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  1. Report: Raptors to aim for Nash, and if not… Lin?

    May 13, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    The Raptors are constantly going to be linked to Steve Nash because of Bryan Colangelo’s link to Nash’s Suns which Colangelo was GM for. So naturally, with the Raptors improving, having cap space, and Nash poised to hit the open market, there’s talk of him heading to his native country to finish his career. But…

  2. Video: “Nervous” LeBron James accepts third MVP award

    May 12, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    As we told you was coming, LeBron James officially became the winner of the NBA MVP for the third time, the official announcement came down on Saturday. What you see above are some highlights of his acceptance speech. James said he was nervous and then went on to thank his mother, Gloria, for all she…

  3. LeBron James and an award we’ve made hollow

    May 12, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    For just about anyone else winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Award would be a good thing, with no downside. It’s an award that carries legitimate weight, not just in terms of current cultural cache, but longer-lasting greatness in the context of a player’s legacy. It should be cause for celebration. But for LeBron James, it’s…

  4. Report: LeBron James to be named NBA MVP

    May 11, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    It’s not yet official, but this really isn’t a surprise either. LeBron James is going to be named the NBA MVP, a source has told the Associated Press. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Miami’s LeBron James will be announced Saturday as the NBA’s MVP, the third time he’s won…

  5. NBA Playoff Preview: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

    May 11, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Darren Collison, Dwyane Wade

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 46-20 (2 seed) Indiana 42-24 (3 seed) SEASON SERIES Miami Heat 3-1, although the Pacers won the last meeting (during Miami’s March slump) and in the second to last it took Dwyane Wade heroics in overtime to get the Heat the win in a game the Pacers rightfully think they could have…

  6. Quote of the day: Frank Vogel hopes the Heat don’t get too many whistles

    May 10, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Vogel

    From our own Ira Winderman, here are some fighting words from Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, whose team will meet the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs on Sunday: “It’ll be very interesting to see how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward. .…

  7. Miami Heat apologize for PA announcer’s “extinguished” joke

    May 10, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    Our own Ira Winderman has the story: One lapse in judgment apparently led to another during the Miami Heat‘s opening-round NBA playoff series against the New York Knicks. A week after Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire injured his left hand when he struck it against a fire-extinguisher case following New York’s Game 2 loss at AmericanAirlines Arena, Heat public-address announcer Michael Baiamonte announced Stoudemire…

  8. Dwyane Wade is historically good at shot-blocking

    May 10, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    The Heat Index’s Tom Haberstroh has a great article up today on how Dwyane Wade‘s unprecedented shot-blocking (Wade is the only guard to average at least a block per game over the course of his career) impacts Miami’s defense. Because Wade can block just about anybody’s shot, including a 7-footer’s, the Heat are able to…

  9. Thursday And-1 links: Fun with Amar’e Stoudemire fouling out

    May 10, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    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. • When Amare Stoudemire fouled out of Game 5 in Miami Wednesday, the Heat…

  10. Knicks return to iso ‘Melo, get knocked out of playoffs by Heat

    May 9, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony is guarded by Miami Heat's James during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round basketball playoff series in Miami

    This year was supposed to be different for New York, and it certainly was unlike any season you can remember — Linsanity, injuries, Mike D’Antoni out and Mike Woodson in, a return to ‘Melo ball not seen since Denver. But it ended like every Knicks playoff series since 2000 — without the team advancing past…

  11. USA Basketball wants to know if Aldridge is in or out

    May 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    LaMarcus Aldridge is on the list of players that USA Basketball is considering for the Olympics this summer — a big man with an outside shot is a valuable asset in the international game. Aldridge is also going to have surgery on his hip May 10. The short end of his recovery time from this…

  12. Can Knicks be more than one-and-done against Heat?

    May 9, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates in the win over Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    The last two games, the Heat did not bring their “A” game, and they still won one game against the Knicks and lost the other by two points. Conventional wisdom says Miami comes home Wednesday night, crank up the defensive pressure again and just run away and hide from the Knicks. That could happen. But…

  13. USA Basketball given extension to submit Olympic roster

    May 9, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    NBC London Olympics logo

    USA Basketball faced a challenge — the deadline to submit their Olympic roster was June 18. That is before the NBA finals will be over (most likely), it is well before USA Basketball opens training camp on July 6 in Las Vegas. But the USA has gotten an extension, reports the USA Today. The deadline…

  14. Wednesday And-1 links: Hangin’ with Clyde Frazier

    May 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Walt-Frazier

    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 god is a bullet, have mercy on us everyone… • Don’t you just want to sit and have…

  15. Steve Nash named GM of Canadian national team

    May 8, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash is moving into a front office job. Well, not yet in the NBA. He’ll be courted as a free agent this summer and land in New York or Dallas or stay in Phoenix, but he’ll play a few more years. Instead, he is taking over a front office role with the Canadian basketball…

  16. Report: Dwyane Wade up in air about London Olympics

    May 8, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Team USA has already lost some guys who would have played key roles at the London Olympics — Dwight Howard in the middle and Derrick Rose at the point. Now another key contributor could drop out, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com (via Hoopshype). Dwyane Wade sounded slightly less than 100 percent certain he’ll be in…

  17. Lionel Hollins heaps praise on Chris Paul, but could he defend him?

    May 7, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    Chris Paul is the reason the Clippers are up 2-1 on the Memphis Grizzlies going into Game 4. With Tony Allen slowed by a knee injury, Memphis has not been able to disrupt anything he wants to do. Could Memphis coach Lionel Hollins have slowed him back in the day? Hollins is a former NBA…

  18. LeBron says no asterisk after this year’s NBA champion

    May 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    It was a shortened, condensed NBA season, followed by a playoffs so far filled with blowouts — of both knees and games. Everything has felt different. So, should this year’s champion have an asterisk after it? LeBron James says no, reports ESPN. “I don’t think that’s right to say,” James said. “I’m not going to…

  19. Knicks get measure of redemption, knock off Heat in Game 5

    May 6, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    It doesn’t change the big picture – the Heat are still going to win this series and there are still questions about the construction and future of the Knicks. But for a day the Knicks got a measure of redemption — the Knicks made the big plays late, Carmelo Anthony outplayed LeBron James, the Knicks…

  20. Can New York salvage one game? Or is it time to focus on Knicks future?

    May 6, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Heat's James drives past  Knicks' Anthony in Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    The theory going into this series was that the Knicks would win a game or two simply because Carmelo Anthony and maybe J.R. Smith or Steve Novak would just get hot. But the Heat’s defense this series has doused any spark before it could catch fire. The result is the Heat have cruised to a…

  21. You’re not going to like this, but LeBron has been great in fourth quarters this season

    May 4, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We all saw the NBA finals last year. We all know the knock. We’ve all heard the jokes. Why would LeBron James be a great hockey player? There’s no fourth quarter. Funny. Except, this year LeBron James has been the best second quarter player in the NBA. Over at ESPN, the fantastic Tom Haberstroh had…

  22. Heat, Mavericks go opposite directions after last year’s finals

    May 4, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

    Nowitzki LeBron James

    Last June, the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat were the two teams left standing on top of the NBA mountain. They were the two teams that made, it, that advanced to the NBA finals. Dallas, as we all recall, came out on top. Last July, these two teams started traveling very different paths that lead…

  23. Friday And-1 links: Jeremy Lin has a jersey made of fruit roll-ups

    May 4, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin fruit roll up jersey

    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. • Jeremy Lin has a special jersey made out of fruit roll-ups. Yes, I’m…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Knicks compete early, but Heat roll late to take 3-0 series lead

    May 3, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James

    The Heat took command of their first round playoff series with the Knicks, winning Game 3 in New York 87-70 to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Matt Moore and I discussed. Matt Moore: Ugly, ugly, grotesque basketball Thursday and it looked like the Knicks could do the improbable without Amar’e Stoudemire, relying…

  25. Video: J.R. Smith’s amazing reverse dunk (with bonus Heat ally-oop)

    May 3, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Knicks' Smith drives for dunk against Heat during Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    To me this was the dunk of the night, an impressive, powerful reverse jam from J.R. Smith that ignited the Madison Square Garden faithful and inspired the Knicks to… well, it did get the crowd fired up. Smith had a couple of impressive dunks in this game. Then again, so did LeBron James and Dwyane…

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