Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Report: No deal for Mavericks, Jason Kidd

Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd bringing the ball

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UPDATE: ESPN.com's Marc Stein, citing sources, reports via Twitter that Jason Kidd has instead decided to sign with the Knicks. Check newsday.com/sports for updates.

From earlier . . .

After striking out on Deron Williams and Steve Nash, the Mavericks may finally be nearing a deal with a starting point guard.

According to ESPN's Jeff Caplan, the Mavs and veteran point guard Jason...

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Reports: Jason Terry, Celtics close on deal

Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry (31) reacts

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Over the last two days, it appeared the Celtics had three main free agent targets at guard: Ray Allen, O.J. Mayo and Jason Terry.

They look to be close to securing one of them.

According to reports, the Celtics reached agreement on a three-year deal for the full mid-level exception with Terry. The deal would pay the veteran shooting guard $5 million per year.

Terry spent the...

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Brandon Roy enters free agent rankings at No. 7

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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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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Flashback: Warriors shock the Mavericks

Confetti drops as the Golden State Warriors celebrate

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Day 24 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Golden State Warriors. The Warrios franchise has three NBA titles, and has three playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 3, 2007

Situation: The No. 8 Golden State Warriors lead the No. 1 Dallas Mavericks, 3-2, heading to Game 6 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs

Context: In 1947, the then-Philadelphia...

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Delonte West shoved his finger in Gordon Hayward's ear

Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West (13) attempts to

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With just a week left in the season, it looks like we can officially hand out our "Most absurd technical foul of the year" award to Delonte West.

The Mavericks' mercurial guard decided to jam his finger in Gordon Hayward's ear during the second quarter of Dallas' triple-overtime loss to the Jazz last night.

West was charged with a technical, but not ejected, which set off Utah's...

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Flashback: Dwyane's World in NBA Finals

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade is forced to pass

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Day 17 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Miami Heat. The Heat franchise has one NBA title, and has 15 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 18, 2006

Situation: The No. 2 Miami Heat and the No. 4 Dallas Mavericks are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Context: A year after falling to the Detroit Pistons in seven games in the Eastern...

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Flashback: Dirk has his MJ moment

Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki reacts during the first

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Day 12 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks franchise has one NBA title, and has 11 playoff appearance since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 7, 2011

Situation: The No. 3 Dallas Mavericks trail the No. 2 Miami Heat, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Context: Coming off a very inconsistent regular season, the Dallas Mavericks were...

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