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  1. Durant admits he, Thunder were nervous before Game 1

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant started out shooting 1-of-5. Russell Westbrook seemed to be trying to do too much. The Thunder were hanging around but no looking like the team that in the past couple weeks had easily knocked off the Spurs and Lakers. What happened? They were nervous. Kevin Durant owned up to it his postgame press…

  2. Heat-Thunder Game 1: Miami didn’t choke; worse they were themselves

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:19 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    The easy mantra out of Game 1 of the NBA finals is that the Heat choked. LeBron choked in the fourth quarter. Again. But that’s not what happened. The reality is scarier for Heat fans. Miami was exactly who they are. Who they have been all season, all playoffs. And unless they can find a…

  3. Video: Kevin Durant’s Big throwdown over Chris Bosh

    Jun 13, 2012, 1:08 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    It’s really hard to pick one Kevin Durant highlight from this game to show. Really, we could just post the entire fourth quarter. But instead, we’ll go back to the second quarter, when KD drove the land and threw down a signature dunk over Chris Bosh. At the time it seemed a mirage, a moment…

  4. Heat-Thunder Game 1: Who has been here before? Poised OKC pulls away for win.

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:31 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Miami is the team in its second consecutive trip to the NBA finals, the team that talked about its new attitude, how it learned from last season, about LeBron James‘ new glare, and was more comfortable on the stage. But like they did throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs — and like they did last finals…

  5. NBA Finals Game 1: Heat 54, Thunder 47 at halftime

    Jun 12, 2012, 10:23 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It felt a little like two fighters feeling each other out in the first round of a 12-round match. After one half Miami is up 54-47 and you can make a case that both teams should feel lucky. Miami outplayed the Thunder, especially on offense where they were able to get into the lane and…

  6. Tuesday And-1 links: Kobe Bryant is not getting divorced

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:46 PM EST

    vanessa-bryant

    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. • Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa have worked things out and are not…

  7. Game 1 pregame notes: Spoelstra won’t tip hand on Bosh starting

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:07 PM EST

    Chris Bosh

    So is Chris Bosh going to start Game 1 for the Heat? You’ll have to wait and see. As will the rest of us. In his pregame talk Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did not tip his hand as to the starting lineup and whether Bosh will be in it or keep coming off the bench.…

  8. Report: Danny Ferry frontrunner for Sixers GM job

    Jun 12, 2012, 6:21 PM EST

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    We told you earlier today that the Sixers had started early with the search to replace current front office decision maker Rod Thorn (he plans to step into a part time position after his contract is up next summer). Interviews have already started. And there is a front-runner, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports…

  9. Isiah Thomas gets shredded in new Dream Team documentary

    Jun 12, 2012, 5:51 PM EST

    1992-dreamteam

    Last night I watched a preview copy of the NBA Dream Team documentary that airs on NBA TV Wednesday, highlighting the 20th anniversary of the original (and greatest) Dream Team and their run up to and through the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Watch it. It is fantastic stuff. Great stories, a reminder of how huge this…

  10. Miami “zombie” victim’s post-surgery words: “Go Heat”

    Jun 12, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

    zombies

    Ronald Poppo has had as bad a couple weeks as a person can have. The Miami man was homeless to start with, then on May 26 a naked crazed “zombie” in an altered condition attacked him and ripped so much of Poppo’s face off he was unidentifiable. He’s gone through a couple weeks of surgery,…

  11. LeBron really doesn’t care that Kobe Bryant isn’t in finals

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:17 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Seriously, I can’t wait for the games to start so we can talk about those. Because right now the conversation has evolved to what Scott Brooks thinks about Russell Westbrook’s fashion choices and who LeBron James wishes he had played in the finals. Actually, LeBron doesn’t really care who is lines up to play him…

  12. Scott Brooks is good with whatever that is Russell Westbrook is wearing

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:49 PM EST

    russell-westbrook-shirt

    I don’t know much about fashion, I just know I wouldn’t wear what Russell Westbrook has been wearing to postgame interviews these playoffs. Scott Brooks frankly wouldn’t be caught dead in these shirts either. But he’s the coach — he’s got his players’ backs. Even if there is a generation and taste gap between the…

  13. Heisley says age, health motivated him to sell Grizzlies

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:13 PM EST

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    The announcement was not a shock — Michael Heisley has been looking to sell the Memphis Grizzlies for a few years now, he has gone down the road more than once only to turn back for various reasons. But the announcement that he was selling the team to young tech billionaire Robert Pera was unexpected.…

  14. Wade says LeBron having to cover Durant good for Miami

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:26 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    It’s one of the best parts of these NBA finals — Kevin Durant and LeBron James are going to be matched up on each other. The two best players in the game today going head-to-head. It’s not going to happen all the time (expect cross matching, the Heat will want LeBron on Durant at key…

  15. Report: List down to three for Orlando Magic GM post

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

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    No pressure Orlando, no need to rush. Not like you have any big decisions ahead. The Orlando Magic search for a general manager — which will be followed by the search for a coach, which will be followed by deciding what to do about Dwight Howard — is down to three people, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski…

  16. Olajuwon pulling for pupil LeBron James in finals

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:12 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James’ post game took a leap forward this season. With the Heat not having a traditional scoring threat on the block, LeBron James has moved more to the post (particularly early in the season.) He took 13.7 percent of his shot attempts out of the post this season and shot 50.4 percent from there…

  17. Is Kevin Garnett going to retire?

    Jun 12, 2012, 10:46 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    Kevin Garnett showed in these playoffs — and in this season — that there is something left in his tank. Actually, fuel left in the tank was never the question with Garnett, because the guy’s passion for the game (and rage at anyone standing in his way) seems limitless. Coming into the season there were…

  18. Sixers interviewing replacements for GM Thorn’s job

    Jun 12, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    Rod Thorn

    Rod Thorn is the guy making the calls in the 76ers basketball side of the operations. Including who gets to replace him. Thorn, 70, is entering the final year of his contract — after which he will be a part-time consultant with the team — and is part of a committee that has already started…

  19. PBT Extra: Talking NBA finals, Miami with Ira Winderman

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Enough with the preliminaries, let’s get this thing started — one of the most anticipated, likely entertaining finals in years is set to tip-off between the Heat and Thunder on Tuesday night. So we thought why not give you another NBA finals preview. We’ve done the big preview, looked at the keys for the Heat…

  20. “Good Thunder vs. Evil Heat?” It’s more complicated than that.

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    I did a national sports talk radio interview the other day and the first question asked was “is this really the good vs. evil finals?” It caught me a little off guard. But they were not the first to ask it — it’s been a national story line for a while. The themes are simplistic…

  21. Report: Kris Humphries talking to feds claiming extortion

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:19 AM EST

    kris-humphries

    Kris Humphries really knows how to pick them. The man vaulted from solid power forward to over-saturated pop culture stardom by marrying (then 72 days later divorcing) Kim Kardashian is now having problems with another former girlfriend. Trouble that reportedly required him to go to the feds. From TMZ (via IamaGM.com): Kris Humphries’ lawyers had…

  22. Report: Bobcats coaching search down to Sloan, Snyder, Shaw

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:59 AM EST

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    And then there were three. Charlotte cast a wide net looking for their next coach but that list is now apparently down to three, according to Rick Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer (ESPN broke the story). The Charlotte Bobcats have narrowed their coaching search to three candidates: Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, Indiana Pacers…

  23. Ray Allen to have ankle surgery Wednesday

    Jun 11, 2012, 10:28 PM EST

    Ray Allen

    He played through it, after struggling at first he seemed to accept what the sacrifice would be and by the end Ray Allen was making a quality contribution to the Celtics playoff run. But now that the Celtics season is over Allen is going to have surgery Wednesday to get the bone spurs in his…

  24. Injuries, yes. But don’t think Mike Miller is ready to retire

    Jun 11, 2012, 9:25 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    LeBron James probably said it best about Mike Miller’s assortment of injuries — he needs a body-ectomy after this series. You’d be hard pressed to find a part of him that doesn’t need some treatment after the finals. But don’t think Mike Miller is done. Despite the report that came out earlier today. At media…

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