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  1. NBA Playoffs: Mavs drop the Lakers in four, sweep away a dynasty

    May 8, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Somehow, it only took the Dallas Mavericks four games to prove wrong just about every prediction and every presupposition that existed going into their series against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers appeared bound for the Finals to pen a fitting final chapter of Phil Jackson’s coaching career. The Mavericks were supposedly the lesser team,…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Game 4, where we find out if the Lakers care

    May 8, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    We can talk about matchups — like how the Lakers need to get some kind of production out of the point guard spot — but that’s not really the biggest key in Game 4 in Dallas on Sunday. It’s which Lakers team shows up. More than anything, the Lakers have looked mentally fatigued in this…

  3. Lakers’ Gasol admits he needs to “snap out of it”

    May 7, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    One thing we have learned from this postseason — the Lakers are not nearly as good without Pau Gasol. Technically they have had Gasol. He has played 36 minutes a game through the Lakers’ nine playoff games. But he hasn’t been the same guy as he was in the regular season. That Gasol put up 18.8…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Dallas is just better than the Lakers

    May 7, 2011, 2:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Nowitzki celebrates hitting a three-point shot in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Dallas

    The Dallas Mavericks are better than the Los Angeles Lakers. It is a weird thing to type, but it’s true. They may not have been for 40 minutes, 30 seconds on Friday night — the Lakers were up eight points with 7:30 left in the game — but the Mavericks offense dominated the rest of the way. Dallas…

  5. Lakers to start Odom, Gasol, Bynum in one long front line

    May 6, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    All season, the only real chance that Lakers fans got to see what Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum looked like playing at the same time was on NBA 2K11. Because Phil Jackson almost never ran that lineup out there — 2:30 for the entire season. Total. But with the season on the line…

  6. Lakers may start Brown, have Barnes come off bench

    May 6, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Image (1) Brown_dunk-thumb-250x166-11742.jpg for post 1998

    Phil Jackson needs to find a spark, because his team has lacked one for two games now. So you can throw the conventional wisdom that Matt Barnes will step in and start for the suspended Ron Artest out the window — Shannon Brown may be getting the start, Kevin Ding reports at the Orange County…

  7. If Lakers lose big roster changes could be on horizon

    May 6, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    There is a historical precedent for this. The Lakers won three consecutive titles from 2000-2002, then lost in 2003 to the Spurs. The next season they had nine new players. That 2004 team lost in the NBA finals to Detroit, The next year they had 10 new players. So while the Lakers won it all…

  8. NBA Playoffs: For both Mavericks, Lakers next two games are the real test

    May 6, 2011, 3:35 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    It’s really about the next two games. The Los Angeles Lakers, their dreams of a three-peat — a fourth three-peat for departing coach Phil Jackson — and a spot in the NBA pantheon rests on sweeping the next two games. Which starts with winning one, Game 3, and planting the seed of doubt in the…

  9. “Jovial” Lakers say trust issues = defensive rotations

    May 5, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Before Wednesday night’s Game 2 Lakers loss, Phil Jackson thought his team was a little too up tight, a little too tense, taking it all a little too seriously. He was looking for some comic relief. After the game, down 2-0, Andrew Bynum was talking seriously about the Lakers having trust issues. Nobody was laughing.…

  10. It’s official, Lakers Ron Artest suspended for Game 3

    May 5, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    As was expected, the NBA has suspended Lakers forward Ron Artest for Game 3 of the Lakers series against Dallas. The reason was Artest smacked J.J. Barea across the face with his forearm near the end of the Lakers Game 2 loss. It was deserved. Watch the video at this link if you haven’t seen…

  11. Ron Artest will get suspended for clothesline on Barea

    May 5, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    I have not gone back and officially checked the NBA rulebook today, but I’m fairly convinced that clotheslining an opponent is illegal. Right up there with throwing an elbow while jumping off the top turnbuckle and hitting him over the head with a metal  folding chair. All fine moves when the WWE referee is distracted, but…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Dallas stands up to Lakers front line, lead 2-0

    May 5, 2011, 2:45 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    The Lakers are back-to-back champions for two key reasons. One is Kobe Bryant. The other is that nobody has been able to stand up to their front line. There are 7-footers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, plus 6’10” Lamar Odom — all very long and very skilled. All very hard to stop. Dallas has. That…

  13. Phil Jackson: “Ya, we’re worried now”

    May 4, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Kobe Bryant said after the Lakers dropped Game 1, they should be worried. The Lakers are realizing that these Mavericks are not the old Mavericks. They are not soft inside (hello Tyson Chandler) and they are veterans. Before Game 2 Phil Jackson echoed Kobe’s thoughts. “Ya, we’re worried now,” Jackson said. “This is a good…

  14. NBA Playoffs: It’s not all about the Lakers… but it’s close

    May 4, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    I don’t want to write that Game 2 is really about the Lakers — how they adjust, what effort they bring, whether they stick with their game plan. Because that is dismissive of a very good Mavericks team. This version of Dallas is different — past Mavs teams would have lost Game 1, not taken…

  15. Video: Tyson Chandler knows how to finish an ally-oop

    May 3, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Tyson Chandler has had it pretty good. For a few years he was setting the picks and finishing the lobs of Chris Paul. Now, Jason Kidd is his point guard, and he can throw a nice lob, too. As he did in the fourth quarter Monday, part of the Mavericks late charge to overtake the…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Dallas, Los Angeles finally meet in postseason

    May 2, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson Tyson Chandler

    Seriously, how has this not happened before? The Dallas Mavericks have been to the playoffs 11 consecutive years reaching all the NBA finals one time. The Lakers have been the Lakers in that same time, having been one of the most dominant teams in the NBA. Yet there has been no playoff meetings between these…

  17. Mavericks not getting Caron Butler back in Lakers series

    May 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    Caron Butler would be a big help against the Lakers, defending Kobe Bryant and providing some scoring from the wings. But the Dallas Mavericks are not going to have him. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made it as clear as could be, as reported by ESPN. “He is not going to play in this series,” Carlisle…

  18. “Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to be Lakers fans”

    May 1, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Washington Wizards

    Yes, we know this is not Dirk Nowitzki actually singing in the video. (Or do we…..) And we’re more sure that is not the worst animated Mark Cuban ever playing guitar. Unless he has really let himself go. But still this another classic from the Mavs marketing department. If this series were decided by clever…

  19. Western Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Los Angeles vs. Dallas

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Lakers: 57-25 (No. 2 seed) SEASON SERIES Lakers 2-1, and Los Angeles dominated the last two between these teams in March (during the Lakers post All-Star Game hot streak). PLAYOFF SERIES Mavericks: defeated the Portland Trailblazers 4-2 Lakers: defeated New Orleans Hornets 4-2 SERIES SCHEDULE…

  20. PBT’s second-round playoff previews

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:34 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Now we get serious. Indiana, New Orleans and Portland made things interesting. The Knicks were entertaining. But now we get down to business. Now we are down to the eight best teams in the NBA and now contenders have to start facing off. Now everything gets more intense. Here are our previews for the second…

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