Last year Lance Blanks’ NBA Draft duties were simple: select the best available power forward. With Steve Nash at point, Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez anchoring the five spot, and more wing options...

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No laying down on the job, kid.

The 2012 NBA Draft order is now set and final. Except it will change, of course, once teams start swapping picks for other picks; picks for players; or picks for cash. Here's Tom Ziller's first NBA Mock Draft for 2012, Post Lottery Edition. Any guesses where Anthony Davis is going?

As for the Phoenix Suns, you will be shocked to see Austin Rivers name again tied to the 13th overall pick. I still maintain that this would be a solid option for the Suns. Teams need guys like this who can come off the bench and light it up. See also: Crawford, Jamal; Terry, Jason; Williams, Lou; Brooks, Aaron.

As for the rest of Tom's comments about the Suns future...well, just remember that he lives in Sacramento and has covered the Kings so there's a lot of built in bitterness there. Love ya, Tom! :)

2012 NBA Mock Draft: Hornets Land Anthony Davis, Wizards Are Keystone - SBNation.com
13. PHOENIX SUNS: AUSTIN RIVERS As if the end of the Steve Nash era won't be jarring enough, a volume scorer from Duke added to the mix will provide a nice splash of cold water. "In case you'd forgotten over the past decade of success, this is what it's like to suck, Phoenix."

And since conspiracy theories are the name of the day, just think of the potential of recruiting Doc Rivers to Phoenix to coach his son!

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(SB Nation Arizona) The Boston Celtics understood that if they were going to win their 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat they would need to steal a game on the road. They saw how important it was for the Dallas Mavericks in last year's finals to win Game 2 in Miami and they played like a desperate team...and fell short.

Rajon Rondo, a guy often rumored to be on the trading block, was amazing: 44 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds while playing all 53 minutes of the overtime game. The Heat were just a tad bit better with LeBron James (34 points) and Dwyane Wade (23 points) again carrying their team.

This game was likely the Celtics best chance at winning the series which now heads back to Boston for Game 3 on Friday.

San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT on TNT

We know the Spurs have no problem winning on the road (as evidenced by their 20-game win streak) but the Thunder have played far better at home this season. But it's not clear what, if any, adjustments OKC can make that the Spurs won't be able to match and beat. Maybe they will get a spark from the crowd and simply hit more shots and play that much harder. It could be a fun game, but so far this series hasn't been as close as some predicted.

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Western Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 4: Saturday, June 2 at Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET
Game 5: Monday, June 5 at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET*
Game 6: Wednesday, June 6 Oklahoma City, 9:00 p.m. ET*
Game 7: Friday, June 9 at San Antonio, 9:00 p.m. ET*

Here's the remaining schedule for the 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals Series (all times in ET):

Game 3: Friday, June 1 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Game 4: Sunday, June 3 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Game 5: Tuesday, June 5 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*
Game 6: Thursday, June 7 at Boston, 8:30 p.m.*
Game 7: Saturday, June 9 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.*

For more on the Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock. while Thunder fans should visit Welcome To Loud City. Celtics homers can head over to Celtics Blog, while for more on the Heat check out Peninsula Is Mightier.


For the second year in a row, the NBA Draft Lottery ping pong balls relegated the Phoenix Suns to select at the 13th overall position in the NBA Draft. With a 0.6 percent chance to win the Anthony...

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No surprises here. The Phoenix Suns stay with the 13th pick. It's hard to be disappointed when the odds were sooooooo soooooo long.

As Jim explained the Suns only had a 0.6% chance of landing the #1 overall pick and a 2.18% chance of ascending to the top 3. Long odds indeed.

Oh well.

Here's the full draft order for the first round.

1. New Orleans

2. Charlotte

3. Washington

4. Cleveland

5. Sacramento

6. Portland (via Brooklyn)

7. Golden State

8. Toronto

9. Detroit

10. New Orleans (via Minnesota)

11. Portland

12. Milwaukee

13. Phoenix

14. Houston

15. Philadelphia

16. Houston (via New York)

17. Dallas

18. Minnesota (via Utah)

19. Orlando

20. Denver

21. Boston

22. Boston (via L.A. Clippers)

23. Atlanta

24. Cleveland (via L.A. Lakers)

25. Memphis

26. Indiana

27. Miami

28. Oklahoma City

29. Chicago

30. Golden State via San Antonio


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