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  1. NBA Finals: Dallas tops Miami in Game 2 with an incredible fourth quarter comeback

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:53 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    From where we sit now, it’s so easy to look back at the dissipation of Miami’s 15-point fourth-quarter lead and point incredulously at what went wrong. The answers for what ails the Heat are always so obvious; their flaws are so glaring and fixable that armchair coaches across the country typically resolve them before Mark…

  2. Miami’s biggest problem after Game 2? Dallas now believes.

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:22 AM EST

    dirk-game-2

    “Hang in. Hang around. Keep believing.” Those were the messages that Rick Carlisle was preaching to his Mavericks in the timeout huddle, with his team facing a 15-point deficit with just over seven minutes remaining in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Apparently, Carlisle’s guys were listening. Dallas put together a stunning comeback, closing the…

  3. NBA Playoffs: The Heat collapse

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:18 AM EST

    Kidd over LeBron

    After a regular season defined by crunch-time blunders and late collapses, the Heat’s postseason had been defined by gritty closing performances that saw the Heat holding onto close leads or pulling off comebacks in the fourth quarter. All of that changed during Thursday night’s 95-93 loss, which may end up being Miami’s most important game…

  4. Expect Roy to be back with Blazers. Playing all 82… we’ll see

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:29 PM EST

    Brandon Roy

    Chad Buchanan got thrust into the Portland general managers job without much if any warning. Without much time to plan or think about it. Rich Cho was unexpectedly out, he was in. But this is his time of year, he’s a scout so the draft is his thing. He’s in his comfort zone with that,…

  5. How Bryan Colangelo set up the NBA Finals

    Jun 2, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

    bryan Colangelo

    I don’t have much to add to this article from Sir Charles In Charge’s Andrew Ungvari — I’m just going to recognize that it’s some excellent investigative work and deserves to be read in full. Basically, Ungvari did some homework, and figured out that both Miami and Dallas’ big roster moves can be traced back…

  6. Sources: Phoenix, Washington trying to trade up for Williams

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:36 PM EST

    Derrick Williams

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have the #2 pick in the upcoming draft, and it’s not a state secret that they’re not overly thrilled about the pick. Arizona combo forward Derrick Williams is the consensus #2 pick in the draft, and Minnesota’s two best young players are Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, so there are a ton…

  7. LeBron James is launching a store

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Gucci Cocktail Party For Ffawn

    Here’s the report, courtesy of USA Today, with a tip of the hat to The Basketball Jones: On the heels of a stunning Game 1 victory over the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night and on the brink of a possible first championship, NBA MVP, business mogul and fashion icon LeBron James has announced that he will…

  8. Nobody knows who Dirk Nowitzki is

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    Dirk in black background

    Dirk Nowitzki has carried the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals with some absolutely masterful performances, is probably the best European player to ever play in the NBA, and has been one of the league’s best players for years now. But that doesn’t mean many people actually, you know, know who he is. As it…

  9. NBA Draft profile: UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

    Tyler Honeycutt UCLA

    Tyler Honeycutt has been making the rounds of pre-draft workouts and has been turning a few heads. It’s because the 6’8” swingman out of UCLA has shot well. Everyone knew he had good size and athleticism, but his shot was not that special. Honeycutt, like the entire UCLA team, was pretty inconsistent last season, but…

  10. Dwight Howard says he is not signing an extension soon

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    From the twitter account of The Orlando Sentinel’s Joshua B. Robbins: Daniel Paulling, a reporter who attended @DwightHoward‘s function in ‘Bama 2day, reports DH said Ping’s ext. report is untrue. There’s no way around it, Orlando fans: with Orlando’s weak showing in last year’s playoffs, Howard’s talent and youth, and just how badly nearly every…

  11. Ricky Rubio is coming. Will he be good?

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:24 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    The good news: Ricky Rubio, the #5 overall pick in the 2009 draft and one of the most dynamic point guard talents in the world, is coming to the NBA and joining the team that drafted him. The bad news: Rubio really didn’t give Timberwolves fans much to get excited about during his last season…

  12. Winderman: Something good did come out of “The Decision”

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    The one-year anniversary is just over a month away. As television, “The Decision” ranks somewhere up there with “Manimal” and “B.J. and the Bear.” But unlike those Neilson losers, “The Decision,” to a degree, continues to rate as meaningful media. From this travesty, there actually has been a payoff. Thursday, as he prepared for Game…

  13. How the Orlando Magic almost got Dwyane Wade

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:54 PM EST

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    Doc Rivers played his college ball for Marquette. Dwyane Wade played his college ball for Marquette. That connection led to Wade working out for the Orlando Magic, where Doc Rivers was coaching back in 2003. Rivers was on ESPN New York radio with Mike Lupica and told a great story (via Sports Radio Interviews) I…

  14. What are the odds on Shaq’s next move?

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Shaquille O’Neal may be done with the NBA (or is he…), but he will not be quiet. Bodog Sports is taking bets on what Shaq will do next: Partake in a MMA match 2/3 Act in a Major Motion Picture 2/1 Play another game in the NBA 5/1 Put out an album 10/1 Get a…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Dallas looks to rebound. Literally.

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade goes up for a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Dallas learned some hard lessons and was asked some hard questions in their Game 1 loss in the NBA finals. What do they have to do to rebound from that and even their series with the Heat? Rebound. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said “rebound” so often during his Thursday morning meeting with the press it…

  16. The Lakers will retire Shaq’s jersey. As they should.

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    Sometimes lost in all the clowning, all the injuries of the last few years, people seemed to have forgotten what an unstoppable force of nature Shaquille O’Neal was on the court in his prime. A lot of that prime was in Los Angeles, paired with Kobe Bryant. They could not have won those titles without…

  17. Mike D’Antoni is not going to coach the Raptors

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

    Mike D'Antoni

    Almost as soon as news got out yesterday evening that the Toronto Raptors had let go of Jay Triano as coach, the rumors started in New York. Particularly from the anti Mike D’Antoni factions. Maybe the Raptors would come after him and steal him. After all, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo was the Suns GM when…

  18. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    Texas Christian University v Brigham Young University

    The Knicks are taking a long look at BYU star Jimmer Fredette in a workout Thursday. He can score and would be a good fit in an up-and-down system like the Knicks run. Here is Jimmer talking about Jimmer, and how he thinks he can defend at the NBA level. Scouts are not sold on…

  19. Nowitzki says finger injury may affect dribbling, passing

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    This is not about to stop him — Dirk Nowitzki is going to be out there on the court against the Miami Heat on Thursday night with a splint on the upper half of the middle finger on his left hand (non-shooting hand). He can adjust his shot and how he uses his guide hand…

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