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Knicks' Jason Kidd arrested on suspicion of DWIupdated: Sun Jul 15 2012 15:51:00

Newly signed New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after his vehicle struck a telephone pole, police said.

LeBron learns from last year's mistakesupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 04:16:00

Twenty-nine points from LeBron James helps the Miami Heat take a 2-1 NBA Finals series lead over the Oklahoma Thunder.

LeBron James leads Miami Heat to NBA Championshipupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 04:16:00

Three-time league MVP LeBron James finally has an NBA championship to add to his belt, after the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 in game five of the 2012 NBA Finals.

SI.com: NBA Finals Live Blog: Heat vs. Thunder, Game 4updated: Thu Jun 21 2012 17:20:00

Game 4 of the NBA Finals is set for Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET in Miami, where the Heat are seeking to close within one victory of a title and the Thunder are hoping to pull even at 2-2. How important is this game for Oklahoma City? No one has ever rallied to win the Finals after trailing 3-1 -- teams are 0-30 in that situation all time and 0-13 since the NBA went to a 2-3-2 format in 1985. Join SI.com's Paul Forrester and Brad Weinstein as they live-blog Game 4 beginning at 8:45 p.m.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: LeBron battles cramps, Thunder to move Heat within reach of titleupdated: Wed Jun 20 2012 02:48:00

MIAMI -- LeBron James was accused of taking the easy way to his breakthrough championship, but the last two years have been anything but easy. He was five minutes and 49 seconds away from the brink of his ultimate goal when he found himself sliding and falling to the floor. He lost control of the ball and he had to be worrying if he was going to lose the game and the NBA Finals along with it. Was this how it was going to end again?

Miami Heat close in on NBA title with third-straight winupdated: Wed Jun 20 2012 02:22:00

Russell Westbrook's impressive 43 points were not enough to end the Oklahoma City Thunder's losing streak in game four of this year's NBA finals.

SI.com: Chris Mannix: LeBron's near-perfect performance powers Heat to 3-1 lead in Finalsupdated: Wed Jun 20 2012 00:17:00

MIAMI -- Five thoughts from Miami's 104-98 win over Oklahoma City in Game 4 ...

Miami fights off late-game rally to win game two of NBA Finalsupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 22:52:00

A fierce late-game rally by the Oklahoma City Thunder proved fruitless Thursday night as the Miami Heat held out to win game two of the 2012 NBA Finals 100-96, tying the series, 1-1.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Bobcats' odd coaching search ends in surprising hireupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 11:26:00

For all we know, Bobcats owner Michael Jordan may have finally gotten it right with the surprising hiring of St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap as coach on Monday.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Kevin Durant must avoid foul trouble for OKC to beat Miami in Game 4updated: Tue Jun 19 2012 09:56:00

MIAMI -- If the Thunder are right, and if they're able to make good on their promise to break through in Game 4 Tuesday night, then this NBA Finals will be on its way to fulfilling its promise. It can become one of the most entertaining showdowns in recent memory, but that won't happen unless Oklahoma City responds to the elevated play of the Heat and LeBron James.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Who's the No. 2 prospect in the draft: Beal, Kidd-Gilchrist or Robinson?updated: Mon Jun 18 2012 18:26:00

Of all the facets of the Oklahoma City blueprint that Bobcats general manager Rich Cho hoped to follow, landing the No. 2 pick in the draft wasn't one of them.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Heat near their defining moment by turning past mistakes into successupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 08:17:00

MIAMI -- The closest games were supposed to favor the Thunder. They were supposed to be the better team down the stretch, even though that reputation for performance under pressure had not been earned. Yes, they'd dethroned the Mavericks in the opening round, survived the Lakers and overwhelmed the Spurs, but suddenly none of that mattered.

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: Thunder's youth creeps through as Heat claim Game 3 and 2-1 leadupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 01:37:00

MIAMI -- The Oklahoma City Thunder may yet play in 10 NBA Finals and win six championships and lure NFL, NHL and MLB teams to Oklahoma City, but in the meantime, these guys are so young that when they cross the street somebody ought to hold their hand. Otherwise, Russell Westbrook will sprint into a parked car, and Kevin Durant will knock over a crossing guard, and Kendrick Perkins will just stand there and shake his head in disgust.

Miami Heat win 91-85 after late-game Oklahoma blundersupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 00:48:00

A missed three-pointer by Russell Westbrook in the final minute of Sunday's game signaled the end of a fierce back-and-forth between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the 2012 NBA Finals.

SI.com: Chris Mannix: Heat pull out victory in Game 3 as Durant, Thunder fade in fourthupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 23:50:00

MIAMI -- Five thoughts from the Heat's 91-85 win over Oklahoma City ...

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Thunder hope to seize the moment, take pivotal Game 3 in South Beachupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 10:19:00

MIAMI -- What if experience turns out to be overrated? What if the young Thunder fail to realize the trouble facing them in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Sunday night?

SI.com: NBA Finals Live Blog: Heat vs. Thunder, Game 3updated: Sun Jun 17 2012 09:45:00

Game 3 of the NBA Finals is set for Sunday at 8 p.m. ET in Miami. Will the Thunder rebound from Thursday's loss, or will the Heat protect their home court and take a 2-1 series lead? Join SI.com's Ben Glicksman and Paul Forrester as they live blog Game 3 beginning at 7:45 p.m.

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: LeBron, Tiger shoot for redemption after publicly hitting rock bottomupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 00:06:00

MIAMI -- It is possible that, as LeBron James warms up for the Heat on Sunday, fans at American Airlines Arena will be looking down at their phones to follow Tiger Woods' surge at the U.S. Open. Of course, the way Tiger played Saturday, it is also possible that Tiger will pull his phone out on the 18th fairway to get a Heat-Thunder score. Tiger is five strokes off the lead on a course that just put him in a headlock. The odds are not good.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Green garnering plenty of interest while ex-team contends for a titleupdated: Sat Jun 16 2012 23:15:00

Agent David Falk wishes it had all happened differently for Jeff Green, that his phones were ringing off the hook for a very different reason these last few days.

SI.com: Roundtable: Observations on 1-1 Finalsupdated: Sat Jun 16 2012 11:12:00

The NBA Finals are tied 1-1 after the Thunder and Heat split two games in Oklahoma City. With Game 3 set for Sunday night in Miami, five SI.com writers analyze the biggest storylines and surprises so far, examine which team is in a better position and take issue with the criticism of Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Teams still trying to read UConn's Drummond, mystery man of draftupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 13:36:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The idea, of course, is for NBA teams to get a look at the draft prospect.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: LeBron's night finally comes with defining fourth quarter to even Finalsupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 12:51:00

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Was this the kind of star he'd always hoped to become? Not exactly. The minutes were clearing away from the game clock as slow as evaporation, and never fast enough for LeBron James.

SI.com: Chris Mannix: Four thoughts off Game 2 of NBA Finalsupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 08:39:00

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Four thoughts after the Heat's 100-96 victory over the Thunder in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Thursday ...

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: Heat prove their guts in holding off Thunder in Game 2updated: Fri Jun 15 2012 08:19:00

OKLAHOMA CITY -- "Resilient" is not a word most people use to describe the Miami Heat, but since I'm not allowed to repeat the words they do use, let's start with that one. In one of the toughest road venues in the NBA -- season on the line, world ready to pounce -- the Heat were tougher, stronger and just grittier than the Oklahoma City Thunder.

SI.com: NBA Finals Live Blog: Heat vs. Thunder, Game 2updated: Thu Jun 14 2012 18:15:00

Game 2 of the NBA Finals is set for Thursday at 9 p.m. ET in Oklahoma City. Will the Thunder remain unbeaten at home in the postseason, or will the Heat bounce back to even the series? Join SI.com's Ben Glicksman and Paul Forrester as they live blog Game 2 beginning at 8:45 p.m.

SI.com: Chris Mannix: Heat in need of breakout game from Bosh to avoid Finals holeupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 23:08:00

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A throng of reporters packed around Chris Bosh's podium on Wednesday, jostling for position as they waited for the All-Star power forward to arrive. For all of the attention paid to LeBron James (When you going to guard Kevin Durant, 'Bron?) and Dwyane Wade (How's your health, Dwyane?) the player Miami needs to bounce back in Game 2 the most is Bosh, who simply can't afford another subpar (10 points on 4-of-11 shooting) night.

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: Immune to hype, 'humble' Durant following own path to greatnessupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 21:21:00

These NBA Finals have quickly morphed into a Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James debate, which was natural and not surprising. Durant has reached the level where people can't help it -- they want to compare him to the best in the game.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Former ref Javie joins ESPN; Belmont, NBA draw strong ratingsupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 12:39:00

Television viewers have long relied on broadcasters to provide analysis and explanations about the often-questionable decisions made by NBA referees.

SI.com: Britt Robson: NBA Finals preview: Heat vs. Thunderupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 11:19:00

The preseason favorites to reach the NBA Finals have arrived with their credentials newly polished and their resolve tested. Oklahoma City and Miami both feature one of the two best basketball players on the planet in three-time MVP LeBron James and three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, each one enjoying the best season of his career and seeking his first championship. Less than seven months after the end of a nasty lockout, the league has delivered a Finals matchup with enough superstars and plot lines to lure in the casual fans, and enough depth, balance, grit and legitimacy among these two teams to further stoke the passion of the cognoscenti.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Durant outplays LeBron as Thunder storm back to take Game 1 of Finalsupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 08:00:00

OKLAHOMA CITY -- They are the two most explosive players in the game offensively, but it was the differing approaches at the less glamorous end of the floor that defined Kevin Durant and LeBron James as the NBA Finals began Tuesday. Durant guarded his rival for much of Game 1, while James tried to guard everyone.

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: Durant, Westbrook claim battle of superstars vs. Heat in Game 1updated: Wed Jun 13 2012 07:49:00

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Years from now, when the Thunder are accustomed to making the NBA Finals, perhaps the franchise will wise up and put its superstars on opposite ends of the locker room, to spread out the media horde. In the meantime, Kevin Durant dresses next to James Harden, who dresses next to Russell Westbrook. Tuesday night, they really could have used a police escort to lead them from the shower to their underwear.

Oklahoma take Heat out of Miami in opening NBA Finals clashupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 04:56:00

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were instrumental as Oklahoma City Thunder won the first game of the 2012 NBA Finals.

LeBron James: Gonna give it my allupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 04:56:00

The Thunder's Kevin Durant says his team wants to win a title, while LeBron James feels more relaxed for the NBA Finals.

SI.com: Lee Jenkins: Thunder seize Game 1 as Heat stars fade away in fourth quarter againupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 01:02:00

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Three thoughts after Oklahoma City's 105-94 victory over Miami in Game 1 of the NBA Finals ...

SI.com: NBA Finals Live Blog: Heat vs. Thunder, Game 1updated: Tue Jun 12 2012 18:06:00

Miami and Oklahoma City are playing for the championship in a series that features the MVP, LeBron James, the MVP runner-up and scoring champion, Kevin Durant, and a host of other stars. The Heat are back in the NBA Finals for the second year in a row as the 27-year-old James seeks his first title to cap his ninth season. Durant, 23, is also looking for his first ring, the five-year veteran having led the franchise to its first Finals appearance since 1996, when the Thunder played in Seattle. Game 1 is set for Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET in Oklahoma City. Which team will get off to a good start? Join SI.com's Ben Glicksman and Paul Forrester as they live blog the series opener beginning at 8:45 p.m.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: TV guide to the NBA Finalsupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 14:32:00

Hate sells on television, and last year's NBA Finals between Dallas and Miami averaged 17.3 million viewers over six games, making it the league's second-most-viewed championship series since the Pistons-Lakers in 2004 (17.9 million viewers) and only slightly behind the seven-game series in 2010 between the big-market Celtics and Lakers (18.1 million viewers).

SI.com: Jerry Brewer: As Thunder enter Finals, Seattle sulks over team's bitter departureupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 11:49:00

SEATTLE -- The marquee at KeyArena, the former home of the NBA team that now charms Oklahoma City, advertises hot upcoming acts such as Neil Diamond, Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions and -- everyone's favorite -- How To Train Your Dragon Live.

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: In battle of stars, Heat have experience, motivation to win it allupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 10:15:00

As a child, I sometimes dreamed of going to the NBA Finals, but I never imagined they would take place in Oklahoma City and all the players would dress like nerds. Life is full of surprises. Let's keep that in mind as we get ready for the epic battle between the man who broke Cleveland's heart and the city that stole Seattle's team. These Finals may not be what we expect.

SI.com: NBA Finals Roundtable: Analyzing top storylines in Heat-Thunderupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 12:44:00

Miami and Oklahoma City will play for the championship in a series that features the MVP, LeBron James, the MVP runner-up and scoring champion, Kevin Durant, and a host of other stars in the Heat's Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and the Thunder's Russell Westbrook and Sixth Man Award winner James Harden. The Heat are back in the NBA Finals for the second year in a row as the 27-year-old James seeks his first title to cap his ninth season. Durant, 23, is also looking for his first ring, the five-year veteran having led the franchise to its first Finals appearance since 1996, when the Thunder played in Seattle. What can we expect once Game 1 tips off on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City? Five SI.com NBA writers analyze how each team got this far and what lies ahead in the Finals.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Celtics face unpredictable offseasonupdated: Sun Jun 10 2012 16:39:00

MIAMI -- A three-year experiment that was extended out to a fifth postseason potentially ended when Boston coach Doc Rivers pulled his four stars off the floor in the last minute of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday. LeBron James and the Heat were looking ahead to launching a new rivalry with Kevin Durant and the Thunder after their Game 7 victory, while Rajon Rondo and the Celtics' Big Three were left to think back on what they had shared, and to wonder what comes next.

Miami defeats Celtics, advances to NBA finalsupdated: Sat Jun 09 2012 23:48:00

For the second time in as many years, LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates will get a shot at the NBA championship after beating the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Start of Heat's new era, end of Celtics' hinges on Game 7 outcomeupdated: Sat Jun 09 2012 00:00:00

MIAMI -- A few thousand Celtics fans sat through the humiliation of LeBron James' virtuoso performance in Game 6 at Boston for two reasons. One, they wanted to send the Celtics back to Miami with the understanding that some of them still believed they could upset the Heat. And they also wanted to say a proper goodbye, in case James should prove them wrong.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Locked-in LeBron destroys Celticsupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 02:36:00

BOSTON -- This was LeBron James's rendition of what Michael Jordan did next door 26 years ago, in a building that no longer exists. On his Sunday afternoon, Michael had 63 points against Larry Bird's Celtics and was glorified for losing in two overtimes. There are many differences between them and on Thursday this was the most important one: Jordan was on his way up when he revealed his true self in the old Garden, but when LeBron broke through in the newer building it was to prevent himself from tumbling off the cliff.

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: What's at stake for LeBron, Miami Heat in Game 6? Everythingupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 11:24:00

In the fast-moving media world of 2012, the obituary comes before the death certificate. You call it tasteless; we call it efficient. So it is with the Miami Heat, who are only down 3 games to 2 but already have been cut into bite-sized pieces and served to stray dogs.

L.A. Kings lose to Devils, must wait for first Stanley Cup updated: Thu Jun 07 2012 01:27:00

The Los Angeles Kings will have to wait until at least Saturday to see whether the Cinderella skates fit.

Underdog L.A. Kings on brink of first Stanley Cup in 44-year historyupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 22:37:00

After two nail-biting periods, the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings remained tied 0-0 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Magic still considering Jackson for front office jobupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 16:31:00

The pitch for Phil Jackson to run the Orlando Magic isn't dead just yet.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Celtics take 3-2 lead as Heat's title hopes look like empty promisesupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 08:16:00

MIAMI -- The videos were spliced together to give the false impression of never-ending effort and resilience. "It is our destiny," growled the narrator amid highlights of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh dunking and celebrating one after the next.

SI.com: SI.com NBA writers analyze Eastern Conference finalsupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 19:47:00

The Eastern Conference finals resume Tuesday night (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) with the Celtics and Heat tied at 2-2. Miami returns home for Game 5 after losing twice in Boston, where Dwyane Wade missed a potential game-winning three-pointer in Game 4, the second game in this series to go to overtime. What have we learned so far and what's in store for the rest of the series? Four SI.com NBA writers make their predictions and analyze Chris Bosh's potential return, Rajon Rondo's brilliance and the highly scrutinized officiating.

SI.com: Jan Hubbard: Thunder show championship mettleupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 08:58:00

SAN ANTONIO -- When historians document the eureka moment in the ascension of the Oklahoma City Thunder, they will not focus on the good fortune that turned out to be Kevin Durant. Nor will they cite the brilliant drafting of James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, or even the shrewd trades that brought in Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha.

SI.com: Roundtable: West finals analysisupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 17:17:00

The Spurs play host to the Thunder in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Monday (9 p.m. ET, TNT). The series is tied at 2-2 after both teams won twice on their home floor. How did we get here and what's in store for the rest of the series? Five SI.com NBA writers take stock of a matchup that is living up to its billing.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Celtics square series with Heat as Rondo overshadows LeBron againupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 02:21:00

BOSTON -- To watch Miami in a game like this is to wonder about destiny. You think about all of the great players that preceded LeBron James, and of how you somehow knew that Larry Bird or Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan or Tim Duncan were going to have their way in the end. As the tension grows you find yourself expecting James to force his way into their world, and to have his way as the great ones inevitably do.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Unpredictable series leads to more adjustmentsupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 14:00:00

BOSTON -- The Celtics and Heat have spent the first three games of their Eastern finals exploring unpredictable ways that ended in the predictable results.

SI.com: Lee Jenkins: Durant proves dominant in Game 4 win as Thunder knot Western finalsupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 01:35:00

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant stood on the court at Chesapeake Energy Arena and let the noise wash over him, noise like you don't hear anywhere else in pro sports, unique because of the volume but also because of the tone. It is less of a full-throated bellow than a high-pitched shriek, the sound of families with children who are hopped up on candy way past their bedtimes, at the state's most delightful circus. Durant built this big top, with his youth and his bounce, his long arms and feathery jumpers. Fans around town wear T-shirts with his name in place of the Thunder logo. That's about right. He and the franchise are interchangeable. They came to Oklahoma City together and they will likely win championships together. The only question is when.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Garnett's old-school approach keeps Celtics alive with Game 3 winupdated: Sat Jun 02 2012 02:27:00

BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett changed the NBA two decades ago as a 6-11 power forward who played with the skills of a shooting guard. He launched a trend that has been emulated by his generation and its followers, but now, surprisingly, it looks like an elaborately extended con game. If the Celtics are to return to the NBA Finals in what may be Garnett's final month of basketball, they are going to need him to become the kind of low-post dinosaur that he and his kind worked so hard to replace.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Heat look to show toughness, slow Rondo in Game 3 vs. Celticsupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 10:24:00

BOSTON -- Of course the Heat are looking ahead. It is with no disrespect to the Celtics that Miami will aim to tighten its play and win at least one of the long weekend's two games in Boston.

SI.com: Lee Jenkins: Energetic Thunder tap into youth, dismantle red-hot Spurs in Game 3updated: Fri Jun 01 2012 01:40:00

OKLAHOMA CITY -- It took 50 days, 20 games and 10 different opponents. It took the highest scorer in the NBA, the loudest crowd and the best sixth man. It took a poised point guard, a proven defensive stopper and an inspired front line. But the Oklahoma City Thunder did what no one has been able to do since Tax Day. They beat the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder didn't just snap the streak, they sawed it in pieces, treating San Antonio the way the Spurs have been treating everybody else for the past two months.

SI.com: Jack McCallum: Spurs evolve into offensive forceupdated: Thu May 31 2012 11:34:00

I'm not going to claim that what's going on with the San Antonio Spurs isn't surprising. With 20 straight wins heading into Game 3 of the Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City on Thursday, they are playing, after all, at a level reached by few teams in NBA history. Even with their consistently outstanding season, you didn't see this coming.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Bobcats narrow down coaching candidates; Magic, Blazers eye GMsupdated: Thu May 31 2012 08:28:00

As if the NBA playoffs and lead-up to the June 28 draft weren't enough to keep hoops fans satiated this time of year, there's a number of personnel positions in play that are worth monitoring.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Heat show resilience in seizing 2-0 East leadupdated: Thu May 31 2012 03:11:00

MIAMI -- Was this the end, or a beginning? Will the Celtics be too exhausted to go on, or will they be heartened to build on the gains made here? Will the Celtics be discouraged by the discrepancies of officiating, or will their anger inspire them to defend their home court in Games 3 and 4?

SI.com: Sam Amick: Hornets strike it rich, plus more lottery observationsupdated: Wed May 30 2012 22:31:00

When the NBA Draft lottery balls came bouncing down in 2007, then-Seattle assistant general manager Rich Cho was standing next to then-Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard inside the Madison Square Garden room where the fates of two franchises were being determined.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Behind Rivers, Celtics try to pull off yet another surpriseupdated: Wed May 30 2012 12:56:00

MIAMI -- The Celtics are old, tired and injured. They were run off the floor in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals by the Heat, who are overwhelming favorites to reach a second straight NBA Finals. Yet Boston enters Game 2 on Wednesday with hope for better performances in the short term and a renewal of their dynasty in the long term around coach Doc Rivers.

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: What if Tim Duncan went to ... ?updated: Wed May 30 2012 11:39:00

The NBA will hold this year's lottery in New York City, instead of its traditional location in New Jersey, which ... well, let's face it: They could hold it in your backyard and if you felt a raindrop, you would go inside and watch it on TV. The location is not relevant. It is a TV event.

NBA draft lottery could help Michael Jordanupdated: Wed May 30 2012 03:17:00

This is the time of the year when NBA executives may get a little religious, praying that the ping pong balls in Wednesday's NBA draft lottery fall in their favor.

SI.com: Jan Hubbard: Thunder must feel deflated after undefeated Spurs take Game 2updated: Wed May 30 2012 02:25:00

SAN ANTONIO -- To their credit, the Thunder have not yet offered to negotiate terms of surrender. No white flags have been spotted near the bench. No one has screamed "no mas!" Scott Brooks has not ordered his troops to retreat.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Duncan still driving force behind Spurs' successupdated: Tue May 29 2012 15:51:00

Maybe Kenyon Martin's pride was doing the talking, or maybe the Clippers' forward and 12-year veteran was reserving judgment until the end of the playoffs.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Rondo, Celtics need change of pace to overcome sluggish Game 1 lossupdated: Tue May 29 2012 01:53:00

MIAMI -- "They don't have to score 70 for us to have a chance to win,'' said coach Erik Spoelstra before his Heat beat the Celtics 93-79 in Game 1 of the Eastern finals. And he was right. In this series it's about quality more than quantity.

SI.com: Jan Hubbard: With a touch of nastiness, Spurs subdue Thunder in thrilling Game 1updated: Mon May 28 2012 11:42:00

SAN ANTONIO -- The future seemed to arrive with all the subtlety of a lightning bolt Sunday evening. Impressive winning streaks and home-court advantage bothered the Oklahoma City Thunder less than a 7-footer standing in front of the basket.

SI.com: Britt Robson; Eastern Conference final preview: No. 2 Heat vs. No. 4 Celticsupdated: Sun May 27 2012 15:44:00

Two star-studded, high-profile teams that, for very different reasons, are especially desperate to win a championship this season square off in an Eastern Conference finals series that features at least a full handful of future Hall of Famers and an unusually high quotient of drama and uncertainty.

SI.com: Britt Robson: Western Conference final preview: No. 1 Spurs vs. No. 2 Thunderupdated: Sun May 27 2012 12:56:00

At a time when the Eastern Conference finalists, Boston and Miami, are dealing with age or injury issues, San Antonio and Oklahoma City are peaking, collectively winning 16 of 17 games in the opening rounds. The Thunder faced the past two NBA champions -- confident, veteran teams with renowned closers in Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks and Kobe Bryant of the Lakers -- and broke their spirit with youthful energy and talent enriched by crunch-time poise and grit. The Spurs are merely the hottest team ever to enter a conference finals, having won 18 straight and 29 of 31, including dismantling four-game sweeps of the Jazz and Clippers in which their average margin of victory was 13.75 points.

San Antonio Spurs poised to win 5th NBA crown, but ... yawn?updated: Fri May 25 2012 16:29:00

LeBron James is cocky. Kobe Bryant is a ball hog. Kevin Garnett is a thug. Dwight Howard got his coach fired. And Metta World Peace? Ugh, Metta World Peace.

SI.com: Brian Hendrickson: Heat prove to be the tougher team in eliminating Pacers in Game 6updated: Fri May 25 2012 15:06:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- Maybe Larry Bird's advice was misunderstood.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Defense puts Sixers win away from East finalupdated: Thu May 24 2012 09:00:00

PHILADELPHIA -- This is the same team that barely made the playoffs, that was bullied by the Celtics six weeks ago as its coach worried whether he was too hard on his young players. This is the neglected contender that lacks a go-to scorer and meaningful playoff experience, and now these 76ers are the No. 8 seed that stands one win in Boston away from reaching the Eastern Conference finals.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Howard-for-Bynum trade needs to happenupdated: Wed May 23 2012 15:15:00

First things first, there's the Andrew Bynum pre-qualifier to deal with.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Boston Celtics look for motivation to lock in Game 6 win over 76ersupdated: Wed May 23 2012 11:44:00

PHILADELPHIA -- The Celtics and the Heat are racing each other to the finish line. Each team now believes it is destined to meet the other in the Eastern Conference final. Each understands that the first team to cross the finish line -- by wrapping up its current round of play -- will hold an advantage.

SI.com: Jack McCallum: Don't discount Kobe despite another early playoff exit for Lakersupdated: Wed May 23 2012 08:56:00

In January 2006 I was assigned to write a story on the NBA scoring race, which at the time was being contested between Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson, whose teams, the Lakers and the 76ers, were meeting on a Friday night in Los Angeles. Collecting information for that story provided much insight into the killer instinct that has always driven Bryant ... not to mention somewhat of a journalistic comeuppance.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Thunder complete two-year growth cycle by eliminating Lakersupdated: Wed May 23 2012 07:23:00

When this table was turned two years ago, the young Thunder falling to the mighty Lakers in six games in the first round of the playoffs, you could feel this coming.

SI.com: Zach Lowe: Heat defense ignites blowout of Pacersupdated: Wed May 23 2012 00:45:00

In a game that will be remembered mostly for three flagrant fouls, including one blatant cheap shot by Miami deep reserve Dexter Pittman, the Heat reclaimed control of this chippy conference semifinal behind a swarming defense that produced the sort of chaos fast-break points on which Miami thrives.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Behind Bass, Celtics rise from crisis of confidenceupdated: Tue May 22 2012 00:27:00

BOSTON -- The visitors from Philadelphia had not been set up, and they were not the victims of a confidence game. These truths did not prevent the 76ers from feeling as if they had been hustled by the Celtics and their crowd. The Boston fans could not have been in on the sting, because, in fact, they had come here Monday to possibly say goodbye.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Golden State's Michael Malone among possible Stan Van Gundy replacementsupdated: Mon May 21 2012 20:15:00

Let the Dwight Howard hirings begin.

SI.com: Jack McCallum: D'Antoni discusses resignation from Knicksupdated: Mon May 21 2012 19:26:00

Before our recent lunch, the last time I had seen Mike D'Antoni was on the afternoon of March 11, right after an embarrassing 106-94 home defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers. Linsanity had gone quiet, the New York Knicks had lost eight of their last 11 games and their hold on the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot was growing ever more precarious.

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: Enjoy LeBron, there has never been a talent like himupdated: Mon May 21 2012 11:49:00

So now what do we do? Should we say that this was "just Game 4" and "just the second round," and downplay LeBron James' one-man obliteration of the Pacers? Should we say he is lucky he didn't have to hit a game-winning shot? Should we play the Fun With Stats game and point out the Heat only outscored the Pacers by four points with LeBron on the floor, while they were plus-17 with Mario Chalmers?

SI.com: Chris Mannix: James, Wade answer call as Heat rally to even series with Pacersupdated: Mon May 21 2012 07:43:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- The missed shots piled up, and Dwyane Wade was at a loss to explain the problem. For two days Wade had stewed over his abysmal five-point, 2-for-13 performance in Game 3. He sought treatment for his sore legs from the Heat trainers, sought counsel from his former college coach, Tom Crean, in nearby Bloomington. The extended break between games was a nightmare for Miami, said head coach Erik Spoelstra, perhaps for no one more so than Wade, who was on the arena floor two and a half hours early on Sunday, firing up jump shots and running through drills with a Heat assistant coach, desperately trying to work away the problem.

SI.com: Sam Amick: With Game 4 loss to Spurs, questions surround Clippers' cloudy futureupdated: Mon May 21 2012 07:41:00

LOS ANGELES -- The fans took their time leaving Lob City on Sunday night, all those raving red shirts standing around to soak in what had been a most memorable Clippers season.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Thunder show they're all grown up as Kobe, Lakers let Game 4 slip awayupdated: Sun May 20 2012 12:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- By the look of the postgame press conference, it was tough to tell that this was all about maturity for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Clippers' dream season nearing end as Spurs rally to take 3-0 leadupdated: Sun May 20 2012 03:25:00

LOS ANGELES -- Clippers general manager Neil Olshey still had a smile on his face, which tells anyone who was at Staples Center on Saturday afternoon that it was still early.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Lakers lay it on the line to trip Thunder in Game 3updated: Sat May 19 2012 03:57:00

LOS ANGELES -- The dour mood that had enveloped Lakers Nation was nowhere to be found inside the Lakers locker room early Friday night.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: 76ers pounce as Celtics waste chance to take control of Eastupdated: Sat May 19 2012 02:17:00

PHILADELPHIA -- If it's true that it's harder to forget the worst losses than it's easier to remember the best victories, then this is one game that Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen -- not to mention Rajon Rondo -- may be forced to remember for years to come.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Strange NBA regular season gives way to even crazier postseasonupdated: Fri May 18 2012 14:00:00

The usual guidelines no longer appear to be relevant. The NBA postseason has become unusually unpredictable. What comes next may no longer be based on what happened before.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Sizing up the top draft prospectsupdated: Fri May 18 2012 11:52:00

As NBA front-office types and scouts continue their homework leading up to the June 28 draft, one central purpose will drive their study sessions: risk management.

SI.com: Chris Mannix: Confident Pacers proving they believe with Game 3 thrashing of Heatupdated: Fri May 18 2012 11:16:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- All season long, Frank Vogel has hammered home a message, one simple, easy to understand: We're good.

SI.com: Jan Hubbard: Parker celebrates 30th birthday winning point-guard battle, gameupdated: Fri May 18 2012 02:17:00

SAN ANTONIO -- Before he reached the modest age of 20, Tony Parker had played in 87 NBA regular-season and playoff games and considered it nothing more than normal. Everything in his life seemed to happen fast -- from a playing career that began professionally in France when he was 17, to the way he approached the game, which was roughly equivalent to the way Usain Bolt approaches a run in the park.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Behind rejuvenated Garnett, Celtics take control against Sixersupdated: Thu May 17 2012 02:01:00

Who is better than Kevin Garnett?

SI.com: Jerry Brewer: Rivers has overcome disappointment in Orlando to succeed in Bostonupdated: Wed May 16 2012 21:26:00

Glenn "Doc" Rivers is living up to his nickname again. The Boston Celtics coach loves to joke that he's Doc, not a doctor, when you ask him about player injuries. But Doc is quite skilled at making ill teams healthy.

SI.com: Sam Amick: James' crunch-time silence key in Game 2 loss, but Heat have bigger issueupdated: Wed May 16 2012 12:30:00

The chastising chatter that often surrounds LeBron James grew loud again Tuesday night, the questions about heart and poise and that game of hot potato that he sometimes likes to play late in games.

SI.com: Benjamin Polk: Spurs take Game 1 from Clippers by stopping Paul, spreading ballupdated: Wed May 16 2012 08:03:00

Everything is hard for the Clippers. They slogged through an injury-filled regular season. They struggled to score in their half-court offense all year. They lost to teams they should have beaten. They endured a grueling seven-game first-round series with the Grizzlies.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Sixers spoil Celtics' playoff plans as Boston lets Game 2 slip awayupdated: Tue May 15 2012 19:05:00

BOSTON -- One month ago the inexperienced 76ers were so anemic offensively that they routinely lost close games, couldn't win on the road and were in danger of missing the playoffs. Now all of those trends are uncoiling inexplicably. Here on Monday they outshot the Celtics down the stretch to move within three wins of the Eastern Conference finals.

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