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Rob Mahoney

  1. NBA Playoffs: Bulls fight valiantly, but the Cavs are still the Cavs

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:08 AM EDT

    The Chicago Bulls were neither deep enough nor talented enough to pose much of a threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they competed. They worked defensively and made things as difficult as they could for LeBron and co., but facing an opponent with so many scoring options and such chemistry ultimately proved to be too…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Robin Lopez inches toward his return

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    It’s been obvious for some time now that Robin Lopez is quite important to the Phoenix Suns, but he’s even more so after the Suns took a 3-2 series lead over the Blazers last night. With just one win between Phoenix from the second round of the playoffs, I think it’s a bit natural to…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Phoenix and Portland are finding a stylistic middle ground

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trailblazers are stylistic opposites, and it’s been largely assumed that the winner of the series will be the team that can assert their own stylistic preference on their opponent; if the Suns can make the Blazers run, Phoenix would seem to have the advantage, and if the Blazers can…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Carmelo Anthony's success puts him in a strangely familiar place

    Apr 26, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    In four games against the Utah Jazz in this year’s playoffs, Carmelo Anthony is averaging 34.5 points per game while shooting 52.6% from the field and grabbing seven rebounds a night. Yet his Denver Nuggets trail the Jazz 1-3 in the series after another loss last night, and Anthony’s 39-point, 11-rebound performance (though with nine…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Close wins are good enough for the Spurs, who are finding new and exciting ways to best the Mavs

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

    When they entered the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs were not considered a championship contender. Their late season success was chalked up as something of an aberration, and though many picked them to ‘upset’ the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, that’s not exactly the same as declaring the Spurs fit to…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Dwyane Wade isn't quite ready for his season to be over, goes bonkers in the fourth to down the Celtics in Game 4

    Apr 25, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade had six turnovers, missed eight shots, and botched five free throws in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics. Other than that, he could do no wrong. An enormously impressive 46-point, five-rebound, five-assist performance stands testament to that, and Wade’s performance was capped off brilliantly by scoring 17 of Miami’s 30 points in the…

  7. NBA Playoffs: The Spurs take another close game against the Mavs, heap all the pressure onto Dallas

    Apr 24, 2010, 2:26 AM EDT

    The last two games have represented a phenomenal opportunity for the Dallas Mavericks: rather than the 1-2 deficit they now face, the Mavs could very well have been blocking off travel dates for the second round as the proud owners of a 3-0 series lead. Instead, the San Antonio Spurs showed in both games what…

  8. Ginobili plans to sit out FIBA World Championships this summer

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    In a bit of a blow to the entertainment value of the FIBA World Championships taking place in Turkey this summer, Manu Ginobili announced through La Nacion that he will not be competing with Argentina’s national team in the Championships this year. According to Cronica Online (bring along your old pal Google Translate if you…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Bulls rode strong start and hung on for dear life to beat the Cavs in Game 3

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    Winning Game 3 wasn’t going to convince anyone that Chicago will win the series, but this game was huge. The Bulls sprinted out to an early double-digit lead behind a huge opening frame from Derrick Rose (15 in the first quarter alone on 6-of-8 shooting; he finished with 31 points on 26 shots, seven assists,…

  10. Ref Steve Javie oddly absent from the playoffs

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Officiating in the NBA is an impossible task, and referees who are able to earn respect are generally seen in one of two ways: Opportunists whose mediocrity is rewarded by how many referees fail to do the impossible.  Legitimately good at what they do, even if there’s a certain futility to it. For Steve Javie,…

  11. Late-game fouling dilemma less of a dilemma than you'd think

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

    Your team is up three points, and the other team has the ball with just seconds remaining in the game. There’s long been debate over the proper course of action: should a team foul to preemptively stop a game-tying three, or play honest defense and pray the ball doesn’t find the net? Jonathan Abrams of…

  12. Gregg Popovich finds delicious, barbecued love in Mark Cuban's hate

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    Though Mavs and Spurs fans may hate each other, I’ve honestly never had the impression that the Mavs and the Spurs themselves hate each other. Manu Ginobili can get under anyone’s skin and Jason Terry’s in-game yapping and posturing is sure to drive some opponents batty, but Mavs-Spurs seems predicated more on mutual respect than…

  13. Grant Hill is a defensive stopper. I repeat, Grant Hill is a defensive stopper.

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    As Matt Moore mentioned in our recap of Suns-Blazers Part Deux, the most compelling part of the Suns’ adjustments to topple the Blazers was Alvin Gentry’s decision to drape Grant Hill on Andre Miller. Jason Richardson had primary Miller duties for most of Game 1, but obviously wasn’t too successful: ‘Dre dropped 31 points and…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Vince Carter's shot selection not the problem in Game 1 against Charlotte

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    There are players in this league for whom there is some sort of general consensus. LeBron James is the MVP, Tim Duncan is awesome (but not as awesome as he used to be), Tracy McGrady is not very good. We may not agree on the specifics of those general classifications, but I would say that…

  15. Alvin Gentry, Steve Kerr, and the power of expectation

    Apr 20, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Since the Shaq flub, Steve Kerr’s work as the GM/President of Basketball Ops of the Phoenix Suns has been understated but effective. He flipped Boris Diaw for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley. He drafted Robin Lopez, who was quickly disregarded as an NBA talent but has made a legitimate impact this season. He acquired Goran…

  16. Unsurprisingly, Mike Harris named D-League MVP

    Apr 20, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    According to a release (via Ridiculous Upside) that was necessary only in formalizing an already anticipated declaration, Mike Harris was named the MVP of the D-League this season. Harris has been dynamite for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season, and he averaged 27.1 points (on 58 percent shooting), 10.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.2…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Bobcats lost game one, but won matchup against Dwight Howard

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard had a rough game against the Charlotte Bobcats to kick-start Orlando’s playoff run, even if his defense met his own unusually high standards. Howard finished with just five points and seven rebounds to go along with his nine blocks, in a performance that seems easily attributable to the Bobcats’ stellar team defense. Charlotte…

  18. NBA Playoffs: George Hill insists ankle was fine despite limited playing time last night

    Apr 19, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    George Hill started last night’s game in place of Tony Parker, but was scoreless in 18 minutes of action with three rebounds and two turnovers. Not the kind of play Gregg Popovich liked to see out of the player widely deemed to be the Spurs’ x-factor, and Pop let him know it the best way…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Mavs and Spurs deliver as promised, but Dallas draws first blood

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:40 AM EDT

    Dallas and San Antonio both played well but not perfectly. That said, the most important word in that sentence is both, as every terrific performance was countered and every sloppy play met with another by the opposition. It was a game of brilliant, beautiful, and flawed (but balanced in its flaws) basketball, and we shouldn’t…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Mavs and Spurs to embark on a journey for the ages

    Apr 18, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    It’s usually not a good idea to over-hype a series, because the practice can only backfire. A great playoff series will organically drum up interest, as NBA fans are drawn to good, competitive games. So those series’ don’t really need help on the front. If a series isn’t so great? Well, then hot air, hot…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Zone defense ain't no thing, Cavs coast to a Game 1 win over Bulls

    Apr 17, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    Let’s not pretend that the Bulls’ performance in this game was somehow significant; after building an early double-digit lead, the Cavs worked, and held, and coasted, until a temporary hiccup against the Bulls’ zone defense made this game a bit closer than it should have been. Does that mean Chicago is somehow going to make…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers set to dominate, so enjoy the Bulls while you can

    Apr 17, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    What do the Chicago Bulls need to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers? A miracle. Hijinx. Steroids. Food poisoning for LeBron. Flubber. Possession by a basketball-playing demon. Stink bombs in the Cavs’ locker room. A magic lamp. Oh, and on top of all that, they need to play nearly perfect basketball from top to bottom. Honestly, if…

  23. NBA playoffs: East difference-makers could be the change they wish to see in the world

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    While the Eastern Conference playoffs may lack the volatility of the West in the first round, there are still all kinds of characters scrambling about looking to cause mayhem. There’s something to be said about being in a series with no expectations, and underdogs looking to seize the moment can have a field day if…

  24. Phoenix Suns could be next to board the D-League gravy train

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Suns are interested in creating a new D-League team to operate out of Prescott Valley, AZ. That’s a big move in itself, and a signal of just how far the D-League has come this season. Having the resources to develop players on the minor league…

  25. In a shocking development, Stan Van Gundy says something positive about the Magic

    Apr 15, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    NBA players and coaches balance each other out incredibly well: most players have found success because of their confidence in themselves and their team, and most coaches have found success because of their bottomless desire to nitpick and fine-tune. It’s the yin and yang that makes professional sports go. Stan Van Gundy may be a…

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