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  1. LeBron flops on a hit from Paul George in Game 6 (VIDEO)

    Jun 1, 2013, 11:01 PM EST

    Heat's James reacts during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Pacers in Indianapolis

    Midway through the third quarter of Game 6 between the Heat and the Pacers, LeBron James was guarding Paul George, and the two appeared to make some light contact as George came around a screen. James threw his head back as if he took a hard shot to the throat before hitting the deck, and…

  2. David West misses shootaround due to illness, expected to play in Game 6

    Jun 1, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    This isn’t cause for alarm for Pacers fans, but it is something worth watching. From the team’s official Twitter feed: David West was absent from Pacers shootaround today with an upper respiratory infection. He will play in tonight’s Game 6. (via @pacersdmb) — Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) June 1, 2013 A slowed or ineffective West would…

  3. Heat/Pacers Game 6 preview: Indiana must get back to scoring to stay alive

    Jun 1, 2013, 12:29 PM EST

    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

    After four games where the Pacers owned the offensive glass, got to the free throw line and used those things to score on the Heat at a shocking rate, Game 5 was a radical departure. Indiana grabbed the offensive rebound on just 18.8 percent of their missed shots (it had been 39.9 percent for the…

  4. Clippers, Hawks reportedly interested in David West if he decides to leave the Pacers

    May 31, 2013, 10:27 PM EST

    David West

    David West was an All-Star power forward twice while playing alongside Chris Paul in New Orleans, but has flown under the radar since then in his time with the Indiana Pacers over the last two seasons. This year, West has approached that level again with averages of 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds on a team…

  5. David West reiterates he wants to stay a Pacer this summer

    May 31, 2013, 11:10 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you are going to have a strong playoff run, do it right before you are a free agent — it makes you some extra scratch on your next deal. Indiana’s David West is a free agent this summer and plenty of teams have watched him this playoffs and thought the same things lot of…

  6. Frank Vogel errs by readily sitting George Hill, Lance Stephenson with foul trouble

    May 31, 2013, 8:30 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    George Hill picked up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and after he hit a technical free throw on his way to the bench (thanks to jawing between Mario Chalmers, David West and Udonis Haslem), the Pacers led by two points. By the time Hill…

  7. Paul George and Roy Hibbert score Pacers’ first 29 points in loss to Heat

    May 31, 2013, 2:28 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Chris Andersen’s shoulder/stare down/shove of Tyler Hansbrough early in the second quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals distracted from another interesting development that followed. Once the dust settled, Hansbrough made one of two free throws granted due to Andersen’s flagrant 1. Those were the Pacers’ first points scored by someone other than…

  8. For a night Heat solve Pacers’ rebounding, defensive puzzle

    May 31, 2013, 12:27 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    For four games the Pacers offense had been fueled by offensive rebounds and getting to the free throw line. Those plays and the surprising success of the Pacers offense — averaging 111.6 points per 100 possessions — had the series tied 2-2. In Game 5 things were different. Indiana had just six offensive rebounds, grabbing…

  9. LeBron takes over, Heat take Game 5 from Pacers

    May 31, 2013, 12:11 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James directs his teammates against the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    We can talk about Xs and Os, offense versus defense, and individual player matchups over the course of a seven game playoff series. But sometimes, it all boils down to something as simple as which team the best player in the game plays for. That was certainly the case in Game 5 of the Eastern…

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

    May 30, 2013, 4:25 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 30, 2013, 2:27 PM EST

    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 EST

    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 EST

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

    May 30, 2013, 10:45 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 30, 2013, 9:57 AM EST

    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…

  16. Report: League is reviewing several controversial calls from Pacers’ Game 4 win over Heat

    May 29, 2013, 2:40 PM EST

    LeBron James, Derrick Stafford

    As with most closely contested games this deep into the NBA playoffs, there were plenty of calls made by the officials in the Pacers’ Game 4 win over the Heat that could be argued depending on which side of the proverbial fence you happen to be sitting on. Some others, however, were either objectively incorrect,…

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

    May 29, 2013, 1:39 AM EST

    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…

  18. Heat don’t scare Pacers

    May 29, 2013, 1:31 AM EST

    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.…

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

    May 29, 2013, 12:35 AM EST

    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…

  20. Preview: Pacers know what to do. Heat know it’s coming. Whoever executes wins.

    May 28, 2013, 5:44 PM EST

    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…

  21. No suspension for Dwyane Wade, but elbow to Lance Stephenson from Game 2 upgraded to flagrant foul

    May 26, 2013, 4:03 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    The league has reviewed several plays from Game 2 between the Pacers and the Heat, but only the elbow that Dwyane Wade delivered to the head of Lance Stephenson was determined to be deserving of any additional attention. Wade was not suspended for the hit, but the play was upgraded to a flagrant one foul,…

  22. Heat/Pacers preview: Will the real Dwyane Wade please stand up?

    May 26, 2013, 1:59 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Frank Vogel said in his press conference after Game 2 that LeBron James played about as good a game has he had ever seen a player have. But it wasn’t enough. Paul George didn’t outplay him but held his own, and he got help from a bunch of other Pacers — Roy Hibbert, David West…

  23. LeBron James commits two costly turnovers in final minute of Game 2 loss to Pacers

    May 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers' Hill grabs the ball after he was fouled by Miami Heat's James as Miami's Chalmers and Wade look on during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    LeBron James won Game 1 against the Pacers in the final moments, with two drives to the basket for scores in the final 10 seconds of overtime. To say he lost Game 2 in a similar manner would be overstating things a bit, but James did commit two turnovers on consecutive possessions with under a…

  24. Pacers find their offense, find balance, find Heat’s respect

    May 25, 2013, 1:49 AM EST

    Heat's Chalmers fouls Pacers' Hibbert during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference final playoff in Miami

    Coming into this series, the Miami Heat gave the proper lip service to respecting the Indiana Pacers, but did they really respect them? The Heat had gone 45-3 since Feb. 3, you had to wonder if the Pacers really had their attention They do now. The question going into this series wasn’t if the Pacers…

  25. Pacers get big games from Roy Hibbert and Paul George, take Game 2 from Heat to even the series

    May 25, 2013, 12:45 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    After the way Game 1 between the Heat and the Pacers went down, Game 2 could have gone one of two ways. Either Miami could have received the wake-up call delivered by Indiana and then come out with a dominant and inspired performance, or the Pacers could continue to make life difficult for the defending…

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