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  1. Jeremy Lin says he’s “thankful” he wasn’t voted as All-Star starter

    Feb 19, 2013, 2:08 AM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    It came down to about 45,000 votes. That’s how much separated eventual NBA All-Star Game MVP Chris Paul from being replaced as a starter by Jeremy Lin (who finished with 883,809 votes, more than 400,000 than teammate James Harden). Now that the All-Star weekend circus has moved on from Houston, Lin can be honest —…

  2. For old times sake, James Harden to Russell Westbrook (VIDEO)

    Feb 18, 2013, 8:40 AM EST

    All Star Basketball

    Kevin Durant seemed genuinely happy all weekend to get to hang out with his old friend James Harden. Russell Westbrook is a harder guy to read sometimes but he seemed to miss his teammate, too. For us fans, it’s plays like this that we’ll miss. But likely get to see at All-Star Games for years…

  3. Duncan, Garnett get restful All-Star Game. Harden not so much.

    Feb 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Tim Duncan

    HOUSTON — Combined Kevin Durant and Tim Duncan had played in 26 All-Star Games before their planes even landed in Houston this weekend. Both veterans would have preferred a weekend off from the game this year. Their coaches tried to accommodate. Tim Duncan played 8:03 and Kevin Garnett 6:26. They made their appearance for the…

  4. With CP3, Durant leading the way West wins tight All-Star Game

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:40 AM EST

    NBA All-Star Griffin of the Clippers dunks as teammate Durant and All-Star Noah of the Bulls look on during the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — You know it’s an All-Star Game and all the seriousness that entails when Dwight Howard is launching and hitting threes, Howard and Blake Griffin are pretending to do acrobatics between quarters and the understated Tim Duncan is wearing some bright green Adidas Crazy Fast shoes. “I think that’ll be the only time you…

  5. PBT’s All-Star Game live blog

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:29 PM EST

    All Star Game 2013 Houston logo

    HOUSTON — Enough with the preliminaries — especially the pregame Ke$ha concert — let’s get on with the real show. Time for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. We’ve got this show covered for you. First, over on the mothership NBC site is a running log of everything tweeted by myself, PBT’s Brett Pollakoff, as well…

  6. Rockets owner says he’ll extend GM Daryl Morey’s contract

    Feb 17, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    This weekend, Houston is the center of the NBA universe. It is where we got see some great dunks and long range sniping on Saturday night and where we’ll see the greatest players on the planet play in their annual mid-season exhibition. It’s also the home of the Rockets who are having a nice season…

  7. Raking up hardware already, Lillard wins All-Star Skills Competition

    Feb 16, 2013, 10:19 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Consider this the first of a bunch of award Damian Lillard could be racking up. The Portland Trailblazers celebrated rookie won the All-Star Saturday Taco Bells Skills Competition. He seemed to embody the old John Wooden mantra of “be quick, don’t hurry.” “I think the biggest thing for me is to try to be too…

  8. Are the Rockets in the market for Josh Smith? Maybe not quite yet.

    Feb 14, 2013, 5:10 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Trade speculation surrounding Josh Smith is in full swing. The Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs have been reported as potential landing spots, but there may not be a more attractive trading partner for the Hawks given their rebuilding process than the Houston Rockets. Despite lacking a “big name” who can be moved, Houston has…

  9. The Extra Pass: Breaking Down Houston’s Transition Game (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    James Harden

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at the fastbreak of the Houston Rockets. You’re probably aware of how brilliant James Harden has been, but this season has been about more than just Harden for Houston. The big…

  10. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Break up the Raptors, that’s four straight wins

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:35 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Johnson and Gay defend New York Knicks' Stoudemire during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at toys you can buy that would traumatize your child…. Celtics 71, Bulls 69: Man this game was ugly. You knew it was going to be low scoring — two defensive minded teams both missing the point guard that stirs their…

  11. James Harden tweaks ankle Tuesday, out Wednesday

    Feb 13, 2013, 12:32 PM EST

    James Harden

    James Harden said he wants to play Wednesday night, because when doesn’t a real competitor want to play? But with him already playing through a bruised left knee then tweaking his ankle in the third quarter on Tuesday night, Harden is not going to suit up for the Rockets against the Clippers on Wednesday, tweets…

  12. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Lakers win, but it’s not pretty

    Feb 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while reading up on the gory, unromantic history of Valentines Day… Lakers 91, Suns 85: The Lakers won this one eventually, but as has been the case plenty of times throughout the season, they made it unnecessarily difficult on themselves. L.A. managed to…

  13. Royce White has reported for duty in the D-League

    Feb 12, 2013, 4:43 PM EST

    Royce White

    Royce White’s road to the NBA has started to take hold in the NBA it appears — after working out his issues with the Rockets over how they will work with his anxiety disorder, he has reported to the D-League and gone through a couple of practices. He told the Associated Press he is ready…

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Finals rematch Thursday could be finals preview

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Finally, here are the delayed regular Monday PBT NBA power rankings. We said this a lot during the NBA finals last year — if we see the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in three of the next five NBA finals it shouldn’t be a shock. This season looks more and more like…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It took three overtimes for Celtics to stop Nuggets streak

    Feb 11, 2013, 7:57 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed wondering again why you watch the Grammy’s every year… Heat 107, Lakers 97: The Lakers are playing better, they are starting to figure things out. But that’s still a process. And when the Heat cranked it up in the fourth quarter they pulled…

  16. Rosters set for 2013 Rising Stars game on All-Star Friday featuring rookies and sophomores

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:38 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The rosters have been set for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, the game featuring the league’s top rookies and sophomores that will kick off the All-Star weekend festivities on Friday, Feb. 15. Teams were drafted from the pool of available players by TNT analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, with Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio and Sacramento’s…

  17. Harden, Westbrook, Bosh to highlight 2013 All-Star Shooting Stars Challenge

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:36 PM EST

    James Harden

    All-Star Saturday night once again will start off with the Sears Shooting Stars challenge — the event where NBA stars, retired NBA legends and some WNBA players (who often are the best shooters of the group in the event) have to drain a series of shots, ending with a half courter. You know, the event…

  18. 2013 All-Star Saturday Skills Challenge participants announced

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:03 PM EST

    Tony Parker

    Tony Parker will defend his title in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge during All-Star Saturday night in Houston, and he’ll have some exciting players joining him in the event. The remainder of the field will consist of Jrue Holiday of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail…

  19. Thursday And-1 Links: Blake Griffin taps Chandler Parsons in the… watch the video

    Feb 7, 2013, 5:45 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    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 like old ladies like to complain about how loud movies are now days (written…

  20. Westbrook, Harden to coach All-Star Celebrity Game; Usain Bolt to play.

    Feb 7, 2013, 2:41 PM EST

    Image (1) usain_bolt-thumb-250x160-18477.jpg for post 3742

    I don’t really know how good of coaches they will be, but the 2013 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will have better dressed coaches than the All-Star Game itself. All-Stars and hipsters James Harden and Russell Westbrook have stepped up to coach the annual celebrity game that is part of the All-Star weekend. And if…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron, Wade enough for Heat

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Rockets Heat Basketball

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying out your stylish new Get Smart shoe-phone…. Heat 114, Rockets 108: What a fun finish. After collapsing in the finals last year against the Heat, James Harden exacted a little personal revenge. Harden was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 36 points…

  22. Three Stars of the Night: Wade channels 2006 for a game

    Feb 7, 2013, 1:34 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Toney Douglas

    Should you have to lead your team to victory to make it into our nightly three stars tribute? I say no. But it helps. If you are someone like Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday with 31 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort, you can still make the list. Well, he didn’t because I put…

  23. Will Rockets make run at Andrew Bynum this summer? Will others?

    Feb 6, 2013, 3:05 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    It’s part of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement — it is better financially for a potential free agent to become a free agent and re-sign with his team than to just sign an extension. So even if a sure max player has no intention of leaving a team, he has to at least dip…

  24. Three Stars: Paul George on the rise

    Feb 6, 2013, 2:04 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks' Korver guards Indiana Pacers' George during their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    There’s nothing quite like the phenomenon of watching a young player ascend to stardom. When a young player bursts on to the scene and starts making extraordinary plays routine, he captures our imagination. How good could 22-year-old Paul George be? Who does he remind us of? Potential is enticing on its own, but when it’s paired…

  25. The Houston Rockets tie the NBA record for most 3-pointers, blow past Golden State

    Feb 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EST

    James Harden

    We thought Rockets-Warriors might be a shootout, but this was more like the grand finale of a fireworks show for a full 48 minutes. Behind a record trying 3-point performance, the Rockets issued a 140-109 beatdown of the Golden State Warriors in Houston. Let’s allow the numbers to tell the story: 77 We probably should…

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