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  1. Bradley Beal shoots really well – thanks to Marcin Gortat

    Dec 29, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat

    Bradley Beal made a game-winning layup against the Knicks a couple weeks ago, because the Knicks are inept. The Knicks’ embarrassing defense had more impact on the play than anything Beal did. But the Wizards couldn’t count on New York screwing up – well, maybe they could’ve. Regardless, the Wizards had a play drawn up…

  2. Report: Bradley Beal’s injury is a bruised left knee, may not cause him to miss time

    Dec 28, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    It looked pretty bad when it happened — Bradley Beal seemed to twist his knee awkwardly late in the Wizards loss to the Timberwolves on Friday, and was carried off the floor by his teammates. While it’s tough to make a visual diagnosis of any but the most gruesome of injuries, history tells us that…

  3. Arron Afflalo says he’d appreciate All-Star consideration from Eastern Conference coaches

    Dec 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    The Magic are in a rebuilding mode, and as their 9-20 record will tell you, that means that wins have been hard to come by this season. But a bright spot has been the play of Arron Afflalo, who has been consistently putting up big numbers — he’s posted his career high of 43 points…

  4. Wizards’ Bradley Beal carried off court following apparent knee injury (VIDEO)

    Dec 28, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

    This … did not look good. Bradley Beal appeared to suffer an injury to his left knee late in the Wizards loss to the Timberwolves on Friday. Beal crumbled with 4:25 to play in the game and his team trailing by 21 points, and needed to be helped off the floor at the time. The…

  5. Latest NBA All-Star balloting released; LeBron, Durant leading vote getters

    Dec 26, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    We warned you this would be the case — there are not many changes in the All-Star Game fan voting as we move through the process. Who you vote for early tends to be who you vote for late. The fans choose the starters for the annual exhibition game and as of Thursday when the…

  6. For your Christmas viewing: Top 10 crossover moves of 2013

    Dec 25, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    We figured it was time to test out the video capabilities of the new iPad Santa just brought you this morning, so here you go. Before you jump on me in the comments: 1) I know that several of these are not crossover moves. 2) I didn’t put together this compilation, the fine folks at…

  7. Jeff Van Gundy says it would be ‘ludicrous’ for Knicks to fire Mike Woodson after timeout failure vs. Wizards

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

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    After the Knicks lost to the Wizards earlier this week by coming undone on the game’s final two possessions, there were some observers that believed Mike Woodson should finally take the fall for his role in not only that particular loss, but also how his team had underachieved to this point in the season. New…

  8. Lakers add a point guard, agree to deal with Kendall Marshall

    Dec 19, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Kendall Marshall

    Reeling from the latest injury to Kobe Bryant and with no healthy point guards able to return to action anytime soon, the Lakers signed a capable initiator of the offense from the D-League to bolster the team’s ever-eroding roster. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that L.A. has agreed to a deal with Kendall Marshall,…

  9. Wizards’ Glen Rice Jr. fractures wrist in celebration, out 3-6 weeks after surgery

    Dec 18, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    The basketball gods can be cruel. The Washington Wizards were celebrating a dramatic win over the New York Knicks the other night — we focused on the Knicks’ failings but credit to the Wizards for making the right plans and knocking down the big shots. For a team with playoff dreams it was a win…

  10. Martell Webster: ‘We knew Carmelo probably is not going to pass it’

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza

    Should the Knicks have called timeout before Carmelo Anthony’s final shot attempt against the Wizards on Monday? That question has dominated discussion since the game ended, but perhaps a different question would deal with a more significant issue? Should Melo have been the Knick shooting? First of all, better him than anyone else in a…

  11. Marvin Williams nicknamed Alec Burks ‘Easy 20,’ which makes no sense

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    Alec Burks, Andre Miller

    Alec Burks scored a career-high 31 points against the Heat on Monday night, so let’s all overreact. That should be easy for Marvin Williams, who’s been overreacting to his Jazz teammate’s good play for a while. Via Aaron Falk of The Salt Lake Tribune: “He had a hell of a game,” Utah forward Marvin Williams…

  12. The Extra Pass: The Clippers’ “Rosie” Screen; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Atlanta Hawks

    Over the next few days in this space, we’ll break down a play that’s largely unique to one team. To kick off this signature series, we’ll start with the Los Angeles Clippers’ “Ring-Around-The-Rosie” screen. Innovation in the NBA is often about adding little wrinkles to something very simple. There are no “Wildcat” offenses that take…

  13. Monday night NBA grades: Joe Johnson owns the third. And the Sixers.

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed figuring out James Bond was an impotent drunk. Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets. You are simply never going to see a player have a hotter hand, at least for a quarter of basketball. In the third quarter Monday night Johnson tied an NBA record 8 threes…

  14. Knicks fail to execute on final two possessions, drop a tough one to Wizards

    Dec 16, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK – It seemed as though the Knicks were in perfect position to finish off what would have been an uplifting win over the Wizards. They overcame a 15-point third quarter deficit, saw J.R. Smith get hot from three-point distance, and got more than solid minutes from Tim Hardaway Jr. off the bench. But a…

  15. Wizards waiting for Martell Webster to find footing

    Dec 16, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Washington Wizards

    The Wizards scored 99.9 points per 100 possessions with Martell Webster on the court last season, not a great mark, but certainly better than the 95.2 points per 100 possessions they produced without him. With Webster joining John Wall on the court, Washington’s offensive rating jumped to 105.2. That earned Webster a fat contract from…

  16. Marcin Gortat says he’s unhappy with role, denies it

    Dec 16, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman, Nene, Marcin Gortat, John Wall

    Marcin Gortat is playing well for the Wizards, but that doesn’t mean he’s happy. Gortat, via J. Michael of CSN Washington: “I just don’t like the position I play. I’m constantly drifting more and more away from the basket. Quite honestly, that’s not my game. I’m capable of making or two plays like that but…

  17. PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Stability at the top, trades could shake up bottom

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers

    There is no movement at the top of the standings as the top five teams went 15-1 last week (and that one loss was to another top 5 team). However, get past that five and you get into teams like the Rockets, Suns and others where trades could really change rankings as we move toward…

  18. Bradley Beal says he plans return to Wizards lineup Monday vs. Knicks

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

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    Bradley Beal has been sidelined since before you stuffed yourself for Thanksgiving due to a “stress reaction” in his leg, but he may finally be back on the court Monday. He said he would return Monday night as the Wizards take on the Knicks, reports J. Michael at CSNWashington.com. The small bone in his lower…

  19. Chris Paul puts up historic stat line in win over Wizards

    Dec 15, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul was outplayed by Deron Williams in a blowout loss to the Nets on Thursday, and being one of the game’s more fiery competitors, you knew he wasn’t going to let that happen again when facing John Wall and the Wizards in his team’s very next game. The Clippers jumped on the Wizards early,…

  20. Al Horford drains fadeaway in OT to beat Wizards (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    Washington defended that pretty well, just a better shot by a very good player. Tied 99-99 in OT, the Hawks had 1.8 seconds to get off a shot, so it looked like double OT. Al Horford sets a couple (pretty soft) screens on the strong side then fades away to the weak side by the…

  21. Thursday And-1 Links: LeBron James praises Andre Drummond

    Dec 12, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    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. • LeBron James had a lot of good things to say about Andre Drummond:…

  22. Deserving or not Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade among All-Star starters in early voting returns

    Dec 12, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s your game fans. The NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition filled with the players you vote to see. Whether those players deserve the honor based on their performance the first half of the season or not. Sometimes the most deserving guys don’t make the cut while guys hobbling through the season do. Which brings…

  23. Wizards challenge limits of sustained offensive ineptitude in single possession

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    Randy Wittman, coaching a Wizards team that has a singular focus of reaching the 2014 playoffs, watched his squad start 2-7 – placing him firmly on the hot seat. Washington then won seven of its next nine, and even with losses in its last two games, that should be enough for Wittman to keep his…

  24. The Extra Pass: Five quick ways to improve the league; plus Monday’s Recaps

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Five ideas that could help make the NBA even greater: Offensive Goaltending: Let’s get rid of it. The “in the cylinder” call is routinely one of the toughest for refs to get right on the floor, and we know how the subsequent huddle and review process can suck the life out of a game. If it…

  25. Monday night NBA Grades: DeMarcus Cousins was in beast mode

    Dec 10, 2013, 3:14 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Sacramento Kings

      Here is our nightly look at some of the noteworthy things around the NBA, the things you missed while glued to a toilet seat at Home Depot. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings. Note to Rudy Gay: Get this guy the ball. Not like you did with Jonas Valanciunas — actually get Cousins the rock. Cousins…

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