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  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Rajon Rondo's block from behind

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Before we move on to Game 3, let’s look back really quickly at one of the signature plays of Game 2: Rajon Rondo’s block from behind. Two things to take away from this. First, Rondo’s recovery is amazingly quick. Just a fantastic play. Second, Ron Artest should have taken the three he had, not passed…

  2. Denver Nuggets will not be sold, it's all in the family

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Stan Kroenke has purchased 40 percent of the St. Louis Rams and is in the process of trying to buy the rest. Which is good for the Rams because Kroenke is considered one of the best owners in sports, he already has the Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche. Except, the NFL has a silly rule…

  3. New Orleans Hornets make it official: Monty Williams is the man

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    We’ve know this was coming since the weekend, but the Hornets have made it official and announced former Portland assistant Monty Williams as their new head coach. He will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Reports are this is a three-year deal, with a team option for a fourth. Williams, 38, now becomes…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce talks trash to a fan. Alert the media.

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    Let’s get the facts out of the way first: With 1:12 left in Game 2 and the Celtics up by seven, Paul Pierce came over to help Kevin Garnett up off the ground and said: “We are not going back to L.A.“ Here is the video, via Sports By Brooks, and Pierce is clearly saying…

  5. Economics professor takes a look at the "clutch" debate

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    One of the key questions of the statistical movement, both in baseball and in basketball, is whether or not “clutch” performance exists. Most casual fans and basketball cognoscenti are absolutely positive that some players have the capacity to raise their game when it matters most, and other players tend to shrink in those same situations. …

  6. Greek Finals game ends in insane fashion

    Jun 7, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

    (skip to the 4:10 mark to see the part with the flare gun) Every once in a while, it’s nice to take a break from NBA Finals coverage to remind everyone just how much crazier they could be. The above is footage from game four of the Greek A-1 league finals between Olympiakos and Panathinaikos.…

  7. Source says Thibodeau hiring won't influence James' decision

    Jun 7, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Current Boston Celtics assistant coach and soon-to-be Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was the mastermind behind the defense that rendered LeBron James ineffective for long stretches of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Thibodeau is also represented by CAA, which gives him ties to LeBron’s representation as well as his mentor, the mysterious and powerful William Wesley. …

  8. NBA Finals: Game 2 draws highest overnight ratings since 2004

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Sunday night’s NBA Finals game drew a very impressive 10.9 overnight rating, up 10 percent from the 9.9 rating game 2 of the 2009 Finals drew. The 10.9 overnight rating is the highest rating for a NBA Finals game two since 2004, when the Shaq/Kobe/Malone/Payton Lakers faced the Detroit Pistons…

  9. Sorry Clippers, looks like Larry Brown is staying in Charlotte

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

    Larry Brown is back in Charlotte, doing his job. Which is still head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. The same job he will have next season. Apparently. That is what he is telling Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. “I’m here, coaching. So obviously I’m under contract, doing my job.” So I followed up on…

  10. Gary Payton thinking about getting into coaching

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    After he retired, Gary Payton went to Vegas. And settled down. Sounds like an oxymoron to people who have only spent a drunken, ultimately penniless night on the strip. But Vegas has grown into a big city, with suburbs and people who make their livings as dentists and mechanics and Thai restaurant cooks. People who…

  11. LeBron doesn't need New York, he can make it anywhere

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    The old school thinking goes like this — LeBron James needs to go to New York for the marketing opportunities. If he can be this big in Cleveland, imagine what will happen when he gets close to those marketing firms on Madison Avenue. When he gets in the bright lights of the media market that…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: For the sake of watchable basketball, referees stop blowing the whistle

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    One hundred and thirty four. That is how many free throws we’ve gotten to witness through the first two games of the NBA finals. That is 67 free throws a game. The league average was about 48 a game during the regular season. That is a 71 percent increase in foul calls for the NBA…

  13. Avery Johnson is the front-runner for the Nets job

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    The Nets are still talking to other candidates and keeping their options open, but the scuttlebutt is the job is going to Avery Johnson. Even Byron Scott — a man really looking for a chance to return to the NBA, but with almost no chance of returning to New Jersey — thinks so, and that’s…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Where did the Laker offense go wrong?

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    All things considered, the Lakers’ Game 2 offense was not a failure. Their free throw rate was off the charts, their offensive rebound rate was stellar, and the turnovers were completely manageable. It was L.A.’s drop-off combined with Boston’s improved offensive execution that tipped the balance, which makes assigning specific blame a bit tricky. Sure,…

  15. Report: Sergio Rodriguez close to deal with Real Madrid

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Sergio Rodriguez is leaving the Knicks to return to Europe. According to the report, he is very close to signing a three-year deal with the Spanish team for $1.5 million euros (about $1.8 million dollars) a year. Think of this like the Josh Childress situation. The Knicks had the restricted…

  16. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Getting a hot Ray Allen the ball, and guys in panchos

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    After the game, there was a lot of talk about Ray Allen getting open and draining threes. Most of this video is about that. But watch until the last question. No, that is not me. And not Matt Moore (although there is a resemblance there). That is Fox Sports Radio and LA area sports talk…

  17. Clipper players lobby for Kelvin Sampson to be next coach

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    The Clippers are being very deliberate in their search for a new head coach. Deliberate is a kind word. Painfully slow may be another way to put it. Waiting for LeBron to choose may be another. Waiting for Godot may be most accurate. But some Clippers players are making themselves heard, according to the Journal…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: How rare is it for a shooter to nail seven straight threes? Not as rare as you'd think.

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Ray Allen’s shooting performance last night was positively scrumtrulescent, but leave it to the hard data to put a damper on things. In light of Ray’s finals record-breaking evening (and some prodding in a piece by Henry Abbott at TrueHoop), Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference.com dug into history books to ascertain just how often three-point shooters…

  19. Dick Bavetta isn't getting any love from the NBA

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dick Bavetta is one of the biggest names in NBA officiating. That’s in part because of a race/kiss that Bavetta shared with one Charles Barkley at the 2007 All-Star Game, but also because at 70 years young, Bavetta is something of a marvel among the refereeing ranks. Getting up and down the court to call…

  20. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: When it's not Kobe time, it's ugly time for the Lakers

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant entered back into the game with 6:16 left in the contest and proceeded to score five-quick points — an and-1 where Ray Allen fouled him near the elbow, followed by another bucket with a spin-to-the-left move on Allen. Then Kobe — a little tentative with five fouls — couldn’t make a shot, as…

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