TAG: Miami Heat

NBA, Smack / Apr 22, 2014 / 11:15 am

Charlotte Bobcats Fly Home On Off Days To Avoid Miami’s Temptations

Miami Heat dancer

Miami Heat dancer (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

After Game 1 between the Bobcats and Heat on Saturday in their first round series, the two teams don’t face off again until Wednesday night. That’s too many days in Miami for the young Bobcats it appears, so coach Steve Clifford ordered his team back on the plane for a return trip to Charlotte before flying down again for Game 2. The Bobcats trail in the series, 1-0, after losing Game 1, 99-88. Read More »

NBA / Apr 21, 2014 / 11:00 am

10 Players Under The Most Pressure In The Playoffs

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert (Andrew Richardson/USA TODAY Sports)

Just over two years ago, had you asked me whom I considered to be the NBA’s elite players, I would have given you three names: Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

Fresh off an NBA Finals run in which his Mavericks took down Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder, and the “Dream Team” Miami Heat en route to the championship, Dirk was a shoo-in on the list. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 20, 2014 / 11:19 pm

Whose Crossover Was Better: Dwyane Wade or Kemba Walker?

Dwyane Wade, Kemba Walker

Dwyane Wade, Kemba Walker (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports))

Kemba Walker and Dwayne Wade aren’t the first offensive options you associate with the Bobcats and Heat these days, not with Al Jefferson and LeBron James handling the majority of the duties for the Bobcats and Heat. Still, both showed off some righteous crossovers in Game 1 on Sunday. So which one was better? Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 20, 2014 / 5:42 pm

Video: Josh McRoberts Smashes On Chris Andersen

Josh McRoberts, Chris Andersen

Josh McRoberts, Chris Andersen

The Bobcats have valiantly attempted to stay with the Heat in Game 1 this afternoon, but the tweaked plantar fascia of Al Jefferson has limited his mobility, and the Heat have a double-digit lead in the fourth. None of that changes the unexpected Josh McRoberts jam he threw down on Chris Andersen. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs.

For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn, the most important key to the first round is to stay healthy. San Antonio and Brooklyn have veteran rosters and will need the extra rest to stay healthy throughout the playoffs. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Apr 17, 2014 / 1:45 pm

LeBron James Has NBA’s Most Popular Jersey

LeBron James

LeBron James (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports)

LeBron James has once again ended the season atop the NBA’s Most Popular Jerseys List, doing it for the sixth time in his illustrious career. The rest of the top five includes Kevin Durant (No. 2), Kobe Bryant (No. 3), Derrick Rose (No. 4) and Stephen Curry (No. 5), with ten of the top 15 overall all playing in the playoffs this weekend. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 16, 2014 / 2:45 pm

The 10 Funniest GIFs From The NBA Season

Andrea Bargnani, Thaddeus Young

Andrea Bargnani, Thaddeus Young ( Jim O’Connor/USA TODAY Sports)

For better or for worse, technology appears to be evolving at the speed of light. One of the many positives of this rapid change is the ability to be entertained from multiple areas, including the .gif, compressed image files. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 15, 2014 / 12:04 am

Video: Andre Miller’s Perfect Full-Court Pass

Andre Miller, Udonis Haslem

Andre Miller, Udonis Haslem (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The Wizards took advantage of coach Erik Spoelstra resting LeBron James and Chris Bosh and the Wizards walked away with a 114-93 win Monday night, still secure in their 6-seed. One play stood out in the second quarter: Andre Miller used his Spidey-sense to recognize that Bradley Beal was taking off in transition immediately after the Heat shot the ball. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Buzzer-Beaters, Dunks & The NBA Season’s Top 25 Plays

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Finally, at long last, the real season begins. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stop, look back, and appreciate the highlights and events that captivated us and stole our attention during the 2013-14 season. We’ve been treated to some great games, as recently as Sunday’s Golden State-Portland affair, and some highlights that may have been forgotten because of all the entertaining games we’ve witnessed this year. In case you may have forgotten, fans have been able to witness some of the greatest game-winners, poster dunks, and alley-oops in recent memory. Read More »

NBA / Apr 14, 2014 / 4:15 pm

5 Important Races Entering The 2014 NBA Playoffs

Wesley Matthews, James Harden

Wesley Matthews, James Harden (Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports)

We’re still recovering from a fever dream we had after peeking at a hypothetical Conference-free playoff structure for the playoffs this year. But even with the Conference separation in place, there are plenty of questions as we come up on the final three nights of NBA action during the 2013-14 regular season. The Suns and Grizzlies are battling to get the final spot in a tough Western Conference, and they play tonight. The Heat and Pacers still haven’t settled who will have home-court if they — like most predict — meet in the Eastern Conference Finals. Let’s give the lowdown on the top five playoff races coming up on the end of the regular-season. Read More »