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  1. Lakers looking ahead to Celtics, Suns wonder what is next

    May 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Phil Jackson told Paul Pierce this is the matchup he wanted. Kobe just sees another hurdle in his way. Alvin Gentry only sees Kobe Bryant. Steve Nash tries to see the future.  

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: Kobe Bryant was Steve Nash like

    May 20, 2010, 9:34 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant was the best passer on the floor during Game 2. Yes, Steve Nash was still on the floor. And he is still Steve Nash. But Kobe was taking pages right out of the Nash playbook all night long — including one third-quarter play where he was dribbling near the top of the key,…

  8. 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…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Kobe don't need no stinkin' practice

    May 18, 2010, 9:54 AM EST

    No practice for a week. Fluid drained from your knee. So what? These little inconveniences did not slow Kobe Bryant in Game 1 against the Suns. He dropped 40 and was a key reason the Lakers won big to take a 1-0 series lead. The Suns will make adjustments, although there may not be many…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: In LA, Suns burned by their own defense

    May 18, 2010, 1:13 AM EST

    Gregg Popovich touted the Suns improved defense. Everyone was talking about it. That’s how they were finally going to get over the hump — be just good enough on defense to go with an amazing offense. The Lakers blew that defense up. They blew right by it from the perimeter and right into the heart…

  11. 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…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Robin Lopez will start (TNT's EJ can shoot and other notes)

    May 17, 2010, 8:26 PM EST

    Be sure to come back at 9 p.m. (Eastern, 6 on the West Coast) for our live blog from tonight’s game. Robin Lopez will start for the Phoenix Suns in the only real bit of pregame news from players and coaches before Game 1 at Staples Center. Suns coach Alvin Gentry said he wasn’t expecting…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Andrew Bynum's knee continues to be a pain

    May 15, 2010, 7:56 PM EST

    Nobody thinks a week off between the end of the Lakers/Jazz series and the start of the Lakers/Suns series was a good idea (it was even a day longer for the Suns). Well, the NBA league offices think it’s a good idea, but nobody logical. The Lakers were at least hoping to get one good…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Phil Jackson can't resist a little dig at Steve Nash

    May 14, 2010, 11:33 PM EST

    Is it really a big Lakers playoff series if Phil Jackson doesn’t take a stab at an opposing city or player? Nope. So I guess we have a series. After Lakers practice Friday Phil Jackson was asked if it was hard to simulate in practice what Steve Nash does in a game. We have his…

  15. 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…

  16. Robin Lopez will return for Phoenix Suns in Game 1 against Lakers

    May 12, 2010, 8:54 AM EST

    Phoenix is going to need a little more size to match up with the Lakers — Louis Amundson, Channing Frye and Jared Dudley have played well and very hard so far, but the Lakers front line presents an entirely new level of challenge. Welcome back Robin Lopez. The big physical, defensive anchor for the Suns…

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