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Paul George's Superstar Status on Line During Indiana Pacers' Playoff Campaign

Once Paul George put pen to paper on his max contract extension in September, everything changed. His earning potential, his status, his responsibilities—everything. And if he's unable to carry his Indiana Pacers to where they're supposed to go, everything will change again.<p>Lost beneath gobs of …

Is This Miami Heat Team Better or Worse Than Last 2 Champions?

The 2013-14 Miami Heat might be the best team in the league; they also might be the worst team the franchise has fielded in the past three years.<p>The raw numbers would certainly place Miami's previous two championship-winning teams above this current one.<p>The 2011-12 Heat finished the season with a …

11 2014 NBA Free Agents Who Will Be Difference-Makers Next Season

The object of free agency is for NBA teams to find players who will help make their franchise significantly better. This summer, there's a group of guys for hire who can be difference-makers next season.<p>Now, as evidenced by the cover photo, some of the names on this list are pretty obvious. …

Indiana Pacers' Defense and Playoffs Fate Are Hamstrung by Awful Offense

Now down 2-1 in their first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks, the Indiana Pacers are searching for answers.<p>The Pacers were a defensive juggernaut during the regular season, finishing second in opponent points per game (92.3) and first in defensive rating (99.3).<p>While the offense has sputtered …

Indiana Pacers Still Believe in Roy Hibbert, but Why?

The self-assurance and poise of Indiana Pacers starting center Roy Hibbert is at an all-time low. The Atlanta Hawks have taken full advantage of the matchup problems they pose when he’s on the court, but head coach Frank Vogel is “not going to quit on him.”<p>The man who is reportedly “coaching for …

Miami Heat Unhappy That NBA Isn't Doing More to Protect LeBron James

MIAMI — The Miami Heat are mad as hell, and they're not gonna take it….<p>Well, actually, they are.<p>They are going to keep taking it to the basket.<p>That was the message out of the team’s practice Friday, after the NBA upgraded Josh McRoberts' Game 2 common personal foul against James to a Flagrant 2 and …

The 25 Highest-Paid NBA Players Of All Time

This is especially true for the players who played a large chunk of their careers between the late 1990s and the 2011 NBA lockout.<p>While many of the all-time greats of the past 20 years are among the highest paid of all time, these years also led to some large contracts for some otherwise mediocre …

How Worried Should OKC Thunder Be in Series with Memphis Grizzlies?

The Oklahoma City Thunder entered the playoffs with grand ambitions. Healthy, playing well and motivated, head coach Scott Brooks' team had every reason to set its sights on a return to the NBA Finals, every reason to believe this group could and would do what last season's didn't.<p>Perhaps nothing …

Deep Divide Between Harden, Howard Can't Be Masked by Rockets' Game 3 Victory

PORTLAND, Ore. — We never did get to see Dwight Howard in the NBA playoffs last season alongside Kobe Bryant.<p>It would've looked a lot like this.<p>Howard and his next-gen partner, James Harden, showcased some outstanding individual talent and precious little teamwork Friday night, and by the margin of …

How Much Blame Does George Hill Deserve for Indiana Pacers' Problems?

The NBA playoffs are a week old, and discussing Roy Hibbert's collapse is now passe. Until we know the true cause—if there is one at all—of Hibbert's struggles, there's not much left to say about the big man losing his basketball identity.<p>But with the No. 1 seed in the East facing a 2-1 deficit to …

Magic Johnson Describes Clippers Owner's Alleged Racist Rant As 'Black Eye For The NBA'

After Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was allegedly caught making racist comments on tape, NBA legend Magic Johnson said that he and his wife would never attend a Clippers game as long as Sterling is the owner.<p>Johnson also described the audio recording obtained by TMZ of Sterling making …

San Antonio Spurs' Problems Run Deeper Than Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks are playing with fire, yet it's the San Antonio Spurs who might end up making a pit stop at the nearest burn center.<p>Dallas is playing San Antonio's game. That should be a recipe for disaster against the NBA's 50-win factory.<p>If the jerseys were nameless and the faces blurred …

LeBron James: 'There's No Place for Donald Sterling in Our League'

CHARLOTTE — One by one, Heat players were summoned to the training room for a short meeting, before LeBron James emerged to address the media.<p>And then, one hour prior to facing Michael Jordan's team on the court, James took the sort of stand that he deems part of his duty as the current face of the …

Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant says it's not a two-man game

— After another tough shooting night, another close defeat and another night that ended with more questions than answers, the Oklahoma City Thunder …

Carter beats buzzer, sends Mavs past Spurs 109-108

DALLAS (AP) — Vince Carter knew right away the exact date of the last time he had a buzzer-beating try in a playoff game — 13 years ago.<p>It's seared …

LeBron James, Heat move to 3-0, push Bobcats to brink

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- LeBron James stripped the ball at midcourt, raced the length of the floor and lifted off for a powerful one-handed dunk.<p>Bobcats …

Key 3-pointers help Pacers even series with Hawks

ATLANTA -- The Indiana Pacers knew what they were up against. This was a game they had to have.<p>Paul George and David West made sure they got …

LeBron James Stares in Michael Jordan's Direction While Throwing Down Huge Dunk

LeBron James has been compared to Michael Jordan since he was in high school, and it looked like the Miami Heat superstar wanted to send a message to the Charlotte Bobcats owner.<p>The Heat started to pull away from the Bobcats in the third quarter of Saturday's Game 3. As Miami expanded its lead, …

Clippers considered boycotting Game 4 over Sterling allegations

The Los Angeles Clippers' players considered boycotting Sunday's game because of the Donald Sterling allegations.<p><b>More on Sterling: League</b> …