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  1. PBT Power Rankings: Tell me again how the Spurs are too old….

    Mar 10, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    And the first Eastern Conference team comes in at …

  2. Marcin Gortat suggests NBA allow in-game player fights

    Mar 10, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat; DeMar DeRozan

    “Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up.”

  3. Wizards’ Martell Webster gets past Giannis Antetokounmpo for the fast break slam (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Martell Webster

    This wasn’t exactly a dunk on the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, but he was certainly in the vicinity. Martell Webster got loose on the break, and was quick enough to the rim to avoid the long rookie, but threw the dunk down with such force that he landed somewhat awkwardly on his backside.

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Bobcats waive Ben Gordon after deadline for him to join playoff roster

    Mar 2, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Ersan Ilyasova, Ben Gordon

    A year ago, the Charlotte Bobcats tried to trade Ben Gordon – and apparently couldn’t. A week ago, they tried to buy out Gordon – and apparently couldn’t. But they could waive him. Bobcats news release: Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has requested waivers on guard Ben…

  7. Thursday night NBA grades: Wizards/Raptors have one game worth watching

    Feb 28, 2014, 3:05 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Golden State Warriors

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while reminding yourself not to make love to a pizza…. Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards. That is why Washington needed Marcin Gorat. It may have taken John Wall a while to realize it — there were some rough patches at the start — but Gortat has…

  8. 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…

  9. Washington Wizards reportedly tried hard to trade for Jameer Nelson

    Feb 27, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT

    Jameer Nelson, Jonas Valanciunas

    It was no secret the Washington Wizards needed point guard help behind John Wall. It’s also no secret the rebuilding Orlando Magic are no longer a great fit for 32-year-old Jameer Nelson. The two teams would have made sense as trade partners before last week’s deadline. In fact, the Wizards reportedly really wanted to be…

  10. Extra Pass: Cleveland Cavaliers built playoff-caliber team, but that won’t mean enough

    Feb 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Luol Deng, Kevin Durant

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are a playoff-caliber team that is extremely unlikely to make the playoffs. With a 114-104 win Wednesday, the Cavaliers extended Oklahoma City Thunder’s losing streak to a season-high three games. Unlike the previous two teams to defeat the Thunder, the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland is fancied by nobody as a…

  11. Wizards reportedly to sign Drew Gooden

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

    Paul George, Drew Gooden

    Since acquiring Nene two years ago, the Washington Wizards have gone 60-61 when he plays and 8-34 when he doesn’t. In their scheme, he’s a steadying force on both ends of the floor, practically essential to their success. Needless to say, with Nene out four to six weeks, the Wizards will almost assuredly use their…

  12. Wizards’ Nene out 4-6 weeks with sprained knee, no surgery needed

    Feb 24, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

    Nene

    When is being out 4-6 weeks with a sprained knee good news? When you are about six weeks out from the playoffs and you thought you were going to lose an important contributor through the postseason. The Washington Wizards were concerned starting big man Nene could be gone for the season but an MRI Monday…

  13. 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…

  14. Nene to have MRI on knee, Wizards concerned there is torn ligament

    Feb 24, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Los Angeles Clippers

    Washington’s dream of a deep playoff run could have just snapped along with Nene’s knee. Nene had to leave the court against the Cavaliers Sunday and did not return. It was scary because there was no real contact on the play, Nene had raced back to challenge a shot, leapt and when he landed it…

  15. Nene finishes the game-winning dunk to send Wizards past Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Nene

    Nene rarely comes up during conversations regarding the league’s best big men, but there’s a reason he was signed to a contract that still owes him $13 million per year in each of the next two seasons. When healthy (which has admittedly been anything but a consistent occurrence), Nene can hang with the best of…

  16. Trade Deadline Winners/Losers: It’s a good day to be a Pacers fan

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:24 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    It was the day of the role player. There was a fair amount of action at the NBA’s trade deadline but none of it involved the big names that floated around a little — no Rajon Rondo or Pau Gasol, and Kevin Love was never in play. Still, some teams made smart moves, and some…

  17. 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…

  18. Jordan Hamilton to Rockets, Aaron Brooks headed to Denver in trade

    Feb 20, 2014, 2:12 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks

    Ever since Andre Miller was banished by coach Brian Shaw, Denver has been looking for a solid point guard to play behind Ty Lawson. They finally found one on the Houston Rockets. Houston will send Aaron Brooks to Denver in exchange for Jordan Hamilton, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Hamilton, a 6-foot-7 wing player,…

  19. Andre Miller traded to Wizards, who surrender Jan Veseley (to Nuggets) and Eric Maynor (to 76ers)

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

    Andre Miller, C.J. Watson

    For any teams passively waiting an Andre Miller buyout, tough luck. The Wizards swiped in to grab him before he could hit free agency. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: In 3-team deal, Washington will send Eric Maynor and two 2nd-round picks to the Sixers to complete Andre Miller trade, source tells Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski…

  20. 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…

  21. All-Star 2014: The Standouts

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:40 AM EDT

    NBA-All-Star-Game-2014-starters

    First, the obvious: The NBA All-Star Game is different from a normal basketball game. Apathy often reigns supreme, especially on defense, in this yearly exhibition, and there’s a premium on flashy play instead of solid, efficient basketball. For some players, it’s a dream format, while it’s less than ideal for others. In short, how a…

  22. Phantom cam captures the best of the 2014 dunk contest (VIDEO)

    Feb 16, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    DamianLillardDC

    We all know that slow-motion makes everything much more dramatic and generally way cooler. It’s science. That’s a good thing, because last night’s dunk contest was all sort of a weird blur. Harrison Barnes attempted a layup (no, seriously) in the freestyle dunk period. Paul George did some cool stuff we couldn’t properly react to.…

  23. Watch NBA players miss a ton of halfcourt shots…except for Stephen Curry (VIDEO)

    Feb 16, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

    All-Star Saturday night had its ups and downs. The three-point contest started slow but ended with some nice drama when Bradley Beal pushed eventual winner Marco Belinelli to a shoot-off. This is the only consistently enjoyable event, and it didn’t fail once again. As for the dunk contest? It was…interesting? The team format was a…

  24. Curry, Lillard, George bring mid-major flavor to All-Star Game

    Feb 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    NEW ORLEANS – Fresno State. Davidson. Weber State. Paul George. Stephen Curry. Damian Lillard. This year’s NBA All-Star Game has a distinct mid-major feel. While most of the top players in high school head to the big-name basketball factory colleges, that is not the only route to NBA stardom. With more games televised and the rise…

  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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