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  1. Tony Parker to have MRI on injured shoulder

    May 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tony Parker had a pretty bad night last night. Losing to go down 0-3 to the Suns who the Spurs have traditionally owned, getting limited by Goran Dragic’ defense and watching the young Slovenian shred him and the rest of his team for 23 points in the fourth quarter. Oh, yeah, and he hurt his…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 3: To beat LA, the Jazz are going to have to improvise

    May 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Improvisation is one of the cornerstones of jazz. Except in Utah. The Jazz are one of the most structured teams in the NBA, they execute their flex offense with a precision no team in the Association can match. Crisp passes, plenty of off-the ball movement, flashes into the high post, back door cuts. It tore…

  3. Sixers interested in Thunder Dan for head coach

    May 8, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    The Sixers are certainly doing their homework. The Sixers have brought in just about every candidate you can think of to interview for their head coaching position left vacant after the firing of Eddie Jordan. Avery Johnson, Doug Collins, and Mark Jackson (who withdrew his name) are just a few of the names on the…

  4. Last Night in the Playoffs: Classic defenses torn asunder

    May 8, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    For the past three seasons, the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics have been pillars of defensive excellence in the NBA. They’ve consistently managed to find victory by shutting down their opponent. The blueprint was always the same. Consistent terrific help on any perimeter penetration, effective, smothering doubles on post-players, and a persistent maintenance…

  5. NBA Playoffs Suns Spurs Game 3: Goran Dragic just happened

    May 8, 2010, 12:43 AM EDT

    No one saw this coming. Goran Dragic went absolutely nova in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, destroying the vaunted Spurs’ defense in route to a 110-96 win for the Suns in Game 3 Friday night. The Phoenix Suns, with all their tortured history against this team, with…

  6. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 3: Witness the power of this fully operational elbow

    May 7, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

    The pendulum swings both ways. Tonight, LeBron James swung it through the Celtics’ fortress walls and left their homecourt advantage in ruins. James took over in a way we haven’t seen, maybe since his Game 5 performance against the Pistons in 07, completely dominating at both ends of the floor while getting his teammates involved.…

  7. NBA Playoffs Suns Spurs Game 3: Parker to start

    May 7, 2010, 9:06 PM EDT

    Head coach Gregg Popovich said in his pregame comments that Tony Parker will start tonight, with George Hill headed to the bench. Parker presents a much tougher matchup for Steve Nash, whose hesitation dribble also gave Hill trouble. Nash has had difficulty staying with Parker for, oh, five years. Parker’s been shooting from range well,…

  8. Ron Artest not a fan of Phil Jackson's coaching style

    May 7, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    UPDATE 8:48 PM: Friday after practice, Ron Artest would not admit if he made these tweets. His brother, Daniel, had tweeted later in the day that Artest’s account has been hacked. When asked about it, Artest was vintage Artest. He wouldn’t answer the question, challenged the assembled reporters to quote the posts exactly, then said…

  9. Grant Hill will be back with the Suns next year. Did you know he is old?

    May 7, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

    Grant Hill thinks it’s pretty funny that there seems to be a law requiring announcers to say his age every time they say his name. “It’s 37-year-old Grant Hill with the three.” “Look at how Grant Hill fill the lane on the break at age 37.” “Look at Grant Hill, still able to take a…

  10. Winderman: NBA teams already talking with each other about 2010 free agents. Legally.

    May 7, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    The widely accepted notion is that 2010 free agency won’t begin until just after the stroke of midnight July 1, that any mention of a pending free agent who did not finish the season on your roster would bring a swift rebuke from the league office. Uh, not quite. The chatter already has begun among…

  11. John Wall, Evan Turner show everyone doesn't want to be like LeBron

    May 7, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    In the 1990s, Michael Jordan ruled on the court, his agent David Falk ruled off it. Falk had around 40 clients and those included most of the big names of the decade, guys like Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning. He bullied around the Players Association in the 1995 lockout, and was involved behind the scenes…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Celtics look to put the knife to Cavs' elbow…er, throat

    May 7, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

    Things change just that quickly. Four weeks ago, the Celtics were meekly limping into the playoffs, looking like nothing but a stepping stone for whoever would contend for a title. The Cavaliers looked very much the best team in the league, and once again looked like this would finally be their their. Things can change…

  13. Spurs go "loco," read whatever political statement into that you want

    May 7, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    In the wake of the “Los Suns” controversy –and if you don’t think it was controversial, check out our commenters on the story — the Suns/Spurs series shifts to San Antonio. Another former part of Mexico. Another city with a lot of Mexican influences. Another city with a large Hispanic population. Another city where immigration…

  14. Vince Carter winning by fitting in

    May 7, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    This wasn’t old-school Vinsanity. The old Vince Carter won games by taking them over and just outscoring the other team nearly single-handedly. That is not how you win a title. You do that by getting your points in the flow of the offense, making the other team respect you and that opens up good looks…

  15. LeBron speaks about his elbow: It hurts sometimes.

    May 7, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    We’ve heard directly from LeBron’s elbow today. Turns out he’s pretty funny. But we’ve also got the actual LeBron talking seriously about his elbow, too. Courtesy Brian Windhorst writing for ESPN: “If it’s hurting throughout the game; there’s no way it can stay off your mind,” James said. “You want to be conscious about it,…

  16. LeBron's elbow speaks

    May 7, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    The Basketball Jones was able to obtain this exclusive interview with LeBron James’ elbow.  He is branching out from his twitter account. Aside the bone bruise, it has a few other issues. That’s all I’m saying.

  17. Gilbert Arenas released from halfway house today

    May 7, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas has served his debt to society — which apparently involved playing a lot of basketball at the halfway house where he was assigned. I think we all feel safer now. The Washington Post has the details. The Wizards star, who pleaded guilty this year in D.C. Superior Court to a felony handgun violation…

  18. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Oh, how Tim Duncan has fallen

    May 7, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    When all is said and done, Tim Duncan will rightfully go down in history as one of the best — if not the very best — defender the game has ever seen. That’s why Duncan’s suddenly diminished defensive effectiveness in this series has been so startling. Don’t get me wrong, there are times where Tim…

  19. Sam Mitchell the latest coach linked to the Sixers

    May 7, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    Mark Jackson may think he’s too good to coach the Philadelphia 76ers, but the same isn’t true of former Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell. Smitch is scheduled to be the third interviewee for the gig according to Phil Jasner of the Philadelphia Daily News, and if nothing else, he would definitely be a bit different…

  20. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 3: Jefferson's big scoring night was all part of the plan

    May 7, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    In Game 2, Richard Jefferson scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. For some guys in this league, that’s a walk in the park. For Jefferson this season, it my be closer to a modern miracle. After being touted as one of the keynote acquisitions by any team last off-season, RJ has disappointed time and time…

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