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PBT Podcast: Chicago’s roster, Carmelo Anthony trade talk, All-Star snubs

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It’s been a roller coaster few days around the NBA.

It’s Rajon Rondo and the team youth vs. Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade vs. management in Chicago.

The Knicks are struggling to find a Carmelo Anthony trade that works.

Joel Embiid, Rudy Gobert and the other All-Star Game snubs.

It’s a lot, so Dan Feldman of NBC Sports joins Kurt Helin to break it all down in this latest podcast.

As always, you can check out the podcast below, or listen and subscribe via iTunes (check there to see all the NBC Sports podcasts), subscribe via the fantastic Stitcher app, check us out on Google play, or check out our new PBT podcast homepage and archive at Audioboom.com.

PBT Extra: Expect Carmelo Anthony to be a Knick after trade deadline


Phil Jackson wants to trade Carmelo Anthony before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, jump-starting the rebuilding process around Kristaps Porzingis in New York.

However, trading Anthony is complex and not likely to happen unless the Knicks are willing to take pennies on the dollar in return. ‘Melo has a no-trade clause (allowing him to essentially pick his destination) and a 15 percent trade kicker. The number of teams Anthony might waive the no-trade for who want him is limited to maybe at best a couple, with the Los Angeles Clippers being the most likely —  and they are offering so little the two teams are trying to find a third partner.

Which is why I say in this latest PBT Extra I expect Anthony to be a Knick when the season ends. Things could be different around the draft or heading into next season, but for now, don’t bet on a trade.

Paul George’s finishing flurry leads Pacers past Kings in OT

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 12 of Indiana’s last 16 points and finished with 33 and the Pacers overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 115-111 in overtime Friday night.

Jeff Teague had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Indiana. The Pacers won their second straight and swept the season series with the Kings for the first time since 2013-14.

DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 16 rebounds, and Darren Collison also had 26 points for Sacramento. The Kings have lost six of eight.

Sacramento appeared to be cruising when it extended a 64-55 halftime lead to 78-62 midway through the third quarter and still led 98-87 with 6:33 left in regulation.

But with George and Myles Turner leading the way, the Pacers closed regulation on a 17-5 run to force a 104-104 tie. George gave Indiana the lead with a driving layup with 4:06 to play and the Pacers never trailed again.


Kings: Coach Dave Joerger and Pacers coach Nate McMillan wore bow ties in honor of Michael H. Goldberg, who served as executive director of the NBA’s coaching union for nearly four decades. He died late last week at age 73. … Sacramento made 11 of 16 3-pointers in the first half but was just 2 of 10 in the second half and overtime. … Kosta Koufos had nine points and 12 rebounds. … Sacramento had won its previous two games in Indy.

Pacers: George has scored 30 points in all three games this week. … C.J. Miles had 18 points and made six 3s to pass Austin Croshere (376) for No. 8 on the Pacers’ franchise list in the NBA era. Miles now has 382. … Indiana was 10 of 28 on 3s and is 12-6 when making at least 10 in a game this season. … Improved to 2-7 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving help Cavs break losing streak, beat Nets

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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 28 and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a turbulent week with a 124-116 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

The NBA champions had lost three straight and six of eight while James questioned whether the organization was fully committed to winning a second title.

The Cavaliers took advantage of a timely visit from the NBA’s worst team. Irving scored 20 points, and James added 10 in the third quarter when Cleveland built an 86-62 lead.

Kevin Love, named to the All-Star team Thursday, had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

The Nets have lost four straight and 15 of their last 16. Brooklyn played without leading scorer Brook Lopez (rest) and top rebounder Trevor Booker (illness).

Sean Kilpatrick led Brooklyn with 18 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic had 17.

Joel Embiid rejects James Harden on one end, scores on Nene on other end (VIDEO)


Joel Embiid looked every bit the All-Star Friday night against Houston. No, he isn’t one, but he played like one.

The play of the game came midway through the third quarter, when Embiid blocked James Harden‘s shot on one end and then took the ball end-to-end and scored over Nene. You can see the video above.

Nene got his revenge.

The Rockets got their revenge with 40 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds from James Harden to get the 123-118 win.