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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. Raptors’ Johnson gets away with blatant double-dribble (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    JOHNSON_AMIR

    Even Amir Johnson thought this was funny. Notice how he is laughing as he runs back down the court. Of course, the Trail Blazers didn’t find it as amusing. Watch the video again — Toronto’s Johnson gets the ball out 21 feet from the rim and dribbles to the elbow extended and picks up his…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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