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  1. NBA Playoffs: Chris Paul goes cold, Lakers go on better for effort

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:38 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Six

    For five games, Chris Paul was playing like the best point guard in the game. He had played two super-human games to earn New Orleans two wins against the defending champions, and even in the losses he had been special. The Hornets needed him to do that. He was their only hope. And when he…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Nobody closes out on the road like the Lakers

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Back in the 2009 NBA finals, the Los Angeles Lakers closed out the Orlando Magic in Game 5 on the road. Last playoffs on their way to the finals, the Lakers closed out Oklahoma City, Utah and Phoenix all on the road. Thursday night, they are back in that situation — they can close out…

  3. Video: Kobe Bryant ankle looks just fine, ask Emeka Okafor

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    The question coming into Game 5 was just how Kobe Bryant‘s ankle was going to hold up and impact the Lakers. And in the first quarter, there may have been concerns. But when Kobe threw down the dunk of the 2011 playoffs so far on the head of Emeka Okafor, his ankle looked fine and…

  4. NBA Playoffs: It’s not Kobe’s ankle, it’s Chris Paul breaking them

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Game 5 is about ankles. The one getting all the hype is Lakers guard Kobe Bryant’s left ankle. His foot is still attached, so he’s playing. That’s not the question. He twisted his ankle (and foot) at the end of Los Angeles 93-88 loss to New Orleans in Game 4 and has since refused to…

  5. Lakers Derrick Caracter arrested on battery charges against woman

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 6:15 pm: The ugly details have come out. And we mean ugly. Because any time the words “battery” and “pregnant woman” are mixed into the same sentence then ugly is maybe the kindest word you can use. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: Derrick Caracter, 22, was arrested about 1:18 a.m. Sunday at the IHOP…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Chris Paul is beating the Lakers

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    Bask in the glory that is Chris Paul. We as basketball fans need to step back and revel in great games and great players, and Chris Paul is one and did that. He was dominant Sunday night, he was the reason the Hornets won 93-88 to even the series. He put up 23 points, 7…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Who dominates Game 4, Lakers big men or Hornets Chris Paul?

    Apr 24, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    New Orleans had better come out desperate for Game 5, because if they go down 3-1 in this series it is over. The Lakers are not going to be beat three times in a row by the undersized Hornets. Not with Kobe around. The Lakers… who knows how they are going to come out? You…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Look for the stars to come out in New Orleans

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets Paul drives on Los Angeles Lakers Bryant during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    Our first word of advice for this game — wear sunglasses. Yes, we know you are watching on television. But the Hornets are going with a “sea of yellow” look (all the fans getting yellow T-shirts) and it will the Hornets uniforms themselves (they got permission to wear the alternate yellow jerseys). It will be…

  9. Video: Lakers talk about win despite off night from stars

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant celebrates with Gasol of Spain against New Orleans Hornets during Game 2 of NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined to score 19 points on 5-of-20 shooting, but the Lakers still won Game 2 Wednesday night to even their series. Look at that picture to the right — Kobe and Gasol couldn’t even high-five well. It shows why the Lakers are two-time defending champs. You think Miami wins if…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Game 2 is probably the game when the Lakers wake up

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant reacts as he stands behind New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    I feel like we’ve all seen this movie before. The Lakers are going to come out, get the ball inside to Pau Gasol early and often, defend the pick-and-roll better and just flat out execute their game plan in a way they did not in Game 1. It seems like for the last three years…

  11. Kobe Bryant starts annual playoff pushing of Pau Gasol

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Every late April the weather starts to warm, flowers start to poke their heads out of the ground, birds undertake their migrations and Kobe Bryant starts pushing Pau Gasol to be more aggressive. It is one of the rights of spring. It started Sunday night, when Gasol struggled to score or defend the pick-and-roll, two…

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