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  1. NBA Playoffs: Heat can’t survive career-low scoring performance from LeBron

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    For the fourth time in the 2011 NBA Finals, the Heat came into the fourth quarter with a big lead. For the second time, they came away with a loss, this time by a final score of 86-83. And for the second time, the Heat’s failure to secure a victory can be traced directly back…

  2. Nowitzki finds way to lead despite triple-digit temperature

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki looks up with Mavericks fans standing in the background during Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Dallas

    Dirk Nowitzki just seemed off. Well, it didn’t look like that for the first few minutes of the game, when he had the Mavericks first six points including a ridiculous rainbow turnaround. Those shots had you thinking it could be one of those nights for the perfect German scoring machine. Then he fell apart, hitting…

  3. Nets take note — Deron Williams fires agent

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    This may mean something big next summer. It may mean nothing. But it is interesting. Deron Williams fired his agent Bob McClaren, according to a tweet from Michele Steele of Bloomberg. He has yet to announce the hiring of a new one. Williams can opt out of his current deal in the summer of 2012,…

  4. NBA Draft profile: Iman Shumpert, how much can combine help him?

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    Iman Shumpert won the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. He was maybe the physically gifted player in the class. He had a vertical leap of 42 inches, which was best this year and the only two people recently at the combine to do better were Vince Carter and Nate Robinson. Shumpert’s standing vertical was 36.5…

  5. Haywood will be active for Game 4

    Jun 7, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    According to multiple sources, including ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst, Mavericks center Brendan Haywood will be active for tonight’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Haywood has been struggling with a hip injury, and was forced to the inactive list for Game 3 because of it. Haywood gave the Mavericks good minutes in Game 2: in his…

  6. Spoelstra will not change Heat’s starting lineup if Barea starts

    Jun 7, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby

    According to multiple sources, according our own Ira Winderman, the Miami Heat will not change their starting lineup for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, even if the Mavericks replace DeShawn Stevenson with J.J. Barea in their starting lineup. As I mentioned earlier, this does change things up a bit for the Heat — as…

  7. Yes, the Pistons are considering Isiah Thomas for their head coaching position

    Jun 7, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Isiah Thomas

    ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard has the report, via twitter: Isiah Thomas on Pistons’ list of coaching candidates, sources say. Not top candidate; on list w/Mike Woodson, Kelvin Sampson, Bill Laimbeer. Thomas’ name has become synonymous with disaster since he retired as a player, but he wasn’t that bad of a coach when he didn’t have to…

  8. John Wall shows up at basketball clinic for kids with disabilities

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    John Wall Fantasy Camp

    This is a pretty incredible story about the character of Wizards guard John Wall, courtesy of Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post: Figuring what the heck, [Andrew Horn, executive director of Dreams For Kids DC] told Wall that his group was about to host 40 children with disabilities for a basketball game, and invited the…

  9. Barea billboard takes a jab at Kobe

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Barea Billboard

    That is a billboard in Dallas guard J.J. Barea’s native Puerto Rico. The statement on it (via The Basketball Jones, via Bethlehem Shoals), translates to “Only my ribs hurt, but for Kobe, it’s his ego.” When the Mavericks were leading by 30 in the final quarter of the final game of a sweep of the…

  10. Why Mark Jackson as coach might work: Players love it

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Joe Lacob, Peter Guber

    From pundits to Warriors fans to other front offices around the league, there has been a lot of “Mark Jackson? Are you kidding me?” reactions to the hiring of the Warriors new coach. And during Game 4 of the NBA finals tonight, when Jackson says something foolish — like in Game 3 when he suggested…

  11. Ray Allen exercises option, will remain a Celtic

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    The NBA’s all-time leading three-point shooter isn’t going anywhere next season. According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CNNSE.com, Allen exercised the second-year option on his contract on Tuesday, which will pay him exactly $10 million next season. Obviously, this is a win-win for all parties involved. Allen makes 10 million dollars, which is a lot…

  12. Barea, Cardinal replace Stevenson, Stojakovic in Maverick rotation

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    J.J. Barea

    According to HOOPSWORLD’s Alex Kennedy, J.J. Barea will start over DeShawn Stevenson for the Mavericks in tonight’s Game 4, and Brian “The Janitor” Cardinal will be moved ahead of Peja Stojakovic in the Mavericks’ rotation. At first blush, this move does not appear to make a lot of sense. Stevenson has been quietly having a…

  13. Winderman: Wade is finals MVP, but LeBron playoff MVP

    Jun 7, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Heat's James celebrates a basket with teammate Wade during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    It was another of those too-much-time-for-questions moments at these NBA Finals. Still two victories from an NBA title (which is as many victories as the Heat currently have), LeBron James was asked Tuesday morning if his legacy requires he be named Most Valuable Player of these Finals, as well. Once again, in what is becoming…

  14. NBA finals: Dirk must do some work, get some help

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Dallas has played surprisingly good defense in these NBA finals through three games. Miami shot 48.1 percent as a team in the regular season, 42.9 percent in the finals. Miami’s offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) has fallen from 109.3 during the season to 102.8 in the playoffs, which has worked out to Miami scoring…

  15. Will Mario Chalmers turn big finals shots into big payday?

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    It’s an annual tradition in the NBA: Some player who flew under the radar for most of the season steps up big in the playoffs and finals, then gets rewarded with an oversized contract by another team that falls in love with that performance. Miami’s Mario Chalmers is the leading candidate to be that guy…

  16. Carmelo Anthony surprised by Walsh’s departure

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    How unexpected was the exit of Donnie Walsh from the power structure of the Knicks? It caught Carmelo Anthony off guard, he told Newsday. The Knicks forward said Monday that he was getting treatment at the Knicks ‘ practice facility Friday when he heard that Walsh will be ending his tenure as team president. “It…

  17. Report: Philadelphia 76ers sale “imminent”

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 12:58 pm: Via CSN Philadelphia, Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko released a statement about the sale and situation: “I can confirm that we are in discussions about the future of the team, but these discussions are confidential and we cannot talk about the details. At some point, we may have something more to say about these…

  18. Allen Iverson still wants to finish career in NBA

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Former NBA player Allen Iverson waves to his fans after signing a contract with Besiktas in Istanbul

    There was a time — just a couple years ago — when Allen Iverson was not willing to accept a bench role in the NBA. A time when he became a distraction for the Grizzlies then 76ers, his play and attitude deteriorating to the point no team offered him a deal last summer. Now, back…

  19. J.J. Redick undergoes abdominal surgery

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    REDICK_JJ

    UPDATE 11:43 am: The Magic have confirmed that Redick had surgery but said it was to repair a torn abdominal muscle, not the sports hernia surgery earlier reported, according to Sam Gardner at Fox Sports Florida. Still, this is pretty simple as surgeries go. This is supposed to have a recovery time of six weeks,…

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