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  1. NBA Power Rankings: Western Conference dominates top spots

    Dec 31, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Clippers' Griffin, Jordan, Crawford, and Paul, celebrate a three pointer by teammate Green during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Los Angeles

    We enter 2013 off a week where the two best teams in the East — Miami and New York — looked sloppy while the teams at the top of the Western Conference looked strong and took over the top spots in the weekly rankings. 1. Clippers (25-6, Last week ranked No. 1). The win streak…

  2. NBA issues flopping warnings to Royal Ivey, Gustavo Ayon and Tony Parker

    Dec 30, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, flop

    Tony Parker? Flop? Well, I never! The NBA has officially warned Parker, Royal Ivey and Gustavo Ayon today for violating the anti-flopping policy established this season. While this is solely a warning for all three players, if they’re accused of violating the policy again, they will be subject to a $5,000 dollar fine. Parker’s flop…

  3. Royce White refusing assignment to D-League. Ugh.

    Dec 30, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    Royce White

    For a second time this season, the Houston Rockets have assigned Royce White — the No. 16 overall pick from the last draft — to their D-League team. And for the second time he has refused the assignment. And from here it’s just hard to see him ever playing a moment for the Rockets. After…

  4. Report: Rockets assign Royce White to D-League

    Dec 30, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Royce White

    Royce White, the No. 16 pick from the last draft, has been away from the Rockets since just a couple weeks into the season as he clashed with the team over the best way to deal with his anxiety disorder. Now it looks like he may start out his career in the D-League — Houston…

  5. Three Stars of the Night: An Odd Scoring Battle

    Dec 30, 2012, 2:36 AM EST

    Brook Lopez, Kyrie Irving

    With 22 teams in action, you’d expect the usual suspects to be the big scorers of the night. Guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and James Harden. The guys battling Kobe Bryant for the scoring title. Those guys. Nope! Saturday was a little bit wild and crazy, and as a result we had Luis Scola…

  6. Friday And-1 links: Isiah Thomas talks small point guards

    Dec 28, 2012, 8:25 PM EST

    isiah Thomas

    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 I love turkey leftovers… • Isiah Thomas does a great piece for NBA.com…

  7. No changes atop latest All-Star voting, but Lin and Bosh could sneak in

    Dec 27, 2012, 2:54 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    NBA fans around the globe love Kobe Bryant. Stunning, I know. The latest update on the NBA All-Star voting is out and there are no changes among the starters for either conference — but it’s starting to get close for a few guys. What is different is that Kobe moved past LeBron James as the…

  8. Stephen Curry’s fantastic drive, circus shot vs. Jazz

    Dec 27, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry bites a mouth piece during the first quarter of his NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland

    That is just fun. It’s time to talk about Stephen Curry the All-Star. As in should he make the team? The fans are not going to vote him in, so this would have to be a coach’s choice. Curry is scoring 20.3 points per game and dishing out 6.4 assists per game, is shooting 43.9…

  9. John Wall says he expects to return to Wizards in January

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    John Wall — the former No. 1 overall pick and guy seen as the savior of the Washington Wizards — is targeting a January return. In part because his ego is wounded. Wall has not set foot on the court yet this season due to a stress injury to his left patella, and without him…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: James Harden leads dramatic Boxing Day finishes

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Kevin Love, James Harden

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of all the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while wondering exactly what you’re going to do with the Salt-N-Pepa salt and pepper shakers you got for Christmas…. Rockets 87, Timberwolves 84: James Harden is making quite the All-Star case, and making the Rockets look more and more…

  11. Three Stars of the Night: Digging the long ball

    Dec 27, 2012, 1:07 AM EST

    James Harden

    How important is the long ball to the modern NBA offense? If the season ended today, four teams would place in the all-time top-40 for best team 3-point percentage – the Spurs, Knicks, Thunder and Heat. The best offensive teams seem to manufacture plenty of looks from behind the arc, and in that spirit, we’re…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Rockets, Celtics, Clippers get Christmas blowouts

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:35 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while running to the store to buy more double-AA batteries for those Christmas toys…. Celtics 93, Nets 76: The Nets are not a good defensive team, rather they are prone to lapses, like the second quarter when Boston put up 34…

  13. Video: NBA stars sing Jingle Bells. Badly.

    Dec 25, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Christmas basketball

    This should fully get you in the holiday spirit. That or make your ears bleed. One or the other. James Harden, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and some other NBA stars take a shot at Jingle Bells. They are not singers. Merry Christmas to the readers of PBT, and thanks for coming here. Have a cup…

  14. PBT Extra: Previewing Rockets vs. Bulls Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    If you like clashes of style, this is the game for you — James Harden and the Rockets play at the fastest pace in the NBA, the Joakim Noah led Bulls want to grind it out. Kay Adams and I discuss if Jeremy Lin can find room to operate against the Bulls smothering defense.

  15. LeBron James, Chris Paul named conference players of the week

    Dec 24, 2012, 3:21 PM EST

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    Shocking news out of the league office this Christmas Eve, I know. But two of the game’s best players had two of the best weeks statistically speaking, and were therefore awarded for the accomplishment. LeBron James and Chris Paul were named Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, for games played from Dec. 17…

  16. Quote of the Day: LeBron praises Durant and his improvement

    Dec 24, 2012, 12:55 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    “I think he’s a better player. He continues to get better.” —LeBron James speaking of Kevin Durant, via Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. And LeBron is right — what makes Oklahoma City better this year than last is that Durant is better, Russell Westbrook is better, Serge Ibaka is better and so on and so…

  17. LeBron James: “If I wanted to, I could lead the league in scoring.”

    Dec 23, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James passes against the Detroit Pistons in a preseason NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James has been great this season, but he’s not leading the league in scoring. That title currently belongs to Kobe Bryant; a guy who has more buckets than someone in Seattle with a leaky roof. LeBron is actually 5th in the NBA in scoring right now (behind Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and James…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: That Kevin Durant guy is pretty good

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:29 AM EST

    Thunder forward Durant reacts after a three point shot against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while being more than willing to do your part to fight breast cancer…. Knicks 100, Nets 86: Battle of New York? Not really. The Knick are an elite team that got Carmelo Anthony back and he dropped 31 (that makes it…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: The Truth is Here

    Dec 20, 2012, 3:17 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    The big scorers weren’t messing around tonight, folks. The clocks were turned back in Boston, an ABA type score was dropped in Houston, and the Highlight Factory was invaded (even more than usual!) by a force that even the great Kyle Korver could not stop. Robin Lopez was also on pace for 56 points after…

  20. Tyson Chandler elbows Jeremy Lin in the head, picks up flagrant foul (VIDEO)

    Dec 18, 2012, 7:49 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Lin defended by New York Knicks Chandler in first quarter of NBA basketball game in New York

    Jeremy Lin got some revenge over the Knicks on Monday, the team where he played a season ago and vaulted into the national spotlight during his personal run of “Linsanity.” New York wouldn’t pay him what he commanded on the open market, hence the “revenge” angle that really isn’t all that important. What was important…

  21. Knicks formally assign Stoudemire to D-League, but just for workouts

    Dec 18, 2012, 1:45 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    Amare Stoudemire is a member of the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League. The team announced the move Tuesday but Stoudemire is not going to play a game for Erie — this was simply about getting him some workouts. Stoudemire has been cleared to practice following his knee surgery (to deal with a ruptured popliteal cyst)…

  22. PBT Extra: Knicks fans outside MSG talk feelings for Lin

    Dec 18, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Lin looks on against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Welcome to the rare PBT Exra without me in it, just Kay Adams and some Knicks fans. Jeremy Lin returned to Madison Square Garden Monday night and reminded everyone just how special he can be when everything comes together for him, dropping 22 points and leading his new Rockets team to an easy win. Everything…

  23. Video: Jeremy Lin looks like old self in return to New York

    Dec 18, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin‘s magical run last season in New York was a perfect storm of a situation. Desperate for offense at the time the Knicks turned to Lin to do the one things he does well — push the pace and attack off the pick-and-roll — while surrounding him with shooters and a good pick-and-roll big…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Serge Ibaka is to be feared as Thunder beat Spurs

    Dec 18, 2012, 3:05 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while thinking “if you’re going to play Santa make sure you fit down the chimney”…. Rockets 109, Knicks 96: Jeremy Lin was back in New York and he doesn’t just play well at Madison Square Garden when Carmelo Anthony is out,…

  25. Three Stars of the Night: It’s your world, baby.

    Dec 18, 2012, 1:01 AM EST

    Orlando Magic

    After trading Dwight Howard and not getting a heck of a whole lot in return, the Orlando Magic were left for dead by everyone — yours truly included. But after taking out a hot Minnesota team and improving to a very respectable 11-13 record on the season, Glen “Big Baby” Davis made it clear in…

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