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  1. NBA finals Heat-Thunder Game 1 draws big television ratings

    Jun 13, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Oklahoma City and Miami are not big markets — Miami is 14th largest among NBA teams, Oklahoma City 28th. But the NBA is a star-driven league — the names involved matter more than where the team is from. And with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant you knew that David Stern would be happy,…

  2. Video: Kevin Durant’s monster fourth quarter in Game 1

    Jun 13, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant dropped 17 points on the Heat in the fourth quarter of Game 1. He showed off the versatility that makes him the best scorer in the game — he back down the smaller Dwyane Wade and shot over him, he drained a three, he attack the rim in transition and threw it down.…

  3. What does Kevin Garnett want to see if he returns to Celtics?

    Jun 13, 2012, 10:16 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    A lot of teams are going to reach out to free agent Kevin Garnett, to see if he wants to wear a third uniform in his career. I don’t see that happening. As Romeo Void taught us long ago “never say never,” but it’s hard to picture KG doing anything but returning to the Celtics…

  4. Stern says owners would not approve Sacramento move. Yet.

    Jun 13, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    I keep waiting for it. You keep waiting for it. Pretty much the entire city of Sacramento keeps waiting for it. While the owners the Maloof brothers keep saying they do not plan to move the Kings out of Sacramento, nobody believes them. They need a new arena but the family has killed not only…

  5. Bosh apparently wants to be booed, calls Thunder crowd, noise “regular”

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh wants to make sure LeBron James doesn’t get all the hate from the Thunder fans — he wants his share, too. He should get it now. The Chesapeake Energy Arena was rocking Tuesday night with blue-shirt clad Oklahomans who treat a Thunder game like a college football game — it is loud and…

  6. Durant admits he, Thunder were nervous before Game 1

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant started out shooting 1-of-5. Russell Westbrook seemed to be trying to do too much. The Thunder were hanging around but no looking like the team that in the past couple weeks had easily knocked off the Spurs and Lakers. What happened? They were nervous. Kevin Durant owned up to it his postgame press…

  7. 2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 3 recap

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:35 AM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp Day 3

    The final day of adidas Eurocamp didn’t necessarily feature the camp’s best players, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few guys who made their presence felt. The camp’s top prospects were long gone by Day Three, with Evan Fournier, Tomas Satoransky, and even Nihad Djedovic all choosing to forego the last day’s activities.…

  8. Heat-Thunder Game 1: Miami didn’t choke; worse they were themselves

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    The easy mantra out of Game 1 of the NBA finals is that the Heat choked. LeBron choked in the fourth quarter. Again. But that’s not what happened. The reality is scarier for Heat fans. Miami was exactly who they are. Who they have been all season, all playoffs. And unless they can find a…

  9. Video: Kevin Durant’s Big throwdown over Chris Bosh

    Jun 13, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    It’s really hard to pick one Kevin Durant highlight from this game to show. Really, we could just post the entire fourth quarter. But instead, we’ll go back to the second quarter, when KD drove the land and threw down a signature dunk over Chris Bosh. At the time it seemed a mirage, a moment…

  10. Heat-Thunder Game 1: Who has been here before? Poised OKC pulls away for win.

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Miami is the team in its second consecutive trip to the NBA finals, the team that talked about its new attitude, how it learned from last season, about LeBron James‘ new glare, and was more comfortable on the stage. But like they did throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs — and like they did last finals…

  11. Kevin Durant turned on the heat to close out Miami

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant had a pretty quiet first half and, perhaps not surprisingly, his Oklahoma City Thunder trailed by seven points heading into halftime. That all changed in the second half, however, as Durant dominated down the stretch to close out the Heat on his way to 36 efficient points in his first ever NBA Finals…

  12. NBA Finals Game 1: Heat 54, Thunder 47 at halftime

    Jun 12, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It felt a little like two fighters feeling each other out in the first round of a 12-round match. After one half Miami is up 54-47 and you can make a case that both teams should feel lucky. Miami outplayed the Thunder, especially on offense where they were able to get into the lane and…

  13. Tuesday And-1 links: Kobe Bryant is not getting divorced

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

    vanessa-bryant

    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. • Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa have worked things out and are not…

  14. Game 1 pregame notes: Spoelstra won’t tip hand on Bosh starting

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    So is Chris Bosh going to start Game 1 for the Heat? You’ll have to wait and see. As will the rest of us. In his pregame talk Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did not tip his hand as to the starting lineup and whether Bosh will be in it or keep coming off the bench.…

  15. Report: Danny Ferry frontrunner for Sixers GM job

    Jun 12, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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    We told you earlier today that the Sixers had started early with the search to replace current front office decision maker Rod Thorn (he plans to step into a part time position after his contract is up next summer). Interviews have already started. And there is a front-runner, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports…

  16. Isiah Thomas gets shredded in new Dream Team documentary

    Jun 12, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    1992-dreamteam

    Last night I watched a preview copy of the NBA Dream Team documentary that airs on NBA TV Wednesday, highlighting the 20th anniversary of the original (and greatest) Dream Team and their run up to and through the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Watch it. It is fantastic stuff. Great stories, a reminder of how huge this…

  17. Miami “zombie” victim’s post-surgery words: “Go Heat”

    Jun 12, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    zombies

    Ronald Poppo has had as bad a couple weeks as a person can have. The Miami man was homeless to start with, then on May 26 a naked crazed “zombie” in an altered condition attacked him and ripped so much of Poppo’s face off he was unidentifiable. He’s gone through a couple weeks of surgery,…

  18. LeBron really doesn’t care that Kobe Bryant isn’t in finals

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Seriously, I can’t wait for the games to start so we can talk about those. Because right now the conversation has evolved to what Scott Brooks thinks about Russell Westbrook’s fashion choices and who LeBron James wishes he had played in the finals. Actually, LeBron doesn’t really care who is lines up to play him…

  19. Scott Brooks is good with whatever that is Russell Westbrook is wearing

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    russell-westbrook-shirt

    I don’t know much about fashion, I just know I wouldn’t wear what Russell Westbrook has been wearing to postgame interviews these playoffs. Scott Brooks frankly wouldn’t be caught dead in these shirts either. But he’s the coach — he’s got his players’ backs. Even if there is a generation and taste gap between the…

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