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  1. Ron Artest remains the most unpredictable man in the world.

    May 28, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    Last night he took two of the worst shots in Lakers playoff history. Then one minute later he may have saved the Lakers season with a pure hustle rebound and putback game winner. Then after the game he went to the gym to work out. Then today, he showed up half an hour late to…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 6: The Suns don't know self-pity, in fact they may be more confident now than ever

    May 28, 2010, 2:17 PM EST

    The Lakers players were still mobbing Ron Artest, the Staples Center crowd still singing “I Love LA” (and missing the irony of the lyrics). The Suns had slid back into their locker room, and Suns coach Alvin Gentry said Steve Nash was the first to speak. “Time to forget about this game, time to move…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: Phoenix may have lost, but Steve Nash was absolutely bananas

    May 28, 2010, 2:33 AM EST

    The Suns were right there. They were within striking distance, with plenty left in the tank, and thanks to a miracle three by Jason Richardson, had a real shot at forcing overtime and taking the decisive Game 5. It just wasn’t meant to be. Ron Artest’s put-back crushed those hopes with a few bounces on…

  4. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 4: A peek inside the Phoenix locker room

    May 26, 2010, 12:06 PM EST

    The Phoenix Suns are quite possibly too likable. Whether in victory or defeat, the personalities are just too magnetic to draw any real ire. Even if you’re turned off by Amar’e’s (over)confidence, how could that negative possibly balance out the good vibrations coming from the rest of the roster? If you think otherwise, watch this…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 4: Phoenix will need more than a zone to win this one

    May 25, 2010, 2:33 PM EST

    Let’s just be up front — Phoenix is not going to zone their way to a win tonight. Oh, they can still win, but they will have to do it another way. They will have to maintain that aggression and quick decision making on offense. They will have to crash the boards hard again. They…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns: Channing Frye gives advice to basketball scribes

    May 25, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

    Of all the words spent discussing, analyzing, explaining, and picking apart Lakers-Suns, a good number of them have concerned Channing Frye. The Suns’ bench on the whole has had their moments, but Frye is the one reserve that has yet to really contribute with his most valuable skill: shooting. Channing has made just one of…

  7. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns: Phil Jackson is thinking about sitting Andrew Bynum, but it won't help

    May 24, 2010, 2:06 PM EST

    UPDATE 2:06 pm: Both Andrew Bynum and Phil Jackson said after Lakers practice on Monday that Bynum will play and start in Game 4. Again, not a shock. Bynum’s knee is not getting better or worse by playing, it’s a matter of pain management. A game or two off is not going to help him.…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: The Phoenix starters came up big on a rare off-night for the heralded reserves

    May 24, 2010, 2:13 AM EST

    The Suns’ reserves have been the heart and soul of Phoenix’s extended playoff run. Goran Dragic, Leandro Barbosa, Channing Frye, Jared Dudley, and Louis Amundson have each had their moment in the spotlight, with their collective shooting, energy, savvy, and synergy making all the difference for the Suns in these playoffs. That wasn’t exactly the…

  9. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: pick your poison with the Lakers offense

    May 20, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    The versatility of the Lakers offense is proving too much for the Suns — it’s not just inside, it’s outside as well. The Lakers know it and know how to exploit it, while the Suns are searching for answers. And sounding dazed .  

  10. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 2: Showcasing the impressive, empowered, and balanced Laker offense

    May 20, 2010, 3:31 AM EST

    After the Lakers’ dominant performance in Game 1, Alvin Gentry wisely noted that “[the Suns] can survive a Kobe game, but [they] can’t survive a Lamar game, and then Pau playing extremely well, and then Jordan Farmar really coming in and having a solid game and then Artest playing the way he is.” He was…

  11. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2: Dazed and confused Suns try to figure out what's next

    May 20, 2010, 1:30 AM EST

    The Suns played straight up man-to-man. They mixed in some zone. They tried to front Pau Gasol in the post. They played behind him. They tried to double team Kobe, both aggressively and once he picked up his dribble. They tried every defensive gimmick in the book — and the Lakers scored 124 points on…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2, halftime: Lakers 65, Suns 56

    May 19, 2010, 10:18 PM EST

    In Game 2 the Suns offense looks to the eye a little more fluid — the pick and roll is working better (but not great), they got some pretty baskets in transition, they are hitting 50 percent of their threes. They scored a respectable 56 first half points. But they still cannot stop the Lakers…

  13. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: Time for the Suns to get defensive. That or it's over.

    May 19, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    The Suns need to punch the Lakers in the mouth. In game one the Suns were gracious hosts to Lakers who ventured into the paint to shoot — there was a red carpet, a nice spread of hors d’œuvre like bacon-wrapped scallops, plenty of space, basically everything but glasses of champagne. The Lakers took advantage…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2: Stoudemire will learn rebounding not about luck

    May 19, 2010, 8:51 AM EST

    The good Lamar Odom showed up and was a dominating force in game one. He keyed the Lakers first half run from which they never looked back. He finished with 19 points and more key (especially in the second half) 19 rebounds. “I’m not giving him no hype,” Stoudemire told reporters before the Suns practiced…

  15. Shannon Brown: I could have made that dunk

    May 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

    What was the most jaw dropping play of Game 1 between the Lakers and the Suns had a couple things wrong with it. It was Shannon Brown almost leaping Jason Richardson for a dunk. The problems are: 1) That should have been called a charge; 2) Brown missed the dunk. But he says he could…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 1: Everything's coming up Lakers

    May 18, 2010, 12:02 AM EST

    Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals made one thing abundantly clear: unless the Suns are able to come up with some truly remarkable performances, the Lakers will win this series. L.A. is so talented and so long that they’ll receive the benefit of the doubt in almost every regard, and barring a transcendent performance…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Kobe is hurt, Grant Hill is old. One will key a win tonight

    May 17, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

    Through the years, the one constant in the Lakers/Suns battles is that the Suns never really stopped Kobe Bryant. Raja Bell did a respectable job, but those were the days Kobe had to keep gunning because his other options were pass to Smush Parker or pass to Kwame Brown. Better to shoot over the triple…

  18. The scheduling powers that be have put the Western Conference Finals in cryostasis

    May 12, 2010, 3:57 PM EST

    The NBA doesn’t care about you. It doesn’t care that you’ve become accustomed to a certain standard of basketball living in the playoffs, and that your week is built around the usual nightly postseason fare. That’s why rather than schedule the Western Conference Finals to start at the tail end of this weak while the…

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