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  1. Lance Stephenson nails corner 3-pointer to end third quarter

    May 28, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    From their 11-0 start on, the Pacers have had Bankers Life Fieldhouse rocking during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. But a back-and-forth third quarter gave the Indiana crowd few reasons to really erupt. At least until Lance Stephenson nails a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pacers a 77-70 lead over…

  2. LeBron James blocks George Hill after hiding near sideline

    May 28, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    No fastbreak is safe with LeBron James on the court. George Hill surely thought he had a sure-fire two point as he rose to the rim without LeBron directly behind him. In theory, that scenario would eliminate the possibility of LeBron making one of his signature chase-down blocks. But LeBron hid near the sideline, essentially…

  3. Paul George goes to rack, throws it down vs. Heat (VIDEO)

    May 28, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    LeBron James gave up a lane by being up a little high on Paul George, and like LeBron George knows what to do with it. Impressive throwdown by George, part of a great run by the Pacers to open the game. As they should, they played with real desperation at the open.

  4. Monday And-1 links: Patty Mills got to lift weights with Sir Paul McCartney

    May 28, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Paul McCartney

    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 like your grandmother loves CSI: Miami reruns… • San Antonio’s Patty Mills tells the…

  5. Report: Pelicans have interest in Trey Burke at No. 6 in draft

    May 28, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    The Pelicans have the guy they think will develop into a franchise anchor in the paint in Anthony Davis (who flew under the radar this year but showed the signs of being a very special player in a couple years). But you can’t succeed in the NBA on the inside without some balance on the…

  6. Preview: Pacers know what to do. Heat know it’s coming. Whoever executes wins.

    May 28, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Somewhere around Game 4 or 5 of a series there are no more secrets. You know the other team’s plays, the tendencies, the adjustments they made, the matchups they are trying to force. You take away everything you can and try to leave your opponent with only the worst options. We are at this point…

  7. Atlanta Hawks hire Spurs assistant Budenholzer as coach

    May 28, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    Hornets Spurs Basketball

    UPDATE 4:15 pm: Well, that didn’t take long. Spurs lead assistant Mike Budenholzer has been hired as the new head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, something first reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore and since confirmed by the team. Budenholzer to work with the Spurs through the NBA finals then commit to Atlanta…

  8. League’s owners unanimously approve sale of Kings to Sacramento group

    May 28, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

    Kevin Johnson, Vivek Ranadive

    It’s official, Indian-born tech billionaire Vivek Ranadive and his Sacramento group own the Kings. Which means the team is staying put. The League’s Board of Governor’s (made up of the 30 owners) unanimously approved the sale on Tuesday. This is the official confirmation of what was expected after the same board rejected a move of…

  9. LeBron James doesn’t think flopping is that big a deal

    May 28, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James says he doesn’t flop. Sure thing. Whatever you say. But clearly flopping is an issue with the NBA suits because it is an image thing, which is why they not only started not only fining players for flopping but also making sure that fine (just $5,000 for the first instance) is public. Tony…

  10. Tim Duncan reminds you he is very good at basketball (VIDEO)

    May 28, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan isn’t an ageless wonder, it’s just that his age doesn’t seem to show. Facing the best front line in the NBA this season — Memphis’ Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph — he was at the heart of the Spurs’ sweep of the Grizzlies. We’ve marveled over the years as players such as Michael…

  11. It’s official: Jeff Hornacek is new head coach in Phoenix

    May 28, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

    Jeff Hornacek

    We told you this was coming over the weekend, but Tuesday it became official — Jeff Hornacek is the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns. He takes over for Lindsey Hunter, who took over for Alvin Gentry, both of whom were let go (Gentry 41 games into the season). This is a hire that…

  12. In her first game, Brittney Griner becomes first WNBA player to dunk twice in a game (VIDEO)

    May 28, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    Japan v Phoenix Mercury

    Apparently, since it was just her first game, word didn’t get out yet around the WNBA not to help off Brittney Griner. The biggest name to hit the WNBA in years didn’t disappoint in her first game — she became the first WNBA player ever to dunk twice in one game (she is only third…

  13. Bulls VP Paxson latest to defend Derrick Rose’s decision

    May 28, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Do you really expect anybody with the Bulls to say anything differently? They need to keep their star happy, for one. Second, Rose remains liked by teammates and those around the organization that know him. So it’s not shocking that John Paxson, Bulls VP of all things basketball, came to the defense of those that…

  14. Coach Hollins is Grizzlies’ biggest free agent, can they keep a coach in demand?

    May 28, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Lionel Hollins is the Grizzlies’ biggest free agent and he is in demand. Well, the Grizzlies’ coach is not technically a free agent yet, his contract runs through June 30, but he is about to be and there are other teams already lined up — the Clippers, the Nets and at least one other team…

  15. Manu Ginobili with nutmeg pass through Tayshaun Prince’s legs (VIDEO)

    May 28, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Through the wickets. Nutmeged. Just plain showing up. Maybe this was the first real sign Monday night was not going to be the Grizzlies night. The Spurs were on a first-quarter run and Kawhi Leonard is bringing the ball up in transition and the Grizzlies do a good job of stopping the ball, so he…

  16. Birdman scoring from the ‘bird box’

    May 28, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat fans

    Chris Andersen hasn’t missed a shot in more than two weeks. He’s 13-for-13 in the Eastern Conference Finals and 31-for-37 in the playoffs. And now, Birdman has a nickname to describe the area where his scoring is generated. Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald: While describing his role on the team and deflecting praise for…

  17. Lionel Hollins pushes Jerryd Bayless late in Game 4 loss

    May 28, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

    Lionel Hollins, Jerryd Bayless

    In the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies’ Game 4 loss to the Spurs, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins pushed Jerryd Bayless near the Grizzlies bench (hat tip: Ben Golliver of Point Forward). It seems Bayless was sitting himself down anyway as Hollins pushed him, making the appearance that Hollins pushed Bayless down into a seat potentially…

  18. Celtics ‘likely’ to buy out Paul Pierce? Reports conflict

    May 28, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    The Celtics are at a crossroads. Again. For the first time since grouping Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, Boston didn’t win a playoff series. So, as has become annual tradition, the Celtics are considering tearing down their team and rebuilding. Perhaps, it’s finally time. Allen is already in Miami. Garnett might retire. Rajon…

  19. Tony Parker carves up Grizzlies to dominate Game 4 (VIDEO)

    May 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    This video highlights the central problem for the Grizzlies all series — they could not contain Tony Parker. Not even close. Especially not in Game 4, where Parker went off for 37 points to lead the Heat to a win He would have the ball out top, come off the pick (usually of Zach Randolph‘s…

  20. San Antonio is team best suited to challenge Miami coronation

    May 28, 2013, 2:59 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    What none of us really want — outside of a few diehards in South Beach — is the NBA playoffs to be a leisurely stroll to a Heat coronation. We want Miami tested, pushed, challenged at the very least. We want them to prove they have earned it (if they can). That starts with Indiana…

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