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  1. Boston, Philly enter Game 3 thinking… even more defense?

    May 16, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (C) looks to pass between Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes during the first half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final playoff basketball series in Boston

    It seems weird to say after two games that have felt like Sahara Desert of watchable offense, but going into Game 3 both Boston and Philadelphia are thinking about locking down their defense. But that speaks to the mindsets of why these teams are here. Boston is struggling to score with Paul Pierce and Ray…

  2. Video: Spencer Hawes talks Sixers/Celtics series, Garnett

    May 16, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six

    Spencer Hawes swung by NBC’s SportsTalk yesterday to talk some Sixers and Celtics with host Erik Kuselias. And yes, Hawes said was surprised that Kevin Garnett got called for the illegal screen with 10 seconds left — he said it was a good call, just one you don’t normally get at that point. He also…

  3. Lakers’ Bynum, Ebanks fined by league

    May 16, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Andre Miller

    As if the Lakers didn’t have enough things going on… The Lakers Andrew Bynum and Devin Ebanks have been fined, the league office announced Wednesday. Bynum was fined $15,000 for not making himself available to the media following the Lakers practice on Tuesday. During the playoffs players have to make themselves available at designated times,…

  4. Indiana’s Larry Bird named NBA Executive of the Year

    May 16, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Larry Bird attends a party after the premier of the Broadway play Magic Bird in New York

    He’s an NBA MVP. He’s an NBA champion. He’s an NBA Coach of the Year. And now he’s an NBA Executive of the Year. Not a bad resume. Larry Bird was voted the honor by his peers, the league announced. Bird is the first person ever to be an MVP, COY and now Executive of…

  5. Just a reminder, Magic haven’t made call on Van Gundy, Smith

    May 16, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    The Orlando Magic have some big decisions to make: Do they bring back general manager Otis Smith? Do they bring back coach Stan Van Gundy, even though their star Dwight Howard is not a fan? Can they get Howard to sign an extension or should they trade him? What should they do if Jameer Nelson…

  6. Pierce says his knee is fine, it’s not. Sixers covering him like he’s fine anyway.

    May 16, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Lavoy Allen

    It’s obvious — painfully obvious — that Paul Pierce’s sprained knee is bothering him. He’s not moving the same, he has no lift, he’s shooting 5-20 in the last two games, he’s just not the guy who carried the Celtics at stretches in the first round. Except, don’t tell him that. Pierce clearly got tired…

  7. League will not upgrade foul, punish Dwyane Wade for cheap shot on Collison

    May 16, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade gestures to fire up the crowd before Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff game

    The league is going to stick with the Flagrant 1 call on that hit. Dwyane Wade got away with one. There will be no fine, no increase to a Flagrant 2 call that would mean a one-game suspension, the league is going to leave the call as it was, tweets Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. The…

  8. Ironically, Wade thinks Pacers celebration was excessive

    May 16, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Pacers Celebration, Dwyane Wade

    Really? The celebration is his problem? Indiana was one fired up team after they knocked off the Heat in Game 2 Tuesday night, tying that series at 1-1. As they should have been. It was a big road playoff win that should give them a measure of respect among people who just didn’t realize how…

  9. Agent says Greg Oden wants to play for the Miami Heat

    May 16, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Greg Oden

    Greg Oden hasn’t fully given up on playing in the NBA. He’s knows he is a long, long way from there, and said he plans to take next season off to recover and rehab from a third microfracture surgery. He seems more comfortable than ever with the possibility it might never work out. Just don’t…

  10. LeBron’s struggles just one of many Heat problems

    May 16, 2012, 10:13 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James knocks the ball away from Indiana Pacers' Hill during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff in Miami

    At some point Wednesday, it will dawn on Miami Heat fans that the series against the Indiana Pacers is 1-1 — it’s not over, it’s a best-of-five now. That’s not what it feels like for Miami fans as they drown their sorrows in a mojito, but it is the truth. The focus in Miami now…

  11. One way or another, it will be summer of change for Hawks

    May 16, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Few teams are going to have a more interesting off-season than the Atlanta Hawks. From the general manager whose contract is up to the coach with an option hanging out there — not to mention the Josh Smith trade request — there are nothing but questions in Atlanta this summer. In theory they could look…

  12. Video: Dwyane Wade’s flagrant foul on Darren Collison

    May 16, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

    Heat's Wade gestures to fire up the crowd before Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff game

    The question isn’t “is this a flagrant foul?” The real question is “should that have been a flagrant 2 and should Dwyane Wade have been ejected?” This is clearly a frustration foul as it came directly after Wade thought he should have gotten a call, and also in the midst of the Heat coming apart…

  13. Spurs control Chris Paul, control Clippers, control Game 1

    May 16, 2012, 1:36 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan spreads his arms during a stop in play during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Chris Paul is the beating heart of a Clippers offense, one based around him using his immense skill and basketball IQ to carve teams up. Ask Memphis. But behind Tony Parker, Danny Green and a team effort where San Antonio overloaded Paul’s side of the court they held CP3 in check — 3-for-13 shooting, 10…

  14. Video: Blake Griffin with chase down block on Kawhi Leonard

    May 15, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin blocks the shot of San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Blake Griffin‘s knee looks a whole lot better, doesn’t it? He looked a lot more like his old self in the first half Tuesday night against the Spurs, making plays like an alley-oop or a chase down block like the one above. Poor Kawhi Leonard had a couple shots blocked at the rim like that…

  15. Kobe Bryant explains why “I don’t take charges”

    May 15, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant played along side Derek Fisher for years, one of the better guards at drawing the charge in the league for many years. But you don’t see Kobe take them. Pretty much ever. And he said Tuesday there is a reason for that. From the Associated Press: “I learned from my predecessors, man,” Bryant…

  16. Wade admits he took a step back so LeBron could lead Heat

    May 15, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade speak during a time out during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against New York Knicks in Miami

    It was always the question that ultimately needed to be answered in Miami — whose team is the Heat? LeBron James or Dwyane Wade? They tried sharing the load evenly and that got them within two wins of an NBA title. But you could feel the limitations of that style when LeBron went into a…

  17. Bulls will pick up option on Tom Thibodeau’s contract

    May 15, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    It’s a no brainer. Bulls GM Gar Forman confirmed during a press conference Tuesday the team will pick up the option on Tom Thibodeau’s contract for next season. From the AP: Forman says Thibodeau is “one of the finest coaches in the league” and the Bulls are “hopeful he’ll be our coach long term.” Thibodeau…

  18. Video: 10 best crossover moves of the NBA season

    May 15, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Because you want to get prepared for the looking Chris Paul vs. Tony Parker point guard battle coming up Tuesday night, we bring you NBA.com’s 10 best crossover moves of the season. Paul is in here, along with Russell Westbrook, Jameer Nelson and others. I remember watching No. 1 on television at the time and…

  19. Rose’s doctor thinks he could be out longer than reported

    May 15, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Yesterday we told you the good news — Derrick Rose’s knee surgery went about as well as could be hoped and he was told the recovery time would be eight months. Or, that is what he wanted to hear. Rose’s doctor spoke with ESPNChicago.com and… Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will be out at least…

  20. Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

    May 15, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan. Blake Griffin

    SEASON RECORDS L.A. Clippers: 40-26 (5 seed) San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) SEASON SERIES Spurs took it 2-1. The Clippers won the most recent game but Tony Parker did not play for San Antonio. KEY INJURIES Clippers: Blake Griffin will play but says he is about “75-80 percent” with a sprained left knee. Chris Paul…

  21. Nicolas Batum isn’t waiting around, will sign first good offer

    May 15, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    Nicolas Batum will be in demand this summer — he is nearly an elite defender on the wing, averaged 13.9 points per game last season and plays within himself on offense, and he shot 39 percent from three. Name a team that couldn’t use a guy like that? The Spurs and other teams are reportedly…

  22. Heat go Bosh-less for Game 2, but is that enough for Pacers?

    May 15, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    Indiana didn’t beat Miami in Game 1, but it put up a respectable showing on the road and that was with the team’s leading scorer — Danny Granger — being bottled up by the Heat defense. Now comes Game 2 and the Heat will be without Chris Bosh (strained abdominal). It changes the equation. For…

  23. Rick Carlisle signs extension to stay as Mavericks’ coach

    May 15, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Not that there was much doubt this was coming — what happened with the Mavericks this season was not on coach Rick Carlisle — but now it is official. The Mavericks have reached a deal on a contract extension with Carlisle, team owner Mark Cuban confirmed to ESPNDallas.com. This is reportedly also a four-year deal,…

  24. JaVale McGee may get to play for Philippines national team

    May 15, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Nuggets' McGee dunks the ball against the Lakers during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game win in Los Angeles

    What follows will be the strangest sentence I will type this week, no doubt: There is a bill working its way through the legislature in the Philippines to make JaVale McGee a naturalized citizen so he can play for their national basketball team in time for the 2013 Asia Championships (which feed into the World…

  25. “Bird rights” arbitration could impact Knicks with Lin, Nash, everyone

    May 15, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    The Knicks — if they want to have any hope of adding Steve Nash or any other significant free agent this summer — have a lot invested in what an arbitrator says about “Bird rights” in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Because that new CBA ties GM Glen Grunwald’s hands behind his back. It’s a…

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