Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Spurs agree with Diaw, Green

Grimacing after being poked in the eye, San

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The Spurs have reportedly agreed to bring back a pair of key players from their bench on multi-year deals.

Sam Amick of SI.com reported that 25-year-old Danny Green agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with San Antonio last night. Boris Diaw is also slated to return according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the veteran agreeing on a reported two-year, $9.2 million deal.

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Roundup: Raptors making hard push for Nash

Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash (13) gets a pass

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Blockbuster trades and Dwight Howard rumors overshadowed Day 2 of free agency. That said, there is still news surrounding two of the top 15 players available this summer.

Report: Raptors offer Nash $36M

According to reports, Toronto is making a hard push to bring Steve Nash north of the border. The Raptors reportedly made a three-year, $36 million offer to the 38-year-old, who hails...

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Danny Green takes blame for Spurs loss on Twitter

From left, San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green, Tony

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Simply put, Danny Green was a shell of his regular season self in the playoffs.

After taking advantage of increased playing time to show remarkable development during the regular season, Green saw his numbers and minutes freefall during the Western Conference finals. The North Babylon native had averaged 23.1 minutes and shot 43.6 percent from three in the regular season, and didn't let up...

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James Harden's triple lifts OKC to win

James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder

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According to ESPN's John Hollinger, entering last night's Game 5 against the Spurs, Thunder guard James Harden hadn't hit a shot this season in the final three minutes of games within five points.

That changed in a big way.

Harden, who finished with 20 points off the bench for Oklahoma City, drilled a contested three with 28 seconds left in the game, pushing the Thunder to a 106-101...

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Tim Duncan sets NBA playoff block record

San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) blocks

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Oklahoma City crushed San Antonio in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals 102-82 Thursday night, but it didn't stop Spurs forward Tim Duncan from making history.

Duncan's fourth block of the night gave him 477 career playoff blocks, the most in NBA history. The veteran added one more block to bring his postseason total to 478.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar previously held the record with 476...

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Western Conference finals prediction

Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs

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Oklahoma City's win over the Lakers Monday night set up a Western Conference finals match-up of arguably the two best teams left in this year's playoffs: the Thunder and the Spurs.

Oklahoma City enters the game 9-1 in the postseason. The Thunder swept the defending champion Mavericks in the first round, then won a relatively lopsided series against the overmatched Lakers 4-1 in the West semis.

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Spurs get fancy in romp over Jazz

San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green hangs on the

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Forget the Heat, and the Thunder, and the Lakers.

The Spurs are -- and have been -- the team to beat on the road to the NBA Finals.

Since March 17, San Antonio is 23-2 including the playoffs. They have outscored opponents by an average of 109.1-95.2, or nearly 14 points per game. Over the stretch, they have beaten the Mavs by 17, Sixers by 17, Lakers by 21 and 24, and Jazz by 10, 15...

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Gregg Popovich named NBA Coach of the Year

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left,

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Gregg Popovich was named NBA Coach of the Year for the second time in his career Tuesday, garnering 77 of a possible 119 first place votes.

Popovich, in his 16th year as head coach, guided the supposedly over-the-hill, shorthanded Spurs to a 50-16 record, tied for the best in the league.

For much of the year, the Spurs were without guard Manu Ginobili, the team's second-leading scorer...

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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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