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Riley: Heat need to retool, not rebuild

MIAMI (AP) -- Pat Riley walked into the room to begin his end-of-season availability annoyed, and armed with history.<p>There have been franchises that …

Dwyane Wade's Decision Will Determine the Future of LeBron James and Miami Heat

After being trounced by the San Antonio Spurs in just five games during the 2014 NBA Finals, it is clear that the Miami Heat no longer possess the tools necessary to win NBA titles.<p>That is a sentence few would have expected to read just four years after LeBron James decided to take his talents to …

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Ranking the top 75 NBA free agents for 2014

16. Zach Randolph<p><i>Player option</i><p><b>UPDATE:</b> Randolph signed a two-year extension to stay in Memphis through the 2017-18 season.<p>Randolph is in a similar situation as Rudy Gay: He'll need to weigh a one-year payday vs. a multi-year deal. Z-Bo is due $16.5 million in 2014-15, but could opt out to secure a …

NBA Finals Preview: Revengeance

Who will win Heat/Spurs 2.0? We've got the answer<p>"It's kinda like picking right back up where we left off," Chris Bosh said after practice on Monday. …

Basketball

#LeBroning is a bad meme and we should all feel bad

People who dislike LeBron James are making fun of him, and completely forgetting their own maladies.<p>LeBron James suffered cramps on Thursday night, which forced him out of Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs. It was a disappointing end to a fantastic game and naturally people responded to it well …

Twitter Got It Wrong for Trolling LeBron James' NBA Finals Cramp Shutdown

Nobody would have guessed that an air conditioning malfunction brought on by an overheated circuit breaker would end up being a major X-factor during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.<p>With temperatures in AT&T Center reaching as high as 90 degrees, per ESPN’s Royce Young, players on both the San Antonio …

Basketball

Cut the Cramp: Why LeBron James Deserves a Break

Why the reaction to LeBron's Game 1 exit is the worst<p>Have you ever woken up at 3 a.m. with a cramp after a night of drinking? Sure you have.<p>Your sad …

Basketball

Associated Press News

Gregg Popovich hates three-pointers and other notes from a too-long NBA Finals break

Paul Flannery empties his notebook from the long two-day break between Finals games.<p>SAN ANTONIO -- In theory, the off day is a wonderful concept. Players need a day to recover physically and work on things at practice. Writers could use the extra time to catch up on all the angles they missed in …

LeBron James leads all scorers with 35 points as Heat take Game 2

SAN ANTONIO -- No cramps, no problems for LeBron James.<p>And with their superstar making it to the finish this time, the Miami Heat bounced back from a …

Basketball

How the Heat's unselfish stars took home Game 2 despite criticism

A look at the crucial pass from LeBron James to Chris Bosh for three, and what makes Bosh such a key part of the Heat.<p><b>More Game 2: Heat 98, Spurs 96</b> …

Dwyane Wade

LeBron James, Chris Bosh put up to make critics shut up

SAN ANTONIO — If LeBron James believes he is the easiest target in sports for whatever he does or doesn't do, Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh is the No. 2 in the NBA.<p>A day after James said he doesn't care what people say or think about him, Bosh said the same about his critics.<p>"I don't care. That's …

Five takeaways from the Miami Heat's victory in Game 2 of NBA Finals

Here are five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 98-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals:<p><b>1. Are we done questioning LeBron James?</b> The Heat star made the baskets his team needed during a 14-point third quarter and became a facilitator in the final minutes, finding …

Basketball

The Spurs and Heat are masters of the modern NBA offense

Sharing and spacing rule the offenses of the Heat and Spurs. More teams should copy that, even if they can't copy LeBron James or Tim Duncan.<p>The Spurs once represented the NBA's <i>defensive</i> elite. This is where that outdated "boring" tag came from: those grinding nights against the no-points-for-you …

Heat locking in on Finals, not what summer brings

MIAMI (AP) — For the Miami Heat, it's all about June.<p>July can wait.<p>Four years ago, when LeBron James uttered that now-infamous phrase — "not two, not three, not four, not five ..." — about how many championships he hoped to win with the Heat, it was almost immediately turned into a punch line. It …

Spurs Again Poised to Present LeBron James Toughest Defensive Puzzle of Career

MIAMI — Six years earlier, he had endured one of the most exasperating weeks of his NBA career, a green student schooled by the NBA's masters. And even after all LeBron James had grown during the years between, it wasn't a complete surprise for him to struggle some in his 2013 NBA Finals rematch …

Basketball

LeBron, defense lead Heat in Game 2

Here are my observations from Game 2:<p>James, Heat clutch<p>In the NBA, crunch time is defined as the last five minutes of a game (fourth quarter or …

NBA Finals 2014: Schedule, Format, Predictions, Odds and More

Following an entire postseason of dominant performances by both the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat, both franchises will face off yet again in the 2014 NBA Finals.<p>Between the star power that players like LeBron James and Tim Duncan provide alone, both teams also feature their own version of the …

Basketball

Pacers vs. Heat final score, NBA playoffs 2014: Miami heading to NBA Finals again after 117-92 victory over Indiana

LeBron James and the Heat are headed to the NBA Finals again, clinching their trip to the championship series in convincing fashion.<p>The Miami Heat eliminated the Indiana Pacers in a 117-92 blowout in Game 6 and are headed to their fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals. The Heat bounced back from …

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Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James of the Miami Heat celebrate after Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana…

Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James of the Miami Heat celebrate after Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2014 in Miami, Fl.<p>Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA Finals 2014: Miami Heat's Game 6 Win Reassuring Sign in Title Defense

So it seems the Miami Heat are still really, really good.<p>Although any NBA fan with a brain could see that they were going to win the Eastern Conference Finals sooner or later. The only question was when and how bad they'd make the Indiana Pacers look.<p>On Friday night, the Heat finally put Indy out …

Basketball

2014 NBA Finals predictions: Spurs, Heat have us split

USA TODAY Sports' NBA team will be with you throughout the 2014 NBA Finals rematch between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.<p>But first we're going to try to predict the series. Don't agree? Be sure to tell us on Twitter and in the comments section.<p><b>Sam Amick (@sam_amick), reporter: Spurs in 7</b><p>The …

Google reportedly plans to spend $1B on Internet satellites

The Web giant plans to deploy 180 small satellites that would provide Internet access to underserved regions of the globe, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.<p>Google plans to spend more than $1 billion to deploy hundreds of low-Earth orbit satellites to provide Internet access to underserved …

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Apple v. Samsung, round 2 continues: Apple requests a retrial and Samsung product ban

Just like with its first California trial against Samsung, Apple isn’t accepting the results of the latest trial without a fight.<p>Apple last night filed a motion to ban Samsung devices that infringe on its patents, and Apple also requested a total retrial of the case at the U.S. district court in …

Apple Stores will soon run on 100% renewable energy

Hearing an Apple executive talk about their work in a relaxed setting is pretty unusual stuff, but that’s what happened earlier this week when Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environmental Initiatives, spoke as part of <i>Fortune</i>’s Brainstorm Green conference.<p>The 16-minute conversation, with <i>Fortune</i> Senior …

Google takes Apple's crown as world's most valuable brand - BrandZ Top 100

Google has finally beaten Apple for the #1 spot in the BrandZ Top 100 list. Apple fell from the top thanks to a steep 20% fall in estimated brand value, all while Google saw an appreciable 40% increase to $159 billion.<p>The study takes into account views of potential and current buyers, as well as …

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Johnny Manziel has 'positive' 1st step

CLEVELAND -- Johnny Manziel spent his first weekend in the NFL hanging around other rookies and unsigned free agents.<p>He's about to take the field …

NFL