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  1. Miami’s athletic defense is biggest hurdle for Boston to clear

    May 29, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce is defended by Miami Heat's Wade and James in Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    It wasn’t the technical fouls. It wasn’t the officiating period (Miami shot 23 free throws, Boston 21). It’s not about fatigue. It’s not something being more physical can solve. It is not something zone defense is going to solve. The core problem the Boston Celtics have to overcome against the Miami Heat is something very…

  2. No surprises in Game 1 as Heat cruise to win over Celtics

    May 29, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

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    The first game of the Eastern Conference Finals went largely as expected. With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combining for 54 points, and with the Celtics offense being wildly inconsistent, Miami cruised to a 93-79 victory that seemed to see Boston’s worst fears in facing the Heat in this series become reality. James got going…

  3. Chris Bosh opens up about crying last year, injuries now

    May 28, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    Chris Bosh clearly just wants another shot at it. He and the Heat came within two games of winning an NBA championship last season, he helped them get there by being the most consistent Heat player through the playoffs (including outplaying Kevin Garnett in the second round). If there was ever any doubt to Bosh’s…

  4. Chris Bosh works out on court, still not ready for Game 1

    May 28, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Chris Bosh is not walking through that door… yet. The Heat’s big man who is key to their offensive spacing — and in the Eastern Conference finals could help cover Kevin Garnett — is still officially “out indefinitely” with a strained abdomen and will not dress for Game 1 against Boston Monday. However, Bosh was…

  5. Eastern Confernence finals preview: Celtics vs. Heat

    May 28, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Kevin Garnett

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 46-20 (No. 2 seed) Boston: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Boston won the season series 3-1. In their second to final game before the playoffs the Heat did not play any of their big three against the Celtics, so toss that one out. KEY INJURIES Celtics: Starting two guard Avery Bradley…

  6. Video: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson remind you what everyone’s playing for

    May 26, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    ESPN’s rafters commercials have been really good. The Kevin Durant one held the promise of future, the Paul Pierce one held the reminder of glory for a franchise that hasn’t seen a title since 2008. The new “A Champion Will Rise” commercials speak to the league’s history, and feature two of the greatest to ever…

  7. Are Miami Heat secretly rooting for Sixers to beat Celtics?

    May 25, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Paul Pierce

    Sports tradition calls for you to say, “We’re just happy to be here, both teams present challenges and we will just try to be ready.” That’s… organic fertilizer from male cows. NBA players and coaches have preferences. And like the rest of us in life what they are rooting for is the easiest path to…

  8. Stat of the day: LeBron had some monster playoff games

    May 25, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James reacts after a missed play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    With the Heat down 2-1 to the Indiana Pacers and no Chris Bosh on the horizon, LeBron James channeled his Cleveland self and, along with Dwyane Wade, carried the Heat into the Eastern Conference finals. For LeBron’s legions of detractors it does not matter, because nothing he does will matter until he wins rings. Plural.…

  9. Friday And-1 links: Wade’s pink pants were… interesting

    May 25, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Dwyane-Wade-gets-fancy

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Dwyane Wade wore pink pants to the game on Friday. Yea… not working…

  10. Video: Watch Dwyane Wade carve up Pacers defense

    May 25, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    It was the Dwyane Wade show Thursday night. He was knocking down jump shots, which opened up his driving lanes to the rim. He had 41 points and pushed the Heat to a win and into the next round. It was a virtuoso performance and there was nothing the Pacers could do about it (especially…

  11. 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…

  12. Thursday And-1 links: Dirk Nowitzki thinks Popovich is the best

    May 24, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Tradition says you say your coach is the best in the league, but…

  13. 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 —…

  14. Danny Granger to play in Game 6 despite swollen ankle

    May 24, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' Granger grabs his ankle after he was injured in the second quarter of play against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Danny Granger‘s ankle is swollen up “like a small softball” and if this were the regular season he’s be sitting. But it’s not and he is going to go out there and play in Game 6 Thursday night, an elimination game for the Pacers who trail 3-2 in the series. How well he can still…

  15. Kevin Durant, LeBron James head All-NBA Teams

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Here’s the problem with nitpicking the All-NBA teams — there are no bad players on any of the first three. You can argue if you want (and as I would) that LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a spot on the third team more than Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t make the guys on the…

  16. Winderman: Haslem’s retaliation hurts Heat on court at key time

    May 23, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Haslem flagrantly fouls Indiana Pacers' Hansbrough in the second quarter during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Back in the day, when violence was king and Pat Riley was puppet-master, a colleague in New York warned me where the initial round of Heat-Knicks was headed. He said he had seen it before, the way Riley could wind up players with the Knicks and have them unleash frightening fury in the name of…

  17. Granger agrees with Bird that Pacers played soft. LeBron doesn’t see it that way.

    May 23, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James dribbles against Indiana Pacers' Granger in the first quarter during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Larry Bird was pissed after the Heat came out in Game 5 Tuesday and steamrolled his Pacers. The team president broke out probably the biggest insult you can use in professional sports. Bird said the Pacers played soft. Wednesday, the Pacers agreed. “I agree with his assessment. We did play soft,” Indiana’s Danny Granger said…

  18. LeBron, Ibaka lead NBA All-Defensive team voting

    May 23, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Few things can be counted on for a consistent laugh like the NBA All-Defensive team voting. It is always a laugh. This year it didn’t disappoint — somebody voted for Carlos Boozer. Yes, that Carlos Boozer. For his defense. But no complaint about the top vote getter, LeBron James. He was a defensive force this…

  19. Danny Granger sprains ankle, status up in air for Game 6

    May 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' Granger grabs his ankle after he was injured in the second quarter of play against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    This much was clear from Miami’s thrashing of the Indiana Tuesday night — with Danny Granter the Pacers may not win but without him they are doomed. Granger sprained his ankle just 3:11 into the third quarter when he landed on LeBron James’ foot following a three-point jumpshot attempt. He rolled his ankle and instantly…

  20. 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…

  21. Can Heat duplicate blueprint of Game 4? Don’t bet on it.

    May 22, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Game 4 was what Heat fans expected this team to look like — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were each an unstoppable force and played well off each other, the Heat played suffocating defense, and a role player (Mario Chalmers in the first half, Udonis Haslem in the second) stepped up. But can they duplicate…

  22. LeBron calls Danny Granger’s tactics, technicals “stupid”

    May 22, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

    Ed Malloy, LeBron James, Danny Granger

    It took a few games, but now we’re getting some real playoff passion and disgust for the other team going. For three straight games Danny Granger has gotten in the face of either LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, in an effort to show he and the Pacers were not going to back down from the…

  23. Video: Stephen A. Smith impersonation from Saturday Night Live

    May 21, 2012, 9:11 PM EDT

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    In case you haven’t seen it, Jay Pharoah did his impersonation of Stephen A. Smith, talking about LeBron James, during the Weekend Update “news” part of Saturday Night Live . I like it. Just a little exaggerated, but not much.

  24. Monday And-1 links: Would you play for Coach Brian Scalabrine?

    May 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Coach Brian Scalabrine? Why not? • There are reports that Knicks guard J.R.…

  25. Video: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade putting on a show

    May 21, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    If the Miami Heat are going to knock off the Indiana Pacers — doing it without the injured Chris Bosh or any kind of consistent play from their role player — they are going to need a whole lot of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. They got that Sunday (and they got the win). Here…

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