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  1. NBA finals, Celtics Lakers: Five keys for both teams to win it all

    May 30, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    David Stern is smiling. As always, the Midas touch commissioner got what he wanted. Two years ago the Lakers/Celtics NBA Finals was a ratings bonanza. The two most storied franchises in the NBA. Two large and passionate fan bases (based in large markets). A genuine rivalry renewed on the league’s biggest stage. Plus don’t forget…

  2. Amare Stoudemire is still a beast

    May 30, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Given space, given simple one-on-one coverage, nobody is stopping Amar’e Stoudemire. He is too strong. He is too quick. The man is a beast and if it is just you between him and the basket you are about to be in a poster. Pau Gasol was the victim Sunday. Just watch. The only question: When…

  3. Lakers looking ahead to Celtics, Suns wonder what is next

    May 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson told Paul Pierce this is the matchup he wanted. Kobe just sees another hurdle in his way. Alvin Gentry only sees Kobe Bryant. Steve Nash tries to see the future.  

  4. NBA finals, Celtics Lakers: 2010 ain't 2008

    May 30, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    The players are mostly the same. The franchises, the mascots, the colors, the pageantry, the history, the bad blood. All that’s still there. But this finals matchup is uniquely different from 2008 for five reasons. 1. The Lakers are better: When last these two teams met in the finals, the Lakers were less than a…

  5. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 6: Where do the Suns go from here?

    May 30, 2010, 4:56 AM EDT

    The thing about the Phoenix mythology? The bird does die again. The Phoenix Suns rose from the ashes this year, returning to the playoffs and not only advancing to the Western Conference Finals, but pushing the Lakers in a competitive series despite their numerous mismatches. So the natural question to ask is “What’s next?” The…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 6: Slovenian feud almost forced a Game 7

    May 30, 2010, 3:22 AM EDT

    “I’m going to kill him.” That was Kobe Bryant’s comment about teammate Sasha Vujacic to TNT’s Craig Sager after the game. He was kidding. Probably. But I would not have wanted to be Vujacic on the plane ride back to Los Angleles — it was Vujacic who made the play that swung the momentum to…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Artest, Fisher came up big when they needed to

    May 30, 2010, 12:59 AM EDT

    Coming into this year’s playoffs, a lot of people would have pointed to Ron Artest and Derek Fisher as potential weaknesses for the Lakers. Both players are battle-tested veterans who bring hustle and toughness to the floor every time they play. However, Artest and Fisher are also a step or three slow for their positions…

  8. NBA Finals, Lakers Suns Game 6: When the going got tough, Kobe got going

    May 30, 2010, 12:13 AM EDT

    When asked “Kobe or LeBron?” my answer the last year has been “LeBron for the first 42 minutes of the game, Kobe for the last six.” Saturday night is exactly why. Kobe is the best closer in the NBA. Kobe is better at making tough shots than anyone in the NBA. Kobe thrives in pressure…

  9. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 6: Is everything else for the Suns gravy?

    May 29, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    The Suns take the floor tonight for Game 6 versus the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers an underdog. They are considered out-sized, out-talented, and outmatched. But the Suns have shown resiliency in this series, coming back from a dour 0-2 deficit to even the series, then pushing the Lakers to the very wire. The Lakers…

  10. Mike Brown to be interviewed by the Nets

    May 29, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Mike Brown has coached a team to the best record in the East two consecutive years. Critics can point to the playoff flameouts, the simplistic offenses, the heavy reliance on LeBron James. (That last one makes no sense — if you have LeBron James you better use him a lot. Who should shoot more on…

  11. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 6: In this Wild West saloon game the cards are on the table, it's about the faster draw

    May 29, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    Think of the Suns/Lakers series as a poker game in an old Wild West saloon somewhere outside Phoenix. By Game 6, the cards are on the table. Both teams have gone all-in and flipped their two cards over. All that’s left to do is flip over the turn and river cards. Meaning the strategy is…

  12. Today's coaching carousel: Hawks interview Mark Jackson, Bulls chase after Thibodeau

    May 29, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Mama, their goes that wanna-be coach. Mark Jackson — the former All-Star point guard and current NBA analyst for ABC/ESPN — is getting an interview for the Atlanta Hawks head-coaching job, according to FanHouse. The Hawks waited until Jackson was done with his responsibilities covering the Eastern Conference Finals before conducting the interview. (Off topic…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6: Boston looking forward, Orlando looking back

    May 29, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    It only took a few minutes after Boston advanced to the NBA finals for the questions to turn to “can you win the title?” But Boston had already been talking about that. Orlando had been talking title, too, which makes this one hard to take.  

  14. Dwight Howard developing a jumper would be best offseason move for Magic

    May 29, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic are close. They went to the NBA finals last season, the Eastern Conference finals this season. You can see a championship from where they stand. But what is it going to take to get into the Promised Land? It’s about getting more out of what they have, not bringing in anything new.…

  15. Caron Butler wants to stay with Dallas

    May 29, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    After leaving the turmoil that the Washington Wizards season became, landing with the Dallas Mavericks had to feel like Nirvana for Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood. Stable organization, playoff team, fans in love with the team, what more could you want? Butler doesn’t want to leave. Can’t say I blame him. However, as they always…

  16. Hedo Turkoglu: "I do not want to go back to Toronto"

    May 29, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    So there you are, watching Turkish sports television, just like you do every night, when the most hated man in Toronto (well, as much as Canadians can hate anyone) comes on. Hedo Turkoglu. And the man has clearly had it with Toronto. (J.E. Skeets is everywhere, sees and knows all, and he found the show…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6: The legend of Nate Robinson grows taller

    May 29, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT

    Fans love Nate Robinson — he’s a guy their height who can come in and shoot their team to a win on any night. Coaches fear playing Nate Robinson because he freelances and can shoot you right out of a game just as easy. Doc Rivers had used Nate Robinson sparingly because of that. But…

  18. NBA finals: How do the Celtics match up?

    May 29, 2010, 12:24 AM EDT

    And lo, I saw green horse, and on them green riders, and their names were the Celtics. And hell followed with them. The Boston Celtics are returning to the NBA finals with a defense of the fiercest machinations, led by veteran stars who are still quite capable of eviscerating a defense. After dispatching the Magic…

  19. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6: Celtics defend their way to Finals, West had better beware

    May 29, 2010, 12:06 AM EDT

    Jameer Nelson came off the picks like he had done for the last two games, attacked into the paint like he had done for two games, tried to shoot like he had for two games. And there were long arms in the way. Not fouling, but altering shots. His kick-out passes led to contested Magic…

  20. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6, halftime: Celtics 55, Magic 42

    May 28, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Boston’s defense is back. With it is the running game and the big leads that the Celtics had in the first half of the season. Boston’s aggressive defense was back, holding the Magic to 44 percent shooing, and more importantly just 2 of 6 from three. With the Magic missing shots, Rajon Rondo got back…

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