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NBA Playoff scores: Heat, Grizzlies advance with wins

The pair of 2013 NBA Playoff games on Wednesday night were decided by a combined total of seven points, but the drama didn't do the Chicago Bulls or Oklahoma City Thunder any favors.<p>The 2013 NBA Playoffs took a decisive turn for four teams on Wednesday night, as the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies …

5 Things That Could Go Wrong for Miami Heat Between Now and NBA Finals

With a five-game dismissal of the Chicago Bulls, LeBron James and the Miami Heat are still heavy favorites to advance through the Eastern Conference Finals to the NBA title round.<p>If they execute their game plan and stay healthy, they'll achieve that goal.<p>But don't be so quick to assume nothing …

NBA Playoffs 2013: Highlighting Hottest Players Left in the Field

Winning playoff games in the NBA requires a team effort, but inevitably the team that ends up winning the championship has the hottest player in the league on its side.<p>For the purposes of this column, we'll be looking at the best player left in the playoffs in three different categories: hottest …

Basketball

Roy Hibbert rejects Carmelo Anthony's dunk attempt

Roy Hibbert is an absolute monster. Sorry, Carmelo Anthony.<p>Roy Hibbert is just a defensive beast. Carmelo Anthony goes for the dunk and Roy says GET THAT OUT OF MY LIFE.

How The Memphis Grizzlies Built A Championship Contender Without An NBA Superstar

While most teams in the NBA are trying to put together rosters with two or three superstars, the Grizzlies realized that every two points you keep the opponent from scoring is just as valuable as two points you score.<p>In other words, defense, if done right, can be just as valuable as scoring. And as …

Miami Heat Playoff Run Demonstrating the Real Problem with the Decision

"The Decision" was such a monumental nightmare that it obscured the real problem with LeBron James' actual decision to take his talents to the Miami Heat.<p>Namely, their collection of talent virtually guarantees them an annual trip to the NBA Finals regardless of whether they play their best …

NBA

PREDICTION: Memphis Will Beat San Antonio In Six Games

Our picks so far in the playoffs have been decent. We got 6/8 right in the first round (3/8 exactly right down to the game) and 3/4 right in the second round (only one exactly right).<p>But we're 5/6 picking Western Conference match-ups so far — only missing Golden State's upset over Denver — so this …

Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat: Eastern Conference Finals Preview

Paul George and the Indiana Pacers are out for vengeance against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. In last season's conference semifinals, the eventual champs dispatched the inexperienced Pacers in a tidy six games.<p>If things are to be different for the Pacers this …

NBA

LeBron responds to Frank Vogel

MIAMI -- The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers don't start the Eastern Conference finals until Wednesday, but that hasn't stopped the teams from engaging …

Phil Jackson book: MJ over Kobe

Phil Jackson always has been hesitant to compare Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Until now.<p>In his new book, co-written with Hugh Delehanty and …

How A Sports Folk Hero Disintegrates

Nate Robinson had been having a magical playoffs. Tuesday night, we were reminded of the fact that, in sports, these things don't always work out.<p>Along with the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and teammate Jimmy Butler, the Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson had been a major part …

Updated 2013 NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Where Each Team Stands Right Now

It's nearly time for the nitty-gritty of the 2013 NBA playoffs.<p>Not that there's necessarily been anything wrong with the first two rounds. We've been treated to clutch shots, jaw-dropping performances and no shortage of contempt-fueled conflicts bred from the familiarity endemic to every postseason …

5 reasons we fell in love with the Golden State Warriors

The San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Golden State Warriors from the playoffs on Thursday, ending the most unlikely playoff run of the year. It was also one of the most memorable. Here are five things we’ll never forget about this Warriors team’s playoff performance.<p><b>1. Stephen Curry</b><p>Curry followed a …

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