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  • Jae Crowder made it to the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat, but left his mark on the Grizzlies

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Jae Crowder sat down in front of the blue NBA Finals backdrop wearing a Miami Heat shirt and revealed a truth he hadn’t before, a truth that may be surprising for anybody who watched him play with the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this season. It had very little to do with this..." October 01

  • Goran Dragic Suffers Plantar Tear Of Left Foot, X-Rays On Bam Adebayo Shoulder Return Negative

    Real GM Basketball "Goran Dragic suffered a plantar tear of his left foot, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Dragic has been able to put pressure on his left foot and is not ruling out a return in the finals. " October 01

  • LeBron James and the Lakers Took Miami's Best Punch and Walked Right Through it

    The Big Lead "The Miami Heat were clicking. In the opening minutes of Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals, Jimmy Butler and his teammates were on fire. They raced to a 23-10 lead with 5:38 remaining in the opening quarter, forcing the Los Angeles Lakers into an early..." October 01

  • Goran Dragic, Bam Adebayo doubtful for Game 2

    Yardbarker "The Heat listed starting point guard Goran Dragic and All-Star big man Bam Adebayo as doubtful for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Friday vs. the Lakers, as Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated tweets. There was an expectation that Dragic would be hard-pressed to..." October 01

  • Miami Heat Lose More Than a Game in 2020 NBA Finals Opener vs. Lakers

    Bleacher Report "Feel-good stories have a shelf life. For some, the end includes triumph, an outcome befitting the against-all-odds mantra. For others, the conclusion is more of a cold truth, a free-fall back toward reality after hovering, improbably, dimensions above it. Right now, a mere one game..." October 01

  • The 2020 NBA Championship is Toughest Title Ever

    The Big Lead "The 2020 NBA Championship should have an asterisk. And that asterisk should denote awesomeness. No other team has ever been through so much just to win a title. No other team has ever faced such unique circumstances. And no other postseason was ever played on a truly neutral court. If anything,..." October 01

  • Adam Silver: Goal is to start next season in January, in team arenas

    USA Today "As the NBA pursues its hope to begin next season sometime in January with fans in home arenas, commissioner Adam Silver downplayed whether that scenario hinges on the availability of a safe and proven vaccine.   “Based on everything I’ve read, there’s..." October 01

  • ‘One of the Worst, Strangest Years’: An N.B.A. Season Like No Other

    New York Times "It was a perfect moment for an imperfect season. Anthony Davis rose for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Game 2 of the N.B.A.’s Western Conference finals. He sank the shot, shouted “Kobe!” and ran into the arms of his elated Los Angeles Lakers teammates. So..." October 01

  • Is Bam Adebayo already better than Anthony Davis?

    NBA.com "If you read our player rankings for the Finals, you may have noticed that not all of us agreed that Anthony Davis is a better player than Bam Adebayo. Davis finished in second place, whereas Adebayo finished in fourth, but Davis received some third place votes while..." September 30

  • Barack Obama a virtual fan for Game 1 of NBA Finals

    USA Today "Noted basketball fan and former President Barack Obama attended Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers as a virtual fan. He was seated in the front row next to former Lakers stars Shaquille O’Neal and James Worthy. The NBA brought..." September 30

  • The 8 Storylines You Need to Know Before the NBA Finals

    Complex "Another LeBron Milestone It feels like every week LeBron James breaks another statistical barrier, and when he steps onto the floor for Game 1 James will join Bill Russell (12), Sam Jones (11), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (10) as the only players in NBA history to appear in double-digit..." September 30

  • Adam Silver reveals zero COVID-19 cases for all players, staff in bubble

    Clutch Points "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Wednesday that no NBA player or staff has tested positive for COVID-19 while in the bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Silver provided the report in his pre-Finals press conference, though he did acknowledge that there were positive tests..." September 30

  • How Often Can the Heat Use Zone Defense Against the Lakers?

    The Big Lead "On Wednesday night, the Miami Heat will embark on the final leg of their long journey to complete one of the most improbable title runs in recent NBA history. They will face off against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals after beating the Indiana..." September 30

  • Erik Spoelstra’s Wife Posts Inspiring Message Before NBA Finals

    Total Pro Sports "For the first time since LeBron took his talents away from South Beach, the Miami Heat are set to begin their quest for another NBA Finals championship. Miami, which has three NBA championships – one with Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal and two with Wade, LeBron James and..." September 30

  • Jimmy Butler lost faith in Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins early

    Yardbarker "The sentiment that Jimmy Butler is a bad teammate has been fueled since his days with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but considering he led the Miami Heat to this year's NBA Finals, the talk of that has been eliminated.  Butler's days with the..." September 30

  • Jimmy Butler didn’t view Ben Simmons on par with him, Joel Embiid in terms of mentality

    Bleacher Report "Jimmy Butler's decision to leave the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent in the summer of 2019 reportedly stemmed in part from his assessment of Ben Simmons' mentality during their time together as teammates.  Per The Athletic's Zach Harper, Butler..." September 30

  • 5 NBA Trades You Would Have Never Thought Of

    Bleacher Report "With only the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat still in pursuit of the 2020 NBA title, the offseason is officially on for the other 28 teams. That means #TradeSZN is rapidly approaching, although for the trade-machine enthusiasts among us, it never really..." September 30

  • As Lakers know well, Pat Riley has built Miami Heat to win now with his competitive fire, vision

    USA Today "Pat Riley’s style doesn’t exist without Pat Riley’s substance. One needs the other to make his basketball philosophy work. He loves his stars and he loves his role players who share a common denominator: hard work. For the first time since the LeBron..." September 29

  • Heat’s Tyler Herro praises new Knicks assistant: ‘Like a father figure’

    New York Post "Miami Heat rookie swingman Tyler Herro hailed new Knicks assistant coach Kenny Payne as being key to his development at Kentucky and admitted a “motivation’’ after falling to No. 13 in the NBA draft. Herro has been a godsend for the Heat in their unlikely run to..." September 29

  • LeBron James said Heat was ‘perfect’ match for him, praises Pat Riley, scolds media on Erik Spoelstra

    Miami Herald "Six years after stunning and angering Pat Riley by leaving in the middle of what the Heat president hoped would be a decade-long dynasty, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James offered only praise for Riley, Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat organization on Tuesday. On the eve of the..." September 29

  • Jimmy Butler dismisses underdog label: Heat are 'really good team; that's it'

    The Score "As his Miami Heat prepare to face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers, Jimmy Butler doesn't want the fifth-seeded Eastern Conference champs to be thought of as underdogs in the 2020 Finals. What identity would Butler prefer observers to associate with his..." September 29

  • LeBron James Calls NBA Bubble the Hardest Thing He's Ever Done as a Professional

    The Big Lead "LeBron James addressed the media on Tuesday ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night. When asked about his experience in the league's Orlando bubble, he didn't hesitate to call it the hardest thing he's ever done as a professional. Here is what he..." September 29

  • Heat’s Jimmy Butler shuts down any idea of him going to Lakers last summer

    Clutch Points "Is it possible Jimmy Butler could have been a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, rather than preparing to face off against LeBron James and Co. in the NBA Finals? Not according to Butler, who said he “didn’t consider” going to Los Angeles, per Tim..." September 29

  • NBA Owners Donated $14.9 Million To Republicans & Donald Trump

    Black Sports Online "According to John Gonzalez of The Ringer, NBA owners donated more to Republicans than Democrats with a total of $14.9 million prior to November presidential election. These owners support a man who stated he did more for black folks than any other president yet there are no receipts...." September 29

  • 5 Reasons Why The Miami Heat Will Beat The Los Angeles Lakers In The NBA Finals

    Fadeaway World "The NBA Finals starts on Wednesday as Los Angeles takes on Miami is perhaps the most unique championship series in league history. The Lakers are favorited since they have the superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but the Heat have proven themselves through teamwork and..." September 29

  • Shaquille O'Neal's incredible Finals streak continues in 2020

    Yahoo! Sports "Who ever said Shaq was a bad teammate? For the past 36 years, a teammate of Shaquille O'Neal's has gone on to play in the NBA Finals. Now in 2020, make that 37 straight years.  That's incredible.  " September 29

  • How the Rockets went all-in on Jimmy Butler but missed

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets had not reached the “whatever it takes” stage, but they were close. Their offer to make Jimmy Butler the final piece to what they believed would be a championship team was stunning at the time, though in keeping with their thinking and moves since. Nearly two..." September 29

  • Inside the longest, most unpredictable year in NBA history

    ESPN "An hour before the 2019 NBA Finals tipped off in Toronto -- the first time the league's showcase event had been played outside the United States -- commissioner Adam Silver reminded those watching that basketball's founder, James Naismith, was a Christian missionary who brought the game..." September 29

  • Myles Turner drawing trade interest from ‘over 10’ teams

    Clutch Points "Myles Turner is one of the biggest names being thrown around the trade rumor mill recently. The Indiana Pacers starting center may also benefit from a playoff resurgence from the center position for today’s NBA. At 24, Turner already has a blocking title to his name..." September 29

  • Five Trade Destinations For Pacers' Victor Oladipo

    The Big Lead "On Monday we learned that Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo is looking to move on this offseason via The Athletic. Oladipo became an All-Star during the 2017-18 season as the former No. 2 overall pick realized his potential in Indiana. But back-to-back injury riddled seasons..." September 29

  • Evolving plan for next NBA season has USA Basketball, Tokyo Olympics in limbo

    Pro Basketball Talk "Will NBA players be available to represent their countries when the Tokyo Olympics begin next July 23? Nobody knows. As the NBA pushes back its start date for next season — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently said it likely would be after the first of the year, but..." September 29

  • Tyler Herro claps back at Paul Pierce for refusing to call him a ‘bucket’

    Heat Nation "Recently, former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce said that he couldn’t call Miami Heat rookie guard Tyler Herro a “bucket” because the 20-year-old wasn’t averaging enough points per game. Herro finally gave his response to Pierce on..." September 28

  • Andrew Wiggins rooting for Butler in Finals: 'He was a great teammate'

    The Score "Andrew Wiggins didn't always see eye-to-eye with Jimmy Butler during their time together on the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the Canadian wishes the Miami Heat star all the best in his first NBA Finals. "I've been rooting for them. Jimmy, he..." September 28

  • Examining the biggest X Factors between the Lakers and Heat

    NBA.com "The 2020 NBA Finals are upon us as the fifth-seeded Miami Heatare set to meet the West's top seed in the Los Angeles Lakers. There will be no shortage of star power in the Finals, as the Lakers have an All-Star duo in LeBron James and Anthony..." September 28

  • Andre Iguodala on facing LeBron James: ‘You’re guarding the top talent ever’

    The Undefeated "When Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James plays in his 10th NBA Finals beginning on Wednesday, he’ll face a familiar foe: Three-time NBA champion Andre Iguodala of the Miami Heat. Iguodala and James went head-to-head in four straight Finals, from 2015 to 2018, when they played..." September 28

  • Lakers heavy favorites to win NBA Finals, but Heat drawing early action

    ESPN "Sportsbooks have installed the Los Angeles Lakers as considerable favorites to beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The early betting action, though, has been on the underdogs, and the odds are on the move. The Lakers are -400 favorites at William Hill U.S...." September 28

  • 3 best Russell Westbrook trade options for Rockets

    Clutch Points "With the Houston Rockets failing to advance beyond the second round for the first time in the Russell Westbrook-James Harden backcourt, the second year in a row, and the third time in four years, it is clear that the “small ball” philosophy the franchise has been..." September 28

  • Heat Could Land Russell Westbrook In A Blockbuster Trade

    Fadeaway World "The Miami Heat are in a great position right now, after reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014 and their fans can’t be happier. They weren’t considered candidates before the start of the season and now they’re the biggest surprise of the league, alongside the..." September 28

  • Dion Waiters is getting a ring, regardless of who wins the NBA Finals

    SB Nation "It’s impossible to guarantee any player a ring. Finals series’ are brutal. Games can be unexpected. Even the safest pick can sometimes surprise you. Simply put: You can never know for sure who is going to win. Unless it’s Dion Waiters in 2020. Waiters will be getting..." September 28

  • 5 Free Agents That Could Join LeBron James And The Lakers

    Fadeaway World "The Lakers are now officially in the NBA Finals following a convincing Game 5 victory over the Nuggets. Their success is owed not only to their superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis but also to the veteran supporting cast around them, which has consistently come up big when..." September 28

  • Dwyane Wade reveals who he’s rooting for in NBA Finals

    Heat Nation "As the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers prepare to meet in the NBA Finals, one may think that Heat legend Dwyane Wade is a conflicted man. But when Lakers great Magic Johnson posed the question of who Wade will root for in the championship series, the 2006 Finals..." September 28

  • Why Bam Adebayo Is the 'Heart and Soul' of Miami Heat's NBA Finals Run

    Bleacher Report "The Miami Heat knew going into this season that big-name free-agent signee Jimmy Butler would be their star. What they didn't expect, at least not in year one with this group, was for third-year center Bam Adebayo to become just as important, if not more so, for a team that on..." September 28

  • LeBron James Versus the Miami Heat is an Unprecedented Storyline

    The Big Lead "The Miami Heat will meet the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 NBA Finals. That means LeBron James will face off against his former team for the NBA championship. This is going to be one of those "Jerome Bettis is from Detroit" storylines where people roll their eyes and get..." September 28

  • Tyler Herro Celebrates Conference Title With Kisses From Katya Elise Henry

    TMZ "From "quarantine and chill" to victory kisses -- Miami Heat star Tyler Herro and GF Katya Elise Henry are going strong in the NBA bubble ... celebrating his huge win with some smooches on the court!! It's been one helluva pandemic for the 20-year-old..." September 28

  • LeBron James Hasn't Seen an NBA Finals Like This Since His Miami Heat Days

    Bleacher Report "Death. Taxes. LeBron James in the NBA Finals. With the Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Denver Nuggets in five games during the Western Conference Finals on Saturday, James will be in the Finals for the 10th time in his career, with nine of those trips coming in the past 10 seasons..." September 28

  • Jimmy Butler: You 'have to go through LeBron James' to win a championship

    The Sports Rush "“You’re going to get the same test over and over again,” says Jimmy Butler, referring to facing LeBron James in the NBA Finals. With the Miami Heat taking care of the Boston Celtics in 6 games, and the Los Angeles Lakers eliminating the Denver Nuggets in 5 last..." September 28

  • J.R. Smith predicted Lakers-Heat NBA Finals in February

    Clutch Points "After taking care of business on their respective conferences, the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers are set to face in the 2020 NBA Finals. Although not a lot of people expected them to be the last two teams standing this season, Lakers swingman JR Smith..." September 28

  • Erik Spoelstra is Already a Hall of Fame Coach

    The Big Lead "The Miami Heat are on fire. They've ripped through the Eastern Conference, playing inspired team basketball. They are the sum of their parts, a machine working beautifully in perfect concert, an energetic and selfless symphony conducted by the criminally unappreciated Erik Spoelstra —..." September 28

  • Forget the future: The Heat were built to win now

    The Score "There are plenty of reasons why the basketball world was caught sleeping on a Miami Heat team that's now advanced to the NBA Finals. For one, as the East's No. 5 seed, the 2020 Heat are the first team since the 1999 Knicks (No. 8) - and only the third team in the..." September 28

  • Heat drawing on leadership, experience from Udonis Haslem and Andre Iguodala

    Miami Herald "As the Boston Celtics made their run in the second half of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday to extend the series, Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem led the team huddle during one of the timeouts. “They were playing harder than we were, which we all knew,” wing..." September 28