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  1. LeBron says he ‘went back to his Cleveland days’ during third quarter of Game 5

    May 31, 2013, 11:53 AM EST

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    LeBron James was spectacular during the third quarter of the Heat’s Game 5 win over the Pacers, and took the game over in large part because he had no choice. During a tight first half, Indiana’s defense stifled Miami’s role players, while James preferred to be more passive in passing up open looks in a…

  2. David West reiterates he wants to stay a Pacer this summer

    May 31, 2013, 11:10 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you are going to have a strong playoff run, do it right before you are a free agent — it makes you some extra scratch on your next deal. Indiana’s David West is a free agent this summer and plenty of teams have watched him this playoffs and thought the same things lot of…

  3. Nerlens Noel to visit Magic

    May 31, 2013, 10:40 AM EST

    Marshall v Kentucky

    Nerlens Noel, absent another prospect stepping up to usurp his place, has been widely considered the likely No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Otto Porter (positional fit), Ben McLemore (traditional skillset for his position) and Victor Oladipo (personality) have each garnered support in some corners to be selected by the Cavaliers, but it’s…

  4. Jason Kidd undecided about returning next season

    May 31, 2013, 10:21 AM EST

    Jason Kidd, D.J. Augustin

    The Knicks expect Jason Kidd will return next season. Kidd said his “plan” is to come back, too. But the guard still hasn’t completely made up his mind. Kidd, via Marc Berman of the New York Post: “I am thinking about it. We’ll see. I have to make a decision. We’ll see what happens. Right…

  5. Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem replace Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh as LeBron’s scoring sidekicks

    May 31, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

    Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, LeBron James

    Chris Bosh missed the Heat’s first shot, Dwyane Wade missed their second, and Udonis Haslem missed their third. Of those three players, one attempted more shots than each of the other two and also didn’t miss again. Who was it? LeBron James has led the Heat in scoring in all five games of the Eastern…

  6. Watch Roy Hibbert reject Chris Bosh dunk attempt (VIDEO)

    May 31, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Who did you think would win a Roy Hibbert vs. Chris Bosh battle at the rim? Even though they haven’t matched up directly all the time, Hibbert has owned the battle of the centers in this series. It’s not close. Bosh is supposed to provide scoring from the midrange and beyond, pulling the Indiana big…

  7. Report: Chris Paul angry with Clippers because he’s blamed for Del Negro firing

    May 31, 2013, 9:07 AM EST

    Chris Paul ,  Vinny Del Negro

    Vinny Del Negro tried to avoid the question, but it was pretty clear he thought Chris Paul got him fired. Clippers owner Donald Sterling all but came out and said the reason Del Negro is gone is Paul. Paul says that is not the case at all — and he is pretty angry that he…

  8. Frank Vogel errs by readily sitting George Hill, Lance Stephenson with foul trouble

    May 31, 2013, 8:30 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    George Hill picked up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and after he hit a technical free throw on his way to the bench (thanks to jawing between Mario Chalmers, David West and Udonis Haslem), the Pacers led by two points. By the time Hill…

  9. Danilo Gallinari might be out until February

    May 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    The Denver Nuggets played fairly well after Danilo Gallinari tore his ACL, going 6-1 to close the regular season, though the were upset by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. But the Nuggets are clearly better with Gallinari, who averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, and…

  10. Paul George and Roy Hibbert score Pacers’ first 29 points in loss to Heat

    May 31, 2013, 2:28 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Chris Andersen’s shoulder/stare down/shove of Tyler Hansbrough early in the second quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals distracted from another interesting development that followed. Once the dust settled, Hansbrough made one of two free throws granted due to Andersen’s flagrant 1. Those were the Pacers’ first points scored by someone other than…

  11. LeBron James’ monster third quarter swings game (VIDEO)

    May 31, 2013, 2:08 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    For the first half of this game (and frankly most of the last one) LeBron James was passive, settling for jumpers rather than challenge Roy Hibbert and the Pacers’ size up front. Then the third quarter happened. LeBron probably looked the most Jordan we have ever seen of him — he screamed at his teammates…

  12. For a night Heat solve Pacers’ rebounding, defensive puzzle

    May 31, 2013, 12:27 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    For four games the Pacers offense had been fueled by offensive rebounds and getting to the free throw line. Those plays and the surprising success of the Pacers offense — averaging 111.6 points per 100 possessions — had the series tied 2-2. In Game 5 things were different. Indiana had just six offensive rebounds, grabbing…

  13. LeBron takes over, Heat take Game 5 from Pacers

    May 31, 2013, 12:11 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James directs his teammates against the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    We can talk about Xs and Os, offense versus defense, and individual player matchups over the course of a seven game playoff series. But sometimes, it all boils down to something as simple as which team the best player in the game plays for. That was certainly the case in Game 5 of the Eastern…

  14. LeBron James downs Pacers with incredible third quarter

    May 30, 2013, 11:55 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    LeBron James dribbled around the perimeter, searching for a shot as the shot clock ran down late in the third quarter. Finally, realizing he couldn’t generate a quality look for himself or a teammate, LeBron rose for 25-foot 3-pointer and held his follow through as he backpedaled back on defense. Of course, the shot hit…

  15. Report: Mike Malone reaches deal to become Kings’ coach

    May 30, 2013, 10:02 PM EST

    Mike Malone Warriors

    It’s good to have an owner that wants you. As we told you this morning saying this could happen, new Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors and got to know much sought after assistant coach Mike Malone that way (Malone had come to the Bay Area after…

  16. Chris Andersen tries to start fight with Tyler Hansbrough (video)

    May 30, 2013, 9:24 PM EST

    Chris Andersen, Tyler Hansbrough

    Chris Andersen and Tyler Hansbrough have been chippy with each other throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, and this seemed inevitable. The animosity came to a head early in the second quarter of Game 5 between the Heat and Pacers when Andersen and Hansbrough were hit with a double technical, and Andersen got a flagrant 1.…

  17. NBA believes right call was made on LeBron’s sixth foul in Game 4

    May 30, 2013, 7:59 PM EST

    LeBron James, Derrick Stafford

    There has been plenty of talk about the officiating leading up to Game 5 between the Heat and the Pacers. This will be the last word on it in terms of the fallout from Game 4, where LeBron James was whistled for a sixth foul in the closing seconds that resulted in his disqualification. The…

  18. Thursday And-1 Links: Your local store will soon have Shaq Soda

    May 30, 2013, 7:48 PM EST

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    Here is our regular 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. • Shaquille O’Neal is getting into the soda business… and it might not suck.…

  19. Report: Rockets trying to trade Thomas Robinson to clear cap space in pursuit of Dwight Howard

    May 30, 2013, 6:36 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Patrick Beverly attempts to steal the ball from Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Rockets were expected to be heavily involved in the pursuit of Dwight Howard this summer, and that was even before Howard was reportedly intrigued with the opportunity of playing in Houston moving forward. Now, with July’s free agency period rapidly approaching, the Rockets are in the process of trying to create enough space under…

  20. Clippers speak with Bryon Scott about coaching vacancy

    May 30, 2013, 5:13 PM EST

    Byron Scott, Haywoode Workman

    It seemed Byron Scott was on a coaching slide – falling from the Nets (a conference-winning team) to the Hornets (a playoff-series-winning team) to the Cavaliers (a non-winning team). But maybe he’s just on a coaching roller coaster, which would mean Scott is on the rise after bottoming out. Chris Broussard of ESPN: Clippers general…

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