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  1. Carlos Boozer: The Heat have two great players

    May 13, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Let the war of words begin. After the Bulls eliminated the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in convincing fashion, thoughts turned to the next series and the Miami Heat. How do you beat the Heat’s big three? Except Carlos Boozer doesn’t really see it that way, according to a tweet from Shandel Richardson of the Sun…

  2. Video: Hawks Josh Smith with best ally-oop of playoffs

    May 13, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    This was the one Hawks highlight from Thursday night. There wasn’t much to smile about in Atlanta as the Hawks were thumped and knocked out of the playoffs by the Bulls. But there was one highlight in the Highlight Factory. Josh Smith can just flat out get up there. Enjoy. And when you think of…

  3. Report: Warrant issued for Derrick Rose’s brother

    May 13, 2011, 8:19 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Thursday night was the highlight of Derrick Rose’s basketball career. The newly-minted league MVP led the Chicago Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since Michael Jordan left. He is reaching new heights of success. But on the same night, news broke of an arrest warrant issued for Rose’s older brother a…

  4. Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Bulls vs. Heat

    May 13, 2011, 2:26 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson

    SEASON RECORDS Bulls: 62-20 (No. 1 seed in East) Heat: 58-24 (No. 2 seed) SEASON SERIES Chicago swept the season series 3-0. The most recent game was in early March, it’s safe to say both these teams are a little different right now. Still, a sweep. PLAYOFF SERIES Bulls: defeated Indiana Pacers 4-1, defeated Atlanta…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Bulls bounce Hawks, will need more from Boozer vs. Heat

    May 13, 2011, 12:01 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Chicago’s Game 6 dominance was in no way a surprise. Though Atlanta has played effective basketball at various points during this series, games like this one fall in line with the initial assessments of the Bulls’ superiority. The Hawks exceeded most projections of their playoff performance, but their postseason success didn’t change the fact that…

  6. Lakers early exit could cost Los Angeles economy $70 million

    May 12, 2011, 10:10 PM EST

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    I have a buddy who owns a pub in the greater Los Angeles area. How did a then bartender get the seed money to start his own place? He worked every Lakers playoff game during one of the 1980s Showtime runs, when the place would fill up, and he set that money aside. It went…

  7. Dan Gilbert’s 14-year-old son to represent Cavs at lottery

    May 12, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

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    Isn’t it the dream of every 14-year-old boy to go to Secaucus? Actually, in the case of Nick Gilbert, son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, this is pretty cool — he will represent the Cavaliers at the NBA Draft Lottery May 17. The younger Gilbert has Neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes the body’s nerves to…

  8. Rivers, Celtics working on multi-year deal to retain coach

    May 12, 2011, 7:06 PM EST

    Doc Rivers

    Doc Rivers wasn’t kidding when he said he was leaning heavily toward returning to the Celtics next season. The Associated Press is reporting that the Celtics and Rivers are talking about more than just one year. The deal is for “more than two or three years,” the person told The Associated Press on the condition of…

  9. Lakers coaching search starts with Shaw, Person, Adelman

    May 12, 2011, 6:26 PM EST

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Lakers fans, you are going to need to be patient. Not your strength, I know, but you need to be. The Lakers management is going to take their time with this coaching search. But that search will begin at home, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Then it will move on to Rick Adelman, according…

  10. Chris Herren’s powerful story of drug addition and hoops

    May 12, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

    Chris Herren Celtics

    You may not remember Chris Herren, the Massachusetts prep star, a second round pick of the Nuggets in 1999 out of Fresno State (when Jerry Tarkanian was there). He played a rookie season with the Nuggets before getting the dream of every young New England hoopster — he was traded to the Celtics. Drugs would…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Bulls have questions to answer to avoid Game 7

    May 12, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose drives to the net on Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    For a Bulls team one win away from going to the conference finals, there seems to be a lot of questions. Not about their defense — we know they can lock it down on that end. But about their ability to score on a good defense. About how far Derrick Rose can carry their offense…

  12. Unanimous LeBron James leads All-NBA First team

    May 12, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    He wasn’t the MVP, but LeBron James was the only player to be unanimously selected to the All-NBA first team. The actual MVP — Chicago’s Derrick Rose — and runner up Dwight Howard were both one vote short of being unanimous. Here are the teams. All NBA First Team: Forward: LeBron James, Miami Forward: Kevin…

  13. Video: Dwyane Wade’s ridiculous shot

    May 12, 2011, 2:08 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    The reason there was an end of game for LeBron to take over was that Dwyane Wade took over early in Game 5 for the Heat Wednesday. Wade was everywhere, seeming to hit everything. Including the impossible. Like this shot below. That’s a H-O-R-S-E shot. When that is going in you know you are on.

  14. For first time in 13 years no Kobe, Shaq or Duncan in finals

    May 12, 2011, 1:10 PM EST

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    In the 1998 NBA finals, Michael Jordan pushed off on Byron Russell to drill the game winner in what was the end of an era in the NBA. These 2011 finals, wherever and with whomever they take place, will mark the start of a new era. For the first time since Jordan’s final game as…

  15. Dirk Nowitzki likes the new, quieter Mark Cuban

    May 12, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    Mark Cubam

    Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks swept the hated Lakers out of the playoffs in what was a cathartic experience for Cuban and Mavericks fans. Yet he said nothing. He almost didn’t speak to the media and there was no gloating. No jabs at Phil Jackson. Which had to be hard for him. But Dirk Nowitzki, he…

  16. What is in Kevin Durant’s backpack?

    May 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    He has done this all season long — when Kevin Durant does a post-game interview he is often wearing a backpack. In the locker room, on a podium, wearing a sweater or a shirt and tie, doesn’t matter. He’s wearing a backpack. That lead’s to the greatest mystery of this NBA season: What is in…

  17. LeBron James apologizes for “The Decision”

    May 12, 2011, 11:18 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    LeBron James has said before that he regretted how “The Decision” went down, how it was perceived. Wednesday night, after he was incredibly clutch, after he slayed some demons, after his Heat team knocked off the Boston Celtics, LeBron apologized for The Decision, as reported by Brian Windhorst of ESPN. “I knew deep down in…

  18. Did Danny Ainge cost the Celtics this championship? No.

    May 12, 2011, 10:54 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    It’s an obvious and easy target. A changing point in the Celtics season. Back at the start of February, the Celtics were 37-11, the top seed in the East, three games ahead of Miami, three-and-a-half ahead of the Chicago Bulls. They were title contenders. They had gotten Kendrick Perkins back in the lineup and Shaquille…

  19. Report: owners “big” concession is hard salary cap phased in

    May 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    When the owners submitted their new proposal to the players at the end of last month, they said they had heard the players concerns and made concessions. Apparently, that big concession is to phase in a hard salary cap over two years rather than just drop it on everyone next year, according to Marc Stein…

  20. Trailer for new Steve Nash documentary

    May 12, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash knows a little something about documentaries. He directed the fantastic “Into the Wind” about Terry Fox for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. He has his own production company. But he is on the other end of the lens in a new documentary called “Nash.” Which we know nothing about. The shots in the…

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