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  1. A few highlights from Grant Hill’s career (VIDEO)

    Jun 2, 2013, 2:05 PM EST

    grant hill magic

    With Grant Hill announcing his retirement after 19 NBA seasons on Saturday, the league put together a brief clip showcasing some of his highlights. What’s most noticeable is Hill’s quickness and athleticism, and the speed and ease with which he was able to get by defenders and elevate to the basket. This video could have…

  2. Roy Hibbert issues an apology for ‘insensitive’ postgame remarks

    Jun 2, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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    Roy Hibbert was on a tear Saturday night, but it had little to do with the way he performed in the Pacers’ Game 6 win over the Heat. In the postgame press conference that followed, Hibbert made two separate off-color remarks that will no doubt cost him a substantial dollar amount in the form of…

  3. LeBron challenges Roy Hibbert at the rim in Game 6, gets called for the foul, picks up a technical (VIDEO)

    Jun 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    This is what we’ve been clamoring to see the entire series, and it took until late in Game 6 before it finally went down. LeBron James has avoided challenging Roy Hibbert inside for the better part of all six games between the Heat and the Pacers. It’s not fear, obviously, but it may be a…

  4. David West was big in the Pacers’ Game 6 victory, and played with a fever of 103 degrees

    Jun 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers' David West celebrates during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final playoff series against the Miami Heat in Indianapolis

    David West missed shootaround in advance of Game 6 on Saturday due to suffering from an upper respiratory infection, but whether or not he would play was never in doubt. His level of effectiveness was the only thing in question, and after a slow first half offensively where he was clearly struggling, West was big…

  5. Pacers get the win over Heat to force a Game 7

    Jun 2, 2013, 12:27 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    In a series that’s been as close and competitive throughout as possible, and where neither team has been able to beat the other twice in a row, it’s fitting that it’ll be decided by a Game 7. The Pacers dominated defensively and dominated inside, and held off a late rally by the Heat to earn…

  6. LeBron flops on a hit from Paul George in Game 6 (VIDEO)

    Jun 1, 2013, 11:01 PM EST

    Heat's James reacts during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Pacers in Indianapolis

    Midway through the third quarter of Game 6 between the Heat and the Pacers, LeBron James was guarding Paul George, and the two appeared to make some light contact as George came around a screen. James threw his head back as if he took a hard shot to the throat before hitting the deck, and…

  7. Grant Hill announces his retirement after 19 seasons

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:31 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Washington Wizards

    Grant Hill is retiring after playing 19 seasons in the NBA, and he made the announcement personally on national television during TNT’s pregame coverage of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Hill played sparingly for the Clippers in his final season, and the team had a prepared release ready once Hill broke the news.…

  8. Nate Robinson would be open to returning to Knicks in free agency

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    nate robinson knicks

    Nate Robinson put together a stellar postseason run that kept the Bulls scratching and clawing to the very end in the second round of the playoffs, despite suffering a rash of injuries to several key players. It was excellent timing for Robinson, considering the fact that he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. There will…

  9. Heat’s Chris Andersen, Erik Spoelstra react to Game 6 suspension

    Jun 1, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Chris Andersen was rightfully suspended one game for his actions that took place during the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 5 win over the Pacers. In advance of Game 6 on Saturday, both the player and Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra gave their thoughts on the situation. “We have to accept it and move…

  10. Report: Raptors will try to trade Andrea Bargnani before July 1

    Jun 1, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    Now that the Raptors have locked up the services of a superstar general manager on the rise, the next order of business for Masai Ujiri is to correct the mistakes that have been made under the previous regime. The biggest of those involves Andrea Bargnani, the former number one overall pick who still has two…

  11. Manu Ginobili would prefer to meet Pacers in the Finals

    Jun 1, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    The Spurs have an extended layoff thanks to taking care of the Memphis Grizzlies with a four game sweep in the Western Conference Finals. As they practice and await the conclusion of the series between the Heat and the Pacers, questions naturally arise as to whether or not the team has a preference in who…

  12. David West misses shootaround due to illness, expected to play in Game 6

    Jun 1, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    This isn’t cause for alarm for Pacers fans, but it is something worth watching. From the team’s official Twitter feed: David West was absent from Pacers shootaround today with an upper respiratory infection. He will play in tonight’s Game 6. (via @pacersdmb) — Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) June 1, 2013 A slowed or ineffective West would…

  13. NBA sets deadlines for Kings ownership to come through with new arena in Sacramento

    Jun 1, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Kevin Johnson, Vivek Ranadive

    Now that the issue of the Kings ownership has been officially settled and with the team expected to stay in Sacramento for the foreseeable future, the NBA wants to ensure that all those promises made by the new owners are met in a timely fashion. The one at the top of the list is coming…

  14. Rockets receiving ‘hopeful signals’ that Dwight Howard is seriously considering signing in Houston

    Jun 1, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Dwight Howard All-Star

    Once the report came out that Dwight Howard was “most intrigued” by the Rockets in free agency, it was guaranteed that the Houston franchise would begin to put plans in motion to do everything in its power to give itself the best chance at landing the All-Star center this summer. The Rockets let teams around…

  15. Clippers respond publicly to appease the ‘angry’ Chris Paul

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    When anonymously sourced reports surfaced that Chris Paul wasn’t the least bit happy with being tagged as the one responsible for the Clippers parting ways with Vinny Del Negro, the logical move would be for the team to reach out to Paul directly — and privately — to let him know that wasn’t the case.…

  16. Dwyane Wade discusses trying to push through knee issue that has him playing at less than 100 percent

    Jun 1, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    There was a time not that long ago when LeBron James wouldn’t even begin to entertain questions about Dwyane Wade‘s ailing knee, or even let his teammate answer any questions about it himself. Things have apparently changed after Wade’s nonexistent Game 5 performance, where he was clearly limited by the knee as much as he’s…

  17. Clippers, Hawks reportedly interested in David West if he decides to leave the Pacers

    May 31, 2013, 10:27 PM EST

    David West

    David West was an All-Star power forward twice while playing alongside Chris Paul in New Orleans, but has flown under the radar since then in his time with the Indiana Pacers over the last two seasons. This year, West has approached that level again with averages of 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds on a team…

  18. Utah’s Marvin Williams to undergo surgery, expected to be out six months

    May 31, 2013, 9:02 PM EST

    Marvin Williams

    Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams has elected to have surgery to repair his sore right heel/Achilles tendon after several consultations, the team announced on Friday. The estimated recovery time is six months, which would put Williams back in Utah’s lineup sometime after the beginning of December, at the earliest. Williams posted numbers a season ago…

  19. Heat’s Chris Andersen suspended for Game 6 for shoving Pacers’ Tyler Hansbrough

    May 31, 2013, 7:42 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen has been suspended one game without pay and has had his flagrant one from Game 5 upgraded to a flagrant two, the league announced on Friday. Andersen, who has been on a tear offensively for the Heat in connecting on all 15 of his field goal attempts in the series,…

  20. LeBron says he ‘went back to his Cleveland days’ during third quarter of Game 5

    May 31, 2013, 11:53 AM EST

    lebron cleveland jersey

    LeBron James was spectacular during the third quarter of the Heat’s Game 5 win over the Pacers, and took the game over in large part because he had no choice. During a tight first half, Indiana’s defense stifled Miami’s role players, while James preferred to be more passive in passing up open looks in a…

  21. LeBron takes over, Heat take Game 5 from Pacers

    May 31, 2013, 12:11 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James directs his teammates against the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    We can talk about Xs and Os, offense versus defense, and individual player matchups over the course of a seven game playoff series. But sometimes, it all boils down to something as simple as which team the best player in the game plays for. That was certainly the case in Game 5 of the Eastern…

  22. NBA believes right call was made on LeBron’s sixth foul in Game 4

    May 30, 2013, 7:59 PM EST

    LeBron James, Derrick Stafford

    There has been plenty of talk about the officiating leading up to Game 5 between the Heat and the Pacers. This will be the last word on it in terms of the fallout from Game 4, where LeBron James was whistled for a sixth foul in the closing seconds that resulted in his disqualification. The…

  23. Report: Rockets trying to trade Thomas Robinson to clear cap space in pursuit of Dwight Howard

    May 30, 2013, 6:36 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Patrick Beverly attempts to steal the ball from Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Rockets were expected to be heavily involved in the pursuit of Dwight Howard this summer, and that was even before Howard was reportedly intrigued with the opportunity of playing in Houston moving forward. Now, with July’s free agency period rapidly approaching, the Rockets are in the process of trying to create enough space under…

  24. David West, Roy Hibbert accuse Shane Battier of taking shots at their knees

    May 30, 2013, 2:27 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Shane Battier hasn’t been able to be very effective for the Heat during the Eastern Conference finals, which may be the reason he’s had to resort to a more physical style of play against the big men of the Pacers. Battier has been in the middle of a few minor confrontations in the series, and…

  25. Stan Van Gundy says LeBron shouldn’t have fouled out of Game 4

    May 30, 2013, 1:35 PM EST

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    Stan Van Gundy appeared on the Dan Patrick show on Thursday, and had some interesting comments on the officiating we’ve seen during the eastern Conference Finals. Van Gundy believes that games this deep into the postseason actually should be called differently than those played during the regular season, which is a deviation from how most…

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