SH Blog: What’s next for Marc Gasol, Paul Pierce, Tom Thibodeau after playoff exits?

Marc Gasol

The dust has settled on three great series, with three of the NBA’s toughest teams headed home. And each of those teams now has to turn their attention to the future, and what the future holds for the Bulls, Grizzlies and Wizards is still a little murky. Memphis, for instance, could lose its best player. Marc Gasol is a pending free agent, and Phil Jackson has long been rumored to be willing to back up James Dolan’s metaphorical Brinks truck for

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SH Blog: Grit and grind Grizzlies go 2-1 up on Warriors

Tony Allen

Two days. Two banked-in buzzer-beaters. That’s about as crazy as it gets. And then you realize that all four favorites are down 2-1 in this second round. The next week or so is going to be good. Get ready. Some of these early-series results haven’t been entirely unexpected: the Cavs’ floor-spacing takes a huge hit without Kevin Love, the Hawks looked unconvincing in getting by the Nets, and the Clippers just look like a team of destiny right now. But while pretty

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SH Blog: NBA players react to Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Mayweather

In a bout over five years in the making, Floyd Mayweather got a huge unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao. Seemingly everyone in the world was watching the fight, which, of course, meant most of the NBA was tuned in as well. Here’s what some players had to say:Don’t wanna see anything other than #MayweatherPacquiao in my timeline.. — Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) May 3, 201532-11 in the last 2 rounds punches landed floyd over paq what are yall talking about —

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SH Blog: Cuban says Rockets ‘not a very good team’

mark-cuban

Of all the owners, executives, GMs, and other management types in the NBA, few approach Mark Cuban and Daryl Morey in terms of openness with the media. Neither is afraid to speak their mind, and neither has a reputation for pulling any punches. That’s part of why their first-round matchup is among the most interesting. There’s also the Chandler Parsons saga from last summer, and a rivalry that’s been simmering for a while, but the main sources of fuel for that

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SH Blog: Rubio to undergo ankle surgery; did NYPD officer break Sefolosha’s leg?

Ricky Rubio

The last week of the season is a great time to be a fan of any of the five teams still fighting to make the Eastern Conference playoffs. Yeah, the Bucks/Celtics/Nets/Pacers/Heat have been kinda bad all season, and they stand little chance against the Hawks and Cavs of the world, but this week, they’ll be playing meaningful basketball, and they’ll have a realistic chance to win and go to the playoffs. The last week of the season is also when things

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SH Blog: Paul George returns; plus Nerlens Noel, John Calipari, and the NBA’s age restriction

Paul george

Any time the University of Kentucky does anything (like they did Saturday night), two subjects come up: John Calipari and the NBA’s age restriction. The two are inextricably linked, and how you feel about one most likely influences how you feel about the other. If you think that making players play a year in college before going pro is good because it means better players at the college level, and more polished players entering the NBA, you might love (or at

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SH Blog: Steve Nash retires; how could Thunder adapt to life without KD?

Nash Nowitzki

Growing up, I wasn’t immediately an NBA fan. I lived in Baltimore, and the Wizards were too DC for me to really get behind. I watched the college game for my basketball fix. I was aware of the NBA, I followed it, but it wasn’t a big part of my sports-watching life. Steve Nash and the Suns changed all that. For one thing, they were fun to watch. After basically my entire NBA-aware life had been dominated by the Kobe/Shaq Lakers, who,

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SH Blog: Hawks’ D causes problems for Cavs in possible playoff preview

HawksStarters

Friday night’s Cavs-Hawks game was a treat to watch. It wasn’t really competitive, but it showcased some excellent basketball, particularly from the Hawks. Cleveland had its moments, for sure, but for the most part it was a showcase of just how good the Hawks can be when they’re firing on all cylinders. Like the Warriors out west, the Hawks have not just a high-powered offense that can attack from any spot on the court, but a smothering defense that, on Friday,

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