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  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Should we expect more of L.A.'s 1-2 pick-and-roll?

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Over the final six minutes of the fourth quarter in Game 3, the Lakers leaned rather heavily on an unconventional set: the 1-2 pick-and-roll, in which Kobe Bryant wold set a high screen for Derek Fisher (or sometimes vice-versa). Some teams feature 1-2 pick-and-roll plays regularly in their offense, but it just isn’t a set…

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Can the Celtics keep Kobe Bryant from beating them?

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant has not had a great NBA finals. Sure, he put up 30 points in Game 1 and 29 in Game 3, but he is shooting just 39.4 percent. He is not efficient. He got 29 points last game, but it took him 29 shots to get that. Boston’s defense is giving Kobe problems.…

  3. NBA Draft: Sacramento hosts draft workout clash of the titans

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    While the bright lights of the NBA shine on the Lakers and Celtics, the real work of the league right now is taking place in practice facilities, with college players going at each other under the watchful eyes of scouts and general managers. It is draft workout season. This is where teams bring in a…

  4. Mavericks will pick up Barea's contract

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    This was a no brainer, because good and affordable backup point guards are not easy to come by, but the Mavericks are about to pick up the option on J.J. Barea. Barea gave the Mavericks a solid 20 minutes, 7.6 points and 3.3 assists per game off the bench. He shoots at a decent rate…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Hey look, Doc can nudge the refs in the press, too

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    While there are plenty of coaches around the league that don’t quite enjoy the mandatory media relations part of the gig, Phil Jackson isn’t really one of them. Not only does Phil throw on a happy face for the media every once in awhile, but he, better than any coach in the league, understands how…

  6. Andres Nocioni to Sacramento: "I said openly I would not stay."

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Don’t be surprised if the Sacramento Kings are involved in a draft day trade, and look for Andres Nocioni to be in the package. The Argentinean forward did an interview with Ole, an Argentinean sports publication. (We’re surprised an Argentinean sports publication has time for basketball on the eve of the World Cup, but whatever.…

  7. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Celtics minority owner confronts David Stern after Game 3 over officiating

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Plenty of people watching the NBA Finals have wanted to yell at NBA Commissioner David Stern about it. Celtics minority owner Jim Pallotta did just that after Game 3. He confronted Stern and said the officiating was an embarrassment to the league. That likely means a fine is on the way, and maybe a healthy…

  8. Pacers assistant coach wins game, gets fired for it

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Due to family situations or health emergencies, every season a couple top assistant coaches get the chance to slide down one seat and become the man for a game or three. They get to be the head coach. Usually little really changes save for a much worse use of time outs. It’s usually pretty boring…

  9. Byron Scott now the guy in line behind Tom Izzo for Cavaliers coaching job

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert is a Michigan State graduate, and on that campus Tom Izzo walks on water. That’s how a college coach with plenty of questions about how he would succeed in the NBA has become the guy at the center of the Cleveland coaching discussion. But now Byron Scott is the other guy…

  10. What's next for the Hawks?

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    Atlanta has been very deliberate in their coaching search, but they clearly liked Avery Johnson. The met with him three times, including last weekend. Little word was coming from the team, but Johnson seemed to be a frontrunner. Johnson’s with the Nets. So, now what? It’s down to Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey, Hawks assistant Larry…

  11. John Wall signs shoe deal with Reebok

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    John Wall is determined to carve his own path. He did not follow the pied piper that is William Wesley to his preferred agents. He did not follow LeBron James to his marketing agency. And now he’s not going with Nike for his shoe deal. Or even Adidas. Wall has agreed to a deal with…

  12. Heat throw party to show Udonis Haslem they want him back, too

    Jun 9, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Priority one for the Miami Heat this summer is to bring Dwyane Wade back. The Heat aren’t being subtle about that, either. But they have another free agent they want back, too — Udonis Haslem. To show him a little love, they threw a surprise 30th birthday party for him — bringing over 200 people…

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Doc Rivers complains about officiating, dabbles in irony

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Let’s be clear up front: The officiating during the NBA finals has not been good. Fans from Boston to Los Angeles have been complaining as games have been called tight and stars have been in foul trouble. Wednesday it was Doc Rivers turn to flirt with a fine from the league, as reported by ESPN’s…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Talking Derek Fisher, the day after

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    After practices on the off day, everybody was still talking Derek Fisher. Even Derek Fisher.  

  15. David Stern is just fine with the officials, what are you talking about?

    Jun 9, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    If there is one thing the NBA loves, it’s when the officials become the story. Fans are talking about it. Players have been fitted with the shock-collars of heavy fines, which were applied liberally in the first rounds so now guys hold their tongues. The coaches try to be subtle. Doc Rivers was ironically complaining…

  16. Nets have deal with Avery Johnson to become coach

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    You knew the little general was going to get a job somewhere this summer. Looks like he got a prime one. ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting via twitter that the Nets have reached a verbal agreement with Avery Johnson on a contract to become their next head coach. The talks didn’t last long, which is…

  17. NBA instant replay: Do we need more of it? A PBT roundtable discussion

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    The star of the NBA finals Game 3 — just after Derek Fisher but ahead of Brian Scalabrine — was instant replay. The officials went to it constantly down the stretch of a close game. Good, because they got the calls right, sort of; or bad because it disrupted the flow of the game? We’ve…

  18. Winderman: After the big name free agents, what will be left for everyone else?

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Amid Game 3 of the NBA Finals and Izzo-gate in Cleveland, two small but telling stories fell somewhat through the cracks Tuesday. In Phoenix, amid Amare Stoudemire’s garish grab for a six-year, $134 million free-agent contract, Grant Hill exercised his $3.3 million option to return to the Suns next season. And in Atlanta, Mo Evans…

  19. Izzo's decision hinges on LeBron's decision

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Tom Izzo is reaching out for advice on what to do — stay at Michigan State or make double his current salary and coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.? We and pretty much everyone else has suggested that Izzo’s decision has to hinge on LeBron James. Izzo talked to former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote (the guy…

  20. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: The good news and the bad news for Boston's offense

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    As the Celtics look to move on from their Game 3 loss, they can find some redemption in how much they were able to accomplish with so little going right. As much as I’d like to say that Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were smothered by the Lakers’ defense, that doesn’t quite do justice to…

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