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Kurt Helin

  1. Dwight Howard not suspended for foul on Pierce. That's fair.

    May 19, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard gave a good playoff foul to Paul Pierce in the second quarter of last night’s game. A hard foul that caught Pierce’s head. He got a “flagrant one” for that — meaning Pierce got his free throws and the Celtics got the ball out of bounds. But that will be the extent of…

  2. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: Time for the Suns to get defensive. That or it's over.

    May 19, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    The Suns need to punch the Lakers in the mouth. In game one the Suns were gracious hosts to Lakers who ventured into the paint to shoot — there was a red carpet, a nice spread of hors d’œuvre like bacon-wrapped scallops, plenty of space, basically everything but glasses of champagne. The Lakers took advantage…

  3. Referee DeRosa tossed the ball at a fan in Orlando. Then had him ejected. Nice.

    May 19, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    As if the referees weren’t in enough trouble for game two of the Celtics/Magic series — the terrible charging call on JJ Redick when the game was in doubt, or the nine straight calls against the Celtics earlier in the fourth quarter — there comes this, from the Associated Press: (Joe) DeRosa was walking to…

  4. Mikhail Prokhorov may rename Nets (he has other bold plans, too)

    May 19, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov talks a good game. Which is more of a good game than we have seen out of the Nets is a while. The comments out of a media brunch in New York Wednesday morning dripped of high expectations, confidence bordering on hubris (maybe not bordering on…) and big plans. Like his suggestion that…

  5. Knicks Wilson Chandler arrested for marijuana possession

    May 19, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    If you’re going to get busted for possession for marijuana — a drug half the country wants legalized anyway — might as well go all out. Like have smoke coming out of your car when you get pulled over by the cops. And having a joint plus like five bags of herb in that car.…

  6. Phil Jackson would be a perfect mentor for LeBron. But it's not going to happen.

    May 19, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson’s team is once again peaking right as it heads deep into the playoffs. Again. Why does this surprise us? Sure, there were the injuries and the ugly last couple weeks of the regular season for the Lakers, but we should have all seen that. We should have known better. History has shown us…

  7. Grizzlies not looking to stockpile picks, they want to wheel and deal

    May 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Memphis Grizzlies took a big step forward last year, they got almost all the way to .500. One of the best turnarounds in the league. But if they want to take another step — maybe into the playoffs? — they are going to need some more key contributors. That does not mean project rookies.…

  8. LeBron? Who knows? But Doc Rivers is not going to the Bulls.

    May 19, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    It was an early contender for silliest bit of LeBron speculation out there – that he was going to Chicago and Doc Rivers was going to join him. Rivers grew up in Chicago, he was going to come home to the deep-dish pizza and a Bulls team that needed him. Yea, right. Rivers himself shot…

  9. Leon Powe will remain a Cavalier

    May 19, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    There is a whole mountain of unanswered questions about what the Cleveland Cavaliers will look like on the court next season. A Mount Everest of questions. But we do know this — Leon Powe will be a part of it. Yesterday the Cavs made the no-brainer move of picking up their option on Powe. When…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 2: The Celtics are feeling pretty good right now

    May 19, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    The Celtics have been here before. And they sound like it. There isn’t a lot of excitement or “wow, can’t believe we won that one” going on here. They are veterans, they are professionals and they are moving forward. The Magic are saying the right things, too. Not that it’s going to help.  

  11. Warriors draw plenty of interest from bidders, including Larry Ellison, but no magic numbers

    May 19, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    The good news: There are a lot of people who want to buy the Golden State Warriors — including the insanely rich Larry Ellison. The bad news: None of them offered the $400 million plus that current owner Chris Cohan was hoping to get for the team. Ellison, the owner of Oracle computers, put in…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2: Stoudemire will learn rebounding not about luck

    May 19, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    The good Lamar Odom showed up and was a dominating force in game one. He keyed the Lakers first half run from which they never looked back. He finished with 19 points and more key (especially in the second half) 19 rebounds. “I’m not giving him no hype,” Stoudemire told reporters before the Suns practiced…

  13. NBA Draft Lottery: Timberwolves and Kings fall into tough choices

    May 19, 2010, 12:26 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans head sank on the desk. Minnesota General Manager David Kahn was described as “pissed” by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress after he saw his results. For every winner, there must be a loser. Yin and yang. If the Wizards and Sixers vault up the NBA Draft board, someone must fall. Minnesota had the second…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 2, halftime: Celtics 53, Magic 51

    May 18, 2010, 10:23 PM EDT

    The Magic were much more aggressive getting Dwight Howard open. The Celtics matched that, being more aggressive attacking the rim. The result was an offensive half from two defensive teams that ended with the Celtics up two, 53-51 at the break. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 22 as he could not seem to miss,…

  15. Nets negotiating to keep Rod Thorn around

    May 18, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    New Jersey-to-Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is at the NBA Draft Lottery tonight, in town to see just how challenging his team’s road to redemption is — a lottery win tonight makes it a whole lot faster and easier. But he knows who he wants to guide that process regardless — Rod Thorn. Thorn and…

  16. Manute Bol fighting for his life with kidney failure

    May 18, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Popular former NBA player Manute Bol is currently in a northern Virginia hospital fighting for his life. Dan Steinberg at The Sports Bog (part of the Washington Post) reports that Bol had been hospitalized after a return from his native Sudan with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome — a life-threatening skin condition — as well as kidney failure.…

  17. NBA Draft Lottery: Could the NBA's top pick be moved before the draft?

    May 18, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Teams just do not trade the top pick in the NBA Draft. Doesn’t happen. It has been 17 years since the NBA’s top overall pick was traded before the draft. The fact is elite talent is just too hard to come by in the NBA, you need elite talent to win big and if you…

  18. Shannon Brown: I could have made that dunk

    May 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    What was the most jaw dropping play of Game 1 between the Lakers and the Suns had a couple things wrong with it. It was Shannon Brown almost leaping Jason Richardson for a dunk. The problems are: 1) That should have been called a charge; 2) Brown missed the dunk. But he says he could…

  19. David Arquette's new role: Staples Center security guard. He gets knocked down for his troubles.

    May 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    There are celebrities who show up to those prime courtside Lakers seats to be seen, and then there are celebrities who are Lakers fans. Or maybe a little of both. Jack Nicholson likes to be seen, but nobody questions his fanhood. Same with David Arquette. You know him, the guy from the Scream movies married…

  20. Mikhail Prokhorov video: Nets will win championship within five years

    May 18, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov is a confident man. Also, an insanely rich man. Combine those two and you get a guy that says everything a Nets fan could hope to hear in a low-tech video message to Nets fans just released. Prokhorov promises a truly international team that will make the playoffs next year and win a…

  21. Everyone readying for Cleveland's Mike Brown to be fired. Including Mike Brown.

    May 18, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has not been lined up in front of the firing squad yet, but he and his staff are requesting their last meals. While reports that Brown would be fired the day after the Cavaliers were eliminated from the playoffs were premature, everyone expected us to get to that point. And…

  22. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Kobe don't need no stinkin' practice

    May 18, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    No practice for a week. Fluid drained from your knee. So what? These little inconveniences did not slow Kobe Bryant in Game 1 against the Suns. He dropped 40 and was a key reason the Lakers won big to take a 1-0 series lead. The Suns will make adjustments, although there may not be many…

  23. What is going on in Detroit?

    May 18, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    The Detroit Pistons were a franchise that knew what it was. Family owned and civic minded. Loyal. Putting together hard-nosed defensive teams where the sum was greater than the individual parts. This season that fell apart on the court. However, Detroit News columnist Terry Foster suggests that may be just the visible manifestation of larger…

  24. Kobe's wife wears "Do I look illegal" shirt, only one talking immigration

    May 18, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson isn’t going to talk about it. Kobe Bryant won’t go near it. The Lakers aren’t going to talk about it or wear their Los Lakers jerseys. While there was a small protest outside, inside Staples Center the Arizona Immigration law discussion was dead. Except for Kobe Bryant’s wife. Vanessa Bryant is part Hispanic…

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