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  1. Pacers have struggled since trading Danny Granger. Heat official: ‘Now you see why we didn’t trade’ Udonis Haslem.

    Apr 4, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Chemistry is important, and the Heat use the Pacers’ dealing of Granger — and the horrific results since — as justification for keeping Udonis Haslem.

  2. Monday NBA grades: Celebrating the beautiful game of the Spurs

    Apr 1, 2014, 3:01 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Indiana Pacers

    Too often we take the Spurs and the beauty of how they play basketball for granted. We shouldn’t.

  3. PBT Power Rankings: Spurs running away at top, but a new team in cellar

    Mar 31, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan

    The Sixers win! The Sixers win! That was enough to move them out of the bottom spot of the PBT Power rankings for a week… which since they are not getting relegated is about the only excitement at the bottom of the table. At the top it is San Antonio then everybody else right now.…

  4. Shane Battier states in more certain terms that he’ll be retiring after this season

    Mar 28, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Shane Battier has hinted at retirement before, but his latest comments make it sound like he’ll be done after this season.

  5. Interesting stat: Teams score better in crunch time when they don’t call timeout

    Mar 13, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    Coaches are micromanagers almost by nature. They want control, they want to set things up. So in crunch time, when their team needs a bucket, they almost inevitably call a timeout to set up a play. Of course, that also lets the defense make substitutions and set themselves up as well, but coaches want that…

  6. Paul Pierce’s move to power forward adds twist to his career, Brooklyn Nets’ season

    Mar 8, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Amir Johnson; Mirza Teletovic; Alan Anderson

    BOSTON – On Paul Pierce’s first defensive possession as the Brooklyn Nets’ full-time starting power forward, Serge Ibaka backed him down on the block. Pierce bodied Ibaka, keeping him out of the paint, and Ibaka threw the ball away. On the Oklahoma City Thunder’s next possession, Ibaka posted up Pierce again. Pierce hardly yielded an…

  7. Chris Bosh says if NBA wants to ban slurs on court it has to ban them all

    Feb 27, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

    Detroit at Miami

    I’m not sure how you can really regulate “smack talk” on basketball court or a football field or any other sporting venue. It’s not that lines of basic human decency are not crossed verbally all the time — they are — and when that happens there should be something for referees to fall back on…

  8. D-League to start calling technical for flopping in game, see if that works

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

    Josh Smith, Paul Pierce, flop

    The D-League is where the NBA likes to try out rule changes first to see how they work. For example, this season the D-League uses quicker timeouts and is using the international goaltending rule (once the ball hits the rim it is live and can be knocked off). Now the D-League is going to try…

  9. Highlights of Miami Heat’s “Battioke” event. Chris Bosh is the best.

    Jan 28, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat player Chris Bosh speaks to the media before a team practice ahead of Game 2 of the NBA Finals basketball playoff against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami

    That is Chris Bosh singing Tom Jones’ “It’s not unusual” while breaking out the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Carlton Dance. That is why Chris Bosh is awesome (that and he’s a better basketball player than most of you seem to give him credit for, but that’s another post for another day). It’s may favorite thing…

  10. Shane Battier memorializes grandmother with ‘Battle’ nickname jersey

    Jan 19, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat

    Shane Battier doesn’t have a  well-established nickname, though I guess “Batman” comes closest. So, when Battier learned the Miami Heat would wear nickname jerseys a few times this season, he was stuck. Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press: Miami forward Shane Battier – who wasn’t exactly thrilled about the nickname idea – said he wanted…

  11. LeBron admits quest for three-peat wearing down Heat

    Jan 11, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    “There’s a reason these teams don’t do it. Emotionally, it’s just exhausting to keep doing it year after year, particularly when you have to deal with everything Miami has to deal with on a daily basis, just the constant critiquing and scrutiny on the team, and then you factor in the injuries with Wade and…

  12. Spoelstra says Heat won’t base injury decisions on experience of other teams

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:24 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    NEW YORK – The Miami Heat weren’t at full strength during Thursday’s loss to the Knicks, and a day later in Brooklyn the team found out before tip-off that it would be even more shorthanded against the streaking Nets. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers both sat against the Knicks, and will do so again in Brooklyn.…

  13. Shane Battier invites Heat teammates to sing, whether they should or not (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

    Shane Battier

    Shane Battier is a lot of things. Not sure “future “The Voice” contestant is on that list. However, Battier hosts an annual karaoke event — Battioke 2014, where his Miami Heat teammates such as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade — sing for charity. It’s all in good fun not good singing. This is…

  14. Thursday night NBA grades: Golden State get a couple “A” grades

    Jan 3, 2014, 3:22 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while worrying about what was really in your donkey meat… Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. When he is going like he was in this game — especially in the third quarter when he had 14 of his 36 — there is nothing you can do.…

  15. Michael Beasley finding a role, groove in Miami

    Dec 2, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    It is different than 2008 — Michael Beasley didn’t walk into the Heat locker room with the expectations he could be a player to carry the franchise. In 2013 they just needed a solid role player. They are getting that — Beasley has found his groove. In his last 10 games he has averaged 18.1…

  16. How does old-school Rick Adelman deal with waves of new stats? In small bytes.

    Nov 10, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Rick Adelman is advanced stats friendly — he was the coach in Houston with Daryl Morey as the GM for four seasons, if he was adverse to them he wouldn’t have lasted that long. Now with the new Sports VU cameras providing even more data than Morey could pour at him, how is Adelman handling…

  17. The Extra Pass: Boxed out and Thursday’s Recaps

    Nov 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    You probably already know what I’m going to say about Shane Battier before I even say it. For 12 seasons, Battier has largely defied conventional box scores by doing all the things that don’t show up there. It’s been a long-standing feud between Battier and the box score, really, but it’s a feud that Battier…

  18. Chris Bosh, back from birth of daughter, will play vs. Clippers Thursday

    Nov 7, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    No more Shane Battier jumping center for the Miami Heat. After not traveling with the Heat to Toronto so he could be there for the birth of his daughter — which is the only right decision to make — Chris Bosh is back with the Heat to take on the Clippers Thursday night. That’s 19.8…

  19. The Extra Pass: 10 teams, 10 observations, plus Tuesday recaps

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes, Paul Millsap

    Let’s zip around the league with ten observations for ten teams: Atlanta: I’m digging the former Jazz men. Paul Millsap is already getting along famously with Al Horford, but the smart movement off the ball by flex-bred wingmen Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll is keeping defenses off guard. This is a really unselfish offense already,…

  20. Gregg Popovich says Bruce Bowen ‘couldn’t dribble and couldn’t pass’

    Nov 2, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Bruce Bowen

    Gregg Popovich is known for being surly with the media, but he’s also known for being sarcastic and brutally honest when he does decide to engage in responding to a reporter’s legitimate question. In Los Angeles on Friday to take on the Lakers, Popovich was asked about Kawhi Leonard‘s defense in comparison to that of…

  21. The Extra Pass Tuesday roundup: Doc Rivers talks Clippers defensive woes

    Oct 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Chris Paul

    LOS ANGELES — The long grind of the NBA season is about building habits, building sustainable ways to win that can carry a team through the playoffs. For the Clippers this season, that building focus is on defense (their offense is going to score plenty). Before his team’s opening night game Tuesday the Clippers’ Doc…

  22. What to expect from LeBron and the Heat?

    Oct 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    You’re busy, so I’ll save you some time: a championship.  They’ve won two straight, basically their entire squad is coming back, and their best guy is the most dynamic and exciting player since Michael Jordan.  The Heat have all the tools they need to make a run at a three-peat – but even with them…

  23. Battier says it will take time for Sports VU camera info to trickle down to players

    Oct 3, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Shane Battier

    We’ve talked about this a few times recently — new high-tech Sports VU cameras are going into all 29 NBA arenas this year. These cameras track every movement on the court by every player and send them to a computer for processing that opens up a world of potential data. You can measure and compare…

  24. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Miami Heat

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Last season: The Heat won their second straight championship in an epic seven-game battle against a Spurs team that had every chance to take home the title instead. On their way, Miami flirted with history by stringing together a 27-game winning streak that lasted late into March, and finished the season by winning an incredible…

  25. Gigi Datome wants to be the Pistons’ version of Shane Battier

    Sep 14, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-CRO-ITA

    The Pistons signed Italy’s Luigi “Gigi” Datome to a two-year deal this summer, and his ability to space the floor with his shooting was likely the main reason why. Datome is 25 years old, but this will be his rookie NBA season. Since the majority of fans in the states have yet to see him…

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