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  1. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 6: Russell Westbrook must attack Kobe Bryant

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    Sitting by their lockers after game five, Thunder players admitted it caught them off guard — Kobe Bryant locking down on Russell Westbrook. It threw the young Thunder out of sync, it made Westbrook hesitant. It cost them the game, and now they trail the Lakers 3-2. If they are to pull off one of…

  2. Deron Williams thinks he's the best point guard in the league

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    Deron Williams speaks the truth. Debatable truth, but truth. He did it at shootaround today, before his Jazz try to eliminate the Nuggets tonight. He told the Denver Post and other assembled media: “I think I’m the best point guard in the league. … I thought I was the best point guard in the league…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 5: Kobe brings the tough defense and the Lakers bring the blowout

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:15 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant is too old. He’s too injured. He’s no longer explosive. He’s played to many minutes over too many years. He’s lost a couple steps. He’s not THAT Kobe Bryant anymore. Don’t try to sell that to Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “Kobe had an impact on the game the stat sheet doesn’t show,” said…

  4. Russell Westbrook has serious, serious hops

    Apr 23, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook earns no bonus points for beating Derek Fisher off the dribble — that’s a gimme — but he does for knifing through the Lakers big men and throwing it down over Lamar Odom. Respect My Authoritah! Our own Matt Moore breaks down exactly how this came about over at Hardwood Paroxysm.…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Oklahoma City plays like veterans and the Lakers fold under pressure, just like we expected

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:29 AM EDT

    Everyone expected this to be a series of close games, of exciting finishes. In the end, it would be the team with the calm demeanor, the team that played like they seen pressure like this a thousand times and knew how to handle it that was going to win. Oklahoma City, of course. Thursday —…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Tonight is OKC and Durant's time to shine

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    The Thunder are outmatched. Make no mistake about it. They’re in over their heads, a young team of athletic defenders facing arguably the most talented juggernaut in the league. They don’t have the depth inside to dominate the Lakers, though their block efforts in Game 2 helped. They don’t have the star power to draw…

  7. NBA Playoffs: What the Thunder need to do to win in Los Angeles

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    With the Lakers stumbling a bit coming into the playoffs and the Thunder being anything but a typical eight-seed, many people believed that the Lakers-Thunder series would be a lot more competitive than #1-#8 matchups usually are.  In game 1, things didn’t work out that way; the Thunder looked completely outmatched on both ends of…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Lakers lock down Durant, Thunder to win Game 1

    Apr 18, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

    On a superficial level, the Lakers and Thunder appear to be polar opposites in a lot of ways. The Lakers are the defending champions. The Thunder have never been to the playoffs before. The Lakers are the #1 seed. The Thunder are the #8 seed. The Lakers are a veteran team. The Thunder are the…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Thunder to taste playoff experience, do the Lakers have too much of it?

    Apr 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Lakers and the Thunder are a lot alike in some ways. Think about it this way: Dominant superstar? Check. Second offensive option who is a borderline All-Star? Check. Long, lanky versatile forward? Check. Guys who can come in off the bench and change the game? Check. But off the court these franchises are totally…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Four guys who could make the West wild

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    With ABC and TNT covering the playoffs you can count on a couple things. One is more Closer/V promos than you can stomach. Second is more star hype — Kobe, LeBron, Howard, Wade — than you can stomach. Basically, you might want to keep the Pepcid AC on hand. You and I both know that…

  11. Team USA roster a 'Who's Who' of the next decade

    Feb 10, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    2008’s “Redeem Team” took Beijing by storm, and if the newly announced Team USA roster is any indication, 2010-2012 should be no different. The 2008 Olympics in Beijing were terrific for Team USA in terms of publicity and camaraderie, but the 2010 FIBA World Championships provide just as much of a challenge, if not the…

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