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  1. Cousins, Lin, Wall, Irving head USA Select team roster

    May 14, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    The USA Select team is the team in waiting — guys invited to the USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas this summer to push and test the guys actually going to London. The Select Team are the guys Mike Krzyzewski and friends want to see up close, to consider for future Olympics and World…

  2. Monday And-1 links: Is Vinny Del Negro the right guy for Clippers?

    May 14, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Vinny Del Negro, Blake Griffin

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • How much respect does Vinny Del Negro deserve for the job he’s done…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links: Joe Johnson wants the rock more

    May 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EST

    Joe Johnson

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Joe Johnson wants more touches in the Hawks offense. He only had 8…

  4. Should Olympic basketball be under-23 like soccer?

    May 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    This summer, the United States will send it’s best 12 best basketball players to London to represent our nation in the Olympic Games. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban hates the idea, and he’s not alone. This summer will be the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team and for some the bloom is off the rose.…

  5. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs close out season riding high

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EST

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    This is it, our final power rankings of the season. Usually I’d have them ranked in the order I would rank championship contenders, but this year any of the top four could win a chip and I wouldn’t be surprised. Hard to rank teams at the end of the season with everyone coasting and resting…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Knicks, Heat win, can start thinking showdown

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

    Tristan Thompson, Amare Stoudemire

    What you missed while figuring out why ice cream causes brain freeze… Lakers 114, Thunder 106 (2OT): There was a game, too, not just an elbow. The Lakers got a win that can give them some confidence for a potential playoff meeting between these teams — but can they replicate this recipe for success? Our…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers win fourth in a row without Kobe

    Apr 16, 2012, 8:09 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    What you missed while going on Craigslist to try and find the guy who got you pregnant at that Motorhead concert…. Heat 93, Knicks 85: This potential first-round matchup proved that the Heat’s three stars — they accounted for all but 20 of the Heat’s points on the day — were better than the Knicks…

  8. Calf injury shuts down Raptors’ Bargnani for rest of season

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

    Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani drives to the basket against Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    When he played at the start of the season and was healthy, Andrea Bargnani looked like an All-Star and former No. 1 pick… then he got a calf injury that kept him out for most of the season. He returned and struggled but had started to find his stroke again at points (he dropped 30…

  9. Who gets the most “hockey assists” in the NBA?

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:59 PM EST

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    In the NBA, the guy who makes the pass to set up a shooter gets an assist. But often you will see a point guard drive and draw the defense, kick out to a guy at the arc, who will then see the defense rotate and make a pass to a second open shooter who…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Who forgot to tell Spurs they are old?

    Apr 9, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    Can you picture a San Antonio vs. Miami finals? It’s not that hard, if you try. 1. Spurs (40-14, last week ranked number 2). Eleven wins in a row and they are percentage points ahead of the Thunder (and one ahead of them in the loss column). Are they title contenders? They have four rings…

  11. Monday And-1 links: Lowry returns, Pietrus getting closer

    Apr 9, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    Kevin McHale, Kyle Lowry

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • After missing 15 games with a bacterial infection, Kyle Lowry was back in…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston is hot, the Sixers not so much

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:30 AM EST

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    What you missed while buying a small town for yourself… Knicks 100, Bulls 99 (OT): It took some huge threes by Carmelo Anthony and some missed late free throws by Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, but the Bulls got a key win in their playoff chase. Celtics 103, Sixers 79: Paul Pierce was hot early…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Playoff impacts everywhere you look

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

    What you missed while getting drunk on peanut butter and jelly flavored vodka…. Heat 98, Thunder 93: Don’t read too much into “statements” before the playoffs start, but the Heat made one in one of our games of the night. Lakers 113, Clippers 108: The Clippers had the big highlights, but the Lakers will take…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out LeBron can score a lot

    Apr 4, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James drives to the basket as his team plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while watching Baylor win the national title and thinking Brittney Griner can flat out ball…. Heat 99, Sixers 93: The Heat needed a win and they had LeBron James in a scoring mood — those things go together like Oreos and milk for Miami. The result was James putting up a season…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Apr 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook celebrates with small forward Kevin Durant during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Oklahoma City

    There can’t be any question about the Thunder in the top spot after the last 8 days, but there are questions about the Heat and the Bulls in the East. And the Celtics and Spurs as spoilers. 1. Thunder (40-12, last week ranked number 2). They beat the Heat, Bulls and Lakers in the last…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Rockets playoff hopes take punch to gut

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:39 AM EST

    Courtney Lee, Paul George

    What you missed while reading the book “Cooking with Poo”…. Thunder 92, Bulls 78: The Oklahoma City Thunder have rolled over everybody lately (that’s going to be good for them in the power rankings Monday) and their athleticism overwhelmed the Chicago in our game of the day. Celtics 91, Heat 72: Does Boston have one…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Fear Kevin Love

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:17 AM EST

    Kevin Love, Eduardo Najera

    What you missed while tweeting pictures of your food rather than eating it… Knicks 108, Magic 86: It was pretty much a perfect storm for the Knicks, and they need more like it. We broke it all down here. Minnesota 88, Bobcats 83: Kevin Love is in full on NBA2K12 beast mode — he had…

  18. Raptors’ Jerryd Bayless out for rest of season with torn oblique

    Mar 28, 2012, 1:06 AM EST

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    Jerryd Bayless had been playing pretty well for Toronto a couple of weeks ago — he dropped 29 on the Bobcats. And to prove he could score against an actual NBA defense he also dropped 28 on the Memphis Grizzlies. He’d been looking good. But now he is out for the season with a torn…

  19. Quote of the day: Stan Van Gundy on pizza etiquette

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

    Stan Van Gundy

    “I mean, everybody’s on their feet, standing ovation and the whole thing and then a guy in the crowd next to me sitting baseline said everybody gets a free pizza, so I guess that was exciting. That was the loudest the crowd was all night. They were into that. That was a big basket by…

  20. Monday And-1 links: Trayvon’s father thanks Heat players

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Miami Heat hoodie photo

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • The father of Trayvon Martin thanked the Miami Heat for their support. •…

  21. Nuggets’ Fernandez out for season, Olympics due to back surgery

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:38 PM EST

    Rudy Fernandez Nuggets

    The backcourt of the Spanish Olympic team has taken some real blows in recent weeks. First Ricky Rubio, and now Rudy Fernandez will be out for the rest of the NBA regular season ad the Olympics, reports Marc Spears reports at Yahoo. Spanish Olympic team takes another blow. Nuggets announce guard Rudy Fernandez to have…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Five in a row for the Knicks

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:03 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Jrue Holiday

    What you missed while being thankful a rogue boulder didn’t destroy your home and car… Knicks 82, Sixers 79: This was the ugliest win for the Knicks on their five-game winning streak, but it may also be the best. Not the best because it moves them within three games of the struggling Sixers in the…

  23. NBA Power Rankings: Suns are rising, Spurs climb too.

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:27 PM EST

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    Trade deadline moves aren’t changing the top of the rankings much, but we will see Portland and some other teams fall in the coming weeks. And we don’t know what the Nets are thinking either, so don’t ask. 1. Bulls (37-10, last week ranked number 1). They beat the Heat without Derrick Rose in the…

  24. Weekend Observations: 25 notes about the trade deadline

    Mar 18, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We’re thee days past the trade deadline. Some players have already landed and played a game with their new teams, some haven’t even arrived in their new destinations (does Hasheem Thabeet really have that busy of a calendar?). But we’re starting to recover from the shock of a still-nuts-if-quieter-than-last-year deadline that saw two coaches let go…

  25. Surveying trade deadline landscape: League’s second tier got better

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:56 AM EST

    Nick Young

    As you survey the NBA landscape in the aftermath of the storm that is always the NBA trade deadline, and a couple things leap out: First, the title contenders did not change — and they all stood pat. In the East, the path to the finals goes through Miami and Chicago and nobody really moved…

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