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  1. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: KG returns to form in Celtics loss

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    Before game one of the NBA Finals, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said that the matchup between power forwards Pau Gasol and Kevin Garnett would be the key to the series. With all due respect to one of the greatest coaches of all time, games two and three of the finals have not been kind to…

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Derek Fisher does what Derek Fisher does and the Celtics pay

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:17 AM EDT

    Here is the basics of the scouting report every team gets on Derek Fisher: Don’t let him catch and shoot, particularly late in games. Make him shoot off the dribble, hit pull up jumpers, do that and he will miss. So what did Fisher do in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA…

  3. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 3: Blogbook had as many field goals as Ray Allen

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    A collection of thoughts on Game 3 between the L.A. Lakers and Boston Celtics: So here’s the trick. I need to somehow convey that the Celtics and Ray Allen didn’t fail tonight necessarily without sacrificing the respect the Lakers’ defense earned in defending Jesus Shuttlesworth. You see, to say the Lakers shut him down would…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3 halftime: Lakers 52, Celtics 40

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:32 PM EDT

    If you told Celtics fans before the game that Kevin Garnett would have 15 first half points, they would have thought they would be destroying the Lakers and started celebrating. But the Celtics are down a dozen at the half, 52-40. Outside of Rajon Rondo (4-7) and KG (7-9) the Celtics are 5 of 24…

  5. Cavaliers GM Grant talks coaching search

    Jun 8, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant talks about the team’s coaching search, which has nothing to do with what LeBron James wants. Nope. Not a thing. Don’t think that for a second. In the first few seconds he dances around the Tom Izzo question like a pro.  

  6. P.J. Carlesimo to be an extremely well-paid assistant

    Jun 8, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, newly hired Toronto Raptors assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo will make the princely sum of $650,000, along with perks, next season. It does look like a lot of money for an assistant coach, but if Carlesimo can have any significant effect on Toronto’s porous defense, he will be well…

  7. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Lakers must slow down Rondo by cutting down on mistakes

    Jun 8, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo can be something of a mystery. In game one, Rondo looked like a relative non-factor. He only grabbed six rebounds, went 6-14 from the field, and totaled a good-but-not-great eight assists. He had his moments, but for the most part it looked like the Lakers had solved the Rondo riddle. In game two,…

  8. Haddadi may not play for Iran this summer, will stay in Memphis instead

    Jun 8, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    While the world’s top national teams — including Team USA — are focusing on Turkey this summer and the FIBA World Championships, there are a number of other events drawing other teams. Like the 2010 Asian Games. Iran will be taking part in that, playing basketball, but they may not have their best player, Hamed…

  9. Here's what Derek Fisher thinks of Paul Pierce's comments

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT

      Well, there you go. Fisher has always been known as one of the NBA’s true class acts, but that certainly doesn’t mean he’s a guy you want to mess with. When asked about Paul Pierce’s comments that the Celtics “won’t be coming back to LA,” Fisher’s facial expression told the whole story.  We’ve all…

  10. Mannix: Winter deserves Hall of Fame spot

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Even though Tex Winter’s career record as an NBA head coach is 51-78, he’s one of the true NBA coaching legends to emerge in the past couple of decades. When Winter took over as the coach of Marquette as a 29-year old in 1951, he was the youngest head coach in major college basketball. By…

  11. Don Nelson staying in Maui, not involved in Warriors draft preparation

    Jun 8, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Don Nelson is in Maui right now. For the record, I wish I were in Maui right now. I’d be a much better blogger in Maui. Or at least I’d have the best tan of any NBA blogger. Which really is a pretty easy honor to achieve. But I am not the coach of an…

  12. Heat give Wade a giant check to sign

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Generally speaking, I’m not the biggest fan of these free-agency “campaigns.” The top free agents this summer are grown men making an important decision for themselves, their families, and the franchise they will end up playing for. Fans acting like their city deserves a player’s services because they put together a website or cute little…

  13. Cavs owner Gilbert, GM Grant say LeBron not involved in coaching search

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    It’s a fairly common assumption that LeBron James is hand-picking his next head coach. The fact that both the Bulls and Cavaliers hired and will hire a new head coach this off-season seems to support that notion; it seems hard to fathom that either team wouldn’t consider what impact a potential head coach would have…

  14. Former NBA player Greene gets two-year doping ban

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, former NBA guard Orien Greene has received a two-year suspension for tampering with a urine test. Green had been playing for Eclips Jet MyGuide Amsterdam, a professional team in Amsterdam. (Obvious joke that comes to mind — getting a two-year suspension for failing a drug test is bad enough. When…

  15. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: It's all about the paint

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    Ray Allen got all the love last game, well deserved love at that. The man with the pure jumper was shooting it as well as anyone ever has. It was beautiful basketball. But he’s not why Boston won. The Celtics won because they took back the paint. On offense the Celtics got 46 shots in…

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Why the 2-3-2 format?

    Jun 8, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    For the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs, Game 5 returns to the home court of the higher seed. Game 6 is at the lower seed’s building, then the teams travel again for a Game 7, back to the higher seeds home court. The 2-2-1-1-1 format. But not for the NBA finals. Then the…

  17. David Geffen wants to buy the Clippers, but no sale

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 12:50 pm: Clipper team president Andy Roeser spoke with Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times and refuted these claims. She tweeted his response and added a comment: “Mr. Sterling has never expressed a desire to sell any part of his team. Because it is an asset of remarkable value, it’s true that there…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Officiating is already the story, and tip off is eight hours away

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    My plea has fallen on deaf ears. After seeing 134 free throws through the first two games, after seeing the officiating and fouls called play a key role in both games, the announcement of the referees for Game 3 has led basketball fans everywhere to say, “Are you kidding me?” In Boston and Los Angeles,…

  19. Sam Presti denies interviewing for Kevin Pritchard's job

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if there was a specific moment where things went sour between Kevin Pritchard and the Portland Trailblazers, but at this point the funk in the air is undeniable. And Sam Presti doesn’t want any of it stinking up his place with the Thunder or his status as one of the top GMs…

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