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  1. PBT Extra: PBT does its own Rising Stars Challenge draft; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The NBA announced the field for the Rising Stars Challenge, but the teams won’t be selected until next week. A sucker for any opportunity to hold a mock draft, I enlisted Kurt into holding our own. We followed the same positional rules whoever picks the teams on TNT next Thursday – the general managers have yet to…

  2. Wednesday night NBA grades: I, for one, welcome our new Kevin Durant overlord

    Jan 30, 2014, 2:08 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while freaking out about how much time you wasted on Facebook…. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. What is there left to say? Call him KD like he prefers, call him the Slim Reaper, call him whatever you want just make sure you add MVP race…

  3. Michael Carter-Williams, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard all in All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge

    Jan 29, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Sacramento Kings

    While the All-Star Game itself is an exhibition for the biggest names in basketball, a sneaky fun part of All-Star Weekend is always the Rising Stars Challenge — watching the games best young players put on a little show. And there are plenty of good young players to showcase this season. Last season’s Rookie of…

  4. The Extra Pass: Three guys that deserve more playing time, plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the first half of the season in the books, let’s look at five players who deserve to get a little more burn the rest of the way. John Henson, F/C, Milwaukee Bucks Before we get to Henson, let’s travel in the way back machine to the 2009-10 season. If you’ll remember, Kurt Rambis was…

  5. Monday night NBA grades: Is Kevin Durant even human?

    Jan 28, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while being mesmerized by head-banging Taylor Swift… Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. At this point, I’m beginning to question if Durant is human. Maybe a Terminator sent back from the future to take over the NBA? Maybe an X-Men style mutant? Whatever he is, I…

  6. Patrick Patterson makes steal, hits game winner to lift Raptors past Nets (VIDEO)

    Jan 28, 2014, 1:14 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

    This was a huge win for Toronto… if the goal is to win the Atlantic Division. Which it is for the players, if not management. Brooklyn had been surging and the Raptors needed a win to solidify their hold on the Atlantic, they got it 104-103. They got it because Patrick Paterson first made a…

  7. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Durant powers Thunder to top slot

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    No Russell Westbrook yet Kevin Durant has pushed the Thunder to the top of the West and the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Still strange to see the Celtics and Lakers near the bottom of the poll, but it’s where they belong this season.   1. Thunder (35-10, LW 4). Kevin Durant is making…

  8. Report: Raptors may yet decide to trade Kyle Lowry

    Jan 27, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Charlotte Bobcats

    If the Toronto Raptors are serious about making a playoff run this season they will need Kyle Lowry at the point. At 22-21 they currently lead the Atlantic Division and would be the four seed heading into the playoffs, and in the East the idea of the Raptors making the second round of the playoffs…

  9. DeMar DeRozan leaves after suffering ankle injury vs. Clippers (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan

    DeMar DeRozan is having a season that may land him on the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve, but he left Saturday’s game against the Clippers with the ankle injury. As seen in the video clip above, DeRozan goes up for a jumper and then lands awkwardly, with his left foot turning under him…

  10. Terrence Ross scores 51 points, making Raptors and NBA history

    Jan 26, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jonas Valanciunas; DeAndre Jordan; Jamal Crawford

    Terrence Ross tied Vince Carter’s single-game Toronto Raptors scoring record with 51 points against the Los Angeles Clippers last night. Wait. Terrence Ross? The same Terrence Ross who went more than three weeks earlier this season without scoring 51 combined points? The same Terrence Ross who had scored fewer points than J.J. Redick this season…

  11. Defending dunk-contest champion Terrence Ross names his desired challengers: Tony Mitchell, Andre Drummond and Victor Oladipo

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Toronto Raptors

    If Paul George can stump for his desired dunk-contest field – even if he likely has no real intention of participating – the event’s defending champion should have a say, too. The man who can do this probably knows a little something about dunking: So, Terrence Ross, who should join you in the dunk contest…

  12. Kyrie Irving says he plans to defend his All-Star Weekend Three Point Contest title

    Jan 24, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Kyrie Irving is going to be a little busier this weekend in New Orleans for the All-Star Game, what with the fans voting him a starter and all. But he wants to defend his Three Point Contest title. Irving beat Matt Bonner in the final round last season, he was a bit of a surprise…

  13. Josh Smith on pace for worst 3-point-shooting season in NBA history, but only because he’s playing smarter

    Jan 24, 2014, 3:57 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons  v Indiana Pacers

    Josh Smith is on pace for the worst 3-point-shooting season in NBA history. That was the case recently made by Sean Corp of Detroit Bad Boys and backed by Kyle Wagner of Deadspin. There are varying potential cutoffs, but here’s how it stacks up: In NBA history, players have attempted at least 200 3-pointers in…

  14. We know the starters, so who should be the All-Star reserves?

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Your job is done fans. You picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. Well done. Now the job of picking the reserves falls to the NBA’s coaches. Well, really whoever the coaches delegate the job to — an assistant coach, the video coordinator, the equipment manager, someone working the beer concession line — but the coach…

  15. The Extra Pass: Ranking all 28 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team candidatles

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some names leaked yesterday for inclusion on the 2014-16 USA Basketball men’s national-team roster – the pool of players who will be considered for upcoming international events. That includes the World Cup of Basketball this summer, possibly 2015 Olympic qualifiers  – and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Stein of ESPN beat today’s official announcement with…

  16. Wednesday night NBA grades: Kevin Durant=Slim Reaper (and other guys with a good night)

    Jan 23, 2014, 4:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while getting absorbed in the “Swingers” oral history…. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. Twitter has dubbed him the “Slim Reaper” and I, for one, like the new nickname. He dropped 36 points tonight on the Spurs, including a couple of clutch threes late and rather…

  17. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  18. Raptors lose Landry Fields for three weeks following wrist surgery

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

    The Raptors signing of Landry Fields was another swing-and-a-miss by the previous regime. The Raptors are paying him $6.5 million this season and next, while the jack-of-all-trades player has fallen out of the rotation, with Terrence Ross starting and just returned from injury veteran John Salmons taking up the bench minutes. Which is why this…

  19. Pacers’ Lance Stephenson fined $5,000 by league for flopping

    Jan 21, 2014, 6:13 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers

    He may be on his way to the All-Star Game as a reserve (that’s not set in stone but it seems likely, more on that later in the week) but Lance Stephenson is still drawing the ire of the league. Indiana’s Stephenson was fined $5,000 by the league on Tuesday for flopping — it was…

  20. The Extra Pass: Why the Knicks are starved offensively; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    As the New York Knicks were serenaded with a mix of boos and chants of “Brooklyn! Brooklyn!” at Madison Square Garden during an embarrassing 23 point home loss to the Nets, it felt like rock bottom. Again. For about the seventh time. That’s the thing about the Knicks this season. When it looks like it…

  21. MLK Day NBA: Live updates, highlights and recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    mlk nba

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is one traditionally well-celebrated in the NBA. Today features a 10-game slate, and we’ll provide live updates, highlights and recaps here as the day goes on. 1:15 a.m. ET Tuesday: Pacers 102, Warriors 94 (FINAL): The second half of this game felt like a playoff game, down to the…

  22. Raptors’ bench Jonas Valanciunas for play vs. Los Angeles Lakers

    Jan 20, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors

    After seeing him bulked up at Summer League and looking like a man among boys, after seeing him play well for his native Lithuania over the summer, a lot of people picked Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas to have a breakout season. Not so much. He’s scoring a little more per game but that’s just because he’s…

  23. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Eastern Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The 2013-14 All-Star game in New Orleans is still 30 days away, but the starters will be announced January 23rd and the reserves will follow on January 30th. There’s only a few days of voting left, and since I’m not good with hashtags or 140 character limits or following directions, I thought I’d put my…

  24. Lance Stephenson’s career-high 28 points lead Pacers to blowout win over Knicks

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers will almost certainly have two players representing their team at All-Star weekend in New Orleans in Paul George and Roy Hibbert, with George likely to be voted in as a starter by the fans, and Hibbert likely to be selected as a reserve by the Eastern Conference coaches. It’s also possible that the…

  25. Lance Stephenson’s alter ego “Sir Lancelot” wants you to vote for his man for All-Star Game (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Sir Lancelot is emphatic. If nothing else. A lot of players have gone to the Web with attempts at viral videos to get you to vote for them for the All-Star Game (Ty Lawson in Denver was the latest) but most are about as funny as Carrot Top. Lance Stephenson hit it out of the…

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