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  1. Kobe Bryant nails game-winner to get big win over… Raptors? PS: Don’t look at his line, go directly to count the rings.

    Feb 12, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant smiles in overtime of their NBA basketball game against the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    Here, look, we’ll split this post into two sides of the coin. The first part will be glass half-full, the second part will be glass half-empty. Glass half-full:  The Lakers recovered from early losses in their Grammy’s road trip to finish 3-3 with a win over the Raptors 94-92 Sunday. They were able to fend…

  2. Thursday And-1 links: Kevin Durant raps

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Here is our daily 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). Kevin Durant is laying down the lyrics — he is in a rap video with Privaledge and sounding pretty good. Normally we’d run the video,…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Clippers climbing

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James prepares to make a shot against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Miami moves back into the top spot — but the Clippers have now cracked the top three, which had been the domain of the Heat, Bulls and Thunder for a while. Oh, and the Bobcats still suck. 1. Heat (18-6, last week ranked No. 2). They’ve had a few uninspired wins (like Sunday against the…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Super Sunday games

    Feb 5, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett dunk

    What you missed while preparing the chili to take to your Super Bowl party…. Celtics 98, Grizzlies 80: Vintage Kevin Garnett showed up for this game — 24 points on 12 shots, 9 rebounds and tremendous energy on defense — and that helped overwhelm a Grizzlies team that is showing how much they miss Zach…

  5. Winderman: Bulls should look at Knicks before going all-in for Dwight Howard

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Ah, the mega-trade, the all-for-one and the hope that the one is the end-all. As the Magic continue to stagger, and as it becomes clearer that Dwight Howard did not sign up for this, the only remaining issue seems to be how “all in” a trade partner might go. And that, to a degree, brings…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kris Humphries

    The top three teams remain the same, just trading places, because they are the three best teams in the league right now. But all three also have long road trips coming up, which should test them. 1. Thunder (16-3, last week ranked No. 3). They are “only” fifth in point-per-possession differential in the league, but…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kyrie Irving does not fear the moment

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:33 AM EDT

    Ray Allen Cleveland Cavaliers

    What you missed while waiting for Nadal and Djokovic to finish…. Heat 97, Bulls 93: LeBron James and Derrick Rose had moments of brilliance and key missed free throws in our game of the day. Cavaliers 88, Celtics 87: If you want to say that Boston choked, to ahead — if you give up a…

  8. Blake Griffin heads 2012 rookie deal extension class

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin slam dunks against Memphis Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi of Iran and Dante Cunningham during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook got theirs. Kevin Love got a deal, as did Danilo Gallinari. Eric Gordon and Brook Lopez did not. And nobody seriously considered giving Michael Beasley one. It’s the first extension to the rookie contract — the first chance for NBA players to make serious, serious money. But as we saw…

  9. Andrea Bargnani re-aggravates calf injury, says it’s “worse”

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:03 AM 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 missed six games with a calf injury, and the Raptors were 0-6. He returns and the pick up two wins — beating Phoenix (where he had 36 points) and in Utah. But in the overtime against the Raptors, Bargnani hobbled to the bench, apparently re-aggravating the calf injury that had kept him out.…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Indiana gets a little revenge

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Danny Granger, David West

    What you missed while being exhausted, just like Demi Moore…. Lakers 96, Clippers 91: This was feisty like a playoff game and was our game of the night. Pacers 95, Bulls 90: Last year in the first round of the playoffs the Bulls brushed the Pacers aside with ease — this game was evidence of…

  11. Suns Robin Lopez suspended one game for bumping official

    Jan 25, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Robin Lopez — like a lot of the Suns players in their loss to the Raptors Tuesday — was frustrated with the officiating. Particularly when he got pushed in the back by Andrea Bargnani with 8:20 left in the second quarter and there was no call made. So, Lopez ran down the court and made…

  12. Andrea Bargnani returns, scores season high 36 points to lead Raptors past Suns

    Jan 25, 2012, 2:44 AM EDT

    Andrea+Bargnani

    The Toronto Raptors came into Tuesday’s game against the Suns having lost eight straight, the last six of which came with their best player, Andrea Bargnani, sidelined due to injury. The Suns were playing in Phoenix after a five-game, eight-day East coast road trip that concluded just the night before with a loss in Dallas.…

  13. Monday And-1 links: Apparently Web surfers love the Magic

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Here is our daily 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). Which three teams lead the NBA is traffic to their Web sites? Two are pretty obvious — the Lakers and Heat. But the third is…

  14. Weekend Observations 1.21.12: Dead legs and the dirty ground

    Jan 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. The Lakers use the pick and roll a lot but what winds up happening is it just resets the offense on the weak side. It doesn’t result in shots or quick passes. It’s like spending 10 hours cooking a hamburger.…

  15. Thursday And-1 links: Glen Davis drops his shorts

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    Welcome to our 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). Glen Davis, you need to keep your pants on when talking to the ref. It’s pretty much an automatic technical. What are the Sixers doing right…

  16. Rajon Rondo leaves with wrist injury, X-rays negative

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    Celtics point guard Rondo reacts after being fouled by Raptors center Gray in Boston

    If there is one player the Boston Celtics could not afford to lose this seas0n, it would be Rajon Rondo. Which is why there were deep breaths taken Rondo took a hard foul by Toronto’s Linas Kleiza with 2:12 left in the third quarter. Rondo — who was in scoring not assist mode all night, finishing…

  17. Video: Andrea Bargnani’s underground All-Star anthem

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

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

    Brilliant. We told you Andrea Bargnani is having a career year in Toronto (which, along with the Raptors improved defense, should have people using the words “Dwane Casey” and “coach of the year” in the same sentence). He’s actually defending as well as giving Toronto 22 points a game, and he’s doing it more efficiently…

  18. Tuesday And-1 links: Portland’s sell out streak in jeopardy

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Welcome to our 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). Portland’s 166 game sellout streak is in danger of coming to an end. Which speaks more to the condensed schedule and the economy than it does…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe passed with the game on the line

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:38 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant,

    What you missed while trying to figure out how to pay off your $44 million hospital bill…. Thunder 97, Celtics 88: Boston’s fifth loss in a row was our game of the night. Lakers 73, Mavericks 70: The Lakers won this game — and were the better shooting team — hitting 38.2 percent of their…

  20. Full slate of NBA on tap for Martin Luther King day

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    martin-luther-king-jr

    The NBA has tried to make Martin Luther King Day it’s sporting day — and it’s a good fit (well as good as any sporting attempt to claim the day). The NBA has become a league about inclusion on a lot of levels: If you can ball well enough it doesn’t matter if you are…

  21. Dwight Howard leads everyone in first All-Star ballot returns

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    You didn’t love Dwight Howard as much as Derrick Rose and LeBron James when it came time to award the MVP last year (I know you didn’t get to vote on that, neither did I, but sentiment on this site ran heavy to Rose among commenters). But you love him now. Howard, the Magic’s center,…

  22. D-League Showcase Continues With Two More NBA TV Games On Wednesday

    Jan 11, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Elijah Millsap

    The NBA Development League’s annual Showcase is halfway through with eight games already having been played in lovely Reno, but the show goes on — and could even get better — when things gets underway on Wednesday. NBA TV’s live coverage tips off at 1 p.m. as Ricky Davis continues his comeback attempt against Eric…

  23. Break out the champagne — the Wizards win!

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards Trevor Booker (right) and John Wall celebrate a basket during the second half of their NBA game against the Toronto Raptors in Washington

    It all came together for one night. At home, against a tired Toronto team on the second night of a back-to-back. Flip Saunders put in a new starting lineup of guys playing with some grit — Chris Singleton and Trevor Booker start, and Andray Blatche comes off the bench. It worked — the Washington Wizards…

  24. Don’t tell anyone, but Andrea Bargnani is playing well

    Jan 10, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

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

    It’s seems weird to write this but… Andrea Bargnani is playing really well this year. Raptors blogs are noticing. Everyone watching them is noticing. He’s shooting better (52.7 percent overall and 37 percent from three), scoring more (22.8 per game) while taking fewer shots, rebounding more, turning the ball over less and has an All-Star…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Knicks love their ‘Melo iso

    Jan 10, 2012, 6:39 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats' Diaw fouls New York Knicks' Anthony during their NBA basketball game in New York

    What you missed while waiting for LSU to score…. 76ers 96, Pacers 86: This was our game of the night, you can read about it here. Knicks 91, Bobcats 87: Every good team has a bad team that just gives them fits. Maybe the Bobcats are that for the Knicks. Or, maybe we are overestimating…

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