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  1. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh to rest Wednesday vs. Raptors

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:39 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Thursday night the Miami Heat have a showdown with the Chicago Bulls. If the Heat have dreams of catching the Bulls for the top seed in the East, that is a must win game. Plus, they could use the confidence boost after the Bulls’ bench beat them in overtime a week ago. To rest of…

  2. Wednesday’s And-1 links: Beasley’s future is “so blurry”

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:14 AM EST

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    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. • Michael Beasley says, “My future is so blurry.” Sometimes the chronic jokes just…

  3. Video: Chris Mannix says LeBron will be MVP but that doesn’t matter

    Apr 17, 2012, 8:50 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James drives to the basket as his team plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    A poll of former MVPs had a slight lean toward Kevin Durant as your MVP this year, but Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated was on NBC’s SportsTalk on Tuesday and said LeBron James should be the man. And it doesn’t matter. Mannix is spot on here — anything less than a ring for the Heat…

  4. Video: LeBron James introduces Norris Cole to Jay-Z

    Apr 17, 2012, 7:24 PM EST

    Jay-Z, LeBron James

    “Hey, rook, come over here. I want you to meet Jay-Z.” There are perks to playing with LeBron James in Miami — this kind of thing simply does not happen at Bucks games. Or at Cleveland State. After LeBron scores the final 17 Heat points to get them a win Monday night, he waves Norris…

  5. Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose learning physical price of stardom

    Apr 17, 2012, 1:14 PM EST

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    Derrick Rose vented after Charlie Villanueva bloodied his nose that he was sick of the cheap shots and hard fouls. Monday afternoon, Blake Griffin echoed he same thing, via the Orange County Register (hat tip to SLAM). “I’m definitely sick of taking hard hits,” Griffin said after the Clippers’ shootaround Monday. “…There’s a point, I…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Suns rising while Rockets crash back to earth

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

    Luis Scola, Kosta Koufos, Kenneth Faried

    What you missed while watching the holographic Tupac set from Coachella… Clippers 92, Thunder 77: Oklahoma City scored just 25 points in the second half. It’s the kind of game that makes you go hmmmm….. Nuggets 104, Rockets 102: In the first half, the Rockets were playing with a sense of desperation on defense. How…

  7. Could Miami catch Chicago for top spot in East? Maybe. But not likely.

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:25 PM EST

    Miami Heat's forward Howard and guard Wade congratulate forward James after they took the lead over the New Jersey Nets in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Newark, New Jersey

    A few days ago, this seemed impossible. It’s still not likely. Unless you think the Heat can start to find those higher gears we think they have but haven’t seen in a while. Still, after the Heat came back to beat the Nets Monday night on the strength of LeBron James scoring the final 17…

  8. Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams out for Heat vs. Nets Monday

    Apr 16, 2012, 6:08 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

    Not that it is going to make much difference in the final outcome, but the Nets will be without Deron Williams and the Heat will be without Dwyane Wade Monday night when Miami and New Jersey clash. Williams was a surprise late scratch due to a calf injury, tweets Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.…

  9. Former MVPs think Durant edges out LeBron this year

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:56 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    It’s going to come down to LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant. That is your MVP race and it is going to be close. Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida decided to ask 11 former MVPs who would get their vote. Fun idea. Durant won five votes to four (with two abstentions). “I think that this…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Rose or no Rose, Bulls back on top

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    In our penultimate power rankings, the Bulls grab the top spot. They have been the best team in the league in the regular season, but there remain questions about them in the playoffs. 1. Bulls (45-14, last week ranked number 1). Huge win over the Heat last week — a little for the standings but…

  11. Rose is “sick and tired of people trying to take cheap shots”

    Apr 16, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose looked more like he had been in a Blackhawks playoff game than a relatively meaningless, end-of-the-regular season Bulls game. Rose drove the lane in the fourth quarter and journeyman forward Charlie Villanueva gave Rose a hard foul — right across the bridge of his nose. Rose was bloodied, Villanueva got a flagrant foul…

  12. Miami edges New York with execution; can the Knicks sustain going one-on-one?

    Apr 15, 2012, 4:53 PM EST

    LeBron James Carmelo Anthony

    It was a battle of very successful, very flawed approaches, when you think about it. The Miami Heat edged the New York Knicks with a closing round flurry Sunday, 93-85. The Heat looked like the much better team in the first and fourth quarters, New York the more complete and hungrier squad in the 2nd…

  13. Bulls beat Heat in overtime, but neither team looks ready for the playoffs

    Apr 13, 2012, 12:03 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls and the Heat are far and away the top two teams in the Eastern Conference standings, so it’s only natural that their nationally televised tilt on Thursday night would be billed as a potential preview of the conference finals. But if either of them play the way they did in this one for…

  14. Charles Barkley says Bulls best in East, plus much more

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

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    Before you think about mocking Charles Barkley’s picks, remember this — he was picking the Mavericks last season long before conventional wisdom came around to them. So when Barkley says that the Chicago Bulls are the best in the East, we shouldn’t just dismiss it as the usual Barkley bombast. Here are his quotes from…

  15. Wade backtracks; Colangelo explains why players not paid for Olympics

    Apr 12, 2012, 2:43 PM EST

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    In a purely business sense, you can argue that guys from the USA Basketball team deserve a cut of the money they earn USA Basketball — they do generate a lot of money in jersey sales and they help drive some big ticket events. But it’s a public relations disaster to ask for the money.…

  16. Winderman: Wrong answer to say NBA players should be paid for Olympics

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:43 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There was one correct answer, and in the past 24 hours Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade whiffed. And that’s unfortunate. Do NBA players deserve to be paid for participating in the Olympics? Considering the television ratings and merchandising they create, sure. But should NBA players ask to be paid? To answer that, return to where…

  17. Dwyane Wade also thinks Olympians should be paid

    Apr 11, 2012, 7:12 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Ray Allen — a guy with a gold medal at home but if he’s going to London this summer it is as a tourist — said yesterday that Olympians should be paid. Dwyane Wade — Team USA’s leading scorer from 2008 who almost certainly will be part of Team USA this summer — agrees. Here…

  18. Ray Allen thinks guys should be paid to play in Olympics

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:23 AM EST

    Ray Allen Team USA.

    This summer, the best basketball players on the planet will put aside their team loyalties and put on their national team jerseys and play in the 2012 London Olympics. They do it for their country and for pride. It is one of the great international showcases of basketball. Ray Allen thinks guys should get paid…

  19. LeBron, Dragic named players of the week

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

    Rockets Hornets Basketball

    From NBA.com: NEW YORK — The Miami Heat’s LeBron James and the Houston Rockets’ Goran Dragic today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, April 2, through Sunday, April 8. James led the Heat to a 3-1 week with averages of 30.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Who forgot to tell Spurs they are old?

    Apr 9, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    Can you picture a San Antonio vs. Miami finals? It’s not that hard, if you try. 1. Spurs (40-14, last week ranked number 2). Eleven wins in a row and they are percentage points ahead of the Thunder (and one ahead of them in the loss column). Are they title contenders? They have four rings…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston is hot, the Sixers not so much

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:30 AM EST

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    What you missed while buying a small town for yourself… Knicks 100, Bulls 99 (OT): It took some huge threes by Carmelo Anthony and some missed late free throws by Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, but the Bulls got a key win in their playoff chase. Celtics 103, Sixers 79: Paul Pierce was hot early…

  22. Dwyane Wade out Sunday against Pistons with ankle injury

    Apr 8, 2012, 6:27 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Wade does a chin up before their NBA basketball game against Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee

    So much for that “no rest for the Heat’s stars” pledge… Dwyane Wade will miss the Heat’s game Sunday against the Detroit Pistons after tweaking his ankle Friday night on a dunk attempt, according to a tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Shane Battier will start in his place. Wade sat out a…

  23. Ain’t no rest for the wicked: Spoelstra says no rest for Heat stars

    Apr 7, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

    Erik Spoelstra

    Cue up Cage the Elephant… The Miami Heat looked tired Friday night, losing at home to a more physical and physically ready Memphis Heat team. Dwyane Wade even said after the game he had a feeling in shootaround his legs were tired and he wondered if the Heat were ready compete. So, with Miami tired…

  24. Mark Cuban would like to see NBA age limit increased, too

    Apr 6, 2012, 1:14 PM EST

    Mavericks owner Cuban waves to fans before the start of Mavericks versus 76ers NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    A. Owners love the idea of a higher age limit in the NBA — it gives them more time to see how a player matures, allows more time to scout them so taking the player is less of a gamble, and it lets the NCAA do a couple years of marketing to create names for…

  25. Friday And-1 links: Wade, LeBron and the pick-and-roll

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:28 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    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. • Miami is changing up some of its offensive sets to be better prepared…

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