NBA Under The Bleachers: June 9th

Under the BleachersContributor IJune 12, 2009

DALLAS - APRIL 25:  Forward Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs during play against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 25, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

On Fire: Can the Magic Keep Shooting Like This?

Orlando torched the Lakers in Game Three of the Finals, shooting an NBA-record 62.5 percent from the field. Awesome... until you consider that they still only beat L.A. by four points. Keeping up that pace won’t be magic—it’ll be a miracle.

Jacka Culpa: Phil Jackson Admits Lakers Cheated to Win Game Two

Then again, the Magic wouldn’t need a miracle if the Lakers didn’t cheat. Phil Jackson admitted that Pau Gasol goal-tended to lead L.A. to victory in Game Two. Is the Zen Master playing mind games with his team? Does a falling tree in a forest make a noise when it claps one of its hands?

The Top Ten Power Forwards in History: Is Duncan No. 1?

Sure, we can see guys like Jerry Lucas and Dolph Schayes on the list. But Tim Duncan? The best of all time? Really? This article has already ignited a storm of comments and heated arguments. Who knew someone so boring could be so controversial?

The Raptors are Already Making Moves

And the Finals aren’t even done yet. Don’t get us wrong, the guy they acquired—power forward Reggie Evans—won’t be on anyone’s top-10 list anytime soon. But with Chris Bosh itching for a trade and Ben Gordon on his way out in Chicago, Toronto is just getting started.

Meanwhile, in Cleveland: Moves They Need to Make

The wailing and gnashing of teeth continues over the Championship-That-Should’ve-

Been. But the Cavs need to get over it and look to next season—and an addition like Rasheed Wallace or Jason Kidd could be just the way to do it.

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