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Breakdown: Warriors set blueprint for beating Heat

Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat

  For the second year in a row, the Golden State Warriors flew into South Beach and left with a victory. While the Indiana Pacers have proven to have the best chance at beating the Miami Heat, Golden State may just have an even better squad to tackle LeBron n’ Crew. It’s the same...
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Breakdown: Pacers 2nd half defense vs Heat

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Indiana Pacers beat Miami Heat, 90-84 Pacers 2nd half defense picked up…..   3 themes to 2nd half Pacers D: 1. Cut off drives and STILL contested shooters 2. Made Lebron perimeter, settled for jumpers A LOT 3. Despite rotating D, didn’t give up offensive boards 3rd qtr: 11:30 – 1st poss of half,...
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The turning point of Heat-Pacers game

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat

  Even the most casual sports fan could see what happened in Tuesday night’s rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals. The defending-champion Miami Heat smashed the Indiana Pacers in the mouth early, with their patented pressure defense. In the second half, Indiana settled down and got the ball inside. Ball game. But wait, it...
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Kobe returns and Lakers chemistry departs

  The Lakers are still very much Kobe Bryant’s team. Bryant was in preseason form as he debuted vs the Toronto Raptors, while his team’s chemistry reminded me of an October game in San Diego. Franchise player or no franchise player, the team must always be put ahead of the player. I don’t care how many...
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Scouting Report: Miami Heat (loss vs Pistons)

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Team Scouted: Miami Heat Opponent: Detroit Pistons Location: American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL Date: 12/3/13   STARTERS & MATCHUPS PG Mario Chalmers                                     Brandon Jennings SG James Jones                                            Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SF Shane Battier              (cross-match)   Greg Monroe (guarded Lebron) PF Lebron James             (cross-match)    Josh Smith (guarded Battier) C  Chris Bosh                                                 Andre Drummond...
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2013-14 Phoenix Suns: Evaluation & Forecast

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  Owner: Robert Sarver General Manager: Ryan McDonough Head coach: Jeff Hornacek   Lead Guard – Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, Archie Goodwin (r), Kendall Marshall, Ish Smith Strong. This part of the team is solid, both in quantity and in quality.   Wings – Shannon Brown, Gerald Green Very weak. Neither guy is a...
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Scouting Report: New York Knicks

  Mike D’Antoni was much maligned after his brief stint with the New York Knicks a few years back. Sure, the offense was great but the team defense didn’t improve. After acquiring Carmelo Anthony midseason, management thought a change needed to be made. While the Knicks were much improved in 2012-13 under head coach...
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Josh Smith decides to join Pistons

  In 2009, GM Joe Dumars spent all of Detroit’s caps space on Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. Rather than wait on 2010′s crop (Lebron, Wade, etc), he struck early. It didn’t work. Today is a bit of redemption for Joe D.   The Detroit Pistons were one of the first teams to contact and aggressively pitch...
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Spurs make costly mistake paying Splitter, Ginobili

  I had a difficult time finishing my lunch yesterday when I saw that the Spurs, with no other bidders involved, simply gifted free agent Tiago Splitter $38 million over the next four years. That’s right, the 6-10 stiff with very limited offense (and even less athleticism) will make $9 million every year until 2017. Still wondering...
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Finals Recap: Heat won with strategy, not talent

  On the surface, it would appear that the more talented stars of the Miami Heat prevailed over the better coach and “team” of the San Antonio Spurs. After all, the Heat did appear to have the best two players on the court by the time the Finals ended. However, it wasn’t talent that won the day for Miami…..it was their strategy.  ...
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Patrick Ewing to Bobcats

  The Charlotte Bobcats are bringing Patrick Ewing aboard as ‘associate’ head coach, a title Brian Shaw held in Indiana the past two seasons. This will be one step closer to head coaching, for Ewing.   Not only is Patrick a good friend of owner Michael Jordan, but he also worked with new head...
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Role reversal: Miami plays better on road

  Game 3 tonight in San Antonio isn’t your average road game for the Miami Heat. In fact, it feels more like they’ll be playing at home the next three games.   The Heat have shown that they play a better and more focused game on the road these playoffs, especially in a tight series....
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The Clippers need Jerry Sloan

  The days of Chris Paul playing point guard, coach, and general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers will soon be over. When he actually does re-sign (a lock, in my opinion), the team will finally be free from the pressure of “what will Chris think?” The offense too must change from the Chris Paul...
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Game 7: Heat 99, Pacers 76

  You rarely see a team win a Game 7 on the road in the NBA Playoffs…..and this is why. The Miami Heat, after a low start, blew past the Indiana Pacers in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to cruise to a 23-point victory on Monday night. It was an avalanche of defensive pressure...
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Recap: Pacers force Game 7 in Miami

  The first half of Game 6 reminded me a lot of the first half of Game 5. The Indiana Pacers player their game but it didn’t really show in the halftime score. Down one at the break, it was nervous time in Indianapolis.   But the same way the Heat dominated the 3rd quarter...
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