SH Blog: Neal signs with Bucks; listen to LeBron’s choices for NBA 2K14 soundtrack

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We’re approaching the quiet period in the NBA offseason, but there’s still some news to be found. Today’s big topic is the Pacers making themselves even better, adding Luis Scola to be their third big. Click that link right there for Chris Sheridan’s take on what the trade means for Indiana, and, by extension, the other teams jockeying for position at the top of the East. The other news today is Gary Neal signing with the Bucks. This might not have

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May: What Is  Up, Doc?

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Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is one of the most accessible, accommodating individuals in the NBA. Lately, however, he’s been a charter member of the James Dolan Communication Society. Rivers has gone into radio silence while reports swirl around a potential trade to send him to the Los Angeles Clippers in what would be a bizarre deal, even by Clippers’ standards. The deal apparently has died – no surprise there, given what the Clippers would have to give up – but lost

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SH Blog: Rivers/Garnett to Clippers talks stall over Bledsoe; Kings hire ex-Nuggets assistant D’Alessandro as new GM

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It was a beautiful Saturday today, at least in the Northeast, and if you spent the day enjoying it, you might have missed one of the craziest days in recent NBA history. We got the entire life cycle of a rumor. It was great. It’s a good argument for staying in the house all day endlessly refreshing every basketball news site. Not that I do that myself or anything. And oh yeah, the Finals are still happening, and they’re shaping up

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Podcast: WWVD? (What Will Vinny Do)

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Vinny Del Negro will be coaching his final game with the Los Angeles Clippers tonight when they lose Game 6 to the Memphis Grizzlies. Wait a minute, is that fair to say? And is that fair to surmise? No, and maybe. This much we know: The Clippers have lost three in a row, Blake Griffin is iffy with a sprained ankle, the Clippers are getting virtually nothing from anyone not named Chris Paul or Jamal Crawford, and the time to take desperate measures

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SH Blog: Jackson’s motives for calling out Denver, Kobe says Lakers can win with current core

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As we head into an all-important Game 6 between the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets on Thursday, lets first get whatever happened in Game 5 out of the way and hope that nothing dumb – like players getting ejected or face suspensions over unnecessary physical play – happens. The word, at least according to Mark Jackson and his “source”, is that Denver’s game plan was to go after Stephen Curry, who had completely lit them up in the previous three

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StatBox Playoff Breakdown: Curry limited by Denver defense and Clippers won’t be able to overcome Griffin’s absence

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It’s been fairly evident that Stephen Curry has been the most important player in the Denver-Golden State series, which has now a nasty turn. Warriors Coach Mark Jackson said that the Nuggets were dirty on Wednesday night, but how did that impact Curry’s play in Game 5? And also in the Western Conference, Blake Griffin’s injury allowed Zach Randolph to shine in a crucial Game 5 win for Memphis. Can Los Angeles overcome Griffin’s limitations and once again vanquish the

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Bernucca: Future murky for Lakers, biggest underachievers in NBA history

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Before Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Lakers handed out white towels to fans at the Staples Center. Apparently, someone in the marketing department didn’t understand symbolism. By halftime, those towels had become flags of surrender for the Lakers, the biggest underachieving team in the history of the NBA. Dwight Howard offered his own symbolism, figuratively throwing in the towel midway through the third quarter. Unwilling to grit his teeth and bang

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