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  1. Rockets’ new backup center Greg Smith goes down with injury

    Nov 14, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Greg Smith Rockets

    It looked really bad when it happened. Houston’s Greg Smith went up to contest a Carmelo Anthony shot in the first quarter Thursday and when he came down his right knee buckled. He went to the ground and had to be helped off the court. The early report is an LCL sprain, however we will…

  2. Report: Omer Asik asks Rockets to trade him

    Nov 14, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Omer Asik, Ed Davis

    The Omer Asik and Dwight Howard experiment has not worked out — the Rockets were -18.1 points per 48 minutes when they were paired together (via NBA.com stats). Kevin McHale held out hope longer than most, but Wednesday threw in the towel and moved Asik out of the starting lineup and on to the bench…

  3. NBA shows off sleeved Christmas Day uniforms in “Jingle Hoops” ad

    Nov 14, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    nba christmas day sleeved jerseys

    I know it’s too early for Christmas ads already (I’m one of those guys who doesn’t want to see this stuff until Thanksgiving) but this ad from Adidas showing off the “BIG Logo” Holiday Collection uniforms — which have sleeves and oversized logos on the front, pictures leaked last week — was good enough to bring…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. James Harden plans to appeal league’s flopping fine

    Nov 13, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    James Harden

    Houston’s James Harden became the first player in the NBA fined for flopping this year. It took all of just 7 games for him to get nailed twice (the first time was just a warning by the league, the second flop comes with a $5,000 slap on the wrist). Harden wants you to know he’s…

  7. League warns Chris Paul, Anderson Varejao for flopping

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    You had to know it was only a matter of time before Chris Paul got a flopping warning, the only question was when. How about eight games? Tuesday the league announced warnings for both the Clippers Paul and Anderson Varejao of the Cavaliers. These are the first offense this season warnings for the players, the…

  8. The Extra Pass: Five observations from the East and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    After a busy Monday night in the NBA, let’s swing around the Eastern Conference for a few observations. Indiana: If Roy Hibbert keeps getting that “verticality” respect from officials, it’s goodnight, Irene time for all of the other the Defensive Player of the Year candidates. Look at these numbers: Per 36 minutes on his career: 2.6…

  9. James Harden fined $5,000 for flop against Blake Griffin, Clippers (VIDEO)

    Nov 11, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    James Harden

    Congratulations James Harden, you have become the first player fined by the NBA for flopping this season. Harden had been warned before this season, then on Saturday against the Clippers the flop above happened. And it was a flop. Harden drove the lane, missed the shot, got his own rebound as he faced the baseline…

  10. PBT NBA Power Rankings: It’s the Pacers, Spurs then everyone else

    Nov 11, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    David Stern’s nightmare Finals matchup is on top of the second PBT NBA Power rankings — Indiana and San Antonio. Lots of shifting still going on in the rankings as teams shake themselves out just a couple weeks into the season, but a few patterns are emerging. 1. Pacers (7-0, Last Week No. 1). Yes…

  11. Dwight Howard swats Blake Griffin’s shot into the stands (VIDEO)

    Nov 10, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard attempted to make a statement early in his team’s contest against the Clippers on Saturday, coming over to help defensively and swatting Blake Griffin‘s shot attempt deep into the stands. It was an intimidation move by Howard and not a smart one, because keeping the ball in play or deflecting it to a…

  12. Andrea Bargnani has a huge night for Knicks (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    Things were starting to get dire for the Knicks, at least as much as they can be so grim just five games into the 82-game regular season. Tyson Chandler was lost for 4-6 weeks due to injury, and with a lack of healthy bigs on the roster while Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire struggle with…

  13. PBT Podcast for Nov. 9: Howard Beck joins us to talk Knicks, Bulls, more

    Nov 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    James Harden

    The latest PBT podcast is here, where I and Eyton Shander of NBC Sports Radio open up taking about the Rockets struggles — we discuss the poor perimeter defense and Dwight Howard‘s free throw shooing. We then go on to discuss things to watch this weekend. After that Howard Beck of Bleacher Report joins us to…

  14. Three things to watch this weekend: Can Pacers stay unbeaten?

    Nov 8, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    We here at PBT don’t believe in “days off” or “sleep” or any of the rest of that pansy stuff — we will be here all weekend giving you NBA content. Still, we want to give you some NBA storylines to watch over the weekend as you bounce between your regular Saturday pickup game and getting…

  15. James Harden officially day-to-day with bruised foot

    Nov 8, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    No, this is not an excuse for how flat-footed and slow his defense has been this season. However it appears James Harden is hurt — he is day-to-day with a bruised foot tweets Jonathan Feigen of the the Houston Chronicle. Those tend not to keep people out long if at all, and against the Lakers…

  16. The Extra Pass: Boxed out and Thursday’s Recaps

    Nov 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    You probably already know what I’m going to say about Shane Battier before I even say it. For 12 seasons, Battier has largely defied conventional box scores by doing all the things that don’t show up there. It’s been a long-standing feud between Battier and the box score, really, but it’s a feud that Battier…

  17. While world watches Dwight Howard Lakers bench earns win over Rockets

    Nov 8, 2013, 2:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    The narrative was all about Dwight Howard taking on the Laker team he bolted last summer after a tumultuous season — and if Lakers fans were looking for some schadenfreude they got it. Howard wasn’t impressive. He finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting but just 5-of-16 from the free throw line. He missed key…

  18. Steve Blake knocks down game-winning three, lifts Lakers over Rockets (VIDEO)

    Nov 8, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    While the narrative will be about the revenge of the Lakers on Dwight Howard, that’s not what really decided the Lakers 99-98 win. This game was about the backcourt: The Rockets starting guards were 10-of-34 shooting (29 percent), which falls short of the 38 percent the Lakers backcourt shot, but neither team was impressive. However…

  19. Dwight Howard says he would step into UFC octagon… for $10 million

    Nov 7, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    There are plenty of fans in Los Angeles and Orlando who would pay to see Dwight Howard get his a%& kicked… Well, the price tag is $10 million. Howard was backstage at a UFC event in Houston and was asked if he would step into the octagon and he said yes — For $10 million.…

  20. Kings’ coach Malone calls out DeMarcus Cousins’ post defense

    Nov 7, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    The evolution of DeMarcus Cousins and Sacramento Kings leader is still ongoing. It’s the same old situation with him — video tape cleared him of a flagrant foul call and led to a suspension for Atlanta’s Dennis Schroeder for hitting Cousins in the groin; but he was having a bad game before and lost his…

  21. 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…

  22. Rockets face Lakers but Dwight Howard wants to move on from that conversation

    Nov 7, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers

    “It’s another game.” That was how Dwight Howard described facing the Lakers this Thursday. Just three words. Howard says he’s over all the drama of last season and the summer, the Lakers say they are over it, the fan bases say they are over it. Everyone says they have moved on and don’t want to…

  23. Hawks rookie Dennis Schroder suspended one game for punch to the groin of DeMarcus Cousins (VIDEO)

    Nov 7, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Dennis Schroder, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson

    Hawks rookie Dennis Schroder has been suspended one game for “striking DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings in the groin,” the league announced on Thursday. The suspension is warranted, of course, but the most incredible part of the play was the fact that the referees didn’t feel the need to whistle Schroder for the foul.…

  24. PBT Extra: Talking Knicks front line issues; previewing Clippers/Heat and Lakers/Rockets

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    BASKET-CHN-NBA

    Today on PBT Extra Kay Adams first asks me about the news of the day — the Knicks being without Tyson Chandler for 4-6 weeks with a fractured fibula. Let’s just say, it’s not good for their defense, but they can survive this if they start to play Carmelo Anthony more at the four again.…

  25. DeMarcus Cousins benched at end of game, is ticked about “low blow” from Dennis Schroder

    Nov 6, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    It has long been the book on DeMarcus Cousins — you can get under his skin, cause him to lose focus and rather than being a dominant force he becomes a detriment to his team. Exactly how it went down Tuesday night is up to interpretation but one basic fact is not — new coach…

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