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  1. 2012 NBA Finals Game 3: 20 observations as the series shifts to South Beach

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Here are twenty observations about the 2012 NBA Finals through two games as the series shifts to Miami for a three-game set. 1. First, and really, this can’t be stressed enough, the 2-3-2 format is horrible. I get why. I do. You don’t want the Finals dragging in for an entire month. But here’s the…

  2. Time to get off Russell Westbrook’s back, it’s not his fault

    Jun 16, 2012, 3:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Whenever the Thunder lose, like they did in Game 2 Thursday night, the blame falls quickly on Russell Westbrook. He started 1-7 shooting with just one assist as the Thunder fell behind 18-2 to open the game. A hole they could never get out of. If he would just stop taking shots away from Durant,…

  3. Video: Micro-Movie of Heat-Thunder NBA finals Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    NBA.com is doing a fantastic job with these — it’s not jut a highlight package, there are behind-the-scenes video, shots from off-day practices, really interesting stuff. And it doesn’t take much to make these games interesting. This has been a blisteringly fun series. I can’t wait for Game 3.

  4. NBA finals Game 2 draws biggest ratings since 2004

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Through two games, this is shaping up to be an epic NBA finals. And people are tuning in — for the second straight contest Game 2 drew the largest Game 2 audience since 2004. That is to say, the biggest ratings since the Shaq/Kobe Lakers. Game 2 drew an overnight rating of 11.8 according to…

  5. Video: Coaches, Durant, Wade talk about dramatic Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade speaks afte

    What I enjoy most about Dwyane Wade‘s post-game press conferences these playoffs is how the wrap on his finger always matches the color of his shirt. I’m not kidding. Does it every game. Here is the video of Erik Spoelstra, Scott Brooks, Kevin Durant and Wade talking about Game 2, a 100-96 Miami win that…

  6. Video: Big plays from LeBron, Durant down stretch of Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    We already showed you the controversial one, but LeBron James and Kevin Durant were involved in some other huge plays down the stretch that made Game 2 one wild and entertaining finish. In his post game press conference Thunder coach Scott Brooks was almost just shaking his head at LeBron’s bank shot. Durant’s three was…

  7. NBA finals Game 2: Thunder must break the slow start habit

    Jun 15, 2012, 3:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Oklahoma City was even or ahead of Miami for 36 minutes of Game 2. Seriously. The second quarter of Game 2 was tied, the Thunder and Heat each scored 28. The Thunder won the third quarter by a point and then owned the fourth quarter 29-22. Miami only won one quarter, the first one. But…

  8. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 2: LeBron hulks out inside and rips Thunder to shreds

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    For years we’ve asked the question. “LeBron James is so big and powerful. Why doesn’t he get inside more?” In Game 2 of the NBA Finals, we found out what happens when he does. James scored 18 of his 32 points in the paint. He scored 20 points on field goal attempts. So on non-free-throws,…

  9. Video: Controversial no-call as LeBron fouls Durant to end Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It was a foul. Watch it, LeBron James hooks Durant under the arm as Durant spins baseline. No call, Durant misses the shot that could have tied it. Miami goes on to win 100-96. (Hat tip to Eye on Basketball for the video.) I need to add — that play is not where Oklahoma City…

  10. NBA finals Game 2: Miami holds off… or holds on to beat Thunder

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    You knew it was coming. For the first three quarters the Miami Heat played the game they needed to play to get a win in this series — LeBron James was driving the lane, Dwyane Wade looked like his old aggressive self, Chris Bosh was providing the size inside they need, the Heat defense (particularly…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  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. PBT Extra: Talking Heat-Thunder Game 2 with Darnell Mayberry

    Jun 13, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins

    It was an impressive win for the Thunder in Game 1 0f the NBA finals. They can ask their Heat counterparts — who won Game 1 against Dallas last finals — what that means long-term. To help break down what happened and look ahead to Game 2 we speak with Darnell Mayberry, the Thunder beat writer…

  20. Six things Miami needs to do to win Game 2

    Jun 13, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James pauses during a break in play against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    This series is not over. From the Memorial Day Massacre to the Heat winning Game 1 last season, there is a long history of Game 1 of the NBA finals not mattering. But Game 1 also gave hints of what could be the Heat’s undoing. They can no longer just expect to be the most…

  21. Bosh apparently wants to be booed, calls Thunder crowd, noise “regular”

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh wants to make sure LeBron James doesn’t get all the hate from the Thunder fans — he wants his share, too. He should get it now. The Chesapeake Energy Arena was rocking Tuesday night with blue-shirt clad Oklahomans who treat a Thunder game like a college football game — it is loud and…

  22. Durant admits he, Thunder were nervous before Game 1

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant started out shooting 1-of-5. Russell Westbrook seemed to be trying to do too much. The Thunder were hanging around but no looking like the team that in the past couple weeks had easily knocked off the Spurs and Lakers. What happened? They were nervous. Kevin Durant owned up to it his postgame press…

  23. Heat-Thunder Game 1: Miami didn’t choke; worse they were themselves

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    The easy mantra out of Game 1 of the NBA finals is that the Heat choked. LeBron choked in the fourth quarter. Again. But that’s not what happened. The reality is scarier for Heat fans. Miami was exactly who they are. Who they have been all season, all playoffs. And unless they can find a…

  24. Heat-Thunder Game 1: Who has been here before? Poised OKC pulls away for win.

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Miami is the team in its second consecutive trip to the NBA finals, the team that talked about its new attitude, how it learned from last season, about LeBron James‘ new glare, and was more comfortable on the stage. But like they did throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs — and like they did last finals…

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