Should LeBron James have passed the ball to Udonis Haslem?

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Fair or unfair, we judge LeBron James on what he does in the final seconds of fourth quarters. He passed the ball instead of shooting it at the end of the 2012 All-Star game, he failed on a spectacular scale against the Dallas Mavericks in the fourth quarters of the 2011 NBA Finals, and his three MVP awards sit on a shelf alongside zero championship rings. So when the end of the fourth quarter arrived Sunday night in Game 4 of

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Ibaka’s perfect game key to Thunder’s Game 4 win over Spurs

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Well, if that wasn’t a perfect game, I don’t know what is. And it wasn’t just Serge Ibaka going 11-for-11 from the field. It was Kevin Durant scoring 18 of his 36 points for the Thunder down the stretch, it was the Thunder looking wiser than their years by answering every San Antonio basket in the fourth quarter with one of their own, it was Oklahoma City’s bigs exposing a gaping hole in the Spurs’ defensive capabilities down low. It was a

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Play tonight in an NBA Playoff Fantasy League

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Want to take a small gamble on the NBA playoffs? For as little as $2, you can have action on the players still playing in the conference finals. That’s the beauty of fantasy sports. Even if you could give a damn who wins tonight’s game, you can have a rooting interest in who plays well by signing up for DraftStreet.com and playing in their two-day NBA playoff fantasy leagues. (You can play in daily baseball leagues, too, if that is a sport that

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Celtics rout Heat to make East finals 2-1, too

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Chances are you didn’t stay glued to the TV set long enough to see the glorious return of Dexter Pittman. He was on his best behavior for the final 56 seconds of the game, even though he had a Lance Stephensonish target if he had chosen in the form of E-Twaun Moore. Never heard of Moore? Well, garbage time will often reveal a little something, like the identity of the 12th man on the Celtics roster. That would

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SI’s Lowe gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at Draft Lottery

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Just a great piece of writing today by Zach Lowe on SI.com that should quiet all the conspiracy theorists (although, of course, it will not). Among the details reported by low were the winning ping-pong ball combination (6-4-9-7), and the fact the Cleveland Cavaliers were in the mix to win the lottery for the second straight year. But they needed a 3 to come up on the final ping-pong ball, and when “7″ came up Hornets general manager Dell Demps initially

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Was the draft lottery fixed? Is David Stern’s Olympic idea asinine? No and Yes

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// First of all, the draft lottery was NOT fixed. NBA commissioner David Stern would be committing a felony if he rigged the lottery, and the guy does not want to be using soap on a rope for 15-to-20 years. OK? So lay off the conspiracy theories. Your time would be better spent perusing our first Mock Draft, now that the order is known. Is Stern’s idea of limiting the Olympics to players 23 and younger a good one? Hell no! It is idiocy in

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Playoffs: Rondo’s best game ever not enough in OT loss to Heat

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Let’s get a little overly dramatic here, shall we? On what will forever be known as Black Wednesday everywhere from Boston to Brooklyn to Beijing to Barcelona, commissioner David Stern’s referees swallowed their whistles when Rajon Rondo got whacked in the forehead late in overtime, and Stern’s ping-pong ball machine magically delivered the No. 1 pick in the draft to the league-owned New Orleans Hornets — all on the same night Stern sounded as though he endorsed the idea of banning

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David Stern wants to ruin the Olympics

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NEW YORK — Our best vs. your best, and let’s see who can win the gold medal in men’s basketball at the Olympics. That was the idea that spawned the Dream Team, and now NBA commissioner David Stern sounds as though he wants to change it. Stern on Wednesday endorsed a discussion of limiting the Olympics and the World Cup of Basketball (formerly called the World Championship) to players 23 and under, bowing to pressure from NBA owners who have complained that

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