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  1. 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…

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

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Drew Gooden to sit out Bucks next four games

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    If you are an NBA fan, you need to learn about plantar fasciitis. It’s the chronic foot problem — inflammation of a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and presents as heel pain — that has bothered Tyreke Evans, Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker, Joakim Noah and myriad of other NBA…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: Who said the Spurs were over the hill?

    Jan 3, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan,  Kobe Bryant

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where that Spurs/Celtics game Wednesday is looking like the game of the week. 1. Spurs (29-4). They beat a suddenly reeling Mavericks team as well as the Lakers this week. By the way, Tim Duncan has put up an average of 16 points and 10 rebounds a game in the…

  16. LeBron’s birthday cake could feed a small country

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

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    LeBron James turned 26 last week and there was a big party… to which we were not invited. It’s okay, I was busy anyway. Big plans. We’re sure it was a quiet, mild affair with dinner at trendy STK followed by drinks at Coco Deville next door (according to Dime). We don’t have any details…

  17. We end 2010 with some LeBron James highlights

    Dec 31, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    The Lakers won the title and were the best team. Kobe Bryant added another layer to his legacy. Blake Griffin exploded on the scene. The Boston Celtics defied age all the way to the finals then this season the old guys have become the most social-media friendly team in the league. There have been more…

  18. LeBron James on 2010: “I’m a happy man right now”

    Dec 31, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

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    New Year’s Eve is a time for reflection. And champagne. And singing Robert Burns. But also reflection. LeBron James was asked to reflect on his year – where he and his decision were the biggest story in the NBA and maybe all of sports — by Brian Windhorst at ESPN. LeBron mostly chose to look…

  19. Chris Bosh’s New Year’s Resolution: average 10 rebounds a game

    Dec 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    Chris Bosh is not exactly the first scoring option on the Heat. Or the second. But he can rebound. Well, he hasn’t been great at that this season either — he is grabbing 13.3 percent of the available rebounds when he is on the floor, his lowest percentage since his rookie year and well off…

  20. The Heat should really be moving without the ball more

    Dec 29, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    The Heat have won 15 of their last 16 games. They are currently 3rd in the league in offensive efficiency, despite the fact that they don’t play at a very fast pace, have put most of their emphasis on defense, and have been without Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem.So talking about how the Heat’s offense…

  21. Winderman: This season, to the conference winners go the spoils

    Dec 29, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    No, this is not the NFL, where regular-season dominance translates into a playoff bye. But this season, there just might be a similar reward forthcoming in the NBA. With all due respect to the Bulls and Jazz and others teams perhaps outplaying their expectations to this point, each conference appears to have three prime championship…

  22. Devin Harris offended LeBron singled Nets out in contraction talk

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Jersey Nets

    Let’s be clear, LeBron James was not talking about contraction. He just mentioned “shrinking the (league)” which is so totally different than contraction. It’s just the media twisting his words. Whatever James was talking about, he mentioned the New Jersey Nets and wondered how Devin Harris would look on another roster. Harris told the Star-Ledger…

  23. Miami’s first free agency meeting last summer was with Amar’e Stoudemire

    Dec 29, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    One more time, let’s jump in the WABAC Machine and visit the 2010 summer of free agency to think about how things might have been different… According to the New York Post, at the stroke of midnight opening free agency, Amar’e Stoudemire and his agent were meeting with Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat brain…

  24. Dwight Howard mocks LeBron with fake chalk toss in Cleveland

    Dec 29, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

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    The Orlando Magic were in Cleveland Tuesday night and Dwight Howard played to the crowd a little before the game by mocking LeBron James‘ famed pregame chalk toss (which LeBron borrowed from Garnett who got it from MJ, but that’s another story). Well, maybe not mocking, but it wasn’t a loving tribute. Before the game…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Knicks try but the Heat outclass them

    Dec 29, 2010, 3:29 AM EDT

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    What you missed while watching Tuesday night NFL football… The Spurs taking care of the Lakers was our game of the night. Heat 106, Knicks 98: The Heat jumped out early because of… Zydrunas Ilgauskas? Well of course, who did you expect? Big Z had 12 points and 9 boards in the first quarter as…

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