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  1. Rockets-Thunder Game 2 preview: Houston looks to adjust selfish offense after Oklahoma City rout

    Apr 24, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden directs his team against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Every higher seed in the NBA playoffs won its first game, but none did so more impressively than the Thunder, who beat the Rockets by 29. One game doesn’t make a postseason, or even a series, but Oklahoma City’s victory is promising. Last year, the Heat led the playoffs in wins by such a margin.…

  2. Suns part ways with GM Lance Blanks

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    lance-blanks-suns

    The Suns have parted ways with GM Lance Blanks, the team announced on Monday via official release. The move doesn’t come as a huge surprise, considering that president of basketball operations Lon Babby was just given a two-year contract extension, and some organizational changes were obviously necessary in the wake of the dismal 25-57 season…

  3. James Harden: 29-point loss to Thunder ‘was definitely good for us’

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden directs his team against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    A 120-91 loss to the Thunder in Game 1? No problem for the Rockets, says James Harden. “Losing like this was definitely good for us,” Harden said. ”Now, we know how to play. It’s a lot of guys’ first time here, even in the playoffs.” Call me crazy, but I think Game 1 was better…

  4. Thunder turn Game 1 against Rockets into a laugher

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Durant , Ibaka of Congo, and Perkins share a light moment on the bench late in the game against the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City

    The Thunder led 13-2 before the Rockets tied the game at 38, but Oklahoma City responded with a 14-1 run late in the first half. Houston hung around the fringe of striking distance before the Thunder made another 13-2 run midway through the second half. The Rockets – and the Western Conference – are trying…

  5. Mavericks want to make Dirk Nowitzki their second-best player

    Apr 21, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Ryan Anderson

    For the first time since the 1999-00 season, when Michael Finley did it, Dirk Nowitzki didn’t lead the Mavericks in win shares. As Nowitzki missed a large of the 2012-13 season due to injury, Vince Carter, Darren Collison and Shawn Marion passed him in the all-in-one stat. If the Mavericks have their way, Nowitzki won’t…

  6. Seven players whose teams need them to step up big in the postseason

    Apr 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Jeff Green Since his 43-point game in mid-March (excluding Boston’s season finale, when regular players rested), Green has averaged 20.0, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. By any eye test, he’s looked excellent. But in that span, the Celtics have been outscored by 3.6 points per 100 possession with him on the court and…

  7. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets

    Apr 19, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    SEASON RECORDS Oklahoma City: 60-22, first seed in East Houston: 45-37, eighth seed in East SEASON SERIES The Thunder won 2-1, though that doesn’t truly capture how much they dominated the series. Oklahoma City won by 22 and 30, and Houston won by just three. KEY INJURIES Oklahoma City: Kevin Martin and Kendrick Perkins haven’t…

  8. Seven NBA playoff story lines to watch

    Apr 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    After weeks of trying to predict seedings and matchups while watching teams rest their perfectly healthy superstars, the playoffs are finally upon us. In no particular order, here are the story lines we’ll be watching when the postseason tournament opens on Saturday. How much damage can the Lakers do without Kobe Bryant? L.A. opened the…

  9. NBA announces anti-flopping rules for the playoffs

    Apr 18, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Reggie Evans; Amir Johnson

    The NBA instituted an anti-flopping policy at the beginning of the season aimed at cutting down the amount of acting players do to garner the favor of the officials. The punishments for violating the league’s rules against flopping were extremely minor, with a player getting a warning for a first offense, followed by a $5,000…

  10. Who can knock off Miami? NBA playoff power rankings

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    If you want to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy — the one that goes to the NBA champions each June — you’re going to have to pry it out of Miami’s cold, dead hands. Good luck. They are the defending champs. They had the best regular season record in the NBA despite coasting to start…

  11. Lakers get in, earn seven seed with overtime win over Rockets

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:48 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers had made the playoffs before they even tipped off against the Rockets on Wednesday, thanks to the Jazz losing in Memphis earlier in the evening. The only question for L.A. was whether they’d finish as the seven or eight seed, with the seven being preferable since it would mean avoiding a first round…

  12. Jeremy Lin wants Rockets to finish strong no matter the team’s place in the standings

    Apr 16, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    PHOENIX — The Rockets aren’t overly concerned with playoff seeding as they look ahead to their final game of the regular season, and maybe that’s a good thing considering the hit the team took on the chin from the Suns in Phoenix on Monday. Houston was unable to match the intensity of their opponent from…

  13. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Jazz win keeps playoff dream alive

    Apr 16, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson, Ricky Rubio, Greg Stiemsma

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the news out of Boston with horror and yet were reminded of the heroism of both first responders and everyday Americans who did what they could to help…. Jazz 96, Timberwolves 80: Utah needed to win to keep its playoffs hopes…

  14. Mavs reach .500, Dirk Nowitzki takes razor to beard (VIDEO)

    Apr 15, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Back in February some Dallas Mavericks started growing beards — they were not going to shave until they got to .500. Finally, they got their Sunday night with a win in New Orleans — and it didn’t take a minute in the locker room for Dirk Nowitzki to pull out the razor and get that…

  15. Three Stars of the night: Harden, Iguodala, Howard set their teams up for playoffs

    Apr 15, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan,Tiago Splitter, Danny Green

    With teams busting it for playoff position tonight we feature three guys that helped their team big time Sunday night and got them in better playoff position. Third Star: James Harden (29 points, 9 assists) Houston controls its own destiny — win out and they get the six seed (and don’t have to face the…

  16. Bet I’d take: Lakers still make playoffs without Kobe

    Apr 13, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    When teams lose a star player, there is often this short period where they play a little better without him — everyone else raises their game, the team plays with passion and commitment, and they get a few wins they shouldn’t. Grantland founder Bill Simmons called it the “Ewing effect” after the 1999 Knicks, who…

  17. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Knicks’ streak reaches 13

    Apr 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates with teammates during their NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Manhattan, New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what to do with five tons of Nutella… Lakers 104, Hornets 96 ; & Thunder 90, Jazz 80: We combine these two because together they put the Lakers in as the eight seed in the West and in control of their…

  18. Rockets win, make playoffs on Harden three, ridiculous Jermaine O’Neal goaltend (VIDEO)

    Apr 10, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    This may be the most ridiculous ending to a game this season. Not what the Rockets did — with seven seconds left in a 98-98 game they went to the old “isolate your best player out high” and James Harden dribbled it out then pulled up for a three. Which was short and bounced high.…

  19. Jeremy Lin thinks being Asian-American hurt college basketball scholarship offers

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    Jeremy Lin didn’t play college basketball on a scholarship — Harvard doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Lin was a noted high school player — he led Palo Alto High School to the California state championship and won a number of state awards. But Stanford in his own back yard didn’t offer him a scholarship, nor did…

  20. Terrence Jones ignites the break with a block, James Anderson finishes with a posterization of Evan Fournier (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    James Anderson

    When looking at the names in the headline, the more casual NBA fan may not have been enticed enough to click through and check out the highlight. Oh, what a mistake that would have been. If you’ve gotten this far, then you’re fortunate enough to have seen one of the more incredible plays of Saturday…

  21. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Carmelo’s 40 points lead Knicks to 10th straight victory

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while choosing sides in the battle between Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi … Knicks 95, Hawks 82: The Knicks extended their league-best winning streak to 10 games on Wednesday, thanks to a dominant offensive performance from Carmelo Anthony for the second straight…

  22. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Pacers look good, Clippers…. meh

    Apr 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Roy Hibbert

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering why UFO reports are down…. Pacers 109, Clippers 106:After the Clippers loss over the weekend coach Vinny Del Negro ripped the team for hits energy. He could have said the same thing after this one. Roy Hibbert showed up ready to…

  23. Three Stars of the Night: Roy Hibbert looks good (against Clippers defense)

    Apr 2, 2013, 4:02 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    Honorable mention tonight goes to the fans of the Toronto Raptors for the reception they gave Jose Calderon, and to the Rockets Omer Asik who had 22 points and 18 rebounds in a win. Third Star: Rudy Gay (34 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) He put up big numbers and did it shooting efficiently —…

  24. Vinny Del Negro rips Clippers’ effort after loss to Rockets

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Most who saw the Clippers lose a heart-breaker in San Antonio on Friday would have expected a lackluster effort in Houston on Saturday. Vinny Del Negro did not expect it, and was anything but pleased with his team afterward. L.A. not only lost to a Rockets team playing without James Harden, who sat out with…

  25. James Harden out Saturday against Clippers

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    James Harden was held out of Saturday night’s game against the Clippers due to a sore right foot, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale told reporters before tip-off. Harden scored in single digits for just the second time all season on Friday, finishing with seven points on 3-9 shooting in 27 minutes in a loss to…

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