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  1. Security in Cleveland tonight “not a police state”

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

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    There is a fair amount of security at every NBA game — men who sit behind the team benches watching the crowd, for example — but it’s not overwhelming. Like every professional sporting event that is not a Raiders game, there is kind of a belief that fans are not there cause harm to players…

  2. LeBron, Heat players respond to Gilbert’s tampering charge

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:18 AM EST

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    Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert has allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Midwestern law firm to put together a tampering case with evidence against the Miami Heat and how they lured LeBron James from Cleveland to South Beach. What does LeBron think about that? Not much, he told FanHouse on the eve of…

  3. Report: Cavaliers hire team of attorneys to build LeBron tampering case against Heat

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:13 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    So Dan Gilbert is over LeBron leaving? Riiiiiight. The Cleveland Cavaliers owner has spent several hundred thousand dollars to pay a team of attorneys to build a tampering case against the Heat that he can then present to the NBA, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The NBA won’t launch an investigation into a tampering…

  4. Winderman: Cleveland an opportunity for Heat to show heart

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:22 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    For a moment, let’s move past the powder, the banned T-shirts, the extra security. Instead, let’s move into the moment itself, the heated, contentious atmosphere that will greet the Miami Heat during its Thursday visit to Quicken Loans Arena. It will be as close as the NBA gets to playoffs in early December. And it’s…

  5. Blake Griffin has made the Clippers (yes, those Clippers) trendy

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:52 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    A couple weeks ago, Denver’s J.R. Smith popped up on twitter and asked if Blake Griffin was playing that night because he wanted to watch. He’s not alone — players around NBA locker rooms are talking about Griffin with an awe of his athleticism usually reserved for guys named LeBron. And count LeBron James in…

  6. Poll: How will Cleveland fans react to LeBron James Thursday?

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

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    The anger in the building will be palpable, and when he does the pregame powder toss LeBron James better hope Cleveland fans are mature and aren’t tossing things at him. You know, mature like Albert Belle. There are campaigns to laugh at LeBron, to come up with chants or more mature responses. But it remains…

  7. Odds better James gets in fight with Cleveland fan than passes on powder toss

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:18 PM EST

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    Gambling is bad, we certainly would never encourage it. You should not set up an offshore account and bet on unpredictable sporting events. You should definitely not take the Texans and the eight points against the Eagles on Thursday. This is strictly for entertainment. That said, the proposition bets posted by Bodog.com on LeBron James’…

  8. Quote of the Day: Dan Gilbert is over LeBron. He means it. Really.

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

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    “I’m over it. I really am. That’s the truth,” he said. “I let it all out in about 24 hours. I just think we have such a great core and a great coaching staff. We have a lot of opportunities with the trade exception and the draft. I feel good about this team.” —Cavaliers owner…

  9. Albert Belle tells Clevelanders to be nice to LeBron

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:10 AM EST

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    Albert Belle is now the voice of reason. Which also means the end times are upon us, so prepare yourself. Belle — the ill-tempered power hitter for the Indians who left for a big contract, and who knows what it is like to be booed by Clevelanders — is hoping everyone acts like adults when…

  10. Video: LeBron calls return to Cleveland “emotional”

    Nov 30, 2010, 7:29 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James knows he is in for a tough night Thursday, when he and the Heat come to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers. It will be emotional — with many of those emotions being negative ones directed at LeBron by fans. But this was what he considered his home (yes, Akron, we know, but…

  11. Outlining the damning problems of the Heat’s offense

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:34 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    This season has gone pretty well for the Miami Heat, don’tcha think? They’re ranked seventh in the league in offensive efficiency, and sixth in the league in defensive efficiency. Aside from offensive rebounding rate, they rank in the top 13 teams in each of the offensive and defensive “four factors” (effective field goal percentage, effective…

  12. Rank your MVP candidates

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:13 PM EST

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    Okay, you’ve had almost 20 games now, you should have some favorites for Most Valuable Player now, right? Kevin Durant came in as the preseason favorite for many, but his teammate Russell Westbrook has been better so far… so why not Westbrook? Or how about Chris Paul? Want to go with the old classics of…

  13. Big Z is coming home to Cleveland, too. Not sure what to expect.

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

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    One of the legendary names of Cavaliers basketball, a guy who was part of the fabric of the community, is coming to town for the first time in another jersey on Thursday. And he’s not sure what the reception will be. No, not that guy. We’re talking about Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Big Z spent a dozen…

  14. Will LeBron do the powder toss in Cleveland Thursday? “Probably.”

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

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    UPDATE 4:11 pm: Expanding on his thoughts to our own Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel (via twitter), James said he probably will do the chalk toss. “I probably will. That’s a ritual for myself.” 2: 21 pm: It’s LeBron James’ iconic signature — throwing the powdered rosin into the air by the scorer’s table…

  15. LeBron, Wade say they are getting more comfortable together

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

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    Last night after beating the Wizards, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade spoke and said they felt far more comfortable playing along side each other, that they are learning. Watch the video below. But remember this — they felt more comfortable doing that against a Wizards team that is 26th in the league in defensive efficiency.…

  16. Heat organization, Spoelstra in particular standing up to LeBron

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

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    We mentioned something that seemed quite clear in our post about Heat players being unhappy with Erik Spoelstra — that leak had to come from either LeBron James camp or CAA, the agency that represents all of the Heat’s big three. Just people trying to protect their players by shifting blame to the coach. Adrian…

  17. LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra have pregame meeting

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

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    Officially, no air was cleared. We all know that’s what it was — a clear the air meeting — but officially no. Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James had a 30-minute closed door meeting before the team’s game against the Wizards Monday, talking about their relationship and the team. And probably about having fun. “I call…

  18. Quote of the Day: LeBron says that everything is completely relatively fine between him and Spoelstra

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:53 PM EST

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    “”I didn’t realize. I don’t think Coach realized it either, until it was brought up to our attention. Incidental contact.” – Heat forward LeBron James on the “bump” that recently occurred on the court between James and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. LeBron and Spoelstra then went on to say some semi-reassuring things about the state…

  19. Dwyane Wade in the middle of everything wrong with Miami

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

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    Dwyane Wade remains the beating heart of the Miami Heat. He remains the focus, the center of the storm. The Heat are struggling in part because he is struggling — with his shot, with how to play along side LeBron, with the offense, and maybe with this coach. And until he figures it out, the…

  20. Tracy McGrady says Wade’s, LeBron’s games “really don’t mix”

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

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    Tracy McGrady is clairvoyant. Ms. Cleo incarnate. He says he saw this coming. While the world is talking about the 9-8 Heat, the slow start and the frankly ugly offensive basketball they have settled into, McGrady told the Detroit Free Press this is what he expected. “It’s what I expected,” McGrady said of the Heat’s…

  21. Clevelanders start drive to laugh at LeBron

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:58 AM EST

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    What to do with LeBron when he and the Heat come to Cleveland on Thursday night? Should Clevelanders simply boo him every time he touches the ball? Ignore him, putting up newspapers like a college student section? How about laugh at him? LaughAtLeBron is a campaign, first noticed by TerezOwens.com, to try to put together…

  22. Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat players downplay bump, friction reports

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:42 AM EST

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    We just told you there are all kinds of reports about friction in the Miami Heat locker room… Unless you ask the Heat directly. Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel did just that and both players coach Erik Spoelstra downplayed “the bump” and the rumors of locker room dissention. Of the bump with James, Spoelstra…

  23. Miami Heat players frustrated with Spoelstra, Riley’s shadow looms

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:29 AM EST

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    On every struggling team in the NBA there are players frustrated with the coach. But no other team has the star power or scrutiny of the Miami Heat. And no other team has the long shadow of Pat Riley cast across the organization and the head coach. So the reports out of ESPN’s Heat Zone…

  24. Apparently LeBron bumping his coach is a big deal

    Nov 28, 2010, 10:37 AM EST

    I’ve never been on an NBA floor playing basketball and then having to walk to the bench for a timeout. Maybe it’s a really easy process and in order to bump into someone you have to deliberately aim or deliberately avoid avoiding people. It doesn’t seem like that when you watch it in person or…

  25. Miami Heat hold players-only meeting after (latest) disappointing loss

    Nov 28, 2010, 10:20 AM EST

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    The Heat will have to forgive us, the Heat-seeking public, if we’re not overly impressed by this latest overture. It’s not that it wasn’t, that it isn’t, needed, it was and is. It’s a good sign. But it’s just one lost among so many other bad, bad signs. After Saturday night’s 95-106 loss to the…

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