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PBT Thursday morning one liners

Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat shares a moment with teammate Dwyane Wade #3 late in the fourth quarter of their NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Heat defeated the Lakers 96-80. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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Did the Heat cry last night?

An exhaustive breakdown of the Heat’s late-game failures. The conclusion: The Heat keep putting themselves in positions to fail, so they fail.

It’s about the fundamentals — not holding a box out cost the Raptors a win.

The Bulls are hot again in Chicago — the win over the Hornets set a Comcast ratings record for Bulls games.

John Paxson admits he probably should not have attacked Vinny Del Negro. But it did lead to Tom Thibodeau, so….

Kendrick Perkins is expected to return to Thunder practice Thursday.

Rudy Gay is close to returning to the court for Memphis — meaning they will get better.

Brandon Roy is feeling good.

Ryan Richards, the 19-year-old English player with a world of upside that the Spurs drafted in the second round, worked out for the team Wednesday. He may sign with them this summer.

Maybe the real problem the NBA faces is owners who move teams, not players that switch teams.

Has Paul Pierce been the Celtics best player?