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2014 PBT Awards: All-Defensive Team

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Though none of us have a ballot for the NBA’s official awards, we’ll be presenting our choices and making our cases this week for each major honor.

Kurt Helin

First Team

  • G: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets
  • G: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
  • F: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
  • F: Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
  • C:  Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

Second Team

  • G: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
  • G: Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns
  • F: Paul George, Indiana Pacers
  • F: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • C: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers

What I find hardest about this is picking the point guards that should be on here, then narrowing down the number of quality forwards to just these (I hate leaving guys like Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green off this list).

Brett Pollakoff

First team

  • G: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets
  • G: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
  • F: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • F: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
  • C: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers

Second team

  • G: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
  • G: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • F: Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
  • F: LeBron James, Miami Heat
  • C: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets

This award is problematic, in that there are far more deserving players who play at the forward positions than there are just about anywhere else. The guards were difficult to single out, but it’s tough to argue with guys who take pride in their defense and seem to bring the effort on that end of the floor on a nightly basis.

Dan Feldman

First team

  • G: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets
  • G: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
  • F: Paul George, Indiana Pacers
  • F: Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
  • C: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers

Second team

  • G: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
  • G: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • F: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
  • F: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
  • C: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

I feel reasonably comfortable with the gap between my first and second teams, but there are plenty of deserving players who might have made my second team on another day – especially at forward. Serge Ibaka and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were right there.

Boston’s Marcus Smart gets flopping warning from NBA

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 17:  Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second quarter of the preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden on October 17, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Boston’s Marcus Smart is one of the league’s more notorious floppers.

He was at it again Monday night against the Houston Rockets — and the league called him on it and gave him a warning.

It happened on the game’s final play — you were probably focused elsewhere, wondering how Al Horford could miss the game-winning layup. But watch Smart as he gets in position for the rebound on that shot.

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The referees didn’t buy it then.

This warning is barely a slap on the wrist. If — in his case, when — Smart gets caught a second time this season he will get a $5,000 fine from the league. Smart is making $3.6 million this season.

Happy birthday Larry Bird. We celebrate with some highlights.

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Larry Bird — the Celtics legend, three-time NBA champion, three-time MVP, 10-time All-NBA — turns 60 on Wednesday.

We celebrate by looking back at his 60-point game March 12, 1985, against the Hawks (video above, and yes that game was played in New Orleans).

Want more Larry the Legend highlights? We got you covered.

Hawks’ Mike Scott sent to D-League on rehab assignment

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Mike Scott #32 of the Atlanta Hawks poses during media day on September 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is expected to play at least two games in the NBA Development League as he comes back from a knee injury that kept him out of training camp and the first 18 games of the season.

Scott played 15 minutes for the Delaware 87ers in Tuesday night’s loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors. He scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting, missing all four of his attempts from 3-point range.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says the D-League is the best way for Scott to get “meaningful, competitive minutes” after undergoing a non-surgical procedure on his left knee.

Scott has played three games for Atlanta since his return. In 28 minutes, he has two points on 1-of-9 attempts, to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.

Watch Kyle O’Quinn throw alley-oop to Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony isn’t young anymore, but he had the bounce to go get this one.

These were your two best players for the Knicks in their win over Miami Tuesday. Kyle O'Quinn was forced into action earlier than expected when Joakim Noah went on a fouling spree in the third quarter, but O’Quinn played well in the role. ‘Melo dropped 35 on 27 shots — he’s not as efficient as he once was, but he can still get some buckets.

The Knicks picked up a needed win, because they play a back-to-back Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a ticked-off LeBron James (New York will pay the price for Phil Jackson’s “posse” comments with a motivated LeBron Wednesday).