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  1. Coach K on Olympic team: “I know LeBron will play”

    Jun 21, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT

    LeBron James Team USA

    Mike Krzyzewski has some tough decisions to make about the upcoming Team USA squad for the London Olympics — do you bring in a second true center behind Tyson Chandler or do you go “small” with Kevin Love in that role? But there are some easy decisions, too. “I know LeBron will play,” Krzyzewski told…

  2. NBA finals Game 5, Thunder—Heat: Five things to watch

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    By the fifth game of an NBA series, there are not a lot of surprises left. There is no magical adjustment or lineup that hasn’t already been tried. The coaches have played their cards, made their tweaks, figured out the matchups they want and don’t want. It’s about execution. That’s where we stand heading into…

  3. Durant sued over “Durantula” nickname by ‘80s guitarist

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Can you “own” a nickname? Actually, yes you can. Jeremy Lin just won a battle to own the rights to “Linsanity.” That brings us to Kevin Durant, who has been called “Durantula” by fans since he was still wearing a green Sonics uniform. But now he is being sued for it, according to TMZ (hat…

  4. Former missile tracking technology revolutionizing NBA stats

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    People who dismiss the NBA’s statistical revolution as a bunch of nerds in front of computers with Google-like algorithm don’t get the real picture. The reality is that a stats-loving coach who incorporates them into formulating his game plans is about to win an NBA title in Miami. The reality is pretty much every team…

  5. Kobe Bryant still king of international NBA jersey sales

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    kobe-game-3-nuggets

    Kobe Bryant is still the biggest brand in the NBA. Others are in line for his crown, but if you want to use an NBA star to sell shoes or soft drink or whatever internationally, Kobe is the gold standard. And he can sell jerseys, too. The league announced the top NBA jersey sales internationally…

  6. Thunder want to remind you that you counted them out before

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins

    MIAMI — Just a couple weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder were down 2-0 to a San Antonio Spurs team that had won 20 games in a row and looked pretty dominant doing it. Everyone was starting to picture how the Spurs matched up with the East. Four games later, the Thunder were in the…

  7. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 4: Revenge of the little brother

    Jun 20, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In the NBA Finals last year, Mario Chalmers hit a huge three to give the Heat the lead late vs. Dallas. It was supposed to be his moment. Finally, finally, he would be accepted, respected, celebrated. It would be about him, and his game, his shot. It was not. A blown rotation and an answer from Dallas…

  8. Kendrick Perkins has no idea what Scott Brooks is doing, either

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    All series long Thunder coach Scott Brooks has been taking flack for his handling of the Thunder rotations — sitting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at the same time, leaving guys with hot hands on the bench, not seeming to have a feel for his team. It’s not just you and me, Kendrick Perkins feels…

  9. NBA finals Game 4: LeBron, Heat play through pain to reach brink of a title

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:24 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    One year ago, the Miami Heat were ahead 2-1 in the finals against Dallas and up 9 points in Game 4. Then they learned some very painful lessons. This year, the Heat were again up 2-1 and this time were down 94-92 with four minutes remaining. Adding to their woes, LeBron James was on the…

  10. NBA finals Game 4 pregame notes: Brooks says Durant can’t worry about fouls

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:02 PM 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

    Kevin Durant is not a player prone to foul trouble — he tends to dish out fouls to the unfortunate souls tasked with covering him, not get in trouble himself. But in the last two games Durant has been in foul trouble and it has dramatically impacted Oklahoma City’s offense and execution. Thunder coach Scott…

  11. Video: LeBron vs. Durant in NBA finals. What a show.

    Jun 19, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    We all know these NBA finals are a whole lot more than LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant. Much more. But that is one fun part, and they do spend time guarding one another. Great job by NBA.com on their “phantom” videos putting together some highlights of this matchup. You get the feeling Game 4 is…

  12. NBA finals Game 4 shootaround notes: Everyone talking Ibaka, LeBron’s defense

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James during practice

    Serge Ibaka made headlines — and sounded pretty foolish — when he said Monday that LeBron James is not a good defender and couldn’t cover Kevin Durant one-on-one. Because so many people can. So LeBron, what do you think of that? “I don’t really care what he says, he’s stupid,” James said, then saying every…

  13. NBA finals Game 4: Five things the Thunder need to do to win

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Westbrook reacts with Durant and Harden as they lose to the Miami Heat during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Miami has made its statement. Nobody ever questioned their talent, the questions were how LeBron James would deal with being back on the biggest stage, and secondly, would they bring consistent effort that they had lacked all playoffs? LeBron has been the series MVP so far and for two games in a row the Heat…

  14. Our annual reminder to fans: The referees are not deciding the finals

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    Referee Crawford calls a technical foul on Oklahoma City Thunder Brooks in the first half during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami.

    Every year it is part of the narrative of the NBA finals — fans the team coming out on the bottom are convinced that their heroes would win if it were not for the referees clearly having it in for their team and David Stern trying to determine the outcome. You can count on it…

  15. PBT Extra: Talking Harden, LeBron, and Heat-Thunder Game 4

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Today in PBT Extra Tiffany and I talk about how the Thunder have looked inexperienced for the first time these playoffs, how LeBron James looks more comfortable and what all that means for Game 4. I expect a more desperate Thunder team come Tuesday night, they know they can’t go down 3-1. But this has…

  16. Could LeBron James ever pass Michael Jordan in marketing?

    Jun 18, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James during practice

    Michael Jordan remains the undisputed king of NBA marketing. Nine years since he stepped on an NBA court — and 14 years since the Jordan we prefer to remember in Chicago — Jordan still dominates NBA marketing and is estimated to make around $60 million annually in endorsements. The Air Jordan Nike brand still accounts…

  17. Miami Heat just fine winning more ugly games

    Jun 18, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    LeBron james (L) of the Miami Heat defen

    If you’re going to win a championship in any sport, you’re going to have to grind out some ugly wins. Football teams are going to have to run the ball and eat some clock. Hockey playoffs are all grind. And in the NBA, you are going to have to grind out a win with defense…

  18. Video: Durant says finals far from over, Wade talks experience

    Jun 18, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Here are a few a few highlights from Sunday night’s post-game press conferences after Game 3, in case you didn’t stay up to the middle of the night to watch them get replayed on NBA TV. And if you didn’t what’s wrong with you? Where are your priorities? Kevin Durant says exactly what you’d expect…

  19. Kevin Durant to Dwyane Wade: “You’re too small”

    Jun 18, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant (R) of the Oklahoma City Th

    It is one key to winning in the NBA — exploit your mismatches. Against Kevin Durant, pretty much the other 449 guys in the league are a mismatch. Including Dwyane Wade. At one point in the second half Wade got switched on Durant defensively. That’s a size mismatch. Durant recognized it and scored over him.…

  20. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 3: LeBron James finally suffocates Kevin Durant in the fourth

    Jun 18, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    (Before we get started, there is an alternate view point here, one in which Durant was out of his rhythm because he had been benched for the final 5:40 due to picking up his fourth foul, or that he was tentative for the same reason, concerned with drawing an offensive foul. If you choose to…

  21. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 3: The Triad have found the nexus

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:33 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    In Miami’s 91-86 win over Oklahoma City Sunday night, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade scored 35 points on 34 shots. That’s a bad ratio. It would indicate that LeBron James (29 points on 23 shots) carried the team. But that’s off, you have to consider everything. The metrics, the plays, the context of the series,…

  22. Video: Kevin Durant throws down huge dunk

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunde

    Kevin Durant just keeps doing it this series — he puts up 25 points on 19 shots in Game 3 and we feel like he was off his game a little. He’s that good. He wasn’t off it on this play — a catch at the three-point line, one dribble all the way to the…

  23. Thunder let Game 3 get away in NBA Finals after Miami gave them multiple chances

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have shown all season that they’re a tough team to beat, but their youth and relative inexperience may have finally caught up to them on Sunday night. The Thunder, playing their first game as the away team in the NBA Finals, looked like they might be on the way to running…

  24. NBA finals Game 3: Heat grind out win with assist from Thunder

    Jun 17, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    The Miami Heat attacked from the opening tip and they owned the paint. But that wasn’t enough — the Oklahoma City Thunder adjusted, taking away the inside game and looked like they were going to take the game away on the road. And then the Thunder imploded. Oklahoma City fouled 3-point shooters. They missed free throws.…

  25. NBA finals Game 3: No slow start by Thunder, 47-46 Heat at the half

    Jun 17, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Finals - Game Three

    This time, there was no slow start by the Thunder. In Game 3 they got down 10-4 but came back with James Harden early and the result was a close first half, with the Heat leading much of the way but never coming close to pulling away. It is 47-46 Heat at the half of…

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