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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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”…

  11. 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…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: The incredible, invisible Antonio McDyess

    May 10, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    What’s so remarkable about the playoffs is how quickly things can change for any one team. The Suns, who at one point struggled to keep pace with the injury-riddled Blazers, now look like a dominant playoff team. The nature of playoff match-ups change everything. Players, strategies, and specific styles can expose weaknesses in opponents or…

  13. Bulls new coach: playoff experience required. Apply within.

    May 10, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    The Bulls are taking their time with their coaching search — which is a smart thing. More than any other franchise out there looking right now, Chicago has the sexy foundation and chance to draw a top free agent that could bring coaches out of the woodwork. No need to rush and interview all the…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Should Nash's performance be immortalized?

    May 10, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    For the majority of the NBA year, injuries are temporary roadblocks. They’re set-backs that while inconvenient or possibly crippling, are mostly considered to be minor negative obstacles. There are overreactions to a foot injury here or a knee injury there, but for the most part they are self-contained, isolated events that create a bit of…

  15. Reading the Chris Bosh tea leaves: Yeah, he's gone.

    May 10, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Our homeboy Ira Winderman explained it on Friday — by the time July 1 comes around, team executives are already going to know what is going on with the top free agents. That’s because teams afraid of losing them for nothing will have already started talking sign-and-trades. That includes Chris Bosh. For now, we’re trying…

  16. Will the Jazz trade a key player to keep Boozer? Probably not.

    May 10, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz will get some offseason help thanks to Isiah Thomas — he traded them the Knicks first round pick this year. But who to draft will be the easy question for the Jazz, the bigger question is what to do about free agent to be Carlos Boozer. Sign him? A sign-and-trade with another…

  17. Can the Atlanta Hawks afford to revamp and remodel?

    May 10, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    After a pathetic game three performance by the Atlanta Hawks — one that followed two other ugly losses to the Orlando Magic, which followed them getting pushed seven games by the Milwaukee Bucks — there are calls to break up the Hawks. There are calls to fire Mike Woodson (that one we’re down with). There…

  18. The Boston Celtics: This is Rajon Rondo's team now

    May 10, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    The Big Three. KG, PP and Ray Allen. The veteran All-Stars who got together to return Boston to glory. The men that hung a new banner in the Garden two years ago. Three men now part of Celtics lore. This is not their team any more. This is Rajon Rondo’s team. If they are going…

  19. Sixers continue effort to interview everyone on planet, Bill Laimbeer and Sam Mitchell are latest

    May 10, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Philadelphia may or may not be any closer to finding a new head coach — that knowledge is only in the head of general manager Ed Stefanski and that is not a place I want to go — but they are getting their money’s worth out of the interview process. According to the Associated Press,…

  20. Rajon Rondo avoids being another LeBron James highlight, makes his own

    May 10, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    In the first game of the season, way back in October, Rajon Rondo had what looked like a breakaway layup, but instead it became a highlight chasedown block by LeBron James, who caught up with him and swatted it off the backboard. Fool me once… In the same situation in Game 4 Sunday, Rondo made…

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