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  1. NBA Power Rankings: All-Star Weekend edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade and James watch teammate Chalmers compete in three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    With no games after Thursday, we don’t have a lot of movement in the standings this week, but we tie in some All-Star Weekend notes and look ahead at the second half for teams. 1. Heat (27-7, last week ranked 1). LeBron James’ All-Star performance is what fans seem to expect from him — 36…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lin, ‘Melo play together well

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:58 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    What you missed while stacking 2.5 feet of pancakes… Warriors 106, Suns 104: We have other details, but you really should just click this link to see Monta Ellis’ game winning shot. Knicks 99, Hawks 82: It was just a second game with everyone healthy on the Knicks, but you could see an improved chemistry.…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links: We talk LeBron’s steak house eating habits

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

    Heats' James looks around after an opponent's free throw went through the basket during their game against the Magic in Miami

    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). When he dines out at a fine steak house, LeBron James apparently likes apple martinis, his steak well done and he wants it cut up…

  4. Report: Lakers interested in trading for Michael Beasley

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    The Lakers need scoring, they need someone who can create his own shot not on the perimeter not named Kobe Bryant, they need depth. And they are desperate enough to consider Michael Beasley. No, this is not a Pau Gasol trade — come on, nobody is that stupid — but there have been talks, according…

  5. NBA Power Rankings: Streaking Heat, Spurs land on top

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Miami has looked dominant the last week, while Tony Parker may be the best player in basketball the last two weeks so the Spurs climb. At the bottom, things look familiar. 1. Heat (24-7, last week ranked 1). They became the third team in the NBA to sweep a back-to-back-to-back (Bulls, Thunder), but they did…

  6. Manu Ginobili suffers strained oblique vs. Clippers, more tests coming

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Manu Ginobili suffered a strained oblique muscle against the Clippers during the Spurs’ 103-100 win over Los Angeles Saturday, the Spurs announced after the game. There is no timetable for his return, and further diagnostic tests are planned. Ginobili only recently returned from a fractured bone in his hand. He’s played spectacularly well, so the…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: There are days the Magic look good

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia

    What you missed while realizing your Valentine’s Day could have gone worse…. Knicks 100, Kings 85: The perfect storm that is Jeremy Lin continues, and it is our game of the night. Hawks 101, Suns 99: Our own Brett Pollakoff was at this game and filed a report. But that doesn’t mean we won’t give…

  8. Video: Jeremy Lin sinks game winning three vs. Raptors

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin; Tyson Chandler; Landry Fields

    And the legend grows — now reaching Canada. Check out the swagger on Jeremy Lin. With the game tied 87-87 the Knicks missed a shot but got the offensive board and reset for a final shot. What does Lin do? Back the ball out to halfcourt, call for the rest of the Knicks to flatten…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs advancing, Heat still on top

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    I’m beginning to wonder: Will the Eastern Conference Finals be the real NBA finals this year? Feels that way some days. 1. Heat (21-7, last week ranked 1) The Magic and Knicks combined to shoot 85 threes against the Heat in two nights. The Heat’s defensive energy does that to teams, makes them settle (although…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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.…

  22. 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…

  23. 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.…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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