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  1. ‘Melo says it’s all about winning. Trade to Nets moves closer. Do those two things go together?

    Jan 15, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    It’s getting close. The Nuggets, Nets and Pistons are still negotiating, hammering out the final details of a proposed blockbuster trade, something the Denver Post and multiple other sources are reporting. The details could be finalized the first part of next week, after the Nuggets finish their road trip Sunday night. Then it all falls…

  2. How do contending teams perform in the fourth quarter?

    Jan 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Always Be Closing. That’s the name of the game, isn’t it? Great teams close out strong. They finish well together. They’re able to end games with finality. It’s that ability to lock down in the fourth quarter and finish teams off that separates the men from the boys. Young, weak teams can’t get it done,…

  3. Chris Bosh offers advice to Denver’s front office

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Miami Heat

    Last season, we all pretty much knew Chris Bosh was out of Toronto. He didn’t push for a trade and kept hinting he might re-sign, the Raptors in retrospect should have pushed him to sign and extension or get dealt, but they didn’t. Everyone just rode out the season. So his situation was not exactly…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Two entertaining games and some ice cold Heat

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Durant Westbrook

    What you missed while thinking about the worst things people call food…. Thunder 125, Magic 124: Two teams that will make their bones in the playoffs on defense set it aside for a night, and that led to one really entertaining game. To be fair, there was a lot of hot offensive talent on the…

  5. LeBron out Thursday against Nuggets due to ankle sprain

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James is going to miss his first game of the season Thursday, sitting out the game in Denver against the Nuggets. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called James “doubtful” and since then multiple reports have him sitting out. James Jones will start in James’ place. LeBron was limping pretty badly when he rolled his ankle…

  6. LeBron James says he is day-to-day with sprained ankle

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:45 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    In the fourth quarter of the Heat’s loss to the Clippers — yes, the Heat lost to the Clippers, you read that right — LeBron James attacked the basket and after a missed layup rolled his ankle as he landed and he tried to keep weight off it as he ended up 10 feet off…

  7. LeBron says nothing personal in tweet about Cleveland

    Jan 12, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Remember last night, after the Cavaliers Poseidon Adventure-level disaster against the Lakers in a 55-point loss, LeBron let out what seemed a pretty personal shot via twitter? Crazy. Karma is a b****.. Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything! Well, before tonight’s game against the Clippers James…

  8. ‘Melo talks to LeBron, adds situations are different

    Jan 12, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 14 - Basketball

    Not a lot of people have been in Carmelo Anthony’s shoes — a legitimate NBA superstar pushing his way to a new team at the peak of his career. One guy who did — LeBron James. Anthony told the media Wednesday he and LeBron have spoken recently, but added the situations are very different (via…

  9. Erik Spoelstra says Heat don’t need to make trades

    Jan 12, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    It’s the time of year when a young fan’s fancy turns to trades… but coach Erik Spoelstra says Heat fans shouldn’t bother. Sounding like a guy whose team has won 21 of 22, Spoelstra said the Heat don’t need to make any trades right now, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. “(Pat Riley)…

  10. LeBron James calls Cleveland 55-point loss “karma”

    Jan 12, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    It was a historic, epic loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night. They didn’t just lose to the Lakers, they were an embarrassment. James Naismith was rolling over in his grave. The final score, 112-57, had people shaking their heads. Except for LeBron James, who tweeted this late Tuesday night: Crazy. Karma is a b****..…

  11. Players poll picks Lakers to win championship. Again.

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant has ongoing knee issues. Pau Gasol has seemed slow in his decision making. Matt Barnes is having major knee surgery. Derek Fisher has looked old and Steve Blake has lost his shot. Ron Artest is, well, Ron Artest. This year’s Lakers don’t seem as intimidating as past seasons. But ask NBA players who…

  12. LeBron James at center? Get used to it.

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    LeBron James has played plenty of power forward over the years. He’s played point guard (or de facto point guard, anyway), shooting guard and small forward, too. He’s done everything. Except play center. That was until Sunday, when he played it late in the Heat’s overtime victory against the Trail Blazers — and Miami outscored…

  13. Heat take over top spot in East, Celtics should be worried

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Boston Celtics

    Last season it was all about Boston being healthy. Doc Rivers sacrificed games — Boston was 11-11 in their last 22 — to get healthy and have players rested for the playoffs. Boston fell to the four seed, but Rivers got the physically ready veteran team he wanted. They came within a quarter of getting…

  14. Spoelstra: The Heat have “not shown greatness yet”

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    Spoelstra_cringe

    The Miami Heat have been pretty good recently. They’re 30-9, they’ve lost one game since November 27th, they have two of the top three players in PER, they’re a top-three team in both offensive and defensive efficiency, and they are winning games by an average of 9.5 points a night. Oh, and they’re a few…

  15. NBA Power Rankings, where the Heat has finally risen to the top

    Jan 10, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where the effect of LeBron James’ decision is the difference between No. 1 and No. 30. 1. Heat (30-9). Nine wins in a row and 21 of the last 22. We said before the season this team should be a regular season powerhouse and they are proving to be. They…

  16. LeBron James: “I’ve kind of accepted this villain role”

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers

    LeBron James was the dominant force on the court as the Heat beat the Trail Blazers Sunday in Portland. It was the kind of performance — 44 points total, 19 in the final three minutes of regulation and overtime, plus 13 rebounds — that we saw a lot of when James was a Cavalier. Except…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron James can play some basketball, by the way

    Jan 10, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers

    What you missed while watching the original True Grit… Heat 107, Trail Blazers 100 (OT): Hate him if you want. Pull for his team to lose every game. But recognize this — LeBron James is a force of nature. He is the best player in the game right now. Not the biggest winner, but the…

  18. Who takes the last shot for Miami? Friday it was Dwyane Wade.

    Jan 8, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    It was a question before the team even went to training camp: In a close end-of-game scenario, who takes the last shot for the Miami Heat? This season, with so many blowout wins, there have been few chances to see how this team will deal with end-of-game scenarios. But Friday night in Milwaukee the Heat…

  19. David Stern doesn’t like people booing LeBron

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Every time he steps on the court in a road arena, LeBron James hears boos. That was to be expected in Cleveland. Everyone knew it was coming in cities such as New York where the fans wanted him and he chose to take his talents elsewhere. But it has become more than that — James…

  20. Stan Van Gundy says Hakeem not only reason Dwight Howard improved

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Whenever Hakeem Olajuwon — the big man with the most polished game of his generation — works with a young player it is news. It’s a sign that players (including Kobe Bryant) are going to the mountaintop to seek the guru. Dwight Howard did that this summer. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy wants you to…

  21. Haslem targeting late March return

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds, Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem‘s rehab from a torn ligament in his left foot is “on schedule,” and Haslem is hoping to return to the team in late March. Haslem’s injury took place on November 20th. The Heat lost the game he was injured in, lost three of…

  22. Paul Silas says LeBron treated Cavaliers just like teams treat players

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Cavaliers v Wizards

    Among the seemingly innumerable things LeBron James has been criticized for — from the legitimate to the ludicrous — was the complaint that he needed to let Cleveland know much farther in advance he was gone. If he was not coming back, he had an obligation to let them know so they could get something…

  23. Heat players nickname themselves “The Heatles”

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Well, this should be gasoline on the fire that is people thinking the Miami Heat’s egos are running amok. During his postgame comments Monday night (via the Miami Herald), LeBron joked that the Heat call themselves “The Heatles” because they sell out every stadium they tour on the road. (The Heatles is a not-so-subtle Beatles…

  24. LeBron James, Courtney Lee with last night’s best dunks

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    Why choose just one? There are no rules that say there can only be one dunk of the night on this blog. Especially since we’re making up the rules as we go. In that spirit we give you LeBron James on the breakaway against the Bobcats. By the way, this was not the play where…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Warriors are awesome in the first half, but that last 24….

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:48 AM EDT

    Warriors Magic

    What you missed while wondering what to do with your PowerBalance bracelet… Magic 110, Warriors 90: If new Golden State owner Joe Lacob petitions the league to shorten games to 24 minutes, you can’t blame him — the Warriors have led the Heat and Magic at the half in their last two games. And lost…

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