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  1. LeBron challenges Roy Hibbert at the rim in Game 6, gets called for the foul, picks up a technical (VIDEO)

    Jun 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    This is what we’ve been clamoring to see the entire series, and it took until late in Game 6 before it finally went down. LeBron James has avoided challenging Roy Hibbert inside for the better part of all six games between the Heat and the Pacers. It’s not fear, obviously, but it may be a…

  2. Pacers get the win over Heat to force a Game 7

    Jun 2, 2013, 12:27 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    In a series that’s been as close and competitive throughout as possible, and where neither team has been able to beat the other twice in a row, it’s fitting that it’ll be decided by a Game 7. The Pacers dominated defensively and dominated inside, and held off a late rally by the Heat to earn…

  3. Heat/Pacers Game 6 preview: Indiana must get back to scoring to stay alive

    Jun 1, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Pacers' Stephenson prepare to play during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    After four games where the Pacers owned the offensive glass, got to the free throw line and used those things to score on the Heat at a shocking rate, Game 5 was a radical departure. Indiana grabbed the offensive rebound on just 18.8 percent of their missed shots (it had been 39.9 percent for the…

  4. Shane Battier’s flops set to opera (VIDEO)

    May 31, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    “If they want to put an opera of all my charges on there or flops or whatever, go for it.” —Shane Battier This is the Internet, you ask for it and you might well get it. Great work by Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones in creating this “flopera.”

  5. Dwyane Wade’s struggles putting extra pressure on LeBron James and Chris Bosh

    May 30, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Heat head coach Spoelstra and shooting guard Wade get ready for Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    It’s not the Pacers. It’s not the Bulls. It’s not the Bucks. At this point, it’s Dwyane Wade. Wade is struggling to score in these playoffs, and his knee seems like a logical explanation. He’s not moving particularly well, and that hasn’t changed regardless of opponent. Three of Wade’s four lowest-scoring playoff series have occurred…

  6. Shane Battier says bigger fines is best deterrent to flopping

    May 30, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    The NBA’s fine system for flopping this season was really based around the idea that guys would be embarrassed. The fines were not that stiff. In the regular season the first offense was a warning, second time the fine was $5,000, then $10,000 and up from there. In the playoffs, all they did was remove…

  7. David West, Roy Hibbert accuse Shane Battier of taking shots at their knees

    May 30, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Shane Battier hasn’t been able to be very effective for the Heat during the Eastern Conference finals, which may be the reason he’s had to resort to a more physical style of play against the big men of the Pacers. Battier has been in the middle of a few minor confrontations in the series, and…

  8. Heat/Pacers Game 5 preview: Hibbert is Heat’s big problem

    May 30, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert works against Heat's Andersen during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    Forty percent. That is the key number. So far in the Eastern Conference Finals the Indiana Pacers have grabbed the offensive rebound on 39.9 percent of their missed shots — four out of 10 times they miss, they get a second chance. A fair amount of the time that is an easy tip-in or put-back…

  9. Pacers’ starters are controlling the conference finals

    May 30, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

    Paul George, Roy Hibbert, David West

    The Miami Heat have the best player in the world in LeBron James and two other top flight players in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh anchoring what is rightfully considered one of the best starting lineups in the NBA. And they’re getting their hats handed to them by the Indiana Pacers’ starting lineup. The group…

  10. Roy Hibbert dominating Heat inside

    May 29, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert works against Heat's Andersen during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    The LeBron James/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh Miami Heat have allowed only one player to average at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and shoot 45 percent in a playoff series. Roy Hibbert is on the verge of becoming the second. Hibbert – who’s crushing the threshold by averaging 22.8 points and 12.0 rebounds per game and shooting…

  11. Preview: Pacers know what to do. Heat know it’s coming. Whoever executes wins.

    May 28, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Somewhere around Game 4 or 5 of a series there are no more secrets. You know the other team’s plays, the tendencies, the adjustments they made, the matchups they are trying to force. You take away everything you can and try to leave your opponent with only the worst options. We are at this point…

  12. Heat/Pacers preview: Will the real Dwyane Wade please stand up?

    May 26, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Frank Vogel said in his press conference after Game 2 that LeBron James played about as good a game has he had ever seen a player have. But it wasn’t enough. Paul George didn’t outplay him but held his own, and he got help from a bunch of other Pacers — Roy Hibbert, David West…

  13. Pacers find their offense, find balance, find Heat’s respect

    May 25, 2013, 1:49 AM EDT

    Heat's Chalmers fouls Pacers' Hibbert during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference final playoff in Miami

    Coming into this series, the Miami Heat gave the proper lip service to respecting the Indiana Pacers, but did they really respect them? The Heat had gone 45-3 since Feb. 3, you had to wonder if the Pacers really had their attention They do now. The question going into this series wasn’t if the Pacers…

  14. Pacers get big games from Roy Hibbert and Paul George, take Game 2 from Heat to even the series

    May 25, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    After the way Game 1 between the Heat and the Pacers went down, Game 2 could have gone one of two ways. Either Miami could have received the wake-up call delivered by Indiana and then come out with a dominant and inspired performance, or the Pacers could continue to make life difficult for the defending…

  15. Roy Hibbert believes Shane Battier’s knee to his groin in Game 1 was intentional

    May 23, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Shane Battier, Roy Hibbert

    Late in the first quarter of the Heat’s overtime Game 1 win over the Pacers, Shane Battier drove into the lane and challenged Roy Hibbert on a layup attempt. Battier’s form was more than a little unorthodox as he went up for the shot, leading with his right knee that caught Hibbert squarely below the…

  16. Chris Andersen complements Heat’s Big Three so well

    May 23, 2013, 2:39 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    For the 145th time since they joined forces in Miami, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh finished as the Heat’s top three scorers. For the first time in the 2013 calendar year, the fourth-leading scorer – Chris Andersen – scored more than 15 points. It’s been much less of a concern that many expected…

  17. Eastern Conference Finals preview: Pacers vs. Heat

    May 21, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Miami Heat James is guarded by Pacers forward George during their NBA game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami

    SEASON RECORDS Indiana 49-33 (Third seed in East) Miami 66-16 (First seed in East) PLAYOFF RECORDS Indiana 8-4 (beat Atlanta 4-2 in the first round, New York 4-2 in the second) Miami: 8-1 (swept Milwaukee in first round 4-0, beat Chicago 4-1 in the second) SEASON SERIES Indiana won the regular season series 2-1 with…

  18. Feisty Bulls refuse to go quietly, but Heat comeback closes out series

    May 15, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Heat's James drives past Bulls' Joakim Noah during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miam

    You knew the Bulls were not just going concede the series to the Heat. Well, maybe you didn’t think that when Miami raced out to a 22-4 lead to open Game 5 Wednesday, but these Bulls quit as often as a T-1000 Terminator. All playoffs they have had reasons to give up because of injuries,…

  19. LeBron James, Joakim Noah headline NBA All-Defensive team

    May 13, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    If you were anchoring your defense with one center in the NBA right now who would it be? For the past few years the answer was Dwight Howard, he was the perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate (voted on by the media) and NBA All-Defensive First Team, voted on by the coaches. But if…

  20. Preview: Bulls want to bring defense, muck; Heat try to break free

    May 10, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Two

    If we can be sure of one thing it is this: Game 3 Friday night in Chicago is not going to look like Game 2. At least the Bulls hope not. In that game Miami blew Chicago out by 37. Back home Friday night don’t expect the Bulls will not make the same mistakes —…

  21. Tuesday And-1 links: Jason Segel was a high school teammate of Jason Collins

    Apr 30, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    US-PREMIERE-THIS IS 40

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Stephen Curry loves the three ball. • Jason Segel — you know him…

  22. Shane Battier gets truck load of free Bud Light

    Apr 23, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

    Bucks Heat Basketball

    What is the best kind of beer? Free beer. And Shane Battier just got a truckload of it. Literally. Back during the Heat’s 27-game winning streak Steve Aschburner of NBA.com wrote about the superstitions of the Heat players, because if “Bull Durham” taught us one thing it’s that you don’t mess with a streak. Shane…

  23. It’s official: J.R. Smith is NBA Sixth Man of the Year

    Apr 22, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    The Knicks have the NBA’s scoring champion at forward in Carmelo Anthony. Now they have the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, too. As we told you would happen earlier in the day, the New York’s J.R. Smith has been named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year. His strong end of the season —…

  24. Heat to play LeBron, Wade, Bosh Friday vs. Celtics

    Apr 12, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Welcome to NBA basketball the final week of the regular season. The Miami Heat are going to throw their big three out on the court Friday night for the first time in a couple weeks — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will all play against the Celtics, coach Eric Spoelstra told the media,…

  25. Thursday And-1 Links: LeBron focus of first NBA “BIG” playoff comercial (VIDEO)

    Apr 11, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like the ancient Romans loved a good conquest…. • If you’re going to sell…

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