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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando with another bad outing

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick

    What you missed while realizing that Homeland Security is monitoring your tweets…. Clippers 112, Thunder 100: There was a lot more to this than just Blake Griffin dunking on Kendrick Perkins, which is why it was our game of the night. Sixers 74, Magic 69: The Magic were just terrible shooting the ball in this…

  2. Wittman: Blatche to miss 3-5 weeks with calf strain

    Jan 30, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    Washington Wizards interim head coach Randy Wittman has just announced that starting power forward Andray Blatche will miss the next 3-5 weeks with a calf strain. Blatche is currently averaging 10 points and 7 rebounds per game for the 4-16 Wizards. Blatche is the embodiment of everything wrong with the Wizards — he shows flashes of scoring…

  3. Video: Andre Iguodala with the self-assisted dunk

    Jan 29, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    I can hear JaVale McGee now, “Why doesn’t he get ripped for this?” Because he did it in traffic, not a breakaway, and you know he’s not putting style over substance. His team wins. Here is Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala with the pass off the backboard to himself for the follow up dunk. Man that is…

  4. Wizards want to run more, have to get in better shape first

    Jan 27, 2012, 8:08 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    There is nobody faster end-to-end with the basketball than John Wall. Well, maybe Derrick Rose. Maybe. But you get the idea. It is the main reason everyone thinks the Wizards need to get out and run (and they have, actually, they are playing at the third fastest pace in the league). New and interim coach…

  5. Kosta Koufos agrees to three-year extension with Nuggets

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:47 PM EST

    Koufos_Kosta

    While we were all focused on Kevin Love and Eric Gordon’s contract extensions (well, in the case of Gordon the lack of extension), there were a few other notes that flew under the radar. For one, the Denver Nuggets extended center Kosta Koufos for three years, $9 million, something first reported by Sam Amick of…

  6. Thursday And-1 links: Heat arena as homeless shelter?

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:38 AM EST

    AAArena_Night

    Here is our daily 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). Some politicians want to force Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena to house the homeless on non-game nights (that was part of the public financing plan). Feels like…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Indiana gets a little revenge

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Joakim Noah, Danny Granger, David West

    What you missed while being exhausted, just like Demi Moore…. Lakers 96, Clippers 91: This was feisty like a playoff game and was our game of the night. Pacers 95, Bulls 90: Last year in the first round of the playoffs the Bulls brushed the Pacers aside with ease — this game was evidence of…

  8. LeBron James says Kyrie Irving reminds him of Chris Paul

    Jan 25, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    Kyrie Irving has been impressive this season. Sure, he was the No. 1 overall pick for the Cavaliers, so you had a feeling he wasn’t going to suck, but after he spent most of his one year at Duke injured we weren’t totally sure what to expect. He’s not the explosive athlete that Derrick Rose…

  9. Wittman promises up-tempo, simplified offense for Wizards

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Randy Wittman

    Keep it simple, stupid. That is the philosophy of new Wizards interim coach Randy Wittman, who takes over for the fired Flip Saunders. He has a young team and he doesn’t want to overwhelm them. Here is a quote via CSNWashington.com. “This isn’t brain surgery,” Wittman said. “We need to simplify things.” Wittman was going…

  10. Flip Saunders talks “disappointing” end to Wizards tenure

    Jan 24, 2012, 4:23 PM EST

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Flip Saunders was frustrated. Diplomatic, usually, but frustrated. Considered a players coach most of his career (and more passive, not a yeller), he was brought into Washington to coach a veteran team with Caron Butler, Gilbert Areas — a team that had made the playoffs the year before. Then in one instance of stupidity, the…

  11. Washington Wizards fire coach Flip Saunders

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:50 AM EST

    Flip Saunders

    Ownership told Flip Saunders to play kids in Washington and that they understood losses would follow. But when the Wizards started 2-15, without discipline, consistent effort or signs of improvement it was too much. The Wizards have fired Saunders, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. CSNWashington.com confirmed the move. Current Wizards assistant and former…

  12. Tuesday And-1 links: Learn about the Van Gundy brothers

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Here is our daily 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). Tonight (Tuesday), HBO’s Real Sports will profile the Van Gundy brothers — broadcaster (and former coach Jeff) and current Magic coach Stan. They talk about…

  13. All-Star rookies vs. sophomores game may see changes

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

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    It’s one of the “highlights” — and we use the term loosely — of Friday night of All-Star weekend: NBA rookies taking on NBA sophomores (officially called the Rookie Challenge). There’s a lot of showboating and not a lot of defense — basically a less interesting version of the All-Star game itself. But this year…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Maybe Miami does miss Wade

    Jan 23, 2012, 3:04 AM EST

    LeBron James

    What you missed while wildly overreacting to your team’s loss… Pacers 98, Lakers 96: This contrast in offensive balances was our game of the night. Bucks 91, Heat 82: Milwaukee turned this into an ugly, grind-it-out game that favored their style and not the high-flying Heat. So, exactly what Scott Skiles wants them to do.…

  15. Weekend Observations 1.21.12: Dead legs and the dirty ground

    Jan 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. The Lakers use the pick and roll a lot but what winds up happening is it just resets the offense on the weak side. It doesn’t result in shots or quick passes. It’s like spending 10 hours cooking a hamburger.…

  16. While Knicks struggle, back-up Jeremy Lin messes around and gets a triple-double in the D-League

    Jan 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    The New York Knicks have been dealing with quite a few issues this season, some of which are related to injury, but it was succinctly summed up on Friday night when Knicks blog Posting and Toasting wrote that they would “rather eat a cactus than watch these Knicks.” If fans aren’t quite ready to start…

  17. Friday And-1 links: JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

    JaVale McGee

    Welcome to our 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). JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son, even if her defense of him shows a few blind spots. As a parent, I can relate… except my kids…

  18. NBA All-Star starting teams pretty much set already

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    All-star-nba-logo0103_rdax

    You can keep voting on the NBA All-Star Game players through the end of the month — you can vote every day between now and then, if your heart so desires. It’s not going to matter, the All-Star Game starters are pretty locked in. The NBA released the second round of All-Star balloting returns on…

  19. Thursday And-1 links: Glen Davis drops his shorts

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:27 AM EST

    Orlando Magic

    Welcome to our 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). Glen Davis, you need to keep your pants on when talking to the ref. It’s pretty much an automatic technical. What are the Sixers doing right…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s Bizzaro World night in NBA

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    What you missed while watching the Australian Open and thinking “I need to go to vacation there”…. Wizards 105, Thunder 102: Yes, you are reading that right. The worst team in the NBA (1-12 entering the game) just beat a title contender (12-2 before this started). It gets weirder — Oklahoma City shot 48.1 percent…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe passed with the game on the line

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:38 AM EST

    Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant,

    What you missed while trying to figure out how to pay off your $44 million hospital bill…. Thunder 97, Celtics 88: Boston’s fifth loss in a row was our game of the night. Lakers 73, Mavericks 70: The Lakers won this game — and were the better shooting team — hitting 38.2 percent of their…

  22. Draft class of ’08 not getting many contract extensions

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Pop quiz: How many players out of the 2008 NBA draft have gotten the early extensions to their rookie deals as of now? Answer: One. Derrick Rose. That could change a little over the next 10 days — Jan. 25 is the deadline to do an early extension — but only a little. As David…

  23. Coach, McGee self ally-oop disagreement sums up Wizards

    Jan 16, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    Flip Saunders

    As you can see above, in the third quarter of the Wizards latest loss Monday, JaVale McGee decided to showboat a little with the self ally-oop. It pretty much summed up the Wizards — impressive but unnecessarily showy and self-serving, all while the team was losing. Actually, what would have made it the perfect Wizards…

  24. Video: JaVale McGee with the ally-oop to himself

    Jan 16, 2012, 5:18 PM EST

    JaVale McGee

    Make no mistake, the Wizards are terrible, but they still have a couple guys who can make the losing entertaining (at least for a while). One is the guy who should have won the dunk contest last year, JaVale McGee, who had the monster slam you can see above. The ally-oop to himself. Which did…

  25. NBA Power Rankings: Heat slip, Bulls charge into top spot

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Miami tripped up out West and the Bulls ran over them on the way to the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Meanwhile, jump on the Sixers bandwagon while you can. 1. Bulls (12-2, last week ranked No. 2). Five wins in a row and their next five games are against teams under .500, so…

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