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  1. Lance Stephenson asked to guard LeBron James in Game 4

    May 29, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Pacers' Stephenson prepare to play during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    No single person can guard LeBron James even competently over the course of an entire game. It takes multiple skilled defenders, along with a solid team defensive strategy just to slow the game’s best player into turning in a below average performance. The Pacers were successful against James in Game 4, limiting the league’s MVP…

  2. Report: League is reviewing several controversial calls from Pacers’ Game 4 win over Heat

    May 29, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Derrick Stafford

    As with most closely contested games this deep into the NBA playoffs, there were plenty of calls made by the officials in the Pacers’ Game 4 win over the Heat that could be argued depending on which side of the proverbial fence you happen to be sitting on. Some others, however, were either objectively incorrect,…

  3. Cavaliers, Bobcats, Mavericks rumored to be interested in DeMarcus Cousins

    May 29, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    As the Kings enter a new era with what fans hope will finally be a competent ownership group, the franchise appears to want to enter next season with a completely clean slate. Sacramento will look to bring in a new general manager and a new head coach, who will together need to decide what the best way…

  4. Spurs complete sweep of Grizzlies to return to NBA Finals

    May 28, 2013, 12:52 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker celebrates after the Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies to win the NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in Memphis

    Before the Grizzlies were eliminated from the playoffs in a four-game sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins summed up his team’s talent disadvantage while praising the effort his team has displayed at the same time. “We have no room for making half efforts,” Hollins said. “We have…

  5. LeBron won’t let Dwyane Wade answer questions about his knee (VIDEO)

    May 27, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

    lebron wade presser

    Near the end of the postgame press conference with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade after the Heat’s Game 3 win over the Pacers, Wade was asked how his knee was feeling, and whether or not it was affecting him during this series. Wade’s performance wouldn’t indicate that he was having any issues, especially after posting…

  6. LeBron’s post-ups the latest problem for the Pacers to try and solve

    May 27, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    The Miami Heat got whatever they want offensively in Game 3 against the Pacers, racing out to put 70 points on the board by halftime in what would end up being an easy 18-point victory that reasserted the team’s dominance. LeBron James was especially effective early, and got things going in the first half by…

  7. Heat send a message with blowout Game 3 win over Pacers

    May 27, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Pacers' West, Stephenson and George react near the end of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    The Heat didn’t only reclaim home court advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals with a lopsided 114-96 victory in Indiana on Sunday — they sent a message. Miami rolled from the very start, and in doing so reminded us of just how dominant this team was all season long. In the first two games of…

  8. Dwyane Wade after avoiding Game 3 suspension: ‘I wasn’t worried because it wasn’t intentional’

    May 26, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade drives between New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Dwyane Wade wasn’t suspended for the elbow he landed to the head of Lance Stephenson in Game 2, although after the play was reviewed by the league office, it was upgraded to a flagrant one foul. Many thought there was a decent chance Wade might have faced a suspension for the blow to the head,…

  9. Report: Jeff Hornacek has agreed to terms with Suns to become their new head coach

    May 26, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Jeff Hornacek

    UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: It’s essentially official. Hornacek has agreed to terms with the Suns to become their new head coach, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Hornacek is expected to sign a three-year deal as early as Monday. UPDATE 10:25 a.m.: Wojnarowski updated his piece with the information that Hornacek has in fact been…

  10. Report: Bucks narrow coaching search to three finalists

    May 26, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    Th Milwaukee Bucks are in the final stages of choosing their new head coach, and three candidates are expected to be brought in for second interviews next week, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Hawks head coach Larry Drew, Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson, and Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford are…

  11. Amar’e Stoudemire will once again train with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer

    May 26, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Amar’e Stoudemire spent some time training with Hall of Fame big man Hakeem Olajuwon last summer, in hopes of developing more of a post game that would help him coexist alongside Carmelo Anthony in the Knicks starting lineup. Stoudemire was a nice contributor for New York when healthy, but knee injuries limited him at both…

  12. No suspension for Dwyane Wade, but elbow to Lance Stephenson from Game 2 upgraded to flagrant foul

    May 26, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    The league has reviewed several plays from Game 2 between the Pacers and the Heat, but only the elbow that Dwyane Wade delivered to the head of Lance Stephenson was determined to be deserving of any additional attention. Wade was not suspended for the hit, but the play was upgraded to a flagrant one foul,…

  13. Clippers reportedly targeting ‘big names first’ in head coaching search

    May 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    There’s a good reason that the Clippers coaching search is delivering an almost daily stream of updates. If Chris Paul re-signs in free agency as expected, it’s by far the team closest to championship contention of any that are currently in need of a new head coach. Former Suns coach Alvin Gentry is the latest…

  14. Spurs coach Popovich answers two questions with one word during Game 3 sideline interview (VIDEO)

    May 26, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is known for giving reporters a hard time when the questions they pose aren’t exactly overly-stimulating. After San Antonio came out with a lackluster effort to open Game 3 and fell behind by as many as 18 points in the first quarter, one could have guessed that Popovich wouldn’t be…

  15. Gregg Popovich explains benching all five starters after sluggish start to Game 3 against the Grizzlies

    May 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Spurs head coach Popovich directs his team against the Grizzlies during the fourth quarter in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in Memphis

    The Spurs ended up with a compelling overtime victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, but it certainly didn’t start out as a game that would end in San Antonio’s favor. Whether due to the extended layoff between games or because of the desperate nature of the Grizzlies, the Spurs were knocked on…

  16. Spurs take commanding 3-0 lead over Grizzlies with overtime win in Game 3

    May 26, 2013, 12:58 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    The Grizzlies had been here before. After falling behind two games to none in the first round of the playoffs against the Clippers, first by losing big in Game 1 and then by losing at the buzzer in Game 2, Memphis learned what it would take to crawl out of that hole and make the…

  17. Pacers broadcaster rips Miami Heat fans, calls them ‘losers’ for leaving Game 2 early

    May 25, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It’s not uncommon in the NBA to have a team’s radio or television broadcasting crew unabashedly slant their coverage in favor of the home team. In fact, many clubs prefer it, even if the coverage can be off-putting to the more neutral observers forced to listen to a particular broadcast. The Pacers fall into this…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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