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Kurt Helin

  1. Video: James Harden and the step-back three dagger

    Jun 5, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

    Down the stretch, when San Antonio kept making the runs of a champion that will not surrender, James Harden kept sticking them with daggers. I though it was over when he hit the and-1 three about a minute before this, but the shot above was the clincher. Listen to the crowd when that shot goes…

  2. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: Oklahoma City won like battle-tested veterans

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    The conventional wisdom coming into this series was that the younger, less experienced Thunder might well not stand up to the level of play the battle tested Spurs were at. But the Thunder have plenty of experience, too. We thought all season they were the team to beat in the West, that didn’t change until…

  3. Video: Russell Westbrook’s rim-rattling alley-oop finish

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook knows how to finish. Monday night, so did the Oklahoma City Thunder. San Antonio came out to start the second half Monday night on a tear, playing like they were fighting for their playoff lives. Which they essentially were. The Thunder withstood the storm and made their own comeback to take the lead…

  4. Lakers pick up option on Bynum. Now things get interesting.

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    There was never a question whether or not the Lakers would pick up their $16.1 million option on Andrew Bynum. He was a lock to stay. The question has always been what is next? The Lakers made it official Monday that they picked up Bynum’s option for next season. It’s not the smart move, it…

  5. Sudden reversal: GM Olshey leaving Clippers for Trail Blazers

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

    Neil Olshey

    This was a fast 360. First rumors circulated that Clippers general manager Neil Olshey had met with Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen about that franchise’s open general manager’s position. The Clippers responded by talking to Olshey and announcing last week they had reached a “deal in principle” with him to stay in Los Angeles. But…

  6. Anthony Davis “long shot” to make U.S. Olympic Team

    Jun 4, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Anthony Davis got the Golden Ticket, the invite to the ball — he got an invite to the USA Basketball Training Camp. He got in the door due to injuries — Dwight Howard is out, LaMarcus Aldridge may well be out and Team USA could use some size to deal with the Spanish front line.…

  7. Report: Walsh out of running, Magic GM search down to five

    Jun 4, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    There have been rumors the Magic are very close to naming a new general manager. If that is true, it will not be former Knicks and Pacers GM Donnie Walsh taking the helm. That according to David Aldridge at NBA.com (in his must-read Monday column). Walsh pulled himself out of the running, and is not going…

  8. Rivers says if Chris Bosh is back Miami’s offense improves

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Miami may have Chris Bosh back on Tuesday for Game 5. It’s huge in a series where the Heat offense has struggled against a good Boston defense, because the Heat’s pick-and-roll is about to become a lot more dangerous. Right now the Heat have shown limited respect for the damage Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem…

  9. Report: Dallas may make futile run to get Roy Hibbert

    Jun 4, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    Dallas has apparently learned a valuable lesson — having a big shot-blocking center in the paint is very important if you are into the whole “winning a title” thing. They missed Tyson Chandler, so they may make a run at Pacers center free agent Roy Hibbert. Even though they will not get him. This from…

  10. Names for pre-draft Adidas EuroCamp announced

    Jun 4, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp 2012 Logo - Vertical

    While the 2012 NBA draft may be one of the deepest on record, it is not as deep in European talent as has been there in recent years. But there is still some real talent there. France’s two guard Evan Fournier is likely a pick in the last third of the first round. There are…

  11. Video: John Wall finishes off alley-oop from Chris Brown

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    This is John Wall in his natural habitat, looking like a stud in a summer exhibition game. And that is Chris Brown — as in rapper/dancer/actor/dating hotter women than you C breezy — pushing the ball on the break and lobbing the pass. This is from the Drew League in LA, which opened up recently.…

  12. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: San Antonio needs to find its offense

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    San Antonio needs to find its offense to win Game 5 tonight, or this series will be over in a couple days. It falls to the Spurs’ big three — Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili need to get free and penetrate the lane to break down the Thunder defense, Tim Duncan just has to play…

  13. Video: Dirk Nowtizki plays tambourine with Avett Brothers

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after hitting a three point shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz  in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Last summer after winning a title, Dirk Nowitzki celebrated his way across America and Germany. This summer after the Mavericks were knocked out in the first round he is… Showing up on stage with the indie favorites the Avett Brothers at their show last weekend in Grand Prairie, Texas. I have not consulted the Guinness Book…

  14. What was with Miami’s final play? A Wade isolation three? Ugh.

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade is shooting 29.2 percent from three in the playoffs. Which is better than he shot during the regular season. It is not what he does well. So the fact Miami’s final play of overtime devolved into a Wade pull-up three to win it was poor. Bad design, not great execution, just not putting…

  15. It’s official, Randy Wittman to be retained as Wizards coach

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    We’ve known this is coming for days now, but Washington is about to make official they are making the safe play. Monday afternoon the Washington Wizards will host a press conference to announce Randy Wittman will have the interim tag removed as coach and he will return with a two-year deal. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo…

  16. LeBron, Pierce foul out of sadly whistle-happy game

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    The biggest problem for the NBA is that the day after every major game we are discussing the officiating. And the officiating — particularly late in Game 4 of Miami and Boston — was a key part of the story Sunday. There were five offensive foul calls in the second half of the fourth quarter…

  17. Video: Rondo, both coaches talk Celtics Game 4 victory

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Here is a slice of Erik Spoelstra’s post-game press conference from Sunday night. He is pretty composed. It would have been way more fun to make Pat Riley get up there and see if he could hold his tongue about LeBron James fouling out. Also speaking here are Rajon Rondo, the guy that makes the…

  18. Look for Portland, Brooklyn to make big-money run at Nash

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    We told you the Chicago Bulls may reach out to Steve Nash and see if the veteran point guard wants to play for them for the league minimum. But if Nash is willing to play for that price to chase a ring he will have his choice of destinations — Miami, New York, Dallas, Los…

  19. What ankle problems? Ray Allen plays 46 minutes, looks good

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    At the start of the Eastern Conference finals, Ray Allen was moving around the court like Betty White. Battling bone spurs in his ankles, he wasn’t moving crisply to get open and when he did get a look there was no lift in his legs and shots clanged off the rim. He was even missing…

  20. Report: Heat to activate Chris Bosh for Game 5

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward Bosh stands near bench during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    Miami has sorely missed Chris Bosh. They could use his size on defense to create problems for Kevin Garnett. Their pick-and-roll desperately misses him because right now nobody respects the pick setter, everyone can focus on Dwyane Wade or LeBron James. But Miami may not have to wait much longer. There is a report that…

  21. Celtics-Heat Game 4: Boston out executes Heat, evens series 2-2

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Boston owned the first half with a sharp offense. Miami played defense for the first time since their plane landed in Boston in the second half and tied it up. But with everything on the line at the end of the game and in overtime it came down to execution, and the veteran Celtics were…

  22. Blazers may just decide to make interim coach, GM permanent

    Jun 3, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    chad buchanan

    Portland’s year-long, on-and-off search for a GM has been as tidy and clean as a home on Hoarders. It’s a mess. And after all that it may end up falling back to the guy who has been doing the job the whole time — Chad Buchanan. The “interim” guy who has rocked the job while…

  23. LaMarcus Aldridge was hospitalized with deadly blood virus

    Jun 2, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    This is scary. As Kevin Garnett would say, “really [expletive] scary.” Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge found himself in the hospital this week with a potentially deadly blood virus. He wrote about it in his blog on trailblazers.com (hat tip to Blazers Edge). On Saturday I came down with a blood virus. I quickly…

  24. Video: Kevin Garnett’s “Army/Navy style” knuckle pushups

    Jun 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    I’m not sure that pushup form would have been approved my Mr. Loveless, my freshman PE teacher, but it worked for Kevin Garnett. And the Celtics players and fans ate it up. KG brought real energy in the paint, he brought the early post position (and great finishes off impressive passes from Rajon Rondo when…

  25. Miami flips the switch to off for Game 3, can they turn it back on?

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Let’s give all due credit to the Boston Celtics — staring in the face of a must win night they brought it like you expect of a veteran, battle-tested team. Kevin Garnett was fantastic in the paint, Rajon Rondo controlled the flow. Their defensive intensity was stepped up. Boston won 101-91. But this was another…

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