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  1. No surprises in Game 1 as Heat cruise to win over Celtics

    May 29, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    lebron-game1-celtics

    The first game of the Eastern Conference Finals went largely as expected. With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combining for 54 points, and with the Celtics offense being wildly inconsistent, Miami cruised to a 93-79 victory that seemed to see Boston’s worst fears in facing the Heat in this series become reality. James got going…

  2. Kevin Garnett feels Chris Bosh’s pain… he had that injury

    May 28, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Garnett and Miami Heat Bosh compete for the ball in their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Chris Bosh was back, working on the court on Sunday. But the Heat are downplaying it, calling it a “mild” workout and not to expect Bosh back soon from his strained abdomen. Don’t expect to see him this round against the Celtics. Kevin Garnett feels for him. Not that the ultimate competitor wants him back…

  3. Chris Bosh opens up about crying last year, injuries now

    May 28, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    Chris Bosh clearly just wants another shot at it. He and the Heat came within two games of winning an NBA championship last season, he helped them get there by being the most consistent Heat player through the playoffs (including outplaying Kevin Garnett in the second round). If there was ever any doubt to Bosh’s…

  4. Chris Bosh works out on court, still not ready for Game 1

    May 28, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Chris Bosh is not walking through that door… yet. The Heat’s big man who is key to their offensive spacing — and in the Eastern Conference finals could help cover Kevin Garnett — is still officially “out indefinitely” with a strained abdomen and will not dress for Game 1 against Boston Monday. However, Bosh was…

  5. Eastern Confernence finals preview: Celtics vs. Heat

    May 28, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Kevin Garnett

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 46-20 (No. 2 seed) Boston: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Boston won the season series 3-1. In their second to final game before the playoffs the Heat did not play any of their big three against the Celtics, so toss that one out. KEY INJURIES Celtics: Starting two guard Avery Bradley…

  6. Rondo is not lacking confidence about beating the Heat

    May 27, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo was asked Saturday night about how the Celtics feel about their chances. From Fox Sports Florida’s Chris Tommasson: Rajon Rondo believes Celtics can beat Heat: “We feel we can beat Miami. Obviously, we got to this point. There’s no doubt in our mind we can. We got to go down there and take…

  7. Sixers-Celtics Game 7: Rajon Rondo when you need him

    May 26, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rondo drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers guard Turner during the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    There is an argument to be made that Rajon Rondo is the single most compelling player in the NBA, at least the one still playing in these now Conference Finals after the Celtics’ 85-75 win in Game 7 over the Sixers to advance to face Miami. And if anything, Game 7 reinforced that idea as…

  8. Video: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson remind you what everyone’s playing for

    May 26, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    ESPN’s rafters commercials have been really good. The Kevin Durant one held the promise of future, the Paul Pierce one held the reminder of glory for a franchise that hasn’t seen a title since 2008. The new “A Champion Will Rise” commercials speak to the league’s history, and feature two of the greatest to ever…

  9. Heat coach Spoelstra fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

    May 25, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    You want to read a $25,000 quote? “The league does not have a problem with hard fouls on our two main guys. In nine games now there’s been over a dozen hard fouls to the face, some of the tomahawk variety, some have drawn blood. They don’t have a problem with it so we don’t…

  10. Are Miami Heat secretly rooting for Sixers to beat Celtics?

    May 25, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Paul Pierce

    Sports tradition calls for you to say, “We’re just happy to be here, both teams present challenges and we will just try to be ready.” That’s… organic fertilizer from male cows. NBA players and coaches have preferences. And like the rest of us in life what they are rooting for is the easiest path to…

  11. Stat of the day: LeBron had some monster playoff games

    May 25, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James reacts after a missed play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    With the Heat down 2-1 to the Indiana Pacers and no Chris Bosh on the horizon, LeBron James channeled his Cleveland self and, along with Dwyane Wade, carried the Heat into the Eastern Conference finals. For LeBron’s legions of detractors it does not matter, because nothing he does will matter until he wins rings. Plural.…

  12. Friday And-1 links: Wade’s pink pants were… interesting

    May 25, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Dwyane-Wade-gets-fancy

    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. • Dwyane Wade wore pink pants to the game on Friday. Yea… not working…

  13. Video: Watch Dwyane Wade carve up Pacers defense

    May 25, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    It was the Dwyane Wade show Thursday night. He was knocking down jump shots, which opened up his driving lanes to the rim. He had 41 points and pushed the Heat to a win and into the next round. It was a virtuoso performance and there was nothing the Pacers could do about it (especially…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals behind Wade’s 41 points

    May 24, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 6

    Exactly one week ago, Dwyane Wade was held to five points on 2-13 shooting as the Pacers mauled the at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take a 2-1 series lead. Tonight, Wade flipped script on the Pacers, and ended their season in the process as the Heat won game 6 by a final score of…

  15. Thursday And-1 links: Dirk Nowitzki thinks Popovich is the best

    May 24, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    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. • Tradition says you say your coach is the best in the league, but…

  16. Pacers can’t be soft in Game 6 or Heat will eliminate them

    May 24, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Miami does not have Udonis Haslem Thursday night, suspended for his hard foul on Tyler Hansbrough last game. Danny Granger will be out on the court for Indiana but playing with an ankle he described as swollen like a small softball. These are serious setbacks for both teams and how they deal with it —…

  17. Danny Granger to play in Game 6 despite swollen ankle

    May 24, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' Granger grabs his ankle after he was injured in the second quarter of play against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Danny Granger‘s ankle is swollen up “like a small softball” and if this were the regular season he’s be sitting. But it’s not and he is going to go out there and play in Game 6 Thursday night, an elimination game for the Pacers who trail 3-2 in the series. How well he can still…

  18. Kevin Durant, LeBron James head All-NBA Teams

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Here’s the problem with nitpicking the All-NBA teams — there are no bad players on any of the first three. You can argue if you want (and as I would) that LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a spot on the third team more than Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t make the guys on the…

  19. Spoelstra, Heat frustrated by hard fouls to Wade, LeBron

    May 24, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Tyler Hansbrough followed through with a hard foul on Dwyane Wade in Game 5 that got ball but on the follow through got Wade’s face and drew blood. Hansbrough will be playing in Game 6. Udonis Haslem followed through on a hard foul on Hansbrough in that game — two hands that got ball but…

  20. Chris Bosh: “I think I’m healing at a very fast rate right now”

    May 24, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh will not be in a uniform for Game 6 Thursday night in Indiana. If there is a Game 7 this weekend he will not be playing in that, either. But if the Heat are going to have a real shot at a ring they are going to need Bosh back from his strained…

  21. Celtics Avery Bradley likely out for rest of playoffs

    May 24, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Boston really missed Avery Bradley’s defense in Game 6. Jrue Holiday was getting into the paint at will and breaking down the Celtics defense, Evan Turner made some big plays, and Bradley’s replacement in the starting lineup Ray Allen picked up six fouls. Well the Celtics are going to have to figure out how to…

  22. Report: Lamar Odom wants to play for Knicks

    May 24, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

    Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival  Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    Right now, Lamar Odom is the Dallas Mavericks draft day trade bait — they are going to be shopping him and his $8.2 million contract around. And there will be interest because Odom can be bought out by June 30 for $2.4 million — that’s a big savings. If nobody else buys him out, Dallas…

  23. Winderman: Haslem’s retaliation hurts Heat on court at key time

    May 23, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Haslem flagrantly fouls Indiana Pacers' Hansbrough in the second quarter during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Back in the day, when violence was king and Pat Riley was puppet-master, a colleague in New York warned me where the initial round of Heat-Knicks was headed. He said he had seen it before, the way Riley could wind up players with the Knicks and have them unleash frightening fury in the name of…

  24. Heat’s Haslem suspended 1 game, Pittman 3 games for flagrant fouls

    May 23, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Dexter Pittman

    Udonis Haslem has been suspended one game and Dexter Pittman suspended for three games by the league for fouls in the Heat’s Game 5 win. Haslem will sit out the key Game 6 in Indiana Thursday. Pittman deserved it for the vicious hit above on Indiana’s Lance Stephenson late in Game 5. His suspension was broken by…

  25. Granger agrees with Bird that Pacers played soft. LeBron doesn’t see it that way.

    May 23, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James dribbles against Indiana Pacers' Granger in the first quarter during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Larry Bird was pissed after the Heat came out in Game 5 Tuesday and steamrolled his Pacers. The team president broke out probably the biggest insult you can use in professional sports. Bird said the Pacers played soft. Wednesday, the Pacers agreed. “I agree with his assessment. We did play soft,” Indiana’s Danny Granger said…

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