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  1. Towel boy has to dive out of way of Tyler Hansbrough on break (VIDEO)

    Mar 11, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

    Newly acquired NBA basketball player Hansbrough goes up for a slam dunk during a photo shoot  for the Toronto Raptors in Toronto

    To be fair to the ball boy, nobody expects Tyler Hansbrough to make a steal on the perimeter then race out on the fast break by himself.

  2. Sunday NBA grades: All hail the unstoppable Jodie Meeks

    Mar 10, 2014, 12:59 AM EDT

    Jodie Meeks, Kevin Durant

    A career-high 42 points on just 18 shots. Not bad.

  3. PBT And-1 Links: Roy Hibbert’s new bed is ginormous

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    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 more than Pharrell Williams loves the Arby’s hat… • Roy Hibbert got a new…

  4. Taj Gibson, on a New York City subway, learned how ‘gangster’ Mike Dunleavy is

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

    Mike Dunleavy, Taj Gibson, Carlos Boozer

    Taj Gibson grew up in Brooklyn and attended USC. Mike Dunleavy graduated from a college-prep school in Oregon and attended Duke. They didn’t exactly have the same upbringings, but the Bulls teammates formed a bond years ago. On the New York City subway. Late at night. Once Dunleavy was already in the NBA. Gibson on…

  5. Report: Joe Dumars, frustrated with criticism, expected to be out as Pistons’ general manager

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

    Joe Dumars

    Joe Dumars might not be replaced by Isiah Thomas, but it still seems unlikely Dumars will return next season as the Detroit Pistons’ general manager. Dumars is in the final season of his contract. Ownership superseded him to fire his chosen head coach. And he didn’t make a move at the trade deadline. All signs…

  6. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Miami putting its foot down on the gas

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    The PBT power rankings have returned with not a lot of change from last week — Miami, Indiana, San Antonio and Oklahoma City are the top four (in whatever order you wish) then there is a gap to the Clippers, Rockets and teams trying to knock on that door. Meanwhile the Sixers look like they…

  7. DeMar DeRozan wants to know where he’d get picked in 2009 re-draft

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Warriors Raptors Basketball

    Imagining how previous NBA drafts would play out in hindsight is always fun, an instant debate starter for basketball fans. I’m sure we’ve all wasted a countless hours analyzing questions like: Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh No. 3 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2004? Do half the top-eight picks in 2013 remain in…

  8. Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan had a duel Sunday (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors and Raptors played the best game of the day Sunday, one that really featured Stephen Curry and DeMar DeRozan taking turns in a little battle much of the night. Curry finished with 34 points on 13-of-27 shooting, carrying the Warriors offense on a night Klay Thompson (4-15) and David Lee (8-of-18) were not…

  9. Sunday night NBA grades: Tony Parker is back and looks good

    Mar 3, 2014, 2:12 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking “I really should see that movie”…. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs. In case you forgot, he’s really good at basketball. He wasn’t really getting going in transition yet, but he was dominant in the half court, scoring 10 of the first 17 Spurs…

  10. Jermaine O’Neal’s passport goes missing so he misses game in Toronto

    Mar 2, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Golden State could have used Jermaine O’Neal Sunday night in Toronto. However he was back in the Bay Area not making the flight with the team. Not because of injury rather because he couldn’t find his passport, reports Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com. (Warriors’ coach Mark) Jackson during his pregame news conference told reporters he was…

  11. Too many late turnovers, too much DeMar DeRozan doom Warriors against Raptors

    Mar 2, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors

    This showdown of teams with dreams of getting past the first round of the playoffs was shaping up for an exciting ending. For three and a half quarters the teams had traded runs, made some big shots and both sides played some defense. The Warriors had been up 5 with just under 9 minutes left,…

  12. Bryan Colangelo admits to tanking when he was GM of the Raptors

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

    Raptors general manager Colangelo takes questions during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    BOSTON – Former Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo appeared as part of the basketball analytics panel at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, and as part of a discussion about revamping the draft lottery system, shared an story about how he tried to “tank” in one of his final seasons in Toronto,…

  13. Wizards go to triple-overtime to beat Raptors

    Feb 28, 2014, 1:04 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Toronto Raptors

    This is why you buy NBA League-pass, so that while everyone else is stuck watching masked LeBron James beating up on the hapless Knicks, you can flip over and watch Washington’s John Wall do this to Toronto’s Kyle Lowry to force a second overtime. There would go on to be three overtimes in what was…

  14. Tuesday night NBA grades: DeMar DeRozan is the Raptors go to guy

    Feb 26, 2014, 2:32 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wishing you had watched the Winter Olympics in a snow fort…  DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors. He is the guy the Raptors go to in the fourth and what’s different than the Rudy Gay era is how he gets his points — it’s not isolations.…

  15. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Heat on the top, Sixers fall to very bottom

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat

    We have a new team at the top and the bottom of PBT’s weekly NBA Power Rankings. Miami’s defense is back and propelled them to a couple wins that have them back on top of the chart. It has taken some sustained losing — a real effort — on the part of a Sixers team…

  16. Report: Raptors may be able to keep Kyle Lowry next season

    Feb 21, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls

    Toronto GM Masai Ujiri got a lot of calls about Kyle Lowry in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, but he turned them all away — Toronto is the No. 3 seed in the East and the Atlantic Division leaders. Surprising though that is. And with a real chance to not only make…

  17. Spurs trade Nando De Colo to Raptors for Austin Daye

    Feb 20, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    Nando De Colo fell out of the Spurs rotation, and Austin Daye was even further outside the Raptors’. Maybe a change of scenery will do both good. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: San Antonio has traded Nando De Colo to the Toronto Raptors for Austin Daye, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February…

  18. NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: All the trades, rumors, analysis, fun in one place

    Feb 20, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets

    It’s the one day on the NBA calendar you know is going to be like a roller coaster — rumors are going to fly, deals are going to appear close then fall apart, complete fabrications will fascinate a fan base who will then blame a GM for not making them reality, and in the end…

  19. Some old-school Psycho T: Tyler Hansbrough tackles Mike Dunleavy (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-83

    What’s impressive is that Tyler Hansbrough uses very good tackling form here — he gets low, drives with his legs, leads with his shoulder. Of course, because this was a basketball game between the Raptors and Bulls, Hansbrough and Mike Dunleavy received double technicals for this little incident. Late in the third quarter Dunleavy crashed into Hansbrough going…

  20. Tuesday night NBA grades: LeBron had no All-Star weekend hangover

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:29 AM EDT

    Heat Mavericks

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while listening to Sir David Attenborough narrate curling for the BBC as if it were Planet Earth…. LeBron James, Miami Heat. A lot of us — players and some of the media (myself included, damn Sazerac) — have been fighting off a post New Orleans…

  21. Toronto Raptors reportedly covet Rajon Rondo

    Feb 18, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics

    The Toronto Raptors have reportedly deemed the value of a playoff push trumps the risk of Kyle Lowry’s pending free agency. That’s what makes a Lowry-to-the-Knicks trade so unlikely. Not only do the Knicks have to offer fair value, they must offer so much return, it pushes Toronto off its current course. But what if…

  22. Report: Knicks still pursuing Kyle Lowry trade

    Feb 18, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    The will they?-won’t they?-will they?-won’t they? saga of trade negotiations between the Knicks and Raptors involving Kyle Lowry is reportedly back to the “will they?” stage. Ian Begley of ESPN: With the NBA trade deadline three days away, the Knicks continue to try to engage the Raptors in an attempt to acquire point guard Kyle…

  23. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder, Heat on top coming up to trade deadline

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Today’s PBT NBA Power Rankings — brought to you by the technology of airplane wi-fi — will talk about the All-Star weekend past and the trade deadline coming up, as there weren’t many other games to speak of. 1. Thunder (43-12, Last Week No. 1). Their addition at the trade deadline is simply getting Russell…

  24. Report: Knicks interested in trade for Hawks’ Jeff Teague

    Feb 17, 2014, 2:43 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Once again, the Knicks are considering slicing away part of their future flexibility for a quick fix now. New York has been shopping around for a point guard as the play of Raymond Felton has deteriorated this season. Their original goal was Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, but they couldn’t find a quick deal then after the…

  25. 2014 Dunk Contest: Ranking the dunks

    Feb 16, 2014, 12:26 AM EDT

    2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Let’s get this out of the way: that was an awful, awful dunk contest. Despite one of the most star-studded fields in years and some phenomenal athletes, the 2014 dunk contest was a complete dud. Most of the blame probably lies with the new contest format which, at the risk of recycling adjectives, was unforgivably…

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