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  1. Tiago Splitter wins Spanish title, now considering coming to the Spurs

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter could be the Spurs savior. San Antonio wants to make one more run with Tim Duncan at the heart of the lineup, but these playoffs showed that even with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili the team isn’t there. Splitter could change that. He is the best center in Europe, skilled and physical. He…

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Jordan Farmar dunks on Kevin Garnett

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Things we did not expect to see in Game 6: Jordan Farmar dunking on Kevin Garnett. But he did in the second quarter to bump the Lakers lead up to 20. While the lead was big, this ended up still being a big play, giving the Lakers bench that had been basically nonexistent for five…

  3. O.J. Mayo dreams of being a point guard

    Jun 16, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Point guard was a weak spot or Memphis last season. It was one of their least productive spots on offense. It was where they got burned a lot defensively. It is one position the Grizzlies need to improve for next year. Enter O.J. Mayo. The team’s starting two guard is spending the summer in Memphis…

  4. Kerr goes, does that mean Amare Stoudemire is next?

    Jun 16, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

    Steve Kerr’s job number one this summer is to re-sign Amare Stoudemire. Make that was job number one. His new job number one is to work out that contract with TNT. Job number two is to stay out of his wife and kids way — they have a routine set. So what happens to the…

  5. Quote of the Day: Big Baby's motivation speech

    Jun 16, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

    “We went through too many ups and downs to lose like this,” Davis said. “Out of all the teams in the league we were the one that struggled. We were the one that went through the bumps and bruises. We went through the, ‘we’re old.’ We went through the ‘oh, they can’t play, they’re going…

  6. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Role Players turn game six into a blowout

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:33 AM EDT

    In games four and five, the main difference between the Lakers and the Celtics was that the Celtic role players played like they were ready to win an NBA Finals, and the Laker role players played like they were terrified to be playing in an NBA Finals.  You can talk all you want about what…

  7. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 6: Blogbook thinks the C's have 'Tremors'

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:29 AM EDT

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 6… You’re all familiar with “Tremors“, right? Classic mid-90′s comedy horror film about gigantic sand-worm-like creatures that come up from the ground and suck people into the earth, eating them? Yeah, the Lakers were a lot like that tonight. They overwhelmed Boston from the beginning, and you could…

  8. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Perkins goes out, Celtics go down. But is it for the count?

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:23 AM EDT

    Boston did not lose this game at the 5:30 mark of the first quarter. When Kendrick Perkins went down the Lakers were already up 6 points, L.A. had been dominating the boards, they were shooting better, they were playing with energy and getting to the 50/50 balls. But that moment may have cost them Game…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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