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  1. Lakers to start Odom, Gasol, Bynum in one long front line

    May 6, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    All season, the only real chance that Lakers fans got to see what Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum looked like playing at the same time was on NBA 2K11. Because Phil Jackson almost never ran that lineup out there — 2:30 for the entire season. Total. But with the season on the line…

  2. Winderman: Is a Back to the Future 2006 Heat vs. Mavs finals ahead?

    May 6, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Heat 2206 NBA finals

    With the Mavericks playing from a position of strength against the Lakers and the Heat in early control against the Celtics, in many ways it’s as if it’s 2006 all over again. While a Heat-Mavericks NBA Finals this time would have the Heat as the home team (because of what previously seemed like an innocuous…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Will the Bulls defense smother the Hawks again?

    May 6, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Game 2 looked like a Chicago Bulls game. Their defense just dominated the Atlanta Hawks, holding them to 73 points on 33.8 percent shooting. Then turn Derek Rose loose, and if he can get 25 points — even if it takes him 27 shots — that will be enough. The key to Game 3 really…

  4. What are the Atlanta Hawks doing right?

    May 6, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Among the bouquet of surprises in this most unpredictable of NBA playoffs, the one that gets me: The Atlanta Hawks are good. I mean playoff good. They’ve been regular season good for a few years now, but when the lights got brighter, the teams better and the defenses more focused the Hawks were not a…

  5. What should scare the league: Wade, Lebron figuring it out

    May 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and LeBron James talk on the sidelines during a timeout against the Boston Celtics during fourth quarter of Game 2 in Miami

    When the season started, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were playing next to each other. Basically taking turns with shockingly little action unless they were in transition. Slowly that has evolved as the season has worn on. Now, they are working in unison — sometimes as a pick-and-roll pairing, sometimes with James working off the…

  6. Lakers may start Brown, have Barnes come off bench

    May 6, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Phil Jackson needs to find a spark, because his team has lacked one for two games now. So you can throw the conventional wisdom that Matt Barnes will step in and start for the suspended Ron Artest out the window — Shannon Brown may be getting the start, Kevin Ding reports at the Orange County…

  7. Pacers take time with Vogel, so he interviews with Houston

    May 6, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Vogel

    If the Indiana Pacers don’t bring back interim Frank Vogel as coach, they are making a mistake. But before they can be bothered with Vogel, team president Larry Bird needs to sit down with owner Herb Simon and figure out who is running the team next season. And figure out the direction they want to…

  8. If Lakers lose big roster changes could be on horizon

    May 6, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    There is a historical precedent for this. The Lakers won three consecutive titles from 2000-2002, then lost in 2003 to the Spurs. The next season they had nine new players. That 2004 team lost in the NBA finals to Detroit, The next year they had 10 new players. So while the Lakers won it all…

  9. Hawks Drew has issue with Smith’s shot selection. Now?

    May 6, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    In the first half and the start of the third quarter, Atlanta’s Josh Smith was firing away jump shots — and he was 0-for-6 from beyond 16 feet. He made up for that with four turnovers. All that frustrated coach Larry Drew, who saw that as playing into the hands of the Bulls defense, he…

  10. Miss watching games last night? How about some Blake Griffin?

    May 6, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    After a month of playoff intensity, the basketball gods… well, actually the television executives that wanted to drag out the Heat/Celtics series more likely, decided to give us a night off. I didn’t like it either. To get a little fix we give you the compilation of Blake Griffin highlights the NBA kindly put together.…

  11. NBA Playoffs: For both Mavericks, Lakers next two games are the real test

    May 6, 2011, 3:35 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    It’s really about the next two games. The Los Angeles Lakers, their dreams of a three-peat — a fourth three-peat for departing coach Phil Jackson — and a spot in the NBA pantheon rests on sweeping the next two games. Which starts with winning one, Game 3, and planting the seed of doubt in the…

  12. What the Dallas Mavericks are doing right

    May 6, 2011, 12:19 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki slaps hands with team-mate Jason Kidd in LA

    It’s not all Lakers mistakes. Yes, the Lakers are making mistakes. But the narrative of this series has focused on those errors, and that has stolen a deserved spotlight from the Dallas Mavericks — they are winning this series because they are doing things well. Dallas is making plays, forcing tough decisions, then executing when…

  13. LeBron thinks Rajon Rondo is a lot like Barry Sanders

    May 5, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    Obviously, I’m an NBA guy. I’ll watch random 1970s NBA finals games on NBA TV and get sucked in like it was happening live. I could watch Magic or Ice Man or even Harold Minor highlights all night long. But are there better sports highlights than Barry Sanders runs? That man was a wizard. So…

  14. Bulls coach Thibodeau sticks up for Carlos Boozer

    May 5, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer, Jeff Teague

    No, the Bulls fans were not saying “Booooooo-zer.” (Nor were they saying “Boo-erns.”) But after Joakim Noah stuck up for him, Tom Thibodeau did after practice, according to the Chicago Tribune. “We need him out there,” Thibodeau said of Boozer after Thursday’s brief practice at the Berto Center. “His rebounding is critical for us. Post…

  15. NBA crew in Sacramento tries to rebuild Kings image

    May 5, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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    So it turns out, the Maloof brothers trying to move the Kings out of Sacramento did not sit well with the locals. Who could have seen that coming? David Stern responded by sending the A-Team. No, not that A-Team (although some B.A. Baracus could go a long way to helping the situation). This was some…

  16. “Jovial” Lakers say trust issues = defensive rotations

    May 5, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Before Wednesday night’s Game 2 Lakers loss, Phil Jackson thought his team was a little too up tight, a little too tense, taking it all a little too seriously. He was looking for some comic relief. After the game, down 2-0, Andrew Bynum was talking seriously about the Lakers having trust issues. Nobody was laughing.…

  17. Hornets will talk extension with Chris Paul… when they can

    May 5, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Job No. 1 for the New Orleans Hornets: Keep Chris Paul. Okay, maybe “find an owner to keep the team in town” is above that on the to-do list. But that is outside GM Dell Demps job description, he’s just trying to build a winner people will want to come see Which brings us back…

  18. It’s official, Lakers Ron Artest suspended for Game 3

    May 5, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    As was expected, the NBA has suspended Lakers forward Ron Artest for Game 3 of the Lakers series against Dallas. The reason was Artest smacked J.J. Barea across the face with his forearm near the end of the Lakers Game 2 loss. It was deserved. Watch the video at this link if you haven’t seen…

  19. Stephen Curry wins NBA’s Sportsmanship Award

    May 5, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is your winner of the Joe Dumars Trophy, the one given to the NBA’s Sportsmanship Award winner. It seems fitting, Curry is one of the players in this league never seems ruffled. Of course, maybe that’s easier when you’re a jump shooter and not driving into the trees, but…

  20. Doc Rivers says Shaq will play in Game 3

    May 5, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

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    Desperate times call for desperate measures. And right now there is no desperate measure quite like Shaquille O’Neal. Boston coach Doc Rivers told the media today that Shaq would be a go in Game 3 Saturday at the Boston Garden, tweets A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England. Rivers also said that the rest of…

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