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Kurt Helin

  1. Thunder try to keep heads high, but Game 4 was a punch to the gut

    Jun 20, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden

    What frustrates its players and fans most is Oklahoma City is not getting blown out of the NBA finals. They may be down 3-1 in the series but every game has been close — in total points it is Heat +5 though four games. That’s it. But it didn’t feel like that in the Thunder…

  2. Report: Stern, NBA eye partnership with FIBA on basketball World Cup

    Jun 20, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    US Kevin Durant (C) celebrates with his

    This summer in London the United States will send its best players to London to compete for Olympic gold. Well, it’s best players minus Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose… okay, we’re sending our best healthy players to compete for Olympic gold. But David Stern has said he wants this to be it — by Brazil…

  3. Lakers owner Jim Buss says don’t expect big moves

    Jun 20, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Two straight years the Lakers have been ousted in the second round. They still have Kobe Bryant and while he’s closer to the back end than the front end of his career he still was almost the league scoring champion. They have two All-Star caliber big men, maybe it is time to move one and…

  4. LeBron now has signature moment, will soon have ring, too

    Jun 20, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    That, right there, is the signature moment all superstar champions have. Michael Jordan has the flu game. Magic the baby sky-hook. Think of Dr. J and you think of the up-and-under scoop in the finals. And so it goes for every superstar. LeBron James needed one because he is soon going to both have a…

  5. Kendrick Perkins has no idea what Scott Brooks is doing, either

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    All series long Thunder coach Scott Brooks has been taking flack for his handling of the Thunder rotations — sitting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at the same time, leaving guys with hot hands on the bench, not seeming to have a feel for his team. It’s not just you and me, Kendrick Perkins feels…

  6. NBA finals Game 4: LeBron, Heat play through pain to reach brink of a title

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:24 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    One year ago, the Miami Heat were ahead 2-1 in the finals against Dallas and up 9 points in Game 4. Then they learned some very painful lessons. This year, the Heat were again up 2-1 and this time were down 94-92 with four minutes remaining. Adding to their woes, LeBron James was on the…

  7. NBA finals Game 4: Westbrook carries Thunder to 49-46 lead at half

    Jun 19, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    Welcome to the Russell Westbrook show. With the rest of the Thunder playing pretty pedestrian ball, Westbrook had 18 first half points on 9-of-15 shooting to lead the Thunder to an 49-46 lead at the half. You get the feeling a real barnburner of a second half awaits. As expected, the Thunder came out with…

  8. NBA finals Game 4 pregame notes: Brooks says Durant can’t worry about fouls

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:02 PM 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

    Kevin Durant is not a player prone to foul trouble — he tends to dish out fouls to the unfortunate souls tasked with covering him, not get in trouble himself. But in the last two games Durant has been in foul trouble and it has dramatically impacted Oklahoma City’s offense and execution. Thunder coach Scott…

  9. Tuesday And-1 links: There was a time when Scott Brooks was a baller

    Jun 19, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • His players won’t believe it, but Thunder coach Scott Brooks could ball back…

  10. Pat Riley given lifetime coaching achievement award by peers

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

    Heat president Riley sits in the stands before the Heat meets the Celtics in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA playoffs in Miami

    Right now, Pat Riley is not coaching in the NBA. Despite the pleas of some Heat fans. But you know the man can coach. He’s got a literal handful of NBA championship rings and is a three-time NBA Coach of the Year. He’s in the Hall of Fame. Tuesday he was given the Chuck Daly…

  11. Dwyane Wade battling custody issues during NBA finals

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Dwyane Wade’s life is like yours in this way — things only go really wrong at the worst possible time. Wade is battling custody issues with his ex-wife — they went through a nasty divorce a couple years ago — and that ended up with Wade’s attorney in court Tuesday, hours before the start of…

  12. Andre Miller having discussions about return to Denver

    Jun 19, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    There’s an interesting free agent point guard class. Deron Williams is the big catch while Steve Nash could be a great short-term boost to some team. Then there are interesting players who could really help the right team. Like Andre Miller, the veteran point who was in Denver last year. Ty Lawson is the future…

  13. Video: LeBron vs. Durant in NBA finals. What a show.

    Jun 19, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    We all know these NBA finals are a whole lot more than LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant. Much more. But that is one fun part, and they do spend time guarding one another. Great job by NBA.com on their “phantom” videos putting together some highlights of this matchup. You get the feeling Game 4 is…

  14. Phil Jackson says he wanted Kobe to play more like LeBron

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s no secret that in his second stint with the Lakers, Phil Jackson pushed hard to keep Kobe Bryant playing within the triangle system. With mixed results, we might add. Jackson will be featured an HBO Real Sports segment Tuesday night — the same one where he called the Knicks roster “clumsy” — and was…

  15. NBA finals Game 4 shootaround notes: Everyone talking Ibaka, LeBron’s defense

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James during practice

    Serge Ibaka made headlines — and sounded pretty foolish — when he said Monday that LeBron James is not a good defender and couldn’t cover Kevin Durant one-on-one. Because so many people can. So LeBron, what do you think of that? “I don’t really care what he says, he’s stupid,” James said, then saying every…

  16. Tim Grover trying to get Dwyane Wade right during finals

    Jun 19, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade (C) of the Miami Heat passes

    You know Tim Grover as the guy who made his name as Michael Jordan’s personal trainer. Now he’s kind of an NBA fitness guru and countless elite players make the pilgrimage to his Chicago gym to work out. Dwayne Wade is one of those guys, and right now he could use the help — clearly…

  17. Sessions opts out, becomes free agent; Lakers need a PG again

    Jun 19, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    That turned out to be the definition of a rental… Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions — who the team picked up at the trade deadline, sending their first-round pick to Cleveland — has opted out of his deal and will become a free agent, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. He was to…

  18. NBA finals Game 4: Five things the Thunder need to do to win

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Westbrook reacts with Durant and Harden as they lose to the Miami Heat during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Miami has made its statement. Nobody ever questioned their talent, the questions were how LeBron James would deal with being back on the biggest stage, and secondly, would they bring consistent effort that they had lacked all playoffs? LeBron has been the series MVP so far and for two games in a row the Heat…

  19. Anthony Davis meeting with, not working out for, Hornets

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    Like it matters. Short of Anthony Davis saying in his interview he thought Hurricane Katrina was really funny, New Orleans is going to use the No. 1 overall pick to take him. Davis is meeting with the Hornets but is not working out for them, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. Davis, an extraordinary 6-foot-11 prospect,…

  20. NBA considers penalizing floppers day after incident

    Jun 19, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    David Stern does not like where all this flopping is going. You can like to believe that its because Stern cares about the integrity of the game, I tend to believe he doesn’t like the PR hit the league has been taking on the issue, but either way he wants to crack down. That may…

  21. NBA Draft rumors: Everybody loves them some Bradley Beal

    Jun 19, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    The NBA draft is just 9 days away and rumors are flying — who is moving up the board, which teams want out, which teams want in. Here is a collection of rumors for Tuesday morning, but it comes with this caveat: Most of these will not come to pass. Take them all with a…

  22. Serge Ibaka: “LeBron is not a good defender.”

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat defen

    Serge, when you’re down 2-1 in the NBA finals, you may not want to rattle the cage of the opponent’s best player. But Ibaka did that and sounded like he is watching a different game than the rest of us in a quote via Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. “LeBron is not a good defender. He…

  23. Our annual reminder to fans: The referees are not deciding the finals

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    Referee Crawford calls a technical foul on Oklahoma City Thunder Brooks in the first half during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami.

    Every year it is part of the narrative of the NBA finals — fans the team coming out on the bottom are convinced that their heroes would win if it were not for the referees clearly having it in for their team and David Stern trying to determine the outcome. You can count on it…

  24. There is support out there for Bobcats new coach Dunlap

    Jun 19, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Mike Dunlap

    In all the stories about the Charlotte Bobcats coaching search, we at PBT dutifully listed Mike Dunlap, assistant coach at St. Johns, among the guys interviewed. Like you, we thought that a courtesy interview because he knew somebody, he was not a guy on most people’s NBA radar. But he got the job. And while…

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