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  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Boston's signature play

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    If Boston closes out this series — if they just keep playing like they have been — then this late-game inbound play will become the constantly-replayed signature plays of the series. Another one in the long history of amazing Celtics plays.

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Phil Jackson plays good cop, Kobe Bryant plays bad cop

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    Walking into the locker room after a crucial Game 5 loss, Kobe Bryant could be heard going on an expletive-filled tirade at his team. His comment later to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski was telling. “We’ve regressed since Game 1,” Bryant confessed to Yahoo! Sports. “Our defense belongs on milk cartons in the last two games.” A…

  3. Report: LeBron "100 percent" endorses Izzo as coach

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    It has been the biggest lingering question about the Cavaliers pursuit of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo to take their head job: What would LeBron James think? Because right now all things Cavaliers revolve around what LeBron James wants and thinks. When they order new pens for the Cavaliers offices they ask, “What color pens…

  4. NBA draft: Ankle injury ends Avery Bradley's workout plans

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, possible lottery pick Avery Bradley has suffered a “mild to medium soft left ankle sprain” that will effectively end his pre-draft workout tour. This isn’t good news for Bradley. His injury hardly appears to be serious, but group workouts are exactly the kind of setting that would showcase…

  5. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 5: Blogbook will not be sitting next to Kobe on the ride home

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:03 AM EDT

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 5: Ron Artest and Derek Fisher were a combined 4-18. Let’s just let that one sit for a minute. And what’s even more stunning, Artest my have actually played worse than his shooting line indicates. At one point, he pulled off another I made the comment during the…

  6. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Note to Phil Jackson, the Celtics can win games in the fourth quarter, too

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    This is what Phil Jackson (wearing a mic) told his team during a fourth-quarter time out, as the Lakers were making a fourth-quarter run. “(Boston) loses more games in the fourth quarter than any team in the league. They know how to lose games, and they’re showing us that now.” They also know how to…

  7. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Laker mistakes doom their comeback effort

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:44 AM EDT

    Game five of the NBA Finals featured a little bit of everything. The Celtic defense stifled every Laker not named Kobe Bryant. Kobe hit impossible shot after impossible shot on his way to a game-high 38 points. The play of Ron Artest was, to put it kindly, erratic. Rajon Rondo sliced through the lane with…

  8. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Lakers problems all stem from their defense, or whatever you call that

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:31 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson was wrong after the game. He was doing what he had to do — he needed to build up his team’s confidence, not tear them down — but that doesn’t mean he was accurate. When questioned about the Lakers defense he did not seem all that disappointed. “They scored 92 points,” Lakers coach…

  9. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: Kobe Bryant hit lightspeed and left the Lakers behind

    Jun 13, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant’s third quarter was transcendent. It was simply brilliant individual basketball. He nailed a series of shots that literally, only he can make. He was incredible in turning low percentage shots into conversions time and time again. One handed runners falling out of bounds? Terrific. A near 28 foot three? Money. It was as…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5, halftime, Celtics 45, Lakers 39

    Jun 13, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

    Boston’s defense showed up big time — holding the Lakers to 39 points on 33 percent shooting. Meanwhile, the Celtics are shooting 66 percent and they are getting out in transition. Rajon Rondo has 10 points, Paul Pierce had 15 and the bench did well again. Yet the Celtics lead only by 6, 45-39. That…

  11. Avery Johnson comes very highly recommended… by Greg Popovich

    Jun 13, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    When the New Jersey Nets hired Avery Johnson earlier this week, it came with quite a few backhanded compliments. “Great regular season coach.” “Lot of potential.” “Fiery guy.” All of these purposefully ignore the elephant in the room to make it seem bigger than it is. Johnson’s teams had terrible playoff results. The discussion of…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: What happens if Bynum is not right, again?

    Jun 13, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum is going to play. He had his knee drained of more fluid, and he is in the full “I will play through the pain” warrior mode we fans expect from athletes. He will be in the Lakers starting five tonight. But he was out on the court Thursday night, too. For all of…

  13. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: Rajon Rondo may actually be a weakpoint?

    Jun 13, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo has arguably been the MVP of the playoffs up until the Finals. He has been brilliant, dominant at both ends of the floor. He’s been so good that smart, reasonable people, like myself, lost their minds and actually started wondering if Rondo was the best point guard in the league. And he’s been…

  14. Breaking News: Tom Izzo still undecided. Yes, we're serious.

    Jun 13, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    At this point, these Tom Izzo updates hurt us as much as they hurt you. This is an update to tell you that the Michigan State coach responded to texts from the AP with the cryptic “still gathering.” What’s he gathering,exactly? The people? News? Rain? Crops? “Our sources indicate Tom Izzo is gathering tomatoes for…

  15. NBA finals Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce says 'you can't predict' if he'll get going

    Jun 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Big 3 have yet to have a game where they are all clicking the finals. Typically, this kind of element elicits one of two reactions from the players in question. Either a Kobe-esque “We’ll be fine. Next game, we’ll come out and take care of business” or a more focused “We have to step…

  16. The answer is 'No, New York does not have any dignity left to waste in its pursuit of LeBron'

    Jun 13, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    They’ve put together a special edition of the New York Magazine. They’ve offered him his run of a strip club for life. The mayor has made a pitch. So has Diddy. The city of New York has pulled out all the stops in letting LeBron James know it wants him, and it wants him bad.…

  17. Ray Allen interested in Miami this summer?

    Jun 13, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers wants Ray Allen back in the green this summer. But after the Celtics shopped the soon-to-be 35 year old this year, there are going to be questions about where he’ll wind up. Saturday, the New York Daily News filed their answer to that question to a certain degree. Reports on the paper’s website…

  18. Kobe Bryant: Jerry West is the greatest Laker

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

    If you put it to a vote of the fans, Magic Johnson would probably win with Kobe Bryant a close second. Then again, maybe Chick Hearn deservedly wins it all. But among the candidates there seems to be a mutual admiration society. Jerry West said Kobe Bryant was the best Laker ever. Saturday, Kobe returned…

  19. Dwight Howard is at least hanging out with Hakeem Olajuwon

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago, Hakeem Olajuwon mentioned during the Eastern Conference Finals that he would be meeting with Dwight Howard over the summer. It would appear that wasn’t just publicity talk. Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post was the first to catch it. Howard started posting to Twitter about being in Houston, and then posted a photo…

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