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  1. Miami shredded the Dallas zone in Game 1

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Dallas has counted on its zone defense as more than just a change of pace. In a series where Tyson Chandler might have to chase Chris Bosh out on the perimeter, the zone could be a way to keep Chandler in the paint protecting the rim. But in Game 1, the Heat just shredded it.…

  2. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Matt Barnes

    Whose were the first two jerseys retired by the Miami Heat? Michael Jordan and Dan Marino, of course. Matt Barnes will pick up his $1.9 million option and remain with the Lakers next season. The Golden State Warriors will meet with Spurs lead assistant Mike Budenholzer about their current head coaching vacancy. And he is…

  3. David Stern says it would be “challenge” to avoid lockout

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Wednesday, representatives of the NBA owners and the Players Association will sit down in a room together and talk about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. They’ll do the same thing a couple times when the NBA finals series shifts to Dallas next week. So, at least they are talking. But even David Stern admitted that…

  4. Bobcats plans for pre-lockout free agent camp shot down

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:19 AM EST

    summer league

    Everyone knows the lockout is coming. The drop-dead date to start next season on time will likely be about the end of September or October 1 — after the last lockout there was one month of condensed free agency and training camps before regular season games started. The lockout will wipe out Summer League, the…

  5. Sale of Pistons to Tom Gores finally approved

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Tom Gores

    Tom Gores is now finally, officially, the owner of the Detroit Pistons. The terms of the sale had been in place a couple months but details still had to be finalized. They have been now. David Stern announced before Game 1 of the NBA finals the sale of the franchise to Gores and his equity…

  6. Video: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade take over late

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It was one fo the interesting questions coming into Game 1: Both the Heat and Mavericks had dominated late in games in the playoffs. That’s why both had advanced, both executed under pressure. So who would win the battle when they faced off. LeBron James and Dywane Wade would. We should have guessed that. The…

  7. Heat’s Mike Miller leaves arena in sling with shoulder injury

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:40 AM EST

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    They say it’s not that bad, but any time a key cog for a team leaves the arena wearing a sling you have to wonder. Mike Miller aggravated a left shoulder or arm injury late in the Game 1 Miami win and left the arena wearing a sling, according to multiple reports. He first tweaked…

  8. NBA Finals: Miami balances star power with rebounding grit in Game 1 win

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:26 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    All that it’s taken for the Miami Heat to win games in this year’s playoffs is the ability to maintain reasonable margins. They go on runs, they shut down their opponents’ offensive options, and they stretch their legs with displays of supreme athleticism, but the body of the single-game narrative — the initial 43 or…

  9. Dirk Nowitzki injures finger on non-shooting hand

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:05 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    In the fourth quarter of Game 1, Dirk Nowitzki made a clean strip of Chris Bosh as he was driving toward the basket, but he got called for the makeup foul after a bad whistle on the other end. To add to the problems, Nowitzki tore a tendon in his left index finger on the…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Dallas shooters go cold… or was it the Heat?

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:34 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It will be the “chicken or the egg” question out of Game 1, and we will not really know the answer until we are well along in this series. Did the Dallas Mavericks just miss shots, or did the Miami Heat make them miss? Because the key Dallas shooters were shooting like they played for…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Heat move ball, make shots, play defense, draw first blood

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:15 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Coming into the NBA Finals, everyone was expecting a battle between Dallas’ smooth, sweet-shooting, ball-movement heavy offense and Miami’s aggressive, swarming, athletic, grinding defense. Not only did the low-scoring game go the way the Heat wanted it to, but the Heat flipped the script on the Mavericks and beat them in the areas Dallas was…

  12. Mike Brown already preaching defense to Lakers

    May 31, 2011, 8:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Mike Brown’s first press conference as the Lakers head coach — and that’s official now, he signed the contract Tuesday — was really pretty uneventful. A lot of coach-speak. A lot of things about family, about him defining the culture and holding people accountable, about this still being Kobe’s team, about Brown trying to be…

  13. Jazz “undecided” about C.J. Miles’ option

    May 31, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    MILES_CJ

    Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune has the story: The Jazz have not made a decision about picking up small forward C.J. Miles‘ 2011-12 team option worth $3.7 million. While Miles has often expressed interest in remaining with Utah — going so far as to state his desire to sign a long-term extension — the…

  14. Mark Cuban, staying silent

    May 31, 2011, 6:58 PM EST

    Mark Cuban

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about — well, anything, ever. He blogs, he tweets, he talks, he seemingly rarely has a private thought. And yet, a half-decade after the Mavericks lost to the Heat in the Finals and Cuban was at his most visible, vocal, and demonstrative, Cuban has gone into something…

  15. How the Heat won home-court

    May 31, 2011, 6:42 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    The 2-3-2 format of the NBA Finals makes home-court a huge advantage — in order to win the series, the team without home-court advantage has to either win three games in a row or two games on the road over the course of a seven-game series. In this year’s NBA Finals, the Heat have home-court…

  16. Howard plans to hire shooting coach, work more with Olajuwon

    May 31, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The big news surrounding Dwight Howard today has to do with where he may or may not be playing in future seasons, but Howard also dropped some news about how he plans to improve his game this summer. Here’s the report, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins: In addition to traveling to Europe and…

  17. NBA Draft Preview: Where does Kyle Singler fall?

    May 31, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Kyle Singler Duke

    Kyle Singler is a Duke legend, and that will never change. He is cemented himself as part of the lore of one of the nation’s best college basketball programs. We love him for his trick shots. But where he fits in the NBA is a much trickier subject. Much more controversial. In an ideal world…

  18. LeBron comments on Jim Tressel, Ohio State mess

    May 31, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James is a big Ohio State fan, he’s been on the sidelines during Buckeye football games. He knows Jim Tressel. That would be the Jim Tressel who resigned Monday amid a heap of allegations of cars, memorabilia-for-tattoos and a bunch of other problems that will mean trouble for a program that had been at…

  19. Video: The Basketball Jones recaps the 2011 playoffs

    May 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    One good reason to move to Canada, say from a city like Atlanta, is to be able to watch J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas of The Basketball Jones on The Score. However, as a native Californian with thin blood, I’m not moving north. Not even for them. So let’s bring them to us. What follows…

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