Tom Haberstroh

Number of Kendrick Perkins clutch time baskets (last 5 mins within 5) this season before that: Zero.

Joseph Goodman

Perkins in position under the basket and Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol weren't even in the paint when Westbrook's shot hit the rim.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Slight difference in the 7 seeds between the 2 conferences

Joseph Goodman

That shot by Kevin Durant was just a ridiculous thing a human shouldn't be able to do. Best athletes in the world play in the NBA.

Joseph Goodman

Mike Miller, the bane of Oklahoma.

Tom Haberstroh

The Kevin Durant follow-through stance >>>

Tom Haberstroh

Beno Udrih, just playing like a guy who has two championship rings.

Ira Winderman

Good thing Adam Silver wasn't in place for Pat Riley's STFU moment. Masai Ujiri fined $25,000 for his welcome of the Nets to Toronto.

Joseph Goodman

With the #Heat still trying to figure itself out, James Jones seized an opportunity and didn't let go. hrld.us/1rbEogB

Ethan J. Skolnick

Here's how media voted (again, I didn't have one for this category) ... tmi.me/1eaWyn

Ethan J. Skolnick

Amazing that Tony Allen and Bruce Bowen never won. Again, there's a bias against 1-on-1 perimeter defenders, whose job has never been harder

Ethan J. Skolnick

Should be noted that Ron Artest & Gary Payton r only 2 perimeter players to win DPOY since Jordan in 87-88. Other 24 went to C/PF.

Ethan J. Skolnick

LeBron's best defensive season, by the numbers, was 2011-12. Chandler won that one. This season was down, on the whole.

Ethan J. Skolnick

LeBron will get a DPOY b4 he retires. Think it happens when he is required to do less offensively, doesn't need to conserve.

Tom Haberstroh

Patrick Beverley (knee) cleared to play in Gm 2. Dwight Howard gives us a sneak peek at treatment. es.pn/1kU51VC

Micky Arison

Nothing like cruising to a beautiful Caribbean beach @carnivalcruise instagram.com/p/nEVn52u8G7/

Ira Winderman

When team employees vote . . . Al McCoy (Suns) had P.J. Tucker No. 1 on his Defensive Player of Year ballot . . .

Ira Winderman

Interesting, TNT analyst Steve Kerr had LeBron James as his Defensive Player of the Year.

Tom Haberstroh

.@LeBatardShow tried to bully me in picking the Hawks over the Pacers. Still couldn't do it. Am I dumb?

Ethan J. Skolnick

Joakim Noah wins Defensive Player of the Year in landslide. Hibbert 2nd. LeBron 6th. Didn't have a vote 4 this, but Noah would have been it.

Ira Winderman

LeBron finishes sixth in Defensive Player of the Year voting. Award to Joakim Noah.

Tom Haberstroh

Dwight Howard on Beverley's knee: "I think he went home and just shook his leg a million times and it popped back into place. Pretty crazy.”

Ethan J. Skolnick

Many of the Heat's weird positive statistical outliers this season feature James Jones on the court. Yesterday wasn't a fluke.

Ethan J. Skolnick

I'd say those (LeBron) James/James (Jones) numbers are a small sample size fluke. But it's been like that for 4 years.

Ethan J. Skolnick

LeBron James & James Jones played 129 mins together this season. The Heat? Plus-74. James & Greg Oden played 150 mins together. Heat? Flat.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Someone's playing "Happy" while 150 of us wait for 3 open windows at Broward County Clerk of Courts. If it works here, it will work anywhere

Ira Winderman

Heat willing to adjust, but have their footing, unlike Bobcats, as Game 2 looms. bit.ly/1mwTaz5

Ira Winderman

Heat notebook: LeBron on turnovers; Cole steps up; Bosh's malaise; Birdman's boards; doubts linger. bit.ly/1eWtedD

Tom Haberstroh

Patrick Beverley just took about a hundred jumpers here at practice. Said he fully expects to play in Game 2 Wed.

Bill Reiter

Noah wins DOY. Over at @FOXSportsLive, they put me in the attic and broke down my votes (I voted for Noah). msn.foxsports.com/watch/fox-spor…

Surya Fernandez

HHH GameStream: #Heat cruise past #Bobcats 99-88 to take Game 1 sbn.to/1mwBwvm

Joseph Goodman

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford: "If it was a city different than Miami, we might have stayed." Bobcats flew back to Charlotte yesterday.

Joseph Goodman

Kemba still upbeat today: "We love the challenge and we look forward to giving these guys a run for their money the rest of the series."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Steve Clifford on going back home after Game 1: "Let's face it, if it was a city different from Miami, we might have stayed."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Kemba Walker: "I do think I'll have to step my game up, but so will other guys.... We've played well without Al."

Joseph Goodman

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says on conference call that center Al Jefferson will not practice tomorrow and will be day-to-day.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Al Jefferson is in a walking boot and won't practice tomorrow. Steve Clifford lists him as day-to-day.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Steve Clifford, on conference call, says w/ Al Jefferson's potential mobility issues, he'll need to use more P&R.

Ira Winderman

Alonzo Mourning "Up for Whatever' (including video games) in new Big Light commercial (with video). bit.ly/1eVBEBW

Ethan J. Skolnick

Another interesting # from SportVU: LeBron had just one drive in Game 1, one fewer than Chris Bosh. Wade had 10, and Chalmers had 7.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Overlooked performer of Game 1: Chris Andersen. He had 12 rebound opportunities, according to SportVU, and he grabbed 10 rebounds.

Tom Haberstroh

In a game full of crazy, Damian Lillard outlasted them all, including a damaging James Harden. es.pn/1ff1Tya

Ethan J. Skolnick

Column: Dwyane Wade, still "pretty good," puts season behind in Game 1 win bleacherreport.com/articles/20360…

Ira Winderman

Is small ball back for Heat? Latest "Ask Ira" at bit.ly/1r8bkqo plus more.

Tom Haberstroh

Dime on the Portland-Houston craziness and the last man standing: es.pn/1ff1Tya [free]

Tom Haberstroh

Mid-range jumpers tonight: LaMarcus Aldridge 12, Houston Rockets 12. (You know I'll be tracking this all series)

Tom Haberstroh

After tonight, Dwight Howard is now 11/15 (73.3 percent) on FTs in playoff games within 3 in the final minute. He's a career 57% FT shooter.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Whatever team comes out of the West is going to look like Jon Snow when he got back to Castle Black

Tom Haberstroh

Ballgame. Blazers down 10 with 3:58 left in regulation, win in overtime 122-120 in Houston.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Six more of those, please...

Tom Haberstroh

Heard on press row: "Who the h*ll is Freeland?"

Ethan J. Skolnick

Lillard beating the Rockets & the officials would be a satisfying way to end the night

Tom Haberstroh

Mavs-Spurs feels like it was a week ago.

Tom Haberstroh

Only three players since 1986 have put up 46 & 18 in a playoff game: Hakeem Olajuwon, Dwight Howard ... and now LaMarcus Aldridge.

Tom Haberstroh

LaMarcus Aldridge has 46 and 18.

Ethan J. Skolnick

When I'm tired tomorrow, I'm blaming Sally Draper, Tyrion Lannister & Damian Lillard.

Tom Haberstroh

"Time to go to bed; it's a school night." - hopefully no parent in Houston/Portland area.

Ethan J. Skolnick

And for Houston, give it to Harden & hope a Blazer breathes somewhere in his vicinity.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Lillard for the kill, right?

Tom Haberstroh

Gotta go for the 3 here if you're the Blazers.

Tom Haberstroh

Dwight Howard back on the floor.

Tom Haberstroh

Dwight Howard at the scorer's table.

Tom Haberstroh

Dwight Howard just got away with a cheap shot on Robin Lopez... Lopez picks up a T.

Tom Haberstroh

Lillard looks like he's going to keep playing.

Tom Haberstroh

Damian Lillard just limped to the bench.

Tom Haberstroh

Patrick Beverley galloping down the floor after Mo William sends him into the stanchion. He's enjoying this.

Tom Haberstroh

LaMarcus Aldridge just pulled a Dwyane Wade. LMA's last 3 came over a month ago.

Tom Haberstroh

Blazers current eFG%: 34.3 percent. Season-low? 36.8 percent (1/28 vs. MEM)

Tom Haberstroh

Houston crowd booing the referees as they exit the court. Omer Asik and Dwight Howard each have three fouls.

Tom Haberstroh

Terrence Jones at the 5. Robin Lopez and LMA still in.

Tom Haberstroh

Dwight Howard just picked up his third PF. And a tech for dumping the ball on Robin Lopez.

Tom Haberstroh

Wes Matthews caught James Harden napping. Surprise, surprise.

Tom Haberstroh

Learned yesterday that Dwight Howard is letting Chandler Parsons borrow his Ferrari for the playoffs. #motivationaltactics

Tom Haberstroh

LaMarcus Aldridge after one: 12 pts, 8 reb, 2 blk and altered several more. Blazers up 27-20.

Tom Haberstroh

LaMarcus Aldridge has been a beast around the rim. 10 pts, 5 reb, 2 blocks. Dwight Howard: 0-4 FG, 0 points.

Tom Haberstroh

Twin Tower time. Omer Asik and Dwight Howard on the floor together.

Tom Haberstroh

How badly did James Harden flop there? They showed the replay here in Houston and fans were silent.

Surya Fernandez

Based on how most of these Game 1s have gone, I'm going to have to go with the Blazers on this one.

Tom Haberstroh

Dwight Howard and James Harden slow back in transition. Wes Matthews wide open 3, putback by LMA. Boom.

Surya Fernandez

Wife was annoyed at that one woman right in the middle who "just couldn't wear the red shirt already".

Shandel Richardson

Just imagine if the Celtics beat the Wizards in the regular-season finale. Heat vs WASH would have been interesting

Joseph Goodman

STORY: During Game 1 of his bid for a three-peat, #Heat forward LeBron James stopped to admire the view. hrld.us/1hg6xfh

Surya Fernandez

Bulls should really be down 10 points with that offensive interference basket from Noah.

Tom Haberstroh

First impression of Toyota Center: HOLY JUMBOTRON

Ethan J. Skolnick

Column: Dwyane Wade gets his wind, Miami gets Game 1 win m.bleacherreport.com/articles/20360…

Shandel Richardson

The guy in charge of pregame orders on the road comes up big in Game 1: sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…

Tom Haberstroh

Check that: 7 years since last Gm 1 in Houston. They were a rare homecourt No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 Utah in 2007. Lost in 7.

Tom Haberstroh

Just arrived to the Toyota Center. Been 17 years since Houston hosted a first-round Game 1. http://t.co/Ido9idijTz

Ira Winderman

Heat find their footing in a playoff opener when Charlotte' Al Jefferson loses his. bit.ly/Pl2UOd

Ira Winderman

Quick thoughts on a potent finishing kick from the Heat against the Bobcats. bit.ly/1mta55E

Ethan J. Skolnick

Chris Bosh has had plantar faciiitis and it lingered for weeks. When told about Jefferson, he was sympathetic. "That is a terrible injury."