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  1. Report: Celtics tried to land Jefferson or Millsap at trade deadline

    May 31, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

    There has been buzz that Utah Jazz free agent Paul Millsap is the top off-season target of Danny Ainge and the Celtics. They certainly need help along the front line and Millsap would fit in that way. It’s just that the money thing makes it far more complex. But apparently Ainge was trying to land…

  2. Shane Battier’s flops set to opera (VIDEO)

    May 31, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    “If they want to put an opera of all my charges on there or flops or whatever, go for it.” —Shane Battier This is the Internet, you ask for it and you might well get it. Great work by Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones in creating this “flopera.”

  3. Kings sale closes escrow, final price is record $534 million

    May 31, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    Vivek Ranadive, Raj Bhathal, Paul Jacobs

    Remember this number and the next time you hear an NBA owner plead poverty, remind them to include increases in franchise valuation in that matrix. The Sacramento Kings sale closed escrow on Friday with the final sale price equates to a record $534 million that also incudes the Sleep Train Arena, the Maloof family announced.…

  4. After a few years Bay Area, Stephen Curry says he’s glad he didn’t fall to Knicks

    May 31, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Three

    Stephen Curry was the No. 7 pick in the 2009 draft — behind Hasheem Thabeet, Tyreke Evans and Jonny Flynn (the last one was the David Kahn head scratcher of that draft). And he was taken one spot ahead of the New York Knicks (who took Jordan Hill). At the time, Curry was bummed he…

  5. LeBron says he ‘went back to his Cleveland days’ during third quarter of Game 5

    May 31, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    lebron cleveland jersey

    LeBron James was spectacular during the third quarter of the Heat’s Game 5 win over the Pacers, and took the game over in large part because he had no choice. During a tight first half, Indiana’s defense stifled Miami’s role players, while James preferred to be more passive in passing up open looks in a…

  6. David West reiterates he wants to stay a Pacer this summer

    May 31, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you are going to have a strong playoff run, do it right before you are a free agent — it makes you some extra scratch on your next deal. Indiana’s David West is a free agent this summer and plenty of teams have watched him this playoffs and thought the same things lot of…

  7. Nerlens Noel to visit Magic

    May 31, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

    Marshall v Kentucky

    Nerlens Noel, absent another prospect stepping up to usurp his place, has been widely considered the likely No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Otto Porter (positional fit), Ben McLemore (traditional skillset for his position) and Victor Oladipo (personality) have each garnered support in some corners to be selected by the Cavaliers, but it’s…

  8. Jason Kidd undecided about returning next season

    May 31, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd, D.J. Augustin

    The Knicks expect Jason Kidd will return next season. Kidd said his “plan” is to come back, too. But the guard still hasn’t completely made up his mind. Kidd, via Marc Berman of the New York Post: “I am thinking about it. We’ll see. I have to make a decision. We’ll see what happens. Right…

  9. Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem replace Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh as LeBron’s scoring sidekicks

    May 31, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, LeBron James

    Chris Bosh missed the Heat’s first shot, Dwyane Wade missed their second, and Udonis Haslem missed their third. Of those three players, one attempted more shots than each of the other two and also didn’t miss again. Who was it? LeBron James has led the Heat in scoring in all five games of the Eastern…

  10. Watch Roy Hibbert reject Chris Bosh dunk attempt (VIDEO)

    May 31, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Who did you think would win a Roy Hibbert vs. Chris Bosh battle at the rim? Even though they haven’t matched up directly all the time, Hibbert has owned the battle of the centers in this series. It’s not close. Bosh is supposed to provide scoring from the midrange and beyond, pulling the Indiana big…

  11. Report: Chris Paul angry with Clippers because he’s blamed for Del Negro firing

    May 31, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

    Chris Paul ,  Vinny Del Negro

    Vinny Del Negro tried to avoid the question, but it was pretty clear he thought Chris Paul got him fired. Clippers owner Donald Sterling all but came out and said the reason Del Negro is gone is Paul. Paul says that is not the case at all — and he is pretty angry that he…

  12. Frank Vogel errs by readily sitting George Hill, Lance Stephenson with foul trouble

    May 31, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    George Hill picked up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and after he hit a technical free throw on his way to the bench (thanks to jawing between Mario Chalmers, David West and Udonis Haslem), the Pacers led by two points. By the time Hill…

  13. Danilo Gallinari might be out until February

    May 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    The Denver Nuggets played fairly well after Danilo Gallinari tore his ACL, going 6-1 to close the regular season, though the were upset by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. But the Nuggets are clearly better with Gallinari, who averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, and…

  14. Paul George and Roy Hibbert score Pacers’ first 29 points in loss to Heat

    May 31, 2013, 2:28 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Chris Andersen’s shoulder/stare down/shove of Tyler Hansbrough early in the second quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals distracted from another interesting development that followed. Once the dust settled, Hansbrough made one of two free throws granted due to Andersen’s flagrant 1. Those were the Pacers’ first points scored by someone other than…

  15. LeBron James’ monster third quarter swings game (VIDEO)

    May 31, 2013, 2:08 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    For the first half of this game (and frankly most of the last one) LeBron James was passive, settling for jumpers rather than challenge Roy Hibbert and the Pacers’ size up front. Then the third quarter happened. LeBron probably looked the most Jordan we have ever seen of him — he screamed at his teammates…

  16. For a night Heat solve Pacers’ rebounding, defensive puzzle

    May 31, 2013, 12:27 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    For four games the Pacers offense had been fueled by offensive rebounds and getting to the free throw line. Those plays and the surprising success of the Pacers offense — averaging 111.6 points per 100 possessions — had the series tied 2-2. In Game 5 things were different. Indiana had just six offensive rebounds, grabbing…

  17. LeBron takes over, Heat take Game 5 from Pacers

    May 31, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James directs his teammates against the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    We can talk about Xs and Os, offense versus defense, and individual player matchups over the course of a seven game playoff series. But sometimes, it all boils down to something as simple as which team the best player in the game plays for. That was certainly the case in Game 5 of the Eastern…

  18. LeBron James downs Pacers with incredible third quarter

    May 30, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    LeBron James dribbled around the perimeter, searching for a shot as the shot clock ran down late in the third quarter. Finally, realizing he couldn’t generate a quality look for himself or a teammate, LeBron rose for 25-foot 3-pointer and held his follow through as he backpedaled back on defense. Of course, the shot hit…

  19. Report: Mike Malone reaches deal to become Kings’ coach

    May 30, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Mike Malone Warriors

    It’s good to have an owner that wants you. As we told you this morning saying this could happen, new Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors and got to know much sought after assistant coach Mike Malone that way (Malone had come to the Bay Area after…

  20. Chris Andersen tries to start fight with Tyler Hansbrough (video)

    May 30, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    Chris Andersen, Tyler Hansbrough

    Chris Andersen and Tyler Hansbrough have been chippy with each other throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, and this seemed inevitable. The animosity came to a head early in the second quarter of Game 5 between the Heat and Pacers when Andersen and Hansbrough were hit with a double technical, and Andersen got a flagrant 1.…

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