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  1. Jeff Van Gundy is not giving up on giving up fouling out

    Jun 6, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    JVG is not kidding around. He really wants the league to do away with fouling out. Speaking to FanHouse’s Brett Pollakoff, Jeff Van Gundy let fly, saying that people deserved to see the best Cetlics players and the best Lakers players without fear of foul truble. He’s advocating at least an increase in the max…

  2. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 2: Can Pau Gasol keep it up

    Jun 6, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Talking to a Celtics blogger last night, he was pretty candid about how Gasol-Garnett I wound up. “(Gasol) murdered him.” Reds Army was still confident the Celtics would rebound naturally (both literally and figuratively), but the cold hard facts can’t escape even the most stout Boston fans. Pau Gasol railroaded Garnett on his way to…

  3. The Tom Thibodeau-LeBron James via William Wesley corrolary

    Jun 6, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    The Bulls’ hiring of Tom Thibodeau is in and of itself a great maneuver. Thibodeau, long considered a defensive guru and a major component of the Celtics’ ridiculous defense the last two years. He’s widely respected and was considered an obvious choice (seriously, the Bulls could ink LeBron on the first day of free agency…

  4. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 2: Adjustments are still the key

    Jun 5, 2010, 1:25 PM EST

    It’s just like any playoff series Game 2. Both teams have been in them a hundred times. Except losing this one cripples your chances for winning the series. No pressure. Even with LA completely dominating Game 1, and prompting a ton of media to abandon the good ship Boston and run towards the “S.S. Lakers…

  5. Does Ferry's resignation open the door for a LeBron James-Larry Brown meetup?

    Jun 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Danny Ferry wound up going down with the ship, as it were. But the Navy still needs an admiral, and now the question has to become if this was part of an effort to nab a bigger fish. Assistant GM Chris Grant is taking over for the time being, but with the biggest summer in…

  6. Hornets conducting romantic comedy plot with coaching candidates, move on to Monty Williams

    Jun 5, 2010, 8:41 AM EST

    The New Orleans Hornets looked well on their way to hiring Tom Thibodeau to be their next head coach, but with Thibodeau taking his sweet time (with good reason, in case you haven’t heard, he’s got some stuff going on), the Hornets are not willing to wait. So much like a romantic comedy, after a…

  7. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 1: Pau Gasol tears the Big Ticket in half

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:40 AM EST

    The spirit was willing. The body was not. Kevin Garnett reached up with the ball to dunk and found it just.. wasn’t there. In Game 1 of the NBA finals, there were many reasons the Celtics fell to the Lakers by 13 (at one point down 20). But it cannot be overstated the level of…

  8. NBA finals Lakers vs. Celtics Game 1: Top 5 celebrities from Game 1

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:37 AM EST

    City of Angels. Hollywood. Staples Center, where all the stars come out to play. And by play, we mean act like they have any concept of what’s going on on the floor, enjoying seats they paid inordinate amounts for just to be seen. And the Boston Herald has the run down. Here’s our list of…

  9. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 1: Your pre-emptive hyperbolic headlines

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:22 PM EST

    So here we are. It’s go time. Time for the dance. Ready to rumble. A June for all the marbles (until November, at which point it starts all over again, especially if your team loses in which case you will disavow this season behind an excuse). It’s the NBA finals! And it’s Lakers-Celtics! OMG! So…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: The Doc, the Master, and when to say enough

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:43 AM EST

    If coaching basketball, is, as they say, a chess game, then why is so much of it predicated upon dramatic shifts in approach? Yes, you have your pieces, and yes, you’re maneuvering for advantage, to neutralize your opponent’s pieces and move in for the checkmate (having more points than the other team), but in chess,…

  11. Blazers will be wheeling and dealing. Again.

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:22 AM EST

    Kevin Pritchard has made a draft-related trade every season he’s been with the Blazers.  He’s out there like picks are pogs, and he’s got his eye on that nice slammer your team has. So it should come as no surprise that once again, Pritchard is on the hunt. From the Oregonian. “We’re having discussions,” Pritchard…

  12. NBA Draft, Meet Your Steal: Samardo Samuels is undersized like a fox

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:10 PM EST

    Let’s play a game. Imaginea team with a late first round pick that can afford to take a gamble. It’s either blessed with a playoff ready roster with the luxury of long-term development, or a bottom feeder with multiple picks, having already scored its marquee prize. As the selection moves closer, the team starts to…

  13. Lakers/Celtics: Which franchise reigns supreme?

    May 30, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

    Lakers fans and Celtics fans do not like each other. True rivals. Some grudging respect through the hate, but both want to take each other out. And both know they are the best franchise in the NBA. PBT’s Kurt Helin (taking the Lakers side)  and Matt Moore ( Celtics) hash the franchise debate out.Kurt Helin:…

  14. NBA finals, Celtics Lakers: 2010 ain't 2008

    May 30, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

    The players are mostly the same. The franchises, the mascots, the colors, the pageantry, the history, the bad blood. All that’s still there. But this finals matchup is uniquely different from 2008 for five reasons. 1. The Lakers are better: When last these two teams met in the finals, the Lakers were less than a…

  15. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 6: Where do the Suns go from here?

    May 30, 2010, 4:56 AM EST

    The thing about the Phoenix mythology? The bird does die again. The Phoenix Suns rose from the ashes this year, returning to the playoffs and not only advancing to the Western Conference Finals, but pushing the Lakers in a competitive series despite their numerous mismatches. So the natural question to ask is “What’s next?” The…

  16. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 6: Is everything else for the Suns gravy?

    May 29, 2010, 5:08 PM EST

    The Suns take the floor tonight for Game 6 versus the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers an underdog. They are considered out-sized, out-talented, and outmatched. But the Suns have shown resiliency in this series, coming back from a dour 0-2 deficit to even the series, then pushing the Lakers to the very wire. The Lakers…

  17. NBA finals: How do the Celtics match up?

    May 29, 2010, 12:24 AM EST

    And lo, I saw green horse, and on them green riders, and their names were the Celtics. And hell followed with them. The Boston Celtics are returning to the NBA finals with a defense of the fiercest machinations, led by veteran stars who are still quite capable of eviscerating a defense. After dispatching the Magic…

  18. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 5: The Celtics are banged up, but not the ones you'd suspect

    May 26, 2010, 11:42 PM EST

    Coming into the playoffs, the big question about the Boston Celtics was health. Would Ray Allen have his legs? Would Paul Pierce’s shoulder and knee respond? Would KG’s knee hold up after giving out last year? The Big Three were the question. And when the Celtics ripped off eleven wins in 14 games, they looked…

  19. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 5: Get ready to hear a lot about Kendrick Perkins and technicals

    May 26, 2010, 11:01 PM EST

    These playoffs had way too little controversy. Luckily, Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals supplied us with all we’re going to be needing for a while. In the first quarter, Paul Pierce drove after a perimeter whistle was called. Gortat double fouled him and sent him to the ground. Kendrick Perkins reached down to…

  20. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 5: Stan Van Gundy has to be willing to gamble

    May 26, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    Once again, Orlando, this is it. You staved off the monster, backing into a cave and swiping at its tentacles, forcing Rajon Rondo to the locker room, forcing Kevin Garnett into tough decisions (other than yelling and barking), and generally didn’t suck. Congratulations. Now you just need to do it three more times in a…

  21. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 4: Magic fight off the icy cold hands of Celtics to stay alive

    May 24, 2010, 11:48 PM EST

    You didn’t think it was gonna be that easy, did you? Actually, for a second there? We all probably did. The Orlando Magic staved off elimination Monday night with a gutsy 96-92 overtime win in Boston, avoiding a sweep and sending the series back to Orlando for Game 5. It was the first time all…

  22. Greg Oden couldn't join his teammates at the game, but could be at the pool

    May 24, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

    You know, it’s rough being Greg Oden. I mean, the guy goes through a lot. He’s constantly compared to one of the greatest players in the NBA, all because he was selected ahead of Durant in the draft (like you’re supposed to be better than the players selected after you, hah!). He deals with more…

  23. Guess which Laker started talking about the NBA Finals already? Go on, guess.

    May 23, 2010, 3:55 PM EST

    If you guessed Andrew Bynum, you’re a winner! On the one hand, Bynum’s completely right to start talking about a Lakers-Celtics Finals. The Lakers easily dispatched the Suns in Games 1 and 2, and the Celtics have taken the Magic out the back door and thrown them in the gutter. So stating the obvious, that…

  24. A.J. Price injures knee, will undergo surgery, out 'a couple of months'

    May 23, 2010, 2:50 PM EST

    So the good news is that there are more embarrassing ways to get injured. Snowboarding. Moped accidents. Slipping in the shower. But A.J. Price, who was coming off a very promising rookie season, has suffered a significant injury doing something which shouldn’t lead to an impact on his career. Price was injured during a celebrity…

  25. NBA Draft: Who's dealing? A look at tradeable picks

    May 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

    A significant side effect of the lottery is that teams who don’t necessarily need or want a nigh impact player at various positions get slotted in draft positions to acquire such a player. It also means that teams see an opportunity to cash in on a high impact young player by moving the pick for…

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