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  1. Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins says flopping shouldn’t be a part of the game

    May 25, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies head coach Hollins talks with guard Allen late in the second half of Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

    There was a critical play late in the Grizzlies’ Game 2 loss to the Spurs where Tony Allen was brought down by Manu Ginobili on a fast break attempt. Ginobili grabbed Allen’s off arm and dragged him out of the air to prevent an easy layup, causing Allen to fall awkwardly as he came to…

  2. Dwyane Wade delivers an elbow to the head of Lance Stephenson in Game 2 (VIDEO)

    May 25, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    Late in the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ Game 2 win over the Heat, Dwyane Wade elevates to try to get past Lance Stephenson just after he crosses half court. It appeared as though Wade was simply trying to hustle to get into defensive position, and had no intention of making any malicious contact. But…

  3. Kevin Durant gets Nike to join him in donating over $1 million to help with Oklahoma tornado relief

    May 25, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Randy Williams

    Kevin Durant has a reputation of being not only one of the best basketball players in the game, but also as one of the most genuine human beings to be associated with the league today. And he keeps doing things to solidify that image. After a devastating tornado ripped through parts of Oklahoma, Durant personally…

  4. George Hill says only God is scarier to face than LeBron James

    May 25, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, George Hill

    After the Pacers took Game 2 from the Heat by defending well enough to get LeBron James to turn the ball over on consecutive possessions with the game on the line, Gorge Hill was asked if there was any player in the world more dangerous with the ball in that situation. “Yeah, it’s only like…

  5. Raptors closing in on hiring Masai Ujiri away from Nuggets to head up basketball operations

    May 25, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Masai Ujiri

    The momentum is building in the talks between current Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri and the Raptors, and the two sides are in negotiations to move forward with an agrement to bring the reigning Executive of the Year to Toronto. After a meeting that took place in Colorado on Friday, things seem to be progressing at…

  6. LeBron James commits two costly turnovers in final minute of Game 2 loss to Pacers

    May 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' Hill grabs the ball after he was fouled by Miami Heat's James as Miami's Chalmers and Wade look on during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    LeBron James won Game 1 against the Pacers in the final moments, with two drives to the basket for scores in the final 10 seconds of overtime. To say he lost Game 2 in a similar manner would be overstating things a bit, but James did commit two turnovers on consecutive possessions with under a…

  7. Pacers get big games from Roy Hibbert and Paul George, take Game 2 from Heat to even the series

    May 25, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    After the way Game 1 between the Heat and the Pacers went down, Game 2 could have gone one of two ways. Either Miami could have received the wake-up call delivered by Indiana and then come out with a dominant and inspired performance, or the Pacers could continue to make life difficult for the defending…

  8. Ian Mahinmi’s hard Game 1 foul on LeBron upgraded to a flagrant one (VIDEO)

    May 24, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

    Ian Mahinmi, Tony Brothers

    Early in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s Game 1 win over the Pacers, Ian Mahinmi grabbed LeBron James by the arm as he went up for the shot, causing James to fall a bit awkwardly as he crashed to the floor. It was ruled as a common foul at the time, but has since…

  9. Report: Clippers to consider Alvin Gentry for head coaching job

    May 24, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry

    The Clippers’ head coaching job is undoubtedly the most intriguing out of all of the ones that are currently open for next season. Assuming Chris Paul re-signs with the team in free agency, L.A. will return the core of a team that was talented enough to win 56 regular season games and two in the…

  10. Andris Biedrins to exercise player option, return to Warriors next season

    May 24, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors Andris Biedrins during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oakland

    When a player averages less than one point and three rebounds per game over the course of a season, while possessing the option to come back for another year with the same team at a salary of $9 million, it doesn’t take a degree in advanced economics to figure out what the chosen course of…

  11. Celtics deny Nets permission to speak with head coach Doc Rivers

    May 23, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Nets are looking to hire a big name with a strong track record to fill their vacant head coaching position, after parting ways with interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo following a season that ended with a first round playoff loss in seven games at the hands of the Bulls. Brooklyn reached out to Phil…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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