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  1. Team USA: Defensive pressure and bombing threes

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    A couple days into the Team USA practices in New York — and with tip-off of the World Basketball Classic tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall — here are two things becoming clear about this team: They are going to use a lot of pressure defenses, and they are going to bomb threes. The defensive…

  2. For what it's worth, Rondo featured on Team USA's website

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:42 PM EST

    Nike’s World Basketball Festival has inspired some rather bodacious promo art, as various players from the participating teams — Yi Jianlian, Anderson Varejao, all Nike-signed players, of course — are displayed in tremendously stylish manner. Though Kevin Durant has been Team USA’s primary subject for most of the posters and billboards advertising the event, today…

  3. Rajon Rondo unsurprisingly is not concerned with the Heat

    Jul 25, 2010, 11:37 AM EST

    The defining characteristic of the Boston Celtics is their defense. Their second defining characteristic is arrogance. This isn’t a bad thing. The Celtics, like all great teams, pride themselves on being the team they consider the best. All season long they kept the same mantra: the only team that can beat them is themselves. This…

  4. White Team routs Blue Team in Team USA scrimmage; real question: who's playing center?

    Jul 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    I’ve never really understood watching scrimmages. I mean, I do it a lot. I’ll watch basketball pretty much at any level. But the players are just so removed from the effort level we find most enjoyable to watch. That level, if you’re wondering, is a Game 7 in the playoffs in the semifinals or higher.…

  5. Rajon Rondo is feeling good, looking good

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

    With a deep backcourt that includes Chauncey Billups and Russell Westbrook, there were questions about Rajon Rondo on Team USA. Basically, how would his game translate to the international stage? Could his lack of a steady outside shot cost him? And was he really committed to the team after seeming to waffle on his commitment?…

  6. Members of Team USA continue to drop like flies, Amar'e Stoudemire now doubtful for World Championships

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:26 AM EST

    When LeBron James decided he was too cool to play for Team USA this summer, it seemed inevitable that all the cool kids would follow suit. Though guys like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony may have been leaders on their own clubs, during the summer all things go through LeBron. Yet Team USA’s…

  7. Rajon Rondo is unphased by the Team USA mystique

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:21 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo has never seemed all that interested in playing for Team USA. He kind of brushed off the initial invite to participate in this summer’s tryout (He apparently couldn’t be bothered to get back to Team USA czar Jerry Colangelo), and though he was officially added to the national team’s roster last week, he…

  8. Team USA: The B-Team that actually wants to be there

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:14 PM EST

    Yahoo! Sports reports that Jerry Colangelo has confirmed that not a single player from the 2008 Olympic team will join Team USA for the World Championships in Turkey this summer.  In the midst of a public outpouring of rage and disgust over the behavior of how and where various free agents decided to exercise their…

  9. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: How Boston blew the championship

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:31 AM EST

    It was the type of the game the Celtics wanted. It was an ugly game, dominated by defense and sloppy play. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined to shoot 12-40 from the floor, and the Lakers shot 32.5%/20%/67.6% as a team. The Celtics had their game plan, and they executed it to a T. Kobe…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: The time for strategy is past, now is about execution, desire

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:37 PM EST

    Formal game plans have been drawn up. Film has been broken down and shown to the teams. Xs and Os will be on the greaseboards in the locker rooms. The coaches will go through the motions because they are creatures of routine and structure. But by Game 7 of the NBA finals, it is no…

  11. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 6: Blogbook thinks the C's have 'Tremors'

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:29 AM EST

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 6… You’re all familiar with “Tremors“, right? Classic mid-90′s comedy horror film about gigantic sand-worm-like creatures that come up from the ground and suck people into the earth, eating them? Yeah, the Lakers were a lot like that tonight. They overwhelmed Boston from the beginning, and you could…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Boston, it is win now or never

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

    There’s the math, and then there is the reality. The math says Boston needs to win just one of the two games in Los Angeles to win the title. They won Game 2, they’ve proven they can win on this floor. History says they can do it — the won a Game 7 in Los…

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Who is the MVP?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:41 PM EST

    Usually five games into an NBA finals, we have a pretty good idea who is going to get the finals MVP award. This finals? Good luck. You’d have an easier time naming all 11 starters on the Slovenian national soccer team. Really, the only consistently good player on both sides has been Kobe Bryant. The…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Boston's signature play

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:53 AM EST

    If Boston closes out this series — if they just keep playing like they have been — then this late-game inbound play will become the constantly-replayed signature plays of the series. Another one in the long history of amazing Celtics plays.

  15. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 5: Blogbook will not be sitting next to Kobe on the ride home

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:03 AM EST

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 5: Ron Artest and Derek Fisher were a combined 4-18. Let’s just let that one sit for a minute. And what’s even more stunning, Artest my have actually played worse than his shooting line indicates. At one point, he pulled off another I made the comment during the…

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Note to Phil Jackson, the Celtics can win games in the fourth quarter, too

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

    This is what Phil Jackson (wearing a mic) told his team during a fourth-quarter time out, as the Lakers were making a fourth-quarter run. “(Boston) loses more games in the fourth quarter than any team in the league. They know how to lose games, and they’re showing us that now.” They also know how to…

  17. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: Kobe Bryant hit lightspeed and left the Lakers behind

    Jun 13, 2010, 11:09 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant’s third quarter was transcendent. It was simply brilliant individual basketball. He nailed a series of shots that literally, only he can make. He was incredible in turning low percentage shots into conversions time and time again. One handed runners falling out of bounds? Terrific. A near 28 foot three? Money. It was as…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5, halftime, Celtics 45, Lakers 39

    Jun 13, 2010, 9:21 PM EST

    Boston’s defense showed up big time — holding the Lakers to 39 points on 33 percent shooting. Meanwhile, the Celtics are shooting 66 percent and they are getting out in transition. Rajon Rondo has 10 points, Paul Pierce had 15 and the bench did well again. Yet the Celtics lead only by 6, 45-39. That…

  19. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: Rajon Rondo may actually be a weakpoint?

    Jun 13, 2010, 2:26 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo has arguably been the MVP of the playoffs up until the Finals. He has been brilliant, dominant at both ends of the floor. He’s been so good that smart, reasonable people, like myself, lost their minds and actually started wondering if Rondo was the best point guard in the league. And he’s been…

  20. NBA finals Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce says 'you can't predict' if he'll get going

    Jun 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    The Big 3 have yet to have a game where they are all clicking the finals. Typically, this kind of element elicits one of two reactions from the players in question. Either a Kobe-esque “We’ll be fine. Next game, we’ll come out and take care of business” or a more focused “We have to step…

  21. Ray Allen interested in Miami this summer?

    Jun 13, 2010, 10:01 AM EST

    Doc Rivers wants Ray Allen back in the green this summer. But after the Celtics shopped the soon-to-be 35 year old this year, there are going to be questions about where he’ll wind up. Saturday, the New York Daily News filed their answer to that question to a certain degree. Reports on the paper’s website…

  22. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 4: Blogbook drools like a Big Baby

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:48 AM EST

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 4… If Glen Davis is a Drunken Seal, tonight was the big show at Sea World and everyone clapped for him. Davis was a beast, and his ability to create shots against the Lakers’ bigs was pretty much the difference in the game. Davis’ emotion seems like a…

  23. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 3: Blogbook had as many field goals as Ray Allen

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:28 AM EST

    A collection of thoughts on Game 3 between the L.A. Lakers and Boston Celtics: So here’s the trick. I need to somehow convey that the Celtics and Ray Allen didn’t fail tonight necessarily without sacrificing the respect the Lakers’ defense earned in defending Jesus Shuttlesworth. You see, to say the Lakers shut him down would…

  24. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: It's all about the paint

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:36 PM EST

    Ray Allen got all the love last game, well deserved love at that. The man with the pure jumper was shooting it as well as anyone ever has. It was beautiful basketball. But he’s not why Boston won. The Celtics won because they took back the paint. On offense the Celtics got 46 shots in…

  25. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Rajon Rondo's block from behind

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:22 AM EST

    Before we move on to Game 3, let’s look back really quickly at one of the signature plays of Game 2: Rajon Rondo’s block from behind. Two things to take away from this. First, Rondo’s recovery is amazingly quick. Just a fantastic play. Second, Ron Artest should have taken the three he had, not passed…

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