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  1. PBT Extra: Talking Celtics-Heat with Zach Lowe of SI

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Today on PBT Extra it was time to talk but what has been and also what’s coming up in the Boston-Miami series as we head to a Game 6 Thursday that could see the Heat golfing on Friday. To break it down I bring in Zach Lowe a reporter/blogger with Sports Illustrated who runs their…

  2. Report: Raptors ready to trade No. 8 pick, more for swingman

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Toronto has some players in place, a coach, but they also have a distinct need — they want an established front line wing player. They have set their sights high. And they will give up their No. 8 overall pick to get it. So reports Marc Stein at ESPN. And that’s why the Raptors have…

  3. NBA Draft Combine going on right now in Chicago

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

    Pat Riley

    Right now, just about every NBA decision maker — save four, and they sent key personnel — is in Chicago for the annual NBA Draft Combine. A chance to watch guys shoot, run around cones, work out and interview guys likely to be drafted by teams. You can watch it yourself Thursday and Friday on…

  4. Just a reminder: Kevin Garnett is lucky, made a lot of money

    Jun 6, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Business Insider posted a fascinating graph today: Just to remind you that not only has Kevin Garnett won a lot of basketball games and been a hero in Boston, he has been well compensated for his efforts. This graph represents just salary, not endorsements (which is where Jordan slaughters everyone who ever played the game).…

  5. Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Spurs know what to do, but it may not matter

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

    It’s not that the Spurs don’t know what they have to do to win — this is a smart, veteran team with the best coach in the land. Intellectually, they know what they need to do. But there comes a point where athleticism trumps that plan, and for three games in a row now the…

  6. Anderson out, Stiemsma and Thomas in on USA Select team

    Jun 6, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo

    Greg Stiemsma is moving up in the world. Fast. The Boston backup big man as well as New Orleans’ Lance Thomas have been added to the USA Select team, the team of younger players that practices against the Team USA roster to help them prepare for the Olympics. They will get together July 6 in…

  7. Report: Clippers looking at Kiki Vandeweghe as GM

    Jun 6, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

    Vandeweghe

    If you have wondered what Kiki Vandeweghe has been up to since leaving the Denver Nuggets the answer is he’s been a pre/post game analyst for Clippers games on Fox Sports West in Los Angeles. So it shouldn’t be a shock to see his name come up in regards to the Clippers suddenly vacant GM…

  8. Winderman: Problem with Riley in Miami, Jackson in Orlando is they’re not coaching

    Jun 6, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    We have reached a compelling intersection of what is and what could be. The fact that the protagonists are Pat Riley and Phil Jackson makes it all the more intriguing of a case study. At the very moment when the Riley-as-front-office-sage approach is coming under fire 200 miles south on Florida’s Turnpike, there is increased…

  9. Report: Golden State thinking small forward and Jason Kidd

    Jun 6, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    One half of the report out of the San Francisco Chronicle makes a lot of sense — Golden State needs an upgrade at the three spot and they have a lot of assets heading into the draft to make a move. But the second half of this makes no sense to me. The San Francisco…

  10. NBA Draft: Could Barnes bounce up to Cavaliers at No. 4?

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    There was a time, more than a year ago, when it was thought Harrison Barnes could be the top pick in the draft. He still has skills — he can shoot well, defend well and has a smooth, versatile game — but it took them a while to start to come out at North Carolina.…

  11. Report: Heat to go after Andre Miller as free agent

    Jun 6, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Miami clearly needs something. Is that something a new, quality point guard? Is a guy used to having the ball in his hands and creating shots for others going to mesh with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the court? But the point guard line of thinking seems to have gained some momentum. There have…

  12. Celtics-Heat Game 5: Erik Spoelstra vs. the depths of pressure

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The thing you have to understand is that I don’t think you can really study Erik Spoelstra and think he’s a bad coach. His preparation, his devotion, his work ethic, his approach, most of his tactics, and his overall intelligence make it pretty hard to validate what so many people say about him, just because…

  13. Video: Spoelstra, Bosh, Rondo talk Boston Game 5 win

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers gestures to Rajon Rondo in the second quarter as the Celtics play the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami, Florida

    Above you see some highlights of the post-game press conferences in Miami after Boston came in and stole Game 5, taking a 3-2 series lead (with the chance to close it out at home Thursday). Erik Spoelstra used a lot of vague coach speak and sounded more like a motivational speaker than a anything else.…

  14. Quote of the day: Wow, LeBron just does not get it

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    “We played good enough to give ourselves a chance to win. That’s all you can ask for.” —LeBron James, following the Heat’s Game 5 loss to Boston. Via Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo. That pretty much sums up the mental difference in this series — Kevin Garnett or Rajon Rondo or no other Celtic would ever…

  15. At least one kid thought Miami gave “good effort, good job”

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    It’s good to know that while the rest of us will spend the day killing the Heat for their effort and the job they put forth Tuesday night there is one young fan that believes they did their best. He was the lone voice of support as LeBron James, Shane Battier and DNP-CD Ronny Turiaf…

  16. Kevin Garnett remains beating heart of these Celtics

    Jun 6, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    At age 36, Kevin Garnett has been the most important player in the Eastern Conference finals. Because of his play, the Boston Celtics knocked off Miami 94-90 in Game 5 and are on the doorstep of returning to the NBA finals for the third time in five years. Because of him the team that everyone…

  17. Miami’s next step: Figure out how to be a team

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    With the game and maybe the season on the line, the Miami Heat were what they have been since October of 2010 — individuals. Dwyane Wade was the guy with the ball, standing out top and attacking off the dribble trying to find a seam to slice through. LeBron James was in the corner, motionless,…

  18. Video: Wade’s block leads to Pietrus’ game-changing three

    Jun 6, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    This was the play that changed everything. Miami was up 6 and had been on a 16-4 run when Dwyane Wade makes a spectacular block on Brandon Bass at the rim and the usually sleepy Heat crowd bolted to life. But then Rajon Rondo made the play of the game — a touch-pass off the…

  19. Celtics-Heat Game 5: Heat play to stereotype, wilt while Celtics take control of series

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:33 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, LeBron James, Keyon Dooling

    This game felt like the entire Miami Heat season — there were spurts of athletic, beautiful play, but they couldn’t sustain it. They wilted after the All-Star break. They wilted in the second and third quarters of this game when they shot just 29 percent in the face of Boston’s pressure. They could not make…

  20. New Blazers GM Olshey suggests Canales to remain coach

    Jun 5, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    Kaleb Canales

    Neil Olshey came in to his first press conference as Trail Blazers general manager and said all the things Blazers fans wanted and you’d expect — we’re trying to re-tool not rebuild, we are in this to win for the long term, etc. But there was one interesting thing — it sounds like interim coach…

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