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  1. All-Star 2014: The Standouts

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:40 AM EDT

    NBA-All-Star-Game-2014-starters

    First, the obvious: The NBA All-Star Game is different from a normal basketball game. Apathy often reigns supreme, especially on defense, in this yearly exhibition, and there’s a premium on flashy play instead of solid, efficient basketball. For some players, it’s a dream format, while it’s less than ideal for others. In short, how a…

  2. 2014 Dunk Contest: Ranking the dunks

    Feb 16, 2014, 12:26 AM EDT

    2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Let’s get this out of the way: that was an awful, awful dunk contest. Despite one of the most star-studded fields in years and some phenomenal athletes, the 2014 dunk contest was a complete dud. Most of the blame probably lies with the new contest format which, at the risk of recycling adjectives, was unforgivably…

  3. Belinelli beats Beal in tiebreaker, wins 3-point shootout

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT

    via @marcobelinelli on twitter

    In the first year of the new 3-point contest format, the 27-year old Marco Belinelli emerged victorious, holding off Sophomore Bradley Beal with a contest-high 24-point performance in the tiebreaker round to beat Beal’s 18-point performance. The first format change, which pitted the conferences against each other and had the top shooter from each conference…

  4. NBA All-Star Weekend: Waiters, Hardaway light up Rising Stars Challenge with 3-point shootout

    Feb 15, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT

    dion waiters

    NEW ORLEANS — To be perfectly honest, there are times when the Rising Stars Challenge can feel like a bit of a chore. It can’t match the talent level of the actual All-Star game, but it has all of the lack of defense, intensity, and ball movement that is usually par for the course in…

  5. James, Heat bounce back from loss, destroy Hornets

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Mike Miller

    NEW ORLEANS — The Heat’s 27-game winning streak may be over, but they aren’t ready to stop terrorizing the rest of the NBA quite yet. The Heat still own the league’s best record and have the league’s best player, and they were out to prove a point on Friday night. The Heat actually looked better…

  6. Riley to Ainge: “STFU”

    Mar 29, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge

    NEW ORLEANS — Well, Pat Riley just added a little more fuel to the Heat-Celtics rivalry that simply won’t die. After Celtics GM Danny Ainge recently called LeBron James‘ complaints about the hard fouls he takes “almost embarrassing,” the Heat President fired back with both barrels in a pre-game statement delivered to the Heat media by…

  7. On the amazing ripple effects of the 2004 Shaq Trade

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:42 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    Remember the Summer of 2004? The Lakers, who came into the season with Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, and Shaq making up 80% of their starting 5, had just lost a “gentlemen’s sweep” to the Detroit Pistons. Kobe Bryant was a free agent. Shaq still had that pre-max monster of a deal, and he…

  8. NBA Finals: Season over, but LeBron/Durant rivalry just beginning

    Jun 22, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    For years, the LeBron/Kobe rivalry was the most compelling one in basketball, but we never truly got to see it play out on the court. Sure, their teams would play each other twice a year, and people would try to extrapolate conclusions from those biannual meetings, but there was never really anything substantial on the…

  9. NBA Finals: Heat’s Big 3 get back to basics, even up the series

    Jun 15, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    For the sake of argument, forget about the Durant no-call for a second. Simply put, the Heat won Game 2 of the NBA Finals because all 3 of their best players went back to doing what they do best: playing off of each other, playing with energy, and, most importantly, playing near the rim. Before…

  10. The Flaming Lips record a “Thunder Up” Anthem

    May 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Harvest Music Festival

    The Flaming Lips, an alternative rock band formed in Oklahoma that has won 3 Grammy Awards, have just released a song called “Thunder Up” that can be listened to for free on soundcloud.com. The band is made up of huge Thunder fans, and they have expressed their love for the team in the past. If…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals behind Wade’s 41 points

    May 24, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 6

    Exactly one week ago, Dwyane Wade was held to five points on 2-13 shooting as the Pacers mauled the at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take a 2-1 series lead. Tonight, Wade flipped script on the Pacers, and ended their season in the process as the Heat won game 6 by a final score of…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Heat destroy Pacers, take 3-2 series lead

    May 23, 2012, 12:20 AM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 5

    The Miami Heat are just one road loss away from facing a Game 7 in the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs, but they sure did look like a championship team on Tuesday night, when they absolutely dominated the Indiana Pacers en route to a 115-83 win. There’s really only one way to describe this…

  13. Ben Wallace drives something out of Batman’s garage

    May 22, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Ben Wallace Batman Car

    If you didn’t already love Ben Wallace, an NBA Champion, a true class act, one of the best defensive players of his generation, and a guy who always left it all out on the court, you should after seeing what he’s driving around. CSN Chicago has the scoop from SB Nation’s Evan Dunlap: According to basketball-reference.com,…

  14. Video: James Harden and Manu Ginobili are similar, awesome

    May 22, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    This video, uploaded to YouTube by “antisocial215,” uses clips of Spurs and Thunder swingmen Manu Ginobili and James Harden to show just how similar their beautiful games are — both are left-handed, deceptively athletic, good shooters and ball-handlers, and both use their superior basketball IQ and on-court grace to do some absolutely gorgeous things on…

  15. Quote of the Day: Metta World Peace takes responsibility for his play, calls Mike Brown fat

    May 22, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, holds a news conference in Los Angeles, California

    From the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Medina: Metta on Mike Brown: “It was a drastic change and took getting used to. But at the same time, we should still be up 3-2. Mike wasn’t out there guarding Kevin. That was me. Mike didn’t miss three point shot. I missed it. Mike didn’t come in out of…

  16. Jerry Sloan would be interested in Magic coaching job

    May 22, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Fox Sports Florida’s Chris Tomasson has an interesting article up today about one legendary coach who might be willing to fill the Orlando Magic’s coaching vacancy: Jerry Sloan once coached temperamental star Karl Malone for 15 years. Perhaps his next challenge could be another such guy, Dwight Howard. Sloan told FOX Sports Florida on Tuesday…

  17. NBA Playoffs: James, Wade carry Heat, even up series with Pacers

    May 20, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 4

    The Heat were able to get a 101-93 win over the Pacers to even up the series at 2 on Sunday, but it certainly didn’t come easy for them. The Miami Heat absolutely needed a win in Indiana on Sunday afternoon, and for the first part of the game, it didn’t look like the Pacers…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Heat flaws show up big, Pacers exploit them to even series

    May 15, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 2

    Miami fans, the time to panic may be now. Indiana certainly didn’t dominate Miami in their ugly 78-75 Game 2 win, but they did make the Heat look like a team that may be fatally flawed without the third member of their “Big 3″ in the lineup. The Heat had plenty of chances to win…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Can the Heat go up 2-0 without Bosh?

    May 15, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh injured

    The Miami Heat managed to win Game 1 of their series with the Indiana Pacers thanks to an absolutely incredible half from both LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, but don’t be fooled: Bosh’s injury changes the entire dynamic of the series. If James and Wade can play like they did in the 2nd half of…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Heat win Game 1, but Bosh injured

    May 13, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    After the 1st half of Game 1 of the Pacers-Heat series, things did not look good for the defending conference champions. Miami couldn’t get anything going offensively, Roy Hibbert was beating them up inside, and Indiana was moving the ball crisply to get good looks. Miami was able to keep the game close thanks to…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Clippers dominate 4th quarter, win Game 7

    May 13, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Clips Griz Game 7

    Through 27 quarters of basketball, the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers played each other to an absolute standstill. The two teams had traded blows throughout the playoffs, and the Clippers came into the final quarter of Game 7 with a 1-point lead in a hostile arena. Then, after 36 minutes of profoundly ugly basketball,…

  22. NBA Playoffs: 76ers hold on, end Chicago’s season

    May 10, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Boozer Attempt

    Normally, when an 8-seed upsets a 1-seed, like the Golden State Warriors did in 2007 or the Memphis Grizzlies did last year, NBA fans are generally thrilled for an underdog team that beat the odds and prevailed. This time, however, it’s hard to feel anything but a sense of melancholy for the Chicago Bulls, who…

  23. Quote of the day: Frank Vogel hopes the Heat don’t get too many whistles

    May 10, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Vogel

    From our own Ira Winderman, here are some fighting words from Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, whose team will meet the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs on Sunday: “It’ll be very interesting to see how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward. .…

  24. Miami Heat apologize for PA announcer’s “extinguished” joke

    May 10, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    Our own Ira Winderman has the story: One lapse in judgment apparently led to another during the Miami Heat‘s opening-round NBA playoff series against the New York Knicks. A week after Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire injured his left hand when he struck it against a fire-extinguisher case following New York’s Game 2 loss at AmericanAirlines Arena, Heat public-address announcer Michael Baiamonte announced Stoudemire…

  25. Dwyane Wade is historically good at shot-blocking

    May 10, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    The Heat Index’s Tom Haberstroh has a great article up today on how Dwyane Wade‘s unprecedented shot-blocking (Wade is the only guard to average at least a block per game over the course of his career) impacts Miami’s defense. Because Wade can block just about anybody’s shot, including a 7-footer’s, the Heat are able to…

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