Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Rajon Rondo suspended for Game 2

NBA Exective Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson announced today that Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game for making contact with an official.

The suspension will keep Rondo off the court for Game 2 of the Celtics-Hawks series.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Hawks' 83-74 win against Boston, Rondo, incensed with a call, began arguing with a referee. When the referee...

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Brooklyn Nets unveil new logo

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It's official. The Brooklyn Nets have arrived.

Earlier today, the Nets unveiled the team's new logo. According to the Nets website, the logo was designed by part owner Jay Z. It includes the shield from the team's previous logo, the basketball that has been part of every Nets logo since the franchise began in 1967, and a bold "B" on the ball to represent Brooklyn.

The most...

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NBA playoff power rankings

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, Manu Ginobili,

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At the start of each playoff round, you can find updated power rankings in the Double Dribble. The rankings are formulated based on what team still playing is most likely to win the NBA championship. So, for example, you'd expect the No. 4 team to beat the No. 5 team in a playoff series, but the No. 4 team would likely lose to the No. 3 team.

1. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

The red-hot Spurs enter...

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First round NBA playoff predictions

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) and guard

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After the lockout, the Chris Paul trade fiasco, the Dwight Howard and Lamar Odom drama, the Metta World Peace elbow, and a lot of basketball in a short period of time, wer'e finally here: In less than 24 hours, the first round of the NBA playoffs tips off.

Here are predictions for the opening series:

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz Gregg Popovich’s management of the veteran...

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Flashback: Celtics return to the top

Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, left, Ray Allen, center,

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Day 30 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Boston Celtics. The Celtics franchise has won 17 NBA titles, and has 11 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 17, 2008

Situation: The No. 1 Boston Celtics lead the No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers, 3-2, heading to Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals

Context: It had been a long time since the Celtics won an NBA title....

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Kobe won't play; Durant wins scoring title

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant reaches for

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Kobe Bryant won't play tonight against the Sacramento Kings, meaning Kevin Durant will win his third straight scoring title.

Durant averaged 28.0 points per game during the regular season. Bryant, who averaged 27.9, needed to score at least 39 points to win the title.

Bryant isn't injured, but instead chose to rest ahead of the Lakers' opening playoff series, which begins Sunday.

Durant...

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NBA announces schedule for opening games of playoffs

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Miami

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Earlier today, the NBA announced the schedule for the opening game of each first round playoff series.

Four series will open Saturday, and four on Sunday:

SATURDAY OPENERS

No. 7 Dallas or Denver at No. 2 Oklahoma City*

No. 8 Philadelphia or Knicks at No. 1 Chicago*

No. 7 Knicks or Philadelphia at No. 2 Miami*

No. 6 Orlando at No. 3 Indiana

SUNDAY OPENERS

No....

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The good, the bad and the ugly: 2012 NBA awards

Miami Heat's LeBron James smiles during the third

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It's been two months since I handed out my midseason awards. There were the good picks -- Tyson Chandler for Defensive Player of the Year, a big second half for the Knicks -- and the not-so good -- Doug Collins as a Coach of the Year candidate, and about that predicted Celtics collapse . . .

The dust has just about settled on the NBA regular season, meaning its time for our second awards show...

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Flashback: Lakers, Celtics, Game 7

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest reacts after

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Day 29 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers franchise has 16 NBA titles, and has 18 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 17, 2010

Situation: The No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers and the No. 4 Boston Celtics are tied, 3-3, heading to Game 7 of the NBA Finals

Context: Under the Zen Master, Phil Jackson, the Lakers took home...

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Derrick Rose leads jersey sales; Lin second

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) stands in

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Chicago Bulls point guard and 2011 MVP Derrick Rose had the best-selling NBA jersey from April 2011-2012.

Rose overtook LeBron James as the league's most popular jersey.

Last season, Rose played in 81 games for the Bulls, averaging 25.0 points and 7.7 assists per game en route to the MVP. This year, though, Rose battled injuries; he appeared in just 39 games, and averaged 21.8 points...

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