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  1. Mavs Brendan Haywood questionable for Game 4

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Dallas missed Brendan Haywood in Game 3, as he sat out with a hip injury. When Tyson Chandler got some rest, Ian Mahinmi came in and picked up two points, one rebound and five fouls in eight minutes and was a -6. And that line makes it sound better than it looked. It leads to…

  2. Report: Mark Jackson is the frontrunner for Golden State

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

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    People who have met with new Warriors owner Joe Lacob have described him as an out of the box thinker. Which is pretty much a cliché statement in and of itself at this point, but we’ll go with it. Because it sounds like he is close to doing something very out of the box, according…

  3. LeBron, Wade able to share “alpha dog” role just fine

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    Heat's James congratulates Wade after scoring against the Mavericks during fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Miami

    Because some people just need to criticize LeBron James no matter what he does, there were ridiculous columns out about LeBron James shrinking from the spotlight after the Heat won Game 3. Questions LeBron just shot down in his press conference. But, this situation in Miami is different than what we saw with the Lakers…

  4. Report: If Wolves draft Williams No. 2, Beasley moves to trade block

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:26 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    It is known around the league that Minnesota will trade you the No. 2 overall pick if you are willing to send them a veteran big man in return. Problem is, in this draft nobody really wants to give up a decent veteran big man for what they can get at No. 2. If things…

  5. Baron Davis helping set up lockout workouts for Cavs

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Baron Davis, team leader? Some people in Clippersville are shaking their heads (with reason, he did not do this stuff in Los Angeles) but Davis is looking like a good, veteran leader in Cleveland. For example, come the July 1 lockout (and there will be one, the only question is for how long) teams will…

  6. Mario Chalmers dramatic shot shouldn’t have counted. Maybe.

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    UPDATE 11:23 am: Or, maybe we have it wrong and the shot should have counted. According to Refcalls.com, it’s an unclear area of the rulebook, however the way they read it because Chalmers leapt in the air to get the pass then landed in the front court he was neither in the front or back…

  7. PBT Monday Morning one liners

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:07 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (C) drives through Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (L) and Chris Bosh (R) during Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    At the end of Game 2 it was Chris Bosh on Dirk Nowitzki, at the end of Game 3 it was Udonis Haslem. The different outcomes are not all that simple, but it’s a big difference to start with. Good on Ekpe Udoh, who has returned to Oklahoma to work with victims of recent tornadoes.…

  8. Ron Artest taking mental health push to new reality show

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:02 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    If we just told you Ron Artest was going to have a reality show, you’d just nod. He’s the kind of offbeat personality that works for those shows. Except, this isn’t “Khloe & Lamar Part II,” Artest’s new reality show that is in the works is not about him at all, according to TMZ.com. Artest…

  9. Video: Chris Bosh drains game winner

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Miami has gotten in trouble this series when they have gone to LeBron James or Dwyane Wade in isolation. When it became hero ball as they tried to knock down the long jumper or drove headlong into the teeth of the defense. And in the biggest moment of the series you wondered if they may…

  10. Dirk needs help if Dallas is going to get a ring

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks go

    Going into this series Dallas’ bench was going to be a huge factor. Well, they have been, just not in the way anybody was picturing. While single game +/- stats (how a team scores with a player on the court) can be misleading, we have an unmistakable trend broken out by Jeff Fogel at HoopData.…

  11. Report: Mavericks will try to bring back Chandler, Barea

    Jun 5, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

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    There’s been a lot of talk that this run is Dirk Nowitzki’s last chance at a ring, because of his age and the makeup of the team. I’m not buying the age thing — I watched Game 2 of the finals. And the entire playoffs. The guy is averaging 28.1 points per game and shooing…

  12. Pistons fire coach John Kuester. Finally.

    Jun 5, 2011, 4:51 PM EST

    IL: Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

    The sale of the Detroit Pistons to Tom Gores has finally gone through, and he has taken only a few days to start the process of rebuilding the franchise. That starts by firing coach John Kuester, as reported by a number of sources including ESPN. “Decisions like this are difficult to make,” team president Joe Dumars said. “I…

  13. Chris Bosh returns home to Dallas looking to spoil party

    Jun 5, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Dallas has already made this series uncomfortable for Chris Bosh. Primarily covered by Tyson Chandler, Bosh has struggled, as Tom Haberstroh detailed at ESPN. This isn’t just a product of missing midrange jumpers. While he’s shot just 3-for-11 this series on long 2s, the real issue is the chip shots around the basket. Inside 10…

  14. Video: Heat, Mavericks Talk About Game 3

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:07 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Game 2 ended in as dramatic a fashion as any NBA finals game ever. But can the Mavericks carry that momentum over, or did the Heat just take their foot off the gas? Heat players didn’t talk about the stagnant offense at the end of the game, they talked about being flat on defense. At…

  15. Report: Rambis to return to Wolves but must retool staff

    Jun 4, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    Kurt Rambis may have no idea what is going on with his job, but apparently other people do. He may be staying on board for another year. J. Michael Falgoust of the USA Today tweeted this Friday night. I’m told by a source that #Twolves will bring back #KurtRambis but force him to retool his…

  16. Mavs’ Brendan Haywood questionable for Game 3

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:42 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Mavericks backup center Brendan Haywood is questionable for Game 3 Sunday after injuring his right hip flexor in Game 2. Officially Haywood is day-to-day and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was playing everything close to the vest as coaches do in the playoffs. ESPNDallas has the quotes. “We’ll know more tomorrow. He was not feeling…

  17. Isiah Thomas says he does not want to be Knicks president

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:34 PM EST

    Isaih Thomas Introduced as New Knicks GM

    It doesn’t work like this. So don’t believe it. But we will first report the official news — Isiah Thomas told ESPN multiple times he does not want to be president of the New York Knicks in the wake of Donnie Walsh being pushed out of the job. “I have no desire to return as…

  18. Is Shaq coming back to NBA? “Probably not”

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

    balance bracelets Shaquille O'Neal

    You didn’t expect Shaquille O’Neal to totally shut the door, did you? He left it open a crack when talking with our man A. Sherrod Blakely with CSN New England in a one-on-one after his farewell press conference Friday. So Shaq, could you make a comeback? “Probably not,” O’Neal told Comcast SportsNet moments after announcing…

  19. Rambis has no idea what is happening with Wolves either

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:41 PM EST

    Kurt Rambis

    Kurt Rambis is still the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. That’s all he knows. Rambis finally broke his media silence following workouts for potential draftees at the Target Center — but that didn’t really clear anything up about who will coach the team next year. Because he’s only had “minor conversations” with sGM David Kahn…

  20. Video: Watch Shaq’s farewell press conference

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:02 PM EST

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    It is possible, because you have a job or a life or some such nonsense, that you did not see Shaquille O’Neal‘s farewell press conference on Friday. So, we’re here to help out. We care about you that way. Shaq was funny and just enjoying the experience, pretty much like he played his career. He…

  21. Donnie Walsh out as Knicks president in shocker

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Donnie Walsh

    UPDATE 4:16 pm: According to Howard Beck at the New York Times, another sticking point of negotiations was Dolan’s insistence that Walsh take a 40 percent paycut, from $5 million down to $3 million. Yes, it’s still a boatload of money, but what if your boss asked you to take a 40 percent paycut? It’s…

  22. Is Mike D’Antoni’s job now in danger in New York?

    Jun 3, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    Mike D'Antoni, Toney Douglas

    Donnie Walsh, the consummate professional who never speaks ill of ownership in public, said all the right things in his phone conference call Friday about him leaving as president of the Knicks. Well, the right things if you’re Knicks owner James Dolan. Nobody bought a word of it, but Walsh went through the motions, as…

  23. Shaq goes out with a smile

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Shaquille O’Neal said goodbye to the NBA in the way we should all remember him, with a laugh and a smile. He started his official retirement press conference — broadcast live on NBA TV — by somebody handing him a cell phone, saying a few words, then telling the media it was the Knicks asking…

  24. Anderson thinks Orlando lost “five or six” rings when Shaq left

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

    Shaq Magic

    Orlando got close to an NBA title when they had Shaquille O’Neal — they made it to the NBA finals against Houston and had a 20-point lead in the first half of Game 1. Then they gave it all back, Nick Anderson missed four free throws in the clutch and the Magic lost Game 1…

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