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  1. Rockets’ Carlos Delfino has foot surgery, out 4 to 6 months

    May 30, 2013, 9:11 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Carlos Delfino was having a nice playoffs for the Rockets, averaging 9 points a game, knocking down 35.5 percent of his three pointers and dunking all over Kevin Durant. Then he fractured a bone in his foot and was out. Turns out that fracture required surgery that could keep him out through training camp reports…

  2. Report: Cavaliers eying scoring forward if they trade No. 1 pick

    May 29, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics

    DeMarcus Cousins’ talent would tantalize any team, but according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Cavaliers have a different profile in mind if they trade the No. 1 pick: The Cavs have acknowledged that they will listen to offers for the top overall pick, and rival executives say they are looking for an established…

  3. Mike Conley on verge of stardom as Grizzlies on verge of elimination

    May 26, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Where is the line between the NBA’s stars and the league’s merely good players? Star is such a loaded term – full of reputation and production and marketing and talent and style – that, occasionally, it can be useful to sort through all the distractions and look at objective measures. Let’s examine players in order…

  4. Dwight Howard reportedly adds Hawks and Warriors to his free agent list

    May 23, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    As the Dwight Howard free agency news cycle rolls on, the latest report has him expanding the list of teams he’ll consider signing with this summer. It’s been previously reported that Howard is most intrigued by the Houston Rockets, thanks in no small part to a young star already in place there in the form…

  5. LeBron, Durant, Kobe headline All NBA First Team

    May 23, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Even before the season tipped off you had a pretty good sense that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul would be All-NBA First Team — they are dominant players at or entering their peak. But Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue to defy father time. The two veterans round out the All NBA Team…

  6. Report: Dwight Howard will consider multiple teams in free agency, is said to be most intrigued by the Rockets

    May 19, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    We already know what we’re in for in terms of the steady stream of reports and rumors that will flood us leading up to the free agent decision of Dwight Howard this summer. It even has a nickname,  and although he’s technically not a free agent for another six weeks or so, the Dwightmare has…

  7. LeBron James, Chris Paul teach and motivate future NBA stars at a 2008 camp (VIDEO)

    May 19, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    This video was recently released by the folks that run the website for LeBron James, and it gives us a glimpse into the types of motivational words and teachings that young NBA prospects received from James and Chris Paul five years ago. The highlights come from a 2008 summer camp that took place before the…

  8. Thunder enter summer with one big goal: Get healthy

    May 16, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant walks with his head down after a teammate fouled a Memphis Grizzlies player in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs in Oklahoma City.

    It’s this simple: If Russell Westbrook were playing the Oklahoma City Thunder would be on their way to the NBA Finals. Instead, there was disappintment as they fell in the second round to a very good Memphis Grizzlies team 4-1. This was not some blowout, Memphis was just +18 for the entire series. No game…

  9. New Sixers GM Hinkie says Bynum just another free agent

    May 14, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

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    Don’t throw good money after bad. It is good advice in Las Vegas — you’re not going to win that money back on one big roulette bet — and it’s good advice for NBA general managers. Who do their fair share of gambling. Like pushing all your chips in on Andrew Bynum last summer. New…

  10. Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis headline NBA All-Rookie Team

    May 14, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    It was an interesting year for rookies. Damian Lillard stood out as the point guard Portland needed, but he had the advantage of talent around him that other promising players (Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond) did not. Then there were good young players like Jonas Valanciunas flying under the radar in Toronto. So picking the NBA…

  11. Monday And-1 links: Andre Drummond to work out with Hakeem

    May 13, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    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 Chicagoans love to boo LeBron James… • Detroit rookie big man Andre Drummond…

  12. Russell Westbrook says he hopes the play that injured him involving Patrick Beverley wasn’t dirty

    May 9, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Russell Westbrook met with the media in Oklahoma City on Thursday for the first time since suffering the torn lateral meniscus injury that required season-ending surgery. Most objective observers of the play that caused the injury, where the Rockets’ Patrick Beverley aggressively tried to get a steal as Westbrook was preparing to call for timeout,…

  13. LeBron James named MVP, misses becoming unanimous selection by a single vote

    May 5, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James reads the label on his Most Valuable Player trophy during a news conference held by the NBA and Miami Heat in Miami

    The news we’ve known about for a few days now became official on Sunday, as LeBron James was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the fourth time in his career. There was no suspense surrounding the crowning of James, but there was some curiosity to see whether or not he might be a unanimous…

  14. James Harden says he’ll be active in recruiting free agents to join him in Houston

    May 4, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    The Rockets showed plenty of signs of being a legitimate playoff team for seasons to come, both with the way they reached the playoffs in James Harden‘s first year in Houston, and with the effort they gave in forcing their first round playoff series with the Thunder to reach six games before ultimately falling short.…

  15. Thunder find a little of their magic, came from behind to close out Rockets

    May 4, 2013, 3:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Six

    For a night, Oklahoma City showed some progress, found a little of the old magic, and that was something to celebrate. And that was something that was too much for the Rockets. We all know the Thunder are not themselves right now, that their biggest tests lie ahead (started Sunday against Memphis). But for a…

  16. Thunder-Rockets Game 6 preview: Kevin Durant continues to dominate Oklahoma City offense

    May 3, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

    In the last three games, Kevin Durant has scored 115 points, drawn 32 fouls and committed three charges. Not only is he carrying the Thunder’s offense, he’s taking a beating to do it. That probably won’t change in Game 6 with Russell Westbrook out for the rest of the playoffs. Reggie Jackson showed signs of…

  17. Carlos Delfino out for playoffs

    May 3, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    The Rockets, with two straight wins over Oklahoma City, have momentum in their first-round series. But down 3-2, their backs are still against the wall. Consider them pressed a little tighter. Jason Friedman of Rockets.com: Carlos Delfino has a fractured bone in right foot. Out for the playoffs. Delfino has been having a nice series,…

  18. Kevin Durant on Royce White: “Who’s that?”

    May 3, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant sits on the bench during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    Remember after the Rockets took Game 5 from the Thunder — forcing tonight’s Game 6 in Houston — Rockets draft pick Royce White (who has not played with the team all season) took to twitter to taunt Durant, saying “y’all are looking SHAAAKYY BAAAABYY.” I would say Kevin Durant fired back on Friday, but that…

  19. Jeremy Lin to play in Game 6 for Rockets Friday night

    May 3, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin works against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Patrick Beverly has played well in the absence of Jeremy Lin (20 points one game, 14 points 8 assists the other). The Rockets backup point guard ignored the boos and has been a key part of the Rockets making this a series again. But Lin will be back on Friday night for Game 6, according…

  20. Toddler with pants down strolls through Rockets’ postgame show (VIDEO)

    May 3, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

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    You read the headline, what more do you need me to tell you? Our corporate brothers at Comcast Sportsnet Houston was doing the postgame show after Game 5, talking about Jeremy Lin (who will play in Game 6 against the Thunder Friday) when a toddler with his pants down wanders through the shot. Just play…

  21. Four Game 6s, who is most likely to force Game 7?

    May 3, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Smith reacts as the Indiana Pacers West walks across the court in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    This is going to be one wild night in the NBA — four first-round Game 6 showdowns. Four games where a team’s season hangs in the balance, and another has the chance to close out and advance to the second round. Who is most likely to force a Game 7? Let’s break it on down,…

  22. Patrick Beverley called for a technical foul after Reggie Jackson’s aggressive attempt at a steal (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets' Beverley smiles after being called for a foul while playing Oklahoma City Thunder in their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Patrick Beverley has become a household name for NBA fans during these playoffs, thanks to his involvement in the play that led to Russell Westbrook‘s season-ending torn meniscus injury. As the series between the Rockets and the Thunder shifted back to Oklahoma City for the first time since the incident, Beverley was targeted by fans…

  23. Royce White takes swipe at Kevin Durant on twitter after Rockets win

    May 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Royce White

    Royce White is not with the Rockets during these playoffs — he is not on the active roster, he’s not on the Rockets bench, he’s a fan. A spectator. And in that role he decided to poke the bear and tweet something to Kevin Durant after the Rockets beat OKC in Game 5 Tuesday. @KDTrey5……

  24. Scott Brooks lets Omer Asik steal the show from Kevin Durant and James Harden in Thunder’s Game 5 loss to Rockets

    May 2, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's coach Brooks shouts at an official during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    Kevin Durant has an attitude. Kevin McHale has a sense of humor. Scott Brooks has a job (for now). James Harden has an illness. And we have a Game 6. The Rockets beat the increasingly vulnerable-looking Thunder, 107-100, tonight. After taking a 3-0 series lead, Oklahoma City has lost two straight, but none more embarrassingly…

  25. Rockets-Thunder Game 5 preview: Patrick Beverly returns to Oklahoma City after Russell Westbrook injury

    May 1, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After trying for a steal on the play that injured Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverly has become disliked – in some cases, to extreme levels – among Thunder fans. So, now that the series has shifted back to Oklahoma City, nobody is taking any chances. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: Arena security stationed a police…

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