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  1. The Extra Pass: 10 teams, 10 observations, plus Tuesday recaps

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes, Paul Millsap

    Let’s zip around the league with ten observations for ten teams: Atlanta: I’m digging the former Jazz men. Paul Millsap is already getting along famously with Al Horford, but the smart movement off the ball by flex-bred wingmen Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll is keeping defenses off guard. This is a really unselfish offense already,…

  2. Tuesday Night NBA Grades: Overlook the Pacers at your own peril

    Nov 6, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Detroit Pistons

    Our grades from Tuesday night around the NBA, or what you missed while debating the Top 10 superhero movies… Indiana Pacers. They have been the best team in the NBA through the first week plus — they are undefeated at 4-0 thanks to a lock-down defense and Paul George. That defense is the best in…

  3. PBT Podcast for Nov. 5: Westbrook is back, Clippers offense impressive, Howard gets boos

    Nov 5, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Time for the latest edition of the PBT Podcast. Myself and Eyton Shander of NBC Sports Radio talk about the return of Russell Westbrook and what that means for the Thunder (they will return to contender form soon) and the West. Then we talk about how the Clippers — four games in they have the…

  4. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge: “I’m happy here right now”

    Nov 5, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    Much to the disgust of GM Neil Olshey, reports of an unhappy LaMarcus Aldridge and possible trades would not go away over the past year. No matter what Aldridge said. Or Olshey. Or anyone. Aldridge admitted to Sam Amick of the USA Today there were some things that made him uncomfortable last year in Portland,…

  5. Chris Paul is the “Point Gawd,” goes off for 23 and 17 on Rockets (VIDEO)

    Nov 5, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Jeremy Lin

    If you want to know why most people around the league rank Chris Paul third on the list of best NBA players, watch this video. He went up against Jeremy Lin and a very porous Rockets defense on the night and just dominated the game with 23 points and 17 assists. He was setting up…

  6. The Extra Pass: Clippers offensive fireworks cover up struggling defense, plus Monday recaps

    Nov 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    LOS ANGELES — The Clippers know how to put on a show — they dropped a highflying 137 points on the Rockets and blew the up-and-coming team out of the water. Through four games the Clippers are averaging 116.7 points per 100s possessions, that is almost 7 points better than the second place team (Houston).…

  7. Red-hot Clippers put on a show at Rockets expense, win big

    Nov 5, 2013, 2:40 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Chris Paul

    LOS ANGELES — This happens a few games a season. It was a perfect storm of the already explosive Clippers offense really finding its flow in an up-tempo game, a Rockets defense that was just floundering, some foul trouble to the Rockets defensive anchor, and to top it all off Chris Paul had the Midas…

  8. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Rockets, T-Wolves and Sixers on top

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    The first few weeks of the Power Rankings see crazy fluctuations — teams that aren’t really that good start off hot, teams that are good start cold, so teams bounce up and down the rankings like they are on a bungee cord the first few weeks. Eventually things find their level. But this week was…

  9. The Extra Pass Weekend Roundup: Seven storylines from Week 1 and Sunday recaps

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    One week down, 23 more to go. Let’s look at some of the emerging storylines from the first week of the season. A Sneaky MVP Candidate Emerges There’s a real struggle to discern what’s real and what isn’t in the early part of the season, and the standings are almost a totem of sorts. If…

  10. And the active leader for consecutive regular season NBA games played is …

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Omer Asik, Ed Davis

    Omer Asik of the Rockets is the active leader in consecutive regular season games played, with his current streak hitting 233 straight after appearing in each of the Rockets’ first three games of the year. Asik topped the leaderboard once Russell Westbrook‘s streak ended due to a knee injury he suffered during last season’s playoffs…

  11. Friday Night NBA Grades: What tanking? Sixers, Suns both 2-0.

    Nov 2, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Our grades from Thursday night around the NBA, or what you missed while trying to get that cat urine smell out of your computer…. Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers. Something funny happened on the way to the lottery… the Sixers and Suns, two of the poster teams for the tanking/riggin’ for Wiggins efforts, are both…

  12. Toughest guys to guard on pick-and-roll? Sanders says Nash, Rose, Conley

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    Steve Nash, Chris Paul

    Larry Sanders got a big four-year, $44 million extension from the Milwaukee Bucks this summer because he can defend — he can protect the rim and block shots, but he also is quite good showing out and shutting of drives on the pick-and-roll. Talking with him after the Bucks season-opening loss to the Knicks, Zach…

  13. Rockets’ Patrick Beverley out 10-14 days with torn muscle in his midsection

    Nov 1, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverly, Russell Westbrook

    Jeremy Lin has his starting job back. For now. After a back-and-forth preseason Rockets coach Kevin McHale decided to start Patrick Beverley at the point and bring Jeremy Lin in off the bench — and it seemed to work pretty well (Lin had 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting with the second unit). But Beverley played…

  14. DeMarcus Cousins described Maloof-era Kings as “an AAU team.”

    Nov 1, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Wednesday night’s Sacramento Kings home opener wasn’t your standard home opener — it was a celebration of a team and the community that came together and fought to keep them. It was a celebration of all things Sacramento and the new owners there, Vivek Randive and his team. The game was broadcast locally (without commercials)…

  15. PBT Roundtable: Who is the most overrated team in the NBA to start season?

    Nov 1, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable, just like the knights of King Arthur, drink mead and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question: Kurt Helin: There are a few candidates here, but after seeing them in person opening night I will say the Clippers (and I picked them…

  16. Mark Cuban calls Dwight Howard’s judgment childish

    Oct 31, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert,Dwight Howard

    Billionaires usually get their way. That’s why they’re billionaires. Those who didn’t get their way never amassed such a large fortune. Then, once they reached that status, they have the means to continue getting their way. The best NBA example is Dan Gilbert’s infamous letter when LeBron James left Cleveland. That was whiny and shameful,…

  17. Anthony Davis talks Pelican chemistry, his game and NBA 2K14

    Oct 31, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    While you were looking at Dwight Howard or Derrick Rose this preseason, the New Orleans Pelicans put together a nice little 7-1 record. Then on opening night the Pelicans had a 16-point second half lead against the contending Pacers, a lead the more experienced Pacers were able to make evaporate behind some strong play from…

  18. For at least a night, Dwight Howard looks like he made the smart move

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Bismack Biyombo

    For at least one night, Dwight Howard could say the move was justified. He can say he made the right call and back it up. We’ll see what the future holds, but Howard looked healthy, moved well, grabbed 26 rebounds, was a strong defensive presence and chipped in 17 points in the Rockets season-opening win.…

  19. DeMarcus Cousins was in beast mode, dropped 30 and 14 in opener (VIDEO)

    Oct 31, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Nate Robinson

    DeMarcus Cousins got his max extension, and while some questioned the move the questions were not about talent — he can be the best center in the league in five years (or less) if he wants it. Wednesday night he showed that off against the Nuggets, dropping 30 points and pulling down 14 rebounds on…

  20. The Extra Pass Wednesday Roundup: Talking tanking (or not) in Phoenix

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

          PHOENIX — After the Suns traded their projected starting center in Marcin Gortat to the Wizards in exchange for an injured player who might not play this season and a future first round draft pick, and did so less than a week before the start of the regular season, it doesn’t exactly…

  21. Wednesday Night’s NBA Grades: How about that Michael Carter-Williams?

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    Our grades from Tuesday night around the NBA, or what you missed while throwing back a few bottles of snake venom with your buddies. Michael Carter Williams, Philadelphia 76ers. His first NBA bucket came on a steal and coast-to-coast drive and slam against the Miami Heat. It doesn’t get much better than that… except it did.…

  22. Jeremy Lin on coming off the bench: “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal”

    Oct 30, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-TAIWAN-TPE-NBA-PACERS-ROCKETS-LIN

    When the Houston Rockets tip off the season Wednesday night, Patrick Beverley will be out on the court as the starting point guard. Jeremy Lin will be in his warm-ups on the bench, waiting for his name to be called by coach Kevin McHale — Lin will be the sixth man for the Rockets, at…

  23. Ty Lawson will play for Nuggets in opener at Kings

    Oct 30, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Lawson celebrates a three-point shot against Golden State Warriors in their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    Denver is going to be able to throw one of the best point guard combinations in the NBA at the Sacramento Kings opening night. Ty Lawson was a game-time call due to a groin strain but coach Brian Shaw said at shootaround that Lawson would be good to go Wednesday, reports Chris Dempsey of the…

  24. Chandler Parsons leaks Patrick Beverley, not Jeremy Lin, to start at point for Rockets

    Oct 29, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverly, Russell Westbrook

    The last couple of preseason games, Patrick Beverley started at the point for the Houston Rockets and Jeremy Lin came off the bench as the sixth man. We’d written before this could be coming. It was something the Rockets had toyed with all preseason. Yet Kevin McHale was going all Bill Belichick when asked about his…

  25. Five NBA players likely to get traded this season

    Oct 29, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

    Jameer Nelson

    When I started compiling this list more than a week ago, Marcin Gortat was the guy on top of it — then his trade happened earlier than anyone expected. The Wizards want to make the playoffs this year, the Suns want to tank and so they had a common ground. Now who is most likely…

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