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  1. Greg Monroe not expecting Pistons contract extension, thinking 2014 free agency

    Mar 1, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe

    This summer the draft class of 2010 is eligible for contract extensions — teams with a star they want to lock up can do what the Thunder did with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, what the Clippers did with Blake Griffin, and so on. Give your franchise player the max. So who from that draft…

  2. Wednesday And-1 links: Mike Woodson has the best T-shirt ever

    Feb 27, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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    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 like kids love pizza. • Knicks coach Mike Woodson was wearing a T-shirt with…

  3. What are the odds the Lakers catch the Jazz, make playoffs?

    Feb 26, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Maybe Kobe Bryant had reason to be confident. Entering play Tuesday night the Lakers are the nine seed in the West, 3 games back of 8 seed Houston and 3.5 back of the 7 seed Jazz. Lakers fans look at those numbers and think, “we can make that up.” But it’s not going to be…

  4. UPDATE: League rescinds Kobe’s Monday technical, now three away from suspension

    Feb 26, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    UPDATE 1:19 pm: Kobe Bryant was right, the league has rescinded Kobe’s technical from Monday night. Kobe was complaining about not getting a call (shocking!) right at the end of the half on a half-court heave. You don’t get that call unless someone goes Jadeveon Clowney in tackling the shooter. But it wasn’t the ref…

  5. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Boston gets best win of the year

    Feb 26, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, DeMarre Carroll

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while talking about Anne Hathaway’s nipples…. Nuggets 119, Lakers 108: On the second night of a back-to-back the Lakers looked old and slow next to a Nuggets team that ran right past them, exploited the Lakers transition defense and scored a ridiculous 78…

  6. Three Stars of the Night: Old Man for Rivers

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, DeMarre Carroll

    The Celtics were already pretty old to start the season. When Rajon Rondo tore his ACL, they got older. When rookie forward Jared Sullinger went out for the season, they were about as young as a men’s rec league team. Older doesn’t necessarily mean worse, of course. Doc Rivers called it when the injuries happened…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Hot hot Heat move back to top spot

    Feb 25, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    It looks like the Miami Heat have started to get focused and in the West it is the Spurs, Thunder and everyone else. The rest of the league has less than two months to state their case that they can knock one of those big three off. 1. Heat (40-14, last week ranked No. 2).…

  8. The Lakers are hot, but are they really playing that well?

    Feb 25, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Metta World Peace

    Here’s a little secret about the Lakers — look at just their point differential this season (points scored minus points allowed) and they should be a 31-26 team. They lost a lot of games early in the season they could and should have won. Now they are hot again — win Monday night in Denver…

  9. Winners and Losers from the Trade Deadline

    Feb 21, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    A good chunk of trades went down before the trade deadline, but it’s the deals that didn’t get made that loom large. Josh Smith is still an Atlanta Hawk, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are still Boston Celtics, Dwight Howard is still a Laker, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are still on the Jazz…you get…

  10. PBT’s trade deadline tracker — up to minute news, analysis

    Feb 21, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Trade deadline day in the NBA can be ridiculously hard to keep up with as reality and rumor collide. We understand. That’s why we’re here to help. This is our trade deadline day deal tracker — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. Plus you get our thoughts…

  11. Trade Rumor Roundup: As deadline nears, lots of questions remain

    Feb 21, 2013, 2:16 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    It is now just a little less than 13 hours until the NBA trade deadline and we have had all of one whopping trade. Which means it’s going to be a very busy Thursday… probably. There are going to be deals, guys we expect to get dealt will get dealt, but there may be fewer…

  12. Wednesday And-1 links: Trade deadline talk (and some Barkley)

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    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. Today we have lots of smaller trade rumors and reports that we just haven’t…

  13. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Joe Johnson is the man

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:07 AM EDT

    P.J. Carlesimo, C.J. Watson, Joe Johnson

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the residents of Harlem say the Harlem Shake meme has nothing to do with the Harlem Shake…. Nets 113, Bucks 111 (OT): Joe Johnson is clutch — so far this season he is 8-for-9 shooting with less than 30 seconds remaining…

  14. Three Stars of the Night: No Average Joes

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:11 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Johnson smiles on the bench after leaving their NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder, in Oklahoma City

    Wasn’t Monday night awful? No NBA games being played brought back some serious lockout flashbacks, but Tuesday night was just the remedy. Nine games were on the slate to welcome us back from the All-Star break, and there were some impressive performances put up. Tony Parker rattled off 30 points and 11 assists in a…

  15. Trade rumor roundup: Lots of talk Tuesday, no action

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:10 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    We warned you this could be a slow trade deadline — with the new CBA kicking in fully next summer teams are concerned about both the more regressive tax and the repeater taxes for going over the luxury tax line. Meaning teams that might normally take on more salary simply are hesitant now. Here is…

  16. The smaller deals: A trade rumor update as deadline nears

    Feb 19, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    We told you, the big deals we love to talk about are not as likely to happen this year. There’s a lot of buzz about the Celtics but if you were around Kevin Garnett at all All-Star weekend you saw a guy adamant he is not waiving he no trade clause. The Lakers are not…

  17. Fear of tax may make this slower-than-usual trade deadline

    Feb 19, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Phoenix Suns

    All-Star weekend usually signals the official start of a frenzied week of rumors and eventually trades in the NBA. Everybody is in town — this year Houston — and general managers are talking face-to-face rather than texting and by Tuesday trades are picking up steam. But maybe not this year. If there was a buzz…

  18. Report: Clippers, Jazz talking Bledsoe for Millsap trade

    Feb 17, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Los Angeles Clippers remain hesitant to deal young guard Eric Bledsoe — he’s a valuable part of the “tribe called bench” that has been a big part of Los Angeles’ success, plus he is their insurance at the point should Chris Paul unexpectedly decide to sign elsewhere this summer. But as the offers get…

  19. Players explain dunks they had ready in case they advanced to the final round of the Dunk Contest

    Feb 17, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Gerald Green

    HOUSTON — Only two contestants out of the field of six advanced to the final round of the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday, and Terrence Ross and Jeremy Evans were the ones who earned their way there to get a shot at this year’s title. That means we had other capable dunkers who had to…

  20. Three best dunks of All-Star Dunk Contest

    Feb 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    This isn’t a dunk contest that is going to go down in history with the greats. Well, unless you’re a Raptors fan. It was up and down, plenty of misfires and missed dunks no doubt. But there were some jaw dropping moments, too. Terrence Ross won because he had a few of them. Then there…

  21. Jeremy Evans dunks over covered picture, reveals it to be painting of him performing the dunk (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 12:33 AM EDT

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    HOUSTON — Jeremy Evans didn’t win this year’s dunk contest, but it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of creativity or effort on his part. Terrence Ross took home the trophy as the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk champion, and was definitely deserving of the honor. But Evans wins at least in terms of creativity, based…

  22. Raptors’ Ross wins dunk contest with Toronto tributes

    Feb 17, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Terrence Ross pulled out the Vince Carter Raptors throwback jersey, then did a throwback Vince Carter dunk. Then he did a not-very-far throwback dunk of Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan. Then he dunked over a kid. All the while Toronto’s own Drake was jumping around in the first row like a giddy 12-year-old boy. It all worked.…

  23. Report: Increasingly desperate Nets now eye J.J. Hickson

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    J.J. Hickson

    General Manager Billy King really wants to get some help at the four spot for his Nets. Of course, that’s all about just helping his team out and has nothing to do with him being in the last year of his contact and his expensive team not impressing much. It’s not about saving his job.…

  24. Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter calls himself “pimp daddy” and wishes all his sweeties a Happy Valentine’s Day. Alright then.

    Feb 14, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter cheerleaders

    Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter is kind of an eccentric dude, but because he plays in Salt Lake City, we don’t hear a whole lot about it. This guy is like the Broadway Joe of Utah with the stuff he’s doing this year. He’s taking media day pictures with four cheerleaders draped on him, and…

  25. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Break up the Raptors, that’s four straight wins

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Johnson and Gay defend New York Knicks' Stoudemire during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at toys you can buy that would traumatize your child…. Celtics 71, Bulls 69: Man this game was ugly. You knew it was going to be low scoring — two defensive minded teams both missing the point guard that stirs their…

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