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  1. Video: Luol Deng dunks on LeBron

    May 27, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    Heat's James tries to block a shot by Bulls' Deng as Bull's Noah follows the play during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Nothing is really going to cheer up Bulls fans this morning. None the less we bring you this, one of the better Bulls highlights from Game 5. It’s when Luol Deng stole the pass then out ran LeBrom James down and made sure there would be no chase-down block by dunking emphatically on him. It…

  2. NBA Finals Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat

    May 27, 2011, 4:45 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Heat: 58-24 (No. 2 seed in Eastern Conference) SEASON SERIES Dallas swept the season series 2-0. After a slow start to the season Miami went on a 22-2 streak — but both of those losses were to Dallas. That said, both games were before Christmas,…

  3. LeBron James: From “Decision” to “Decider”

    May 27, 2011, 4:11 AM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat

    A year ago, the most stunning thing about LeBron James was what he decided. He elected to reject his home-state fans, spurning friends and teammates to join both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Chicago. He went on a nationally televised special on ESPN in a plaid shirt with a neck beard and said the…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Heat make stunning comeback, reach finals

    May 27, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    For the first 44 and a half minutes of the Miami Heat’s 83-80 victory on Thursday night, the Chicago Bulls got the exact game they wanted. LeBron James was bottled up after missing some tough jumpers early, with free throws being his only real source of offense. Dwyane Wade‘s struggles continued, and he committed nine…

  5. NBA Finals: Mavericks, Heat should mean fun fourth quarters

    May 27, 2011, 12:29 AM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat put on an incredible show, an amazing comeback. Ice-cold Dwyane Wade coming alive in the fourth quarter, eventually knocking down a ridiculous four-point play. Then LeBron James with a brilliant fourth quarter, including the pull-up 3-pointer to tie it and the block at the end to secure the 83-80 clincher in Game 5…

  6. Jazz “seriously thinking” about drafting Jimmer Fredette

    May 26, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Texas Christian University v Brigham Young University

    You think it’s all about the basketball, what happens on the court. It’s not, basketball is a business and the Utah Jazz may be caught a little in the middle of it when it comes to the NBA draft and Jimmer Fredette. The Jazz have the No. 3 and No. 12 pick and there are…

  7. Winner in Heat vs. Mavericks finals? American Airlines.

    May 26, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    American Airlines Announces New Destinations From LAX, Including Non Stop To Shanghai

    Pop quiz hotshot: Where do the Miami Heat play their home games? AmericanAirlines Arena. Where do the Dallas Mavericks play their home games? American Airlines Center. Who do we know is one big winner if the Mavs face off against the Heat in the NBA finals? You guessed it. Darren Rovell at CNBC has the…

  8. Jim Buss heading Lakers may mean no Bynum trade

    May 26, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    Among the favorite pastime of some Lakers fans is a game called “Where can we trade Andrew Bynum?” Kobe Bryant has even played this game before. Bynum has been offered up in deals ranging from Dwight Howard to a rack of shootaround basketballs. Those games may be over. One thing the hiring of Mike Brown…

  9. Shawn Bradley, from Maverick to world’s tallest cowboy

    May 26, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Shawn Bradley, Chris Webber

    Shaun Bradley is a unique player in NBA history. At 7’6” he was one of the tallest players the league has ever seen, at 235 pounds (officially) he was one of the skinniest. He was the No. 2 overall pick (behind Chris Webber) but never developed into what scouts had hoped, though he was not…

  10. Thunder need to be patient, let Westbrook grow into PG they need

    May 26, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    People’s impatience is amazing. The Oklahoma City Thunder just went to the Western Conference Finals with a team that had none of its core players over age 22. They are athletic, they played with passion, and while they struggled under the weight of the moment and Mavericks, that is how teams learn to win. Does…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    May 26, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    david-west-torn-acl

    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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