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  1. Cavaliers are not happy, not panicked either

    May 4, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    That was an old fashioned ass-kicking the Celtics put on the Cavaliers last night. Not shockingly, the Celtics players were pretty happy, but get a minute in and you will see one ticked off Cavaliers coach Mike Brown. He should be, his team played with no desire. LeBron James admits it, but isn’t nearly as…

  2. David Stern on LeBron: "Hopefully, he'll stay."

    May 4, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    I don’t know if you’ve heard this, but LeBron James can be a free agent this summer. No, really. He can be. The media is ignoring this little story, but it is true. (Before you write something in the comments, read that paragraph again in a sarcastic voice.) Since everyone else in America had weighed…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Suns Spurs Game 1: By the way, Steve Nash can score, too. A lot.

    May 4, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Here’s the counterintuitive trick to beating the Phoenix Suns — you want Steve Nash to score. Seriously. The theory is that when Steve Nash is forced to shoot he is less dangerous than when he is feeding Amare Stoudemire and Grant Hill dunks. Phil Jackson has used this defense with a lot of success. The…

  4. Fear the deer. No, literally fear the deer, as two break into Wisconsin pub after game

    May 4, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    You’re sitting in the Stout Ale House in Wisconsin, having just finished watching the Bucks ad Hawks game seven, wearing your “Fear the Deer” T-shirt, drowning your sorrows — when it became literally time to fear the deer. That’s because two disoriented and frightened deer crashed through the front door of the pub and went…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Surprise, surprise, pace still matters

    May 3, 2010, 11:44 PM EDT

    The Suns aren’t quite the Suns, as they traded in their rocket boots for some decent, reliable New Balance kicks (Matt Bonner approved, coincidentally). That simply means that they run rather than fly, and while their pace isn’t the torrid, unmatchable sprint it used to be, Phoenix still likes to push the pace (97.6 possessions…

  6. NBA playoffs: Celtics crash Cavs' Game 2 MVP party, send series back to Boston tied 1-1

    May 3, 2010, 10:18 PM EDT

    There have been more embarrassing games by a number one overall seed at home after having their franchise player win the MVP. Well, one at least. But the performance by the Cleveland Cavaliers was so pathetic, and that of the Boston Celtics so dominant, this one is likely to leave a lingering stench in the…

  7. Steve Nash is "Nashty"

    May 3, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    It is not my favorite of the Steve Nash movies this season — this one wins that award — but still any movie with a bunch of Nash highlight passes is going to be worth watching.

  8. Report: Vinny Del Negro fired in Chicago

    May 3, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:59 pm: The Bulls have called a press conference for noon tomorrow to make this all official. As if it isn’t already. 7:18 pm: At least he’s not twisting in the wind anymore. After taking their sweet time to get around to it, the Chicago Bulls have fired Vinny Del Negro, according to the…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: If your heart says Phoenix and your head says San Antonio, the numbers agree with your heart

    May 3, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    In the strictest sense, the San Antonio Spurs’ first round victory over the Dallas Mavericks should be considered a monumental achievement. A 2-7 upset should be praised in the highest regard. A pauper bested a prince! David toppled Goliath! The spunky underdogs with hearts of gold took down the evil billionaire! Only it wasn’t. The…

  10. Of course JaVale McGee has a tattoo of a barcode his back

    May 3, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    There it is, via JaVale’s twitter page. (Hat tip to Bullets Forever) This tattoo interests me because McGee’s value may be more nebulous than the value of any other player in the league. McGee is 7-2 with a massive wingspan. He can jump out of the gym and create highlight dunks and blocks. He shows…

  11. Boozer's ineffective defense shows why Jazz need Kirilenko back

    May 3, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko says there’s a “50-50 chance” he’ll be able to play in games two and three of Utah’s series against the Los Angeles Lakers. When healthy, Kirilenko is one of the most versatile defenders in the NBA. With his outstanding athleticism and wingspan, Kirilenko is capable of…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: And now was acknowledged the presence of the Black and Silver Death

    May 3, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs will meet for the fourth time in six years, and Steve Nash and friends will try their damnedest to avoid their fourth elimination in as many tries by the Black and Silver Death. You see, some will tell you that the Suns are stylistically doomed to falter…

  13. NBA Playoffs Celtics Cavs Game 2: Celtics attempt to charge the gates once more

    May 3, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT

    Celtics fans: “Okay, guys, just do what you did in the first half of Game 1, but for the WHOLE GAME THIS TIME. Got it?Ready…break!” Cavs fans: “Let’s not toy with them this time, okay guys?” The Cavs came out in the first half of Game 1 and looked shellshocked. They had no answers for…

  14. Miami Heat front office locked up… now about that Wade guy

    May 3, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    Miami has a few advantages for attracting free agents. One is, you know, Miami. Warm weather, great food and restaurants, fantastic, um… scenery. Second is the money to spend on a top free agent, so this player can afford all that great food. Third is Dwyane Wade, and the chance to win playing along side…

  15. Suns Robin Lopez to sit out Game 1, may return later in series

    May 3, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:38 pm: Lopez will not play in game one, saying there is too much weakness in his leg, according to Paul Coro. He did practice and has said he hopes to return later in the series. No Lopez is a plus for the Spurs, who will try to slow the game down and pound…

  16. LeBron James home next season: Place your bets

    May 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Part of the beauty of society/crumbling of our nation’s moral fiber (take your pick) is that you can bet on just about anything. Just a few mouse clicks and you can bet anything from presidential elections to the Oscars. Oh, and where LeBron James will suit up next year. Bodog.com put up the numbers, and…

  17. Rick Carlisle defends choice not to play Beaubois, because everyone else was so good

    May 3, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle went with what he trusted over what had worked for key stretches of game six against the Spurs, and for the series. Rodrigue Beaubois sat for five games, and when he did get meaningful minutes in game six — and played well — he still sat in the fourth quarter. It…

  18. Doug Collins, Avery Johnson riding coaching carousel today

    May 3, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Round and round she goes, where she stops…. Plenty of coaching news interviews and tidbits today. We’ve combined them into one post for your reading and commenting pleasure. Doug Collins had a five-hour meeting with the decision makers of the Philadelphia 76ers over the weekend, according to the Associated Press. Collins, wisely, issued a statement…

  19. Deal reached to sell Hornets, Gary Chouest you're up

    May 3, 2010, 1:21 PM EDT

    A couple weeks after a negotiation ploy that made things sound more dire than they really were, a deal has been struck for majority owner George Shinn to sell his shares to minority owner Gary Chouest. As the news comes from NBA.com, we’re going to assume the sources are legit. The club is planning an…

  20. Quote of the day, Jerry Sloan is a graphic man

    May 3, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    “They will take your nose and stick it in the ground and turn around on their heels on top of you, that’s how good they are.” –Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, describing how tough the Lakers are after losing game one.

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