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NBA Today: NBA Finals Game Four

June 19, 2012 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Mike Dunlap will be the new head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats.
A smile from new Bobcat Coach Mike Dunlap will be rare footage next season.

The Miami Heat has once again carved itself a two games to one lead in the NBA Finals, but will it be able to finish it out, unlike last season?

LeBron James has been on a crazy roll the entire playoffs, averaging almost 31 points and 10 boards through 21 games. Can LBJ finally get over the hump and earn that elusive first ring, the lack of which is the main weapon his culprits wield in their campaign against the King?

What’s your prediction for Game Four Tuesday? Will the Heat hold serve to grab a commanding three games to one lead or will the Thunder steal home court advantage back and square this affair?

Rim Shots

  • St. John’s assistant coach Mike Dunlap has reportedly accepted the Charlotte Bobcats’ head coaching position. Dunlap, who has his work cut out for him with this group, is obviously an inspirational dude. When he coached high school ball at Cal Lutheran for five years back in the ‘90s, at least six of his ex-pupils went on to the coaching ranks. Jerry Sloan, Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder – all of whom have much more NBA coaching experience – were considered the frontrunners, until all of a sudden Charlotte surprised everyone and opted to go with the collegiate man.
  • Free agent Jason Kidd says he wants to re-sign with the Mavs, but if that doesn’t happen, he said he’s open to backing up Deron Williams for the Nets or helping Jeremy Lin develop in New York. The Knicks could definitely use the depth at point guard, but there are salary cap issues here that will likely scuttle that plan. Kidd is also open to acting as Derrick Rose’s understudy in Chicago. Clearly, the 39-year-old has come to terms with the fact that he can’t log heavy minutes anymore.
  • Brandon Roy is considering a comeback. Bah! Who needs knee cartilage? The Knicks and Pacers reportedly would be interested and Roy has expressed a desire to play for the Lakers. Some, however, believe he’s headed to the Warriors. This will be fun to watch, but the bottom line here is this: does this dude have anything left to offer?
  • Jared Sullinger has been red flagged by a doctor because of his back issues, something that is going to damage his draft status. Shockingly, Sullinger’s agent downplayed this, but the Ohio State big man’s career could be shortened as per the medical report, so plenty of teams are now going to steer clear of him in the first round. This dude was likely going to be a top 10 pick, but this news could easily drop him to the second round.
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