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  1. Howard leads NBA All-Defensive team, but with Kobe?

    May 9, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The votes on NBA All-Defensive team are often more about reputation than how somebody is actually performing. In theory coaches vote on this award, but it’s taken about as seriously as the coaches ballots in college football polls. Which means sometimes an assistant fills it out, sometimes the team PR guy, pretty much anyone but…

  2. NBA Playoffs: The Miami Heat show their ugly side in Game 3 vs. Celtics

    May 8, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Welcome back the Miami Heat we have mocked and derided all season. We’re glad you could visit after the impressive, competent team that has inhabited your body for eight weeks. They were no fun at all, what with their championship aspirations and focused intensity. The Boston Celtics rediscovered themselves in Game 3 on Saturday, as…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Celtics bounce back, shut down the Heat

    May 7, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    It looks like the Miami-Boston series might just live up to the hype after all. After looking sluggish and over-matched in the first two games of the series, the Celtics were able to get a convincing 97-81 win over the Heat by doing what they do best: spreading the ball around on offense and playing lock-down defense.…

  4. Chris Bosh admits it’s The Big Two and Bosh in Miami

    May 6, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    When the Miami Heat do post-game player interviews, first Chris Bosh comes in and talks from the table. Then later (often quite a bit later) LeBron James and Dwyane Wade come in and speak together. It’s felt like that on the court too this season — that the Big Three is really a Big Two…

  5. What should scare the league: Wade, Lebron figuring it out

    May 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and LeBron James talk on the sidelines during a timeout against the Boston Celtics during fourth quarter of Game 2 in Miami

    When the season started, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were playing next to each other. Basically taking turns with shockingly little action unless they were in transition. Slowly that has evolved as the season has worn on. Now, they are working in unison — sometimes as a pick-and-roll pairing, sometimes with James working off the…

  6. LeBron thinks Rajon Rondo is a lot like Barry Sanders

    May 5, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    Obviously, I’m an NBA guy. I’ll watch random 1970s NBA finals games on NBA TV and get sucked in like it was happening live. I could watch Magic or Ice Man or even Harold Minor highlights all night long. But are there better sports highlights than Barry Sanders runs? That man was a wizard. So…

  7. Which team is more likely to come back: Celtics or Lakers?

    May 5, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen

    Right now, you don’t want to be the Celtics or the Lakers. History tells us the teams that have won the last three NBA titles are in a lot of trouble. Watching the games and how they’ve been outplayed makes it feel worse. Heading into a playoffs filled with flawed teams — there was no juggernaut…

  8. Celtics were burglarized in Miami during regular season

    May 4, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Anthony and Bosh block Boston Celtics' Davis during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    It hasn’t been just the last couple of games where Miami’s American Airlines Arena has been a house of horrors for Boston. Turns out the regular season sucked for them there, too. As evidence we present this tidbit from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. When the Boston Celtics climbed on the team bus in the bowels…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Boston defenseless against Miami

    May 3, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James celebrates after scoring against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    Boston is down 2-0 to Miami. It feels a lot worse. Celtics fans can take solace that the Celtics are heading back to the Garden, but it’s hard to see how that — or Shaq or anything else — is going to make a big difference in this series. For two games, Miami has robbed…

  10. Nine voters leave LeBron James off MVP ballot completely

    May 3, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    It’s time for the annual cry for transparency in the NBA’s MVP voting. Because if you’re a media member with an MVP vote, you should be able to defend your choices. If you are one of the seven people who did not vote Derrick Rose first, you should be able to explain that. And for…

  11. Derrick Rose officially named MVP

    May 3, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Phoenix Suns

    We knew it was coming, seemingly forever, and as should be expected it was a runaway. Derrick Rose is the NBA’s MVP. The youngest ever at age 22. The most recent in Chicago Bull to win it since that guy with the statue out in front of the United Center. Rose becomes only the second…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Can Boston flex its muscle in Game 2?

    May 3, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    Sunday Miami knocked the expected story lines of this series on its head — they were more physical than Boston. For all the talk about composure and the referees James Jones from three, the biggest surprise out of Game 1 was that Miami pushed Boston around. And that’s where things need to start to change…

  13. LeBron, Wade admit they fight like an old married couple

    May 3, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    For better or worse, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will be joined at the hip for a few more years. Which from the outside looks pretty good — they are up 1-0 on the Celtics in the second round of the NBA playoffs, and they get to live in Miami and eat good Cuban food…

  14. Report (we all believe): Derrick Rose to be named MVP Tuesday

    May 2, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    derrick Rose bulls

    At this point even LeBron James‘ mom has accepted that Derrick Rose is going to be MVP. That announcement is going to officially come Tuesday, according to a Aggrey Sam at CSN Chicago. Rose was the engine of the offense of a Chicago Bulls team that won 62 games. Actually, that understates it. He was…

  15. Boston far from dead, but they better get well fast

    May 2, 2011, 12:30 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    This series is far, far from over. Miami set the tone in Game 1. They got the big game they needed from Dwyane Wade, the Heat were more physical, the Heat bench stepped up and most surprisingly it was Boston players that lost their composure. (That said the second technical on Pierce was just bad…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Wade leads Heat to Game 1 victory

    May 1, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    The Miami Heat aren’t the most complete team in the championship hunt. They don’t have a reliable starting center or point guard. They don’t have a deep rotation. They don’t have a lot of guys who can create their own shots. However, the Heat do have a stingy defense, players who can make open shots,…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Boston and Miami try to set tone in Game 1

    May 1, 2011, 1:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wait during a timeout against the Philadelphia 76ers in Miami

    Often, the first game of an NBA playoff series can feel like the first round of an overhyped boxing match — a lot of dancing around, a lot of feeling each other out, a lot of jabs but no haymakers. Not Boston vs. Miami. Game 1 is going to set a tone in this series.…

  18. What Heat-Celtics means to the Miami Heat

    Apr 30, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat want to be great. Greatness is such a bizarre concept. How often is it used outside of sports? Politics. Spirituality. Business. Show-business. And all those things are complex and contextual. But it’s what we pursue. If the Boston Celtics symbolize that single-minded obsession with gold, the Heat are pursuing something that almost…

  19. Celtics say Bosh is the key for Miami, numbers say otherwise

    Apr 29, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

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    Before the Celtics practiced on Friday, one of the things that both Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett mentioned was their belief that Chris Bosh is the key for Miami in this series. If Bosh can play well throughout — which would mean consistently outplaying Kevin Garnett — then Boston believes the Heat will be tough…

  20. Now we have what we want: Miami vs. Boston

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Give the people what they want. And this is the series nearly everyone wanted. Old school big three vs. new school big three. LeBron James against the Celtics again — but this time he has new friends with him for backup. Tradition rich New England vs. modern and stylish Miami. Celtics vs. Heat. A seven-game…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Heat close out Sixers in Game 5

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Game 5

    The Miami Heat had a tougher time than expected with a young, well-coached Sixers team for four of the five games in their now concluded first round playoff series. Yes, Miami closed out Philadelphia in Game 5 on Wednesday 97-91, but it was anything but easy. The Sixers really had it dialed in defensively against…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Heat will close out tonight or regret it Sunday

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Miami Heat are going to close out this series tonight. Sure, in theory in one game anything can happen (the NCAA bases a whole basketball tournament around that theory). Even Burnie (the Heat mascot you didn’t know had a name) will admit this Heat team is fully capable of playing a lazy, terrible game…

  23. Sixers’ Iguodala’s knee pain has been worse than he’s let on

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Andre Iguodala has struggled through the playoffs. The most explosive wing player on Philadelphia has shot just 31.6 percent overall and 25 percent from three. He is averaging only 8.8 points per game. He has looked like a shell of the guy who won gold with Team USA in Turkey last summer. That guy looked…

  24. Nike LeBron 8 PS: Reviewing the shoe’s performance after a run on the Heat’s home floor

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

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    Pro Basketball Talk was in Miami for the release of the Nike LeBron 8 PS, the playoff series edition of LeBron James‘ signature shoe. In this third and final part of of our profile, we break down how the shoe performed on the court … the Miami Heat’s home court, at American Airlines Arena. This…

  25. Are the Miami Heat clutch? Not by the numbers.

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James reacts on the bench while playing against the 76ers in the second  quarter during Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Philadelphia

    The real test for the Miami Heat is coming. No, not Tuesday night, they will destroy the Sixers in that game. We’re talking next weekend, when they will take on Boston in round two. Or the conference semi-finals. Or when the playoffs really get serious. Whatever you want to call it. There are going to…

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