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  1. Pacers talk beating Heat, tying series — they are confident (VIDEO)

    May 29, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

    Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel talks with player Paul George in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    If you had seen the Pacers play this season — which large swaths of casual basketball fans had not — you would have known this would be a tough series for the Heat. We didn’t expect them to score like this, but we did think this was a resilient bunch that would not go quietly…

  2. Report: Bucks considering keeping Monta Ellis over Brandon Jennings

    May 29, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    jennings-ellis

    As we’ve told you before, the Bucks have an interesting postseason ahead of them because their entire backcourt are free agents — Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick are unrestricted free agents (Ellis has to opt out but is widely expected to), Brandon Jennings is restricted (meaning the Bucks can match any offer). Because they can…

  3. The real story: Indiana’s offense too much for Miami

    May 29, 2013, 8:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Indiana’s offense is going to find it hard to score on Miami and their turnovers — 15.2 percent of possessions in the playoffs, it was 16.2 percent in the regular season, second worst in the league — will get them in trouble. —PBT Preview of the Eastern Conference Finals I’m quoting myself but this was…

  4. LeBron fouls out, doesn’t agree with calls

    May 29, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    Heat's LeBron James reacts after fouling out against the Pacers during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    LeBron James just doesn’t foul out. It has happened twice since he joined the Heat, five times in his entire NBA career (the last one against the Celtics last playoffs). In the middle of this season he went through a six-game stretch where he wasn’t called for one foul. But with :56 seconds left in…

  5. Heat don’t scare Pacers

    May 29, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

    Heat's James and Pacers' Stephenson prepare to play during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    The Miami Heat have been the most heavily scrutinized team in NBA history, and opponents aren’t immune from getting sucked into the publicity whirlwind. For better or worse, playing the Heat is different than any other game. Some teams, like the Bulls, thrive when facing the challenge. Others, like the Nets, crumble under the pressure.…

  6. Wild game ends with too much Hibbert for Heat to stop, series tied 2-2

    May 29, 2013, 12:35 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    This was a wild ride. From a fast 11-0 start by a Pacers team playing with desperation, to LeBron James having another monster game including an insane block of George Hill at the rim. From Lance Stephenson providing an offensive spark and hitting ridiculous threes, to some ridiculous calls from the referees. But with the…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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