Author: Kurt Helin

Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

PBT’s Thursday Night NBA Winners/Losers: Kyrie Irving is the Cavalier you can’t stop


Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while sleeping on your bacon-scented pillow case

source:  Kyrie Irving. He was the best player on the court in the Cavaliers win in Madison Square Garden. Not only did he score 37 points on 12-of-18 shooting, but he also he hit the dagger shot late in the fourth. The Cavs were up one with coming out of a timeout with 16 seconds left in the game, Irving had the ball out top isolated on Iman Shumpert. Irving drove left and got around Shumpert, Amare Stoudemire rotated over to help and Irving shot over both and went high off the glass — with an impressive degree of difficulty — to hit the shot. It was that way all night for Irving, who got to the rim whenever he wanted and also was 3-of-6 from three.

source:  Carmelo Anthony. He was just ice cold against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, shooting 4-of-19 from the floor. From our “a shot chart is worth 1,000 words” file, we bring you ‘Melo’s against the Cavaliers.


source:  Klay Thompson. Yes he scored 23 points in the Warriors comfortable win over the Pelicans (who had 30 points from Anthony Davis while the rest of the team shot 32.9 percent). However why he’s here is this amazing note from Sam Amick of the USA Today:

Amar’e Stoudemire can still dunk, does so on Anderson Varejao (VIDEO)

Amare Stoudemire, Anderson Varejao, Shawn Marion

I did a double-take to make sure Amare Stoudemire wasn’t still wearing a Suns uniform.

Nope, the Knicks are still paying him. A lot. But he turned back the clock on  this dunk on Anderson Varejao. That had some power behind it.

The Knicks hung around with the Cavaliers but in the end Cleveland picked up its fifth straight win, behind 37 from Kyrie Irving.

PBT Extra: Lance Stephenson on trade block as Charlotte crumbles

Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Hornets

On paper Charlotte had a very good off-season. This was a playoff team in the East last season with a top five defense, a team that just needed needed shot making, so they went out and added Lance Stephenson. And at a fair price.

Well, that didn’t work. The Hornets have lost 10 straight and Stephenson and Kemba Walker are statistically the worst starting backcourt in the NBA. The Hornets’ offense didn’t improve, but the defense slipped and Stephenson has brought chemistry issues with him from Indiana.Which means he and most of the team are on the trade block.

In this latest PBT Extra Jenna Corrado and I discuss the fall of Charlotte, if Stephenson can be traded, and how big a blunder this has turned out to be for Michael Jordan (not that big, really).