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  1. Referees announced for Game 1 of NBA finals

    May 31, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    Your crew of referees for Game 1 of the NBA finals has been announced: Steve Javie, Mike Callahan and Bill Kennedy. Bill Spooner is the alternate. That’s a solid crew, one that should by reputation be pretty even handed. It also lacks the name that will turn the stomach of Mavs fans — Bennett Salvatore.…

  2. NBA finals Game 1 preview: It’s more than LeBron and Dirk

    May 31, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    It’s one thing to watch the tape and read the report. Dallas knows it has to turn Dwyane Wade and LeBron James into contested jump shooters, not let them drive or get going in transition. Miami knows it needs to front Dirk Nowitzki, force him to put the ball on the floor going right and…

  3. Are the Mavericks the real villains in the NBA?

    May 31, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Hating the Heat is very trendy now. LeBron James going to Miami touched a nerve with fans and that has turned whomever they are playing into America’s team. Miami’s collection of talent just seems unfair to some, and players deciding to play together seems like cheating to them. The Heat are being blamed for ruining…

  4. Dirk Nowitzki’s workouts unconventional to say the least

    May 31, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Mavericks' Nowitzki looks on during practice as they prepare for the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Dirk Nowitzki hits everything. In the playoffs, every time a shot leaves his hand you think it is going in, no matter how awkward his body position looks. And it feels different than other players who do the same thing. You see Kobe Bryant hit a leaning one-legged three pointer and you think “he probably…

  5. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    May 31, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    If you are looking for some over-the-top, ridiculous hatred of the Heat, start with this link. Having an age limit has not reduced the number of draft busts. Moving the age limit to 20 won’t help either. And it’s just plain wrong. A look at where things stand one month from the start of the lockout.…

  6. PBT’s plethora of Heat vs. Mavs previews — plus a live chat

    May 31, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Preview

    While you’ve spent the weekend barbecuing or water skiing, we’ve been pumping out the NBA finals previews. Breaking down the Heat vs. Mavericks. And there is more to come — including a live chat tonight during Game 1 (starting about 9 pm Eastern). Come on back by PBT tonight at chat during the game, starting…

  7. Jazz coach Corbin says blame AAU for the Miami Heat

    May 31, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    You heard it right after LeBron James talked about where his talents were going — other older players jumped up and said they would not have done this. They would not have willingly joined forces with other superstars to chase rings. Former NBA player and current Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin gets that. He told the…

  8. The Miami Heat’s season in controversy

    May 30, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Celebration

    Ever since “The Decision,” the Miami Heat have been a lightning rod for controversy, and every PR misstep the Heat have made has been turned into a full-blown news item. Some of the controversies were legitimate, and some of them were just silly, but they were all a part of the NBA season. The Palm…

  9. Video: Best dunks of the conference finals

    May 30, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    What’s going to help you get through the end of Memorial Day weekend? Dunks. Big dunks in big games. With that in mind we present for your entertainment the best dunks of the NBA conference finals. Dunks that changed games or just rocked rims. Something to look forward to with the NBA finals starting Tuesday…

  10. Dwyane Wade practices, says he is not hurt

    May 30, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade has sounded more like a guy getting ready for the NHL Stanley Cup finals rather than the NBA finals — he refuses to discuss an injury. He’s had a heat pack on his shoulder. He’s had a guy stretching it out during games. His numbers were way down against the Bulls. But ask…

  11. Remembering NBA Players who served in the military

    May 30, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    David Robinson Spurs

    On Memorial Day, a day set aside for remembering the sacrifices people have made for our freedom and the chance to do things like watch NBA games, it seemed fitting to look back at NBA players who served in the military. Because the NBA was formed after World War II, the NBA does not have…

  12. Video: Miami, Dallas season highlights

    May 30, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    The waiting for the finals to start only has to last another day and a half, then we can again watch men fail to cover Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James. But in the interim we bring you a couple of videos — season highlight plays from the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks. Good stuff that…

  13. Not just Nowitzki looking for redemption on Mavericks

    May 29, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    For a lot of fans, the image of Dirk Nowitzki kicking exercise equipment as he walked back to the locker room after Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat eliminated him and the Mavericks back in 2006 is easy to remember. For many fans, these 2011 NBA finals are Nowtizki’s chance at redemption. But…

  14. LeBron says he’s no Jordan, no matter what Pippen thinks

    May 28, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Scottie Pippen took plenty of heat for having the temerity to put anybody on Michael Jordan’s perch. Especially somebody half the country hates. It stuck his as a bit early to say a mid-career LeBron should be on that level. And LeBron feels the same way, he told Marc Spears at Yahoo, although he dances around…

  15. LeBron told Rose’s brother Rose is “one player away”

    May 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    There’s been a lot of speculation that last year when the Celtics tossed LeBron James against a wall, stole his lunch money and left him beaten and humiliated, Kevin Garnett spoke to James and reminded him of certain things about the reality of how things are when you’re trying to carry a team on your…

  16. DeShawn Stevenson says LeBron feud is “pretty much over”

    May 28, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards - Game Three

    The NBA Finals aren’t going to feature the classic Lakers-Celtics rivalry that truly tested heated rivals like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett who are actually friends and both live in L.A. during the summer, but whatever, the rivalry is like, totally mean and stuff. But there are a few storylines which will keep the columnists…

  17. NBA Finals: Go ahead and hate Heat, but respect them

    May 27, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    LeBron James’ decision — and by extension LeBron himself — has become the most polarizing figure in the NBA. That can be good for business. Heat game television ratings are through the roof — because half the people tune in to root against them. Not that ABC cares much, they just want you to tune…

  18. Caron Butler “unlikely” to play against Heat in finals

    May 27, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The two times they met in the regular season, Caron Butler played a big role for the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat. He averaged 18 points per game on 54 percent shooting and he covered Dwyane Wade and LeBron James for extended stretches. Don’t expect him to be back for the NBA finals. He…

  19. NBA Finals: Heat, Mavericks five keys to victory

    May 27, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    Miami always seemed like they had a chance if they just came together — and they did at the right time. Dallas has been a surprise. We all knew they were good but we had been conditioned to expect them to fall flat in the playoffs. Instead Tyson Chandler gave them defensive toughness and Dirk…

  20. Complete turnover: Nobody from 2010 NBA finals returns

    May 27, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Bryant drives to the basket against Boston Celtics players in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Almost always, there is some consistency year-to-year in the NBA finals — the Lakers have been there three straight, Boston two of the last three. Even when it’s new teams, it’s not uncommon for a player (a Robert Horry, a James Posey) to be role players on a different team to make the finals. Not…

  21. Pippen: Jordan greatest scorer ever, LeBron best player

    May 27, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Scottie Pippen has said what will be viewed as no less than blasphemy in Chicago. The Hall of Fame player was interviewed on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show Friday morning (via NBA.com’s Sekou Smith) following the Heat’s comeback win to eliminate the Bulls and he compared Michael Jordan and LeBron James. “Michael Jordan is…

  22. Video: Luol Deng dunks on LeBron

    May 27, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    Heat's James tries to block a shot by Bulls' Deng as Bull's Noah follows the play during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Nothing is really going to cheer up Bulls fans this morning. None the less we bring you this, one of the better Bulls highlights from Game 5. It’s when Luol Deng stole the pass then out ran LeBrom James down and made sure there would be no chase-down block by dunking emphatically on him. It…

  23. NBA Finals Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat

    May 27, 2011, 4:45 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Heat: 58-24 (No. 2 seed in Eastern Conference) SEASON SERIES Dallas swept the season series 2-0. After a slow start to the season Miami went on a 22-2 streak — but both of those losses were to Dallas. That said, both games were before Christmas,…

  24. LeBron James: From “Decision” to “Decider”

    May 27, 2011, 4:11 AM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat

    A year ago, the most stunning thing about LeBron James was what he decided. He elected to reject his home-state fans, spurning friends and teammates to join both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Chicago. He went on a nationally televised special on ESPN in a plaid shirt with a neck beard and said the…

  25. NBA Playoffs: Heat make stunning comeback, reach finals

    May 27, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    For the first 44 and a half minutes of the Miami Heat’s 83-80 victory on Thursday night, the Chicago Bulls got the exact game they wanted. LeBron James was bottled up after missing some tough jumpers early, with free throws being his only real source of offense. Dwyane Wade‘s struggles continued, and he committed nine…

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