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  1. 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…

  2. Which team is more likely to come back: Celtics or Lakers?

    May 5, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen

    Right now, you don’t want to be the Celtics or the Lakers. History tells us the teams that have won the last three NBA titles are in a lot of trouble. Watching the games and how they’ve been outplayed makes it feel worse. Heading into a playoffs filled with flawed teams — there was no juggernaut…

  3. 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…

  4. Video: Tyson Chandler can still finish with authority

    May 5, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Tyson Chandler used to finish pretty little ally-oop passes from Chris Paul with thunderous authority. Turns out he can still do that. Finish we mean. Paul isn’t throwing the lobs any more instead it’s Dallas Mavericks teammates like Jason Terry. Chandler got a few of these feeds in the Mavericks Game 2 upset of the…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Phil Jackson admits he sent apology letter to Maloofs

    May 3, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

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    Turns out, nobody wants to be compared to ousted Dodger owner Frank McCourt. Which you can’t blame someone for, McCourt and his wife are setting new lows in professional sports team ownership. The Maloof brothers, who own the “now we’re staying” Sacramento Kings, did not like it recently when Lakers coach Phil Jackson compared their…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Dallas hits, Kobe misses and Mavs make it a series

    May 3, 2011, 3:10 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant missed shot

    Are these Dallas Mavericks different? Different than the team that falls short, that so many pundits thought didn’t know how to close, that was too old or too soft. The one that keeps getting smoked in the playoffs. Or was it just the Lakers having one of their patented lapses? Combined with Kobe missing a…

  11. 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…

  12. Anaheim may never get an NBA team thanks to Lakers

    May 2, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    honda-center-of-anaheim

    Not to deflate the mood on what should be a day of celebration in Sacramento, but it is quite possible that a year from now Kings fans will lose their battle to keep the Kings in Sacramento. If efforts to get a new arena built fall short — and if public money is required it…

  13. 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…

  14. “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…

  15. 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…

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

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:38 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Hornets’ coach explains Kobe’s ankle better than Kobe

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Kobe Bryant wouldn’t really talk about his injured ankle, and he wasn’t letting doctors look at it either. All Phil Jackson would say was that he was playing. After the game, it took Hornets coach Monty Williams to sum it up best (as reported by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated): “All this talk about his…

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

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    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…

  20. NBA Playoffs: The Lakers get back on track

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:36 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    There was no one matchup that swung in the Lakers’ favor on Tuesday night. There wasn’t one key play that ended up making all the difference late in the game, although Kobe Bryant‘s turn-back-the-clock dunk in the second quarter did help swing the momentum their way. There wasn’t a noticeable change in their offensive strategy,…

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

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    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…

  22. Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award. Deservedly so. Seriously.

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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    The amazing part is of this is not that Ron Artest won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The amazing part is he deserved it. Ron Artest — he of the halftime Hennessy drinks, the dog abuse, the Malice at the Palace — has latched on to…

  23. Kobe foolishly refuses MRI on ankle, says he will play

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    Kobe Bryant is going to play Tuesday night in Game 5. Nobody really ever doubted that — if his leg was attached he was going. We laud Kobe for that attitude, we like our athletes to be warriors. But Kobe also refused X-rays and an MRI on his injury, according to ESPN Los Angeles’ Land…

  24. Lakers Derrick Caracter arrested on battery charges against woman

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    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…

  25. Kobe tweaks ankle, stays in game, expects to play in Game 5

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    In the regular season, Kobe Bryant would have come out… Oh, who are we kidding? Kobe would have stayed in if this was a pickup game on the blacktop at the local junior high. It’s how he’s wired. But it was a playoff game so in case there was any doubt, he was waving off…

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