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  1. Kevin Garnett remains beating heart of these Celtics

    Jun 6, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    At age 36, Kevin Garnett has been the most important player in the Eastern Conference finals. Because of his play, the Boston Celtics knocked off Miami 94-90 in Game 5 and are on the doorstep of returning to the NBA finals for the third time in five years. Because of him the team that everyone…

  2. Miami’s next step: Figure out how to be a team

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    With the game and maybe the season on the line, the Miami Heat were what they have been since October of 2010 — individuals. Dwyane Wade was the guy with the ball, standing out top and attacking off the dribble trying to find a seam to slice through. LeBron James was in the corner, motionless,…

  3. Video: Wade’s block leads to Pietrus’ game-changing three

    Jun 6, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    This was the play that changed everything. Miami was up 6 and had been on a 16-4 run when Dwyane Wade makes a spectacular block on Brandon Bass at the rim and the usually sleepy Heat crowd bolted to life. But then Rajon Rondo made the play of the game — a touch-pass off the…

  4. Celtics-Heat Game 5: Heat play to stereotype, wilt while Celtics take control of series

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:33 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, LeBron James, Keyon Dooling

    This game felt like the entire Miami Heat season — there were spurts of athletic, beautiful play, but they couldn’t sustain it. They wilted after the All-Star break. They wilted in the second and third quarters of this game when they shot just 29 percent in the face of Boston’s pressure. They could not make…

  5. New Blazers GM Olshey suggests Canales to remain coach

    Jun 5, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    Kaleb Canales

    Neil Olshey came in to his first press conference as Trail Blazers general manager and said all the things Blazers fans wanted and you’d expect — we’re trying to re-tool not rebuild, we are in this to win for the long term, etc. But there was one interesting thing — it sounds like interim coach…

  6. Chris Bosh’s masseuse collapsed, died at his home

    Jun 5, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    UPDATE 8:25 pm: Chris Bosh and his wife Adrienne have issued a statement (via Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel): “Last evening, a massage therapist that we have used for some time, arrived at our home to provide massage therapy. Shortly after she arrived, she fainted and lost consciousness. We called 911 and emergency personnel arrived at…

  7. Chris Bosh active, available; Haslem still starts for Heat

    Jun 5, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh is active for the Miami Heat. However he will be coming off the bench, Udonis Haslem will get the start for Miami against Boston in a crucial Game 5. The series is knotted up 2-2. Haslem is the third starting center for the Heat this series. While Erik Spoelstra refused to say if…

  8. NBA Draft Profile: Bradley Beal

    Jun 5, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Two kinds of players rise up the draft board every year — big men and pure shooters. Florida’s Bradley Beal is the best pure shooter in the draft and he could go as high as No. 2 to Charlotte, although the Wizards are reportedly high in him for the No. 3 pick because they want…

  9. Someone likely makes run at Asik, but Bulls will match

    Jun 5, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Quality big men are at a premium in the NBA and so any time one comes on the market teams have to overpay to keep them. See DeAndre Jordan‘s contract. It will not be that rich, but the same principle is in play with the the Bulls this summer and Omer Asik. The Turkish big…

  10. Woodson would like to thank Knicks for not calling Jackson

    Jun 5, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson

    Mike Woodson is your coach of the New York Knicks. Mostly because Carmelo Anthony actually played hard for him, which led to a good record to close out the season. He got the team to play defense, so he gets another shot at this motley roster. But there was a point earlier in the season…

  11. Tuesday And-1 links: The Dwight Howard loyalty T-Shirt

    Jun 5, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    loyalty

    Here is 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. • RIP LaRoy Ellis (the first ever center of the Portland Trail Blazers). •…

  12. Penny Marshall apparently scammed by guy claiming to be Odom’s assistant

    Jun 5, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Celebrities At The Lakers Game

    Penny Marshall is a regular at Staples Center, a basketball fan there for Lakers and Clippers games. She’s been there for years and every staff person there will tell you how genuine and nice she is. I don’t know about that — she did cut me off once to get to the self-serve ice cream…

  13. Video: We’re pretty pumped for Dream Team documentary

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    1992-dreamteam

    You probably have seen the commercials for the upcoming NBA TV Dream Team documentary, but we’re getting pretty pumped up for this. So we’re bringing you the trailer. Watch it again. And again. The original NBA Dream Team was 20 years ago this summer — a team with 11 Basketball Hall of Famers that steamrolled…

  14. Heat-Celtics Game 5: Bosh will be the difference, not Rondo

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh react following Wade's game winning shot against the Indiana Pacers during overtime of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    No doubt, Rajon Rondo has been fantastic against the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. He had a 44-point game, he dropped 15 and 15 on Miami in Game 4 and led Boston to even the series. For Celtics fans wanting to be convinced he was the bridge to a strong future, he has been…

  15. Chris Bosh officially a game-time decision. But he’ll play.

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    From the moment word started to leak out that Chris Bosh could play in Game 5, you knew the Heat would try to play it down. You expected coach Erik Spoelstra to say exactly what he did at Tuesday shootaround — Bosh is a game time decision. But you can bet your rent money that…

  16. Suns GM Lance Blanks talks NBA Draft needs, says team will target perimeter players

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

    lance-blanks-suns

    It’s not an understatement to say that the Phoenix Suns face one of the most critical summers in their franchise history. The numerous, difficult decisions that lie ahead may shape not only the way next season turns out, but the next several. And they will largely be made by second-year general manager Lance Blanks. The…

  17. Bobcats continue coaching interview carousel with Snyder

    Jun 5, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Eventually, Charlotte Bobcats general manager Rich Cho will stop just interviewing guys and actually make a choice for the team’s next coach. But we’re not there yet. As had previously been reported would happen, the Bobcats met with Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder on Monday, reports the Associated Press. The report said they would meet…

  18. Clippers GM change not expected to change Griffin situation

    Jun 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    Whoever gets brought in to replace Neil Olshey as general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers has one big job — make Chris Paul happy. Paul can leave as a free agent next summer and the GM has to keep him happy and get him to commit to LA. That means get him players to…

  19. Woodson says Lin is Knicks starting point guard. For now.

    Jun 5, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, Mike Woodson

    Coaches or general managers talking about their team’s roster right now should come with an asterisk. Rosters are going to undergo shifts this summer, from minor to major, and what is true today could be wrong by July 15. So put an asterisk on what Knicks coach Mike Woodson is saying about Jeremy Lin right…

  20. It wasn’t about money, GM Olshey chose Portland over L.A.

    Jun 5, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Neil Olshey

    When the Clippers — with general manager Neil Olshey at the helm —acquired Chris Paul, I kept saying that the only thing that could really screw them up now was owner Donald Sterling. With the excitement and winning on the court, we tend to think the Clippers as an organization have changed — they are…

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