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  1. Rivers says if Chris Bosh is back Miami’s offense improves

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Miami may have Chris Bosh back on Tuesday for Game 5. It’s huge in a series where the Heat offense has struggled against a good Boston defense, because the Heat’s pick-and-roll is about to become a lot more dangerous. Right now the Heat have shown limited respect for the damage Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem…

  2. Report: Dallas may make futile run to get Roy Hibbert

    Jun 4, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    Dallas has apparently learned a valuable lesson — having a big shot-blocking center in the paint is very important if you are into the whole “winning a title” thing. They missed Tyson Chandler, so they may make a run at Pacers center free agent Roy Hibbert. Even though they will not get him. This from…

  3. Names for pre-draft Adidas EuroCamp announced

    Jun 4, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp 2012 Logo - Vertical

    While the 2012 NBA draft may be one of the deepest on record, it is not as deep in European talent as has been there in recent years. But there is still some real talent there. France’s two guard Evan Fournier is likely a pick in the last third of the first round. There are…

  4. Video: John Wall finishes off alley-oop from Chris Brown

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    This is John Wall in his natural habitat, looking like a stud in a summer exhibition game. And that is Chris Brown — as in rapper/dancer/actor/dating hotter women than you C breezy — pushing the ball on the break and lobbing the pass. This is from the Drew League in LA, which opened up recently.…

  5. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: San Antonio needs to find its offense

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    San Antonio needs to find its offense to win Game 5 tonight, or this series will be over in a couple days. It falls to the Spurs’ big three — Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili need to get free and penetrate the lane to break down the Thunder defense, Tim Duncan just has to play…

  6. Video: Dirk Nowtizki plays tambourine with Avett Brothers

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after hitting a three point shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz  in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Last summer after winning a title, Dirk Nowitzki celebrated his way across America and Germany. This summer after the Mavericks were knocked out in the first round he is… Showing up on stage with the indie favorites the Avett Brothers at their show last weekend in Grand Prairie, Texas. I have not consulted the Guinness Book…

  7. What was with Miami’s final play? A Wade isolation three? Ugh.

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade is shooting 29.2 percent from three in the playoffs. Which is better than he shot during the regular season. It is not what he does well. So the fact Miami’s final play of overtime devolved into a Wade pull-up three to win it was poor. Bad design, not great execution, just not putting…

  8. It’s official, Randy Wittman to be retained as Wizards coach

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    We’ve known this is coming for days now, but Washington is about to make official they are making the safe play. Monday afternoon the Washington Wizards will host a press conference to announce Randy Wittman will have the interim tag removed as coach and he will return with a two-year deal. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo…

  9. LeBron, Pierce foul out of sadly whistle-happy game

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    The biggest problem for the NBA is that the day after every major game we are discussing the officiating. And the officiating — particularly late in Game 4 of Miami and Boston — was a key part of the story Sunday. There were five offensive foul calls in the second half of the fourth quarter…

  10. Celtics-Heat Game 4: It was more about the Celtics defense than anything

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    “OH, LEBRON PASSED! HE SHRINKS FROM THE MOMENT!” “WADE COULDN’T HIT THE BIGGEST SHOT WHEN HE NEEDED TO!” OK, moving back to the real world, where fairytales aren’t spun on the dreams of angels and people are taking it one game at a time giving 110 percent, there’s something that’s going to be lost in…

  11. Video: Rondo, both coaches talk Celtics Game 4 victory

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Here is a slice of Erik Spoelstra’s post-game press conference from Sunday night. He is pretty composed. It would have been way more fun to make Pat Riley get up there and see if he could hold his tongue about LeBron James fouling out. Also speaking here are Rajon Rondo, the guy that makes the…

  12. Look for Portland, Brooklyn to make big-money run at Nash

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    We told you the Chicago Bulls may reach out to Steve Nash and see if the veteran point guard wants to play for them for the league minimum. But if Nash is willing to play for that price to chase a ring he will have his choice of destinations — Miami, New York, Dallas, Los…

  13. What ankle problems? Ray Allen plays 46 minutes, looks good

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    At the start of the Eastern Conference finals, Ray Allen was moving around the court like Betty White. Battling bone spurs in his ankles, he wasn’t moving crisply to get open and when he did get a look there was no lift in his legs and shots clanged off the rim. He was even missing…

  14. Report: Heat to activate Chris Bosh for Game 5

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward Bosh stands near bench during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    Miami has sorely missed Chris Bosh. They could use his size on defense to create problems for Kevin Garnett. Their pick-and-roll desperately misses him because right now nobody respects the pick setter, everyone can focus on Dwyane Wade or LeBron James. But Miami may not have to wait much longer. There is a report that…

  15. Celtics-Heat Game 4: Boston out executes Heat, evens series 2-2

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Boston owned the first half with a sharp offense. Miami played defense for the first time since their plane landed in Boston in the second half and tied it up. But with everything on the line at the end of the game and in overtime it came down to execution, and the veteran Celtics were…

  16. Celtics-Heat Game 4: Rajon Rondo punks Heat in halftime interview on whining about officiating

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

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    Rajon Rondo, after dropping 10 assists in the first half of the Celtics’ Game 4 win over the Heat, spoke to ESPN reporter Doris Burke for the standard halftime interview. And took a shot at the Heat right off the bat.  “They’re complaining and crying to referees in transition.” That’s pretty succinct.  Rondo’s correct in…

  17. When the process matters: Why Charlotte should trade the No.2 pick

    Jun 3, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s start off with some instant rebuttal to the premature outcry that headline above is going to muster. First, the basics. The Charlotte Bobcats, in a continuing pattern regarding their awful, horrendous, terrible franchise history, lost the lottery’s No.1 pick despite a 1-in-4 chance to land Anthony Davis. The Bobcats are an awful, awful basketball…

  18. The Bulls, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, and walking the walk vs. talking the talk

    Jun 3, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    See, here’s the problem with the superstar team-up era. The Chicago Bulls have put together a team that features a perennial MVP candidate at 23, an All-Star wing defender who can shoot, a hyper-active emotional powderkeg with some offensive skills built in at seven-feet, a deep bench, some microwave scorers… and Carlos Boozer. (No one’s…

  19. Blazers may just decide to make interim coach, GM permanent

    Jun 3, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    chad buchanan

    Portland’s year-long, on-and-off search for a GM has been as tidy and clean as a home on Hoarders. It’s a mess. And after all that it may end up falling back to the guy who has been doing the job the whole time — Chad Buchanan. The “interim” guy who has rocked the job while…

  20. Celtics-Heat Game 4: The bizarre development of the Boston offensive juggernaut

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It makes no sense, you understand. We’re talking about throwing away not just the stats, forget the stats. We’ve seen it. We’ve seen the Boston offense not only struggle, but look absolutely apoplectic for six months. That Sixers series was something out of a Rob Zombie film on offense. It wasn’t just gross, it was…

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