. That’s a lot of bodies…

  11. The Extra Pass: Analyzing a potential Memphis-Toronto deal

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mike Conley, Jose Calderon

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we analyze a potential deal between the Grizzlies and Raptors.  The recent reports linking Rudy Gay to Toronto aren’t all that surprising. It’s no big secret around the league that Raptors…

  12. Harrison Barnes throws it down, Aaron Gray gets in poster (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes goes up for a slam dunk past Toronto Raptors Aaron Gray during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    I don’t know if Harrison Barnes is getting invited to the NBA All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest, but he should be on the short list. This rookie can just flat out throw it down. This is far from the first time he’s ended up in his own big highlight. In this case, Aaron Gray decides to…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Crazy endings all across the league

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    George Hill, Andre Miller, Andre Iguodala

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were getting your last Whopper Jr. — and I mean last Whopper Jr…. Nuggets 102, Pacers 101: It was the last game of a six-game road trip for the Pacers against an up-tempo Nuggets squad, and Indy was down 13 in…

  14. Report: Grizzlies talking to Raptors about possible Gay trade

    Jan 29, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    It’s still not likely that the Memphis Grizzlies are going to trade Rudy Gay before the trade deadline, but don’t confuse that with totally DOA when other teams call. Multiple reports have said the Grizzlies phones are still ringing and they are still answering, even after a three-for-one bench player swap that eased their short-term…

  15. Stephen Curry rolls ankle, forced to leave game with “mild sprain” (VIDEO)

    Jan 28, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    Golden State finally had some good news on the ankle front — Andrew Bogut returned from ankle surgery and looked pretty good with 12 points and 8 rebounds in 23 minutes — then this happened. Stephen Curry rolled his surgically-repaired right ankle during the third quarter. It was described as a mild sprain at first,…

  16. Optimistic Ainge thinks Rondo could be back by next training camp

    Jan 28, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Boston Celtics

    Part of the theory on why the Celtics may want to start revamping their roster is that Rajon Rondo’s knee injury is not only going to put him out this season but it would make him miss part of the next one, too. Then, when he did come back, he wouldn’t quite be himself for…

  17. Report: Raptors more interested in moving Lowry than Calderon

    Jan 27, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    On paper Jose Calderon seems like a prime trade piece for Toronto — 11.1 points and 7.4 assists per game, shooting 43.4 percent from three, he is solid and plays smart, plus he is in the final year of a $10 million contract. But that’s not the point guard they are looking to move, reports…

  18. Kyrie Irving hits the game-winner to send Cavs past Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

    Omri Casspi; Kyrie Irving

    Let’s just get this out of the way right now — that was absolutely horrible defense by the Raptors. Kyrie Irving hit the game-winning shot from three-point distance with just 0.7 seconds remaining to give his Cavaliers the 99-98 victory in Toronto. The win was Cleveland’s third straight and fourth in its last five games.…

  19. Raptors’ Bargnani, Valanciunas could return in couple weeks

    Jan 25, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    Raptors fans, you could be getting Andreas Bargnani back soon. You feel good about that? Toronto was 4-17 when he played and 12-10 since he went down. It’s not hard to guess how Toronto fans feel about him and his return. Nonetheless, Bargnani is getting closer to a return from the elbow injury that has…

  20. Three Stars of the Night: Go-Go Goran and a Game-Winner

    Jan 25, 2013, 3:48 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    We had a pretty good slate of games on Thursday night, didn’t we? The Knicks grinded out a combined 14-for-44 showing from Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith for a tough win against the Celtics, the Raptors had a little late game magic of their own against Orlando, and in the nightcap, the Suns stayed undefeated…

  21. DeMar DeRozan’s buzzer-beater gives Toronto the win over Orlando (VIDEO)

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Jose Calderon

    This had all the looks of another blown game in a season chock full of them for the Raptors. Blown double-digit fourth quarter lead? Check.  Fouling a 3-point shooter up four points? Check.  Failing to secure a defensive rebound that likely would have iced the game? Yup, give that a check, too. But in the…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another day, another Lakers loss

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while working on your eyelid weightlifting…. Grizzlies 106, Lakers 93: The Lakers added injury to insult when Dwight Howard re-aggravated his shoulder problem in the first half, and the Grizzlies took full advantage by recording 16 offensive rebounds and 60 points in the…

  23. Wednesday And-1 Links: Justin Beiber meets Michael Jordan. And twitter explodes.

    Jan 23, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan Justin Beiber

    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. • Justin Beiber — that would be 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game MVP…

  24. Watch Jose Calderon carve up the Lakers “defense” (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

    Raptors' Calderon smiles during a break againstthe Lakers during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    If you want to know why the Lakers are five games below .500, watch their defense in these highlights from their loss to Toronto Sunday. The temptation is to say that of course Jose Calderon had his way with the Lakers perimeter players, Steve Nash was guarding him. And Calderon has some success against him.…

  25. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Situations (Northwest Division)

    Jan 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at potential homes for players on the trading block.  Here’s a look at the trade situations for every team in the Northwest Division: Oklahoma City Thunder: 32-9, 1st in Northwest…

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