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  1. NBA finals Game 2: Thunder must break the slow start habit

    Jun 15, 2012, 3:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Oklahoma City was even or ahead of Miami for 36 minutes of Game 2. Seriously. The second quarter of Game 2 was tied, the Thunder and Heat each scored 28. The Thunder won the third quarter by a point and then owned the fourth quarter 29-22. Miami only won one quarter, the first one. But…

  2. 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…

  3. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 2: LeBron hulks out inside and rips Thunder to shreds

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    For years we’ve asked the question. “LeBron James is so big and powerful. Why doesn’t he get inside more?” In Game 2 of the NBA Finals, we found out what happens when he does. James scored 18 of his 32 points in the paint. He scored 20 points on field goal attempts. So on non-free-throws,…

  4. Video: Controversial no-call as LeBron fouls Durant to end Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:15 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

    It was a foul. Watch it, LeBron James hooks Durant under the arm as Durant spins baseline. No call, Durant misses the shot that could have tied it. Miami goes on to win 100-96. (Hat tip to Eye on Basketball for the video.) I need to add — that play is not where Oklahoma City…

  5. NBA finals Game 2: Miami holds off… or holds on to beat Thunder

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    You knew it was coming. For the first three quarters the Miami Heat played the game they needed to play to get a win in this series — LeBron James was driving the lane, Dwyane Wade looked like his old aggressive self, Chris Bosh was providing the size inside they need, the Heat defense (particularly…

  6. NBA finals Game 2: Miami picks up defense, leads 55-43 at half

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    The Miami Heat have gotten what they need. Dwyane Wade came out looking like his old self, aggressive and attacking. Chris Bosh had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Miami had great ball movement. The Heat defense, particularly transition defense, that was missing in Game 1 was back in Game 2 as…

  7. Chris Bosh to start for Heat, Haslem to come off bench

    Jun 14, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Bosh speaks with media in Oklahoma City

    Erik Spoelstra has stopped playing games and is now going the only direction he really can — Chris Bosh will be back in the starting lineup for the Miami Heat, he announced before Game 2 in Oklahoma City Thursday night. But unlike during much of the season when both Bosh and Udonis Haslem would start,…

  8. Jerry Sloan pulls out of Charlotte Bobcats coaching search

    Jun 14, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Jerry Sloan, the long-time Jazz head man who was one of the three finalists for the Charlotte Bobcats coaching gig, has pulled himself out of the running, he told Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. “I took myself out today,” Sloan said by phone. “I don’t want to comment on it because it’s never profitable for…

  9. No rest likely coming for LeBron, which isn’t good for Heat

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James takes part in a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    In the regular season, LeBron James actually played well in the fourth quarter — he had the second highest fourth quarter PER in the league. Part of the reason is that the Heat’s rotation let him sit the first four to five minutes of the quarter and rest, then come in with real energy. In…

  10. Jameer Nelson is looking for a long-term deal. Aren’t we all?

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    UPDATE 6:05 pm: The Magic and Jameer Nelson have agreed — and the league has approved — to extend his time to make an opt-in decision to June 29. So no decision in the next 24 hours. This should give the Magic time to get a new general manager in place who can talk with…

  11. NBA Las Vegas Summer League schedule announced

    Jun 14, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    summer league

    In the same way if you are a baseball fan you owe it to yourself to one year make it out to Spring Training, if you are an NBA fan you owe it to yourself to make it out to NBA Summer League one year. It’s NBA rookies and guys hoping to make it onto…

  12. NBA finals Game 2, Heat-Thunder: We expect a better Miami, is that enough?

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Every time they have really been challenged these playoffs, the Miami Heat have been able to summon enough focus and resolve to get the wins they need. Down 2-1 to the Pacers, they rallied. Down 3-2 to the Celtics, they rallied. Down 1-0 to the Oklahoma city Thunder in the NBA finals, you can bet…

  13. Brandon Bass opts out with Celtics, becomes a free agent

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    If Brandon Bass has his way, he’ll be a Celtic again next year. But this is a business and Bass wants to get paid, he wants security. So as most people expected, Bass has opted out of the final year of his deal with Boston, worth $4.25 million, to look for a bigger payday with…

  14. Video: Kobe, Griffin, Rose pimp NBA 2K13

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    michael-jordan-nba-2k12

    It’s not going to be easy to top NBA 2K12 and the throwback teams, but I’ll speak for all of us in saying I can’t wait to hear what is coming in NBA 2K13. This new promo spot for the game doesn’t really tell us much about the game itself, but it does remind us…

  15. Lottery bound Jeremy Lamb rolls ankle in Raptors workout

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - West Virginia v UCONN

    It’s always one of the concerns in the back of your mind as we head into the workout season, when guys trying to get drafted are doing private workouts for teams. What if a guy gets injured? Hopefully it’s not serious, but Connecticut guard and expected lottery pick Jeremy Lamb rolled his ankle in a…

  16. Lillard wants to go from Weber State to NBA starter in a year

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Julian Demalleville

    From Weber State and the Big Sky Conference to starting NBA point guard in a year? That’s the leap Damian Lillard says he wants to make. Says he is ready to make. Not everybody is convinced, but Lillard is climbing draft boards. He was working out for the Kings (No. 5 pick) Wednesday and said…

  17. Dirk Nowitzki says Durant way ahead of where he was at 23. He’s right.

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant takes part in a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s very difficult to compare Kevin Durant to another player past or present, because there is nobody quite like him — long, deadly on the catch-and-shoot but can attack off the dribble, can play isolation or within the offense, and with a shot that is virtually unblockable. The closest thing on offense may be Dirk…

  18. Video: Mike Tyson sings his tribute to LeBron James

    Jun 14, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    US fighting legend Mike Tyson waves on t

    When you think of America’s greatest singer songwriters — Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, etc — you always want to include Mike Tyson in that group. Because if you don’t he might punch you. Jimmy Kimmel had the brilliant idea of having Tyson pen a tribute to LeBron James. This is the result. I think it’s…

  19. Spoelstra not talking, but expect Bosh to start Game 2

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Chris Bosh arrives for a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will probably spend all day Thursday dodging the question of if Chris Bosh will start or not because… well, I guess he wants to be like Bill Belichick. Whatever. Pretty much all indications point to Bosh moving back into the starting lineup. Here is what Spoelstra said on Wednesday, via the…

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