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  1. Boston, Philly enter Game 3 thinking… even more defense?

    May 16, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (C) looks to pass between Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes during the first half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final playoff basketball series in Boston

    It seems weird to say after two games that have felt like Sahara Desert of watchable offense, but going into Game 3 both Boston and Philadelphia are thinking about locking down their defense. But that speaks to the mindsets of why these teams are here. Boston is struggling to score with Paul Pierce and Ray…

  2. Video: Spencer Hawes talks Sixers/Celtics series, Garnett

    May 16, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six

    Spencer Hawes swung by NBC’s SportsTalk yesterday to talk some Sixers and Celtics with host Erik Kuselias. And yes, Hawes said was surprised that Kevin Garnett got called for the illegal screen with 10 seconds left — he said it was a good call, just one you don’t normally get at that point. He also…

  3. Lakers’ Bynum, Ebanks fined by league

    May 16, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Andre Miller

    As if the Lakers didn’t have enough things going on… The Lakers Andrew Bynum and Devin Ebanks have been fined, the league office announced Wednesday. Bynum was fined $15,000 for not making himself available to the media following the Lakers practice on Tuesday. During the playoffs players have to make themselves available at designated times,…

  4. Indiana’s Larry Bird named NBA Executive of the Year

    May 16, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Larry Bird attends a party after the premier of the Broadway play Magic Bird in New York

    He’s an NBA MVP. He’s an NBA champion. He’s an NBA Coach of the Year. And now he’s an NBA Executive of the Year. Not a bad resume. Larry Bird was voted the honor by his peers, the league announced. Bird is the first person ever to be an MVP, COY and now Executive of…

  5. Just a reminder, Magic haven’t made call on Van Gundy, Smith

    May 16, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    The Orlando Magic have some big decisions to make: Do they bring back general manager Otis Smith? Do they bring back coach Stan Van Gundy, even though their star Dwight Howard is not a fan? Can they get Howard to sign an extension or should they trade him? What should they do if Jameer Nelson…

  6. Pierce says his knee is fine, it’s not. Sixers covering him like he’s fine anyway.

    May 16, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Lavoy Allen

    It’s obvious — painfully obvious — that Paul Pierce’s sprained knee is bothering him. He’s not moving the same, he has no lift, he’s shooting 5-20 in the last two games, he’s just not the guy who carried the Celtics at stretches in the first round. Except, don’t tell him that. Pierce clearly got tired…

  7. League will not upgrade foul, punish Dwyane Wade for cheap shot on Collison

    May 16, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade gestures to fire up the crowd before Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff game

    The league is going to stick with the Flagrant 1 call on that hit. Dwyane Wade got away with one. There will be no fine, no increase to a Flagrant 2 call that would mean a one-game suspension, the league is going to leave the call as it was, tweets Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. The…

  8. Documentary released profiling grassroots effort to keep Kings in Sacramento

    May 16, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    take my life

    I called it ‘watching your own funeral,’ but instead of a eulogy there was Fan Appreciation Night. Instead of a pall-bearer, there stood Kobe Bryant. You could’ve written the story of Sacramento’s fight to keep their team with a scalpel, but in this open-heart surgery there would be no anesthetic. The Lakers were in town,…

  9. Ironically, Wade thinks Pacers celebration was excessive

    May 16, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Pacers Celebration, Dwyane Wade

    Really? The celebration is his problem? Indiana was one fired up team after they knocked off the Heat in Game 2 Tuesday night, tying that series at 1-1. As they should have been. It was a big road playoff win that should give them a measure of respect among people who just didn’t realize how…

  10. Agent says Greg Oden wants to play for the Miami Heat

    May 16, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Greg Oden

    Greg Oden hasn’t fully given up on playing in the NBA. He’s knows he is a long, long way from there, and said he plans to take next season off to recover and rehab from a third microfracture surgery. He seems more comfortable than ever with the possibility it might never work out. Just don’t…

  11. LeBron’s struggles just one of many Heat problems

    May 16, 2012, 10:13 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James knocks the ball away from Indiana Pacers' Hill during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff in Miami

    At some point Wednesday, it will dawn on Miami Heat fans that the series against the Indiana Pacers is 1-1 — it’s not over, it’s a best-of-five now. That’s not what it feels like for Miami fans as they drown their sorrows in a mojito, but it is the truth. The focus in Miami now…

  12. One way or another, it will be summer of change for Hawks

    May 16, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Few teams are going to have a more interesting off-season than the Atlanta Hawks. From the general manager whose contract is up to the coach with an option hanging out there — not to mention the Josh Smith trade request — there are nothing but questions in Atlanta this summer. In theory they could look…

  13. Video: Dwyane Wade’s flagrant foul on Darren Collison

    May 16, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

    Heat's Wade gestures to fire up the crowd before Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff game

    The question isn’t “is this a flagrant foul?” The real question is “should that have been a flagrant 2 and should Dwyane Wade have been ejected?” This is clearly a frustration foul as it came directly after Wade thought he should have gotten a call, and also in the midst of the Heat coming apart…

  14. Spurs control Chris Paul, control Clippers, control Game 1

    May 16, 2012, 1:36 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan spreads his arms during a stop in play during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Chris Paul is the beating heart of a Clippers offense, one based around him using his immense skill and basketball IQ to carve teams up. Ask Memphis. But behind Tony Parker, Danny Green and a team effort where San Antonio overloaded Paul’s side of the court they held CP3 in check — 3-for-13 shooting, 10…

  15. Video: Blake Griffin with chase down block on Kawhi Leonard

    May 15, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin blocks the shot of San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Blake Griffin‘s knee looks a whole lot better, doesn’t it? He looked a lot more like his old self in the first half Tuesday night against the Spurs, making plays like an alley-oop or a chase down block like the one above. Poor Kawhi Leonard had a couple shots blocked at the rim like that…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Heat flaws show up big, Pacers exploit them to even series

    May 15, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 2

    Miami fans, the time to panic may be now. Indiana certainly didn’t dominate Miami in their ugly 78-75 Game 2 win, but they did make the Heat look like a team that may be fatally flawed without the third member of their “Big 3″ in the lineup. The Heat had plenty of chances to win…

  17. Kobe Bryant explains why “I don’t take charges”

    May 15, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant played along side Derek Fisher for years, one of the better guards at drawing the charge in the league for many years. But you don’t see Kobe take them. Pretty much ever. And he said Tuesday there is a reason for that. From the Associated Press: “I learned from my predecessors, man,” Bryant…

  18. Wade admits he took a step back so LeBron could lead Heat

    May 15, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade speak during a time out during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against New York Knicks in Miami

    It was always the question that ultimately needed to be answered in Miami — whose team is the Heat? LeBron James or Dwyane Wade? They tried sharing the load evenly and that got them within two wins of an NBA title. But you could feel the limitations of that style when LeBron went into a…

  19. Bulls will pick up option on Tom Thibodeau’s contract

    May 15, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    It’s a no brainer. Bulls GM Gar Forman confirmed during a press conference Tuesday the team will pick up the option on Tom Thibodeau’s contract for next season. From the AP: Forman says Thibodeau is “one of the finest coaches in the league” and the Bulls are “hopeful he’ll be our coach long term.” Thibodeau…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Can the Heat go up 2-0 without Bosh?

    May 15, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh injured

    The Miami Heat managed to win Game 1 of their series with the Indiana Pacers thanks to an absolutely incredible half from both LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, but don’t be fooled: Bosh’s injury changes the entire dynamic of the series. If James and Wade can play like they did in the 2nd half of…

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