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  1. Vince Carter on Dwight Howard: “The biggest crybaby I know”

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

    Well, at least Dwight Howard didn’t toss a ball at Vince Carter… that we know of. Everyone has been piling on Dwight Howard this season — Shaq on TNT, Mark Cuban, Lakers fans, pretty much everyone outside Houston… And now you can add Vince Carter to the list. That is former teammate and fellow off-season…

  2. Dwight Howard gets technical for tossing ball at heckler (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    Oh Dwight, you should know better. Dwight Howard was frustrated by late in the fourth quarter Wednesday night. His team had squandered most of the 18 point third quarter lead it had (the Rockets would eventually blow all of it and lose), Dirk Nowitzki was pretty much scoring at will, and some Mavericks fans had…

  3. Video: Rick Carlisle impersonates Gregg Popovich

    Nov 21, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Rick Carlisle

    Sometimes, it’s fun to be a jerk. I think most people recognize that, and that’s why so many get a kick out of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich belittling reporters, especially during between-quarter interviews. He has all the power in his relationship with the media, so there’s no incentive for him not act how he does…

  4. Watch Dallas erase 14-point fourth quarter deficit to beat Rockets (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

    Houston seemed in control of this one — up 18 midway through the third quarter, 14 at the start of the fourth, Dwight Howard made his first 11 shots and had 27 points already and was having his way… Then it all changed. Dallas shot 73.7 percent in the fourth quarter, with Dirk Nowitzki putting…

  5. The Extra Pass: Three takeaways and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    paul george

    Three takeaways from a busy Wednesday night around the league: It was Paul George, in the Garden, with the dagger It’s a crazy thing to watch an entire arena lose all hope, all at once. The Knicks were well on their way to a statement win over the Indiana Pacers. Maybe it could have been…

  6. Hakeem Olajuwon sees Dwight Howard being too patient

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Dwight Howard hasn’t played poorly — he’s averaging 17.2 points a game on 53.6 percent shooting, plus he’s pulling down 13.9 rebounds a game and impacting the defensive end of the floor. The Rockets are off to a good 8-4 start. But Hakeem Olajuwon is watching from half a world away — he is in…

  7. James Harden with between-the-legs assist on Brandon Bass (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    As if the Celtics weren’t embarrassed enough in their 109-85 loss to the Rockets, James Harden nutmegged Brandon Bass. The recipient of the between-the-legs assist was Terrence Jones, who had 24 points on 12 shots plus pulled down 9 boards in this game — the former Kentucky star is really starting to establish himself as…

  8. The Extra Pass: Gay, Wallace and D-Will on notice, plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    It’s early. Early, early, early. I don’t want to condemn anyone based on ten games, but it’s time to wonder what’s going on with Rudy Gay, Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams. Rudy Gay – He’s been chucking, but his chucking has now reached historic levels. Through 11 games, Gay has shot under 40 percent from…

  9. Tuesday Night NBA Grades: We fail the entire Atlantic Division

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks

    Our grades for what happened around the NBA Sunday, or what you missed while you were turning in your neighbor who stole monkeys and grew marijuana…  The entire Atlantic Division. With the losses Tuesday of the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics, Atlantic Division teams have now lost 14 games in a row. As…

  10. In wake of typhoon destruction, Filipino youth construct hoop to play some ball

    Nov 20, 2013, 1:04 AM EDT

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    These photos are just amazing. The Philippines is a basketball hotbed, a nation passionate about the NBA like few places outside the USA — the NBA sent the Rockets and Pacers there this preseason for a game (remember, Dwight Howard got “Kobe” chants — they know the game). It’s also a place devastated by Typhoon…

  11. Josh Smith says what we all knew: Atlanta made no effort to re-sign him

    Nov 19, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Atlanta Hawks were moving on. Danny Ferry, formerly of the Spurs organization, went and poached Gregg Popovich’s lead assistant Mike Budenholzer, and they are trying to create San Antonio East in the ATL. With Al Horford in the role of Tim Duncan. Josh Smith wasn’t part of those plans. Smith will face the Hawks…

  12. Dwight Howard, Elmo talk strategy on Sesame Street (VIDEO)

    Nov 18, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard knows what “strategy” means. Let me use it in a sentence: Dwight Howard should have had a better strategy for how to get traded out of Orlando. Or, Dwight Howard should have had a strategy of getting healthy before coming back to the Lakers last season. Anyway, Howard is making an appearance on…

  13. PBT Extra: Talking early season NBA trade rumors

    Nov 18, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo shouts instructions from the bench against the Brooklyn Nets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Normally trade rumors don’t really get going until Christmas, but like an early snowstorm we’ve been hit with a blanket of rumors to start this season, so Kay Adams and I break them down. No, Rondo is not going to the Knicks, New York simply doesn’t have the pieces to make that work. Plus I…

  14. 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…

  15. Report: Omer Asik changes course (somewhat), ready to play for Rockets

    Nov 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Omer Asik, who requested a trade from the Rockets last week, has missed both of Houston’s games since his request became public. Asik has not hidden his desire to leave the Rockets since they signed Dwight Howard and this was just taking the process a step further. Forcing a trade is not a pleasant process,…

  16. 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…

  17. Report: Rockets certain to trade Omer Asik

    Nov 17, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Omer Asik, Ed Davis

    The situation with Omer Asik in Houston has deteriorated to the point where the big man that head coach Kevin McHale tried to pair alongside Dwight Howard in the starting lineup hasn’t been emotionally ready to suit up for the team’s last two games. After essentially requesting to be traded since the deal to acquire…

  18. PBT Podcast for Nov. 16: Talking Bulls with Aggrey Sam, plus some Omer Asik

    Nov 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls

    It’s time for the latest edition of the PBT Podcast (which was supposed to go up Friday night but we ran into technical issues, so sorry for a couple dated references). This time myself (of this blog) and Eyton Shander of NBC Sports Radio talk about the Chicago Bulls start with Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com. We discuss…

  19. Report: Rockets talking multiple trades for Asik, want impact player in return

    Nov 15, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    The Houston Rockets are not going to give Omer Asik away. He clearly does not fit as the power forward next to Dwight Howard’s center — that pair was -18.1 per 48 minutes when on the court together. And from Asik’s perspective it’s understandable why the Turkish center who averaged a double-double and was a…

  20. 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…

  21. Three things to watch this weekend: Can the Pacers keep winning? The Nets stop losing?

    Nov 15, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert Pacers

    There are a lot of interesting subplots we at PBT will watch as we head into this weekend — such ask, how loud can Sacramento Kings fans yell? — but here are the three things worth watching out for between going to you kid’s talent show and soccer games…. 1) Can the Pacers improve to…

  22. Should ‘Melo have gotten a four-point play at end of game? (VIDEO)

    Nov 15, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony rockets

    Was Carmelo Anthony fouled on the ground — meaning before he went into his shooting motion — or should this have been a four-point play that might well have given the Knicks the win? It’s close. There were 5.8 seconds left, the Knicks down three, and Anthony moves toward the ball with the Rockets James…

  23. Carmelo Anthony wants some of the foul calls James Harden got

    Nov 15, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    carmelo Antnony

    James Harden was in attack mode Thursday night — as he usually is — driving to get his shots in close with no Tyson Chandler there to deter him. Of Harden’s 16 shot attempts, nine came inside eight feet of the rim (56.3 percent of his attempts). With that Harden got fouled — he had…

  24. Carmelo Anthony drops 45 on Rockets (VIDEO)

    Nov 15, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    It was vintage Carmelo Anthony against the Rockets Thursday night: 45 points on 30 shots, plus he pulled down 10 rebounds. Anthony had to carry the Knicks and most nights his performance would have carried them to a win, but the Rockets had guys putting up numbers too (James Harden had 36 points) and the…

  25. The Extra Pass: Rockets foul up three and it works out…barely

    Nov 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    James Harden

    Game after game, Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale has had to sit back and watch teams use intentional fouls to their advantage. Against the New York Knicks on Thursday night, he turned the tables. After dealing with the “Hack-A-Howard” once again, the Rockets were lucky enough to hold on to a three-point lead with…

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