A good day for sports.

Or at least for the Twins and Heat.

All the interesting basketball news happens off the court.

Basketball is a beautiful game, but what’s really great (or awful, or awfully great) about it is that it’s a space where issues of race, class, and gender collide and swirl around, conflicts and questions played out and mashed up on a stage for all to see.

NBA Finals, 2005: Game 7.

Duncan grabbed the offensive rebound, pump-faked, and put the ball in the hole, drawing a foul. Then — and you could see the monkeys flying off his back as he shot it — he hit the free throw.

NBA Finals, 2005: Game 6.

The Spurs and the Pistons are both defensive-oriented teams, but beyond that, they have very different styles.

NBA Finals, 2005: Game 5.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals was far and away the biggest, best game of Robert Horry’s long playoff career.

NBA Finals, 2005: Game 2.

When your team is down by 21 points and Darko Milicic is on the floor with four minutes left in the game, you know it’s over.

NBA Finals, 2005: Game 1.

For fair-weather fans riding the Heat and Suns bandwagons, this matchup is going to be a slow, ugly grind, but even if you’re not a fan of great defense, both teams are capable of executing a lovely half-court offense.

Lynx 66, Sun 91: Relax, it’s just the preseason.

Late in the game, Nicole Ohlde finally realized that there was no way that Margo “Shawn Bradley” Dydek could keep up with her, and started spinning around her at will.

A slow crash, like an iceberg.

It’s terrible, being relieved that your favorite team’s season is over.

NBA Street V3. (PopMatters)

My review of NBA Street V3 is up at PopMatters.