June 3, 2013 |
1. It's championship or bust for LeBron James. The same player who sat on a stage and proclaimed, “Not one, not two, not three ... ” when talking about the titles he would win with the Heat will not accept falling one step short of reaching the Finals. It doesn't calculate with the game's best player. So if James needs to score 45 points, grab 12 rebounds and distribute eight assists while playing the entire game and conducting the timeout huddles, he will. 2. The Birdman cometh back.
June 2, 2013 |
Pacers center Roy Hibbert, a budding superstar who helped his team force a deciding Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat with a 91-76 victory Saturday night in Indianapolis, has issued an apology for using a gay slur during his postgame news conference. Hibbert, a defensive force at 7-foot-2 who is becoming a presence on offense, followed a question from a reporter about LeBron James by responding, "no homo. " He later dropped an f-bomb when asked why he thought he finished so low in the media voting for the NBA's defensive player of the year.
June 1, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - And now it's a one-game series. The Miami Heat will have to play once more in its bid to punch its ticket to a third consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals. Facing elimination, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Heat, 91-77, Saturday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The series shifts back to Miami for a deciding Game 7 Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena. For the Heat, it marks the second consecutive year of going the distance in the conference finals.
May 31, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - With their season hanging in the balance, the Pacers say they understand changes have to be made if they're to win two straight and advance to the NBA Finals. They can't let LeBron James put together another performance like the one he had Thursday, when the league most valuable player scored 16 of his game-high 30 points in the third quarter. They can't allow physical play to get under their skin, and without fail, they say they can't play as passively as they think they did Thursday.
May 30, 2013 |
MIAMI -- This was not the script, couldn't have been the script. Not with Dwyane Wade failing to score his second basket until midway through the fourth quarter, not with LeBron James converting his first free throw late in the fourth. But with James taking control of the script in the third quarter, the latest chapter of the Heat's Big Three experience is down to this: Miami now is one victory from its third consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals. Moving to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with Thursday's 90-79 victory over the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Heat can close out the series Saturday at Indianapolis.
May 29, 2013 |
MIAMI - It was only five days ago that Miami Heat center Chris Bosh said he was done discussing anything related to the player he matched up against in the Eastern Conference finals. No more would Bosh answer any more questions about Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. But with the series tied 2-2 entering Thursday's Game 5, Bosh has been left with no choice. All the talk centers on how Hibbert has dominated the Heat, especially on offense. He is averaging 22.7 points and 12 rebounds and hardly resembling the player known more for defense.
May 28, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS — Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. had their "Shake and Bake" in the epic comedy "Talladega Nights. " For Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, it has become something closer to "slash and bash," at least the way it played out in Sunday's 114-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers that gave the Miami Heat a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. With James taking his game into the post, thereby opening opportunities on the wing for Wade, the duo took the latest step in proving that they could succeed together.
May 26, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The reality is that this is what the Indiana Pacers do. They run three-point shooters off the three-point line or make them take attempts under duress. And it's not just in the playoffs. For Miami Heat three-point specialists Ray Allen and Shane Battier, their struggles in these NBA Eastern Conference finals are nothing new against the Pacers, who host Game 3 on Sunday evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. At one for six on three-pointers in this series, Allen is now two for 15 this season on three-pointers against the Pacers, when factoring in the teams' three regular-season meetings.
May 24, 2013 |
MIAMI - LeBron James gave it everything. And still more was required. This time, he wound up as something less than hero for the Miami Heat, with a pair of critical late turnovers. These Indiana Pacers aren't going anywhere, especially with the next two games of the Eastern Conference finals shifting to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Even with James at the top of his game for all but the final possessions, the Pacers had enough to tie the best-of-seven series with the Heat at 1-1 with a 97-93 victory Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
May 21, 2013 |
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS 1. Miami vs. 3. Indiana Season series: Pacers, 2-1. Key stat: Miami leads the NBA in field-goal accuracy during the playoffs, making 49.1% of its shots, while holding opponents to a league-low 40.9% shooting. Outlook: As usual, the drama between these teams started before the series opener. Indiana Coach Frank Vogel irritated Miami with his comment about the Heat's being "just the next team that's in our way," one year after he accused Miami's players of being the NBA's most egregious floppers.