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  1. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 2, halftime: Celtics 53, Magic 51

    May 18, 2010, 10:23 PM EST

    The Magic were much more aggressive getting Dwight Howard open. The Celtics matched that, being more aggressive attacking the rim. The result was an offensive half from two defensive teams that ended with the Celtics up two, 53-51 at the break. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 22 as he could not seem to miss,…

  2. Sixers get No.2 pick in NBA Lottery, are changes afoot?

    May 18, 2010, 9:19 PM EST

    The Philadelphia 76ers may not have won the John Wall sweepstakes, depending on what the Wizards do, but they still lucked out. They had a 6% chance at the No. 2 overall pick and stuck the landing. What’s interesting is that now the Sixers face a conundrum of their own if the Wizards select John…

  3. NBA Lottery: Let the debate begin, Wall or Turner for Wizards?

    May 18, 2010, 8:43 PM EST

    This one won’t be a no-brainer. John Wall is a near consensus #1 overall player. His vision, athleticism, natural skill and length have drawn lofty phrases as strong as “best draft prospect since Carmelo Anthony.” And now the Wizards have the opportunity to select him with the first overall pick. Only problem? They already have…

  4. Washington Wizards win NBA Lottery

    May 18, 2010, 8:31 PM EST

    From punchline to prominence. The Washington Wizards have gotten the break they needed to restart their franchise. The Wizards won the NBA lottery and will have the top pick in June’s draft. They will now face a world of options as to how to approach the future of their franchise. Gilbert Arenas is their starting…

  5. Tim Donaghy, publisher split ways

    May 18, 2010, 6:11 PM EST

    Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy and the publisher of his book, “Personal Foul,” will no longer be working together, according to Dan Devine of Yahoo! Sports. The book had been published by a company called VTi, but VTi CEO Shawna Vercher stated in an email that her company has “decided to terminate our relationship…

  6. Video: The 1972 one-on-one tournament finals

    May 18, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

      Courtesy of Deadspin, here’s a video of Bob Lanier and Jo Jo White playing each other in the finals of the 1972 one-on-one tournament. The game is to 20, you have to win by four, baskets count as two, and no free throws until the fourth foul. Winner gets $15,000 in singles. As Deadspin…

  7. NBA draft lottery: Evan Turner is quite the consolation prize

    May 18, 2010, 4:37 PM EST

    One very happy team is going to walk away with John Wall in their pocket tonight. All eyes will be on the franchise that drafts the fantastic Kentucky point guard, as Wall’s brilliance and style have always demanded that all eyes are on him. Another team, however, will be quietly snickering in the wings, as…

  8. Lakers-Suns "Mayor's bet" involves immigration debate

    May 18, 2010, 4:36 PM EST

    The “Mayor’s bet” is a time-honored tradition in sports. When two teams meet in a big playoff series, it’s common for the mayors of the cities the teams play in to make a friendly wager. Sometimes a cities bet a few truckloads of food. Sometimes they have to temporarily change the name of something. You…

  9. Nets negotiating to keep Rod Thorn around

    May 18, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

    New Jersey-to-Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is at the NBA Draft Lottery tonight, in town to see just how challenging his team’s road to redemption is — a lottery win tonight makes it a whole lot faster and easier. But he knows who he wants to guide that process regardless — Rod Thorn. Thorn and…

  10. What a NBA lottery win would mean for five teams

    May 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    With the NBA Draft Lottery upon us, we thought we’d prognosticate upon five teams with a wide range of chances to gain the best choice tonight. New Jersey Nets: They have more on the line than any other team in tonight’s drawing. Drawing the top slot gives them not only the best player in the…

  11. Manute Bol fighting for his life with kidney failure

    May 18, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

    Popular former NBA player Manute Bol is currently in a northern Virginia hospital fighting for his life. Dan Steinberg at The Sports Bog (part of the Washington Post) reports that Bol had been hospitalized after a return from his native Sudan with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome — a life-threatening skin condition — as well as kidney failure.…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Magic v. Celtics Game 2: Orlando can't just be different, they have to be better

    May 18, 2010, 1:55 PM EST

    The Magic made a ridiculous comeback to make the finale of Game of the Eastern Conference Finals more competitive than the bulk of the game, but Orlando still dropped home court advantage and played anything but an impressive game. A Magic team that had been completely untouchable in the playoffs prior to this series now…

  13. Could Yao Ming leave the Rockets?

    May 18, 2010, 1:50 PM EST

    According to Hoopchina (the original article is in Chinese, but the good folks at The Hoops Market were kind enough to translate), Yao Ming and the Rockets could be parting ways in the not-too-distant future. The article states that talks about an extension between the Rockets and their center have become “delicate,” as Yao wants…

  14. NBA Draft Lottery: Could the NBA's top pick be moved before the draft?

    May 18, 2010, 1:38 PM EST

    Teams just do not trade the top pick in the NBA Draft. Doesn’t happen. It has been 17 years since the NBA’s top overall pick was traded before the draft. The fact is elite talent is just too hard to come by in the NBA, you need elite talent to win big and if you…

  15. Shannon Brown: I could have made that dunk

    May 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

    What was the most jaw dropping play of Game 1 between the Lakers and the Suns had a couple things wrong with it. It was Shannon Brown almost leaping Jason Richardson for a dunk. The problems are: 1) That should have been called a charge; 2) Brown missed the dunk. But he says he could…

  16. David Arquette's new role: Staples Center security guard. He gets knocked down for his troubles.

    May 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EST

    There are celebrities who show up to those prime courtside Lakers seats to be seen, and then there are celebrities who are Lakers fans. Or maybe a little of both. Jack Nicholson likes to be seen, but nobody questions his fanhood. Same with David Arquette. You know him, the guy from the Scream movies married…

  17. Mikhail Prokhorov video: Nets will win championship within five years

    May 18, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    Mikhail Prokhorov is a confident man. Also, an insanely rich man. Combine those two and you get a guy that says everything a Nets fan could hope to hear in a low-tech video message to Nets fans just released. Prokhorov promises a truly international team that will make the playoffs next year and win a…

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

    May 18, 2010, 10:46 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 18, 2010, 9:54 AM EST

    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…

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