Reasons to watch the NBA Finals, for those with Heat, Spurs fatigue

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This year’s NBA Finals is a rematch of last year’s epic seven game series that saw the Miami Heat win their second consecutive championship. It is the first Finals rematch since the 1998 series between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz.

The San Antonio Spurs will be looking for revenge after they should have won last year’s series in six, if not for several missed free throws down the stretch and a miracle three-pointer by Ray Allen after an offensive rebound by Chris Bosh.

The Heat went on to win in overtime, and then took a tightly contested Game 7. You may be getting sick of seeing the Spurs and the Heat all the time; as they’ve been here quite a bit lately. But I’m going to give you a fresh twist on the Finals

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Top candidates to replace Mark Jackson as Golden St. Coach

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson has been fired as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. Warriors General Manager Bob Myers, in a statement released Tuesday, thanked Mark Jackson for turning the franchise around, but did not give any reason for the dismissal (outside of the usual, generic ‘going in a different direction’ story). [Read more…]

NBA Finals: My NBA Finals Christmas List

OKC v. Miami

With the NBA Finals tipping-off in a little over seven hours, I have made a list of 10 things that I am hoping to see from the Finals this year. I know making a list sounds silly and I probably won’t get half of what I put on my list (happens to me every Christmas). But here is a short story: Two years ago, I made a Christmas list of 10 things, roughly, that I wanted. Some of the things were simple items like: a gas card, socks, shorts, and headphones. The other part of the list consisted of some bigger items: groceries (I am a college kid), money, and I think I wrote down something outrageous, like a new laptop. OK. I am getting side-tracked. Here’s my list:

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Welcome Back to the NBA Playoffs, Indiana Pacers

Fans in Area 55 weren’t going to be left out in the cold.

The rowdiest spectators in Conseco Fieldhouse remained in the Roy Hibbert-sponsored section well after the final buzzer of the Indiana Pacers’ 136-112 rout of the Washington Wizards to watch the final minutes of the Orlando Magic’s overtime victory against the Charlotte Bobcats on the arena’s jumbo screen.

And sure enough, those fans were the first to know their team had clinched its first berth in the NBA playoffs since the 2005-06 season.

By Drew Allen

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Indiana Pacers Fire Jim O’Brien; More Change on the Way?

The Indiana Pacers fired coach Jim O’Brien on Sunday midway through the fourth year of O’Brien’s contract and named assistant Frank Vogel interim coach for the rest of 2010-11.

O’Brien went 121-169 as Pacers coach and began this season 17-27 before being relieved of his duties.

The first thing to take away from Sunday’s news is that the Pacers are doing the right thing in parting ways with O’Brien. He wasn’t getting it done at a point in his contract when Indiana should be a solid playoff contender in a weak Eastern Conference. I’ll have more on that later, but O’Brien’s dismissal presents an opportunity for the Pacers to start fresh.

The question is, is it just the first one?

By Drew Allen

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