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  1. Lakers-Thunder Game 3: L.A. wins free throw contest by a lot, wins game by 3

    May 19, 2012, 3:15 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three

    Forty-two free throws is a lot of free throw attempts. Forty-one free throws made is a lot of makes. The Lakers got one, made the other, and walked out of Staples with a win in Game 4, 99-96. We can talk about a lot of things. The way that the Lakers attacked the Thunder defensively,…

  2. Lakers-Thunder Game 2: A Thunder magic trick, a Lakers disappearing act, and a change of the guard

    May 17, 2012, 1:40 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    In Game 1, everything went wrong for the Lakers, everything went right for the Thunder. Thunder won. In Game 2, for 46 minutes, at least some things went right for the Lakers, everything went wrong for the Thunder. The pace was slow. The defense was incredible for the Lakers. The Thunder weren’t hitting jumpers. A…

  3. Lakers-Thunder Game 2: Let’s try this again, Lakeshow

    May 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    So what do the Los Angeles Lakers need to do to improve in Game 2 vs. the Thunder? A brief list: 1. Do not be terrible 2. Defend jumpshots better 3. Have Pau Gasol act like an NBA player 4. Work the ball inside to draw more contact and get to the line 5. Again,…

  4. Lakers-Thunder Game 1: Lakers suffer a Thundertality

    May 15, 2012, 1:24 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    This was a beating. A smackdown. A trouncing. A demolition. A boat race. A blowout. A “hit ‘em in the head with a shovel and drag their team to an unmarked grave,” “nail ‘em with a 2X4, watch them stagger around and then slam the door on them on the way out,” downright unavoidable-to-say butt…

  5. Lakers-Thunder Western Conference Semifinals Preview: No longer a feel good story

    May 14, 2012, 4:42 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    Two years ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Los Angeles Lakers in the first-round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs. It was supposed to be a nice learning experience for a team on the rise, a quick lesson from the reigning champs as to how the playoffs work. Instead, the world was introduced to the…

  6. Metta World Peace won’t be fist-bumping Harden because he’s a reserve, apparently

    May 13, 2012, 11:16 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Metta World Peace will not be reaching out to James Harden in Game 1 regarding that whole “elbowing him in the head and knocking him unconscious” bit that happened last month. From the L.A. Times: World Peace has not spoken to Harden since elbowing him in the second quarter of the Lakers 114-106 double-overtime victory…

  7. It does not sound like Andre Miller will return to the Nuggets

    May 13, 2012, 4:03 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Andre Miller was traded on draft night last year to Denver, and from the start it was an odd fit. Miller had signed with Portland as a free agent and wanted to be considered a top tier player. He had struggled with Nate McMillan and despite his chemistry with LaMarcus Aldridge, was moved for what…

  8. Clippers-Grizzlies Game 7: Somebody’s going to the second round, somebody’s going home

    May 13, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kenyon Martin, Blake Griffin

    The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers face off in Game 7 Sunday. Here are five things to watch. 1. At Least You’ve Got Your Health, Or Not: It’s become a pretty big deal that Blake Griffin has a sore knee (no ligament damage known of at this time) and that Chris Paul has a…

  9. Report: Raptors to aim for Nash, and if not… Lin?

    May 13, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    The Raptors are constantly going to be linked to Steve Nash because of Bryan Colangelo’s link to Nash’s Suns which Colangelo was GM for. So naturally, with the Raptors improving, having cap space, and Nash poised to hit the open market, there’s talk of him heading to his native country to finish his career. But…

  10. Celtics 92 Sixers 91: Tell us you didn’t see this coming

    May 12, 2012, 11:25 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. The Boston Celtics play badly for 2.5 quarters, scrap and grind their way to get the deficit into reasonable territory, then turn on the jets while the other team does a series of remarkably stupid things, going away from everything that had worked the entire game through,…

  11. Lakers enter damage control around Magic’s Mike Brown statements

    May 12, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

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    See, and here’s the problem with having your franchise legend, former owner, and acting VP as an “analyst” on television. When Magic Johnson made comments regarding Mike Brown being fired if the Lakers were to lose Game 7 Saturday night, it set off more alarms than usual. Typically, a studio analyst making a comment like…

  12. What does Kobe Bryant expect from Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum?

    May 12, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain walk towards the bench for a time out after losing possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant has just about had it with his teammates not showing up, and that’s pretty evident. When he refused to quit and played well with gastroenteritis in Game 6 and his teammates no-showed, you knew there would be consequences. Bryant has come too far and done too much to get that kind of performance from…

  13. LeBron James and an award we’ve made hollow

    May 12, 2012, 11:49 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    For just about anyone else winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Award would be a good thing, with no downside. It’s an award that carries legitimate weight, not just in terms of current cultural cache, but longer-lasting greatness in the context of a player’s legacy. It should be cause for celebration. But for LeBron James, it’s…

  14. Magic Johnson thinks Mike Brown can’t survive a Game 7 loss

    May 12, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Magic Johnson

    It’s amazing when people tend to dismiss what Magic Johnson says about the Lakers. He’s arguably the greatest player in franchise history, is known as a close and personal friend of owner Jerry Buss, still holds an official positions inside the front office, has held an ownership stake in the team as recently as two…

  15. Spurs sweep Jazz in Game 4: the Plague moves on as the youngsters have a lot to learn

    May 7, 2012, 11:16 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Thank God that’s over with. Spurs win 87-81. The Spurs swept the Jazz Monday night in a contest where the Spurs controlled the entire game. The Jazz made a late run based mostly on the hustle of DeMarre Carroll, but it fell short went the Spurs picked off a pass and Manu Ginobili daggered the…

  16. Jazz-Spurs Game 3: The Jazz have a bad case of the Spurs plague

    May 6, 2012, 12:53 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    This thing is over. 102-90 Spurs. The exact same thing we’ve seen for the first two games replicated only with a little bit of excitement from Derrick Favors who showed out against the Spurs. Tony Parker is just too much. Let’s start there. The Spurs can space the floor so well on offense that you can’t…

  17. Joakim Noah injures ankle, “most likely” out for Game 4

    May 5, 2012, 8:52 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    UPDATE 8:53 pm: Not good news, Bulls fans. Here is the quote from Tom Thibodeau via our friends at CSNChicago.com: “Most likely, he’ll be out tomorrow,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday afternoon following a film session at the team’s hotel. “I haven’t gotten the grade yet, but it’s doubtful. We’ll see tomorrow, though.”…

  18. Pacers 101 Magic 99: Pacers fail to give game away despite best efforts

    May 5, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

    Well, they almost blew it. Twice. The Indiana Pacers held on to win Game 4 in Orlando and go up 3-1 on the Magic headed back to Indiana. The Pacers held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, but a furious run by the Magic tied it behind some brilliant play at the rim by…

  19. Jazz-Spurs Game 3 Preview: Can home save the Jazz?

    May 5, 2012, 4:57 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Utah doesn’t need to just win against the Spurs in Game 3 in Utah Saturday. They need to outright dominate in order to make a statement that they aren’t going to be pushed over. Because at this rate, they’re headed for a sweep in short order. The Jazz had some positive things going in Game…

  20. Caron Butler will start Game 3 with a broken hand, because he’s TuffJuice

    May 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Caron Butler

    Caron Butler was supposed to be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand. Instead, he’s still got that broken hand, but he’s starting today against Memphis in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Butler playing could be a big swing for the Clippers. They’ve shot the ball extremely well in this series, over 50%…

  21. Avery Bradley injures shoulder in Game 3 vs. Hawks

    May 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Avery-Bradley

    Avery Bradley has been a huge contributor for the Celtics this season, filling in for both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen who have missed time with injuries. He’s a dogged defender and can attack the rim with his athleticism. He’s fought a shoulder injury all season, however, and on Friday, re-injured it against the Hawks.…

  22. Sixers 79 Bulls 74: A crushing Bulls collapse as a postseason of misery continues for Chicago

    May 4, 2012, 11:35 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The Bulls had everything going for them. They were the number one seed, they had beaten all the contenders, they had homecourt advantage, the best defense, one of the best coaches, a superstar. And then it all went wrong. In Game 3, they had a 14-point lead, had everything going for them. They had gotten…

  23. Spurs 114 Jazz 83: Warning, violent basketball destruction of one team by another

    May 2, 2012, 9:37 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Hmmm. How can I properly express to you the beatdown of the Spurs’ 114-83 win over the Jazz? Imagine a Hummer driving over a camel. Or Godzilla stepping on a power transformer, only with fewer fireworks. It was kind of like a train running over a cart of moldy peaches. Or a buzzsaw ripping through…

  24. Spurs have all the answers in win over Jazz

    Apr 29, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    The San Antonio Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 106-91 Sunday in Game 1 of their first round series, behind 28 points and 8 assists from Tony Parker. The Spurs have taken a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. For San Antonio, it was a way to wipe clean the memories of last year’s embarrassing first-round…

  25. Jerry Colangelo is rethinking adding players to USA roster after Rose injury

    Apr 29, 2012, 3:38 PM EST

    US Kevin Durant (C) celebrates with his

    Jerry Colangelo had said last week that despite the injury to Dwight Howard, Team USA would not be changing its list of invitees for camp. They were going to stick with their guys. That plan lasted right up until the 1:20 mark of the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Game 1 between Chicago and Philadelphia. After…

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