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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out, the Heat and Thunder are pretty good

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Durant shoots against Denver Nuggets defenders Randolph and Brewer in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while having to deal with all the people knocking on your door asking for their lost cell phones…. Heat 92, Warriors 75: As it has been with the Heat all season long, when they are focused and defend they destroy teams. Especially teams…

  2. The Extra Pass: Kevin Durant’s shot at history

    Jan 16, 2013, 9:45 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at Kevin Durant‘s chance to make NBA history. For the last three seasons, Kevin Durant has led the NBA in scoring. That’s no easy task, but doing it again…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the offensive outbursts

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while thinking about what a jump to hyperspace in the Millennium Falcon would really be like… Lakers 104, Bucks 88: Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard each had 31 points, but the real key for Los Angles was their defense — Kobe was on…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, Nuggets climbing ranks

    Jan 14, 2013, 4:11 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark

    Each of the top five teams in last week’s ranking suffered losses, some pretty ugly losses. So, who bounced back and looked best after that? Oklahoma City, so they maintain the top spot. 1. Thunder (28-8, Last week ranked No. 1). Kevin Durant is a better playmaker than last year. Russell Westbrook a better floor…

  5. James Harden goes behind the back and through the legs before getting the bucket against the Sixers (VIDEO)

    Jan 13, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    NBA: Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons

    The Rockets couldn’t beat the Sixers in Philadelphia on Saturday, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying on the part of James Harden. Harden finished with 29 points on 10-19 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. But none of his baskets were as pretty as this one that he converted…

  6. Be warned: This year’s Thunder are better than last year’s

    Jan 12, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Kevin Durant is a better player today than he was when the Thunder lost Game 5 of the NBA finals last season. His ball handling has improved allowing him to take on more playmaking. His defense is better. He is rebounding more. Russell Westbrook is more of a floor general. His play seems crisper, more…

  7. The Extra Pass: Identifying Offensive Calling Cards

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:20 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at which teams are outperforming all others in specific areas of the game. Play logging has been used by NBA teams for quite some time, but the derived numbers…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas makes the Clippers work for it

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:01 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while listening to an ice record… Spurs 108, Lakers 105: The Lakers went on a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter to make this game interesting down the stretch, but in the end the result was the fifth straight Los…

  9. Another loss puts Lakers in deep hole to even make playoffs

    Jan 9, 2013, 12:15 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    For the past five years, it has taken at least 45 wins to make the playoffs in the Western Conference (technically Utah had 36 wins last season because of the lockout, but that was a 45-win pace). Coming into Tuesday night, Denver was the eight seed in the West and they are on pace for…

  10. Three Stars of the Night: Beard Power!

    Jan 9, 2013, 12:05 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    I’m willing to give Paul George a pass for his slightly questionable beard growing abilities, primarily because he’s still only 22-years-old (scary, right?) and he’s still growing, uh, taller. George is listed at 6-foot-8, but some people are saying he’s now 6-foot-10, and even if that is a Bunyan-sized tall tale, we’ll let him finish…

  11. Tuesday And-1 links: Plans to lure Kings to Virginia Beach appear dead

    Jan 8, 2013, 7:32 PM EST

    Virginia_Beach_waterfront

    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 Alabamans love Nick Saban…. • Plans for an arena deal in Virginia Beach…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, but it’s close

    Jan 7, 2013, 3:22 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    To be honest, you could have ranked the top three in this week’s PBT NBA Power Rankings and been fine. I’m giving the top spot to the Thunder this week because I think they’d beat the Clippers or Spurs in a seven game series right now. But not easily. 1. Thunder (26-7, Last week ranked…

  13. Rockets suspend Royce White

    Jan 6, 2013, 11:28 AM EST

    Royce White

    We thought there might be some fallout from Rockets draft pick Royce White refusing his D-League assignment earlier this week, and now we have it. Houston has suspended White immediately, and this is a situation that seems like it gets worse before it gets better. Here’s the official statement from Rockets GM Daryl Morey, via…

  14. James Harden bails himself out with a long three after nearly dribbling out the shot clock (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2013, 10:07 PM EST

    James Harden

    James Harden has the green light 100 percent of the time in his new role with the Houston Rockets, although this possession midway through the fourth quarter during a tight game with the Cavaliers probably wasn’t what his coaching staff had in mind when gifting him with that responsibility. Harden receives the ball with about…

  15. Daequan Cook waived by Rockets, signed instantly by Bulls

    Jan 4, 2013, 6:26 PM EST

    Daequan Cook, Patty Mills

    The Rockets wanted to save some money and free up roster space. The Bulls still need more three-point shooting. So Daequan Cook is changing teams. The Rockets put Cook on waivers to dump a non-guaranteed contract but no team claimed him and at his $3.1 million salary. But he cleared waivers and within an hour…

  16. PBT Podcast: Knicks-Spurs, Lakers-Clippers, All-Star Voting, and Nets talk with Howard Beck

    Jan 4, 2013, 2:06 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the Knicks’ win over the Spurs on Thursday, and whether it was New York’s dominance or San Antonio’s fatigue that was ultimately responsible for that result. We take a look at the latest All-Star voting returns, and wonder if guys like…

  17. Latest All-Star voting returns in, Charles Barkley will not be happy

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EST

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Apparently, you folks have no concern whatsoever for Charles Barkley’s feelings. The day after Barkley said Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett have not played well enough to be part of the All-Star starters, they are both in. Howard solidly, he’s a lock, and Garnett has stretched out his lead over Chris Bosh. Basically, nothing has…

  18. Royce White speaks out on situation, says trade is not answer

    Jan 3, 2013, 1:55 PM EST

    Royce White

    For a lot of fans who know mostly of the Royce White situation via twitter, here is first thing they noticed during White’s interview with the Off The Dribble show on Sirius XM: He’s not some irrational, crazy lunatic. He always was rational and measured if you heard him speak, but his portrayal has moved…

  19. Charles Barkley doesn’t think fans should be voting for All-Star starters

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:40 AM EST

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    Charles Barkley thinks you’re wrong. Probably about a lot of things, but in this case he’s talking about your All-Star voting. Each and every one of you. For years the NBA has had the fans vote in the starters for each conference at the All-Star Game — and Barkley thinks you have got it all…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets, Warriors get statement wins

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while figuring out what’s in and what’s out for 2013… Nets 110, Thunder 93: Well, P.J. Carlesimo has his signature win and for a night the Nets looked like the team from the first weeks of the season. Oh, they’re…

  21. Three Stars of the night: Getting your team wins against elite

    Jan 3, 2013, 2:58 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    There were so many people who could have made three stars of the night tonight we could have done 10 stars of the night. But, for the sake of my sanity (such as it is) we are keeping it at three. So how do you separate the top three? It’s not just numbers, but who…

  22. Rockets waive Daequan Cook to sign James Anderson

    Jan 1, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    ANDERSON_JAMES

    The Houston Rockets are switching up their swingmen buried on the bench (in hopes the new one is not going to be so buried). The Rockets have waived Daequan Cook to sign free agent James Anderson, reports the Houston Chronicle. They didn’t get it done in time for Monday night’s game but they will by…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bobcats snap 18-game losing streak with win over Bulls

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:01 AM EST

    Kemba Walker, Taj Gibson

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s games in NBA action. Or, what you missed while ringing in the New Year with an 80-pound Moon Pie … Heat 112, Magic 110 (OT): Orlando was without Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson in this one due to injury, but Miami played down to the level of its competition just…

  24. Top 10 NBA bloopers of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:56 PM EST

    JaVale McGee

    As we count down to the new year, let’s relive some of the lighter NBA moments of 2012 that we were fortunate enough to experience. At 10, we have Lamar Odom saying he’s with the Lakers in his first season with the Clippers. Wishful thinking, my friend. At 9, we have Omer Asik tipping the…

  25. Monday And-1 Links: Will Shaq be at Kobe’s jersey retirement?

    Dec 31, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

    Image (1) Shaq and Kobe-thumb-275x260-13925.jpg for post 2602

    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 you will pretend to like champagne on New Year’s Eve…. • Will Kobe…

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