On Wednesday night, LeBron James had unquestionably his worst playoff performance as a member of the Miami Heat. He bricked eight of his 10 shot attempts, turned the ball over three times and mustered only four assists and two rebounds. According to a measurement devised by John Hollinger, the O.G. of basketball advanced statisticians, it was the second-worst playoff performance of James’ career. Not surprisingly, the four-time MVP’s struggles were a big reason Miami lost 93-90, failing to close out
Lance Stephenson said he wouldn’t bother LeBron James anymore. To paraphrase Arnold Schwarzenegger, he lied. Stephenson played the role of WWE heel on Wednesday night, blowing kissed to James, blowing in his ear and being an overall nuisance to The King. It worked. And social media went to work with the picture of Stephenson blowing into James’ ear. This one is a Throwback Thursday special. Many of you may not remember blowing into your Game Boy or Nintendo 64 or your Playstation to
NEW YORK – Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers have each been fined by the NBA in separate incidents for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Stephenson has been fined $10,000 for his second violation of the 2014 NBA Playoffs which occurred with 8:23 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ 93-90 win over the Miami Heat last night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Hibbert has been fined $5,000 for his first
It wasn’t easy, but the Indiana Pacers found a way to stay alive against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday with a 93-90 win at home. A lot happened in the final moments of the game, where the game could have gone either way. An inordinate amount of clutch shots were converted by various players, including Chris Bosh, Rashard Lewis, LeBron James and most notably, Paul George. The teams traded one clutch 3-pointer after another
We waited all season for an Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. Yet when the time came for the two talented teams to finally meet in late May, only Miami showed up.Indiana finds itself down three games to one, and more blame is being passed around than a Benghazi hearing on Capitol Hill. A lot of that blame is being placed on the referees, an easy target since Miami took twice as many free throws
The NBA conference finals normally bring out the best that the game of basketball has to offer. More often than not, the four best teams remain, and if we’re lucky, the best players on the planet. We are treated to some combination of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu and Paul George every night. These players give us performances to praise night in and night out. And sometimes they don’t. And it’s when they don’t that we
You’ve heard the whispers. The Indiana Pacers, slumping since March and on the verge of being ousted by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year, could let go of head coach Frank Vogel with another loss. Vogel and the Pacer players have been blaming the referees, and we discussed on the Three-Man Weave whether Vogel should be fired. One Instagram user took it a step further, with Pacers president Larry Bird handing Vogel his stuff. Enjoy.
Nobody in America is going to bat quite as hard for David Blatt as myself and my staff. An open letter to Phil Jackson was part of our push, and in this interview on 1280TheZone in Salt Lake City the subject came up again. Now, I do not know if the Jazz have interviewed or plan to interview Blatt. But I would bet the mortgage that Kevin O’Connor and Dennis Lindsay of the Jazz front office know who he is, and as