An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
The moratorium on free agents officially signing with teams was lifted at midnight Wednesday. And as expected, Deron Williams signed with the Nets, and Steve Nash was shipped to the Lakers.
The rumor mill is still churning, though, and figures to heat up now that teams can start to lock up players for the 2012-13 season. Here are some of the latest:
Hornets will match on Gordon
Despite...Read more »
Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
Sometimes, you're really good, then on top of that you get lucky, and then you hit a ridiculous shot.
As part of a 28-point night, LeBron James managed to score on an absurd, running baby hook off the glass during Miami's series-clinching 105-93 win over Indiana. James cooly glanced at the Pacers bench after hitting the shot, as if to say,...Read more »
NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson announced Wednesday that both Dexter Pittman and Udonis Haslem were supended for their flagrant fouls on Lance Stephenson and Tyler Hansbrough in Tuesday's win over the Pacers.
Pittman will be banned for three games for "striking the neck and shoulders" of Stephenson, while Haslem will miss Game 6 for "striking...Read more »
A quick glance at the box score might not show much intrigue from Game 5 of the Heat-Pacers series. Miami rolled to a 32-point win, LeBron James (30 points) and Dwyane Wade (28) dominated, and Indiana's scoring-by-committee strategy was inept, with nobody scoring more than 11 points.
Look deeper at said box score, though, and you see a big fat "3" under the "flagrant fouls"...Read more »
Last night, for just the second time in Dwyane Wade's career, the Miami Heat shooting guard was held to less than 10 points in a playoff game.
The first time was in the 2004 postseason. Wade shot 1-for-8 from the field, finishing with two points, as the Heat lost to the Hornets, 77-71. Then a 22-year-old rookie, Wade's Heat were up 2-0 heading into the game, and wound up winning the series...Read more »
Fellow league executives named Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird the NBA's Executive of the Year on Wednesday.
Bird is the first Pacers executive to receive the award.
The Pacers finished 42-24 under Bird, and earned the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Indiana is tied with Miami, 1-1, in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Among Bird's notable roster...Read more »
Even Austin Croshere is getting in on the Amar'e Stoudemire-fire extinguisher fun.
The longtime Pacer, who retired from the NBA after 14 games with the Bucks and Spurs in 2008-09, posted the picture to the left on Twitter prior to Indiana's 97-74 win over the Magic yesterday.
In case you can't read it, the masking tape reads, "*Please do not hit*," an obvious reference to Stoudemire's...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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