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  1. NBA finals Game 2: Miami picks up defense, leads 55-43 at half

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    The Miami Heat have gotten what they need. Dwyane Wade came out looking like his old self, aggressive and attacking. Chris Bosh had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Miami had great ball movement. The Heat defense, particularly transition defense, that was missing in Game 1 was back in Game 2 as…

  2. Chris Bosh to start for Heat, Haslem to come off bench

    Jun 14, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Bosh speaks with media in Oklahoma City

    Erik Spoelstra has stopped playing games and is now going the only direction he really can — Chris Bosh will be back in the starting lineup for the Miami Heat, he announced before Game 2 in Oklahoma City Thursday night. But unlike during much of the season when both Bosh and Udonis Haslem would start,…

  3. Jerry Sloan pulls out of Charlotte Bobcats coaching search

    Jun 14, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Jerry Sloan, the long-time Jazz head man who was one of the three finalists for the Charlotte Bobcats coaching gig, has pulled himself out of the running, he told Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. “I took myself out today,” Sloan said by phone. “I don’t want to comment on it because it’s never profitable for…

  4. No rest likely coming for LeBron, which isn’t good for Heat

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James takes part in a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    In the regular season, LeBron James actually played well in the fourth quarter — he had the second highest fourth quarter PER in the league. Part of the reason is that the Heat’s rotation let him sit the first four to five minutes of the quarter and rest, then come in with real energy. In…

  5. Jameer Nelson is looking for a long-term deal. Aren’t we all?

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    UPDATE 6:05 pm: The Magic and Jameer Nelson have agreed — and the league has approved — to extend his time to make an opt-in decision to June 29. So no decision in the next 24 hours. This should give the Magic time to get a new general manager in place who can talk with…

  6. NBA Las Vegas Summer League schedule announced

    Jun 14, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    summer league

    In the same way if you are a baseball fan you owe it to yourself to one year make it out to Spring Training, if you are an NBA fan you owe it to yourself to make it out to NBA Summer League one year. It’s NBA rookies and guys hoping to make it onto…

  7. NBA finals Game 2, Heat-Thunder: We expect a better Miami, is that enough?

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Every time they have really been challenged these playoffs, the Miami Heat have been able to summon enough focus and resolve to get the wins they need. Down 2-1 to the Pacers, they rallied. Down 3-2 to the Celtics, they rallied. Down 1-0 to the Oklahoma city Thunder in the NBA finals, you can bet…

  8. Brandon Bass opts out with Celtics, becomes a free agent

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    If Brandon Bass has his way, he’ll be a Celtic again next year. But this is a business and Bass wants to get paid, he wants security. So as most people expected, Bass has opted out of the final year of his deal with Boston, worth $4.25 million, to look for a bigger payday with…

  9. Video: Kobe, Griffin, Rose pimp NBA 2K13

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    michael-jordan-nba-2k12

    It’s not going to be easy to top NBA 2K12 and the throwback teams, but I’ll speak for all of us in saying I can’t wait to hear what is coming in NBA 2K13. This new promo spot for the game doesn’t really tell us much about the game itself, but it does remind us…

  10. Lottery bound Jeremy Lamb rolls ankle in Raptors workout

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - West Virginia v UCONN

    It’s always one of the concerns in the back of your mind as we head into the workout season, when guys trying to get drafted are doing private workouts for teams. What if a guy gets injured? Hopefully it’s not serious, but Connecticut guard and expected lottery pick Jeremy Lamb rolled his ankle in a…

  11. Lillard wants to go from Weber State to NBA starter in a year

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Julian Demalleville

    From Weber State and the Big Sky Conference to starting NBA point guard in a year? That’s the leap Damian Lillard says he wants to make. Says he is ready to make. Not everybody is convinced, but Lillard is climbing draft boards. He was working out for the Kings (No. 5 pick) Wednesday and said…

  12. Dirk Nowitzki says Durant way ahead of where he was at 23. He’s right.

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant takes part in a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s very difficult to compare Kevin Durant to another player past or present, because there is nobody quite like him — long, deadly on the catch-and-shoot but can attack off the dribble, can play isolation or within the offense, and with a shot that is virtually unblockable. The closest thing on offense may be Dirk…

  13. Video: Mike Tyson sings his tribute to LeBron James

    Jun 14, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    US fighting legend Mike Tyson waves on t

    When you think of America’s greatest singer songwriters — Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, etc — you always want to include Mike Tyson in that group. Because if you don’t he might punch you. Jimmy Kimmel had the brilliant idea of having Tyson pen a tribute to LeBron James. This is the result. I think it’s…

  14. Spoelstra not talking, but expect Bosh to start Game 2

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Chris Bosh arrives for a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will probably spend all day Thursday dodging the question of if Chris Bosh will start or not because… well, I guess he wants to be like Bill Belichick. Whatever. Pretty much all indications point to Bosh moving back into the starting lineup. Here is what Spoelstra said on Wednesday, via the…

  15. Report: Dion Waiters lottery promise from Phoenix

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Ohio State v Syracuse

    One day into the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last week, Syracuse guard Dion Waiters shut it down — he was not working out for any more teams. That means he got a draft promise from some team. Who? How about the Phoenix Suns at No. 13? That was the early rumor and that’s what…

  16. LeBron hopes to see less deferring, more attacking from Wade

    Jun 14, 2012, 9:52 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    LeBron James was good in Game 1, but for the Heat right now that is not good enough. He has to be exceptional. At both ends of the floor. And he could use some help. Dwyane Wade was 7-of-19 shooting on offense and had Russell Westbrook blowing by him like he was an orange traffic…

  17. Stern is going on a “stop flopping” crusade, will look at rules

    Jun 14, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Flopping in the NBA is not a new issue — Vlade Divac mastered it long ago — but it has become a bigger topic of discussion in the last year. Talk about flopping is seemingly everywhere and suddenly there are people wondering if there is more flopping in the NBA or international soccer. David Stern…

  18. Video: Relive the NBA Finals Game 1 win for Thunder

    Jun 14, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Enough about Game 1, it’s almost time to turn our attention to Game 2 of the NBA finals. But before we do, here is a great video from NBA.com looking back at the first game, with some cool footage and interviews. This is a good way to start out your Thursday morning. Then we can…

  19. Owners formally approve sale of Hornets to Tom Benson

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:01 AM EDT

    David Stern, Tom Benson

    Tom Benson, you are in the club. Not that there was much doubt the owner of the New Orleans Saints would get the okay to also become the owner of the New Orleans Hornets. In large part because he will keep the team in the Big Easy. In large part because the league really, really…

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