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  1. Video: Proof that Carlos Boozer can dunk, did contribute

    May 11, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    This has not been Carlos Boozer‘s best series. Turf toe has slowed him in matchups he would struggle with healthy. But he still has some game — and when he rolled to the basket in the third quarter and got a nice bounce pass from Derrick Rose he knew what to do with it. He…

  2. Miami big three says Celtics big three was its inspiration

    May 11, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the torch about to be passed — not willingly, but it may happen Wednesday night anyway — the Miami Heat are paying homage. They told Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN that without what Boston did in forming it’s big three back in the summer of 2007 — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen coming to join…

  3. NBA Playoffs: It wasn’t just Rose, Chicago has a bench

    May 11, 2011, 2:04 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Carlos Boozer was sitting on the bench. Joakim Noah was right next to him. Keith Bogans was right there with them. Taj Gibson was in, with Omer Asik and Ronnie Brewer. And they were key to the 95-83 win that leaves the Bulls just one…

  4. Warriors to give Mike Brown, Dwane Casey interviews

    May 10, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    The Golden State Warriors have started their interview process and apparently they are thinking about a more defensive mindset. The Warriors are bringing in former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and former Minnesota head coach (and current Dallas assistant) Dwane Casey to interview, according to CSN Bay Area (Marc Stein of ESPN had it first). Also…

  5. Larry Bird to remain with Pacers

    May 10, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

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    Pacers owner Herb Simon has decided to keep Larry Bird around as team president. It took a few weeks for the Pacers to get around to making this decision, but they finally got there and announced it on Tuesday. “I’m quite pleased with the success we experienced this past season and pleased with the direction…

  6. Celtics Davis wants to find himself. Not in a spiritual way.

    May 10, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Last season, Glen Davis was a playoffs star for the Celtics. He was Shrek. He averaged 7.3 points per payoff game on 47.6 percent shooting, this season it has fallen to 4.8 on 39 percent. Rebounds are down, too. His PER has dropped from 14.5 (solid bench player level) to 4.6 (hope to hang on…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Bulls and Hawks gettin’ serious now

    May 10, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    No secrets, no surprise adjustments at this point. We know how Game 5 in Chicago Tuesday night is going to go down. Kind of. Derrick Rose is going to take at least 27 shots (he has taken at least that many in every game this series) despite the Hawks trapping him and doing everything they…

  8. Hawks’ Smith defends his jump shooting ways (he’s wrong)

    May 10, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Josh Smith hears your complaints Atlanta. He hears the groans in Phillips Arena every time he goes up for a jumpshot outside of five feet. And he wants you to know he things you’re wrong, he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I’ve been a pretty good perimeter shooter this whole season. If people have been…

  9. Miami’s Pat Riley, Chicago’s Gar Forman co-Executives of Year

    May 10, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat President Pat Riley smiles following a preseason workout of the  NBA basketball team at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach

    The executives who orchestrated the two biggest turnarounds in the NBA this season — Pat Riley of the Miami Heat and Gar Forman of the Chicago Bulls — will share the NBA’s Executive of the Year award. Well, privately they probably share this about as well as two 3-year-old girls in a room with one…

  10. Andrew Bynum apologizes for hit on J.J. Barea

    May 10, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Here’s the thing about Andrew Bynum — he’s one of the more introspective Lakers. He’s thoughtful, an avid reader, a genuinely good kid, but at times acts like a 23-year-old. An immature 23-year-old. And when the frustration over the Lakers loss boiled over, he acted immaturely. At best. At his exit interview Tuesday, he apologized…

  11. Jerry West “embarrassed” by Lakers loss, not sure fix is easy

    May 10, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Jerry West may wear other hats, but he is always a Laker. He’s got the statue out in front of Staples Center. He’s linked as one of the iconic players and best GMs the franchise has or will ever have. And he is honest. Old school and honest. He spoke for a lot of Lakers…

  12. What is old is new again with Wizards uniforms

    May 10, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    Wiz1

    There are things I feel comfortable doing as a blogger — breaking down plays, discussing strategy, talking trade rumors, divining grand meaning from simple statements that the speaker had no intention of becoming a big deal. Fashion… not in my wheelhouse. So I will reserve comments on the Washington Wizards’ new look. Maybe it will…

  13. Celtics failure on final play symbolic of struggles

    May 10, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    For years, for much of this past regular season, this is where Boston thrived — they executed at the end of games. At the time they needed it most — a final shot in the last 19.5 seconds of regulation that would even their series with Miami — it fell apart. In an ugly fashion.…

  14. LeBron on verge of slaying Celtics, demons that haunted him

    May 10, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat small forward LeBron James yells at directions against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    James Bond movies are only as good as the villain — unless there is someone who pushes Bond to new extremes, his victory is hollow. (Well, except for all the hot Bond girls.) That need for the hero to have to reach new heights is true of all drama. It is true of sports. What…

  15. Let the silliness begin — Phil Jackson to the Knicks rumors

    May 10, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

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    I would have thought this should have taken a week or so. I should have known better. The New York Post is reporting that the Knicks might have Phil Jackson as their coach in 2012. According to an NBA source, Jackson is definitely through with the Lakers, but would not rule out him coaching again…

  16. Video: Wild triple-overtime finish in Memphis

    May 10, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    A lot of the nation was asleep by the time Memphis and Oklahoma City finished up. If that was you, then you need to watch this. This was the most wildly entertaining game of the playoffs. Not the best played one, but the most dramatic and most entertaining. One filled with blown leads and insane…

  17. Dwight Howard takes shot at Orlando Sentinel for “dumb articles”

    May 10, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Dwight Howard has tried. Unlike LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who seemed to revel in the attention of trade or free agency rumors (at least at first), Howard has tried to shut it down. He can be a free agent in the summer of 2012 but has refused to discuss it. Monday night, while the…

  18. Video: Heat make big plays in overtime

    May 10, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    This is where the Miami Heat showed they had grown up. In overtime, they made the big plays. Granted some of them — the LeBron fade away and the Wade three — were more about individual skill than strategy, but they made the plays. You expect the veteran, champion Celtics to make the big plays…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Thunder win the best game of these playoffs

    May 10, 2011, 2:49 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant drives to the basket by Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph and Shane Battier in Memphis

    It was long. It was draining. It was sloppy. It was brilliant. It was physical. It had easy shots missed and impossible ones hit. It was entertaining. It was basketball you could not turn away from. It was the best game of the playoffs so far. And in the end — three overtimes later —…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat make the leap with overtime win

    May 9, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James hugs teammate Dwyane Wade after defeating the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Early in the year, it didn’t look like they would ever get here. Miami struggled in close games. They struggled against good teams. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh played next to each other, not with each other. They took a mountain of criticism. They weathered it. They matured as a team. They started…

  21. Hinrich says hamstring improving, Teague hears footsteps

    May 9, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague has been one of the best revelations of the second round. He would have been one of the revelations of the regular season and the first round if Larry Drew trusted him like he should have, but that’s another issue. But now he may be hearing footsteps — Kirk Hinrich…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Thunder try to avoid another breakdown

    May 9, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Oklahoma City was in control. They had Game 3. Russell Westbrook was dishing (he had 12 assists) and the Thunder were rolling. They were controlling the Grizzlies in the paint enough to get the win. But when Westbrook starts to do his Derrick Rose impression, the Thunder’s offensive balance falls apart. Memphis upped its defensive…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Boston got one, but can they beat a better Heat?

    May 9, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Pierce defends Miami Heat forward James during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Boston looked good in getting the Game 3 — they were defending again, they had the inspiration of Rajon Rondo‘s rreturn, they got big games from Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce… Which is to say just about everything except Rondo’s elbow went right for Boston. Don’t expect that to be the case a second game…

  24. Video: Phil Jackson’s final press conference

    May 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    We’ve talked about Phil Jackson and his legacy. To go with that, we bring you some highlights from Phil Jackson’s last press conference (well, at least until the next book tour) as well as some comments from Kobe about Jackson’s influence. The video is below. If you think he is coming back, watch this again.…

  25. Howard leads NBA All-Defensive team, but with Kobe?

    May 9, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The votes on NBA All-Defensive team are often more about reputation than how somebody is actually performing. In theory coaches vote on this award, but it’s taken about as seriously as the coaches ballots in college football polls. Which means sometimes an assistant fills it out, sometimes the team PR guy, pretty much anyone but…

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