LeBron James closes the deal for Team USA

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LeBron James has had a great four months. How many players have done what James has the chance to do before? Let’s recap what James has accomplished in the last four months: NBA MVPNBA Finals MVP and NBA Champion. He also put Team USA in prime position to win the Gold Medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. 

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NBA Finals: My NBA Finals Christmas List

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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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NBA Playoffs: Predicting LeBron James’ game tonight

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There is no denying the significance of tonight’s Game 5 between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat in Miami. After winning the first two games of the series, the Heat dropped the next two and allowed Boston to bring it back to Boston, to either close the door on the Heat’s season or stave-off elimination. Tonight’s game will decide the situation. But know that LeBron James should have a big game, but it doesn’t mean the Heat will win.  [Read more…]

It’s No Surprise Indiana Pacers Avoided Sweep

It just seemed right.

The Indiana Pacers finally closed the deal — albeit after blowing another double-digit lead late — and beat the Chicago Bulls 88-84 Saturday at United, err, Conseco Fieldhouse to avoid being swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs and force Game 5 in Chicago on Tuesday.

That these feisty, pesky Pacers broke through and will live to fight another day is only fitting.

By Drew Allen

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Indiana Pacers on Brink of Elimination in Game 4 vs. Chicago Bulls

So here they are.

After Thursday’s 88-84 loss in Game 3 of the Indiana Pacers’ first-round NBA playoff matchup with the Chicago Bulls, the eighth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference now stands somewhere it hasn’t reached this late in the season since 2006: on the brink of elimination.

Game 4 tips off at 2:30 p.m. ET today at Conseco Fieldhouse, and the top-seeded Bulls have a chance to put away a Pacers team that has given them fits throughout the series but hasn’t been able to finish.

By Drew Allen

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Can Indiana Pacers Rebound from Crushing Loss in Game 1?

The Indiana Pacers were right there.

The No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, the team nobody believed could hang with the first-seeded Chicago Bulls in this first-round NBA playoff series, did just that Saturday at United Center.

The Pacers just couldn’t finish the deal, falling 104-99 after allowing the Bulls to go on a 16-1 run in the final 3:38.

By Drew Allen

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Derrick Rose MVP? ESPN Expert Panel Overwhelmingly Approves

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All the “Rose should be MVP” columns have been writtten. As have all the “Rose isn’t the MVP” backlash columns. That discussion is pretty much over, as the time for that award announcement draws near.

The Mothership, the Evil Empire if you will, is overwhelmingly in support of the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose as the NBA MVP award recipient. Check out the ESPN basketball panel voting. Rose took home 27/35 votes.

Of course, ESPNChicago Bulls reporter Nick Friedell voted for Rose. You gotta get the home cooking. So where did the other 8 votes go?

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