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Rob Mahoney

  1. NBA playoffs: The Dallas Mavericks are setting their phasers to 'kill'

    Apr 15, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    No team in the West has better personnel to better match the Lakers than the Mavs. If you want perimeter defenders with length, Dallas has Shawn Marion, Rodrigue Beaubois, and DeShawn Stevenson. If you want bigs to match up with Pau Gasol and possibly Andrew Bynum, Dallas has Brendan Haywood and Erick Dampier. If you…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Celtics still have championship recipe, even if they have to improvise on ingredients

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    The Celtics won it all two years ago, you know. They were hungrier then, and healthier, too. James Posey-er, even. But that team, with a Rajon Rondo that wasn’t quite this impressive and absolutely depressing depth at center. Paul Pierce was more prolific then, Kevin Garnett was more productive then, Ray Allen was more consistent…

  3. Rod Benson's time with the D-League is over

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Rod Benson is arguably the biggest star in the D-League. He’s not the best player in the league or the most productive, but in terms of organically created stardom from within the minor league system, no player can compare to the man known as Boom Tho. He’s been in the D for four years, and…

  4. Statistical points of comparison for every team in the NBA playoffs

    Apr 14, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Even though the dynamics that make up NBA teams are completely unique based on players, coaches, and the team’s overall season experience, it’s helpful to be able to compare current NBA teams to those past. The ultimate goal, of course, is to determine a team’s probable success (or lack thereof), and Kevin Pelton of Basketball…

  5. Wilson Chandler was never quite healthy, will have another fun-filled surgery

    Apr 14, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Wilson Chandler’s third season in the NBA had a pretty painful opening act; his production was down across the board, and his shooting efficiency in particular — .405 FG% and .308 3FG% in November — dropped off significantly from his breakout 2008-2009 campaign. A big part of that was Chandler’s gradual recovery from off-season ankle…

  6. Debate over resting LeBron nearing new levels of absurdity

    Apr 14, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    LeBron James is the best player on the planet, and as such people really, really like seeing him play. Me too, as I delight in watching basketballing and basketbally things, especially when that basketballing is done by LeBron James. That said, with championship-caliber teams there should be an implicit understanding between franchise and fan: if…

  7. Del Curry not allowed to vote in the Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    The NBA is a family-first organization. So naturally, when Del Curry, former NBAer and current Bobcats broadcaster empowered with an award ballot, had a chance to vote for Steph Curry, his son, as the rookie of the year, they removed his ability to put family first. Hyuk-hyuk-hyuk. From the Associated Press: NBA spokesman Tim Frank…

  8. Surprise, surprise: Larry Brown could be moving on to Philly

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    Oh, Larry Brown. Behind the “right way” philosophy and his “old school” approach is just a tough-love-’em-and-leave-’em kind of guy, content to leave every coaching job before wearing out his welcome and yet somehow, still wear out his welcome. Brown hasn’t even come close during his short time with the Charlotte Bobcats, mostly because he’s…

  9. Zach Randolph wants Pau Gasol money

    Apr 13, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    There’s no denying the fact that Zach Randolph has made a pretty substantial difference in Memphis this year, even if the actual differences in Randolph’s game are anything but. Zeebo’s arrival in Memphis was met with zero expectations, and thus when the Grizzlies experienced an unexpected amount of success this season with Randolph as a…

  10. Kings pick up Paul Westphal's option

    Apr 13, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    One of the most important things in nurturing a group of young players is consistency. They need to know the coaching staff’s expectations and have a chance to grow within them, and coaching changes hinder the ability of players to evolve as a benefit of actual coaching. That’s why the Kings made the right move…

  11. Soon, the Washington Wizards' dream/nightmare will end

    Apr 12, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    The horror story of the Wizards’ season hardly needs to be recanted here, but it’s easy to forget just how weird the post-trade deadline saga has been. Andray Blatche came out of nowhere to put up monster numbers, Josh Howard busted his left knee and was lost for the season, Al Thornton missed seven games…

  12. Stan Van Gundy gives a scouting report on the Cleveland Cavaliers

    Apr 12, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    The relationship between NBA coaches, players, and fans is pretty weird. Hardcore basketball fans, by nature, want to know as much as they possibly can about the game. That includes what they can observe with their own eyes, but so much of what fans want to know comes from within: validated trade talk, coaching philosophies,…

  13. Denver to add Coby Karl for the rest of the season

    Apr 11, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    According to Scott Schroeder, the man, the myth, the legend, and the force behind Ridiculous Upside, the Denver Nuggets will sign 2-guard Coby Karl for the remainder of the year. Karl averaged 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in an abbreviated season with the Idaho Stampede. The Nuggets are facing a lot of questions…

  14. Believe it or not, Hedo Turkoglu could actually be worse next season

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    To begin: it’s not Hedo Turkoglu’s fault that he was overvalued on the free agent market. He’s not to blame for the fact that the Trailblazers and the Raptors wanted to pay him oodles of money to do what he does. Now, what is Hedo’s fault is just how poorly he’s played. Some of that…

  15. A possible hiccup in Greg Oden's recovery

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Greg Oden’s rehabilitation isn’t exactly the most pressing thing on the Blazer agenda right now, but his value to the team long-term should be relatively unquestioned. He’ll likely always have the fact that he’s not Kevin Durant thrown in his face by fans ignorant to Oden’s successes, but Portland clearly values Greg not merely as…

  16. Manu Ginobili nearing a $40 million extension with Spurs

    Apr 7, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    All of the fretting over the Spurs future? All of the debates over Manu Ginobili’s place in the 2010 free agent class? All of the discussion over how much Manu Ginobili is worth? It could all be silenced, because according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Ginobili and the Spurs “are close to reaching an…

  17. No one is happy with the way the Mavs are ending their season…except for Dirk Nowitzki

    Apr 7, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks are struggling right now, and there’s no way around that. The defense performance hasn’t improved with the additions of Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler, Jason Terry and Butler have each had plenty some trouble with their shooting, and the perimeter defense shifts from passable to deplorable. As of now, it’s not even…

  18. Orlando Magic clinch the East's 2nd seed

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks (sans Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby) dropped a game to the Charlotte Bobcats last night, which locked in the Orlando Magic as no. 2 seed in the East. It’s not exactly an unexpected development; the Magic are at least the Eastern Conference’s second best team, and with the way Orlando has played…

  19. Garrett Temple shines, more proof that Spurs know how to pick 'em

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    The Spurs are not an elite teams in the Western Conference, and that, by the standards set in the last ten years, is an aberration. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker have held down that fort for the better part of those ten years, and have done a pretty splendid job doing so. Just…

  20. Devean George wants to re-sign with Golden State, clings for his NBA life

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Devean George is a bad basketball player and the Golden State Warriors are a bad basketball team. A match made in heaven, right? George seems to think so. From Chris Tomasson of FanHouse: “I want to stay here and play under Nellie,” George said before Tuesday’s game at Washington about seeking to remain with Warriors…

  21. Pacers sign Marcus Williams for a test drive

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

    According to Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside, the Indiana Pacers are expected to pick up (the other) Marcus Williams for the remainder of the season. Williams is one of the top wings in the D-League, but this call-up is still a bit of a surprise. For one, the fact that Williams was called up by…

  22. 2010 Free Agency, from LeBron James to Will Bynum

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    So many teams have amassed cap space for the 2010 free agent frenzy, but not everyone can end up with LeBron James. Some team will end up with Josh Howard and Channing Frye instead. I mean, that cap space wasn’t going to spend itself, am I right? For all the fans out there that know…

  23. Shawn Marion's injury could be problematic

    Apr 6, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks’ defense is in trouble, and their inability to get stops is a big reason why they’ve faded since their 13-game winning streak. Brendan Haywood and Erick Dampier have been a bit more up-and-down than Rick Carlisle would like, the rotations have been a step slow, and giving up open shots on the…

  24. Greg Oden's future hinges on questions with no answers

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    Extending anything less than a franchise player type can be a tricky proposition: all of the evidence for the extension is very circumstantial, and the money guaranteed to the player through an extension hinges on an assumption of continued development. Needless to say, not all players continue to make strides in their game after their…

  25. Andray Blatche's triple-double that wasn't

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche’s official stat line from last night’s game against the Nets reads as 20 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists. According to our bizarre fascination and amusement with nice, round numbers, that’s not good enough to be a footnote on Blatche’s career. No triple-double, no dice. Blatche almost locked up the statistical honor twice…

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