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  1. Mark Jackson: Klay Thompson is a top-five shooting guard

    Nov 18, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

    Warriors coach Mark Jackson has never been shy about praising his players, once calling Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson the best shooting backcourt of all time. It’s also becoming increasingly popular to claim high rankings among shooting guards. Just by chance, that’s the weakest position in the NBA right now, so marginal players at the…

  2. Al Harrington latest addition to Wizards’ injury list

    Nov 15, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

    al harrington wizards

    Over the past couple of seasons, injuries have defined the Wizards more than anything else. The talent level hasn’t exactly been amazing, but the team had enough at most positions to at least field a competitive squad if everyone was healthy. It’s shaping up to be the same story this season. Washington has already been…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Quote of the Day: Nene says Wizards’ youngsters must get their “heads out their butts”

    Nov 14, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

    Nene

    “They have great players, a great team, but the way they execute things, the way they cut, the way they exploit weaknesses, swing the ball. They don’t think about stats. We still think about stats. Our young guys must take their heads out their butts and play the right way, because I’m getting tired of…

  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. Wednesday And-1 Links: Did Nate Wolters have a turnover last night?

    Nov 13, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    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 we love reheated pizza for breakfast… Did Nate Wolters Have A Turnover…

  8. The Extra Pass: The All-Mesh Team and Tuesday’s recaps

    Nov 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    While the Golden State Warriors were giving the Detroit Pistons the proverbial business on Tuesday night, the Warriors’ announcing crew fawned over Andre Iguodala before asking, “who wouldn’t want to play with this guy?” It was a rhetorical question, of course, but I tried to answer it anyway. For the life of me, I couldn’t…

  9. Report: Pelicans to sign Josh Childress to contract

    Nov 12, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Josh Childress, Draymond Green

    With Tyreke Evans having aggravated a sprained left ankle that has slowed him all season, the New Orleans Pelicans have gone looking for a little depth at the forward spot. They have reportedly reached a deal to bring in Josh Childress, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. This comes a night after a reports surfaced…

  10. Bradley Beal drops career high 34 points on Thunder (VIDEO)

    Nov 11, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

    Bradley Beal, Perry Jones

    Catch-and-shoot threes? Check. Creating your own shot on the perimeter? Check. Leaners? Check. Hot hand? Check. If there is such a thing as a hot hand Bradley Beal had it most of Sunday night as he outscored Kevin Durant on his way to a career-best 34 points on 13-of-23 shooting and 6-of-8 from three. Beal…

  11. The Extra Pass: Pau Gasol talks slow start to season, plus Sunday recaps

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — In the first quarter Sunday night against Minnesota (as his Lakers were getting blown out of the water), Pau Gasol was 3-of-5 shooting for six points. The rest of the game he was 2-of-7 shooting, and the second of those buckets came :26 seconds left in the game when Rick Adelman had…

  12. Russell Westbrook, Nene ejected after shoving each other

    Nov 10, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Nene

    Russell Westbrook and Nene had a run in earlier in the Thunder/Wizards game Sunday night — Nene blocked a Westbrook shot, talked a lot of smack, walked up to do more and the refs went with the lame double technical. Then the incident happened late in the fourth quarter — Westbrook recklessly charged into the…

  13. Kevin Seraphin has a remote control helicopter that is pretty sweet (VIDEO)

    Nov 8, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

    Kevin Seraphin

    Ever since Snakey got away, Wizards’ big man Kevin Seraphin has been looking for something else to occupy his time. Like a remote control helicopter. This video is a promo for NBA TV’s “Inside Stuff,” and we get to see that Seraphin is good enough as a pilot to almost hit the cameraman. Nice. Hat tip to Lang…

  14. James Harden receives flopping warning from league (VIDEO)

    Nov 7, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    James Harden

    We’re less than two weeks into the NBA season and James Harden has become the sixth NBA player to get a flopping warning from the league. Guys are really setting a fast pace here out of the gate this year. Harden’s came in the third quarter against the Trail Blazers Tuesday (you can see the…

  15. Tuesday And-1 Links: Adam Silver talks the Sports VU cameras

    Nov 5, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    Deputy NBA commissioner Silver speaks during an announcement that the Toronto Raptors will host the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto

    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. • Commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver talks about the Sports VU cameras that are out —…

  16. Wizards’ coach Wittman fined $20,000 for profanity in postgame press conference

    Nov 4, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    Randy Wittman should be pissed off. John Wall came back with what early on looks like the same old jump shot (9-of-29 outside the paint so far this season). The top 10 defense the Wizards built last season is gone, they are allowing 108.1 points per 100 possessions through three games (think they don’t miss…

  17. 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…

  18. The Extra Pass Weekend Roundup: Seven storylines from Week 1 and Sunday recaps

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    One week down, 23 more to go. Let’s look at some of the emerging storylines from the first week of the season. A Sneaky MVP Candidate Emerges There’s a real struggle to discern what’s real and what isn’t in the early part of the season, and the standings are almost a totem of sorts. If…

  19. Sunday night NBA grades: Russell Westbrook returns, Kevin Love puts up numbers

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:16 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Our grades from Sunday around the NBA, or what you missed while watching your Ferrari get run over by a delivery truck… Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City. He returns and the Oklahoma City offense, particularly in the fourth quarter, looks better. (Not great by any stretch, there’s still work to do, but better). It’s not a…

  20. John Wall held out of practice due to back spasms

    Nov 2, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    John Wall lit up the Sixers for 15 first quarter points on 6-of-6 shooting in just eight minutes on Friday, but cooled off considerably thereafter. Wall was just 4-of-13 the rest of the night, and an injury he’s never experienced before appears to be the reason why. From J. Michael of CSN Washington: John Wall,…

  21. John Wall crosses up Michael Carter-Williams on the break (VIDEO)

    Nov 2, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    John Wall

    Michael Carter-Williams had a stunning debut for the Sixers in their season-opening win over the Heat, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists, and nine steals. John Wall of the Wizards seemed determined to let the rookie know how far he has to go reach his level on Friday, when he poured in 15 first…

  22. John Wall warned by NBA for flopping

    Oct 31, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall missed the Wizards’ first 33 games last season. He made a much quicker mark on a league-wide level this season. Wall became the first player warned by the NBA for flopping. Late in Washington’s loss the Pistons on Wednesday, Wall fell to the court as Kyle Singler ran by him. It’s possible Wall…

  23. 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…

  24. Three players who stood out in the NBA preseason

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    In general, you can’t read too much into what happens in the preseason. Star players are rested or play limited minutes, coaches experiment with lineups, effort is inconsistent at best, guys who will be buried on the bench or in the D-League get big run, and nobody game plans much. What you can see sometimes…

  25. Wizards’ Otto Porter to have MRI on hip injury that caused him to miss preseason

    Oct 28, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Otto Porter

    Otto Porter may be the small forward of the future in Washington, but he is still not be the small forward of right now. He has missed all of training camp and the preseason with a hip flexor injury that now team doctors will do an MRI on, reports J. Michael at CSNWashington.com. While reports…

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