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  1. Eastern Conference finals schedule (starts Monday)

    May 27, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Boston Celtics don’t mind the short two-day turnaround until the start of the Eastern Conference finals. At least that’s what they are saying now. We’ll see what they are saying Monday night after the game. So you can set your DVR and not miss a moment, following is the schedule for the Eastern Conference…

  2. Report: Magic ‘targeting’ Thunder, Spurs executives

    May 27, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Now this is more like it. No more Shaq nonsense. No more ridiculousness. The Magic are reportedly in pursuit of interviews for three members from the Spurs-Thunder tree for their open GM position. From Yahoo! Sports: Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey have been targeted, and…

  3. The Celtics are OK with a quick turnaround vs. Miami

    May 27, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Celtics wrapped up their series with the Sixers on Saturday night, and now have to fly to Miami Sunday morning for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against a Heat team that has been healing and waiting for five days. Considering the age and injury status of most of the Celtics, this might…

  4. Sixers-Celtics Game 7: Rajon Rondo when you need him

    May 26, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rondo drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers guard Turner during the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    There is an argument to be made that Rajon Rondo is the single most compelling player in the NBA, at least the one still playing in these now Conference Finals after the Celtics’ 85-75 win in Game 7 over the Sixers to advance to face Miami. And if anything, Game 7 reinforced that idea as…

  5. Warriors working to leverage future assets to get back future asset they already leveraged

    May 26, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

    Warriors logo

    The Warriors are in a hurry to rebuild, apparently. After trading Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh to get what they considered to be their franchise defensive center, a must for Mark Jackson’s plans since he was hired, the Warriors shut down their entire team and tanked so hard in order to keep their draft pick.…

  6. The history of Celtics vs. 76ers in Game 7s

    May 26, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Saturday night will be the sixth time the Philadelphia and Boston have met in a Game 7. These are two of the NBA’s legendary franchises and located less than a six-hour train ride apart. They are natural rivals and this Game 7 Saturday in the Eastern Conference semifinals is just the next chapter in that…

  7. Video: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson remind you what everyone’s playing for

    May 26, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    ESPN’s rafters commercials have been really good. The Kevin Durant one held the promise of future, the Paul Pierce one held the reminder of glory for a franchise that hasn’t seen a title since 2008. The new “A Champion Will Rise” commercials speak to the league’s history, and feature two of the greatest to ever…

  8. The Hawks are not talking extension with Josh Smith, for some reason

    May 26, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    Trying to figure out the Hawks’ approach to Josh Smith is a trick. They don’t regularly campaign for Smith for the All-Star teams and have never made a fuss when he’s not selected despite it routinely being pretty terrible. They wouldn’t give him a big deal when he was a restricted free agent in 2008,…

  9. Video: San Antonio Mayor welcomes Charles Barkley to San Antonio… with rings

    May 26, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley is well known for not liking San Antonio. It’s just not his kind of town. Like a lot of towns in Texas, the people that like San Antonio love it, those that don’t are very “meh” on it. Very few hate it. It’s hard to hate it. It’s a livable city. (Note: For…

  10. Boston vs. Philadelphia Game 7: First team to 80 wins?

    May 26, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rondo drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers guard Turner during the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Game 7. It’s usually when even veterans get tight, playing like they are afraid to make a mistake. It means in Game 7 the offensive numbers plummet — but I don’t know that they can much more in Boston vs. Philadelphia. This has been a series about which team could find enough offense against a…

  11. Unless there are major changes, Kyle Lowry wants out of Houston

    May 26, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Kyle Lowry

    That sound you hear is the sound of 29 teams’ GMs heads whipping up like German Shepherds when there’s a loud noise. Houston Rockets “should-be-All-Star” Kyle Lowry sent a message loud and clear through the Houston Chronicle. He has a problem with Kevin McHale, he has a problem with how minutes were split with he…

  12. GM Grunwald sees “no scenario” where Lin is not a Knick

    May 25, 2012, 11:35 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Jeremy Lin is a priority for the Knicks. They would like to sign him using his Bird rights, meaning they still would have their mid-level exception to use on another player (say… Steve Nash?). But under the way the new CBA is actually written they don’t have Lin’s Bird rights (because they got him off…

  13. Isiah Thomas: “I definitely want to be in basketball again”

    May 25, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Isiah Thomas

    Knicks fans all over the globe just felt a cold chill go down their spine. Isiah Thomas is out of a job after getting fired from Florida International University. So what is next? ESPNChicago.com asked him. “I definitely want to be in basketball again whether it be coaching or as a general manager,” Thomas said…

  14. As expected, Knicks retain Woodson with multiyear contract

    May 25, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson

    I hope you like iso ‘Melo Knicks fans. The New York Knicks announced late Friday that coach Mike Woodson has been given a multiyear contract extension to continue as coach of the team. The details of the years and money are not yet known. This move was expected after Woodson turned the team around to…

  15. Heat coach Spoelstra fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

    May 25, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    You want to read a $25,000 quote? “The league does not have a problem with hard fouls on our two main guys. In nine games now there’s been over a dozen hard fouls to the face, some of the tomahawk variety, some have drawn blood. They don’t have a problem with it so we don’t…

  16. Are Miami Heat secretly rooting for Sixers to beat Celtics?

    May 25, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Paul Pierce

    Sports tradition calls for you to say, “We’re just happy to be here, both teams present challenges and we will just try to be ready.” That’s… organic fertilizer from male cows. NBA players and coaches have preferences. And like the rest of us in life what they are rooting for is the easiest path to…

  17. Stat of the day: LeBron had some monster playoff games

    May 25, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James reacts after a missed play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    With the Heat down 2-1 to the Indiana Pacers and no Chris Bosh on the horizon, LeBron James channeled his Cleveland self and, along with Dwyane Wade, carried the Heat into the Eastern Conference finals. For LeBron’s legions of detractors it does not matter, because nothing he does will matter until he wins rings. Plural.…

  18. How do the Thunder deal with Tony Parker?

    May 25, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich talks to Parker during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    We can sometimes overanalyze what happened in a regular season game when trying to look at a playoff matchp. It’s like comparing Suzanne Collins and José Saramago novels, technically they are the same art form but one of these things is not like the other. However, the Feb. 4 meeting of the Spurs and Thunder…

  19. NBA Draft Player Preview: Austin Rivers

    May 25, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    This is the first of PBT’s review of players in the 2012 NBA draft, we will be running these regularly up through draft day, with plenty of other content to follow. Austin Rivers is not a guy sliding under the radar in this draft — he’s the son of former NBA player and Celtics coach…

  20. Derrick Rose approaching rehab just like you expect him to

    May 25, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose is approaching rehab of his knee like he attacks the rim — with energy and undivided focus. Did you expect otherwise? Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was on ESPN Radio in Chicago Friday and was asked about Rose’s recovery from knee surgery (transcription via ESPNChicago.com). “He has a great support system,” Thibodeau said on…

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