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  1. NBA Playoffs: Mavs win with offensive potency despite the absences of Butler and Beaubois

    May 26, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    As the Dallas Mavericks are doused with the effusive praise that comes with being a conference champion, let’s not forget that their incredible accomplishments have come despite their two X-factors watching in suits from the sideline. It’s odd to discuss a team headed to the NBA finals in terms of substantial setbacks, but there’s simply…

  2. Wolves would like to trade No. 2 pick, still get Kanter

    May 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    enes Kanter

    The Minnesota Timberwolves don’t know what they are going to do with the No. 2 pick yet — keep it or trade it. But maybe we know what their dream scenario will be. In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick says this about Minnesota and the No. 2 pick: It should surprise no…

  3. David West has yet to decide if he will opt out

    May 26, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Behind door No. 1, David West has a $7.5 million option to return to the New Orleans Hornets. Behind door No. 2, free agency. Which is a big risk —West was the Hornets leading scorer and due for a big pay increase, but then he blew out his ACL in March. Combine that with the…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Back in sweet home Chicago can Bulls extend series?

    May 26, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In one key way, the Eastern Conference Finals have been a lot like the Western Conference Finals — it has been about the fourth quarter. Miami has turned up the defensive pressure late and the Bulls have wilted in the final stanza. In the fourth quarter of the last three games the Bulls have shot…

  5. Mike Brown can win with Lakers if Kobe buys in

    May 26, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    Mike Brown was hired because he was not Phil Jackson. That’s not all of it — all accounts around the league are that Mike Brown gives good job interview, and his defense-first philosophy is a good fit — but not being part of the Phil Jackson coaching tree mattered. This was Jim Buss’ move to…

  6. Thursday morning one liners

    May 26, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka

    What is wrong with the Thunder’s offense in video form — no movement off the ball. That is one thing they have to change going forward. Derrick Rose recanted his PEDs comments from the other day, but that doesn’t mean the story should really go away. The idea that an NBA player may be taking designer…

  7. Barkley says Nike overprotective of LeBron James

    May 26, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    In the ongoing feud between Charles Barkley and all things Miami Heat, Barkley has now drawn Nike into the fight. Not that he’s wrong. In the wake of fans chanting things at Barkley on the set and him responding with a finger gesture (a version of “you’re number one”), then Dwyane Wade backing the fans,…

  8. Mike Miller playing through physical, emotional pain

    May 26, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    Mike Miller is going to be a big key for the Miami Heat come the NBA finals. Even in trying to close out the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 Thursday night. But it’s not going to be easy for him, physically or emotionally. Physically, Miller is playing through a ruptured tendon in his left thumb,…

  9. Video: Hustle plays help Mavericks seal victory

    May 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    It was like this all series. In the big moments at the end of games, Dallas would make the play. The Thunder would not be able to execute. Nothing summed that up better than one play late in Game 5. The play had good defense by Dallas, questionable decision making by the Thunder and eventually…

  10. Stephen Curry has surgery on right ankle

    May 26, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry was battling ankle issues at the end of the season. And those can linger — once the ligaments stretch out in an ankle they can take a long time to get right and it’s easy to aggravate the injury. So Curry had surgery to tighten up his ankle ligaments, according to Matt Steinmetz…

  11. Dallas gets to sit back and relax… but don’t expect rust

    May 26, 2011, 2:42 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Dallas now has some time to put its feet up and relax after polishing off the Thunder 100-96 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. They’ve got a wait ahead of them. At least until next Tuesday (if Miami wins on Thursday night), maybe until June 2 (if Chicago wins). Either way, nearly a…

  12. Kevin Durant ‘not happy at all’ with Dirk Nowitzki’s success at his expense

    May 26, 2011, 2:01 AM EDT

    durant-presser

    The Mavericks finished the job on Wednesday, coming from behind late for the second straight game to advance to the NBA Finals.  The Thunder’s season came to an end, but it was much more due to the fantastic play of Dirk Nowitzki than it was due to any shortfalls in play from Kevin Durant. The…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Fittingly Mavericks’ execution sends them to finals

    May 26, 2011, 12:56 AM EDT

    Mavericks' players celebrate against the Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    It was fitting. Maybe it was the only way it could be, with Dallas coming from behind again. Game 5 was a microcosm of the four before it in the Western Conference finals. Oklahoma City came out and played with energy and passion. Their amazing athleticism caused problems for Dallas, but the Mavericks countered with…

  14. Quote of the Day: Celtics owner not a Heat fan

    May 25, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James and Chris Boch react towards the end of the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    “I am watching this year because I want Miami to lose so badly. I’m rooting hard against the Heat.” —Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, on WEEI radio in Boston, talking about if he is still watching the playoffs now that the Celtics are out of it. See, a lot of you do have something in common with…

  15. Video: The Crossover

    May 25, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

    jordan iverson

    Just a fantastic video from the people at the New York Times today, breaking down the history of the crossover dribble. This is basically a documentary on the move, going back to Georgetown where Allen Iverson learned the move and tracing it forward to today and what Dwyane Wade and other do with the move. It’s…

  16. Bargnani wouldn’t mind playing somewhere warmer

    May 25, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    UPDATE 7:11 pm: Andrea Bargnani released a statement Wednesday to clarify his comments. Here it is (via the fantastic Holly McKenzie at The Score), you can make of it what you will. “I wish to personally clarify and correct an inaccurate portrayal of my words that recently appeared in the media. Much of what I…

  17. LeBron, Mo Williams say Lakers got good coach

    May 25, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    While Lakers fans are still trying to talk themselves into Mike Brown being a good fit as the Los Angeles coach, his former players are trying to tell them the franchise is in good hands. This is what he said to NBA.com. “If it’s true, when it’s official,” James said, “I think the Lakers got…

  18. It’s official: Mike Brown is your new Lakers coach

    May 25, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers

    UPDATE 6:19 pm: The Lakers have released an official statement on Mike Brown. “In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him. In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Thunder have fight in them, is that enough?

    May 25, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Mavericks' Nowitzki celebrates near Thunder's Westbrook during NBA Western Conference Final playoff in Oklahoma City

    Do not question the toughness of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Don’t question their heart. No doubt the collapse at the end of Game 4 Monday was ugly, but it was not about toughness. You don’t reach the Western Conference Finals with all your key players 22 or younger without being tough. Without heart. You can…

  20. Shawn Marion wants a reality show, because of course he does

    May 25, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion fashion photo

    Courtesy of the upstanding citizens at TMZ: Dallas Mavericks star Shawn Marion is gonna be busy next month — because we’re told, he’s shooting a pilot for a reality TV show … right around the same time the Mavs crush Miami in the NBA finals (if there is a God). It’s tentatively called “The Ladies in My Life”…

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