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  1. NBA Playoffs: Haslem returns to Heat for Game 4

    May 9, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    Image (1) haslem_sad-thumb-250x140-18298.jpg for post 3694

    UPDATE 7:35 PM: Udonis Haslem not only was in uniform but got time starting in the second quarter for the Heat. He picked up two quick fouls, plus a technical foul for arguing the calls (the second was iffy). So, welcome back. 6:02 pm: The Miami Heat are up 2-1 on the Boston Celtics, but…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Rondo will play, wear left elbow brace

    May 9, 2011, 6:15 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

    According to multiple sources, Celtics point guard will start Game 4 after dislocating his left elbow during a collision with Dwyane Wade in Game 3, only to return in the fourth quarter. Rondo will wear a brace on his left elbow, which will restrict his range of motion but lower the risk of the elbow…

  3. Andrei Kirilenko gets insane, awesome tattoo

    May 9, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Kirilenko Tattoo

    As a writer, I’m not really supposed to have favorite players. But I can’t help but love Andrei Kirilenko. When he was a young player, he played the most exciting brand of defense in the league. His play on offense is unselfish, diverse, and explosive. There have been five “5 x 5″ games since 1995,…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Thunder try to avoid another breakdown

    May 9, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Oklahoma City was in control. They had Game 3. Russell Westbrook was dishing (he had 12 assists) and the Thunder were rolling. They were controlling the Grizzlies in the paint enough to get the win. But when Westbrook starts to do his Derrick Rose impression, the Thunder’s offensive balance falls apart. Memphis upped its defensive…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Boston got one, but can they beat a better Heat?

    May 9, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Pierce defends Miami Heat forward James during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Boston looked good in getting the Game 3 — they were defending again, they had the inspiration of Rajon Rondo‘s rreturn, they got big games from Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce… Which is to say just about everything except Rondo’s elbow went right for Boston. Don’t expect that to be the case a second game…

  6. Video: Phil Jackson’s final press conference

    May 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    We’ve talked about Phil Jackson and his legacy. To go with that, we bring you some highlights from Phil Jackson’s last press conference (well, at least until the next book tour) as well as some comments from Kobe about Jackson’s influence. The video is below. If you think he is coming back, watch this again.…

  7. Howard leads NBA All-Defensive team, but with Kobe?

    May 9, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The votes on NBA All-Defensive team are often more about reputation than how somebody is actually performing. In theory coaches vote on this award, but it’s taken about as seriously as the coaches ballots in college football polls. Which means sometimes an assistant fills it out, sometimes the team PR guy, pretty much anyone but…

  8. NBA draft update: Butler’s Mack Texas duo stay in draft

    May 9, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Sunday night at midnight was the NCAA’s imposed deadline for when a player has to say he declare he will stay in college or lose his elegibility. The NBA says a player can wait until mid-June to decide, but the NCAA cares about its coaches and money making machine more than players getting good advice,…

  9. Chris Bosh admits he got nervous before Game 3

    May 9, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Pierce guards the Miami Heat's Bosh during the first quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    For the first two games of the Heat vs. Celtics series, Chris Bosh did not have great numbers but he essentially played Kevin Garnett to a standstill. Not in Game 3 — Bosh had 6 points on 6 shots, plus just 5 rebounds. Garnett had 28 points and 18 boards. What happened? Bosh explained that…

  10. Erik Spoelstra may tweak starting lineup. Finally.

    May 9, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra

    Miami’s starting five has been a disaster these playoffs. The Heat are still winning games, but they are not going to continue doing that consistently playing out of a hole. So far in these playoffs, the starting five for the Heat — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with Mike Bibby and Zydrunas Ilgauskas…

  11. He will play, but how good can Rondo be in Game 4?

    May 9, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    The good news for the Celtics: An MRI of Rajon Rondo’s left elbow showed no break. Basically, it’s not going to get worse. The bad news: As expected, the swelling and pain got worse on Sunday, Doc Rivers said. There was a lot of ice and a lot of pain medication, as reported by the…

  12. Cedric Maxwell: If Shaq were a horse, he’d be glue

    May 9, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal is back in the playoffs — wasn’t that worth all the wait? He lumbered up and down the court and had little impact on the game in his 8.5 minutes. Well, he was a +2. So there’s that. On CSN New England, former Celtic Cedric Maxwell was not exactly waiving the towel of…

  13. Rockets head coaching search down to three finalists

    May 9, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    After interviewing a candidate pool roughly the size of the population of India, the Houston Chronicle reports they Rockets have narrowed the search to three finalists: Lawrence Frank, Dwane Casey and Kevin McHale. All three of them are former NBA head coaches. Frank is the current lead assistant for the Boston Celtics, Casey is still…

  14. Report: Lakers coaching search “wide open”

    May 9, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    The conventional wisdom is that the Lakers would go through the motions of a coaching search, then hire lead assistant Brian Shaw. The reasoning being that they have a two-time championship roster built to run the triangle offense, so you stick with what works. But there is this one little discussed fact — owner Jerry…

  15. Pau Gasol and revisionist history

    May 9, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    He won two titles for them. Yes, the Lakers had improved tremendously in 2007-2008 , but without him, they never would have made it to the Finals, nor won them the next two. It was only eight months ago that he was called “the best big man in the league” and touted as a possible…

  16. Video: Derrick Rose follows his own shot

    May 9, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Phoenix Suns

    Let this be a lesson for you young basketball players out there — there is a reason coaches say to follow your shot. Reasons like this, when Derrick Rose follows his own shot for the amazing put-back slam. Another stunning play from the MVP. Don’t try this at home, he’s a trained professional. It wasn’t…

  17. Referee Bennett Salvatore admits he blew call against Bulls

    May 9, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    It was one of the key moments at the end of game, another nail in the Bulls coffin in Game 4. The Bulls were down 6 and there was 2:30 left when Derrick Rose was behind the three-point line, got defender Jamal Crawford up in the air then leapt into him as he shot to…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Hawks big men show up and tie series

    May 9, 2011, 12:43 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    When you watch the Atlanta Hawks move the ball like that, get the ball in the paint like that, see their big men take over like that and you wonder why you don’t see this version of the Hawks every night. It has to frustrate the Hawks fans. But Hawks fans will take their arrival.…

  19. Magic is wrong, this is no time to blow up the Lakers

    May 8, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant walks off the court after Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    I grew up in Los Angeles idolizing Magic Johnson. My admiration for the man has grown since he left the game — what he has done as a businessman, and as a spokesman about HIV, has been as impressive as what he did on the court. He’s always seemed both flawed and genuine. He is…

  20. NBA Playoffs: You can’t tarnish the Lakers’ franchise legacy, but their team sure tried

    May 8, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    So this is how it ends. What felt like an inevitable run to the second three-peat for Kobe Bryant, the fourth three-peat for Phil Jackson, and yet another championship for the Los Angeles Lakers, ended in nothing but misery and classlessness in Dallas, Texas. A Hall of Fame coach most known for his motivational tactics…

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