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  1. In the end, it was about the Heat execution

    May 12, 2011, 2:14 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    End of game execution — their best players stepping up in the clutch. That was the modus operandi Boston’s “big three” of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce for years. They were better than you at both ends when it mattered most. That is why championship banner 17 flies in Boston. Miami’s “big three”…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Thunder crush Grizzlies in Game 5

    May 12, 2011, 12:50 AM EDT

    durant-randolph-game-5

    As fans, we should have expected this. After the Thunder and the Grizzlies played the best and most competitive game of these playoffs in Game 4, when the teams fought through three overtimes before the final outcome was decided, they needed less than two quarters of basketball to decide Game 5. OKC used a 15-2…

  3. Doc Rivers “leaning heavily” toward coming back

    May 11, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Apparently Doc Rivers wants to do more than just hang out around Mike Krzyzewski’s practices next season. After a season where the conventional wisdom was he was walking away at the end of the season, he said after the Celtics were eliminated Wednesday you probably will have him to kick around next season, as reported…

  4. NBA Playoffs: James, Wade defeat Celtics, their demons

    May 11, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    In the summer of 2007, a former league MVP and a perennial All-Star joined a franchise player to form a group that, when healthy, dominated the NBA’s Eastern Conference and kept its two best players from reaching an NBA Finals. They took out LeBron James‘ Cavaliers in 2008 in an amazing seven-game series that culminated…

  5. Celtics will be back for one more run, but they shouldn’t

    May 11, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    The time has now passed. The window has closed. Make no mistake, the Celtics are still a good team. Bring them back next year and they will win 50-plus games and put up a fight in the playoffs. But they are not a great team. Nor will they be again with this group. Boston fought valiantly in…

  6. Don’t count on Byron Scott as next Lakers coach

    May 11, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    Byron Scott is a favorite son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Scott has openly lusted for the Lakers coaching gig. The Lakers have an open coaching vacancy, ergo… No. Don’t go there. To start with, Scott has a job as the Cavaliers head coach and as the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted they are not giving…

  7. Kobe says don’t break up Lakers, they can win again

    May 11, 2011, 7:20 PM 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

    Lakers fans are ready to break up the team. It’s not like they won two previous championships and 57 games this past season. (Oh, wait…) They had a very bad playoffs, they looked fatigued and disinterested, they ran basic sets of the triangle offense and not the depth of it needed to counter what the…

  8. Oprah is bigger than NBA, league may bend schedule

    May 11, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Oprah Winfrey

    You do not mess with Oprah Winfrey. Especially not on her home turf in Chicago. The NBA is not about to try. It will move its schedule around to accommodate the queen of daytime television, the Miami Herald reports. The NBA informed a few involved parties before Tuesday’s Bulls game that if the Heat and…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Will Grizzlies, Thunder players have anything left?

    May 11, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook drives to the basket by Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol and Shane Battier in Memphis

    Game 4 between the Grizzlies and Thunder was exhausting. For me, as a fan, sitting on a couch. I can’t imagine what it took out of the players. And for a crucial Game 5 with the series tied 2-2, that is where the questions start — who is going to have the most energy? Mental…

  10. Shaq may never play in the NBA again. And that’s sad.

    May 11, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    We’re going to miss Shaquille O’Neal. Not the Shaq of this season, or even the last several. Not the guy who has played just 17 minutes since Feb. 1 because even that little time aggravates his leg injuries. That is a shell of the former player, a guy who at his peak was one of…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Can Celtics’ veteran savvy, desperation fix many problems?

    May 11, 2011, 2:56 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

    Through four games, the Miami Heat have exposed and exploited so many advantages against the Boston Celtics that it’s hard to logically pick the Celtics in Game 5 Wednesday night in Miami. A win and the Heat close out the series, and a Miami win seems as inevitable as David Caruso taking off his sunglasses…

  12. Griffin, Wall headline NBA’s All-Rookie team (as expected)

    May 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Usually my gut reaction is to just shred the voters when the NBA’s annual awards are announced. Because there always are some loopy choices. Except, with the All-Rookie teams announced Wednesday, I don’t hate it. First, so what we know we are talking about, here is your NBA All-Rookie first team: Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers…

  13. Pau Gasol leaning toward playing for Spain this summer

    May 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    Because Pau Gasol didn’t look the least bit fatigued in the playoffs…. The Lakers big man said in his exit interview that he is leaning toward playing for Spain as it tries to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, according to ESPN Los Angeles. The last couple summers Gasol said the Lakers deep runs into…

  14. Report: NBA proposes franchise tag, non-guaranteed contracts

    May 11, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    ecurry_beard

    The proposal the NBA owners presented the NBA players union late last month would do away with fully-guaranteed contracts and adds a style of franchise tag, one that is different than the NFL’s but new to the NBA, reports Zach Lowe at Sports Illustrated. Both would be a radical shift from the current collective bargaining…

  15. Robert Traylor found dead

    May 11, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Robert Traylor backboard

    According to the team of former NBA player Robert “Tractor” Traylor, Traylor has been found dead in his apartment in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. He was 34 years old. Traylor first gained national attention for his hulking physique and skill around the basket as a star forward at the University of Michigan, and was taken with the sixth…

  16. Earl Monroe states obvious: Chris Paul would fit with Knicks

    May 11, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Stunning revelation: Probably the best Knicks point guard ever thinks arguably the best point guard in the game today would be a good fit with the Knicks. We’re big fans of Earl “The Pearl” Monroe — the one interview I’ve done where my father was thrilled I was doing it — and he spoke for…

  17. Shaq out for Game 5. Not that anyone will notice.

    May 11, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    For those of you playing NBA playoffs fantasy basketball, let’s hope you didn’t pick up Shaquille O’Neal. After playing 3:31 in the first quarter of Game 4 and picking up two quick fouls and nothing else, Shaq has had a relapse of his calf/Achilles injury and will not play in Game 5, Doc Rivers told…

  18. David Stern, union head Billy Hunter at least talking

    May 11, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    David Stern Press Conference

    Well, at least they are talking. NBA Commissioner David Stern and his lead negotiator Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver have been meeting with NBA players’ union executive director Billy Hunter and staff face-to-face, according to Henry Abbott at ESPN. That’s the good news, and the fact that the two sides are sitting at a table and…

  19. Video: Bynum apologizes for hit on J.J. Barea

    May 11, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    We told you yesterday how yesterday after his exit interview Lakers center Andrew Bynum apologized for his cheap shot hit on J.J. Barea at the end of Dallas’ sweep of the Lakers. We also told you the league gave him a five-game suspension at the start of next season (whenever that is) for the incident.…

  20. Mayor Kevin Johnson to represent Kings at draft lottery

    May 11, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Kevin Johnson

    Next Tuesday the Kryie Irving lottery takes place in Secaucus New Jersey. Some people call it the NBA Draft Lottery, which will determine the draft order for the league. But really this year it’s about Irving or getting a future role player. The Sacramento Kings have an 8.8 percent chance of landing the top prize…

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