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LeBron James not playing his game in these Finals

LeBron James not playing his game in these Finals

Let’s be honest.  After eight successful NBA seasons, this is not the LeBron James we have become accustomed to seeing. James is a 6-foot 8-inch, 250-pound rim-attacking phenom. He impacts the game by getting to the free throw line and burying his defenders under the basket figuratively and literally. However, James is not playing his game.  We have not seen that same aggressive attacking player since the Heat 92-84 Game 1 victory from American Airlines Arena in Miami, … Read entire article »

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Kevin Durant not so politely asks Brendan Haywood to be in his poster

Kevin Durant not so politely asks Brendan Haywood to be in his poster

Kevin Durant‘s known as a polite, well-mannered young man around the league.  Arguably a little too nice at times, Durant rebelliously channeled his inner Taj Thursday night by not so politely asking Mavs 7-foot big man Brendan Haywood to be in his poster in the first quarter of the Thunder 106-100 win over the Mavs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. A not-so-nice poster with Durant’s head equal to the rim and Haywood’s feet … Read entire article »

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Bulls’ power forward Taj Gibson posterizes Wade and the Heat twice

Bulls’ power forward Taj Gibson posterizes Wade and the Heat twice

With the Chicago Bulls convincingly taking out the visiting Miami Heat 103-82 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals late Sunday evening, backup power forward Taj Gibson chose his limited, yet productive time on the court to showcase his impressive dunking talents to the NBA viewing community on TNT. His first smash coming early in the second quarter of play over a guy known for doing a little dunking of his own in Dwyane Wade. Must … Read entire article »

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The Bulls are not favored to beat the Heat, but they should be

The Bulls are not favored to beat the Heat, but they should be

The Chicago Bulls are not heavily favored to beat LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in this epic 2011 NBA Eastern Conference Finals’ showdown, but based on their consistent, team-oriented style of play on both ends throughout the season, maybe they should be. That didn’t stop Vegas from, ultimately, favoring the Heat 2-to-1 over the Bulls in the East Finals and 13 out of 16 esteemed and, for the most part, well-respected ESPN experts … Read entire article »

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Inside the Numbers: How the Heat took out the Celtics

Inside the Numbers: How the Heat took out the Celtics

So the Miami Heat have taken out the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics in dominating fashion. I mean we all knew the Heat would be great at some point, but this soon? Regardless of when we actually thought the Heat would rise above those mighty Celtics in the Eastern Conference hierarchy, one thing is for certain, they are now a legitimate force to be reckoned with and whichever team, whether that be the Bulls or the … Read entire article »

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Bynum ejected from Game 4 for vicious flagrant foul on J.J. Barea

Bynum ejected from Game 4 for vicious flagrant foul on J.J. Barea

Geez…what on the Earth did little J.J. Barea do to deserve this? For the second time in the last three games Barea was clocked by a Laker big man late in an out-of-reach ball game resulting in a warranted ejection. This time it was Lakers’ young big man Andrew Bynum who dropped Barea on a drive to the basket with 8:21 left in the contest. Bynum was ejected for his vicious flagrant foul deciding to use the moment … Read entire article »

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Mavs getting wide-open looks thanks to Dirk

Mavs getting wide-open looks thanks to Dirk

Can you say wide open? Peja Stojakovic, Jason Terry, J.J. Barea and Jason Kidd sure as hell can. In the Mavericks shocking Game 3 98-92 dismantling of the World Champs Friday night, all four of the above mentioned Mavs perimeter players benefited significantly from Dirk Nowitzki’s need for a strong double team from the now floundering Los Angeles Lakers. On the night Nowitzki scored 32 points himself, however the respect he appears to have earned from the Lakers … Read entire article »

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Does Ron Artest’s late cheap shot warrant a suspension?

Does Ron Artest’s late cheap shot warrant a suspension?

UPDATE: Ron Artest has been suspended by the league for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals Friday night with the Dallas Mavericks.  Read on to find out why. Ron Artest wasn’t very pleased with the ending result in the Lakers’ 93-81 Game 2 loss to the hands of the opportunistic Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night and he apparently had no problem showing it with just moments remaining in regulation. With the Mavs up big and the game … Read entire article »

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Derrick Rose becomes youngest ever to win NBA’s coveted MVP award

Derrick Rose becomes youngest ever to win NBA’s coveted MVP award

At just the tender age of 22, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose became the youngest player ever to win the NBA’s coveted MVP award.  The announcement came late Tuesday afternoon in a press conference from Chicago, Illinois. The first Bull to secure the award since the great Michael Jordan brought it home to the “Windy City” after the 1997-98 season, Rose, one of Chicago’s very own, delighted NBA fans everywhere this season with his determined … Read entire article »

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Hawks leave two Game 1 tickets for Magic point guard Jameer Nelson

Hawks leave two Game 1 tickets for Magic point guard Jameer Nelson

The Atlanta Hawks are having some fun these days. With an all-important franchise victory over the 4th-seeded Orlando Magic in Round 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs last week, the team’s spokesman Arthur Triche took it upon himself to have a laugh at the expense of one Jameer Nelson. Before Monday night’s Semifinal round tip-off between the 1-seed Chicago Bulls and the 5th-seeded Hawks, Triche gave the team a jovial and redemptive boost by leaving two Game … Read entire article »

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