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The Heat and Bulls square off in game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight in Miami, after the Heat took home court advantage with their win in Chicago Wednesday. Taj Gibson provided a big lift to the Bulls in game 1, and Udonis Haslem responded by making a major contribution off the bench for the Heat in game 2. Expect to see more physical, aggressive defense from both teams tonight, as the Heat didn't break 90 points in either of the first two games.

Notes:

Shaun Powell of NBA.com describes the reasons this Heat team perfectly fits Miami sports fans. "Miami has always been about the glamour and hype."

Derrick Rose made a controversial statement about the use of steroids in the NBA, and I'm sure he and the rest of the Bulls don't want to let it become a distraction right now.

I was excited to learn that Mark Jackson interviewed with the Warriors for their vacant head coaching position, imagining how great it would be if he got the job and we no longer had to listen to him call games on ESPN. Then I realized that if he got it, I'd have to listen to him addressing the local media here all the time. Well, unless you live in the Bay Area that's not your problem, so feel free to hope the Warriors hire Jackson.

Tonight's game:

Bulls at Heat, 5:30PM PDT, TNT. Series tied 1-1.


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After losing a game for the first time in nearly a month, the Mavericks will attempt to rebound tonight against the Thunder in Oklahoma City in a critical game 3 matchup with the series tied 1-1. The Mavericks' bench usually provides them an advantage, but it didn't in game 2 Thursday night as the Thunder bench outscored them 50-29, led by James Harden's 23.

Notes:

The Russell Westbrook saga took another interesting turn when Thunder coach Scott Brooks went with Eric Maynor instead of the all-star Westbrook down the stretch in game 2. Westbrook is taking a lot of criticism for his allegedly selfish play, but his teammates continue to support him.

James Harden is on a short list of former ASU Sun Devils who have made an impact in the NBA. Others include Byron Scott, Eddie House, Lafayette "Fat" Lever, Alton Lister and Isaac Austin. As a former Laker and current coach of the Cavs, we know Byron Scott. But you might not know about Fat Lever. Beyond having a cool name, Lever was a two-time all-star who had hands that would make Jared Dudley proud.

 

Tonight's game: Mavs at Thunder, 6PM PDT (assuming the world doesn't end then), ESPN. Series tied 1-1.


For the last three months or so, I've been going through various mock drafts and checking out the players.  Seth has run some features here about various players that could be possibly be selected by the Suns, but not recently.  After we lost the lottery, I went to check out NBADraft.net, to see who they predict we'd take.  I was suprised that I'd never heard the name before: Bismack Biyambo.

Biyambo is the definition of raw, but also of upside.  The guy is a freak, and he turned a lot of heads at the Nike Hoops Summit.   We don't know a lot about him, but his freakish athleticism and PF position makes my pants wiggle a little bit.  Here's his NBADraft.net profile.

Now as Scott Howard has written, the Suns are in lottery wasteland.  In that case, and considering where the Suns current situation (i.e. lacking athleticism or players with high upside), it makes sense to me that were a player with a huge upside like Biyambo available, that the Suns should take the risk and draft him.  What do you guys think?

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