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Rob Mahoney

  1. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 2: Ron Artest still fighting the ghost of Trevor Ariza

    May 20, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    As long as Ron Artest remains a Laker, he will be compared to Trevor Ariza. The circumstances that allowed for the addition of Artest and Ariza’s departure just fit together too conveniently, and considering the similar spaces and roles they’ve occupied within the Laker offense. Artest apparently isn’t too keen on the comparison. From Dave…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 2: Showcasing the impressive, empowered, and balanced Laker offense

    May 20, 2010, 3:31 AM EDT

    After the Lakers’ dominant performance in Game 1, Alvin Gentry wisely noted that “[the Suns] can survive a Kobe game, but [they] can’t survive a Lamar game, and then Pau playing extremely well, and then Jordan Farmar really coming in and having a solid game and then Artest playing the way he is.” He was…

  3. NBA Draft: John Wall seems sold on the Wizards, but he'll have to sell the team to free agents

    May 19, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The 2009-2010 season was a dream campaign for the Washington Wizards. Just, y’know, one of those dreams where you keep falling and falling without salvation or even resolution. The problems just kept on coming, and while things didn’t necessarily get progressively worse over the course of the season, the sustained funk that surrounded the Wiz…

  4. NBA Draft: Evan Turner could work with Andre Iguodala, not against him

    May 19, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    Now that the Sixers hold the No. 2 pick in the draft, they have all kinds of options. Maybe Ed Stefanski will cash in on the pick’s value now, trade it, and get back a proven commodity that can make an immediate impact while dumping Elton Brand’s salary. Maybe Stefanski sees Turner as a franchise…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Celtics v. Magic Game 2: Paul Pierce's Twitter account and good times on the internet

    May 19, 2010, 1:55 AM EDT

    UPDATE 1:54 AM: It’s been confirmed by Athlete Interactive, the firm behind Pierce’s Twitter account and other digital media, that Paul’s account has been hacked. Paul Pierce’s Twitter account, @paulpierce34, has been verified for authenticity to give his followers the assurance that the feed is, in fact, legitimate. There’s no guarantee that Pierce is the…

  6. NBA draft lottery: Evan Turner is quite the consolation prize

    May 18, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT

    One very happy team is going to walk away with John Wall in their pocket tonight. All eyes will be on the franchise that drafts the fantastic Kentucky point guard, as Wall’s brilliance and style have always demanded that all eyes are on him. Another team, however, will be quietly snickering in the wings, as…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Magic v. Celtics Game 2: Orlando can't just be different, they have to be better

    May 18, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    The Magic made a ridiculous comeback to make the finale of Game of the Eastern Conference Finals more competitive than the bulk of the game, but Orlando still dropped home court advantage and played anything but an impressive game. A Magic team that had been completely untouchable in the playoffs prior to this series now…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 1: Everything's coming up Lakers

    May 18, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

    Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals made one thing abundantly clear: unless the Suns are able to come up with some truly remarkable performances, the Lakers will win this series. L.A. is so talented and so long that they’ll receive the benefit of the doubt in almost every regard, and barring a transcendent performance…

  9. 2010 NBA draft: How John Wall could change the world for one lucky lottery team

    May 17, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Your top overall pick in the 2010 draft will almost certainly be Kentucky’s John Wall, the tremendously athletic, do-it-all point guard. The guy makes beautiful YouTube highlight reels in his sleep for god’s sake, and aside from an in-development three-point stroke, is anything you could ever want from a point guard coming out of college.…

  10. Kris Humphries will probably hang with the Nets, soak up some cap space

    May 14, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    While the Knicks have the glitz and glamor of Madison Square Garden, the Nets have undoubtedly the brighter future given each team’s current assets. For the price of Eddy Curry ($11.3 million in 2010-2011), New Jersey has both Devin Harris ($9.0 mil) and Brook Lopez ($2.4 mil). They have Courtney Lee, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Terrence Williams,…

  11. Does being in foul trouble really merit a substitution?

    May 14, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Among the most sacred truisms in basketball is the concept of “foul trouble”; head coaches yank players out of the game without compromise and regardless of import due to the number of fouls the player has acquired relative to how much time is left in the game. Two fouls in the first quarter? Benched. Three…

  12. Another surgery for Kelenna Azubuike

    May 14, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

    The Golden State Warriors’ — remember them? — myriad injuries this season may have been the central mechanism for the D-League’s incredible success in ’09-’10, but they also denied us the privilege of watching a few interesting players do their thing. Kelenna Azubuike is one of those guys. ‘Buike may not be incredibly dynamic, tremendously…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Cavs v. Celtics Game 6: Shaq identifies the elephant in the room, but that doesn't make it disappear

    May 13, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    LeBron James blew it big time on Tuesday, and tonight will be his chance to redeem himself. That wasn’t the only storyline from Game 5 though, as the Cavs struggled in just about every way possible to keep pace with an awfully impressive Celtics team. The problem with James’ particularly woeful performance was that in…

  14. Coach K is willing to cut Team USA's stars a little slack this summer

    May 13, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

    As it turns out, some NBA players aren’t quite as gung-ho about the possibility of playing in this summer’s FIBA World Championships as they were about representing their country in the Olympics. I’m not sure if that’s because the novelty wore off when America’s basketballing name was restored in ’08 or just because the circumstances…

  15. Dan Majerle sees the Sixers as a run-and-gun team

    May 13, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    Dan Majerle, along with Doug Collins, Avery Johnson, Gordon Bombay, and the entirety of free agent coaches across all sports everywhere, is considered a candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers opening. There is value in being thorough, and the Sixers are nothing if not that in their search. The factors that are going to separate one…

  16. The scheduling powers that be have put the Western Conference Finals in cryostasis

    May 12, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    The NBA doesn’t care about you. It doesn’t care that you’ve become accustomed to a certain standard of basketball living in the playoffs, and that your week is built around the usual nightly postseason fare. That’s why rather than schedule the Western Conference Finals to start at the tail end of this weak while the…

  17. Nets wisely waiting until after the lottery to sign their next head coach

    May 12, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    Though I’m sure all of the ’08-’09 Nets are eager to erase any and all semblances of the nightmare season that was, they’ll have to wait just a bit longer before the new coaching regime can officially begin. According to Al Iannazzone of NorthJersey.com, Rod Thorn hasn’t even spoken to the coaching candidates already with…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Ray Allen steadily increasing his free agent value

    May 12, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Let’s keep it simple, for starters: Ray Allen is old. Soon to be 35-years-old, in fact. That means that when Allen enters free agency this summer, a number of teams will see him as a bit too much the elder statesman to be part of their rebuilding projects, and a few quasi-contenders may also take…

  19. Understanding the intricacies of LeBron's Game 5 letdown

    May 12, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    LeBron James had a rough Tuesday night. He shot 3-of-14 from the field as his team struggled to escape from under the heel of the Boston Celtics. Cleveland lost by 32 points on their home court, and when that happens to the best team in the league (record-wise, at least) boasting the best player in…

  20. Wesley Matthews is going to get paid by somebody, but will it be the Jazz?

    May 11, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Life’s not all that easy for undrafted players in the NBA, who typically have to fight and claw just to find a place on a roster. That wasn’t the case for Wesley Matthews, who was fortunate enough to be signed by the Jazz after spending four years playing for Marquette. It didn’t take a trip…

  21. NBA Playoffs, Magic v. Hawks: Orlando has been obscenely dominant

    May 11, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    The second round series between Orlando and Atlanta wasn’t expected to be terribly competitive, but the Hawks managed to surprise us all by…well, being even less competitive than expected. Not only could they not get a single victory in the series, but due to effort and execution issues from just about every Hawk, they were…

  22. Quote of the day, Antawn Jamison still not quite used to being a Cavalier

    May 11, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    “It’s kind of awkward, seeing my name in the wine and gold and Cleveland.” –Antawn Jamison, on how it feels to play for the Cavs in the playoffs after battling Cleveland so many times as a Wizard (via Michael Lee of the Washington Post). Jamison, of course, goes on to express how thankful he is…

  23. Raja Bell names Miami as his fairest free agent destination of them all

    May 11, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Due to a troublesome left wrist injury, Raja Bell has largely stayed off of NBA radar this year. Then again, it’s tough to say how how prevalent a blip on the radar screen Bell would have been even if he had played. Though once regarded as a lockdown defender, Bell’s lateral movement had already begun…

  24. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: The incredible, invisible Antonio McDyess

    May 10, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    What’s so remarkable about the playoffs is how quickly things can change for any one team. The Suns, who at one point struggled to keep pace with the injury-riddled Blazers, now look like a dominant playoff team. The nature of playoff match-ups change everything. Players, strategies, and specific styles can expose weaknesses in opponents or…

  25. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Should Nash's performance be immortalized?

    May 10, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    For the majority of the NBA year, injuries are temporary roadblocks. They’re set-backs that while inconvenient or possibly crippling, are mostly considered to be minor negative obstacles. There are overreactions to a foot injury here or a knee injury there, but for the most part they are self-contained, isolated events that create a bit of…

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