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  1. Lionel Hollins agrees to extension to coach Grizzlies

    May 11, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Before last season started, the Memphis Grizzlies were expected to be a laughing stock. The team had talent — O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, and Zach Randolph could score. But they weren’t going to share the ball or play defense. Or be any good. Oh, yes they were. Coach Lionel Hollins gets some credit for that.…

  2. Quote of the day, Antawn Jamison still not quite used to being a Cavalier

    May 11, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    “It’s kind of awkward, seeing my name in the wine and gold and Cleveland.” –Antawn Jamison, on how it feels to play for the Cavs in the playoffs after battling Cleveland so many times as a Wizard (via Michael Lee of the Washington Post). Jamison, of course, goes on to express how thankful he is…

  3. Raja Bell names Miami as his fairest free agent destination of them all

    May 11, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Due to a troublesome left wrist injury, Raja Bell has largely stayed off of NBA radar this year. Then again, it’s tough to say how how prevalent a blip on the radar screen Bell would have been even if he had played. Though once regarded as a lockdown defender, Bell’s lateral movement had already begun…

  4. Spurs say they want to keep Parker. If they can is another question altogether.

    May 11, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    As was evident watching the Spurs got swept by the Suns, San Antonio needs to add some young legs and energy to the team, especially along the font line with Tim Duncan. A “stretch four” would be ideal, if you have one of those laying around they could have. However, as we discussed yesterday, helping…

  5. Knicks fans only hope: Become Celtics fans for a night

    May 11, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    Intellectually, Knicks fans know LeBron James is not leaving Cleveland to help rebuild New York. He just applied to change his number next year — something he only needed to do if he stayed in Cleveland. New Yorkers’ heads tell them all hope is lost, despite the fact the Knicks hired a full time guy…

  6. Stan Van Gundy, Magic players talk sweep

    May 11, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    It looked easy, but Stan Van Gundy said it wasn’t as easy as it looked, sweeping the Atlanta Hawks. Although, I think he was just being polite.  

  7. Mavericks get busy: start extension talks with Nowitzki, pick up Barea option

    May 11, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks have some big decisions to make this offseason, some things they should take their time and thing about. But they’ve wasted no time getting started on the things they know they want to do. Dallas has already started negotiations to extend Dirk Nowitzki’s contract, and they will pick up the option on…

  8. Kevin McHale wants to coach the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls fanbase just hangs their heads.

    May 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale was a smart basketball player, he is a smart man. He knows a good coaching gig when he sees one. And he sees and wants one — the Chicago Bulls. The entire city of Chicago just had a chill run up their spine like they walked out of a lakeside building on a…

  9. Carlos Boozer had a worse day than you

    May 11, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    If Carlos Boozer walked around singing some Boomtown Rats — “I don’t like Mondays” — I would not blame him. And I’d give him a wide berth when I can across him. For the fourth game in the series he was utterly outplayed by Pau Gasol. Boozer was 4 of 11 from the floor and…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 4: Utah, now all hope is lost. Officially.

    May 11, 2010, 2:41 AM EDT

    It’s a simple but true basketball axiom — good tall will beat good small. The Jazz are good, they played hard and execute their offense well, but the Lakers were just a taller, longer team. A better team. In the first two games of the series Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom punished the…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Magic decimate Hawks again, get second straight sweep

    May 10, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

    Well, that’s it for the Hawks. After yet another blowout, the Orlando Magic are advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals while the Hawks are going home. The Hawks were completely overwhelmed by the Magic, who never trailed in game four and maintained a double-digit lead for nearly the entire second half. After being considered the…

  12. Ross Perot Jr. sues saying the Dallas Mavericks are "insolvent"

    May 10, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban has said that there are two kinds of professional sports team owners: The kind that want to win and the kind that want to make money. You can guess where Cuban falls on that scale — the man spends. Remember, Cuban bought the Mavericks from Ross Perot Jr. (although Perot kept a minority…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Magic look for their second consecutive sweep

    May 10, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    The Magic have outscored the Hawks 331-244 over the first three games of their playoff series. Atlanta was briefly in game two; other than that, they’ve been completely dominated at both ends of the court. So many things need to change for the Hawks if they want to get a game in this series. Joe…

  14. How Rajon Rondo did his damage in game four

    May 10, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo had one of the best games in the playoffs in game four, destroying the Cleveland Cavaliers with his scoring, rebounding, and passing. In game three, the Cavaliers had success slowing Rondo down by packing the paint in the half-court and forcing him to stay on the perimeter. In game four, Boston was able…

  15. Stan Van Gundy rips Bulls over handling of Del Negro firing

    May 10, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Ever since Jeff Van Gundy started out as an analyst with ESPN, he’s made it a point to come to the defense of a lot of coaches. Recently, Van Gundy was critical of how the Chicago Bulls handled the firing of Vinny Del Negro. Del Negro was seemingly on the hot seat from the first…

  16. San Antonio Spurs: That looked like the end of an era, but can one big move revive it?

    May 10, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Phoenix’s defense is getting a lot of attention — everyone from Gregg Popovich on down is saying it’s better, even if the stats don’t really say the same thing. Whatever. That’s not why the Suns swept the Spurs aside in four games. The sweep happened because the Spurs were not the same defensive team they…

  17. NBA Draft: Butler's Hayward stays in, but lots more drop out

    May 10, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    All sorts of NBA Draft movement in the last couple days. You know what that means? Bullet points. Who doesn’t love them some bullet points. * Butler’s Gordon Hayward is in — and he will sign with agent Mark Bartelstein. Good decision by Hayward, he is a first round pick likely to go in the…

  18. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 4: It's over, but the Jazz want it to be over on their terms

    May 10, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Three losses. By a total of 14 points. All where the Jazz had a fourth-quarter lead. That is a tough out. Tonight the Lakers look to sweep the Jazz in a series that is decided. The only thing not decided is how much the Lakers get before the Game 1 with the Suns next Sunday…

  19. Robert Horry thinks the NBA has become a soft "quarterback league"

    May 10, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    Steve Nash was bloodied and injured, just another series for him against the San Antonio Spurs. Except this time it was an inadvertent Tim Duncan elbow that left him with an eye almost swollen shut. That brought back memories of Robert Horry. He has gone in the minds of some from being “Big Shot Bob”…

  20. NBA Playoffs, Cavaliers Celtics Game 4: Rondo was getting to the rim, but where was Shaq?

    May 10, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo had 21 official shot attempts (plus was fouled enough to get to the line 16 more times). Of that, 14 of those shots came in the paint. In game two, the Cavaliers did a good job of turning Rondo into a jump shooter — during the regular season his shot just 30 percent…

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