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06/10/2010 - 9:19am
Simmons on D&C: Refs rule finals
By: Jay Asser

ESPN columnist Bill Simmons joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning and talked about the quick turnaround from Game 2 in Los Angeles to Game 3 in Boston, the inconsistencies of the officials, and the sloppiness of both teams in the series.

 

"I was worried about Game 3 because it was 48 hours after Game 2, cross country trip, and it just seemed like, 'Uh oh, this is going to be bad,' " Simmons said. "If you look at what happened in the game, Kobe [Bryant] had a bad game, [Paul] Pierce and [Ray] Allen both had bad games, the only old guy who had a good game was [Kevin Garnett], and KG didn’t play a lot in Game 2 because he was in foul trouble.

 

"I think for the most part in the finals, the right team is going to win each game," Simmons added. "That’s what bothered me about Game 3 was basically both teams didn’t play well and it came down to...

06/10/2010 - 9:16am
Eddie F. Rush to referee Game 4

The officials for Game 4 of the NBA finals were announced Thursday morning, and the trio includes a referee Celtics fans won't be happy to see. Eddie F. Rush, who ejected Kendrick Perkins from the Eastern Conference finals Game 5 on a technical foul that later was rescinded by the league, will be on the floor along with Scott Foster and Greg Willard.

 

However, according to NBAstuffer.com, Celtics fans shouldn't be too upset about Rush taking the floor in Boston. The site's stats indicate that home teams have won nine of the 10 times Rush has officiated in the 2010 postseason. He calls fouls on the road team 55 percent of the time.

 

Greg Willard and Scott Foster have identical stats that are much more even. Home teams have won 64 percent of their games (...

06/10/2010 - 8:57am
LEEInks list: NBA coaches with roots here

With Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau set to take over the Chicago Bulls, the onetime Salem State boss will become the latest NBA head coach who first was a head coach at a New England college. We've compiled a list of the best such coaches. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.


06/10/2010 - 7:42am
Mashup: Roethlisberger videos released

Videos of police interviews with Ben Roethlisberger's Georgia accuser and of the Steelers quarterback partying in the bar were released, and they shed a little more light on the situation, with the accuser saying she did not fight back for fear of getting hurt more. Roethlisberger responded Wednesday with an apology and promise to work harder on and off the field. Get more information at that, along with additional links to the day's top stories, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


06/10/2010 - 12:16am
Report: USC football faces two-year bowl ban

The USC football program has been hit with a two-year postseason ban in addition to the loss of scholarships and a forfeiture of wins from at least the 2004 season, sanctions set to be annnounced by the NCAA on Thursday, according to ESPN. The school's football team has been under investigation in part for the actions of running back Reggie Bush, who played at the school from 2003-05.


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