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  1. LeBron James will play for Heat vs. Lakers, Wade out

    Jan 19, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    This really shouldn’t be a surprise — LeBron James has been playing through flu-like symptoms all week — but he will suit up and play against the Lakers Thursday night, the team announced, tweeted Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. LeBron had been sent home from the morning shootaround, so he was officially a game-time…

  2. Eddy Curry has lost nearly 100 pounds, may make Heat debut tonight

    Jan 19, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Eddy Curry poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    The Miami Heat won’t have Dwayne Wade tonight against the Lakers, and LeBron James will apparently be a game-time decision, but they may get some help Eddy Curry, who might play in his first game since 2009 tonight: From Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears: The New York Knicks’ loss to the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 17, 2009, wasn’t a…

  3. NBA All-Star starting teams pretty much set already

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    You can keep voting on the NBA All-Star Game players through the end of the month — you can vote every day between now and then, if your heart so desires. It’s not going to matter, the All-Star Game starters are pretty locked in. The NBA released the second round of All-Star balloting returns on…

  4. Winderman: Post-lockout schedule leaves players hurting, fans wanting

    Jan 19, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    Glance at those NBA ads promoting broadcasts of games and you’ll notice the small print that reads: “Scheduled to appear.” That disclaimer is becoming the motto of this NBA season. Because what you’re planning for isn’t always what you’ll get. Just ask the TNT folks, who on Thursday night were primed to show Kobe vs.…

  5. LeBron sent home from shootaround, game time decision

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    I’ll say it up front — he’ll play. Just watch. LeBron James has been battling what was described as a “flu-like symptoms” for a few days now, and there were reports that if Dwyane Wade had been able to go against the Spurs Tuesday LeBron may not have. Things have not gotten better. LeBron was…

  6. This isn’t Kobe vs. LeBron, it’s Heat break vs. Lakers big men

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Thursday night’s showdown in South Beach is not Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. Not totally. Yes, they are the league’s top two scorers, but LeBron is a game time decision after being sent home sick from shoot around. He’s been fighting a cold for a few days. Either way, you can be sure Kobe is…

  7. Mike Miller back with Heat (which is good for LeBron)

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Heat shooting Mike Miller celebrates after scoring against the Spurs in the second half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    One note we kind of glossed over from the Miami Heat’s dramatic comeback win over the Spurs Tuesday — Mike Miller is back. The three-point specialist missed the start of the season due to a sports hernia but he was back running with the Heat on Tuesday night and went 6-of-6 from three in 15…

  8. Eddy Curry could debut for the Heat Thursday. We’re serious.

    Jan 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Eddy Curry

    Yes, Thursday night Hitler and Jack the Ripper may get in a snowball fight in Hell, also. Long dismissed — but well paid — center Eddy Curry could make his debut for the Miami Heat, reports our own Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel. Instead of again summarily ruling the bulky veteran center out of…

  9. Wednesday And-1 links: Cuban is still spending on something

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Welcome to our 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). Mark Cuban is going to spend about $1.4 million on Mavericks championship rings. He’ll do it without blinking. He’d gladly do it again next year, but…

  10. LeBron backs Popovich as potential USA Basketball coach

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    After the USA earned a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics, Mike Krzyzewski was brought in by Jerry Colangelo to help turn things around. He was one coach who is universally respected among players and is seen as kind of “above the fray” of the politics that can go into picking an Olympic team. The…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: One half of Heat bests half of Spurs

    Jan 18, 2012, 2:13 AM EDT

    Heat small forward James reacts after the Heat tied the game with the Spurs in the second half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while buying the paintings of a squirrel… Heat 120, Spurs 98: It was a tale of two halves. In the first half the Spurs controlled the tempo and forced the heat into the half court. LeBron James, fighting a cold that might have kept him home if Dwyane Wade could have played,…

  12. It may seem like it, but lockout does not equal more injuries

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Curry injured AP

    You knew this would come — the talk around the league that the lockout and shortened training camps had led to more injuries, more sprained ankles and more traumatic injuries. anecdotal evidence seems to back that up. Al Horford is down for the season after surgery to repair his pectoral muscle Tuesday, a similar injury…

  13. Dwyane Wade got a 2012 McLaren for birthday. Top that

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade attends a fashion show of the Yves Saint Laurent collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion season presented in Paris on Friday, June 24, 2011

    We already showed you the highlights of Dwyane Wade’s 30th birthday bash, complete with Rick Ross and Common rapping, Usher and LeBron James in the house and a cake that spit fire. But that wasn’t the best part. At least not for Wade (although I’m sure he’ll tell you just having his friends there meant…

  14. GMs predict Heat to win title, Kevin Durant MVP

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    The annual NBA survey of team general managers is out and — shockingly — they think the Miami Heat are very good. Same with that Kevin Durant guy. So, they see the world pretty much like the rest of this. In the annual survey of team executives, 74.1 percent of the GMs think the Miami…

  15. However you build it, U.S. Olympic team will be very good

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    We don’t know exactly what the U.S. Olympic team will look like in London. We know the pool of players — the 20 finalists — the roster will come from. And we know a couple other things: Mike Krzyzewski and staff have some hard choices ahead of them. This team will be very, very good.…

  16. Video: Andrea Bargnani’s underground All-Star anthem

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Brilliant. We told you Andrea Bargnani is having a career year in Toronto (which, along with the Raptors improved defense, should have people using the words “Dwane Casey” and “coach of the year” in the same sentence). He’s actually defending as well as giving Toronto 22 points a game, and he’s doing it more efficiently…

  17. Wade out Tuesday, no timetable for return to lineup

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    UPDATE 11:36 am: In a surprise to nobody, the Heat have announced that Wade will not play Tuesday against the Spurs. So, back to The LeBron James Show, with a guest appearance by Chris Bosh. Don’t ask when Wade will be back. 10:43 am: Dwyane Wade sprained his ankle last Friday night in a game.…

  18. Tuesday And-1 links: Portland’s sell out streak in jeopardy

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Welcome to our 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). Portland’s 166 game sellout streak is in danger of coming to an end. Which speaks more to the condensed schedule and the economy than it does…

  19. Video: Dwyane Wade’s 30th birthday bash was sweet

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    I don’t know about you, but my 30th birthday was not quite this nice (took in Social D in Vegas, if you have to ask). Dwyane Wade‘s 30th birthday not only had his girlfriend Gabrielle Union and buddy LeBron James hanging out on stage, there were performances by Kelly Rowland signing Happy Birthday, Rick Ross,…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Heat slip, Bulls charge into top spot

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Miami tripped up out West and the Bulls ran over them on the way to the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Meanwhile, jump on the Sixers bandwagon while you can. 1. Bulls (12-2, last week ranked No. 2). Five wins in a row and their next five games are against teams under .500, so…

  21. LeBron James says he “can relate” to Tim Tebow

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    When you think of athletes like LeBron James, Tim Tebow probably isn’t the first guy that comes to mind. But LeBron James sees some similarities and relates to him, he told Chris Tomasson of FoxSportsFlorida.com. And stop with the “losing in the playoffs” jokes, that’s not what he meant. “I can relate to him a…

  22. USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for Olympic team

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

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    When USA Basketball sends a dozen players to the Olympics in London this summer, the roster will come from these 20 finalists, released by USA Basketball on Monday: Guards: Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook, Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant Forwards: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Carmelo…

  23. Kobe says guys most like him: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derrick Rose

    Kobe Bryant is the guy with the rep as the toughest dog in the junkyard. Deservedly so. Which led to this interesting comment he made after the Clippers knocked off the Lakers Saturday night, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “The game just gets easier with Chris Paul,” Bryant said before comparing himself to Paul. “He’s a dog. He’s…

  24. Caron Butler nearly returned to Miami

    Jan 15, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Caron Butler was part of a pretty special team in Miami. It featured Dwyane Wade in his rookie season, Lamar Odom, and Butler. It was a young, athletic team with players starting to come into their own. They upset the Hornets in the first round and then gave the Pacers a run in the second…

  25. Chris Bosh: ‘(Heat) are still the best team in the league.’

    Jan 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    From Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida after Miami’s Friday night loss to the Nuggets: ChrisBosh-“We’re still the best team in the league You’re going to have to go through things like this Things aren’t always going to go wellSat Jan 14 06:57:06 via webChris Tomasson christomasson One problem, Boshness. You’re not. I had held…

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