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  1. NBA finals pre-Game 5 notes: Harden’s hand and some coach speak

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    MIAMI — Some notes from inside the AmericanAirlines Arena before Game 5 between the Thunder and Heat: • Thunder coach Scott Brooks said James Harden and his bruised left hand were “fine.” “He bruised his left hand, but he’s not affected,” Brooks said. “That kid is as tough as anybody on our team. He understands…

  2. Coach K on Olympic team: “I know LeBron will play”

    Jun 21, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT

    LeBron James Team USA

    Mike Krzyzewski has some tough decisions to make about the upcoming Team USA squad for the London Olympics — do you bring in a second true center behind Tyson Chandler or do you go “small” with Kevin Love in that role? But there are some easy decisions, too. “I know LeBron will play,” Krzyzewski told…

  3. NBA Draft notes: What will the Bobcats do at No. 2?

    Jun 21, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist looks up after being fouled during the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    We are just one week away from the NBA draft, and that means there are more rumors and reports than James Harden has beard combs. Here are some highlights of the buzz on Thursday: • The Bobcats are still looking to move the No. 2 overall pick, but they don’t want to go farther down…

  4. NBA finals Game 5, Thunder—Heat: Five things to watch

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    By the fifth game of an NBA series, there are not a lot of surprises left. There is no magical adjustment or lineup that hasn’t already been tried. The coaches have played their cards, made their tweaks, figured out the matchups they want and don’t want. It’s about execution. That’s where we stand heading into…

  5. Spoelstra on LeBron, Heat: “You can’t win unless you win”

    Jun 21, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    No matter what decision LeBron James made after “the decision” he could not win. Every move, every choice following his entrance to Miami was going to be scrutinized and criticized. That’s not going to stop if the Miami Heat win the NBA title with a Game 5 win Thursday night. But it might slow down.…

  6. Durant sued over “Durantula” nickname by ‘80s guitarist

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Can you “own” a nickname? Actually, yes you can. Jeremy Lin just won a battle to own the rights to “Linsanity.” That brings us to Kevin Durant, who has been called “Durantula” by fans since he was still wearing a green Sonics uniform. But now he is being sued for it, according to TMZ (hat…

  7. Former missile tracking technology revolutionizing NBA stats

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    People who dismiss the NBA’s statistical revolution as a bunch of nerds in front of computers with Google-like algorithm don’t get the real picture. The reality is that a stats-loving coach who incorporates them into formulating his game plans is about to win an NBA title in Miami. The reality is pretty much every team…

  8. Kobe Bryant still king of international NBA jersey sales

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    kobe-game-3-nuggets

    Kobe Bryant is still the biggest brand in the NBA. Others are in line for his crown, but if you want to use an NBA star to sell shoes or soft drink or whatever internationally, Kobe is the gold standard. And he can sell jerseys, too. The league announced the top NBA jersey sales internationally…

  9. James Harden has bruised hand, will play in Game 5

    Jun 21, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder player James Harde

    Thunder sixth man James Harden is going to play in Game 5. The Thunder need him to start playing well, but that’s another issue. Thunder officials confirm Harden has a bruised hand but that it is not severe and he will go on Thursday night in Miami. The injury took place during Game 4 Tuesday…

  10. Thunder want to remind you that you counted them out before

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins

    MIAMI — Just a couple weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder were down 2-0 to a San Antonio Spurs team that had won 20 games in a row and looked pretty dominant doing it. Everyone was starting to picture how the Spurs matched up with the East. Four games later, the Thunder were in the…

  11. Thunder try to keep heads high, but Game 4 was a punch to the gut

    Jun 20, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden

    What frustrates its players and fans most is Oklahoma City is not getting blown out of the NBA finals. They may be down 3-1 in the series but every game has been close — in total points it is Heat +5 though four games. That’s it. But it didn’t feel like that in the Thunder…

  12. Lakers owner Jim Buss says don’t expect big moves

    Jun 20, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Two straight years the Lakers have been ousted in the second round. They still have Kobe Bryant and while he’s closer to the back end than the front end of his career he still was almost the league scoring champion. They have two All-Star caliber big men, maybe it is time to move one and…

  13. LeBron now has signature moment, will soon have ring, too

    Jun 20, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    That, right there, is the signature moment all superstar champions have. Michael Jordan has the flu game. Magic the baby sky-hook. Think of Dr. J and you think of the up-and-under scoop in the finals. And so it goes for every superstar. LeBron James needed one because he is soon going to both have a…

  14. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 4: Revenge of the little brother

    Jun 20, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In the NBA Finals last year, Mario Chalmers hit a huge three to give the Heat the lead late vs. Dallas. It was supposed to be his moment. Finally, finally, he would be accepted, respected, celebrated. It would be about him, and his game, his shot. It was not. A blown rotation and an answer from Dallas…

  15. Kendrick Perkins has no idea what Scott Brooks is doing, either

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    All series long Thunder coach Scott Brooks has been taking flack for his handling of the Thunder rotations — sitting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at the same time, leaving guys with hot hands on the bench, not seeming to have a feel for his team. It’s not just you and me, Kendrick Perkins feels…

  16. Video: Russell Westbrook with a crucial mistaken foul off jump-ball

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:51 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    43 points. Seven rebounds. Five assists. Russell Westbrook was pure and complete brilliance for 46 minutes. And then he made the biggest mistake of his career. Westbrook played the best game of his professional career, in a game where the Thunder needed each and every point, rebound, assist and play to hang with Miami after…

  17. NBA finals Game 4: LeBron, Heat play through pain to reach brink of a title

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:24 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    One year ago, the Miami Heat were ahead 2-1 in the finals against Dallas and up 9 points in Game 4. Then they learned some very painful lessons. This year, the Heat were again up 2-1 and this time were down 94-92 with four minutes remaining. Adding to their woes, LeBron James was on the…

  18. NBA finals Game 4: Westbrook carries Thunder to 49-46 lead at half

    Jun 19, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    Welcome to the Russell Westbrook show. With the rest of the Thunder playing pretty pedestrian ball, Westbrook had 18 first half points on 9-of-15 shooting to lead the Thunder to an 49-46 lead at the half. You get the feeling a real barnburner of a second half awaits. As expected, the Thunder came out with…

  19. NBA finals Game 4 pregame notes: Brooks says Durant can’t worry about fouls

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Kevin Durant is not a player prone to foul trouble — he tends to dish out fouls to the unfortunate souls tasked with covering him, not get in trouble himself. But in the last two games Durant has been in foul trouble and it has dramatically impacted Oklahoma City’s offense and execution. Thunder coach Scott…

  20. Video: LeBron vs. Durant in NBA finals. What a show.

    Jun 19, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    We all know these NBA finals are a whole lot more than LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant. Much more. But that is one fun part, and they do spend time guarding one another. Great job by NBA.com on their “phantom” videos putting together some highlights of this matchup. You get the feeling Game 4 is…

  21. NBA finals Game 4 shootaround notes: Everyone talking Ibaka, LeBron’s defense

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James during practice

    Serge Ibaka made headlines — and sounded pretty foolish — when he said Monday that LeBron James is not a good defender and couldn’t cover Kevin Durant one-on-one. Because so many people can. So LeBron, what do you think of that? “I don’t really care what he says, he’s stupid,” James said, then saying every…

  22. Sessions opts out, becomes free agent; Lakers need a PG again

    Jun 19, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    That turned out to be the definition of a rental… Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions — who the team picked up at the trade deadline, sending their first-round pick to Cleveland — has opted out of his deal and will become a free agent, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. He was to…

  23. NBA finals Game 4: Five things the Thunder need to do to win

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Westbrook reacts with Durant and Harden as they lose to the Miami Heat during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Miami has made its statement. Nobody ever questioned their talent, the questions were how LeBron James would deal with being back on the biggest stage, and secondly, would they bring consistent effort that they had lacked all playoffs? LeBron has been the series MVP so far and for two games in a row the Heat…

  24. Our annual reminder to fans: The referees are not deciding the finals

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    Referee Crawford calls a technical foul on Oklahoma City Thunder Brooks in the first half during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami.

    Every year it is part of the narrative of the NBA finals — fans the team coming out on the bottom are convinced that their heroes would win if it were not for the referees clearly having it in for their team and David Stern trying to determine the outcome. You can count on it…

  25. PBT Extra: Talking Harden, LeBron, and Heat-Thunder Game 4

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Today in PBT Extra Tiffany and I talk about how the Thunder have looked inexperienced for the first time these playoffs, how LeBron James looks more comfortable and what all that means for Game 4. I expect a more desperate Thunder team come Tuesday night, they know they can’t go down 3-1. But this has…

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