Trick Shot Artest

With less than a minute left in the pivotal game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, Ron Artest took a jumper from the top of the key that missed, the Lakers got the rebound and set up for another shot when Artest got the ball again and launched up an inadvertent 3 that also missed (one of the worst shots I’ve ever seen in such an important moment in time). Down 3 with about 30 seconds to go, the Suns took a series of 3 pointers finalized by a made bank shot from about 5 feet behind the line by Jason Richardson. 3.5 seconds left, Lakers in bound from the sideline. Everyone in the stands knows who’s getting the ball. They inbound to Kobe, who throws up a 3 and leaves it way short, only to be followed by an offensive rebound put back by an unlikely hero, Artest.

“The most important lay-up in my career,” states Artest who was 1-8 from the field.

The devastated Suns look to bounce back after tying the series on their home floor in game 4, with game 6  in Phoenix Saturday night.

In other news…

Atlanta Hawks owner Michael Gearon is the latest to be fined by the NBA for talk about trying to sign LeBron James. Gearon joins Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and Suns GM Steve Kerr who were also fined for their comments about the superstar free-agent-to-be. League rules state that you cannot express interest in a player until the free agency period starts, which is July 1.

Speaking of LeBron James, a statement was released that the Cavaliers forward, Heat guard Dwayne Wade, Toronto forward Chris Bosh, and Hawks guard Joe Johnson, will be meeting with each other about their futures before signing where they please.Wade explains “”A lot of decisions (will be based on) what other players are willing to do and what other guys want to do. So it’s not just a ‘me’ situation here. We all have to look and see what each other is thinking.”

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Fighting their way back from being down 3-0 to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Orlando Magic have forced a game 6 to try to tie the series at 3 games a piece. Tonight’s game will be in Boston, where the Magic were able to take game 4 earlier this week. Kendrick Perkins will be able to play tonight after having one of his technical rescinded by the league office. League playoff rules include an automatic one game suspension for any player that receives 7 technical fouls. Perkins was ejected in game 5 for getting two technicals. Sources say that Glen Davis is also cleared to play after this play which made him look like a drunk “Big Baby”:

The coaching carousel continues to be at the forefront of NBA news with 6 teams, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Hornets, and New Jersey Nets. The Philadelphia 76ers hired TNT analyst and former Wizards coach Doug Collins earlier this week. The hottest candidates are Mavericks assistant Duane Casey, (the Hawks “favorite”), Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau (offered by the Hornets, could land in Chicago), TNT analyst Mark Jackson (one of the best PG in the history of the NBA), former Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson (from New Orleans, Hawks like him, Bulls like him), former Oklahoma, Indiana head coach and current Milwaukee Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson (rumored to be on the Cavs list), former Hornets head coach Byron Scott, Jazz assistant Tyron Corbin, and Blazers assistant Monty Williams. With free agency just around the corner, and many of these teams trying to land one of the big name players, coaching hires should start picking up fairly quickly. And just imagine what the buzz around Phil Jackson would become when the Suns beat the Lakers.

Exciting times ahead, ECF game 6 tonight, WCF game 6 tomorrow night, draft June 24th.

I’m predicting Boston’s veterans put their foot down tonight and say enough is enough and they close out the series. The Suns will pick up right where they left off coming back to the desert and forcing game 7 in LA. John Wall still goes number 1.

One more note in coaching, who the hell is gonna wanna hire this guy

uhh... what do you mean the isolation for Joe didn't work?



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