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Kurt Helin

  1. Looming NBA lockout wipes out Summer League

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    summer league

    Despite the 111-degree temperatures (in the shade), ball-hogging guards and utter lack of help defense, there is something uniquely compelling about the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. It was the hope of rookies, the hustle of guys trying to impress scouts, a chance to fall in love with the guys who will be at…

  2. Dates, times set for Eastern Conference playoffs first games

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    While the West is still trying to figure out who plays whom, the Eastern Conference has moved on to when. At least for the first games. The league has released the dates and times for the first games of those four series. Chicago and Indiana will tip off at noon Saturday (11 a.m. in Chicago)…

  3. New York vs. Boston in another sport, Pierce says this could be fun

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce Knicks

    New York and Boston do not like each other. Their baseball rivalry can at times dominate the sport (and your television, even if you’re just trying to get other scores). The Bruins and Rangers are original six, old-school hockey rivals. I wouldn’t be shocked if the New York Philharmonic and Boston POPS have street fights…

  4. LeBron returns to top of NBA jersey sales pile

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Apparently, a lot of you wanted a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey. Sure, you talked about his massive ego and how the decision was handled and how this reflected on him as a person — then a bunch of you went out and purchased a No. 6 Miami Heat jersey. Which means in one sense…

  5. PBT Wednesday one liners

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New Orleans Hornets

    Keith Bogans tends to take a lot of heat as the Bulls starting shooting guard, but look at the other coaches that gave him big run: Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich and Stan Van Gundy. Coincidence? Owner Glen Taylor has some tough choices to make in Minnesota. The Raptors ownership/front office situation is a sticky mess.…

  6. Grizzlies to rest Zach Randolph Wednesday night, too

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    It’s not tanking for a playoff seed, it’s resting. That’s the official line from Memphis coach Lionel Hollins on why he sat Zach Randolph Tuesday night (and Tony Allen). And he will do so again Wednesday night, Hollins told the Commercial Appeal. “Tony’s hurt,” Hollins said. “I didn’t want to play Zach these last two…

  7. Video: Derrick Rose puts on a show out on the breakaway

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Maybe next season we need to start a campaign to have Derrick Rose in the dunk contest. (Maybe we need to start a campaign to say we want the lockout to be over in time for a dunk contest, but that’s another issue). Either way, Rose can throw it down. He got loose in the…

  8. Playoff Scenarios: How the West will be won (the No 2 seed anyway)

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    One day of games remain and five seeds still up for grabs in the Western Conference — and you say there isn’t parity in the NBA. Okay, there isn’t parity. Not really. But for one day we can at least pretend because a lot of things can happen in the Western Conference. (The East is…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs and Grizzlies sit their starters, still make it close

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:38 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez, Portland Trail Blazers

    What you missed while wondering if there really are “new” dinosaurs… Trail Blazers 102, Grizzlies 89: No Zach Randolph or Tony Douglas as the Grizzlies seemed to be trying to tank, get the eight seed and meet the Spurs in the first round. (That can still happen if they lose to the Clippers Wednesday.) By…

  10. Lakers Andrew Bynum hyperextends knee, leaves game, MRI Wednesday

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:53 AM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    UPDATE 1:53 am: Talked to Bynum as he walked out of Staples Center (with other media), and he showed no noticable limp. He said that if this had been a big playoff game he would have been back out there, but that it was a little more than precautionary. “It was painful right when it…

  11. Memphis to sit Zach Randolph, Tony Allen against Portland

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Well, didn’t see this coming. Memphis is sitting Zach Randolph and Tony Allen in a key seedings game against Portland Tuesday night, according to a tweet from the Commercial Appeal. Why? Well they will say its to rest guys but if you like conspiracies you might say they are aiming — you could say tanking…

  12. Spurs to sit Duncan, Parker, Ginobili against Lakers

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It doesn’t matter why — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says they would have done it regardless of the opponent, conspiracy theorists will say he’s trying to make sure he avoids the Lakers as long as possible — what matters is it is happening. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will all sit against the…

  13. New NBA Playoffs commercials feature talking ball

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    basketball

    Meh. Usually I’m pretty impressed with the NBA’s playoff advertising campaigns — the split face “there can be only one” series, the “Where Amazing Happens” piano commercials — but this year… not really loving it. Maybe it’s me. My taste can certainly be in question (for example, I don’t hate Jimmy Buffett). But this year’s…

  14. Heat may sit LeBron, Wade, Bosh on Wednesday (Bosh says no)

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    UPDATE 5:29 pm: Chris Bosh told Eric Koreen from the National Post (via twitter) that the he, LeBron and Wade will play in the final game of the season. Sure. I think there’s about as good of a chance of me suiting up for the Heat as all three of them, but we’re passing it along.…

  15. Portland and Memphis to decide something Tuesday night

    Apr 12, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Memphis Portalnd

    There’s a lot on the line when Portland takes on Memphis Tuesday night. But it’s kind of a Let’s Make a Deal problem — you don’t know what you’re getting once you pick the door. The new car or the goat. This game may well decide sixth seed in the West — Portland gets it…

  16. The LeBrons, Episode 2. It’s about as good as episode one.

    Apr 12, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    the_lebrons_family

    You know, the animation is really pretty good. So, I’ve said something nice about The LeBrons (LeBron James‘ animated series based on a commercial). And taking my mother’s advice about not saying anything nice, that’s all I will say. But enjoy, it’s episode 2 of the LeBrons. I’d spoil it for you and tell you…

  17. Kings owners ready to file for move, deaf to fans’ loud cheers

    Apr 12, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Kid kings fan

    The atmosphere for the Kings loss to the Thunder Monday night was a throwback. Like about 10 years, when the Kings were contenders and then ARCO Arena was as great a home court advantage as the league had. Complete with cowbells. Kevin Durant said the feeling inside Power Balance Arena Monday reminded him of the…

  18. Chris Paul won’t rule out playing for Jordan in Charlotte

    Apr 12, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Chris Paul — who is eyeing a future outside the Big Easy — knows that rule No. 1 is not to cut off potential opportunities. No matter the likelihood. With that in mind we bring you Chris Paul’s reaction to being asked by the Associated Press if he would return to his native North Carolina…

  19. Video: Blake Griffin’s over-the-balcony trick shot

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    And you thought Blake Griffin didn’t have an outside shot. He’s got one, he just needs a balcony in the way, then he puts a little more arc under it. If there had been a car for him to shoot over too… Thanks to The Rookie Wall for finding this and sending it along.

  20. Report: NBA owners want to make it two-and-done in college

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Two-and-done? While the age limit should be a side issue to the upcoming NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement — percentage of basketball related income is the real number to watch — it looks like it could be another little battleground. Billy Hunter from the players union said that he didn’t think it was appropriate to keep…

  21. Delonte West injured again, Shaq set for playoffs return

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    Delonte West, Rajon Rondo

    Is there a M*A*S*H* unit that follows the Celtics around? It just seems it would be cost efficient at this point. Boston picked up another injury Monday, but just one so it may be under their daily quota. This time it was Delonte West spraining his ankle, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England.…

  22. PBT Tuesday one liners

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    lebron-shoes2

    An idea emailed to me by reader Vincent that is an interesting longshot: This summer LeBron can opt out of or renegotiate his Nike shoe deal, according to reports. Recently one of Nike’s star shoe designers publicly ripped LeBron and his entourage for their lack of focus (and having too many voices in the process)…

  23. Report: Kemba Walker leaving Connecticut, entering draft

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Kemba Walker, who led Connecticut to the National Championship, has decided to leave college and enter the NBA draft. That according to Andy Katz of ESPN. UConn has a press conference called for Tuesday where that will beocome official. And it is the right move. (We should note, as was pointed out in the comments,…

  24. Playoff scenarios: The East is set, the West we need Stephen Hawking to explain

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back East they have their act together. They’ve planned in advance and they know what they want to do for the playoffs. Out West they have procrastinated. Always waiting to the last second. And the whole thing is complicated. Trigonometry complicated. Bring in Stephen Hawking and Brian Green to explain it complicated. So we’ll start…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston rolls over, Miami gets two seed

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    What you missed while signing up for Bacon Camp… Heat 98, Hawks 90: The Heat came out playing with real energy — they wanted to win this and take care of the second seed. Miami got help early on because Atlanta just played lazy defense in the first half. Hawks players did not fight over…

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