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  1. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick Draft tracker

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:11 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Locate the refresh button on your browser now, because this is where you are going to want to be for the entire 2012 NBA Draft. Every pick will be discussed here, from Anthony Davis at No. 1 to the next Isaiah Thomas at No. 60 (last year’s final pick who turned out to end the…

  2. You can go home again: Donnie Walsh hired by Pacers

    Jun 26, 2012, 2:21 AM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    Donnie Walsh was the long-time CEO of the Indiana Pacers who took a few years off to bail the New York Knicks out of their Isiah Thomas hole. They rewarded him for that by shoving him aside (over differences about the Carmelo Anthony deal), stripping him of his power and making him a consultant. Now,…

  3. The sweet validation of one Shane Courtney Battier

    Jun 24, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    I asked a group of friends recently what the first thing they think of when they hear the name Shane Battier. Three people immediately said “Dukie.” Two people said “Defense.” And one person said “Smart.” You can throw another one on there, now. NBA Champion. Battier obtained another championship to go with his high school…

  4. 2012 NBA Finals: 50 Observations

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    The most entertaining Finals of probably the last fifteen years begins Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. With that here are 50 thoughts, observations, and predictions as the Oklahoma City Thunder face the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals. 1. This is going to be fun. 2. I’m not talking like “oh, hey, we’re going…

  5. Celtics-Heat Game 7: A fade from green to black

    Jun 10, 2012, 3:38 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    It’s possible, however remotely, that Miami’s 101-88 win in Game 7 wasn’t the end of the Big 3 era in Boston. It’s not inconceivable that Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers could elect for one more ride. But it doesn’t feel like it. It doesn’t feel like it because of how close this team came to…

  6. Larry Bird says he wants to return to Pacers next season

    May 30, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    It was the conventional wisdom that after this season Larry Bird would walk away from his job in Indiana. He had to be coaxed back last year and with the Pacers on solid footing for the future he could step away leaving the team in a good spot as an up-and-comer in the East. But…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals behind Wade’s 41 points

    May 24, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 6

    Exactly one week ago, Dwyane Wade was held to five points on 2-13 shooting as the Pacers mauled the at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take a 2-1 series lead. Tonight, Wade flipped script on the Pacers, and ended their season in the process as the Heat won game 6 by a final score of…

  8. Pacers can’t be soft in Game 6 or Heat will eliminate them

    May 24, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Miami does not have Udonis Haslem Thursday night, suspended for his hard foul on Tyler Hansbrough last game. Danny Granger will be out on the court for Indiana but playing with an ankle he described as swollen like a small softball. These are serious setbacks for both teams and how they deal with it —…

  9. Chris Bosh: “I think I’m healing at a very fast rate right now”

    May 24, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh will not be in a uniform for Game 6 Thursday night in Indiana. If there is a Game 7 this weekend he will not be playing in that, either. But if the Heat are going to have a real shot at a ring they are going to need Bosh back from his strained…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Heat destroy Pacers, take 3-2 series lead

    May 23, 2012, 12:20 AM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 5

    The Miami Heat are just one road loss away from facing a Game 7 in the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs, but they sure did look like a championship team on Tuesday night, when they absolutely dominated the Indiana Pacers en route to a 115-83 win. There’s really only one way to describe this…

  11. Clippers next steps start with making Chris Paul happy

    May 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    The Clippers were eliminated, swept right out of the playoffs by the Spurs Sunday night. But it didn’t feel like a painful elimination as much as the start of a journey. Clippers fans stayed and cheered for minutes after what may have been the best season in franchise history. The players talked about the loss…

  12. NBA Playoffs: James, Wade carry Heat, even up series with Pacers

    May 20, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 4

    The Heat were able to get a 101-93 win over the Pacers to even up the series at 2 on Sunday, but it certainly didn’t come easy for them. The Miami Heat absolutely needed a win in Indiana on Sunday afternoon, and for the first part of the game, it didn’t look like the Pacers…

  13. Two reserves for Miami and Indiana in pre-game altercation

    May 20, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    STEPHENSON_LANCE

    Before Game 4 of Pacers-Heat, Juwan Howard and Lance Stephenson got into a verbal altercation. No, that’s not the start of a joke. It actually happened. From Yahoo Sports: Miami Heat forward Juwan Howard and Stephenson exchanged sharp words within inches of each other’s faces on the court. Stephenson, who flashed a choke sign at…

  14. Can Heat adjust to a Bosh-less world? Game 3 will tell.

    May 17, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    In Game 2, Miami tried to do what they normally do, and it didn’t work. LeBron James and Dwyane Wayne found limited driving lanes because Chris Bosh was not there to pull a big man away from the basket with the threat of his outside shot. On the pick-and-roll both defenders could focus on Wade…

  15. LeBron James calls playing power forward “taxing”

    May 17, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James looked fatigued at the end of games. When he is fatigued he settles for jump shots rather than attack the rim. When he settles for jumpers everyone talks about how he will not take over at the end of games. LeBron admitted that he was fatigued at the end of Game 2 in…

  16. Indiana’s Larry Bird named NBA Executive of the Year

    May 16, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Larry Bird attends a party after the premier of the Broadway play Magic Bird in New York

    He’s an NBA MVP. He’s an NBA champion. He’s an NBA Coach of the Year. And now he’s an NBA Executive of the Year. Not a bad resume. Larry Bird was voted the honor by his peers, the league announced. Bird is the first person ever to be an MVP, COY and now Executive of…

  17. Ironically, Wade thinks Pacers celebration was excessive

    May 16, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Pacers Celebration, Dwyane Wade

    Really? The celebration is his problem? Indiana was one fired up team after they knocked off the Heat in Game 2 Tuesday night, tying that series at 1-1. As they should have been. It was a big road playoff win that should give them a measure of respect among people who just didn’t realize how…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Heat flaws show up big, Pacers exploit them to even series

    May 15, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 2

    Miami fans, the time to panic may be now. Indiana certainly didn’t dominate Miami in their ugly 78-75 Game 2 win, but they did make the Heat look like a team that may be fatally flawed without the third member of their “Big 3″ in the lineup. The Heat had plenty of chances to win…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Can the Heat go up 2-0 without Bosh?

    May 15, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh injured

    The Miami Heat managed to win Game 1 of their series with the Indiana Pacers thanks to an absolutely incredible half from both LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, but don’t be fooled: Bosh’s injury changes the entire dynamic of the series. If James and Wade can play like they did in the 2nd half of…

  20. Heat go Bosh-less for Game 2, but is that enough for Pacers?

    May 15, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    Indiana didn’t beat Miami in Game 1, but it put up a respectable showing on the road and that was with the team’s leading scorer — Danny Granger — being bottled up by the Heat defense. Now comes Game 2 and the Heat will be without Chris Bosh (strained abdominal). It changes the equation. For…

  21. NBA Playoff Preview: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

    May 11, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Darren Collison, Dwyane Wade

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 46-20 (2 seed) Indiana 42-24 (3 seed) SEASON SERIES Miami Heat 3-1, although the Pacers won the last meeting (during Miami’s March slump) and in the second to last it took Dwyane Wade heroics in overtime to get the Heat the win in a game the Pacers rightfully think they could have…

  22. Four 3-1 series, do we see four series closeouts Tuesday? No.

    May 8, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Four games — every one of them featuring a team up 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. Tuesday night could see four series close out in the NBA playoffs. Not likely. We’re not sure who, but someone will push the series forward to a Game 6. One team will lose some days off to rest. That…

  23. Pacers GM first of maybe many to get look for Blazers job

    May 6, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

    pacerslogo

    After going without one for a year, the Portland Trail Blazers finally seem serious about getting a general manager. Maybe so Paul Allen can fire him in a year, too, but for now they are going after some. Here is a run down of the guys in consideration. Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated listed a…

  24. Sorry to tell you this but playoff injuries not due to schedule

    May 1, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

    Rose injury

    Derrick Rose rips up his ACL on a non-contact play. Hours later, the Knicks’ Iman Shumpert tears his ACL on another non-contact play. Two major injuries that happen just after a lockout-induced, compressed NBA schedule where a lot of guy missed games… kind of thing that makes you draw connections in your head. Don’t. They…

  25. Third quarter run by Indiana evens series with Orlando

    May 1, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    For the first 27 minutes, Game 2 of the Indiana game against Orlando looked like Game 1 — the Pacers raced out to an early lead but then their offense went cold while the Magic got some inspired play and had the lead. Then the Magic went on a 25-5 run in to close out…

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