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  1. Serge Ibaka: “LeBron is not a good defender.”

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat defen

    Serge, when you’re down 2-1 in the NBA finals, you may not want to rattle the cage of the opponent’s best player. But Ibaka did that and sounded like he is watching a different game than the rest of us in a quote via Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. “LeBron is not a good defender. He…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. LeBron James says his life is like an amusement park

    Jun 18, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James takes a break during a stoppage in play in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA finals in Miami

    What’s it been like to be LeBron James the past couple years? The Miami Herald got LeBron to answer that in a rare moment of unscripted honesty. “You ever been to an amusement park?” he says. “That’s what my life has been like. Twists and turns. Up and down. Uh-oh, here we go, the roller-coaster…

  5. 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…

  6. Brooks coaching part of Thunder’s problems vs. Heat

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Let’s be clear about this up front — Oklahoma City is not down 2-1 in the NBA finals because of Scott Brooks alone. First and foremost Miami has brought its best defensive focus and intensity for two games now, and when they do they can even slow the Thunder. Plus, Miami has that LeBron James…

  7. 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…

  8. Wade on LeBron: “He’s just a total different player”

    Jun 18, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    LeBron James of the Miami Heat goes to t

    LeBron James was the best player on the floor in the fourth quarter of Game 3 — eight points on four shots, plus he got to the line for five free throws. He steadied his team down the stretch. He and the Heat looked like the experienced team, the veterans, while the young Thunder were…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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…

  16. NBA finals Game 3: Thunder sticking with same starters

    Jun 17, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks reacts in the first quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the Miami Heat in Oklahoma City

    It’s good not to make a move out of panic. Even in the NBA finals, you don’t want to overreact to one loss. But if things aren’t working – for example, you’ve gotten off to slow starts in two consecutive games because your two big man starting lineup is a bad matchup — you need…

  17. 2012 NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 3: Five things to watch

    Jun 17, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    With the Heat and Thunder knotted at 1-1, the NBA Finals resume Sunday night for the latest in a series of “pivotal” games. Both sides have accomplished some things in the first two games beyond just the one win, and both have established challenges they’ll have to overcome. Here are five things to keep an…

  18. LeBron says you can’t stop KD, you can only hope to contain him. That also will not work.

    Jun 17, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Lost in the eternal pursuit of a high quality shot by any NBA team on a given possession in the name of efficiency is this reality: you’re always going to have bad possessions. End of the shot clock, up against a trap, heat checking, trying too hard to victimize a mismatch, all these things happen…

  19. Russell Westbrook will not be altering his game, thank you very much

    Jun 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Russell Westbrook, for reasons I struggle to comprehend, took a lot of flak for Game 2. Magic Johnson called it the worst performance by a point guard in the Finals. People have blamed the entire loss on him. As if, without Westbrook, the Thunder would have magically created his 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 7…

  20. Heat says they’re done talking about last year’s Finals disaster.

    Jun 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    You have to live with your past mistakes in the NBA, more so than most people in a normal life.   Your faults and misfortunes are broadcast to millions of people, over and over again, dissected in print, television, podcasts, and bar conversations for year. Things which happened in seconds become the source of constant…

  21. 2012 NBA Finals Game 3: 20 observations as the series shifts to South Beach

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Here are twenty observations about the 2012 NBA Finals through two games as the series shifts to Miami for a three-game set. 1. First, and really, this can’t be stressed enough, the 2-3-2 format is horrible. I get why. I do. You don’t want the Finals dragging in for an entire month. But here’s the…

  22. Friday And-1 links: Rally in Seattle to support new stadium

    Jun 15, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Squatch_Sonics

    Here is our regular 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. • Plans for a new arena in Seattle, one that could house an NBA…

  23. Perkins sitting key to solving Thunder’s Shane Battier problem

    Jun 15, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    You can’t take away everything. One man cannot stop LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, you need a team defensive effort, you need bigs rotating into the paint as shot blockers. But that comes with tradeoffs. Serge Ibaka is one of the game’s best shot blockers and he has hung near the paint to protect the…

  24. Alex Rodriguez pulling for LeBron James, feels his pain

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Not many people can know what feels like to be LeBron James — the most talented and most despised player of a generation. An amazing talent people are convinced will never come through on the biggest stage. Alex Rodriguez has walked a mile in those shoes. The Yankee — who now has his ring with…

  25. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 2: Welcome back, Thunder defense

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    I had serious questions about the Thunder defense heading into Game 1. After all, this was a top ten, but not top five defense throughout the year, and it still gave up a ton of points to San Antonio (which granted has the best offense in the league). I had major concerns about how they…

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