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  1. NBA Playoffs: It’s not all about the Lakers… but it’s close

    May 4, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    I don’t want to write that Game 2 is really about the Lakers — how they adjust, what effort they bring, whether they stick with their game plan. Because that is dismissive of a very good Mavericks team. This version of Dallas is different — past Mavs teams would have lost Game 1, not taken…

  2. Rockets had plan for new coach, Adelman didn’t play along

    May 4, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    The Rockets have moved on and are apparently interviewing everyone who has ever touched a basketball for their vacant head coaching position, so we’re not going to dwell on the past. Much. But we’re going to one last time revisit the Rockets not bringing back Rick Adelman as head coach. Which seemed to be something…

  3. You missed “Lap dance Tuesdays” hosted by Andray Blatche

    May 4, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    We’ve finally figured out why there were so many empty seats at American Airlines Arena in Miami at the start of Tuesday night’s game. Across town at a Miami club Andray Blatche was hosting “lap dance Tuesdays.” Not making that up. We couldn’t. We just wish we’d told you in time to get there yourself.…

  4. Kendrick Perkins gets some team meeting Karma in Game 2

    May 4, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Thunder's Durant gets a pat on the head from teammate Perkins after their Western Conference NBA basketball playoffs against the Nuggets in Oklahoma City

    We only hear about the players-only meetings that work. They happen plenty around the NBA — the Cavaliers had them during their record losing streak — and they don’t usually work. But when they do, those meetings get a disproportional amount of credit. That brings us to the tale of Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant,…

  5. In case you thought otherwise Boozer, Rose to play Wednesday

    May 4, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Charlotte Bobcats

    This was never really in doubt, but we’ll make it official: Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose will play in Game 2 Wednesday night in Chicago. Coach Tom Thibodeau said everyone participated fully this morning at shootaround and good to go, according to the Associated Press. Boozer is battling turf toe and Rose is playing through…

  6. Nets’ Brook Lopez has elbow surgery

    May 4, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    As has been expected, the Nets’ Brook Lopez had surgery on his right arm, something that will sideline him from working out for the next six weeks, the team announced (via a tweet from Marc Spears at Yahoo). The surgery was to remove calcium deposits from near his right elbow, something that had bothered him…

  7. Video: Heat’s Wade abuses Garnett with Euro Step move

    May 4, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade drives to the basket past Boston Celtics' Pierce during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Dwyane Wade was not new to the Euro step move. And the Euro step is not new to the NBA (have you seen Manu Ginobili?). But this is the textbook application, with the guard attacking an almost stationary big man in the open court.  And it spun Kevin Garnett around during a key sequence in…

  8. Owners’ new proposal to players looks a lot like old one

    May 4, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

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    Savor these playoffs. Because when this season ends, it could be a while before we see NBA basketball again. For all the people singing Kumbaya about how neither the owners nor the players union wants to crush the momentum this season and these playoffs have generated for the NBA, the two sides remain far apart.…

  9. Celtics were burglarized in Miami during regular season

    May 4, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Anthony and Bosh block Boston Celtics' Davis during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    It hasn’t been just the last couple of games where Miami’s American Airlines Arena has been a house of horrors for Boston. Turns out the regular season sucked for them there, too. As evidence we present this tidbit from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. When the Boston Celtics climbed on the team bus in the bowels…

  10. Knicks have eyes for free agent Samuel Dalembert

    May 4, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Knicks are talking defense this summer. Which is a change of pace since they didn’t play any last season. But while the talk of defense has in part focused on Mike D’Antoni and his coaching style (reports are he’s being pushed to hire an assistant as a defensive coordinator) that ignores the real problem…

  11. Video: Adidas new Derrick Rose MVP ad

    May 4, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    Well, you knew it wouldn’t take long for Adidas to jump on marketing Derrick Rose as MVP. And here it is, the first ad, featuring Rose’s quote from the beginning of the season wondering why he couldn’t have an MVP season, that he set that out as a goal for himself. It seemed to be…

  12. Bobcats Cunningham arrested for marijuana, BB gun

    May 4, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    CUNNINGHAM_DANTE

    After being traded from Portland to Charlotte as part of the Gerald Wallace deal, forward Dante Cunningham was playing to get noticed. To earn a contract for next season. Well, he’s got the noticed part down. He was pulled over for speeding and reckless driving by police not far from Villanova University, where he played…

  13. NBA Playoffs: The Thunder bounce back

    May 4, 2011, 3:59 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    The Thunder needed a win on Tuesday night, and they got one, 111-102 over the Grizzlies. The Thunder got out to an early lead against the Grizzlies and never looked back, and were able to prevent themselves from having to go into Memphis facing an 0-2 deficit. The key to the game was the Thunder’s…

  14. Paul Pierce has strained Achilles, says he is day-to-day

    May 4, 2011, 12:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce and head coach Doc Rivers react during a break in fourth quarter action against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce left the court and went back to dressing room midway through the first quarter of Game 2. He came back out and played in the second quarter and scored 8 points in the second half. But he did strain his left Achilles and told the media after the game he is day-to-day, according…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Boston defenseless against Miami

    May 3, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James celebrates after scoring against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    Boston is down 2-0 to Miami. It feels a lot worse. Celtics fans can take solace that the Celtics are heading back to the Garden, but it’s hard to see how that — or Shaq or anything else — is going to make a big difference in this series. For two games, Miami has robbed…

  16. Kobe Bryant on his recent string of misses late in the postseason: ‘I’m not clutch’

    May 3, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant is largely considered one of the game’s best closers, but the numbers recently have shown that this assertion is simply not factually correct. The most recent data comes from ESPN Stats & Info, who point out that Bryant has now missed five straight postseason go-ahead or game-tying field goals that he’s taken in…

  17. Blake Griffin to be announced as Rookie of Year on Wednesday

    May 3, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Here is the only bit of suspense about this announcement: Is it unanimous? And if it’s not, would the person who thinks Blake Griffin is not rookie of the year like to explain themselves. The Clippers have called for a “major announcement” Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, which will certainly be Griffin winning the award.…

  18. Nine voters leave LeBron James off MVP ballot completely

    May 3, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    It’s time for the annual cry for transparency in the NBA’s MVP voting. Because if you’re a media member with an MVP vote, you should be able to defend your choices. If you are one of the seven people who did not vote Derrick Rose first, you should be able to explain that. And for…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Russell Westbrook must find his groove. Fast.

    May 3, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Memphis has become something of a mythological team. Beating them suddenly sounds like a task of Herculean proportions, where one must battle a seven-headed hydra and Zach Randolph. Nobody — not even the legendary Tim Duncan — could slay the beast. But the Oklahoma City Thunder are supposed to have the tools. They are supposed…

  20. Derrick Rose officially named MVP

    May 3, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Phoenix Suns

    We knew it was coming, seemingly forever, and as should be expected it was a runaway. Derrick Rose is the NBA’s MVP. The youngest ever at age 22. The most recent in Chicago Bull to win it since that guy with the statue out in front of the United Center. Rose becomes only the second…

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