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  1. Everyone readying for Cleveland's Mike Brown to be fired. Including Mike Brown.

    May 18, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has not been lined up in front of the firing squad yet, but he and his staff are requesting their last meals. While reports that Brown would be fired the day after the Cavaliers were eliminated from the playoffs were premature, everyone expected us to get to that point. And…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Kobe don't need no stinkin' practice

    May 18, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    No practice for a week. Fluid drained from your knee. So what? These little inconveniences did not slow Kobe Bryant in Game 1 against the Suns. He dropped 40 and was a key reason the Lakers won big to take a 1-0 series lead. The Suns will make adjustments, although there may not be many…

  3. What is going on in Detroit?

    May 18, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    The Detroit Pistons were a franchise that knew what it was. Family owned and civic minded. Loyal. Putting together hard-nosed defensive teams where the sum was greater than the individual parts. This season that fell apart on the court. However, Detroit News columnist Terry Foster suggests that may be just the visible manifestation of larger…

  4. Kobe's wife wears "Do I look illegal" shirt, only one talking immigration

    May 18, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson isn’t going to talk about it. Kobe Bryant won’t go near it. The Lakers aren’t going to talk about it or wear their Los Lakers jerseys. While there was a small protest outside, inside Staples Center the Arizona Immigration law discussion was dead. Except for Kobe Bryant’s wife. Vanessa Bryant is part Hispanic…

  5. John Calipari and LeBron can be bought separately; Kentucky recruit told Calipari will return

    May 18, 2010, 8:34 AM EDT

    LeBron James and John Calipari are not tied at the hip. A day after reports that CAA agent and the NBA’s quietest power broker William “worldwide” Wesley was trying to sell teams on the two as a package, everybody and their brother are denying it. The Chicago Bulls are telling ESPN.com’s Andy Katz that they…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: In LA, Suns burned by their own defense

    May 18, 2010, 1:13 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich touted the Suns improved defense. Everyone was talking about it. That’s how they were finally going to get over the hump — be just good enough on defense to go with an amazing offense. The Lakers blew that defense up. They blew right by it from the perimeter and right into the heart…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 1: Everything's coming up Lakers

    May 18, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

    Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals made one thing abundantly clear: unless the Suns are able to come up with some truly remarkable performances, the Lakers will win this series. L.A. is so talented and so long that they’ll receive the benefit of the doubt in almost every regard, and barring a transcendent performance…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1, halftime: Lakers 62, Suns 55

    May 17, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

    When Lamar Odom is on, the Lakers are a much, much tougher team. And he is on. Odom has 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting, added eight rebounds and has played good pick-and-roll defense as the Lakers took a seven point lead at the half. Kobe Bryant has added 14, Amare Stoudemire leads the…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Robin Lopez will start (TNT's EJ can shoot and other notes)

    May 17, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    Be sure to come back at 9 p.m. (Eastern, 6 on the West Coast) for our live blog from tonight’s game. Robin Lopez will start for the Phoenix Suns in the only real bit of pregame news from players and coaches before Game 1 at Staples Center. Suns coach Alvin Gentry said he wasn’t expecting…

  10. Rivers, Van Gundy don't want defeated coaches fired

    May 17, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Many of the teams in the NBA playoffs this season carried the burden of high expectations. Owners, executives, and fans all have high hopes when their favorite team goes into the playoffs with a real shot at getting to the finals or even winning the whole thing. When the team succeeds, it’s great. When they…

  11. Barnes: Magic may have been overconfident

    May 17, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers swept through the first two rounds of the playoffs with ease, only to lose home-court advantage after a game one loss to the Orlando Magic. They went on to lose the series, and it’s clear looking back that they may have underestimated the eventual Eastern Conference Champions. A year later,…

  12. Proof that the "Hot Hand" exists… on the free throw line

    May 17, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    One thing that stat heads have been saying for the last year or so is that the “hot hand” does not exist. A study at the Sloan Analytics conference a few years ago crunched the numbers on how well players shot after making one or several shots against how they shot after missing one or…

  13. Phil Jackson doesn't want to mix basketball, politics

    May 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The Lakers have Los Lakers jerseys, but they will not be wearing them. As we told you before, the Lakers are not going to play your immigration law games. Phil Jackson said later that he didn’t see what the big deal was with the law, or why teams should become involved and protest. That, of…

  14. Is Big Z done as a Cavalier?

    May 17, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas was hurt when he was traded to clear salary cap space to bring in Antawn Jamison to Cleveland. But he came back, because he loved the fans and loved the city. But now he’s got to do what is best for him. He wants to play another year or two, and while he…

  15. Steve Javie may have officiated his last game

    May 17, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Nobody really is sad when a referee retires. But they go through some of the same things players do. Steve Javie has been wearing the striped jersey out on the NBA hardwood for 24 years. He’s been in the middle of 18 NBA Finals games. Fans in a lot of cities thought he was out…

  16. Phil Jackson making more noise about retiring after this season. We give up guessing.

    May 17, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    Jeannie Buss says he will be coaching somewhere next year. Now, Phil Jackson himself makes it sound like maybe not. Another couple just not communicating. Jackson was on Fox Sports Radio‘s Petros and Money (with Matt “Money” Smith, who used to be the Lakers radio postgame guy and still does a little television for them)…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Kobe is hurt, Grant Hill is old. One will key a win tonight

    May 17, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Through the years, the one constant in the Lakers/Suns battles is that the Suns never really stopped Kobe Bryant. Raja Bell did a respectable job, but those were the days Kobe had to keep gunning because his other options were pass to Smush Parker or pass to Kwame Brown. Better to shoot over the triple…

  18. Quote of the day, Kevin Garnett loves him some Stewie Griffin

    May 17, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    “I watch a lot of Family Guy, so I don’t really watch your guys’ programs. I don’t know what you say.” –Kevin Garnett on how he dealt with all the naysayers saying these Celtics could not make a deep playoffs run.

  19. Avery Johnson may not be the Hornets man, they keep interviewing

    May 17, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    When the New Orleans Hornets went in search of a new coach, the prevailing wisdom was this was Avery Johnson’s job to lose. He’s a Louisiana native, he likes a style and pace that would suit Chris Paul, and the incoming owner Gary Chouest liked him. Johnson may have lost it. Depends on who you…

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