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  1. LeBron James downs Pacers with incredible third quarter

    May 30, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 30, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 30, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    May 30, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 30, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    shaq-soda

    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.…

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

    May 30, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Clippers speak with Bryon Scott about coaching vacancy

    May 30, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    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…

  8. Dwyane Wade’s struggles putting extra pressure on LeBron James and Chris Bosh

    May 30, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Heat head coach Spoelstra and shooting guard Wade get ready for Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    It’s not the Pacers. It’s not the Bulls. It’s not the Bucks. At this point, it’s Dwyane Wade. Wade is struggling to score in these playoffs, and his knee seems like a logical explanation. He’s not moving particularly well, and that hasn’t changed regardless of opponent. Three of Wade’s four lowest-scoring playoff series have occurred…

  9. Shane Battier says bigger fines is best deterrent to flopping

    May 30, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    The NBA’s fine system for flopping this season was really based around the idea that guys would be embarrassed. The fines were not that stiff. In the regular season the first offense was a warning, second time the fine was $5,000, then $10,000 and up from there. In the playoffs, all they did was remove…

  10. Stan Van Gundy: Roy Hibbert doesn’t hold a candle to Dwight Howard

    May 30, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-LAKERS-PACERS

    Dwight Howard just had the worst postseason of his career. Roy Hibbert, on the other hand, is putting together a great playoff run. Those facts, coupled Howard’s annoying tendencies, have turned some people a little loopy when faced with the following question: Would you rather have Howard or Hibbert? But even Stan Van Gundy, the…

  11. David West, Roy Hibbert accuse Shane Battier of taking shots at their knees

    May 30, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Shane Battier hasn’t been able to be very effective for the Heat during the Eastern Conference finals, which may be the reason he’s had to resort to a more physical style of play against the big men of the Pacers. Battier has been in the middle of a few minor confrontations in the series, and…

  12. Heat/Pacers Game 5 preview: Hibbert is Heat’s big problem

    May 30, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert works against Heat's Andersen during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    Forty percent. That is the key number. So far in the Eastern Conference Finals the Indiana Pacers have grabbed the offensive rebound on 39.9 percent of their missed shots — four out of 10 times they miss, they get a second chance. A fair amount of the time that is an easy tip-in or put-back…

  13. Pacers’ starters are controlling the conference finals

    May 30, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

    Paul George, Roy Hibbert, David West

    The Miami Heat have the best player in the world in LeBron James and two other top flight players in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh anchoring what is rightfully considered one of the best starting lineups in the NBA. And they’re getting their hats handed to them by the Indiana Pacers’ starting lineup. The group…

  14. Stan Van Gundy says LeBron shouldn’t have fouled out of Game 4

    May 30, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

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    Stan Van Gundy appeared on the Dan Patrick show on Thursday, and had some interesting comments on the officiating we’ve seen during the eastern Conference Finals. Van Gundy believes that games this deep into the postseason actually should be called differently than those played during the regular season, which is a deviation from how most…

  15. Vinny Del Negro hints at the truth, but successfully avoids questions about Chris Paul’s role in his dismissal

    May 30, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Chris Paul ,  Vinny Del Negro

    Vinny Del Negro appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, and spent a segment almost 10 minutes long discussing how his tenure ended with the Los Angeles Clippers. The assumption that Chris Paul had as much to do with Del Negro not being brought back as anything (remember, technically he wasn’t fired; his contract only…

  16. Jared Sullinger worked at a Taco Bell for a day (for charity)

    May 30, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT

    Photo via Twitter/@JennaRathke

    NBA Rookies are paid on the low end of the NBA scale, but it’s not quite “I need to pick up a side job” money either. Yet there was Celtics big man Jared Sullinger working at a Taco Bell Wednesday. The medical expenses from his back surgery where not that bad, this was all done…

  17. Report: Kings’ new owner working fast to reshape basketball operations

    May 30, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Vivek ranadive 2

    You know when you first buy a new toy — an iPad, a new flat screen television, a new drill — you just have to play with it. You spend an inordinate amount of time with it, getting used to it and setting it up like you want. That is Vivek Ranadive and the Sacramento…

  18. Jerry West talks LeBron, Jordan, Kobe with Bob Costas (VIDEO)

    May 30, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    Sports Spectacular 2013 - Inside

    Bob Costas remains one of the best interviewers out there so when he sat down with the always honest Jerry West, you knew it was going to be good. Costas asks the current Golden State executive if his 1972 Lakers championship team — which had Wilt Chamberlain in the paint — could have beaten the…

  19. David Lee has surgery on hip flexor, will be ready by camp

    May 30, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Instagram

    David Lee strained his hip flexor in the first round and was out, except for a couple Willis Reed-like appearances. He wasn’t moving very well. But he should be ready to go for training camp after getting surgery on his hip on Wednesday. Lee made the surgery public by posting the picture you see to…

  20. LeBron, David West, Lance Stephenson all fined $5,000 for flopping (VIDEO)

    May 30, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

    LeBron James, David West

    On twitter and in the comments of this blog, the anti-LeBron James forces have been begging for him fined by the league for flopping. They wanted it so bad they can taste it. They got it. They are going to celebrate this like the defeat of Sauron. LeBron James and David West were both fined…

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