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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. Board of Governors approves Wizards sale

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Ted Leonsis, despite day-to-day involvement with the Wizards, wasn’t technically the owner. Thanks to the beauty of the NBA bureaucracy, the sale of the team hinged on approval from the NBA’s Board of Governors, as do all transactions of this ilk. Well, everything is now officially official: according to the Associated Press, Leonsis’ purchase of…

  6. Cleveland's coaching catch-22

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Cavaliers are doing a little coaching tango with Tom Izzo, Michigan State’s legendary college coach. An offer is on the table, according to reports. But Izzo’s no dummy — he’s not going to sign up for a rebuilding project in the NBA. He’s only making the leap if he has a shot at a…

  7. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: If Boston wins tonight, history would giggle with delight at their chances

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    At some point, playoff game descriptors seem to get a bit ridiculous. There’s the crucial Game 1, the decisive Game 3, the tide-turning Game 5, and sometimes a winner-take-all Game 7. Our apparent affinity for odd numbers aside, it’s all a way of disguising one ever-important fact: every playoff game is essential. Game 7s may…

  8. Turkoglu actually wants to go to Sacramento

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    With all due respect to the great Tom Ziller, not many people choose Sacramento. It’s a place people end up. It’s a seat of power (California’s capital), but as a metropolitan center, well… let’s just say it’s lacking. You don’t hear major free agents to be raving about the nightlife in Sac Town. Not like…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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. …

  14. 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.…

  15. 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. …

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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