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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Trevor Ariza: Hero of the casual, unsuspecting sports fan

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    The NBA playoffs are a basketball fan’s dream; there are anywhere between two and four competitive basketball games on every night, each with their own allure, their own stars, and their own evolving narrative. There’s so much to enjoy and so much to learn, and unfortunately — due to wide, national broadcasting and the influx…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Chris Paul is beating the Lakers

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 24, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    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…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Bynum, Lakers win an ugly one

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:34 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    It wasn’t pretty, but the Los Angeles Lakers were able to even up their series against the New Orleans Hornets with relative ease. The Hornets were able to shock the Lakers in Game 1 because Los Angeles failed in two fundamental areas: they didn’t establish their big men on offense, and they didn’t contain Chris…

  14. Quote of the Day: Jackson tells the Lakers to appreciate Odom

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    “I told the guys to [appreciate Lamar Odom being given the Sixth Man of the Year award], because this might be his last game in front of the home fans this year.” – A smiling Phil Jackson, who never lets a disappointing loss and 1-0 deficit dampen his wry sense of humor. Apart from that,…

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

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    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…

  16. Lakers, Spurs losses shouldn’t have fans nervous. Yet.

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:11 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul drives through the defense of Los Angeles Lakers Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    This is not a changing of the guard in the West. Not yet. The day is coming when Oklahoma City and maybe New Orleans or Memphis are going to be whooping the Lakers and Spurs in the playoffs and it will not be an upset. There will be a passing torch (or more likely, the…

  17. Playoff Scenarios: How the West will be won (the No 2 seed anyway)

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    One day of games remain and five seeds still up for grabs in the Western Conference — and you say there isn’t parity in the NBA. Okay, there isn’t parity. Not really. But for one day we can at least pretend because a lot of things can happen in the Western Conference. (The East is…

  18. Video: Darrell Arthur can jump higher than you

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    ARTHUR_DARRELL

    It’s the best dunk you didn’t see yesterday, because we know you and you watched the Masters and not Memphis smacking down New Orleans. O.J. Mayo starts the play with the steal and it ends with an iffy ally-oop pass to Arthur who skies and is able to guide it in. This play pretty much…

  19. Chris Paul had knee drained Tuesday

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Chris Paul looked like, well, Chris Paul on Wednesday night. Houston’s Kyle Lowry was maybe the hottest point guard in the NBA the last few weeks and Paul dominated the matchup. The Hornets got the come-from-behind win. That came one day after Paul got fluid drained from his surgically-repaired left knee, according to the Times-Picayune.…

  20. Do the Hornets have the worst shot selection in the league?

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Trevor Ariza

    Ryan Schwan of Hornets 24/7 thinks so: Over at hoopdata.com there is a wonderful statistic called XeFG%… [The X] stands for “expected”.  Hoopdata keeps track of how well players shoot from different ranges and calculates the NBA average from each of those ranges.  Armed with that information, the site can determine what the expected eFG%…

  21. Hornets sign Patrick Ewing Jr. to a 10-day contract

    Mar 25, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Patrick Ewing Jr.

    David West’s season is over, and thus, the Hornets’ season is over. New Orleans will still likely hold onto their playoff spot (though with West sidelined, a tough schedule ahead, and Houston on a roll, maybe we shouldn’t even take that much for granted), but even the slim chance the Hornets had to make it…

  22. With West out Hornets likely still make playoffs, just exit early

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    David West

    We’re still waiting for the official diagnosis of David West, but if you’ve seen the video of his injury — if you heard his screams of pain on the game broadcast — you would realize it is not going to be good. He has a long rehab ahead of him, and some serious decisions to…

  23. Video: Emeka Okafor, Paul Millsap get prayers answered

    Mar 25, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    Emeka Okafor Hornets

    We told you it was one wild ending in Utah with the Hornets. So much that we couldn’t contain it in just one video clip… okay, that’s not true. But it was cut in two by the people at the NBA so that’s how we give it to you. First is Emeka Okafor‘s rushed 17-foot…

  24. Hornets’ David West injures knee, leaves game in wheelchair

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:34 AM EDT

    David_west

    UPDATE March 25, 12:34 am: The Hornets are officially calling this “left knee trauma” (which is a pretty scary term) but said in a release that the X-rays are negative. He will have an MRI before the team discusses the severity of the injury. Al Jefferson of the Jazz said he hopes he is wrong but…

  25. Coach trying to convince David West to stick with Hornets

    Mar 22, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    David_west

    Monty Williams has proven a pretty good coach so far this season. He looks like a lot better coach when Chris Paul and David West are playing. He admits as much. Those also happen to be two guys who can opt out of deals the next two summers. So Williams has set to work. That…

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