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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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 —…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. Report: Dwyane Wade had fluid drained from his left knee

    May 21, 2012, 3:12 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    It’s been clear for a couple weeks now that Dwyane Wade was bothered more by his left knee than he was letting on or was in the worst playoff slump of his career. Smart money was always on the injury. Sure enough, Wade had to have fluid drained from his knee last week, reports Michael…

  18. 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…

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

    May 20, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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    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…

  20. LeBron, Granger talk smack; but Game 4 pressure squarely on James, Heat

    May 20, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Make no mistake, if Miami doesn’t win Game 4 they aren’t coming back to win this series. Even if Chris Bosh had a miracle recovery. Even if Pat Riley replaced Erik Spoelstra and brought in Phil Jackson as an assistant. The Pacers are good and they are not losing three in a row. The Pacers…

  21. Joakim Noah to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this summer

    May 18, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    In recent years, a pilgrimage to Houston to work with Hakeem Olajuwon has become the Mecca of NBA players wanting to work on their post game. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and host of others have made the trek. But Joakim Noah is going another direction this summer — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From Real GM:…

  22. Video: LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra speak on Game 3 loss

    May 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Chalmers leave the court during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    The Heat know how bad Game 3 went. They know how much trouble they are in. Whether they can do anything about that is another question. Here is what LeBron James and coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game, both basically saying they have to regroup. They do. The Heat had a team meeting Friday…

  23. Heat hit self-destruct button, Pacers steamroll to Game 3 win

    May 17, 2012, 11:13 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade walks during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    The Miami Heat self-destructed, and Dwyane Wade hit the button. Wade, the 2006 finals MVP, was 2-for-13 shooting and had words with coach Erik Spoelstra as the Heat came apart at the seams and fell to a Pacers team growing in confidence with every minute. Game 3 finished 94-75 — which is pretty reflective of how…

  24. Winderman: LeBron’s comments on Lakers last play speak volumes

    May 17, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James opened a window Thursday into how he views a game even when he’s not playing . . . And it’s remarkably similar to how he views it when he is. As he watched the closing seconds Game 2 of Lakers-Thunder from his Indianapolis hotel room, what caught James’ eye was not Kobe trying…

  25. 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…

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