Sheridan Hoops Staff: Conference Finals Preview and Predictions


It really all comes down to two questions as we look ahead to the Eastern and Western Conference finals: _ Do the Thunder have the Spurs’ number? _ Do the Pacers have any kind of chemistry whatsoever remaining, despite what that photo would suggest? You may remember the regular season. It ended a month ago, it was 82 games per team, and a couple of noteworthy things happened: Oklahoma City swept San Antonio, going 4-0; and the Pacers stood atop the Eastern Conference


Prices For Heat-Nets Game 5 Tickets Up 7% Since Game 4 Win


The Miami Heat took a demanding 3-1 series lead against the Brooklyn Nets with a Game 4 win at the Barclays Center. As the series heads back to Miami for Game 5, ticket prices on the secondary market have increased for the potential series clinching game, according to TiqIQ. LeBron James and the Heat will travel back to the American Airlines Arena in Miami for Wednesday night’s game. The average price for game 5 Miami Heat playoff  tickets is currently $526.48,


Sheridan: After 49 Points and One Unexplained Flop, Heat Season has Begun

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BROOKLYN — No explanation was provided by LeBron James, and no outrage was expressed after Joe Johnson accused the King of flopping on Johnson’s final offensive possession. LeBron was asked about it, but the questioner made the always fatal journalistic mistake of asking a two-part question. Part one was about the flop. That was the tough question, the one everyone wanted answered. The second question was completely benign, and that was the one James answered. Memo to aspiring  journalists: NEVER ask a


PODCAST: Coaching Vacancies and Playoff Battles; What’s New?


I wish I could give you a brief synopsis of what is contained in this podcast, but that is not possible. I covered a heck of a lot of ground in this interview with Mark Malusis of CBS Sports radio, touching on coaching vacancies and playoff battles. So in brief, here’s what we hit upon: _ The Lakers coaching vacancy, which if I had to guess who the next guy to hold the job will be, I’d go with Jeff Van Gundy.


Sprung: Heat admit lack of urgency, aggressiveness in Game 3 loss to Nets


Miami relatively cruised through its first six playoff games, with only one of their wins coming by fewer than 11 points. After trailing by two at halftime in Saturday night’s Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets, the Heat finally took a punch it could not counter. “They got virtually everything,” Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the Brooklyn Nets’ second half offensive surge. “Everybody knows the threes they hit towards the end of the third quarter but they were getting


Scotto: All Eyes on Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce as Nets Head Back to Brooklyn Down 0-2

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Mikhail Prokhorov didn’t get his money’s worth from Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in Game 2 against the Miami Heat. After Williams posted a scoreless game, ESPN’s Bill Simmons ripped Brooklyn’s franchise player after the putrid performance. “Brook Lopez had a better game tonight than Deron Williams,” Simmons said. The criticism for Williams was warranted after the $100 million man posted a donut in the scoring column, but he isn’t the only person who should be called out for his poor


Tweet of the Day: NBA Players Excited For NFL Draft


Among professional sports in America, the National Football League reigns supreme, but one would like to think that playoffs for any of the other major sports would be more important than the first round of another league’s draft. Apparently not. ESPN, which holds the broadcast rights to Thursday’s NBA playoff games, also hosts the NFL’s draft. Guess which show got top billing? Football’s offseason. Game 2 in Miami will be broadcast on ESPN 2, while 32 former college athletes will sit around