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  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: The time for strategy is past, now is about execution, desire

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Formal game plans have been drawn up. Film has been broken down and shown to the teams. Xs and Os will be on the greaseboards in the locker rooms. The coaches will go through the motions because they are creatures of routine and structure. But by Game 7 of the NBA finals, it is no…

  2. Want Game 7 tickets? Well, are you rich?

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    Ronald Regan would love this, basic supply and demand at work. Plus, he was rich so he could afford them. There are Game 7 tickets to be had if you want to go tonight. And consider dropping $2,4000 for two seats high at the top of Staples well within your budget. StubHub.com says this is…

  3. Legendary Game 7s: The Willis Reed game

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    Maybe the most famous Game 7 of them all, with Willis Reed draging his leg out on the court for a few minutes and a couple of buckets to inspire the Knicks to an NBA title. (Not often I get to type “Knicks” and “NBA title” in the same sentence.) Fun things to notice include…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Is losing Kendrick Perkins that big a deal?

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    They’re done for, right? Boston’s defense without Kendrick Perkins in the middle — that’s a donut. A donut the Lakers are eying like Homer Simpson. Right? Not exactly. If the Lakers could roll out a healthy Andrew Bynum then yes, no Perkins would likely mean a dunk fest. But Bynum is dragging around his own…

  5. Legendary Lakers/Celtics Game 7s: 1969, when the balloons never dropped but Don Nelson's shot did

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    This is awesome, mostly because of the fantastic background music, the kind of tune usually reserved for 1970s porn movies. Not that we have seen any of those, it’s just what we were told. Moving on. We talked about this legendary game yesterday. The highlights don’t get into the balloons hanging from the rafters, but…

  6. Byron Scott to get second interview in Cleveland, but Cavs not moving fast

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    After tonight, Byron Scott has nothing to do for a while. His duties as an analyst with ESPN will be done and he will have a lot more free time on his hands. Enough time to squeeze in a second interview with the Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But while…

  7. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: In Boston's own words

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

      Doc Rivers knows somebody needs to step up and be the man tonight with Kendrick Perkins out (Sheed, we’re looking at you). Paul Pierce loves him some pressure. And Kevin Garnett loves everything but playing point guard.

  8. Stoudemire done in Phoenix, if you believe one source. Or logic.

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    We were all thinking it. But nobody was saying it. Admit it, even those of you in Phoenix were thinking it, even if you couldn’t admit it to yourself. Amare Stoudemire is done in Phoenix. That’s what a source told JA Adande of ESPN. “Amare’s done,” according to the source. “He’s gone.” Stoudemire has made…

  9. Legendary Lakers/Celtics Game 7s: 1984, when Cornbread swallowed the Lakers

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Beating the Boston Celtics in the Garden in Game 7? Good luck. Even a dose of Magic was not enough to overcome the Celtics in 1984. What people forget — the Lakers were swallowed up by some Cornbread in that game.

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Let the mind games begin

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    When the Boston Celtics walked out on the Staples Center floor for their final practice of the year yesterday, Laker management had already started the mind games. Up on the usually blank scoreboards over the court, the score read 89-67. Just a little reminder, a little dig. As was noted in the Boston Globe, “Sounds…

  11. Tonight the end of an era for Boston

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    It’s never going to be the same again. This era of the Boston Celtics — The Big Three era — comes to an end tonight. Win or lose. Things will be changing in Boston, evolving. When the Celtics went out and got Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, everyone knew this era…

  12. Phil Jackson expects to have a decision on his future before the draft

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson said before that he wanted to have a decision back to the Lakers in about a week after the end of the season. Well, the season is gong to end Thursday night, one way or another. Phil Jackson said he would have a decision before the draft, which takes place June 24. Exactly…

  13. NBA finals remain highest rated since Shaq and Kobe tolerated each other

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

    America loves it some Lakers and Celtics. Of course, America also loves Dancing With The Stars and McDonald’s, so maybe we shouldn’t really trust the collective tastes of our nation. Still, these finals have been well watched. As we have been telling you throughout the finals, television ratings are up. According to ABC, the Lakers/Celtics…

  14. Tony Parker understands the Spurs window is closing

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Tony Parker is not playing for France in the FIBA World Championships this summer. He is staying in, chilling with his wife, getting healthy, and working out like mad. Why? Because it’s now or never for the Spurs and he wants to be ready, Parker told Lang Whitaker of SLAM. Hopefully we’ll make some tweaks…

  15. Tom Izzo in his own words

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

      Plenty of words have been put in Tom Izzo’s mouth, plenty of speculation on his thinking the last week. Here’s what he had to say himself.

  16. Kendrick Perkins out for Game 7

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    Tragic news for the Celtics and their fans — Kendrick Perkins is out for Game 7. He arrived at Staples Center today with his teammates, walking on crutches and with a heavy brace on the knee. Looking very down, he said he suffered a torn MCL and a partially torn PCL in his knee. An…

  17. Andrew Bynum says his knee sucks but he can play one more game

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum’s knee injury is old news — Kendrick Perkins knee injury is the new black. Everybody is talking about it. But Bynum’s knee is not feeling better, as was evident watching Bynum try to move in the second half of Game 6. It still is swollen and painful. But he is going in Game…

  18. Izzo is out, who is behind curtain number two in Cleveland?

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    And behind curtain number two we have…. No idea. Byron Scott is the only other name we know. But now that Tom Izzo has made the smart play and decided not to risk one of the better jobs in college basketball on the whims of LeBron James, the Cavaliers could go back to square one…

  19. Tom Izzo doesn't like the media coverage? Then make a decision.

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Among all the fun comments from Tom Izzo on why he decided to stay at Michigan State, and how happy all the administrators at Michigan State are that Izzo did not run off with an NBA mistress, came this interesting thread. Izzo didn’t like the media coverage. He said the coverage of this was hard…

  20. When does free agent mania cross the line? Right about at Miami-Wade County.

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Evidently serious issues like murder, drug trafficking and grand theft are not big problems in Miami-Dade County — you get that when Horatio Caine is taking off those sunglasses. That frees up the Miami-Dade County Commissioners to have time to do other important work — like unanimously voting for the area to be known as…

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