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2015 NBA Summer League Marathon

7:02 a.m. ET — Here we go again. It’s that time of year when the stars are aligned, when the moon is in its proper season, and when, for one glorious day, we get a full day of live NBA action. That’s right, it’s the day when the Orlando Summer League and Las Vegas Summer League overlap, when we get almost 17 consecutive hours of live NBA action. Like we’ve done a few times in the past, I’ll be here live-blogging along all day. Well, almost all day.

First up! We get the final games of the Orlando Summer League, and the day’s action will build to something of a crescendo tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET with what should be a great primetime match-up of 2015 lottery picks, as D’Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers will take on Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Just for the heck of it, after that game we get an NBA Finals rematch, as the Cavs’ and Warriors’ summer league teams will square off at 10:30 PM ET.

So settle in, get your popcorn ready (or your oatmeal or cereal or whatever appropriate breakfast foods you prefer) and let’s watch some basketball! I’ll be checking in throughout the day, up until tonight, when my shift ends at 5 p.m. and I’m replaced by some fresh fingers here on the live blog to carry you through the evening hours.

Leading off the morning, we have the Clippers against the Thunder at 8 a.m. ET on NBA TV, in is the battle for fifth place in Orlando. You have questions? Comments? Thoughts? Drop them in the comments below and let’s talk. Either way, we’ve got a marathon ahead of us. Let’s watch some NBA Summer League action. See ya again here in about an hour or so …

7:28 a.m. ET — So what should you be watching for when Summer League play gets rolling in Las Vegas tonight? We’re glad you asked …

The Miami Heat Hit The Nail Salon

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I remember as a kid reading an interview with Julius “Dr. J” Erving, who talked about how he would regularly get manicures. His reasoning, as I recall, was that he made a living using his hands, so it only made sense to make sure his hands were in the best shape possible.

Apparently this same logic applies to the Miami Heat. Yesterday, several members of the Heat took to social media to document an off-day in Los Angeles at a nail salon getting manis and pedis. As LeBron James tweeted, “Getting this great pedicure/foot massage+ shoulder/neck massage at the same dang time! Have to take care of your dogs Men! It’s part of our life blood!”

As Udonis Haslem wrote on Instagram, “Getting a lil work done on my dogs with @kingjames, @moneymase8, @rayn34. Ray (Allen) says this is one of the keys to having a lengthy career. Hell if I knew wrapping my feet up like peanut butter and jelly was gon help get me 18 years I could’ve been trying this at home. Lol.”

The Miami Heat Perform Karaoke

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night down in Miami, Heat forward Shane Battier hosted his annual Battioke event, where the Miami Heat players take turns performing karaoke to raise money for charity. And thanks to the Heat’s Instagram account, we have a treasure trove of videos from the vent, featuring plenty of off-key singing and performances. Little pitchy, dawg? Little pitchy, dawg.

Let’s start with Battier, Greg Oden and actor Ken Jeong performing the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way”…

Norris Cole and James Jones went with Jay Z and Justin Timberlake‘s “Holy Grail”…

Newest Heat member Toney Douglas went with Montell Jordan‘s “Let’s Ride,” while LeBron James and James Jones did some background dancing…


Zaza Pachulia Extends A Foot For Udonis Haslem

by Zettler Clay IV

The Heat came to Atlanta Friday night for a friendly regular season matchup. Well, nix “friendly” from the vocabularies of Zaza Pachulia and Udonis Haslem for this one:

Pretty hilarious. Haslem was probably too annoyed at the constant activity of Pachulia to help him up. Or he just doesn’t like him. Or he is a hyper-competitive forward who has survived in this league longer than many thought he would (Haslem was undrafted out of the University of Florida).

Either way, this is par for the course for Zaza, which can only bring a smile to the face of any Hawks fan.

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Kevin Garnett Feels His Youth, Does Push-Ups Mid-Game

by Micah Hart

The whispers are out there — this Celtics team is too old to handle the Heat, and Boston’s Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen might want to start thinking about post-career plans.

Well, Boston may indeed lose this series, but KG will have you know he’s not ready to be put out to pasture just yet, a point he decided to make during Game 3 after a hard foul by the Heat’s Udonis Haslem:

And if you don’t know, now you know.

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Point/Counterpoint — Should LeBron Have Taken The Last Shot?

by Micah Hart

A lot of disagreement out there in the NBA atmosphere about the finish to the Heat-Jazz game tonight in Utah, a game the Jazz won 99-98. On the game’s final play, LeBron James slipped a pass to his teammate Udonis Haslem, who missed a potential game-winning jumper just before the buzzer sounded. Many think LeBron should have taken the final shot. Others say he made the correct decision to hit the open man. Who is right and who is wrong? We take sides:

Bron’s strengths are known and undeniable. He led the Heat from down double digits, including two huge shots in the final minute. He just came from another last-possession gaffe in the All-Star game, in which he inexplicably passed the ball across court (into the arms of an opposing player). So with seconds left and a chance to win the game in Utah, he had a chance to redeem. He passed again. Yes, Haslem was open. Yes it was the “right” basketball play. But if you’re the best player, you can’t keep deferring on the final play. I’m not talking about a single play here…I’m talking about a pattern. — Zettler Clay

I’m no LeBron lover, but the guy can’t win for trying. It’s not like he passed up a wide-open shot for himself, he drew the coverage and made the correct play to a teammate for a wide-open shot. This is the NBA – every player on the court save the Joel Anthonys of the world should be relied upon to make open shots, and the mid-range jumper is Haslem’s bread and butter. It’s probably why they drew that play up in the first place. People on Twitter keep saying things like “MJ would never pass there”, but I seem to recall Steve Kerr hitting a rather important game-winner in a deciding Finals game. — Micah Hart

Yes, Kerr knocked down that jumper at the top of the key. But that was an exception to the Jordan mythology. Bron passing on the last shot…is the norm. And hence the rub: People aren’t mad at Bron for making the “right” play. It’s the constant deferring that grates viewers. Here is arguably the most physically gifted player we’ve ever seen, a player who struts his talents and dazzles the whole game…but seems scared of THE moment. Not to mention the fact that, again, he was scorching hot entering the final play. Even a covered Bron close to the rim is a higher percentage than an open Haslem at the key. I would think. — ZC

I get that. And LeBron’s reputation is deserved for how he melted down against the Celtics in 2010 and in the Finals in 2011. But reputation or no, the best way to win basketball games is to play the game correctly. Imagine if the two possessions at the end switched places and had reverse outcomes — LeBron hits Haslem for a wide-open jumper, then misses a crazy one-footed fadeaway over two defenders to end it. Is that somehow a better scenario for the Heat just because he ends up taking the shot at the end? Regardless of how you feel, I think we can both agree what should have happened, and what should happen next time. Give the ball to Dwyane Wade. — MH

We’ve stated our cases as to who is right and who is wrong.

What say you?

Conventional wisdom: May 25th

by Micah Hart

Each day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is currently the favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on its jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Wednesday, May 25.

Start planning the parade:

Miami Heat

The Heat are getting excellent play from LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. That much we probably could have expected. What we didn’t count on, but Miami has been able to rely upon throughout these playoffs, are clutch performances by some of the Heat’s much-maligned bench players.

Last night it was the ghost of Mike Miller who got his turn in the spotlight, hitting several clutch shots down the stretch to keep Miami in the game long enough for the SuperFriends to eventually take over.

All along it was thought that if you could coax a bad game or two out of Miami’s big three you would have them, because they’d have no one else to rely on. But with guys like Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers, Miller, and James Jones each making plays at various points in these playoffs, that strategy is coming up empty.

Give it up already:

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Bulls would appear just as dead in the water as the Thunder, but at least their Game 5 will be played at home.

OKC will be in Dallas tonight for their final contest of the 2010-11 season. It’d make for a great story if they could nab a victory and send the series back to Oklahoma, but this ain’t no fairy tale. Young teams (or old, for that matter) don’t come back from the kind of mental devastation that was Game 4.

After tonight, the Thunder will go gentle into that good night.

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 Georgia Tech

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In the last matchup of the Sweet 16, its the SEC vs. the ACC as the Florida Gators take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.


Florida Gators

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

David Lee, Warriors: 27.1 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.0 steals
Matt Bonner, Spurs: 27.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 steals
Al Horford, Hawks: 20.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.6 steals
Mike Miller, Heat: 20.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.3 steals
Joakim Noah, Bulls: 21.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.2 steals

Missed the cut: Corey Brewer, Mavericks; Jason Williams, Grizzlies; Udonis Haslem, Heat (injured); Marreese Speights, Sixers

Team synopsis: Seems like a lot of these teams are heavy on the big men and short on guards, and it’s not really any different with the Gators. However, despite their size, there’s actually some perimeter firepower here with Bonner, Miller, and even Horford, who has one of the most consistent mid-range jumpers in the NBA (and has started hoisting a three-pointer here and there). Between Lee, Horford, and Noah, it’s hard to imagine many rebounds getting away.