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  1. Winderman: Haslem’s retaliation hurts Heat on court at key time

    May 23, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Haslem flagrantly fouls Indiana Pacers' Hansbrough in the second quarter during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Back in the day, when violence was king and Pat Riley was puppet-master, a colleague in New York warned me where the initial round of Heat-Knicks was headed. He said he had seen it before, the way Riley could wind up players with the Knicks and have them unleash frightening fury in the name of…

  2. Heat’s Haslem suspended 1 game, Pittman 3 games for flagrant fouls

    May 23, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Dexter Pittman

    Udonis Haslem has been suspended one game and Dexter Pittman suspended for three games by the league for fouls in the Heat’s Game 5 win. Haslem will sit out the key Game 6 in Indiana Thursday. Pittman deserved it for the vicious hit above on Indiana’s Lance Stephenson late in Game 5. His suspension was broken by…

  3. Andrew Bynum says he wants to stay a Laker

    May 23, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    For a guy who at various parts of the year sounded indifferent about being a Laker — “there’s a bank in every town” — on the day of his exit interview Andrew Bynum said he wants to stay a Laker. He will next season — the Lakers will certainly pick up his $16.1 million option.…

  4. USA’s Olympic basketball schedule released

    May 23, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    In just a little over two months, Team USA will tip off the defense of its gold medal at the London Olympics. Man, that is coming up fast. We got our first look at the schedule for the Games and Team USA’s toughest games of pool play will come at the beginning and end of…

  5. Granger agrees with Bird that Pacers played soft. LeBron doesn’t see it that way.

    May 23, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James dribbles against Indiana Pacers' Granger in the first quarter during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Larry Bird was pissed after the Heat came out in Game 5 Tuesday and steamrolled his Pacers. The team president broke out probably the biggest insult you can use in professional sports. Bird said the Pacers played soft. Wednesday, the Pacers agreed. “I agree with his assessment. We did play soft,” Indiana’s Danny Granger said…

  6. Philly needs to contain Rondo to force Game 7 against Boston

    May 23, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rondo drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers guard Turner during the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    There are a lot of things worth watching in Game 6 between the Celtics and Sixers. For one, Kevin Garnett has invited the considerable wrath of Philadelphia down on him, one of his tricks for self-motivation. It will be loud and angry in the building. All eyes will be on Brandon Bass to see if…

  7. Report: Deron Williams has Lakers on his list (behind Nets)

    May 23, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    A Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant backcourt, with Andrew Bynum in the paint. That team could be very dangerous. Apparently, Deron Williams has thought about it. In an article where he says the Lakers and Magic need to do a Bynum for Dwight Howard swap, Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated drops some interesting knowledge about…

  8. LeBron, Ibaka lead NBA All-Defensive team voting

    May 23, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Few things can be counted on for a consistent laugh like the NBA All-Defensive team voting. It is always a laugh. This year it didn’t disappoint — somebody voted for Carlos Boozer. Yes, that Carlos Boozer. For his defense. But no complaint about the top vote getter, LeBron James. He was a defensive force this…

  9. Clippers targeting wing players in free agency

    May 23, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    It’s still odd to think of the Clippers as a team that could enter next season as a contender — this has been the worst franchise in the league for decades. But Blake Griffin started to change the culture and perception around the team, then Chris Paul arrived before the season and added rocket fuel…

  10. Report: Allen Iverson to attend Game 6 in Philly against Boston

    May 23, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson Sixers

    Allen Iverson — one of the most beloved Sixers — will be in the building in Philly Saturday night for what should an intense Game 6 against the Boston Celtics. It’s a game where the Sixers need to play with the fire that Iverson always brought to the court. Iverson’s attendance was first reported by…

  11. Report: Scott Skiles has coaching job but still covets Orlando

    May 23, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Scott Skiles

    Scott Skiles has an NBA coaching job. All he has to do is figure out how to make a Brandon Jennings/Monta Ellis backcourt work. And figure out how that backcourt is not going to become a major defensive liability. All while everyone knows he is a lame duck in the last year of his deal.…

  12. And-1 links: Adam Morrison is looking better than ever

    May 23, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    After a one day hiatus, we return our daily 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. • That’s Adam Morrison to the right, going with the…

  13. Video: Wade, Spoelstra talk physical Heat/Pacers series

    May 23, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Things between the Pacers and Heat have gotten chippy, like a good playoff series should. They don’t like each other. The Pacers came in with a “nobody respects us” chip on their shoulder and stood up to the Heat. Indy got under Miami’s skin. The Heat responded with a couple of blistering wins and some…

  14. Danny Granger sprains ankle, status up in air for Game 6

    May 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' Granger grabs his ankle after he was injured in the second quarter of play against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    This much was clear from Miami’s thrashing of the Indiana Tuesday night — with Danny Granter the Pacers may not win but without him they are doomed. Granger sprained his ankle just 3:11 into the third quarter when he landed on LeBron James’ foot following a three-point jumpshot attempt. He rolled his ankle and instantly…

  15. Jerry Sloan to interview for Charlotte Bobcats coaching job

    May 23, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Jerry Sloan really does desperately want back into coaching. So much so he’s willing to take on what is arguably the worst job in the NBA right now — the Charlotte Bobcats — and will interview for the spot, the former Jazz coach told the Salt Lake Tribune. (The Charlotte Observer also had the story.)…

  16. Players invited to NBA Draft Combine named

    May 23, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Sixty guys with a dream. The names for the NBA Draft Combine to take place in Chicago have been released. These are the guys who will be measured, weighed and in most cases put through drills to test their speed, agility and shooting. I say in most cases because, like the NFL draft combine, some…

  17. Larry Bird calls Pacers “soft” after blowout loss to Heat

    May 23, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    Larry Bird is never a guy to pull punches. After the Pacers got run out of the building by the Heat Tuesday night the Indiana team president didn’t hold back speaking to Mike Wells of the Indy Star (via twitter). Larry Bird: “I can’t believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought…

  18. Video: Heat’s two flagrant fouls courtesy Haslem, Pittman

    May 23, 2012, 1:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Haslem flagrantly fouls Indiana Pacers' Hansbrough in the second quarter during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Miami came out with some real fire in Game 5. The kind of passion we have expected of them from throughout the playoffs… and the last finals for that matter. Apparently it took the Pacers getting under their skin to do it. But Miami crossed the line a couple of times. There was the flagrant…

  19. 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…

  20. Update: Police say OKC shooting not tied to Thunder game; Arrests made

    May 22, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder- Game One

    UPDATE #4, May 23,  11:26 AM: Police have made a second arrest in the case, a 17-year-old minor. The first arrest was of 19-year-old Rodney Hill. No charges have been filed but both are being held on the complaint of shooting with intent to kill. UPDATE #3 9:45 PM: Oklahoma City Police have made an arrest…

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