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  1. Phil Jackson leaves the game with wry smile on his face

    May 8, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    This was not how you expected to see Phil Jackson walking away from the NBA. After a series where he could not get his players to buy into the system, to make the extra defensive rotation, to play at their peak, then to watch the players unravel at the end and take cheap shots. You…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Hawks Horford needs to outplay his college teammate

    May 8, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    When they came out of Florida, Al Horford was considered a better prospect than Joakim Noah. And with good reason, Horford has been the better all-around player as a pro — an All-Star with offensive game inside and out plus he is a quality defender (one of the better help rotating bigs around). But this…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Game 4, where we find out if the Lakers care

    May 8, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    We can talk about matchups — like how the Lakers need to get some kind of production out of the point guard spot — but that’s not really the biggest key in Game 4 in Dallas on Sunday. It’s which Lakers team shows up. More than anything, the Lakers have looked mentally fatigued in this…

  4. Rondo to have MRI, expected to go in Game 4

    May 8, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    As you would expect, Rajon Rondo is going to have an MRI on his left elbow after his injury Saturday night. And as you would expect, he is going to play in Game 4 regardless of what the MRI says. That’s basically the story from coach Doc Rivers of Celtics practice Sunday, according to A.…

  5. Did Dwyane Wade make a dirty play on Rajon Rondo? No.

    May 8, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade and Boston Celtics Rondo tangle in second half of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    There are some mad Celtics fans out there today. Well, happy about the outcome of Game 3, but mad when they watched Rajon Rondo go down with a gruesome dislocated left elbow. And they are putting it on Dwyane Wade. They are saying he made a dirty play, pulling Rajon Rondo to the ground in…

  6. Report: Sixers looking to trade Iguodala this summer

    May 8, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

    At the end of the season, Andre Iguodala was asked if he looked forward to playing with the 76ers next season, and his response was surprisingly vague for such a softball question. Here is what he told Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I expect to be back in the NBA,” Iguodala said after the…

  7. Terrence Jones spurns NBA draft, returns to Kentucky

    May 8, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    Terrence Jones, a projected NBA draft lottery pick, has decided to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. Jones was the SEC freshman of the year, averaging 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Jones joins Doron Lamb as sophomores who would have been drafted returning to what will be a…

  8. Rajon Rondo, just like Celtics, bounces back for win

    May 8, 2011, 2:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade and Boston Celtics Rondo tangle in second half of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Rajon Rondo has been the bellwether for the Celtics. When he is on his game, the Celtics offense flows. When he is off, the team is flat. In Game 3, he wasn’t really on his game. But he became a Celtics legend, anyway. He dislocated his left elbow in the third quarter in a gruesome…

  9. NBA Playoffs: The Miami Heat show their ugly side in Game 3 vs. Celtics

    May 8, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Welcome back the Miami Heat we have mocked and derided all season. We’re glad you could visit after the impressive, competent team that has inhabited your body for eight weeks. They were no fun at all, what with their championship aspirations and focused intensity. The Boston Celtics rediscovered themselves in Game 3 on Saturday, as…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Celtics bounce back, shut down the Heat

    May 7, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    It looks like the Miami-Boston series might just live up to the hype after all. After looking sluggish and over-matched in the first two games of the series, the Celtics were able to get a convincing 97-81 win over the Heat by doing what they do best: spreading the ball around on offense and playing lock-down defense.…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Rondo dislocates left elbow, returns to game

    May 7, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    It’s something you always hate to see in basketball, especially in a series as important as this one. With seven minutes remaining in the third quarter of Game 3 of the Miami/Boston series, Rajon Rondo poked the ball away from Dwyane Wade. As the ball went out of bounds, Wade attempted to keep Rondo from…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Westbrook, Thunder implode in the fourth quarter

    May 7, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    O. J. Mayo, Kevin Durant

    In Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal matchup between the Thunder and the Grizzlies, Oklahoma City was powerless against Memphis’ big men. In the early parts of Game 3, it was the Thunder’s speed that made the difference, particularly the speed of Russell Westbrook. However, the Thunder ended up falling on their own sword…

  13. Ricky Rubio not eager for NBA move, Spanish agent says

    May 7, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Welcome to the world of people competing for the ear of Ricky Rubio. Minnesota Timberwolves officials will be over in Spain next week trying the time share style hard sell on the 20-year-old point guard, telling him now is the time to come to America. Rubio’s American agent echoes those thoughts. His Spanish agent feels…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Shaq is back, but Boston needs more

    May 7, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Shaquille O’Neal will be back in Game 3 for Boston. Probably for about 10 minutes, 15 tops. There are questions about how effective he can be as he has not really played since January. And the Heat have said when he is on the floor they are going to try to run on everything because…

  15. Lakers’ Gasol admits he needs to “snap out of it”

    May 7, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    One thing we have learned from this postseason — the Lakers are not nearly as good without Pau Gasol. Technically they have had Gasol. He has played 36 minutes a game through the Lakers’ nine playoff games. But he hasn’t been the same guy as he was in the regular season. That Gasol put up 18.8…

  16. Clippers looking to add a piece before lockout starts

    May 7, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Here’s a sign of progress for the Clippers: They want to make trades so they can win now. They want to be in the playoffs next year. They like their core — Blake Griffin gives them a star, then they have Mo Williams at the point, Erik Gordon at the two, and the combo of…

  17. Video: Watch Derrick Rose shred the Atlanta Hawks

    May 7, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    What Derrick Rose did Friday night to the Atlanta Hawks is illegal in 14 states. He showed why he was named MVP. He showed why the Hawks were always going to be in a lot of trouble in this series, because they had nobody who could stop Rose. (Well, that and the Hawks were going…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Dallas is just better than the Lakers

    May 7, 2011, 2:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Nowitzki celebrates hitting a three-point shot in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Dallas

    The Dallas Mavericks are better than the Los Angeles Lakers. It is a weird thing to type, but it’s true. They may not have been for 40 minutes, 30 seconds on Friday night — the Lakers were up eight points with 7:30 left in the game — but the Mavericks offense dominated the rest of the way. Dallas…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Derrick Rose breaks free, torches Hawks for 44 in Game 3 win

    May 7, 2011, 12:41 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    The Atlanta Hawks managed to bother Derrick Rose in the first two games of this series by using their bigs to clog the middle of the floor on Chicago’s screen-and-rolls, but Rose seemed to have an epiphany of sorts in Game 3; rather than play conservatively in an attempt to exploit the Atlanta defense with…

  20. So you want to play in Europe during the lockout…

    May 6, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv v Real Madrid - Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four Semi Final

    There’s a lot of players throwing out the, “If there’s a lockout I’ll go play in Europe” card. Like it’s some kind of trump card. And if you’re Kevin Durant or Deron Williams or Pau Gasol and you go play for a team like Barcelona, life will be pretty darn good. But that is not…

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