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  1. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: The Suns get in the zone and suddenly it looks like a series

    May 24, 2010, 12:18 AM EDT

    Saturday in practice, Suns coach Alvin Gentry was not happy. He wanted to run some more zone but the Suns were playing it worse than they had in the first two games. Which was hard to do because they had been terrible at it in those games and the Lakers had carved it up. “To…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3, halftime: Suns 54, Lakers 47

    May 23, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT

    The Suns have gotten into a zone. The Suns came out far more aggressive on offense– they looked like the Suns we’ve been expecting on offense. Amare Stoudemire was attacking the rim, Steve Nash was hitting rainbow jumpers, even Robin Lopez had a power dunk. But that didn’t stop the Lakers offense in the first…

  3. Guess which Laker started talking about the NBA Finals already? Go on, guess.

    May 23, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    If you guessed Andrew Bynum, you’re a winner! On the one hand, Bynum’s completely right to start talking about a Lakers-Celtics Finals. The Lakers easily dispatched the Suns in Games 1 and 2, and the Celtics have taken the Magic out the back door and thrown them in the gutter. So stating the obvious, that…

  4. A.J. Price injures knee, will undergo surgery, out 'a couple of months'

    May 23, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    So the good news is that there are more embarrassing ways to get injured. Snowboarding. Moped accidents. Slipping in the shower. But A.J. Price, who was coming off a very promising rookie season, has suffered a significant injury doing something which shouldn’t lead to an impact on his career. Price was injured during a celebrity…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: The Suns try to keep it simple, stupid

    May 23, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry asked his team to step up its defensive game as they came into the Western Conference Finals with the Lakers. He asked them to front to keep the ball out of the post, to pressure the ball out of Kobe Bryant’s hands, he asked them to do things a little bit differently and…

  6. NBA Draft: Who's dealing? A look at tradeable picks

    May 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    A significant side effect of the lottery is that teams who don’t necessarily need or want a nigh impact player at various positions get slotted in draft positions to acquire such a player. It also means that teams see an opportunity to cash in on a high impact young player by moving the pick for…

  7. Hedo Turkoglu: "I'm not happy" in Toronto

    May 23, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    There were times that Hedo Turkoglu seemed happy in Toronto. For example, late at night in the clubs. But not on the court, and he said as much in an interview with a Turkish newspaper (via Rotoworld). (Be warned, when you click this is a pretty rough translation.) “I’m not happy. I’m depressed because of…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 3: Ray Allen can dunk, too

    May 23, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    The Celtics did pretty much whatever they wanted in Game 3. For example, Ray Allen decides to drive for a power dunk rather than drain the three. It was that kind of game. As for the Magic, the question on this play is the one you could ask all game: Where was the help? The…

  9. NBA Free Agency: Did the Heat clear too much space?

    May 23, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat had big plans for this summer. First order of priority was to create enough room to re-sign Dwyane Wade, who loves Miami like its his mother, to max contract. The next step was adding another max free agent to prove to Wade he could win another championship in Miami after the last…

  10. So what's the deal with the Chris Bosh free agency list?

    May 23, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    On Friday, we told you about the report from Chad Ford of ESPN concerning a list of teams Chris Bosh’s agent had provided the Raptors. The list was for teams he was looking to sign with, and included the Heat, Knicks, Bulls, and Lakers, so that the Raptors could begin considering a sign and trade.…

  11. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics Game 3: This one is on the Magic players

    May 23, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic got punched in the mouth. They fell to the ground. And they didn’t even try to get back up. Let’s not take anything away from the Celtics, they came out hungry, they came out wanting to end it. And they did. Well, sure, they still have to play one more game, but…

  12. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Glen Davis is the harbinger of doom

    May 23, 2010, 1:08 AM EDT

    Glen Davis plays like a drunk seal, often falling over on routine shots, belly flopping like he’s trying to earn a cracker. He’s a thick-fingered power forward with minimal elevation and low athletic upside. He shot 43.7% from the floor this season and was criticized for not having his focus ready. Well, the seal’s grown…

  13. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Celtics somehow manage to outdo themselves

    May 22, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    There is no point in playing Game 4. None. If there was any way, I think the Magic would actually be okay with a mercy rule and just calling it a three game sweep. Because they clearly have no interest in trying at all. It’s a struggle to find a hook to explain this game.…

  14. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Celtics dominating Magic, reaching for brooms

    May 22, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

    Can we end this series now? Are we going to force ourselves to go through a Game 4? At the half, the Orlando Magic, facing an 0-2 deficit with little hope, their backs against the wall with their playoff lives on the line, are getting destroyed 51-34 by the Boston Celtics. This series could not…

  15. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: J.J. Redick's schizophrenic series

    May 22, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    We told you J.J. Redick would be a part of this series. And for better AND for worse, he has been. Redick put his mark on Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals moreso than any playoff game in his career. It was Redick who scored 16 points and added five rebounds and four assists,…

  16. NBA lowers the boom on Cuban for tampering comments about LeBron James

    May 22, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban can’t be surprised he was fined today, but nonetheless, he’ll be feeling a frown on his face when he gets the bill. Less than two days after word broke that Mark Cuban had told CNN Money that the Mavericks would be interested in James if he were to opt-out and enter free agency…

  17. Report: Dirk Nowitzki will opt-out, become free agent

    May 22, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    No matter how reasonable the Mavericks will try and make this move and no matter how likely they willl say it is that he re-signs, the fact is today’s move will send tremors throughout the NBA landscape examining this summer’s free agency. The move? ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Dirk Nowiztki is expected to opt-out…

  18. NBA Draft: DeMarcus Cousins, the boom or bust debate

    May 22, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    I clearly remember the first time I watched a Kentucky game this season. Like everyone else, I wanted to see what this John Wall kid was all about, so I timed a Saturday morning trip to the gym with a Kentucky game, got my spot on the stationary bike and watched. Within just a few…

  19. Hey LeBron James – come to the Clippers and pick your own coach

    May 22, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    The Philadelphia 76ers have got their man. The New Orleans Hornets are down to a couple assistant coaches they like. The Hawks are interviewing. The Nets waited for their new owner to be in place but their coaching search is going. The Bulls have done an interview and fended off John Calipari rumors. And the…

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