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  1. The crazy schedule could really mess with playoff seeding

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Our own Ira Winderman writing at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel points out that changes this week to remove divisional opponent record from tie-breaker procedures for playoff seeding don’t go far enough. Because the imbalanced schedule impacts record as well. But if the Board wanted to carry out the process to its natural conclusion in the…

  2. What Heat-Celtics means to the Miami Heat

    Apr 30, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat want to be great. Greatness is such a bizarre concept. How often is it used outside of sports? Politics. Spirituality. Business. Show-business. And all those things are complex and contextual. But it’s what we pursue. If the Boston Celtics symbolize that single-minded obsession with gold, the Heat are pursuing something that almost…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Will the Mavs come undone?

    Apr 25, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    There aren’t many choke job opportunities in your every day life. Think about it. You can say someone choked on that stage, but they never go through 80% of speech or performance and then just when the crowd is preparing to give them a standing ovation trip on a banana peel or make a racist…

  4. Wade says 2011 Heat remind him of non-championship 2005 team

    Apr 23, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers

    It’s not what he meant, but it’s how people are going to take it. Dwyane Wade told reporters Saturday that this Heat team reminds him not of the 2006 championship team, but the 2005 team that lost in the Eastern Conference Finals. From our own Ira Winderman writing at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “More similarities…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Blazers have to walk fine line of emotions vs. Mavs in Game 3

    Apr 21, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Brandon Roy‘s upset. Brandon Roy’s sorry. Brandon Roy’s a role player. There’s a lot going on, emotionally, in Rip City, as there always is. But if the Blazers want to get back into this thing and prevent Dallas from putting distance between themselves and Portland, Nate McMillan’s crew is going to have to walk a…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Dirk Nowitzki is better than you as Mavs take 2-0 lead

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Some playoff series are emotionally exhausting because of the extreme highs and lows. Then there’s Mavericks-Blazers, which is like a sixteen hour day of manual labor. You’re going to want to pass out about six times, you’re going to get injured, and you’re going to be pumped when you make progress. The Blazers are bloodied.…

  7. NBA Playoffs Blazers-Mavericks: This one’s going to be rough

    Apr 17, 2011, 1:47 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Nicolas Batum, Gerald Wallace

    The Pacers nearly knocked off the Bulls, but that one feels certain. The Sixers hung with the Triad. But again, you get the feeling Philly’s overwhelmed. The Hawks took one from the Magic, but you kind of knew that one was going to be back and forth. Blazers-Mavericks? That’s the one that showed it’s going…

  8. How they can win it all: The Orlando Magic

    Apr 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    I’m going to get a few jokes out of the way before we start this, okay? I want to give the Magic their due. I do. And I will. I just have to get a few of these out of the way. See, I’ll even use bullets to keep it short. How the Magic can…

  9. If the Heat can’t beat the Celtics now, they’re never going to

    Apr 9, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Okay, Miami Heat. You lost to the Celtics in the season opener. You lost to the Celtics at home. You lost to the Celtics after you’d supposedly gotten everything figured out. This your last chance. And it’s a good one. The Heat are in a no-win situation here. They beat the Celtics on Sunday in…

  10. Memphis returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2006

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Memphis Grizzlies

    Paint the town blue. Memphis is back in the second season. The Grizzlies clinched a playoff spot on Friday night with a win over the Kings. It wasn’t easy, with the Kings continuing their plucky play of late led by Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans. Those two on the break together is a terrifying combination.…

  11. Are the Heat’s struggles against elite teams significant?

    Feb 14, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

    LeBron Celtics

    After yesterday’s loss to the Boston Celtics, the Heat are now 0-6 against the five top teams in the league in win percentage. Most of those losses have been close, but is the Heat’s record against close teams a harbinger of their eventual playoff downfall? Basketball Reference’s Neil Paine has some data that says otherwise:…

  12. It’s official because Ryan Seacrest says so: “Khloe and Lamar” now a show

    Jan 5, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    AXE Music "One Night Only" Concert Series Featuring Weezer

    We all knew this was coming, even if we hoped against hope it wasn’t. But now it’s official, and to rub salt in the wound it is Ryan Seacrest who announced it on his site today: We here at Ryan Seacrest Productions are proud to officially announce our latest installment in the Kardashian saga, “Khloé…

  13. Steve Nash wouldn’t blame you if you said Phoenix would miss the playoffs

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

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    Last season ended with the Suns in the Western Conference finals. Right now, on the eve of the next season, talk around the Suns is about progress and getting on the right page as the season starts. Look at what Nash told Seth Pollack of SB Nation. “To be honest, if I was outside this…

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