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  1. Mark Cuban was right, depth mattered plenty

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    Time for some crow. I prefer mine braised with a nice port wine reduction, but nonetheless it is time to eat some. Back before the start of the season, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was talking about his team’s depth and how that was going to make things different this year. This is a really, really…

  2. Report: Monta Ellis no fan of David Lee

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:26 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    There are a few good reasons the Warriors want to move Monta Ellis — the Stephen Curry and Ellis back court has run its course, they need to get bigger and more defensive and Ellis is good trade bait, and… Maybe Ellis and David Lee do not get along. Lee is reportedly tight with owner…

  3. Stan Van Gundy wonders if Pippen was actually great

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Chicago Bulls

    Scottie Pippen is one of the NBA’s official 50 Greatest Players of All Time. He is a Hall of Famer. He has six rings. But is he overrated? There are a lot of people who think he is, and Pippen has always chaffed at that idea, that he was Robin to Jordan’s Batman. You can…

  4. Leandro Barbosa considering leaving NBA for Brazil

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

    Leandro Barbosa, Tyrus Thomas

    For all his speed and promise, Leandro Barbosa has never been able to find comfortable footing in the NBA. And now the current Raptor is thinking about leaving the NBA behind and returning to play in his native Brazil, where he is a legend. Barbosa has a $7.6 million player option for next season with…

  5. Video: LeBron, Wade mock sick Dirk… it’s not a big deal

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:26 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The NBA world is watching and talking about this video today, in the brilliant words of SBN’s Tom Ziller it is blowing up like a meth lab. So we bring it to you. This news broadcast below — taken BEFORE Game 5 — has video of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade walking out of the…

  6. History says Miami has a real chance to win this

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:27 AM EST

    Lebron James (6) of the Miami Heat makes

    The odds favor the Dallas Mavericks — up 3-2 they need to win just one of the final two games in Miami to win the first title in the franchise’s history. Plus, the way they have been executing at the end of games, they must be considered the favorites. But history says Miami has a…

  7. LeBron James was good, but we expect more of him

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:49 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Miami Heat did not lose Thursday night because of LeBron James. But they didn’t win because of him either. That is ultimately the challenge that lies before him — he cannot be merely good, not if he is to meet the expectations put upon him,  ones he encouraged and welcomed — he needs to be…

  8. Add Kelvin Sampson to list of frontrunners for Pistons job

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

    Chicago State v Indiana

    If you are a betting man, Mike Woodson remains the smart place to put your money on becoming the next head coach of the Detroit Pistons. (Although, if you are actually betting on who will be the next coach of the Pistons, it may be time to seek some help.) But now another name has…

  9. Video: Jason Terry sticks in the dagger

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    On a night when there were hot shooters all over the court, Jason Terry was just ridiculous. He finished 8-of-12 shooting for 21 points. He was 5-of-9 from beyond 16 feet and he had key threes. But this is the one everyone will remember — the dagger three taken from roughly Fort Worth with a…

  10. Popovich not too worried about what Tony Parker thinks

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:17 AM EST

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    Tony Parker told some French reporters that he didn’t think the Spurs were title contenders anymore. He later tried to take it all back, which was problematic because there was video of the interview. Whatever, Gregg Popovich is going to have none of it. He spoke with WOAI-TV sports director Don Harris and the Spurs…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Miami’s defense lets them down

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:18 AM EST

    Dirk face on joel

    When something goes right for the Miami Heat in these playoffs, something else invariably goes wrong. When Wade is on his game, James seems to be off of it. When James and Bosh are making music on the pick-and-roll together, Wade seems to be stuck dribbling into traps and firing up ill-advised jumpers. When the…

  12. NBA Finals: Dallas tops Miami in Game 5 with an outlier, but what of it?

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:38 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Dallas Mavericks took a 3-2 series lead on Thursday night with a 112-103 win, but their tremendous offense — the propulsive force that allowed them to pull within a single victory of taking the NBA title — was immediately tagged as an outlier, and saddled with all of the negative stigma that statistical improbabilities…

  13. Mavericks now one win from the title after offensive explosion in Game 5

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:12 AM EST

    jason-terry-game-5

    Dirk Nowitzki knew that the importance of his Mavericks winning their last home game of the season could not be understated. Game 5 of the Finals, with the series all even at two games apiece and the next two back in Miami, was for all intents and purposes a must-win for Dallas. Nowitzki put it…

  14. Dwyane Wade downplays hip injury, Spoelstra cautious

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:24 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    As you would expect, Dwyane Wade said the bruised hip (that’s what it is being called officially) he suffered in the first quarter of Game 5 wouldn’t matter come Sunday and a must-win Game 6 for Miami. “No problem, I’ll be good for Game 6,” Wade said in his post-game press conference, broadcast on NBA…

  15. Dwyane Wade leaves game with hip injury, returns, leaves again

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:26 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Dwyane Wade, the best Miami Heat player in the finals, left and went back to the locker room in the first quarter with a hip injury, but returned in the second quarter. He has played well but seems to be walking with a slight limp heading into halftime. He did not come out to start…

  16. Wojnarowski: Pacers leaning toward keeping Vogel

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:28 PM EST

    Vogel

    Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has the report: The Indiana Pacers have made significant progress toward deciding to make interim Frank Vogel the permanent head coach while working to strengthen his grip on the locker room, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. No final decision has been reached, but sources said most of the hurdles have been cleared for…

  17. Marquis Daniels will play next season

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:11 PM EST

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    According to CNNSE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely, free agent swingman Marquis Daniels, who missed the second half of last season after suffering a spinal cord injury in a February game, will be healthy and ready to play next season for any team willing to have him aboard. Here’s the story: The last time Boston Celtics fans…

  18. Yao Ming still wants to come back still not sure if he can

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:58 PM EST

    Yao Ming

    Last time we heard from Yao Ming, he didn’t sound like a guy confident he would be back. Speaking with the Chinese media this week… pretty much the same thing. The New York Times found the interview and translated it. “I don’t know if I would join some champion team in the future,” the China…

  19. Haywood inactive for Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:49 PM EST

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    Brandon Haywood gave it his best in Game 4 of the NBA Finals after missing all of Game 3 with a hip injury, but he simply couldn’t make it work. The Mavericks were outscored by a whopping 10 points in Haywood’s three minutes on the floor in Game 4, and Rick Carlisle announced before Game…

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