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PBT Thursday morning one liners


Kobe Bryant said at shootaround Wednesday afternoon he really felt for Byron Scott. That shoe may be on the other foot, now.

Steve Nash has moved past Gary Payton in to seventh on the all-tine assists list.

What is Glen Davis doing better to become a Sixth Man of the Year candidate?

The Heat are 2-6 in close games (decided by 3 or less), but they are still clutch. Seriously, they are.

How about Ramon Sessions in Atlanta? Interesting, very interesting.

Lakers owner Jerry Buss is confident the Lakers will return to the finals. Not sure what else anyone expected him to say.

Celtics fans, stop wishing for the return of Rasheed Wallace. Not happening.

Earl Clark is making a good impression.

Caron Butler thinks Dallas will keep him through the trade deadline.

NBA players reflect on the best ballers they knew that didn’t make it.

Carmelo Anthony’s diet and his shooting numbers.

Shaq could still miss games AFTER the All-Star break.

Baron Davis says his knee feels “terrible.”

Byron Scott said he knows what the problem is in Cleveland and there will be no more slacking on defense. Well, in worked for one night.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.