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  1. Spurs to retire Bruce Bowen’s No. 12 jersey

    Jan 23, 2012, 5:52 PM EST

    Bruce Bowen

    Bruce Bowen was the guy asked to cover Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson — whoever was the best perimeter player on the other team. Night after night, playoffs after playoffs. His elite defense, as well as his reliable corner three, were key parts of three San Antonio Spurs titles, so the team is going…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls on top after quarter of season

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Believe it or not, we are about a quarter of the way through the condensed NBA season already. And with that, these rankings are starting to take some solid shape. Which is bad news for Celtics and Knicks fans. But it’s all good in Chicago. 1. Bulls (15-3, last week ranked No. 1). If Derrick…

  3. Monday And-1 links: Apparently Web surfers love the Magic

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    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). Which three teams lead the NBA is traffic to their Web sites? Two are pretty obvious — the Lakers and Heat. But the third is…

  4. Heat without Wade: Less slashing, more shooting

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:51 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Against Milwaukee on Sunday, the Heat role players shot the ball like, well, the Heat role players from last season. Take LeBron James and Chris Bosh out of the equation and the Heat shot 25.7 percent for the game, and were just 2-of-9 from three. That stood out because it had not been the case…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Maybe Miami does miss Wade

    Jan 23, 2012, 3:04 AM EST

    LeBron James

    What you missed while wildly overreacting to your team’s loss… Pacers 98, Lakers 96: This contrast in offensive balances was our game of the night. Bucks 91, Heat 82: Milwaukee turned this into an ugly, grind-it-out game that favored their style and not the high-flying Heat. So, exactly what Scott Skiles wants them to do.…

  6. So… what exactly are the Sixers?

    Jan 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    From SBNation’s excellent Sixers’ blog Liberty Ballers (pardon the extensive blockquote, but I need it for context): Denver, Atlanta, Miami. That was the “tough stretch” Jordan wrote about early last week. Finally, after 13 games where the opponents winning percentage was a lowly .371, they’d play some actual competition. Now, we’d find out if this…

  7. The Knicks, Carmelo, D’Antoni, and being set up for success vs. failure

    Jan 21, 2012, 4:23 PM EST

    New York Knicks Introduce Mike D'Antoni

    It’s panic time in New York. Not across the board, mind you. There are always those that seek calmer seas, that urge for patience, that understand that all teams go through winning and losing streaks, and just because times are rough it does not mean you throw out the mustached baby with the What-Toney-Dougalas-Do bathwater.…

  8. Weekend Observations 1.21.12: Dead legs and the dirty ground

    Jan 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. The Lakers use the pick and roll a lot but what winds up happening is it just resets the offense on the weak side. It doesn’t result in shots or quick passes. It’s like spending 10 hours cooking a hamburger.…

  9. Report: Magic may keep Howard, try to land Steve Nash

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:19 PM EST

    Steve Nash

    More and more, it feels like the Orlando Magic may not trade Dwight Howard — despite Howard’s trade request still being on the table — do what they can to keep him and roll the dice that he doesn’t opt out of his contract and walk away leaving them nothing this summer. How do they…

  10. Video: LeBron James runs over Marlins owner

    Jan 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    LeBron James

    One of the cool things about being Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Florida Marlins (plus being insanely rich), is if you want courtside seats to the Lakers vs. Heat you can get them. And you can have LeBron James almost run over you. The impressive part really is that LeBron catches him and pulls…

  11. Friday And-1 links: JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

    JaVale McGee

    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). JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son, even if her defense of him shows a few blind spots. As a parent, I can relate… except my kids…

  12. Heat’s depth exposes Lakers’ serious lack of it

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:46 AM EST

    Chris Bosh LeBron James

    One year ago, the table was flipped. What held the Miami Heat back was a lack of depth — it was the big three and then little else they could count on. It haunted them in the finals against Dallas. The Lakers on the other hand had the sixth man of the year and while…

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

    Jan 19, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 19, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    All-star-nba-logo0103_rdax

    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…

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

    Jan 19, 2012, 12:39 PM EST

    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.…

  17. LeBron sent home from shootaround, game time decision

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:35 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    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…

  22. LeBron backs Popovich as potential USA Basketball coach

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:07 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 18, 2012, 2:13 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:36 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    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…

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