Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

Pacers’ Vogel says Heat have more “intelligent” plan vs. Hibbert than Knicks


Roy Hibbert made life difficult in the paint for the Knicks in the second round — we’ve all seen Hibbert block Carmelo Anthony’s shot at the rim but that is just the tip of the iceberg. He altered and blocked all kinds of shots inside and owned the paint.

The Miami heat scored 60 points in the paint in their Game 1 win.

Frank Vogel was asked about that and took a little dig at the Knicks with his answer, reports the Daily News.

“They had a more intelligent attack at the basket than New York did.”

Vogel was specifically talking about the way Miami was adept at dumping off the ball in the paint, and how that helped Chris Anderson score 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting.

What the Heat can do is twofold. One, even their big men can knock down outside shots — Chris Bosh has a good mid-range jumper (and can hit threes) and most of the time Udonis Haslem can knock down a17-foot baseline jumper, he just couldn’t in Game 1. Hibbert has to step away from the paint to cover that, opening up lanes.

The other part of this is as the report describes — Chris Andersen and other Heat players do a good job cutting to the basket when their man rotates over to help on a driving LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. The result can be dump offs and dunks.

Which is pretty intelligent. But I don’t think Mike Woodson is going to like the implication.

Players’ union, NBA to set up cardiac screening for retired players

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First it was Darryl Dawkins. Then it was Moses Malone.

Two all-time great players who recently died — and at t0o young an age, 58 and 60 respectively — from undiagnosed heart conditions. Even before that, recognizing the issue the NBA players union and the league itself were setting up supplemental health coverage to provide cardiac screening for retired players, something ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan recently broke.

The joint effort between union executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver — at a time when there still may be potentially acrimonious labor negotiations looming for their sides — is intended to ease the health concerns of its retired players.

Roberts said action from the players’ association on providing screening for its retired players is “imminent.”

“I wish I could give you an exact timetable, but we have to make sure all the components are in place,” Roberts told ESPN recently. “I will tell you we hope to have something sooner than later.”

The Cardiologists are affiliated with the NBA already, and some of the money will come from the league, while the union is both pitching in a chunk of cash and is the one organizing this, according to the report.

It’s good to Roberts and Silver working together on this. While you’d like to think this would be the kind of no-brainer move that the league and union would work together on, in the past the relationship didn’t always facilitate this sort of cooperation even on the obvious.

I’d like to think this bodes well for future labor talks, but I’m not willing to completely draw that parallel.


Stephen Curry drops 30 on Portland in preseason (VIDEO)

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Somebody is in midseason form.

Stephen Curry put up 30 on Portland in a preseason game Thursday night, hitting six threes and getting to the line 15 times over the course of his less than 26 minutes. It was quite a show.

Portland won the game 118-101 behind 25 points from Allen Crabbe and 22 from Damian Lillard. Not a lot of defense in this one but it was fun to watch.