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  1. Mavericks now one win from the title after offensive explosion in Game 5

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:12 AM EDT

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    Dirk Nowitzki knew that the importance of his Mavericks winning their last home game of the season could not be understated. Game 5 of the Finals, with the series all even at two games apiece and the next two back in Miami, was for all intents and purposes a must-win for Dallas. Nowitzki put it…

  2. Dwyane Wade downplays hip injury, Spoelstra cautious

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    As you would expect, Dwyane Wade said the bruised hip (that’s what it is being called officially) he suffered in the first quarter of Game 5 wouldn’t matter come Sunday and a must-win Game 6 for Miami. “No problem, I’ll be good for Game 6,” Wade said in his post-game press conference, broadcast on NBA…

  3. Dwyane Wade leaves game with hip injury, returns, leaves again

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Dwyane Wade, the best Miami Heat player in the finals, left and went back to the locker room in the first quarter with a hip injury, but returned in the second quarter. He has played well but seems to be walking with a slight limp heading into halftime. He did not come out to start…

  4. Wojnarowski: Pacers leaning toward keeping Vogel

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has the report: The Indiana Pacers have made significant progress toward deciding to make interim Frank Vogel the permanent head coach while working to strengthen his grip on the locker room, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. No final decision has been reached, but sources said most of the hurdles have been cleared for…

  5. Marquis Daniels will play next season

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

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    According to CNNSE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely, free agent swingman Marquis Daniels, who missed the second half of last season after suffering a spinal cord injury in a February game, will be healthy and ready to play next season for any team willing to have him aboard. Here’s the story: The last time Boston Celtics fans…

  6. Yao Ming still wants to come back still not sure if he can

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    Yao Ming

    Last time we heard from Yao Ming, he didn’t sound like a guy confident he would be back. Speaking with the Chinese media this week… pretty much the same thing. The New York Times found the interview and translated it. “I don’t know if I would join some champion team in the future,” the China…

  7. Haywood inactive for Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Brandon Haywood gave it his best in Game 4 of the NBA Finals after missing all of Game 3 with a hip injury, but he simply couldn’t make it work. The Mavericks were outscored by a whopping 10 points in Haywood’s three minutes on the floor in Game 4, and Rick Carlisle announced before Game…

  8. One factor in Iguodala rumors: Who owns the team?

    Jun 9, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Andrea Iguodala is being traded to the Clippers. Or the Warriors. Or the Magic. Or probably 26 other teams who have inquired about the services of one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. There is an assumption that the Sixers are going to move Iggy. With that, any smart GM would at least…

  9. LeBron says this is the biggest game of his career

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    This is the biggest game in LeBron James career. It may only be that way for a few days, but right now it is. He gets it. That’s what he said at shootaround Thursday when asked about his “now or never” tweet, as reported by NBA.com’s Hangtime blog. “It was a personal message to myself,”…

  10. Charles Barkley still doesn’t like Heat, their fans

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley may not want to buy a second home in the Miami area. There’s not a lot of love for him there, because he still has no love for the Miami Heat. And because he is Charles Barkley, he proclaims that from the mountaintops. Which is what he did on ESPN radio in Chicago…

  11. Miami’s real problem this series: Not enough high fives

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Back in early 2010, researchers at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley, did a study that showed teams that high fived and touched each other more won more games. Seriously. I mean seriously they looked at all the tape from the 08-09 NBA season and found the Lakers and Celtics touched the most, some bad…

  12. Don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Officially, Brendan Haywood is a game time decision for Game 5. Officially, I have a chance of getting a date with Minka Kelly. Both of these things have about the same chance of happening. Which is to say, don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5 Thursday night for Dallas. Which is what Tim…

  13. Dwyane Wade thanks Dallas for trash talking LeBron

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Jason Terry said LeBron James couldn’t guard him tightly for seven games. DeShawn Stevenson said LeBron “checked out” of Game 4. The Miami Heat heard all that. LeBron heard all that. Dwyane Wade told Dallas thank you for adding fuel to the fire under the best player walking the planet, as reported by Matt Moore…

  14. Video: Game 4 poetry in motion

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks go

    Do you like your NBA highlights in slow motion with some sort of modern/classical piano music in the background? Of course you do, it’s like apple pie with ice cream. So, that’s what we have for you, some great highlights courtesy the people at NBA.com. Just to whet your appetite for Game 5. Enjoy. And…

  15. NBA finals: Aggressive LeBron not enough, must find groove with Wade

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    We all kept talking about it and marveling at it during the Heat’s defeats against Boston and Chicago to reach the NBA finals — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were playing together. Not next to each other, they were working off the ball to get open when the other had the ball, they were running…

  16. Iguodala likes idea of playing with Clippers. Ya think?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Imagine a fast break coming at you with Andre Iguodala on one wing and Blake Griffin on the other, with Eric Gordon handling the ball and D’Andre Jordan as the trailer into the lane to pick up any garbage. Rumors of the Clippers and 76ers discussing an Andre Iguodala trade had fans salivating about just…

  17. LeBron tweets sense of urgency, will he play with it?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    LeBron James had a usage rate of 20.5 last game — meaning when he was on the floor 20.5 percent of the time a play ended with a James shot, turnover or trip to the free throw line. That is his lowest number in any regular season or playoff game this past season. And according…

  18. Enes Kanter mysterious, frustrating, still will be top six pick

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Enes Kanter is not Sasquatch, but it has kind of felt that way for NBA teams. They don’t know much about him, there have only been rare sightings of him on the court and the footage of his play is often grainy and old. Still, nobody thinks he slips past six in this draft, and…

  19. Video: Heat, Mavericks talk about Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, who has flu, wipes his nose during an interview for the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Dallas

    Game 5 is going to be fun. Dirk Nowitzki says he is healthy. LeBron James says he is going to play like LeBron James. Tyson Chandler will be a force, as will Dwyane Wade. We’ll have a preview for you later on today, but for now, listen to the players and coaches talk about Game…

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