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  1. Is the Spurs defense becoming something to worry about?

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    Monday night’s blowout win showcased what Miami can do on defense. They dominated the usually efficient Spurs offense — fighting for spots on the floor that the spurs like, sticking with shootings at the arc, generally just throwing them off their game. But at the other end of the floor Spurs defense may be as…

  2. Heat have best defensive game of season, rout Spurs

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:40 PM EDT

    Tony Parker Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs

    Since the first day of training camp — really, from the first day Miami’s triad of stars aligned — it’s been about the Heat defense. That was the question, the answer would determine how far they could go. Ten days ago, the Spurs beat the Heat by 30 when Miami’s defense couldn’t stop the Spurs…

  3. Tune in early to see if Heat can hang with Spurs late Monday

    Mar 14, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs

    Last time the end of the game had all the suspense of a North Korean election. It was over before it started. Back on March 4, the Spurs walked out of the locker room draining threes while the Heat had just 12 first quarter points. Miami was down more than 20 less than 12 minutes…

  4. Zydrunas Ilgauskas admitted to hospital, will not play versus Spurs

    Mar 13, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas was admitted to a Miami hospital for treatment of a foot infection Sunday and is expected to miss the Heat’s Monday night game against the San Antonio Spurs. Ilgauskas stepped on a nail in his home last Friday, which kept him out of Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies. And by game, I mean…

  5. Heat do not regress against Grizzlies, instead pulverize Memphis into oblivion

    Mar 12, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Miami Heat

    Sure, the Heat beat the Lakers on Thursday. But that was a desperation win for a team that was trying to stop the hemorrhage. Surely in their next game against Memphis, they would revert to the shaky, unreliable, fourth-quarter collapsing squad that has seemed so out of sync since the All-Star break, right? If anyone caught…

  6. Shocking news: Matt Bonner more considerate than Kobe Bryant

    Mar 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant is the fiercest competitor in the NBA, and a relentless offensive force. It’s that drive that makes him one of if not the best player in the NBA, and that force which drove him to hang out for over an hour shooting baskets in American Airlines Arena following the Lakers’ loss to the…

  7. Shaq teaming up on “no holds barred” book

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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    Think there might be a Kobe chapter? According to WEEI in Boston, Shaquille O’Neal is working on a new book with one of the nation’s best sportswriters, Jackie MacMullan (via Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register). “She knew things that I’d forgotten about. We were sitting at the house talking — we meet twice…

  8. Atlanta nightclub drops lawsuit against LeBron

    Mar 11, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    LeBron’s team of lawyers came in and made quick work of this. About 48 hours after a lawsuit was filed, an Atlanta nightclub amended it to take LeBron James out of it, the Associated Press reports (via CBS Eye on Basketball). The Opera nightclub says “the matter has been resolved,” and it actually was “misled”…

  9. Video: Wade steals the game away from Kobe, LeBron seals it

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat

    This was the play of the game in the Heat/Lakers showdown. Tied 88-88 with a minute and a half to go, Kobe Bryant tries to drive left on Dwyane Wade from the top of the key (triangle offense be damned the Lakers go isolation) and Wade strips the ball. Then after chasing it down he…

  10. Heat show some hints of balance

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat are still anything but a finished product. Their offense still relies far too much on LeBron and Wade freestyling out on the perimeter while the other watches from the opposite side of the floor. Their defense has been up-and-down lately. Mike Miller has been a huge disappointment, and Bosh has been far…

  11. Heat get some confidence, Kobe gets some fuel — everybody wins

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Here is what you need to know about what Thursday night meant to the Lakers, and why Kobe Bryant has pushed his teams to two consecutive titles. Thirty minutes after the Heat defeated the Lakers 94-88 in a game where Kobe’s shot was off after the first quarter (8-21 overall after starting 4-4) and his…

  12. Phil Jackson no fan of Heat’s “Xbox” style of play

    Mar 10, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Because it wouldn’t be a big game for the Lakers if Phil Jackson didn’t take one last dig at the opponent… In the pregame media gathering in Miami, Jackson said he was not really a fan of the “Xbox games or whatever those games are when you play 1-on-1” offense style that Erik Spoelstra put…

  13. Pau Gasol can feel Chris Bosh’s pain

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Chris Bosh wants the ball more. And he wants to be on the low block, not the elbow. He’s shooting more jumpers than ever before and he wants some shots at the rim. But also he wants some key touches go get in the flow of the game, not to be the guy watching Dwyane…

  14. Kobe on how the Lakers, Heat losing streaks are different

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Don’t know if you heard, but the Heat have lost five in a row. I think that made the news somewhere. Just like it did earlier this season when the Lakers lost four in a row. Or three in a row two other times. Now the Lakers have won 8 in a row heading into…

  15. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Did the Heat cry last night? An exhaustive breakdown of the Heat’s late-game failures. The conclusion: The Heat keep putting themselves in positions to fail, so they fail. It’s about the fundamentals — not holding a box out cost the Raptors a win. The Bulls are hot again in Chicago — the win over the…

  16. Pat Riley says to “write off” idea he’ll replace Spoelstra

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Super Bowl XLIV

    Some people are not going to believe him. In part because he canned a guy in a situation like this before. In part because some want it to be true. But Pat Riley is not going to fire Erik Spoelstra and take over the team. Riley (and apparently half the NBA scouting fraternity) was at…

  17. Report: Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire after this season

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

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    Zydrunas Ilgauskas is one of a large collection of big men that sit barely used on the Miami bench, clearly not having the trust of coach Erik Spoelstra. Big Z has played a total of 32 minutes in the Heat’s last five games, racking up 8 points. He told a Lithuanian paper that he is…

  18. Heat fans start “we want Riley” chant during latest loss

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    Heat fans have suddenly turned into Lakers fans. No, they’re not rooting for the Lakers, but they are showing the ridiculous level of impatience, the sense of entitlement, the acting like spoiled children. Apparently this team is not good enough. Maybe those fans would prefer the 47, 43 and 15-win teams of the three previous…

  19. Struggling Heat find better offense but forget to play defense, lose again

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

    Since roughly last July, Heat fans have been asking — for the last week begging — to get LeBron James and Dwyane Wade active in the offense at the same time. They needed that long-promised spark. Tuesday night — in a game were the Heat clearly were gripping at times and playing their stars big…

  20. Quote of the day: Phil Jackson can’t pass up a dig at Miami

    Mar 8, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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    “This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed. Big boys don’t cry. But if you’re going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one sees you.” —Phil Jackson, when asked Thursday night about the report that some Miami Heat players cried after their loss to the Bulls on Sunday (via Kevin Ding at…

  21. Are the Miami Heat the NBA’s Green Bay Packers?

    Mar 8, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    It’s national “Pile on the Miami Heat Week” after Sunday’s loss to Bulls. Somehow, one of the NBA’s best teams has become seen as a crying, soft collection of overpaid talent that can’t win when it matters. They’re doomed once the playoffs start, right? Just like the Green Bay Packers were doomed, Matt Scribbins of…

  22. Atlanta nightclub sues LeBron James

    Mar 8, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Gucci Cocktail Party For Ffawn

    Pretty much wherever LeBron James goes, there is a party. In many cities where the Heat play, there are parties at clubs, ones where LeBron is paid to attend (and his friends end up making some money on the deal, think the show Entourage). But now the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a deal over…

  23. Chemistry proves difficult for Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    The lack of chemistry with the Heat is evident on the court. Not just on the end-of-game isolations, but the fact that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James really play next to each other not with each other most of the time. There is not the kind of interaction you see between elite players on other…

  24. Erik Spoelstra on “crygate:” It’s the media’s fault. Of course.

    Mar 7, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

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    You would think after having been on this Heat superteam treadmill for about nine months now, Erik Spoelstra would have figured out that the media coverage is pretty intense. And that everything you say is going to be dissected for meaning (that may not be there). And that if you say guys are crying in…

  25. There is so crying in basketball

    Mar 7, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Miami Heat

    Some Heat players cried in the locker room after the loss Sunday. So what? The reaction from many around the league has been “I’ve been there.” Well, not in the Knicks locker room, they thought it was way funnier than anything Dane Cook ever said. But others took more muted tone. Even Stan Van Gundy,…

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