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  1. NBA Playoffs: Miami’s defense lets them down

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:18 AM EDT

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    When something goes right for the Miami Heat in these playoffs, something else invariably goes wrong. When Wade is on his game, James seems to be off of it. When James and Bosh are making music on the pick-and-roll together, Wade seems to be stuck dribbling into traps and firing up ill-advised jumpers. When the…

  2. NBA Finals: Dallas tops Miami in Game 5 with an outlier, but what of it?

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:38 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Dallas Mavericks took a 3-2 series lead on Thursday night with a 112-103 win, but their tremendous offense — the propulsive force that allowed them to pull within a single victory of taking the NBA title — was immediately tagged as an outlier, and saddled with all of the negative stigma that statistical improbabilities…

  3. Dwyane Wade downplays hip injury, Spoelstra cautious

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    As you would expect, Dwyane Wade said the bruised hip (that’s what it is being called officially) he suffered in the first quarter of Game 5 wouldn’t matter come Sunday and a must-win Game 6 for Miami. “No problem, I’ll be good for Game 6,” Wade said in his post-game press conference, broadcast on NBA…

  4. Dwyane Wade leaves game with hip injury, returns, leaves again

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Dwyane Wade, the best Miami Heat player in the finals, left and went back to the locker room in the first quarter with a hip injury, but returned in the second quarter. He has played well but seems to be walking with a slight limp heading into halftime. He did not come out to start…

  5. LeBron says this is the biggest game of his career

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    This is the biggest game in LeBron James career. It may only be that way for a few days, but right now it is. He gets it. That’s what he said at shootaround Thursday when asked about his “now or never” tweet, as reported by NBA.com’s Hangtime blog. “It was a personal message to myself,”…

  6. Charles Barkley still doesn’t like Heat, their fans

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley may not want to buy a second home in the Miami area. There’s not a lot of love for him there, because he still has no love for the Miami Heat. And because he is Charles Barkley, he proclaims that from the mountaintops. Which is what he did on ESPN radio in Chicago…

  7. Miami’s real problem this series: Not enough high fives

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Back in early 2010, researchers at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley, did a study that showed teams that high fived and touched each other more won more games. Seriously. I mean seriously they looked at all the tape from the 08-09 NBA season and found the Lakers and Celtics touched the most, some bad…

  8. Don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Officially, Brendan Haywood is a game time decision for Game 5. Officially, I have a chance of getting a date with Minka Kelly. Both of these things have about the same chance of happening. Which is to say, don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5 Thursday night for Dallas. Which is what Tim…

  9. Dwyane Wade thanks Dallas for trash talking LeBron

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Jason Terry said LeBron James couldn’t guard him tightly for seven games. DeShawn Stevenson said LeBron “checked out” of Game 4. The Miami Heat heard all that. LeBron heard all that. Dwyane Wade told Dallas thank you for adding fuel to the fire under the best player walking the planet, as reported by Matt Moore…

  10. Video: Game 4 poetry in motion

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Do you like your NBA highlights in slow motion with some sort of modern/classical piano music in the background? Of course you do, it’s like apple pie with ice cream. So, that’s what we have for you, some great highlights courtesy the people at NBA.com. Just to whet your appetite for Game 5. Enjoy. And…

  11. NBA finals: Aggressive LeBron not enough, must find groove with Wade

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    We all kept talking about it and marveling at it during the Heat’s defeats against Boston and Chicago to reach the NBA finals — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were playing together. Not next to each other, they were working off the ball to get open when the other had the ball, they were running…

  12. LeBron tweets sense of urgency, will he play with it?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    LeBron James had a usage rate of 20.5 last game — meaning when he was on the floor 20.5 percent of the time a play ended with a James shot, turnover or trip to the free throw line. That is his lowest number in any regular season or playoff game this past season. And according…

  13. Video: Heat, Mavericks talk about Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, who has flu, wipes his nose during an interview for the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Dallas

    Game 5 is going to be fun. Dirk Nowitzki says he is healthy. LeBron James says he is going to play like LeBron James. Tyson Chandler will be a force, as will Dwyane Wade. We’ll have a preview for you later on today, but for now, listen to the players and coaches talk about Game…

  14. You like it, you really like it — NBA finals ratings strong

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Once again last night, the Miami Heat collapse/dramatic Dallas comeback (choose your own narrative) was the highest rated thing on television. What’s more, through four games this remains the highest-rated finals since 2004, which was the year everybody tuned in around the globe to watch Ben Wallace play defense… well that or to watch Shaq…

  15. DeShawn Stevenson says LeBron “checked out,” is that news?

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Because somehow a Game 5 of the NBA finals with the series tied 2-2 isn’t enough, there seems to be some manufactured drama going regarding LeBron James. And it isn’t even his fault this time. First comes this from the Associated Press: Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson is directing some sharp words toward Miami’s LeBron James…

  16. In Game 4, Jason Terry lived up to the talk

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    Jason Terry got singled out by Dirk Nowitzki after Game 3. Then Terry talked some smack, saying LeBron James couldn’t keep him down for seven games. We all chuckled. But after Game 4, Terry is the one laughing. Terry finished with 17 points, 8 of those coming in the fourth quarter. He attacked the rim…

  17. Mavs’ Brendan Haywood could be out for rest of finals

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Brendan Haywood gave it a shot on his bad hip, he played 3:05 (time that included a nice rest at the end of the first quarter) but he couldn’t do much. Chris Bosh blew by him like he was statue, Haywood had no lateral movement. And he admitted to ESPN Dallas the strained right hip…

  18. Video: Dwyane Wade blocks Tyson Chandler’s dunk

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Dwyane Wade

    There were a lot of amazing plays down the stretch of Game 4. And a lot of missed shots. But also a lot of great plays. But the one that may have been the most amazing was Dwyane Wade‘s block of a Tyson Chandler dunk. This is not some soft guy rolling to the rim,…

  19. NBA Finals: Mavs win Game 4, but all eyes are on LeBron

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:18 AM EDT

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    The Miami Heat lost Game 4, 83-86, in part because of LeBron James. That’s okay. Players are allowed to have off nights. They’re allowed to struggle. They’re allowed to be passive once in awhile, and frankly, it’s human nature to ease off the gas from time to time. But in doing so, they strengthen the…

  20. Dallas was much more than sick Dirk Tuesday night

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:37 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    Dirk Nowitzki was an inspiration, a guy with a triple-digit fever hitting what was essentially the game-winning bucket, the dagger shot on a scoop layup with 14 seconds left. But he’s not why the Mavericks won. Or not primarily. They won because of zone defense and Tyson Chandler and the pick-and-roll and a number of…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Heat can’t survive career-low scoring performance from LeBron

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    For the fourth time in the 2011 NBA Finals, the Heat came into the fourth quarter with a big lead. For the second time, they came away with a loss, this time by a final score of 86-83. And for the second time, the Heat’s failure to secure a victory can be traced directly back…

  22. Nowitzki finds way to lead despite triple-digit temperature

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki looks up with Mavericks fans standing in the background during Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Dallas

    Dirk Nowitzki just seemed off. Well, it didn’t look like that for the first few minutes of the game, when he had the Mavericks first six points including a ridiculous rainbow turnaround. Those shots had you thinking it could be one of those nights for the perfect German scoring machine. Then he fell apart, hitting…

  23. Spoelstra will not change Heat’s starting lineup if Barea starts

    Jun 7, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby

    According to multiple sources, according our own Ira Winderman, the Miami Heat will not change their starting lineup for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, even if the Mavericks replace DeShawn Stevenson with J.J. Barea in their starting lineup. As I mentioned earlier, this does change things up a bit for the Heat — as…

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