Wednesday was a busy day in the NBA with the draft lottery setting up the New Orleans Hornets with the top pick in the upcoming draft while also creating a conspiracy storyline since the NBA continues calling the shots for the franchise.
Also, the Miami Heat continued following their formula for success with a 35-point third quarter that nullified a strong first half from the Boston Celtics. LeBron James missed the game-winner in regulation but Dwyane Wade was there to finish off the win in OT and leave the C's down 2-0 despite 44 points and 10 assists from Rajon Rondo. Although, did you see his game winning and 1 in the lane? Impressive double carry on the dribble to get himself in the lane.
Plenty of links after the jump, including more reaction to Larry Bird's press conference.
- Bird Sounds Like a Man With Work To Do | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Time to decide Larry Bird's future with Pacers | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Kravitz: Larry Bird will ask Herb Simon to raise Pacers' payroll | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Pacers: Bird doesn’t talk like he’s ready to leave | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com
- NBA: Bird to meet with Simon soon, hopes to stay with franchise - fox59.com
- Bird wants to come back with Pacers - AP
- Heat spoil Rondo's record-breaking night - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
- Anthony Davis welcomes chance to play for New Orleans Hornets - ESPN
- Larry Bird says he wants to return to Pacers next season | ProBasketballTalk
- NBA's problematic ownership of Hornets opens door to talk of rigged draft lottery - Yahoo! Sports
- Sources: Getting Anthony Davis won't be enough for the Nets to hold onto Deron Williams - Yahoo! Sports
- Hornets strike it rich, plus more lottery observations - Sam Amick - SI.com
- The Point Forward " Posts Behind the scenes at the draft lottery "
- New Orleans leapfrogs over three other teams to earn the top pick in the 2012 NBA draft | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
- Michael Jordan told Patrick Ewing he's no longer a candidate for Bobcats' head coaching position - Yahoo! Sports
- Celtics devastated over wasting Rajon Rondo's 44-point outing, falling 0-2 to Heat - Yahoo! Sports
- Video: Dwyane Wade’s key shot over Garnett, foul on Rondo | ProBasketballTalk
- Behind the Box Score, where the Boston Celtics’ best somehow wasn’t enough | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
- Who are the NBA's top 20 unrestricted free agents? Sheridan Hoops has them, and where they might end up.
- Flopping, flagrants, Olympics on David Stern's mind - NBA - SI.com