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  1. Steve Nash is less than heartbroken at Phil Jackson's disapproval

    May 15, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Earlier, Phil Jackson decided to go ahead and get his shots in at Steve Nash, talking about arguably the best point guard in the league as if he were simply skirting the rules by carrying the ball consistently. Because, you know, whatever advantage you can get, you should get when you only have the best…

  2. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: The lineups and how they lineup

    May 15, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    So there’s a million lines of context to the Conference Finals. And we can and will discuss the intricacies of each one-on-one matchup. But what are some of the more distinct, specific elements of each team’s lineups? We decided to take a look. First, how did things shake out in the four regular season meetings…

  3. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: The Rasheed Wallace Russian Roulette

    May 15, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    So here’s one. Rasheed Wallace is in his 14th consecutive playoff run. He’s made the playoffs every single year after his rookie season. That’s incredible. For  a guy routinely criticized for not wanting it badly enough, to make the playoffs every single year is kind of a big deal. But what he did in the…

  4. Nets move to Newark may actually help with a free agent: Shaq

    May 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    When the Nets announced a relocation to the Prudential Center, it was largely seen as an addition by subtraction. You subtract the IZOD Center and you add an arena that isn’t referred to as something resembling a trash compactor. But other than that, there wasn’t much to get excited about in a relocation to the…

  5. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: Stan Van Gundy believes giving valor to the victor

    May 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ours is not a very positive society, in terms of the media, in case you haven’t noticed. So when the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated by the Boston Celtics, the turn from all over, including from this blog, revolved around the failure of LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and James’ legacy. As a side note, oh,…

  6. The economic impact of LeBron James' free agency

    May 15, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Some people think the estimated impact of LeBron James’ free agency is overblown. After all, it’s just one guy, with no rings, switching teams like free agents often do. But there are are further implications, including economic impacts. The Media Daily News outlines the impact on MSG’s stock if James were to elect to don…

  7. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 1: It's in the league's best interest to reel Phil Jackson in

    May 15, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    It seems like a fun little sideshow, doesn’t it? The grizzled veteran coach, waxing basketball philosophic and occasionally using his razor-sharp wit to jab at other players and the officials. A basketball legend using the media to gain as much leverage over the calls as he can get. It’s a charming story. And it’s got…

  8. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: Celtics overwhelm meek Cavs to advance to Eastern Finals

    May 13, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    And so it ends. The number one seed in the East. The number one seed in the NBA. The title favorite, again. The MVP. Cleveland’s best chance for redemption. Swept away in a green tidal wave of Celtic pride. The Boston Celtics out-executed the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals because…

  9. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: Celtics have a Magic reason to close out

    May 13, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    The Boston Celtics believe they’re the best team in basketball. That doesn’t really make them any different than any of the other teams left in the playoffs, save the Phoenix Suns (The Phoenix Suns: our NBA Playoffs Mickey and Mallory). But one thing they do know in the back of their heads is that a…

  10. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: The LeBron referendum

    May 13, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Usually when a sportswriter makes the statement “Game X is the most important game of Player X’s career” it belies a rather pathetic lack of imagination and a pandering to traditional cliched writing. Every playoff game is the most important one, because every one could end up defining his career. What do people remember more,…

  11. NBA Playoffs Celtics Cavs Game 5: Let's not overlook the return of the Celtics' horsemen

    May 12, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    I understand the reaction. I had the same. Shock. Disappointment. Disbelief. It’s not about who you root for. LeBron James performing at a high level? It’s good for the NBA. It’s good for the playoffs. It’s good for the sport. And his monumental failure last night left a lot of basketball fans feeling betrayed, and…

  12. NBA Playoffs Celtics Cavs Game 5: Celtics dominate as LeBron James fails in the big time

    May 11, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    If it’s true that the sports Gods hate the city of Cleveland, Ohio, tonight was an especially delectable act of maliciousness by the deities. The Boston Celtics walked into Cleveland, dragged the Cleveland Cavaliers outside, and executed them as if they were a lottery team, 120-88. LeBron James had 15 points on only 3 of…

  13. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 4: Rajon Rondo puts on a show while LeBron James doth defer too much

    May 9, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    We finally got a close one. And the Celtics finally have a hero besides Rajon Rondo. Tony Allen came in and played a huge game for the Celtics, who evened the series at 2-2 after a 97-87 win in Boston. Allen had 18 points off the bench and finished consistently off Rajon Rondo’s drive and…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Shaq, Duncan, Kobe, and the one for the thumb

    May 9, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    At Spurs blog Pounding the Rock, a discussion for today’s Game 4 centers around a plea from a fan to not allow the Spurs’ dynasty to die. But a line caught my eye. “I don’t want it to be over. I so desperately want to see Tim (Duncan) get his fifth ring (before Shaq, before…

  15. NBA Playoffs Jazz Lakers: Carlos Boozer, the 75% All-Star

    May 9, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer has been a staple in Utah. The main frontcourt player. The big free agent brought in to lead them to prominence. Boozer regressed considerably last year, and looked very much expendable, prompting the Jazz to sign Paul Millsap to a longterm extension. Then, Boozer miraculously responded! Posted near career numbers! In no way,…

  16. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 4: The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning

    May 9, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Look, there’s two ways this can go. If the Cavs come out and blow doors off hinges and win this game, the series is essentially over. Boston’s veteran crew knows better than to waste valuable vacation days, no matter what cliches they throw out about taking it one game at a time. or, Boston can…

  17. NBA Playoffs Hawks Magic Game 3: So, Mike Woodson's probably done

    May 9, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The story’s the same, be it from Chris Sheridan or Tim Povtak. Yesterday was likely a must-win for Mike Woodson to keep his job. Yeah, 50 wins, playoffs the last three years, significant progress, down the tubes. Because after yesterday’s embarrassing 30 point loss to the Magic, that’ll pretty much be a wrap on Woodson…

  18. Raptors GM Colangelo on the hot seat?

    May 8, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bryan Colangelo was considered a can’t miss GM when the Raptors hired him, coming from the Suns who he helped build into a playoffs, if not championship, juggernaut. But things haven’t gone so well north of the border, as the team actually seems to have regressed significantly since losing to the Magic in 2008. And…

  19. Amar'e Stoudemire is earning the money Chris Bosh wants

    May 8, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Not going to lie, people. Between the earthquakes, floods, financial crises, the Suns being the stodgy, deep, rebounding team whipping the Spurs and Amar’e Stoudemire being the mature playoff performer while Chris Bosh acts out, I’m pretty sure the end is nigh. Seriously, where are we? While Chris Bosh is messing with Toronto fans’ souls…

  20. NBA Playoffs Hawks Magic Game 3: This is Joe Johnson's defining moment

    May 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson has always been better than people have thought he was and never as good as he thought he was. Today is likely to be a significant moment of examination in his career. Johnson will opt-out this summer and join the greatest free agency class ever, and will likely end up as the best…

  21. Chuck Hayes will remain a Rocket

    May 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    The smallest center in the league will not be going anywhere this summer. Chuck Hayes, who this year turned himself into one of the most acclaimed defensive centers despite only being listed at 6-6, will be retained by the Rockets, according to the Houston Chronicle. Hayes is one of the icons of the Morey APBRMetric…

  22. Tony Parker to have MRI on injured shoulder

    May 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tony Parker had a pretty bad night last night. Losing to go down 0-3 to the Suns who the Spurs have traditionally owned, getting limited by Goran Dragic’ defense and watching the young Slovenian shred him and the rest of his team for 23 points in the fourth quarter. Oh, yeah, and he hurt his…

  23. Sixers interested in Thunder Dan for head coach

    May 8, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    The Sixers are certainly doing their homework. The Sixers have brought in just about every candidate you can think of to interview for their head coaching position left vacant after the firing of Eddie Jordan. Avery Johnson, Doug Collins, and Mark Jackson (who withdrew his name) are just a few of the names on the…

  24. Last Night in the Playoffs: Classic defenses torn asunder

    May 8, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    For the past three seasons, the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics have been pillars of defensive excellence in the NBA. They’ve consistently managed to find victory by shutting down their opponent. The blueprint was always the same. Consistent terrific help on any perimeter penetration, effective, smothering doubles on post-players, and a persistent maintenance…

  25. NBA Playoffs Suns Spurs Game 3: Goran Dragic just happened

    May 8, 2010, 12:43 AM EDT

    No one saw this coming. Goran Dragic went absolutely nova in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, destroying the vaunted Spurs’ defense in route to a 110-96 win for the Suns in Game 3 Friday night. The Phoenix Suns, with all their tortured history against this team, with…

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