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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 —…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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 —…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. Shane Battier: ‘There’s no doubt that in our lifetime, there will be a woman NBA player’

    Apr 4, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem

    Mark Cuban’s look-at-me claim that he’d draft Brittney Griner has mostly been met with skepticism for the idea, but Shane Battier says just because Griner might not make the NBA, that doesn’t mean no woman will. Via Tom Haberstroh of ESPN: “There’s no doubt that in our lifetime, there will be a woman NBA player,”…

  15. Bulls’ Jimmy Butler dunks all over Chris Bosh (VIDEO)

    Mar 28, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    This was just one of the exclamation points from the Bulls win over Miami. In the third quarter Luol Deng was bringing the ball up on the break, Shane Battier cut off the drive and Deng went with the alley-oop pass and Jimmy Butler finished it — all over Chris Bosh. The crowd at the…

  16. Creating a legacy: Comparing Miami Heat, ’72 Lakers win streaks

    Mar 26, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West

    It’s about legacy. When you talk about the 1972 Lakers 33-game win streak you talk about a team that had been the best in the West for the better part of a decade but had no rings to show for it, and when they put it together that year they dominated the league for a…

  17. Shane Battier talks Heat streak, NCAA Tourney and Coach K

    Mar 26, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Shane Battier screams after scoring against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Shane Battier was on the 2008 Rockets team that won 22 games in a row and is now on the Heat team that is up to 27 and is chasing history. Battier was on the Dan Patrick radio show Monday, and you can listen above to 2:41 of Florida Gulf Coast NCAA talk or fast…

  18. What does it take to beat Miami? Three keys… then pray a lot

    Mar 26, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates a basket against Detroit Pistons during NBA game in Miami

    As we watch the Heat during this streak of 27 straight wins, we keep thinking, “Sure the Heat are good, but somebody can beat them one night and end this run.” It’s almost happened a couple times and the Heat have three games this week — at Chicago, against New Orleans (who just ended Denver’s…

  19. Jeff Green, Celtics put up fight but LeBron, Heat get another win

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

    Celtics' Green drives to the basket past Heat's Haslem in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    This felt like a playoff game. Like last year’s Eastern Conference finals — it was chippy, there were some big highlights, and there was a very loud crowd fully into the game. It was a game that went down to the final seconds. And just like last year’s playoffs the Miami Heat beat the Boston…

  20. Heat beat Raptors to earn 22nd straight victory

    Mar 17, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

    LeBron James;  Jonas Valanciunas

    The streak continues for the Heat. After a 108-91 road victory over the Raptors on Sunday afternoon, Miami has now won 22 consecutive games. The Heat controlled this one from very early on, leading by as many as 16 points in the first half, despite the Raptors out-rebounding them by 19 over the game’s first…

  21. Another day, another good defensive game, another Heat win

    Mar 16, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Chris Bosh is congratulated by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade during second half NBA game against Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee

    The storyline going into this game was that it was the Milwaukee Bucks back in 1972 that snapped the Lakers 33 game winning streak, and now they had the chance to snap the Heat’s streak at 20. That 1972 Bucks team had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. With all do respect to Monta Ellis and…

  22. Heat extend win streak to 20 but Sixers make them work for it

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    In the first half of the season, this was the kind of game the Heat would lose — a back-to-back, a fired up opponent playing better than they have in weeks, and the Heat just kind of coasting. With an 8.5 game lead over the No. 2 in the East, it’s the kind of game…

  23. Heat win over Pacers wasn’t statement game — the streak is the statement

    Mar 11, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Regular season matchups are terrible predictors of post-season series. Last year the Celtics had taken three of four regular season games from the Heat but fell in the playoffs. The season before the Lakers had taken two of three late in the season from the Mavericks only to get swept out of the playoffs. And…

  24. Heat get 14th straight victory, come back from 16-point deficit to beat Knicks

    Mar 3, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts after he scored against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Knicks had beaten the Heat twice already this season, so coming into this one in New York, one would have guessed that Miami would have it dialed in from the very start. It didn’t exactly turn out that way, as the Heat trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half. But…

  25. Heat overcome off night from LeBron to beat Grizzlies for 13th straight win

    Mar 2, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James dribbles against Memphis Grizzlies' Pondexter in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    One streak was going to come to an end in Miami on Friday, with the Grizzlies having won eight in a row and the Heat riding a 12-game winning streak of their own. It wasn’t surprising that the Heat were the ones that left victorious by pulling away late for a 98-91 victory, the team’s…

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