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  1. Lance Stephenson asked to guard LeBron James in Game 4

    May 29, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

    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

    No single person can guard LeBron James even competently over the course of an entire game. It takes multiple skilled defenders, along with a solid team defensive strategy just to slow the game’s best player into turning in a below average performance. The Pacers were successful against James in Game 4, limiting the league’s MVP…

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

    May 29, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    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,…

  3. Report: Cavaliers eying scoring forward if they trade No. 1 pick

    May 29, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics

    DeMarcus Cousins’ talent would tantalize any team, but according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Cavaliers have a different profile in mind if they trade the No. 1 pick: The Cavs have acknowledged that they will listen to offers for the top overall pick, and rival executives say they are looking for an established…

  4. Report: Carmelo Anthony wants Knicks to add another scorer

    May 29, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony doesn’t care about the math — if he did, he’d know it’s going to be very difficult for the Knicks to change the roster much this summer. No, Carmelo Anthony just wants to win a title and he understands the Knicks roster as it stands is maybe fourth best in the East next…

  5. Pacers talk beating Heat, tying series — they are confident (VIDEO)

    May 29, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

    Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel talks with player Paul George in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    If you had seen the Pacers play this season — which large swaths of casual basketball fans had not — you would have known this would be a tough series for the Heat. We didn’t expect them to score like this, but we did think this was a resilient bunch that would not go quietly…

  6. The real story: Indiana’s offense too much for Miami

    May 29, 2013, 8:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Indiana’s offense is going to find it hard to score on Miami and their turnovers — 15.2 percent of possessions in the playoffs, it was 16.2 percent in the regular season, second worst in the league — will get them in trouble. —PBT Preview of the Eastern Conference Finals I’m quoting myself but this was…

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

    May 29, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    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…

  8. Heat don’t scare Pacers

    May 29, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    May 29, 2013, 12:35 AM EDT

    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…

  10. Lance Stephenson nails corner 3-pointer to end third quarter

    May 28, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    From their 11-0 start on, the Pacers have had Bankers Life Fieldhouse rocking during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. But a back-and-forth third quarter gave the Indiana crowd few reasons to really erupt. At least until Lance Stephenson nails a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pacers a 77-70 lead over…

  11. LeBron James blocks George Hill after hiding near sideline

    May 28, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    No fastbreak is safe with LeBron James on the court. George Hill surely thought he had a sure-fire two point as he rose to the rim without LeBron directly behind him. In theory, that scenario would eliminate the possibility of LeBron making one of his signature chase-down blocks. But LeBron hid near the sideline, essentially…

  12. Paul George goes to rack, throws it down vs. Heat (VIDEO)

    May 28, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    LeBron James gave up a lane by being up a little high on Paul George, and like LeBron George knows what to do with it. Impressive throwdown by George, part of a great run by the Pacers to open the game. As they should, they played with real desperation at the open.

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

    May 28, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

    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…

  14. LeBron’s post-ups the latest problem for the Pacers to try and solve

    May 27, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    The Miami Heat got whatever they want offensively in Game 3 against the Pacers, racing out to put 70 points on the board by halftime in what would end up being an easy 18-point victory that reasserted the team’s dominance. LeBron James was especially effective early, and got things going in the first half by…

  15. Watch Heat’s Chalmers bounce the ball off Hibbert’s head (VIDEO)

    May 27, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    Mario Chalmers

    It’s a pretty standard play — a player tries to save a ball going out of bounds and retain possession by throwing it off the body of a guy near the sidelines.  It just doesn’t normally happen off a guy’s head. But that was what happened here as Roy Hibbert went to the ground chasing…

  16. Chris “Birdman” Andersen perfect 13-for-13 against Pacers (VIDEO)

    May 27, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Chris Andersen was 4-for-4 on Sunday night against the Pacers. You can see the shots in that video. That makes him 13-for-13 in the Eastern Conference Finals. He has now hit 16 shots in a row and is 31-of-37 in these playoffs. It is an amazing run. (By the way, he has a postseason PER…

  17. Cuban says plan is for Dallas to be contender in two years

    May 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban,  Brian Forte

    How close are the Dallas Mavericks to contending? Owner Mark Cuban says he plans to have his team back at the top of the league in two years. Yes, two years. That’s the timeline he gave ESPNDallas.com. “We want to be a championship team. We’ve never said we have to be a championship team this…

  18. Heat blowout win doesn’t define series, but it might win it

    May 27, 2013, 12:36 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Even for the Miami Heat, this game was an outlier. They scored 70 points on 63 percent shooting with one turnover in the first half. Udonis Haslem hit 8-of-9 to lead Heat players outside the “big three” shooting 55 percent. Haslem’s shooting eventually pulled Roy Hibbert away from the paint and opened everything inside. LeBron…

  19. Heat send a message with blowout Game 3 win over Pacers

    May 27, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Pacers' West, Stephenson and George react near the end of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    The Heat didn’t only reclaim home court advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals with a lopsided 114-96 victory in Indiana on Sunday — they sent a message. Miami rolled from the very start, and in doing so reminded us of just how dominant this team was all season long. In the first two games of…

  20. Dwyane Wade after avoiding Game 3 suspension: ‘I wasn’t worried because it wasn’t intentional’

    May 26, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade drives between New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Dwyane Wade wasn’t suspended for the elbow he landed to the head of Lance Stephenson in Game 2, although after the play was reviewed by the league office, it was upgraded to a flagrant one foul. Many thought there was a decent chance Wade might have faced a suspension for the blow to the head,…

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

    May 26, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    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 EDT

    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. Dwyane Wade delivers an elbow to the head of Lance Stephenson in Game 2 (VIDEO)

    May 25, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    Late in the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ Game 2 win over the Heat, Dwyane Wade elevates to try to get past Lance Stephenson just after he crosses half court. It appeared as though Wade was simply trying to hustle to get into defensive position, and had no intention of making any malicious contact. But…

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

    May 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 25, 2013, 1:49 AM EDT

    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…

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