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  1. Shannon Brown: I could have made that dunk

    May 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    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…

  2. David Arquette's new role: Staples Center security guard. He gets knocked down for his troubles.

    May 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    There are celebrities who show up to those prime courtside Lakers seats to be seen, and then there are celebrities who are Lakers fans. Or maybe a little of both. Jack Nicholson likes to be seen, but nobody questions his fanhood. Same with David Arquette. You know him, the guy from the Scream movies married…

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

    May 18, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 18, 2010, 1:13 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 18, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 17, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    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…

  7. 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 EDT

    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…

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

    May 15, 2010, 7:56 PM EDT

    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…

  9. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 1: It's in the league's best interest to reel Phil Jackson in

    May 15, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    It seems like a fun little sideshow, doesn’t it? The grizzled veteran coach, waxing basketball philosophic and occasionally using his razor-sharp wit to jab at other players and the officials. A basketball legend using the media to gain as much leverage over the calls as he can get. It’s a charming story. And it’s got…

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

    May 12, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 12, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    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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