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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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”…

  11. Winderman: Mike Miller gives Heat big thumbs up

    May 25, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    What has no thumbs and yet could give the Heat a grip on the NBA title for the next few seasons? Mike Miller. Still recovering from preseason surgery on his right thumb and poised for offseason surgery on his left thumb, the veteran swingman stands as an example of how much a player with a…

  12. Report: Blazers considering Danny Ferry as new GM

    May 25, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

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    Don’t expect the Portland Trail Blazers to move fast — they said they were going to take their time finding a new GM to replace Rich Cho — but apparently they have one name on their list already. Danny Ferry, the former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager who before and after that has worked with the…

  13. Thibodeau thinks Derrick Rose not getting the calls

    May 25, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Derrick Rose has averaged 6.5 free throws a game so far in the Eastern Conference Finals, which is down just slightly from the 6.9 trips to the line he averaged during the regular season. But Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was expecting a lot more. And he’s blaming the officials. Kind of. In an “I don’t…

  14. Report: Kobe Bryant “surprised” Lakers to hire Brown

    May 25, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Superstars are used to being consulted. So the report of Kobe Bryant’s reaction to the Lakers being on the verge of hiring former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, says a lot about how this decision was made. And maybe about how it will be received in the locker room.…

  15. Kris Humphries to marry Kim Kardashian

    May 25, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    humphries-kardashian

    Is the new reality show far in the offing? Kris and Kim’s big wedding adventure. And yes, the Kardashian family summer barbeques will now have Lamar Odom and Kris Humphries hanging around. Discussing how much they both hate Bennett Salvatore. Kris Humphries will marry girlfriend Kim Kardashian, the two are now engaged. The proposal took…

  16. Mike Brown to Lakers is Jim Buss’ call, showing power shift

    May 25, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 1

    Jerry Buss is still the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. But he’s not the guy pulling the strings anymore, the power shift to son Jim Buss is pretty much complete. According to the Los Angeles Times, the move to set up and hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown was the younger Buss’ call.…

  17. To add to Bulls woes, Omer Asik done for season

    May 25, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Omer Asik barely made it out on the court as it was. The Bulls Turkish backup center had a lower leg strain that would have had him sitting during the regular season but he went through warm-ups and gave it a go Tuesday night. He was on the court for less than a minute when…

  18. Lakers to hire Mike Brown to be coach

    May 25, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE #3 9:55 am: By the morning, pretty much everyone with an NBA source has confirmed this. The Lakers are going to make an offer to Mike Brown, maybe for three, maybe for four years. The only potential catch is that it is not really going to be a negotiation, if he doesn’t take the…

  19. NBA says players union’s NLRB charges have “no merit”

    May 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    David Stern

    As PBT told you Tuesday, the NBA players union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the league and owners of not negotiating in good faith. They accused the owners of “making harsh, inflexible, and grossly regressive ‘takeaway’ demands” and just about everything else they could think of. As expected, the…

  20. Video: Derrick Rose just abuses rim, Joel Anthony

    May 25, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In the first half of Tuesday night’s Game 4, Derrick Rose attacked the rim as hard as he has all playoffs. Maybe all season. He was determined to break down the Heat’s defense. One result of that was one of the best dunks of the playoffs — a monster throwdown where he weaves through the…

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