The Weekend Recap: Lakers Alive; East Playoffs Coming into Focus

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While you were watching the Masters … or fertilizing the lawn … or watching baseball … or enjoying Mark Heisler’s public resignation from The New York Times after they turned down his one-on-one interview with Kobe Bryant … or learning that Mike Rice is up to his old tricks, except now he is berating 12-year-old girls, a whole helluva lot was being decided in the NBA. Just think where we might be a week from now when eight Game 1s will

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Mighty Moke’s Free Agency Rankings (Version 6.0)

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Now that Rick Pitino and his Louisville Cardinals have captured the NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship, we can get back to focusing on the big boys—many of whom have some big, big problems. Chris Sheridan gave us a rather interesting take on 10 unanswered questions that persist as we head down the stretch run of the season, and Chris Bernucca gave us a nice piece on separating the playoff contenders from pretenders. I am still have a very difficult time

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Bernucca: Ouch! Many Teams Banged Up as Playoffs Draw Near

Derrick Rose

Danilo Gallinari’s season-ending injury this week put the Denver Nuggets in a club whose membership seems to get larger every day. Playoff teams missing key players. There are very few teams who will be at full strength when the playoffs start two weekends from now. But two of those teams are last year’s NBA Finals combatants, which could make for a relatively mundane postseason.

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Sheridan: 10 days left; 10 unanswered questions

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The NBA is dark tonight. All eyes will be on Atlanta, where Louisville and Michigan will play for the NCAA national championship. So this gives us time to reflect … With 10 days remaining in the regular season, what are the 10 biggest unanswered questions from around the league?

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SH Blog: Miller says Nuggets are more unselfish than past, Wall names eight PGs better than him

Andre Miller

Despite playing without anyone great enough to be considered a franchise-level player, or even an All-Star, for that matter, the Denver Nuggets sure have found a recipe for great success this season. Whether it’s youth, the selflessness of the players, or a collection of unique talents, George Karl – as he usually does – has made his team dominant to the tune of third best (51-24) in the Western Conference. Karl may not have a superstar to rely on as he once

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Heisler: How Shaquille O’Neal Sees Dwight Howard

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The Lakers retired Shaquille O’Neal’s number last night at Staples Center before going out and clobbering the Dallas Mavericks, putting some separation between themselves and one of their pursuers in the Western Conference playoff race. It is a new era now at the Staples Center, nearly a decade removed from when Shaq was the alpha dog of the Lakers.

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