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  1. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 6: Lakers bench arrives just in time

    Jun 16, 2010, 12:20 AM EDT

    Something about home cooking. Does the bench body good. There’s been a high level of complexity to the results of the NBA finals thus far. Everything from the Lakers’ ball movement to the Celtics rebounding have influenced the outcome. But a consistent factor in deciding these games has been the output of the respective benches.…

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6, halftime: Lakers 51, Celtics 31

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    This was supposed to be a close series.  It has been pretty much, up until this half. The Lakers played much better defense than the last couple games, holding Boston to 34 percent shooting, 2 of 10 from three and just 31 first half points. Meanwhile the Lakers converted those misses into a lot of…

  3. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Pregame notes

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

    A few notes from inside Staples Center to tide you over until game time — and our live chat. Which you are coming back for, right? Right?!? * Phil Jackson said to expect some action with Kobe moving off the ball to get free, and less pick-and-roll action. That is smart. * He also said…

  4. Avery Johnson optimistic in introductory conference

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Now updated with some video highlights at the end. Any coach taking over the reigns of a team that won 12 out of 82 games the year before should probably believe in the power of positive thinking, and new Nets coach Avery Johnson apparently does. Johnson wasn’t shy about predicting big success for the Nets…

  5. Ding-dong, the Izzo saga is dead: Tom will stay at MSU

    Jun 15, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT

    It’s done. After days of deliberation, more deliberation, and even more very public deliberation, Tom Izzo has decided to stay at Michigan State University and decline a rather substantial contract offered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Good riddance. At this point, the pros and cons have been…

  6. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: How Boston can end the season tonight

    Jun 15, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

    Nobody gave Boston much of a chance heading into these playoffs, mostly because they hobbled and sleptwalked their way through the regular season. Ever since the playoffs started, the Celtics and their ultra-powered defense have taken their game to a whole other level, and now they’re one win away from being NBA champions. However, getting…

  7. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: How the Lakers can force a game 7

    Jun 15, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    The Lakers are 48 minutes away from losing their second NBA Finals in three years. They’re also 48 minutes away from forcing a game seven in their building. Their backs are against the wall at the current moment, but this is a 57-win team who has only lost one home game in these playoffs. And…

  8. Izzo to hold press conference, likely to stay at MSU

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    UPDATE, 6:24 PM: It looks like the latest word is that a Michigan State players meeting is set to take place at 6:45.  UPDATE, 5:59 PM: It looks like there may not be a press conference after all, as MSU officials are not confirming anything. There may, however, be a statement coming. We’ll keep you…

  9. Pritchard confirms search for replacement

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    According to the twitter account of the Columbian’s Brian T. Smith, Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard has confirmed that the team is searching for somebody to replace him. There have been rumors circling for some time that Pritchard’s firing is imminent, and that the pick he makes in the upcoming draft will be his last maneuver as…

  10. Steve Kerr quits as general manager of Phoenix Suns

    Jun 15, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    UPDATE, 5:51 PM: According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Johnny Ludden of Yahoo! Sports, the impetus behind Kerr’s departure was that Suns owner Robert Sarver asked Kerr to take a 10 percent pay cut.  ORIGINAL POST, 4:07 PM:  In a surprise move, Steve Kerr is stepping down as president and general manager of the Phoenix Suns at…

  11. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Lakers, it is back to the beginning

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    What do you do when things aren’t working? Because things are not working for the Lakers. In a series that was going to be decided inside, Boston is wining the war. The Lakers shot just 47 percent (8 of 17) at the rim last game. That is 47 percent on layups and tip ins. The…

  12. Your NBA Finals complaining stats

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    NBA referees call lots of fouls and violations over the course of a game. The players those fouls and violations are called on often disagree with the rulings made against them. This much we know. But which players are the biggest whiners when a whistle doesn’t go their way? Any NBA fan curious about that…

  13. Coby Karl believes George Karl will return to coaching

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    One of the saddest storylines of this year’s playoffs was George Karl being forced to miss the Nuggets’ first-round playoff series because of a bout with throat and neck cancer. The Nuggets lost the series in Karl’s absence, and many feared that we had seen the last of Karl as an NBA head coach. Fortunately,…

  14. Avery Johnson may hire Sam Mitchell as an assistant

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Fired ex-coaches stick together. Apparently. Because according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, new Net’s head man Avery Johnson is interviewing former Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell for an assistant’s job. Always a smart thing to have a former Coach of the Year on the sidelines. And it’s good to see Mitchell get another chance. Other assistant…

  15. Jarrett Jack reportedly wants to be traded, but nobody bothered to tell Jarrett Jack

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    We know Hedo Turkoglu wants out of Toronto, we think Chris Bosh wants out of Toronto, and we thought we knew that Jarrett Jack wanted out of Toronto. It turns out the latter isn’t exactly true, as rumors of Jack’s discontent with the Raptors organization appear to have been either greatly exaggerated or completely fabricated.…

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Boston, it is win now or never

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    There’s the math, and then there is the reality. The math says Boston needs to win just one of the two games in Los Angeles to win the title. They won Game 2, they’ve proven they can win on this floor. History says they can do it — the won a Game 7 in Los…

  17. Kurt Rambis on Pau Gasol: "He just looks tired."

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol is not soft. He is tired. That is what former Laker assistant and current Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis sees, and what he told Dan Bareirro on KFAN in Minneapolis. Gasol looked good in the first two games when he was getting help from Andrew Bynum, but with Bynum fading and Odom…

  18. Raymond Felton's future with the Bobcats as uncertain as ever

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

    While it’s incredibly clear that guys like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will be paid top dollar this off-season, establishing the market for the moderately-skilled free agents is a bit more complex. There will certainly be some teams looking to spend their cap room this summer, regardless of whether that’s on James, Joe Johnson, Carlos…

  19. Winderman: The lesson is the regular season is overrated

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    What we have here is a referendum on the regular season, affirmation, if you will, of whether the first 82 games are, as many insist, indeed overrated. At 50-32, the Celtics finished tied for the ninth-best record in the NBA. Only four of the 16 playoff teams finished behind Boston. As a matter of perspective,…

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