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  1. Dwight Howard not suspended for foul on Pierce. That's fair.

    May 19, 2010, 4:55 PM EST

    Dwight Howard gave a good playoff foul to Paul Pierce in the second quarter of last night’s game. A hard foul that caught Pierce’s head. He got a “flagrant one” for that — meaning Pierce got his free throws and the Celtics got the ball out of bounds. But that will be the extent of…

  2. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: Time for the Suns to get defensive. That or it's over.

    May 19, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    The Suns need to punch the Lakers in the mouth. In game one the Suns were gracious hosts to Lakers who ventured into the paint to shoot — there was a red carpet, a nice spread of hors d’œuvre like bacon-wrapped scallops, plenty of space, basically everything but glasses of champagne. The Lakers took advantage…

  3. Referee DeRosa tossed the ball at a fan in Orlando. Then had him ejected. Nice.

    May 19, 2010, 3:29 PM EST

    As if the referees weren’t in enough trouble for game two of the Celtics/Magic series — the terrible charging call on JJ Redick when the game was in doubt, or the nine straight calls against the Celtics earlier in the fourth quarter — there comes this, from the Associated Press: (Joe) DeRosa was walking to…

  4. Mikhail Prokhorov may rename Nets (he has other bold plans, too)

    May 19, 2010, 2:52 PM EST

    Mikhail Prokhorov talks a good game. Which is more of a good game than we have seen out of the Nets is a while. The comments out of a media brunch in New York Wednesday morning dripped of high expectations, confidence bordering on hubris (maybe not bordering on…) and big plans. Like his suggestion that…

  5. Knicks Wilson Chandler arrested for marijuana possession

    May 19, 2010, 1:52 PM EST

    If you’re going to get busted for possession for marijuana — a drug half the country wants legalized anyway — might as well go all out. Like have smoke coming out of your car when you get pulled over by the cops. And having a joint plus like five bags of herb in that car.…

  6. Phil Jackson would be a perfect mentor for LeBron. But it's not going to happen.

    May 19, 2010, 1:19 PM EST

    Phil Jackson’s team is once again peaking right as it heads deep into the playoffs. Again. Why does this surprise us? Sure, there were the injuries and the ugly last couple weeks of the regular season for the Lakers, but we should have all seen that. We should have known better. History has shown us…

  7. NBA Draft: John Wall seems sold on the Wizards, but he'll have to sell the team to free agents

    May 19, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    The 2009-2010 season was a dream campaign for the Washington Wizards. Just, y’know, one of those dreams where you keep falling and falling without salvation or even resolution. The problems just kept on coming, and while things didn’t necessarily get progressively worse over the course of the season, the sustained funk that surrounded the Wiz…

  8. Grizzlies not looking to stockpile picks, they want to wheel and deal

    May 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    The Memphis Grizzlies took a big step forward last year, they got almost all the way to .500. One of the best turnarounds in the league. But if they want to take another step — maybe into the playoffs? — they are going to need some more key contributors. That does not mean project rookies.…

  9. NBA Draft: Evan Turner could work with Andre Iguodala, not against him

    May 19, 2010, 11:55 AM EST

    Now that the Sixers hold the No. 2 pick in the draft, they have all kinds of options. Maybe Ed Stefanski will cash in on the pick’s value now, trade it, and get back a proven commodity that can make an immediate impact while dumping Elton Brand’s salary. Maybe Stefanski sees Turner as a franchise…

  10. Winderman: NBA awards should not ignore the playoffs

    May 19, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    Those ballots, the ones that had to be in no later than the close of the regular season, is it possible we might be able to get them back? Like every other major sports league, the NBA closes the balloting for its annual awards in advance of the postseason. Yet, as we’ve already seen over…

  11. LeBron? Who knows? But Doc Rivers is not going to the Bulls.

    May 19, 2010, 10:54 AM EST

    It was an early contender for silliest bit of LeBron speculation out there – that he was going to Chicago and Doc Rivers was going to join him. Rivers grew up in Chicago, he was going to come home to the deep-dish pizza and a Bulls team that needed him. Yea, right. Rivers himself shot…

  12. Leon Powe will remain a Cavalier

    May 19, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    There is a whole mountain of unanswered questions about what the Cleveland Cavaliers will look like on the court next season. A Mount Everest of questions. But we do know this — Leon Powe will be a part of it. Yesterday the Cavs made the no-brainer move of picking up their option on Powe. When…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 2: The Celtics are feeling pretty good right now

    May 19, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

    The Celtics have been here before. And they sound like it. There isn’t a lot of excitement or “wow, can’t believe we won that one” going on here. They are veterans, they are professionals and they are moving forward. The Magic are saying the right things, too. Not that it’s going to help.  

  14. Warriors draw plenty of interest from bidders, including Larry Ellison, but no magic numbers

    May 19, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    The good news: There are a lot of people who want to buy the Golden State Warriors — including the insanely rich Larry Ellison. The bad news: None of them offered the $400 million plus that current owner Chris Cohan was hoping to get for the team. Ellison, the owner of Oracle computers, put in…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2: Stoudemire will learn rebounding not about luck

    May 19, 2010, 8:51 AM EST

    The good Lamar Odom showed up and was a dominating force in game one. He keyed the Lakers first half run from which they never looked back. He finished with 19 points and more key (especially in the second half) 19 rebounds. “I’m not giving him no hype,” Stoudemire told reporters before the Suns practiced…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Celtics v. Magic Game 2: Paul Pierce's Twitter account and good times on the internet

    May 19, 2010, 1:55 AM EST

    UPDATE 1:54 AM: It’s been confirmed by Athlete Interactive, the firm behind Pierce’s Twitter account and other digital media, that Paul’s account has been hacked. Paul Pierce’s Twitter account, @paulpierce34, has been verified for authenticity to give his followers the assurance that the feed is, in fact, legitimate. There’s no guarantee that Pierce is the…

  17. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 2: Rajon Rondo may or may not have mastered the fine art of ninjitsu

    May 19, 2010, 1:02 AM EST

    I would ask that you pay very close attention to what I am about to say. Imagine that you had just come to this planet from another world before the playoffs began. You have come on a mission to observe human culture, specifically, sporting events, specifically, professional basketball. You have no frame of reference for…

  18. 2010 Playoffs proving the wisdom of conventional wisdom

    May 19, 2010, 12:36 AM EST

    Over the past few years, the NBA has changed drastically. Hand-check rules have allowed guards to dominate the game the way big men once did. The European influence on the NBA game has led to more perimeter-oriented bigs than guys who want to bang down low. The statistical revolution has changed the way teams are…

  19. NBA Draft Lottery: Timberwolves and Kings fall into tough choices

    May 19, 2010, 12:26 AM EST

    Tyreke Evans head sank on the desk. Minnesota General Manager David Kahn was described as “pissed” by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress after he saw his results. For every winner, there must be a loser. Yin and yang. If the Wizards and Sixers vault up the NBA Draft board, someone must fall. Minnesota had the second…

  20. Boston Celtics place foot to the throat, take 2-0 lead over Magic in Orlando

    May 18, 2010, 11:36 PM EST

    Getcha brooms ready. Paul Pierce said last year while the Lakers were rolling the Magic in the Finals that the Celtics were Rottweilers and the Magic were poodles. So far the Celtics have bit the Magic in the throat and in Game 2 they shook the life out of them. But don’t misunderstand, the Magic…

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