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  1. Report: Knicks want J.R. Smith back, but his brother Chris… not so much

    May 27, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    "A Year In A New York Minute" Photo Exhibition

    Last season Chris Smith — the brother of Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith — spent time with the Knicks D-League affiliate. The Knicks may want to add a more athletic, explosive point guard this summer (even if they keep both Pablo Prigioni and Jason Kidd) and the Knicks certainly want to re-sign free…

  2. Chris “Birdman” Andersen perfect 13-for-13 against Pacers (VIDEO)

    May 27, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Chris Andersen was 4-for-4 on Sunday night against the Pacers. You can see the shots in that video. That makes him 13-for-13 in the Eastern Conference Finals. He has now hit 16 shots in a row and is 31-of-37 in these playoffs. It is an amazing run. (By the way, he has a postseason PER…

  3. Cuban says plan is for Dallas to be contender in two years

    May 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban,  Brian Forte

    How close are the Dallas Mavericks to contending? Owner Mark Cuban says he plans to have his team back at the top of the league in two years. Yes, two years. That’s the timeline he gave ESPNDallas.com. “We want to be a championship team. We’ve never said we have to be a championship team this…

  4. Heat blowout win doesn’t define series, but it might win it

    May 27, 2013, 12:36 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Even for the Miami Heat, this game was an outlier. They scored 70 points on 63 percent shooting with one turnover in the first half. Udonis Haslem hit 8-of-9 to lead Heat players outside the “big three” shooting 55 percent. Haslem’s shooting eventually pulled Roy Hibbert away from the paint and opened everything inside. LeBron…

  5. Heat send a message with blowout Game 3 win over Pacers

    May 27, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Pacers' West, Stephenson and George react near the end of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    The Heat didn’t only reclaim home court advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals with a lopsided 114-96 victory in Indiana on Sunday — they sent a message. Miami rolled from the very start, and in doing so reminded us of just how dominant this team was all season long. In the first two games of…

  6. Highlights from Heat’s insane first half against Pacers (VIDEO)

    May 26, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    The numbers seem unreal: 70 points on 62.8 percent shooting, 15 assists to one turnover, LeBron James 7-of-11, Udonis Haslem 6-of-7. The Miami Heat played about as perfect a half of basketball as they could and with that overwhelmed a very good Pacers’ defense. The result was a 14 point lead at the break that…

  7. Dwyane Wade after avoiding Game 3 suspension: ‘I wasn’t worried because it wasn’t intentional’

    May 26, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade drives between New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Dwyane Wade wasn’t suspended for the elbow he landed to the head of Lance Stephenson in Game 2, although after the play was reviewed by the league office, it was upgraded to a flagrant one foul. Many thought there was a decent chance Wade might have faced a suspension for the blow to the head,…

  8. Report: Jeff Hornacek has agreed to terms with Suns to become their new head coach

    May 26, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Jeff Hornacek

    UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: It’s essentially official. Hornacek has agreed to terms with the Suns to become their new head coach, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Hornacek is expected to sign a three-year deal as early as Monday. UPDATE 10:25 a.m.: Wojnarowski updated his piece with the information that Hornacek has in fact been…

  9. Report: Bucks narrow coaching search to three finalists

    May 26, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    Th Milwaukee Bucks are in the final stages of choosing their new head coach, and three candidates are expected to be brought in for second interviews next week, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Hawks head coach Larry Drew, Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson, and Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford are…

  10. Amar’e Stoudemire will once again train with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer

    May 26, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Amar’e Stoudemire spent some time training with Hall of Fame big man Hakeem Olajuwon last summer, in hopes of developing more of a post game that would help him coexist alongside Carmelo Anthony in the Knicks starting lineup. Stoudemire was a nice contributor for New York when healthy, but knee injuries limited him at both…

  11. No suspension for Dwyane Wade, but elbow to Lance Stephenson from Game 2 upgraded to flagrant foul

    May 26, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    The league has reviewed several plays from Game 2 between the Pacers and the Heat, but only the elbow that Dwyane Wade delivered to the head of Lance Stephenson was determined to be deserving of any additional attention. Wade was not suspended for the hit, but the play was upgraded to a flagrant one foul,…

  12. Clippers reportedly targeting ‘big names first’ in head coaching search

    May 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    There’s a good reason that the Clippers coaching search is delivering an almost daily stream of updates. If Chris Paul re-signs in free agency as expected, it’s by far the team closest to championship contention of any that are currently in need of a new head coach. Former Suns coach Alvin Gentry is the latest…

  13. Heat/Pacers preview: Will the real Dwyane Wade please stand up?

    May 26, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Frank Vogel said in his press conference after Game 2 that LeBron James played about as good a game has he had ever seen a player have. But it wasn’t enough. Paul George didn’t outplay him but held his own, and he got help from a bunch of other Pacers — Roy Hibbert, David West…

  14. LeBron had two key late game turnovers, Jordan would never have… oh, yes he did (VIDEO)

    May 26, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    LeBron James is not Michael Jordan. He doesn’t have the resume, he hasn’t shown he can sustain this high a level of play for an extended period of time yet. But we have built up a mythology around Michael Jordan that he is was perfect, that he would never make mistakes. He would never do…

  15. Spurs coach Popovich answers two questions with one word during Game 3 sideline interview (VIDEO)

    May 26, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is known for giving reporters a hard time when the questions they pose aren’t exactly overly-stimulating. After San Antonio came out with a lackluster effort to open Game 3 and fell behind by as many as 18 points in the first quarter, one could have guessed that Popovich wouldn’t be…

  16. Gregg Popovich explains benching all five starters after sluggish start to Game 3 against the Grizzlies

    May 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Spurs head coach Popovich directs his team against the Grizzlies during the fourth quarter in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in Memphis

    The Spurs ended up with a compelling overtime victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, but it certainly didn’t start out as a game that would end in San Antonio’s favor. Whether due to the extended layoff between games or because of the desperate nature of the Grizzlies, the Spurs were knocked on…

  17. Tony Parker, Spurs penetration is puzzle Grizzlies can’t solve

    May 26, 2013, 1:54 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Mike Conley tried. Tony Allen had some success, particularly late in the game, but even he was not consistent. Jerryd Bayless and everyone else that tried pretty much got torched. For the third game in a row, Tony Parker’s quickness off the dribble was the thing Memphis really had no answer for, and his penetration…

  18. Mike Conley on verge of stardom as Grizzlies on verge of elimination

    May 26, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Where is the line between the NBA’s stars and the league’s merely good players? Star is such a loaded term – full of reputation and production and marketing and talent and style – that, occasionally, it can be useful to sort through all the distractions and look at objective measures. Let’s examine players in order…

  19. Spurs take commanding 3-0 lead over Grizzlies with overtime win in Game 3

    May 26, 2013, 12:58 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    The Grizzlies had been here before. After falling behind two games to none in the first round of the playoffs against the Clippers, first by losing big in Game 1 and then by losing at the buzzer in Game 2, Memphis learned what it would take to crawl out of that hole and make the…

  20. Pacers broadcaster rips Miami Heat fans, calls them ‘losers’ for leaving Game 2 early

    May 25, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It’s not uncommon in the NBA to have a team’s radio or television broadcasting crew unabashedly slant their coverage in favor of the home team. In fact, many clubs prefer it, even if the coverage can be off-putting to the more neutral observers forced to listen to a particular broadcast. The Pacers fall into this…

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