November 16, 2013 |
They won an NBA championship together in 2008 and lost in the Finals in 2010 when they were with the Boston Celtics, when their bond and kinship was stronger than ever. Now Clippers Coach Doc Rivers and Brooklyn Nets forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are on opposite sides, but that won't test their friendship when L.A. plays host to Brooklyn on Saturday night at Staples Center. Sure, Rivers admitted, it'll probably be an emotional time for him and his former players. That championship the three won in Boston will always be their signature moment together.
February 3, 2009 |
Erik Spoelstra took no joy from adding to the woes of the Clippers. The Miami Heat coach remembers what it was like a year ago, when his team was ravaged by injuries and was the worst in the NBA. And now it's the Clippers living that nightmare, which continued Monday night in a 119-95 loss to the Heat. "They're going through a rough stretch and we know how that goes," Spoelstra said. "We went through that last year. It's tough and it wears on you.
June 19, 2013 |
1. This game should be shown on a continual loop on ESPN Classic until the tip-off of Game 7. There were enough signature moments in Miami's 103-100 overtime victory over San Antonio in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to fill not just a series, but a season. There was the yellow courtside rope that shouldn't have been there. The missing LeBron James headband that should have been. Ray Allen's corner three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation that capped a madcap rally from five points down with 21 seconds left.
May 31, 2012 |
Rajon Rondo had the game of a lifetime for Boston on Wednesday night, playing all 53 minutes of the Celtics' 115-111 overtime loss to the Miami Heat and finishing with 44 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds. He scored all 12 of the Celtics' overtime points, giving his team the lead three separate times, and scored more points in a single overtime than anyone else this season. His coach, Doc Rivers, called Rondo's performance "phenomenal. " Even the opposing team's star player, LeBron James, opened his comments to the press by saying Rondo was "amazing.
April 13, 2008 |
This is the point in the NBA's draft process where the decision-makers -- the general managers -- come out to see what they think of all their scouts' reports. Here's a post-tournament update: Derrick Rose, Memphis -- Unassertive early this season but closed fast. Physical prodigy whose combination of size and athleticism is compared to the young Baron Davis. Now rated even with Michael Beasley with less risk maturity-wise.
February 6, 2006 |
Georgetown allowed Aaron Gray to look like the next coming of Patrick Ewing in the first half. In the second half, Pittsburgh's 7-foot center didn't even score. Hoya Coach John Thompson III went to a matchup zone to stop him and he pulled Gray away from the basket on defense by using Jeff Green as a point forward. Those moves allowed the 17th-ranked Hoyas to overcome a 15-point first-half deficit and survive a late rally for a 61-58 victory over No. 9 Pittsburgh on Sunday at Washington.
March 13, 2006 |
The Kansas Jayhawks considered their only loss over the last two months a bit of a fluke because they did so many things wrong. Given another chance against the Texas Longhorns, the Jayhawks showed why they think they're the best team in the Big 12. Handling with ease the big-game pressure that rattled them in Austin two weeks ago, No. 17 Kansas was terrific outside and played great defense to beat the eighth-ranked Longhorns, 80-68, Sunday at Dallas in the final of the conference tournament.
March 22, 2007 |
The key for the Southern Illinois Salukis will be to resist the lure. Kansas basketball plays full speed ahead, the way every kid who ever picked up a Nerf ball and began running toward the little basket on his closet door wants to play. Run, then dunk, then run some more. Kansas, the top-seeded team in the NCAA West Regional, will play No. 4 Southern Illinois today at HP Pavilion and the Salukis (29-6) spent Wednesday explaining that they will not end up the way Kentucky did.