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  1. Roy Hibbert believes Shane Battier’s knee to his groin in Game 1 was intentional

    May 23, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Shane Battier, Roy Hibbert

    Late in the first quarter of the Heat’s overtime Game 1 win over the Pacers, Shane Battier drove into the lane and challenged Roy Hibbert on a layup attempt. Battier’s form was more than a little unorthodox as he went up for the shot, leading with his right knee that caught Hibbert squarely below the…

  2. Dwight Howard reportedly adds Hawks and Warriors to his free agent list

    May 23, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    As the Dwight Howard free agency news cycle rolls on, the latest report has him expanding the list of teams he’ll consider signing with this summer. It’s been previously reported that Howard is most intrigued by the Houston Rockets, thanks in no small part to a young star already in place there in the form…

  3. Pacers’ coach Vogel explains decision to bench Hibbert late, says ‘we’ll probably have him in next time’

    May 23, 2013, 1:49 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    The Heat came away with the 103-102 overtime victory over the Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, thanks to a triple-double performance from LeBron James, which included hitting the game-winning layup as time expired. The words “game-winning layup” should never be a relevant phrase this deep into the postseason; teams normally defend…

  4. LeBron’s triple-double, game-winner in overtime lead Heat to Game 1 win over Pacers

    May 23, 2013, 1:16 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James drives through Indiana Pacers' defense during their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    The Pacers gave the Heat all they wanted in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but in the end, the game’s best player — along with some questionable coaching strategy down the stretch — was too much for Indiana to overcome. LeBron James finished with a triple-double line of 30 points, 10 rebounds, and…

  5. LeBron’s game-winning layup at the overtime buzzer gives Heat Game 1 win over Pacers (VIDEO)

    May 23, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    Paul George hit a big time shot at the end of regulation to get the Pacers to overtime, but once we got to the end of the extra session, LeBron James took his turn at the last-second heroics. With the Heat trailing by one and 2.2 seconds remaining, James receives the inbounds pass and immediately…

  6. Pacers’ Paul George hits the three to send Game 1 vs. Heat into overtime (VIDEO)

    May 22, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' George shoots over Miami Heat's Allen during their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    At the beginning of this possession, it looked like Paul George of the Pacers made a huge mistake by not raising up for the shot when he first received the ball at the top of the arc. As the seconds ticked away and with the Pacers down three, things seemed to be breaking down to…

  7. Spurs need overtime in Game 2 to beat Grizzlies, take a 2-0 series lead

    May 22, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The Spurs looked every bit as dominant through three quarters of Game 2 against the Grizzlies as they did in completing a rout of their opponent in the first game of the series. Memphis couldn’t score, Tony Parker was carving up the Grizzlies’ defense on the way to a career-high 18 assists, and San Antonio…

  8. Tony Allen flops on flagrant foul from Manu Ginobili that helped Grizzlies force overtime in Game 2 (VIDEO)

    May 22, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 between the Spurs and the Grizzlies, San Antonio was clinging to a four-point lead with under 30 seconds remaining. Manu Ginobili was double-teamed by Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, and lost the ball to Randolph, who flipped it ahead to Allen for what was sure to be…

  9. Spurs show they have too much offense for Grizzlies to handle in Game 1 destruction

    May 19, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs guard Green shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Conley during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball game in San Antonio

    In getting to the Western Conference Finals, the Grizzlies played two teams that couldn’t put together solid execution on the offensive end of the floor anywhere near consistently over the course of those playoff series. A lot of the credit for that goes to the Memphis defense, of course. But in the first round, the…

  10. Report: Dwight Howard will consider multiple teams in free agency, is said to be most intrigued by the Rockets

    May 19, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    We already know what we’re in for in terms of the steady stream of reports and rumors that will flood us leading up to the free agent decision of Dwight Howard this summer. It even has a nickname,  and although he’s technically not a free agent for another six weeks or so, the Dwightmare has…

  11. Tony Parker’s top 10 plays of the 2012-13 regular season (VIDEO)

    May 19, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    Tony Parker

    In honor of the way Tony Parker is currently carving up the Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, here’s a look at a compilation of his top 10 plays of the 2012-13 regular season. And just think — this doesn’t even include the circus shot he hit over the Warriors, which would…

  12. LeBron takes offense to something that Pacers’ head coach Vogel didn’t actually say

    May 19, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James points toward a teammate while playing against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Now that the Conference Finals are upon us and there are just four teams left for both local and national media to cover, the amount of focus on each, along with everything that’s said will be magnified exponentially. Our first case study of this postseason comes out of Miami, where reporters talked to Heat players…

  13. J.R. Smith, likely entering free agency, says he ‘wants to retire a Knick’

    May 19, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    J.R. Smith had an incredible regular season for the Knicks, and was every bit deserving of the Sixth Man of the Year honor he was given for that performance. He also was brutal in the postseason, struggling to find his shot ever since he was suspended for Game 4 in the first round of the…

  14. LeBron James, Chris Paul teach and motivate future NBA stars at a 2008 camp (VIDEO)

    May 19, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    This video was recently released by the folks that run the website for LeBron James, and it gives us a glimpse into the types of motivational words and teachings that young NBA prospects received from James and Chris Paul five years ago. The highlights come from a 2008 summer camp that took place before the…

  15. Thunder GM says team won’t amnesty Kendrick Perkins

    May 19, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    One of the more popular cries from the Thunder fan base after the dismal all-around postseason performance of Kendrick Perkins was that the team should rid themselves of his contract (two more seasons at nearly $19 million total) by using the amnesty provision on him this summer. In the new collective bargaining agreement, teams have…

  16. Western Conference Finals preview: Grizzlies vs. Spurs

    May 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Zach Randolph

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West San Antonio: 58-24, second seed in the West PLAYOFF RECORDS Memphis: Beat the Clippers 4-2 in the first round. Beat the Thunder 4-1 in the second round. San Antonio: Beat the Lakers 4-0 in the first round. Beat the Warriors 4-2 in the second round. SEASON…

  17. Pacers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with Game 6 win over Knicks

    May 19, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    The Pacers sent all five members of the starting lineup to the podium for the postgame press conference following their 106-99 Game 6 win over the Knicks, which goes a long way in telling the story of how they were able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The team defensive effort that Indiana exhibits…

  18. Eastern Conference Finals schedule is set for Pacers-Heat matchup

    May 18, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat James is guarded by Pacers forward George during their NBA game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami

    WIth the Pacers’ win over the Knicks in Game 6 on Saturday in the books, the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals is now set. Miami will host Indiana beginning on Wednesday, May 22, and all games will be televised nationally on TNT with a start time of 8:30 p.m. Eastern. Game 1 – Wed …

  19. Roy Hibbert with the monster block on a dunk attempt from Carmelo Anthony (VIDEO)

    May 18, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert smiles while running down court after a Pacers score during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game versus the New York Knicks in Indianapolis

    Midway through the fourth quarter of Game 6 and with the Knicks surging and clinging to a two-point advantage, Carmelo Anthony drove baseline and elevated, almost certainly expecting to finish this dunk over Roy Hibbert to further extend his team’s lead. Hibbert got there first, however, and met Anthony at the rim for this monster…

  20. Nate Robinson unlikely to return to Bulls next season

    May 18, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game One

    Nate Robinson wasn’t only the Bulls’ main scoring punch during the playoffs, he symbolized the team’s heart, as well. Robinson put in many memorable performances during his injury-ravaged team’s run into the second round, including leading Chicago to a thrilling triple-overtime win over the Nets in the fourth game of that series, and helping to…

  21. George Hill cleared to play for Pacers in Game 6 vs. Knicks

    May 18, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers guard Hill reacts after scoring while New York Knicks center Chandler walks behind him during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    UPDATE: 6:28 p.m. ET: George Hill has been cleared to play in Game 6, the Pacers announced. Here’s the official release: “Over the last two days under the care of the Indiana Pacers’ medical staff, George Hill has participated in each step of the NBA’s Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol as part of the NBA’s Concussion Policy.…

  22. Dennis Schroeder bows out of combine in Chicago, plans on skipping Eurocamp due to likely draft promise

    May 18, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    dennis schroeder

    Dennis Schroeder is an international prospect from Germany that has been rapidly moving up draft boards. The 19-year old point guard is listed at 6’2″ with a 6’7.25″ wingspan, and the speed and flair with which he plays is already eliciting comparisons to Rajon Rondo in terms of ability, body type, and style. Schroeder was…

  23. adidas to release special Rookie of the Year edition shoes for Damian Lillard (PHOTOS)

    May 18, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    adidas x Damian Lillard x Real Deal HERO

    Damian Lillard is getting special edition shoes from adidas to honor his Rookie of the Year campaign with the Blazers. As with all commemorative releases, it’s the small design details that make them something worth coveting. From the official release: “The shoe’s sockliners feature Damian’s Twitter handle, an Oakland satellite print and “9800s” to represent…

  24. NBA releases summary of its concussion policy

    May 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    George Hill, Raymond Felton

    The NBA has had a concussion policy in place for the past 18 months, and while all teams have been made aware of the details, they haven’t been publicly available until now. With the recent concussion that kept George Hill out of the Pacers’ Game 5 loss to the Knicks (and may sideline him even…

  25. Kobe Bryant responds to Michael Jordan comparison from Phil Jackson

    May 17, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Phil Jackson has a new book coming out, so he will be spending plenty of time talking it up at various media outlets in the coming weeks. The tour has begun in earnest, and the juiciest quotes from the book are beginning to be released. If there’s one subject Jackson can speak on with absolute…

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