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  1. NBA finals Game 5: Heat look like team on mission, lead 59-49 at half

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There were long stretches in previous playoff rounds where the Heat just were not focused. Where they took games and quarters off. It cost them. But after the first game of the NBA finals ended, the Heat have stepped up every game. And in Game 5, with the chance to close out the Thunder and…

  2. NBA finals pre-Game 5 notes: Harden’s hand and some coach speak

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    MIAMI — Some notes from inside the AmericanAirlines Arena before Game 5 between the Thunder and Heat: • Thunder coach Scott Brooks said James Harden and his bruised left hand were “fine.” “He bruised his left hand, but he’s not affected,” Brooks said. “That kid is as tough as anybody on our team. He understands…

  3. Quote of the Day: Battier gets more Duke hate than Heat hate

    Jun 21, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    shane battier Mike Krzyzewski

    “Anti-Duke. Way more, way more. It’s a small school. I go to New York or Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C., big cities, I get some Duke love. But other than that, no Duke love.” —Shane Battier, when asked if he hears more hate for Duke or the Miami Heat.

  4. Doctor says Derrick Rose recovery “ahead of schedule”

    Jun 21, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    If you could be sure about one thing with Derrick Rose’s knee surgery following his torn ACL in the first game of the playoffs it was this — he was going to attack rehab like he attacks the rim. Relentlessly. So the news the doctor who did the surgery told ESPNChicago.com really shouldn’t come as…

  5. Coach K on Olympic team: “I know LeBron will play”

    Jun 21, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT

    LeBron James Team USA

    Mike Krzyzewski has some tough decisions to make about the upcoming Team USA squad for the London Olympics — do you bring in a second true center behind Tyson Chandler or do you go “small” with Kevin Love in that role? But there are some easy decisions, too. “I know LeBron will play,” Krzyzewski told…

  6. NBA Draft notes: What will the Bobcats do at No. 2?

    Jun 21, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist looks up after being fouled during the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    We are just one week away from the NBA draft, and that means there are more rumors and reports than James Harden has beard combs. Here are some highlights of the buzz on Thursday: • The Bobcats are still looking to move the No. 2 overall pick, but they don’t want to go farther down…

  7. Multiple parties deny report of new Heat television deal

    Jun 21, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    June 21, 3:23 pm: There have been multiple denials that there are any talks going on between the Heat and Fox Sports. One source reached out to PBT saying there have been no discussions as suggested in the Forbes article (seen below). Later came this official statement from Fox Sports. “There’s no truth to that…

  8. Report: Rockets shopping Dalembert, but he wants to stay

    Jun 21, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Houston Rockets — always an active team around the draft — are at it again. Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld tweeted this: The Houston Rockets are shopping Samuel Dalembert, according to sources. He may be packaged with one of Houston’s first-round picks. Other sources have since confirmed this. The Rockets have the No. 14 and…

  9. Juwan Howard might “shed a tear” for LeBron if Heat win

    Jun 21, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Heat players Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller joke around during a team practice at the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    LeBron James has always been a popular teammate. The guys in the locker room in Cleveland and Miami genuinely like him, see him as one of the guys and not aloof like some superstars. That includes the Heat’s senior statesmen Juwan Howard. He spoke with the Palm Beach Post about it after shootaround Wednesday before…

  10. NBA finals Game 5, Thunder—Heat: Five things to watch

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    By the fifth game of an NBA series, there are not a lot of surprises left. There is no magical adjustment or lineup that hasn’t already been tried. The coaches have played their cards, made their tweaks, figured out the matchups they want and don’t want. It’s about execution. That’s where we stand heading into…

  11. Is Andre Drummond sliding down draft boards?

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    There’s no doubt that if Andre Drummond can put it all together — he has the size, the athleticism, he can defend and rebound — he could be one of the better big men in the NBA in a few years. You could have said the same thing about Andray Blatche. It is that concern…

  12. Spoelstra on LeBron, Heat: “You can’t win unless you win”

    Jun 21, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    No matter what decision LeBron James made after “the decision” he could not win. Every move, every choice following his entrance to Miami was going to be scrutinized and criticized. That’s not going to stop if the Miami Heat win the NBA title with a Game 5 win Thursday night. But it might slow down.…

  13. Durant sued over “Durantula” nickname by ‘80s guitarist

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Can you “own” a nickname? Actually, yes you can. Jeremy Lin just won a battle to own the rights to “Linsanity.” That brings us to Kevin Durant, who has been called “Durantula” by fans since he was still wearing a green Sonics uniform. But now he is being sued for it, according to TMZ (hat…

  14. Former missile tracking technology revolutionizing NBA stats

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    People who dismiss the NBA’s statistical revolution as a bunch of nerds in front of computers with Google-like algorithm don’t get the real picture. The reality is that a stats-loving coach who incorporates them into formulating his game plans is about to win an NBA title in Miami. The reality is pretty much every team…

  15. Kobe Bryant still king of international NBA jersey sales

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    kobe-game-3-nuggets

    Kobe Bryant is still the biggest brand in the NBA. Others are in line for his crown, but if you want to use an NBA star to sell shoes or soft drink or whatever internationally, Kobe is the gold standard. And he can sell jerseys, too. The league announced the top NBA jersey sales internationally…

  16. How LeBron James found his focus these playoffs

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    Miami Heat player LeBron James attends a

    LeBron James plays his best when he is comfortable. He’s not wired like a Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett, who turn insults real and perceived into fuel that motivates them and gets them into their zone. LeBron needs to tune out the outside world to get in his zone, and in playoff runs past he…

  17. James Harden has bruised hand, will play in Game 5

    Jun 21, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder player James Harde

    Thunder sixth man James Harden is going to play in Game 5. The Thunder need him to start playing well, but that’s another issue. Thunder officials confirm Harden has a bruised hand but that it is not severe and he will go on Thursday night in Miami. The injury took place during Game 4 Tuesday…

  18. J.R. Smith sues former Chinese Team for $1 million

    Jun 21, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    J.R. Smith’s time in China during the NBA lockout did not exactly go smoothly. There was the knee injury where he and the team disputed severity and treatment, there were the missed practices that he disputes, there was a pretty severe culture clash, and there was his sister getting into multiple fights with fans in…

  19. GM in place, but Magic coaching search waits for draft

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    Rob Hennigan has the job — he is the new general manager of the Orlando Magic — but as we said that instantly comes with some huge decisions. Hennigan is going to focus on the draft and Dwight Howard first, getting to the coaching search after the draft, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski…

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