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  1. What ankle problems? Ray Allen plays 46 minutes, looks good

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    At the start of the Eastern Conference finals, Ray Allen was moving around the court like Betty White. Battling bone spurs in his ankles, he wasn’t moving crisply to get open and when he did get a look there was no lift in his legs and shots clanged off the rim. He was even missing…

  2. Report: Heat to activate Chris Bosh for Game 5

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward Bosh stands near bench during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    Miami has sorely missed Chris Bosh. They could use his size on defense to create problems for Kevin Garnett. Their pick-and-roll desperately misses him because right now nobody respects the pick setter, everyone can focus on Dwyane Wade or LeBron James. But Miami may not have to wait much longer. There is a report that…

  3. Celtics-Heat Game 4: Boston out executes Heat, evens series 2-2

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Boston owned the first half with a sharp offense. Miami played defense for the first time since their plane landed in Boston in the second half and tied it up. But with everything on the line at the end of the game and in overtime it came down to execution, and the veteran Celtics were…

  4. Celtics-Heat Game 4: Rajon Rondo punks Heat in halftime interview on whining about officiating

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

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    Rajon Rondo, after dropping 10 assists in the first half of the Celtics’ Game 4 win over the Heat, spoke to ESPN reporter Doris Burke for the standard halftime interview. And took a shot at the Heat right off the bat.  “They’re complaining and crying to referees in transition.” That’s pretty succinct.  Rondo’s correct in…

  5. When the process matters: Why Charlotte should trade the No.2 pick

    Jun 3, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s start off with some instant rebuttal to the premature outcry that headline above is going to muster. First, the basics. The Charlotte Bobcats, in a continuing pattern regarding their awful, horrendous, terrible franchise history, lost the lottery’s No.1 pick despite a 1-in-4 chance to land Anthony Davis. The Bobcats are an awful, awful basketball…

  6. The Bulls, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, and walking the walk vs. talking the talk

    Jun 3, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    See, here’s the problem with the superstar team-up era. The Chicago Bulls have put together a team that features a perennial MVP candidate at 23, an All-Star wing defender who can shoot, a hyper-active emotional powderkeg with some offensive skills built in at seven-feet, a deep bench, some microwave scorers… and Carlos Boozer. (No one’s…

  7. Blazers may just decide to make interim coach, GM permanent

    Jun 3, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    chad buchanan

    Portland’s year-long, on-and-off search for a GM has been as tidy and clean as a home on Hoarders. It’s a mess. And after all that it may end up falling back to the guy who has been doing the job the whole time — Chad Buchanan. The “interim” guy who has rocked the job while…

  8. Celtics-Heat Game 4: The bizarre development of the Boston offensive juggernaut

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It makes no sense, you understand. We’re talking about throwing away not just the stats, forget the stats. We’ve seen it. We’ve seen the Boston offense not only struggle, but look absolutely apoplectic for six months. That Sixers series was something out of a Rob Zombie film on offense. It wasn’t just gross, it was…

  9. Report: Suns have interest in Alonzo Gee

    Jun 3, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Manny Harris, Samardo Samuels, Jamario Moon, Alonzo Gee, Ramon Sessions

    Alonzo Gee is what you might call a value free-agent this summer. The Cavs forward has athleticism, youth on his side, a versatile skill-set, and strong upside. But he hasn’t played well enough or under a big enough microscope to carry with him serious buzz. So teams are going to get their shot at making…

  10. Celtics-Heat Game 4: Chris Bosh still out

    Jun 3, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Same story, different day. Chris Bosh will not be riding to the rescue of the Miami Heat as they try and put the chokehold on the Celtics in Game 4 in Boston.ESPN reports: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday that Bosh won’t play Sunday and reiterated the All-Star forward has not yet advanced far enough…

  11. Quote of the Day: Pop was there, he saw it.

    Jun 3, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Thunder, Spurs, Tim Dunan

    Reporter: “It seemed like [Durant] took over.” Popovich: “It didn’t ‘seem’ like that. That was a fact. I was there. I saw it. He was great.” — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 3, 2012 And that’s why Pop’s the best. Durant’s performance in Game 4 was not the first dominant performance Popovich has seen in the…

  12. Spurs need Duncan to step up if they want to reach the Finals

    Jun 3, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

    timmy-game-4

    Tim Duncan‘s legacy is largely beyond reproach. The man has four NBA titles to his name, is one of the two greatest players of his generation, and just recently became the all-time playoff leader in blocked shots. And yet, his play in the Western Conference Finals hasn’t been all that special. Duncan will get a…

  13. Thunder even Western Conference finals with Game 4 win over Spurs

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

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    The reason that home-court advantage makes a difference in the NBA postseason is because of the fact that the role-players, bench guys, or simply lesser-known producers tend to play above their average capabilities with the home crowd behind them. That was certainly the case in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, where the…

  14. Report: Suns to pursue Deron Williams. What, is Magic Johnson unavailable?

    Jun 2, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    The New York Daily News reports that if Steve Nash leaves the Suns in free agency, the Suns will make a bid for Deron Williams. “If they lose Steve, then they plan to go after Deron, hard,” said a person with knowledge of the Suns’ plans. “They know he loves golf and they’re going to…

  15. Video: This should get you suitably excited for Thunder-Spurs Game 4

    Jun 2, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    No words necessary. Get your popcorn. Via @calebjsaenz on Twitter.

  16. Celtics-Heat Game 4: Celtics can survive a LeBron onslaught, can Heat survive another Rondomination?

    Jun 2, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Here’s the secret to this series, and the Celtics’ postseason in general. Kevin Garnett getting points off the pick and pop and in the post over Ronny Turiaf and yelling and barking and cursing is nice. Paul Pierce getting an inefficient number of points per FGA is fine. Ray Allen hitting some in-between freezeouts is…

  17. LaMarcus Aldridge was hospitalized with deadly blood virus

    Jun 2, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    This is scary. As Kevin Garnett would say, “really [expletive] scary.” Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge found himself in the hospital this week with a potentially deadly blood virus. He wrote about it in his blog on trailblazers.com (hat tip to Blazers Edge). On Saturday I came down with a blood virus. I quickly…

  18. Report: Warriors targeting Iguodala, Gay, Granger, unicorns, hippogriffs

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The Warriors at this point might as well put up a big neon sign outside their offices that read “TRADE MARKET FLEA SALE TODAY!” Ever since they went into tank mode, they have made it known that their players are available for trade and that they want a small forward in return. And by landing…

  19. The New Orleans Hornets and a matter of serendipity, not conspiracy

    Jun 2, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dell Demps

    Maybe they’re right. Maybe the league, in the face of unfathomable depths of reason to avoid the concept like the plague (which I have outlined here), really did rig the 2012 NBA Lottery in order to help the Hornets after a rough year, or dot the i’s on the sale of the team to Tom…

  20. Thunder-Spurs Game 4: Let’s get serious

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Kendrick Perkins

    Seriously, this is the most serious of seriousness. This is the business. This game is monstrous. All those games before that were big? No, this one is big. BIG. Like, those commercials big. Thunder-Spurs Game 4 is going to have dramatic ramifications either way. If the Spurs win, the Thunder’s Game 3 win is meaningless…

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