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  1. Three Stars of the Night: The Nuggets are still very odd

    Jan 21, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    If you needed further confirmation that the Denver Nuggets are in fact very strange, tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder provided some material. Andre Iguodala, the All-Star swingman, the Gold Medalist, the highest paid player on the Nuggets, didn’t play in the fourth quarter and barely played in overtime. JaVale McGee…did JaVale McGee things.…

  2. Dwight Howard ejected as Lakers lose to Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 20, 2013, 4:54 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Howard complains about a call to the referee during their NBA game against Toronto Raptors in Toronto

    The Lakers lost to the Raptors in Toronto on Sunday by a final of 108-103, dropping them six games under .500 with three teams ahead of them for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Los Angeles played the entire second half without Dwight Howard, who was ejected with 1:18 to play…

  3. NBA admits referees screwed up end of Bulls overtime win vs. Raptors

    Jan 18, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

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    You don’t see this very often — the NBA admitting its referees blew it — so savor this moment. Well, unless you’re a Raptors fans, then this gesture feels pretty empty. Toronto and Chicago had gone to overtime Wednesday night and it was tied 105-105 when Luol Deng hit a shot that became the game…

  4. The Extra Pass: Rookie Report

    Jan 18, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    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 ask you to put down your TPS report and pick up the Rookie Report: Since we’re near the halfway point of the season, it’s time to revisit the rookie class…

  5. Deng’s overtime game winner lifts Bulls over Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Bulls small forward Deng goes to the basket against Raptors power forward Davis and shooting guard Anderson during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    With Derrick Rose out the Bulls are counting on other guys to create and make the big shots. Like Luol Deng, who hit this pull-up jumper that would be the game winner Wednesday night in overtime against Toronto. Chicago got Deng the ball out top and let him go in isolation against Landry Fields. Deng…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out, the Heat and Thunder are pretty good

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Durant shoots against Denver Nuggets defenders Randolph and Brewer in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while having to deal with all the people knocking on your door asking for their lost cell phones…. Heat 92, Warriors 75: As it has been with the Heat all season long, when they are focused and defend they destroy teams. Especially teams…

  7. Nets show real ball movement on fast break (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

    Yes, there were a lot of fantastic highlights last night — Blake Griffin with a steal and another huge dunk, Terrence Ross with probably the best dunk of the night, and many more. But this was probably my favorite, because after the Robin Lopez block there is one dribble on a fast break all about…

  8. The Extra Pass: Kevin Durant’s shot at history

    Jan 16, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    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 Kevin Durant‘s chance to make NBA history. For the last three seasons, Kevin Durant has led the NBA in scoring. That’s no easy task, but doing it again…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the offensive outbursts

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while thinking about what a jump to hyperspace in the Millennium Falcon would really be like… Lakers 104, Bucks 88: Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard each had 31 points, but the real key for Los Angles was their defense — Kobe was on…

  10. Report: Raptors out of Rudy Gay sweepstakes because of steep price

    Jan 14, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant

    As we told you earlier today, when the NBA trade passes Feb. 22 Rudy Gay most likely will still be in Memphis. The reason is the Grizzlies are not going to trade him unless they get a whole lot back in return — they are a top team in the West and don’t want to…

  11. PBT Extra: Taking Gasol, Gay, other NBA trade rumors

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

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    With a month to go until the trade deadline, we are at the “feeling out” phase of the trade deadline — teams are calling around, talking, seeing who might be available and what the costs will be. In this week’s PBT Extra Kay Adams and I talk about the prospects of moving some of the…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Durant carries Thunder to win

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while taking a car through a drive-through with an invisible driver… Lakers 113, Cavaliers 93: Dwight Howard was back playing for the Lakers and it showed — he was blocking shots, drawing double teams and generally opening up the Lakers…

  13. Three Stars of the Night: Front court players in spotlight

    Jan 14, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives past Los Angeles Lakers' Clark during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    There’s a simple old coach’s axiom in basketball: Tall and good beats small and good. So tonight we look at the tall guys and give them their due with the three stars. There were other candidates big and small who were worthy but just missed the cut: Carmelo Anthony (27 points 7 rebounds), Brandon Jennings…

  14. A list of NBA players who can veto or block trades in 2013

    Jan 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Excellent information from Marc Stein of ESPN.com in his weekend column, where he details the circumstances surrounding the ability of various players to either block or veto a trade involving them this season. There are 19 players in total that can throw a wrench in their respective team’s trade talks if they so choose, due…

  15. Report: Celtics will listen to offers for Paul Pierce. Then probably do nothing.

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Danny Ainge faces the same question at we start to approach the trace deadline that he did last summer — does the Celtics core have one more run in them? This summer the answer seemed to be yes, when Ainge signed Kevin Garnett to a new deal and got all the band back together save…

  16. The Extra Pass: The All-Value Team

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    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’ll put together a squad featuring some of the league’s most valuable contracts.  Signing players to any substantial contract during the offseason free agency period is like tap dancing through a…

  17. Thursday And-1 links: More Carmelo/Garnett fallout

    Jan 10, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics 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. • The punishment has come down, Carmelo Anthony is sitting out the Knicks Thursday…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas makes the Clippers work for it

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while listening to an ice record… Spurs 108, Lakers 105: The Lakers went on a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter to make this game interesting down the stretch, but in the end the result was the fifth straight Los…

  19. Report: Raptors want to make real run at Rudy Gay trade

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    Memphis is shopping Rudy Gay around, seeing if they can find a deal they like — one that gets them under the luxury tax line and helps them start to reshape a roster they know as good but not a contender. The Raptors want in on these talks, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Sources told…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, but it’s close

    Jan 7, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    To be honest, you could have ranked the top three in this week’s PBT NBA Power Rankings and been fine. I’m giving the top spot to the Thunder this week because I think they’d beat the Clippers or Spurs in a seven game series right now. But not easily. 1. Thunder (26-7, Last week ranked…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Heat, Thunder cruise to victory

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Amir Johnson; Kevin Durant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while thinking about NBA doppelgangers… Nuggets 112, Lakers 105: If you like fast paced games with plenty of scoring, a game not really encumbered with defense to slow all that down, than this one was for you. The Lakers defense…

  22. Kevin Durant double-crosses DeMar DeRozan (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan; Kevin Durant

    There was afternoon basketball on Sunday, with the Thunder tipping off in Toronto against the Raptors at 1 p.m. Eastern. Toronto hosts more of these early starts than any team in the league, but it didn’t bother the Thunder as they improved their league-best record to 26-7 with a 104-92 victory. Kevin Durant finished with…

  23. One last look back: Top 10 plays of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    This is it. We are done after this one. No more looking back at 2012, only looking forward to 2013 and when the Lakers trade Pau Gasol. Maybe. But the NBA’s top 10 plays of 2012 was too good not to run. Watch it and you get to see Rudy Fernandez with the buzzer-beating tip-in…

  24. Former Raptors coach Mitchell piles on Andrea Bargnani, too

    Jan 4, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

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

    We told you yesterday how the Toronto Raptors are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and how that neatly coincides with the 10 games Andrea Bargnani has been out. Now, to be fair, it also coincides with the 10-game soft stretch of the Raptors schedule, but we’re not going to let that get in the…

  25. Raptors have gone 8-2 without Bargnani. Coincidence?

    Jan 3, 2013, 1:18 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

    On December 10, the enigmatic Andrea Bargnani went down with a ligament tear in his left elbow. Two nights later the Raptors lost to the Brooklyn Nets to fall to 4-19 on the season. But since then the Raptors are 8-1, including a thumping of the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Coincidence? Yes and no.…

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