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  1. NBA Playoffs, Magic Hawks Game 2: Magic overpower Hawks in second half to take 2-0 lead

    May 7, 2010, 2:12 AM EDT

    Surprisingly enough, the Atlanta Hawks were competitive for much of game two. They were able to move the ball while limiting mistakes, actually managed to get to the rim and the line with some consistency, and scored almost 100 points against the Magic’s defense. They made six of their 11 three-point attempts. They shot 97% on their…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Hawks look to bounce back in game two

    May 6, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    Like the Bobcats before them, the Hawks couldn’t do anything against the defense of the Orlando Magic in game one. The Hawks were a top-five team in offensive efficiency in the regular season, but that number was more the product of a low turnover rate and high offensive rebound rate than it was the product…

  3. Bucks GM talks about patchwork approach

    May 6, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    There was not a whole lot of consistency in the Milwaukee Bucks’ rotation this season. In fact, Andrew Bogut, Brandon Jennings, and Carlos Delfino were the only players to play more than 50% of the time for the Bucks this year. The rest of the rotation was filled out with role players (Luc Richard Mbah…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Jazz have no answer for Laker frontline

    May 5, 2010, 2:38 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz have the best point guard in basketball. They’ve surrounded him with good outside shooting and talented forwards. They have one of the best coaches in the league and run the flex with precision. They’re a tough, physical team who don’t back down from any challenge.  What Utah doesn’t have is the kind…

  5. Phil Jackson is clear about where he'll be coaching next season, kind of

    May 4, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    There have been some rumblings that this might be legendary coach Phil Jackson’s last season coaching the Los Angeles Lakers. When asked about his future plans during Tuesday’s pre-game press conference, Jackson had this to say: “Do you actually know where you’ll be headed next year?” “Yes.” “Is there a possibility you might be coaching…

  6. Anderson Varejao day-to-day with back spasms

    May 4, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    One of the few Cavaliers to actually play well in Monday night’s disastrous loss against the Boston Celtics was forward Anderson Varejao. Varejao has been quiet over the course of this year’s playoffs, but was beginning to look like himself on Monday night. He was getting to the rim using cuts, grabbing loose balls, and…

  7. Danny Ainge, doing the little things

    May 4, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The Cavaliers were the worst free-throw shooting team in the league over the course of the regular season, and Celtics general manager Danny Ainge didn’t make things any easier for them in game two.  According to the Associated Press, Ainge was spotted throwing a towel in the air in an attempt to distract Cleveland forward…

  8. Of course JaVale McGee has a tattoo of a barcode his back

    May 3, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    There it is, via JaVale’s twitter page. (Hat tip to Bullets Forever) This tattoo interests me because McGee’s value may be more nebulous than the value of any other player in the league. McGee is 7-2 with a massive wingspan. He can jump out of the gym and create highlight dunks and blocks. He shows…

  9. Boozer's ineffective defense shows why Jazz need Kirilenko back

    May 3, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko says there’s a “50-50 chance” he’ll be able to play in games two and three of Utah’s series against the Los Angeles Lakers. When healthy, Kirilenko is one of the most versatile defenders in the NBA. With his outstanding athleticism and wingspan, Kirilenko is capable of…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Nuggets collapse down the stretch as the Jazz clinch the series

    May 1, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    Near the end of the first half, it looked like the Jazz were well on their way to rolling over the Denver Nuggets and clinching the series. They were up double-digits midway through the second quarter and the crowd was going crazy. Not only that, but Denver’s vaunted offense was stalling.  Then Joey Graham showed…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Utah looks to close out the series at home

    Apr 30, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Up 3-2 in their series against the Denver Nuggets and coming back home to Salt Lake, the Utah Jazz have a great chance to close out their first-round series tonight. It’s not the time for them to rest on their laurels, however, as they don’t want to have to go back to Denver for a…

  12. Magic GM Otis Smith tells Howard to take responsibility for fouls

    Apr 29, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard was hampered by foul trouble in all four games of the Magic’s sweep against the Charlotte Bobcats. Some of the fouls were of the ticky-tack variety. Others were fouls Howard brought upon himself by getting frustrated and unnecessarily swinging out his arm when Bobcat defenders got physical with him. Not only did foul…

  13. More gun trouble for Gilbert Arenas

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas is not having the best year ever. According to TMZ, Gilbert Arenas could be back in a court of law soon, this time to defend himself in a lawsuit: [TMZ has] obtained a lawsuit filed against Arenas by Tactical Operations — a company that sells high-end guns. According to the lawsuit, filed today…

  14. Chris Bosh to the Rockets?

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh had a stellar season for the Toronto Raptors. Despite his contributions, the Raptors were unable to hold to the eighth playoff spot in the East when Bosh missed the last few games of the season due to injury. Bosh is a free agent next summer. Given Bosh’s individual success without a playoff series…

  15. No Kirilenko for game six

    Apr 29, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    According to the twitter feed of the Salt Lake Tribune’s Ross Siler, Andrei Kirilenko will not play in game six of the Utah-Denver series. He has been out since March 27th with a calf injury.  With Mehmet Okur out for the playoffs and Nene day-to-day for the Jazz, both teams will be very thin up…

  16. Why yes, somebody did interview Bango the deer

    Apr 29, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    If you’ve been reading this site or any other over the past several weeks, you are likely already familiar with the exploits of Bango the Deer. The Bucks mascot achieved YouTube stardom by doing a backflip dunk off a 16-foot ladder during Monday’s game four. Keep in mind that Bango has already torn an ACL…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Denver executes on offense, stays alive against Utah

    Apr 29, 2010, 2:04 AM EDT

    The Nuggets aren’t going to win this series on the strength of their defense. That much is clear. In order to make that strategy work, they need to play a near-perfect offensive game for a full 48 minutes. On Wednesday night, they did just that to stave off elimination.  The Nuggets started the game out…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Magic complete the sweep

    Apr 27, 2010, 12:33 AM EDT

    The Magic still didn’t put together a dominant single-game performance against the Charlotte Bobcats, but their combination of defense and timely three-point shooting was enough to get them a first-round sweep.  Charlotte once again did all the right things. They outscored the Magic 34-16 in the painted area. They matched the Magic in offensive rebounding.…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Magic look for the sweep in Charlotte

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    The Magic haven’t been able to get their offense going against Charlotte all series. Dwight Howard has had trouble staying on the floor, and hasn’t been very effective in the post when he is in the game. Vince Carter has been off. The Magic have launched threes and relied on the play of Jameer Nelson,…

  20. Lady Gaga tickets or Thunder tickets?

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

    Like Warrior playoff games were a few years ago, Thunder playoff games have quickly became a hot ticket in Oklahoma City. The Thunder are giving the #1 seeded Lakers everything they can handle, the team is young and fun to watch, and the deafening Ford Center crowd looks like tons of fun to be a…

  21. Will O.J. Mayo go to Turkey or Vegas this summer?

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commerical-Appeal, O.J. Mayo wants to go to Turkey this summer and try out for a spot on the US World Championship team. The Grizzlies, of course, want him to do the responsible thing and spend his summer in Las Vegas in order to work on his point guard…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Nuggets continue to ignore defense, fall behind 3-1 to the Jazz

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:32 AM EDT

    The Nuggets have all the talent in the world, but they have seemed determined to squander it in their first-round series with the Jazz. First of all, they continued to let the Jazz score at will on Sunday. The Jazz scored 54 points in the paint, and added 30 points on free throws. That’s 84…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Nelson carries Magic to 3-0 series lead

    Apr 24, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    The Charlotte Bobcats did everything right on Saturday afternoon. They frustrated Dwight Howard on both ends of the floor, baiting him into silly fouls and rendering him ineffective on the offensive end for most of the time he was in. They held the Magic to 9-30 shooting from beyond the arc. They turned defense into…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Utah scores at will against Denver, takes 2-1 series lead

    Apr 24, 2010, 3:11 AM EDT

    The Nuggets got out to an early lead against the Utah Jazz on Friday, taking a 27-21 lead after the first quarter behind 10 points by Chauncey Billups. They were running their offense, they were hitting their shots, and they even managed to keep the Utah crowd quiet. Then Paul Millsap showed up, and things…

  25. NBA Playoffs: Can Denver beat Utah on the road?

    Apr 23, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    Stealing a win on the road was a huge break for the Utah Jazz. Utah and Denver were a combined 66-16 at home this year, and went 40-42 on the road. Clearly, both of these teams are a lot more comfortable in their own buildings. Even without Kirilenko and Okur in the rotation, Utah has…

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