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  1. Winderman: Why Orlando has to trade Dwight Howard

    Mar 13, 2012, 3:17 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    That’s a pretty impressive piece of trivia that Stan Van Gundy is about to be attached to, if you believe the scuttlebutt: the first NBA head coach to be fired by both Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard (if you accepted the speculation back in December 2005 with the Heat). But if we actually decide to…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls, Heat own top two spots. Again.

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The trade deadline could really shake up the power rankings… but probably not. 1. Bulls (34-9, last week ranked number 1). The Bulls keep winning while they are banged up — Joakim Noah is back Monday for the Knicks but Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton are out. Those wins are really impressive. But the big…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: What kind of team are the Knicks?

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:07 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    What you missed while thinking if you are going to have two wives you may want to get off Facebook…. Lakers 97, Celtics 94: This rematch of a couple recent finals — which looked like those finals if you squinted really hard — was our game of the day. Sixers 106, Knicks 94: How this…

  4. Andrea Bargnani might be back this weekend. Maybe not. But could be. Theoretically.

    Mar 10, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Funny cycle. Team is stingy and non-committal with information regarding updates on player’s return from injury. Fans get anxious, rail on writer for not providing updates on player they are interested in regarding return from injury. Writer responds by asking team about player’s return from injury. Team is stingy and non-committal with information regarding updates…

  5. Friday And-1 links: Zach Randolph, trade rumors and more

    Mar 9, 2012, 11:20 AM EST

    zach-randolph-game-6

    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). Zach Randolph is aiming to be back in the Grizzlies lineup next Tuesday against the Lakers. He has been out since Jan. 1 since tearing…

  6. Is Tony Parker the fastest point guard in the NBA?

    Mar 8, 2012, 5:50 PM EST

    Parker of the Spurs competes in the skills competition during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida

    It’s a great barstool or blog comment debate: “Who is the fastest point guard in the NBA?” Derrick Rose? John Wall? Russell Westbrook? Kyrie Irving? Nope, try Tony Parker. Advanced stats are trying to answer all our debates — who is the best guy to trust with a game-winning shot? — and one of them…

  7. One way or another, Raptors cutting ties with Anthony Carter

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:57 PM EST

    Carter_Anthony

    This isn’t going to help his trade value. Not that there was a whole lot to begin with. Toronto is either going to trade Anthony Carter or release the veteran point guard after the trade deadline, reports Doug Smith at the Toronto Star. The Raptors are going to try to either move the veteran guard…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Love outduels Blake Griffin

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:43 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans in Minneapolis

    What you missed while buying way more Girl Scout cookies than you really should… Thunder 95, Mavericks 92: Oklahoma City scored the final eight points to win another close contest, which was our game of the night. Timberwolves 95, Clippers 94: With all their mistakes late, I have no idea how the Timberwolves pulled this…

  9. Report: Lakers, Trail Blazers discuss Raymond Felton trade

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    The Lakers desperately need a true point guard. The Trail Blazers have been very unhappy with Raymond Felton this season — mostly because he’s looked heavy, is shooting 36.8 percent, 24.6 percent from three, and his turnovers are up. So while it may be odd to have two division rivals talking trade, the Lakers and…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s the Deron Williams show

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:18 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    What you missed while suing your college because your dorm roommate had too much sex… Celtics 115, Knicks 111 (OT): Rajon Rondo dominated Jeremy Lin, put up a monster line — 18 points, 20 assists, 17 rebounds — and got the Celtics a big win in one of our games of the day. Lakers 93,…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls look every bit the contender

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:31 AM EST

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    What you missed while realizing that it’s time to turn off the autocorrect on your phone before someone gets hurt…. Bulls 96, Spurs 89: That is why the Chicago Bulls are contenders. They played a fantastic game behind Derrick Rose, who had 29 points and made all the big plays at the end, including a…

  12. Don’t bet on Raptors moving Calderon, at least until summer

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:17 PM EST

    Jose Calderon

    There are a few teams out there who could really use an elite point guard. Yes Lakers, we’re looking right at you, but there are many others. Which is why the Toronto Raptors will get some inquiries about Jose Calderon, who is the best point guard readily available in a trade right now (we’re Steve…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Time to fear Brook Lopez?

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:30 AM EST

    Deshawn Stevenson

    What you missed while you were spilling beer on the German Chancellor…. Nets 93, Mavericks 92: Dallas, you did a terrible job of trying to impress Deron Williams and make him want to join your roster. Starting late in the third quarter the Mavericks went on an 0-13 shooting streak, they didn’t have a field…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: Let the trade rumors begin

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:46 AM EST

    Brook Lopez

    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). The Golden State Warriors have their eye on Brook Lopez (if that whole “trade for Dwight Howard” thing doesn’t work out for the Nets). Ramon…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: All-Star Weekend edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:58 AM EST

    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.…

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

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:23 AM EST

    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…

  18. Report: Lakers interested in trading for Michael Beasley

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:57 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:11 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:22 PM EST

    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…

  24. 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 EST

    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…

  25. Thursday And-1 links: Kevin Durant raps

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

    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,…

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