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  1. The Extra Pass: King of the Hill and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Everyone has their spot. A guy like Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, for example, has gone to his spot with such frequency over the years that he’s  been deemed the “mayor of the left block.” No matter the opponent or teammates, you know where to find him on a nightly basis. LaMarcus Aldridge isn’t all…

  2. PBT NBA Power Rankings: San Antonio slides into top slot

    Nov 18, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Another season, another year of the Spurs just making teams pay with their execution. Portland is flying up the rankings, on the other end Utah continues to anchor the bottom.   1. Spurs (9-1, Last Week No. 2). The winners of seven in a row, they move into the top spot as they appear the…

  3. Stephen Curry finds Klay Thompson with a behind-the-back pass in transition (VIDEO)

    Nov 17, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas

    This was one of those highlights that appeared to be flashier than necessary on the surface, until you take a closer look at the defender’s position. Stephen Curry found Klay Thompson with a smooth behind-the-back pass in transition during the Warriors’ win over the Jazz on Saturday, and for the play to be successful, he…

  4. NBA All-Star balloting opens with some interesting questions

    Nov 15, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    If he doesn’t come back until December, is Kobe Bryant still a starting All-Star guard in the West? Or should Stephen Curry or James Harden have that spot? Does Kevin Love move past Tim Duncan into the starting lineup? Is Paul George a starter in the East? Is it time for a Derrick Rose/Kyrie Irving…

  5. Oddsmakers say Wizards’ Wittman favorite for first coach to be fired

    Nov 14, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    It doesn’t take much to see why Washington’s Randy Wittman is the guy many see as the coach on the hottest seat. His team is 2-6 but with playoff aspirations. His star player is writing “playoffs” on his shoes every game (and shooting 37.9 percent). His team’s owner Ted Leonsis has talked playoffs a lot…

  6. The Extra Pass: An early look at SportVU data and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chances are at some point this season, you’ve heard about SportVU. For the uninitiated, SportVU is a player tracking software that utilizes cameras positioned around the court to collect all sorts of data. It’s a major breakthrough for analytics, and while a good portion of teams have had the software and data for a few years,…

  7. Jazz make it official, sign Diante Garrett to replace Jamaal Tinsley

    Nov 13, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

    Diante Garrett

    We told you yesterday when the news broke that Utah was cutting lose Jamaal Tinsley that the Jazz could turn to the D-League for his replacement. They have. Utah has signed Diante Garrett from the Iowa Energy, the team announced. Garrett, age 25 out of Iowa State, played 19 games for the Suns last season…

  8. Utah Jazz waive veteran point guard Jamaal Tinsley

    Nov 12, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    Jamaal Tinsley

    The Utah Jazz brought in veteran point guard Jamaal Tinsley to provide a little stability with rookie Trey Burke out with an injured finger. At least that was the plan. Tinsley didn’t provide much of anything — 1.1 points a game on 20 percent shooting, plus 2.9 assists per game. He started five of the Jazz’s…

  9. The Extra Pass: Five observations from the East and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    After a busy Monday night in the NBA, let’s swing around the Eastern Conference for a few observations. Indiana: If Roy Hibbert keeps getting that “verticality” respect from officials, it’s goodnight, Irene time for all of the other the Defensive Player of the Year candidates. Look at these numbers: Per 36 minutes on his career: 2.6…

  10. Monday night NBA Grades: Lance Stephenson with the triple double

    Nov 12, 2013, 2:12 AM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Our grades from Monday around the NBA, or what you missed while weeping that Lionel Messi will be out 6-8 weeks…. Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers. He had a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. He has played the most complete, efficient basketball of his young NBA career this season and it showed…

  11. J.J. Hickson throws down the big-time jam over Marvin Williams (VIDEO)

    Nov 11, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    hickson dunk

    J.J. Hickson got the start for the Nuggets on Monday in place of the injured JaVale McGee, and at least early on, he made sure that his impact on the game would be noticed. Hickson elevated and threw down the two-handed jam over Utah’s Marvin Williams, in a play sure to make highlight reels everywhere…

  12. The Extra Pass: Three new faces and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    One of the best parts about the start of any season is the chance to get familiar with the new faces in the league. Guys like Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo will get plenty of publicity, so let’s dig a little deeper and look at a few other players that are impressing in their first…

  13. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Rockets, T-Wolves and Sixers on top

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    The first few weeks of the Power Rankings see crazy fluctuations — teams that aren’t really that good start off hot, teams that are good start cold, so teams bounce up and down the rankings like they are on a bungee cord the first few weeks. Eventually things find their level. But this week was…

  14. Eric Bledsoe hits the game-winning three to send Suns past Jazz (VIDEO)

    Nov 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson

    When watching Eric Bledsoe dribble down the clock with the game tied before taking the final shot, I kept thinking that he was waiting to long, and that he needed to initiate the play sooner than he actually decided to. I had no idea, obviously, that Bledsoe had no intention of driving to the basket.…

  15. No contract extensions for Hayward, Bledsoe; both to become restricted free agents

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:15 AM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    The deadline has come and gone and Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz and Eric Bledsoe of the Phoenix Suns, are without contract extensions to their rookie deals. That means both of them, as well as Avery Bradley in Boston, will be restricted free agents next summer (any team can make an offer but the…

  16. Report: Kings won’t offer contract extension to Greivis Vasquez before Thursday’s deadline

    Oct 31, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

    Darrell Arthur, Greivis Vasquez

    There are a few players still eligible to have their rookie contracts extended by Thursday’s deadline of midnight Eastern time. Gordon Hayward and Eric Bledsoe are perhaps the biggest names still waiting, and it remains unclear if either player will get deals done with their respective teams before the deadline passes. Greivis Vasquez may not…

  17. The Extra Pass Wednesday Roundup: Talking tanking (or not) in Phoenix

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

          PHOENIX — After the Suns traded their projected starting center in Marcin Gortat to the Wizards in exchange for an injured player who might not play this season and a future first round draft pick, and did so less than a week before the start of the regular season, it doesn’t exactly…

  18. NBA GM anonymously admits he, owner planned to tank season

    Oct 29, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    On the day the NBA season tips off, one of the big stories is tanking. David Stern (and Adam Silver) has to feel just a little nauseous about it. We all know that the coming 2014 draft is loaded with potential franchise changing talent — Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart, Dante Exum,…

  19. PBT’s 2013-14 NBA season predictions… it’s not all Miami

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The last couple years, it has felt going into the season that the road to an NBA title went through Miami. And it wasn’t going any farther. This year it feels far more wide open. Make no mistake, the road goes through Miami and they are saying all the right things about defending their title,…

  20. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  21. Report: Gordon Hayward, Jazz remain far apart in contract talks with deadline approaching

    Oct 26, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    The deadline for teams to agree to contract extensions with players in the final year of their rookie contracts is Oct. 31, and Gordon Hayward is someone that the Jazz would like to lock up with a long-term deal before that date passes. Utah already signed big man Derrick Favors to an extension worth $49…

  22. Jazz announce signing of Jamaal Tinsley

    Oct 26, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jamaal Tinsley, Robert Sacre

    In a move that has been somewhat expected for a while now, the Jazz announced the signing of free agent point guard Jamaal Tinsley on Saturday. Trey Burke was of course supposed to be the starting point guard in Utah, after the team selected him with the ninth overall pick in this summer’s draft. But…

  23. Utah’s Rudy Gobert thinks better of blocking Blake Griffin dunk (VIDEO)

    Oct 24, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Scott Machado, Derrick Favors

    This dunk by Blake Griffin is pretty much standard Clippers fare — it’s an impressive throw down but Chris Paul sets guys up like that half a dozen times a game. It’s Utah rookie Rudy Gobert that makes this video work. Watch him rotate over and think about going for the block on Griffin, realizing that…

  24. Look for Jazz to sign Jamaal Tinsley in wake of Trey Burke injury

    Oct 24, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Jamaal Tinsley, Robert Sacre

    With Trey Burke out for a while the Utah Jazz have been looking around for a veteran guard they can keep around until their (hopefully) star rookie returns. Looks like they may go a comfortable route for them — Jamaal Tinsley. Look for an announcement from the Jazz that they have signed him in the…

  25. Wednesday And-1 Links: Cavaliers pick up options for Irving, Waiters, Zeller, Thompson

    Oct 23, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    It’s time for 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 Skittles… • If you are rebuilding with youth, rule one is…

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