Playoffs Day 18: Preview of Celtics-Sixers and Lakers-Thunder

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Before the start of the conference semifinals, some have considered the possibility of an NBA Finals rematch between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. Both teams will have to start playing much better for that to happen, especially for the Lakers, who have become serious underdogs against the Oklahoma City Thunder after getting blown out by 29 points in Game 1. Two games are slated for tonight on TNT, where silly contests happen. Boston (1-1) at Philadelphia (1-1): The long-time rivals have, predictably,

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Five Factors: Thunder-Lakers Playoff Preview

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Two years ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder were the upstarts who gave the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers a serious run for their money in a first-round series that lasted six tough games. The Lakers emerged primarily on the strength of their veteran core and extensive postseason experience, while the Thunder went through growing pains that all young teams have. This time, the Thunder – two years wiser and perhaps still not at their ceiling – are the favorites, while

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Playoffs Day 10: Preview of Magic-Pacers, Celtics-Hawks, Sixers-Bulls, Nuggets-Lakers

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The first round of the playoffs are seemingly coming to a quicker close than many may have anticipated. The Mavericks and Jazz have already been swept out, and one of the remaining teams in each series is on the brink of elimination. Four teams will try to extend their postseason on Tuesday night as they head into their series down 3-1, but history is not on their side, as only eight teams in NBA history have come back from a 3-1 deficit. The

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Playoffs Day 9: Rivals Sixers, Celtics win, inch toward first playoff meeting in 10 years

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We’re not gonna get excited about Melo cracking open a 40 and the Knicks fighting off elimination, OK? Win again Wednesday night in Miami. That will make you the lead of the playoffs roundup. Here’s what everyone should be excited about: the 76ers and Celtics look like they will be playing each other in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Thirty years ago, this was the best rivalry in all of sports. Here’s all you need to know about how much these teams hated each

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Five Factors: Nuggets-Lakers Playoff Preview

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Like the June gloom, there is one thing you can count on in May in Los Angeles — panic from Lakers Nation. And all it usually takes is one loss. This year, the panic is beginning already with Metta World Peace suspended for the first six games of the series, further depleting a roster that is not as deep as last year when Lamar Odom was bringing a little of everything off the bench. Lest we forget, those deeper Lakers

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Tonight’s best game: Lakers at Spurs

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The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers did not play each other one single time in December, January, February or March. They’ve played twice in April, and strangely have blown each other out on the other’s home court.The series will get even more interesting as Kobe Bryant is set to return for the Lakers (40-23) from a seven-game absence to face the Spurs for the first time this season in Friday’s best game. Bryant leads the league in scoring with 28.1 points

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Tweet of the Day: Emiliano Carchiano

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Kobe Bryant is back. The will play tonight in the game against the Spurs
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Emiliano Carchia
Now this will be a game to watch. Following a Lakers win without Kobe Bryant that snapped an 8-game winning streak for the Spurs, they returned to the Staples Center and returned fire, crushing them 112-91. Tony Parker had a field day on Ramon Sessions, scoring 29 points and dishing out 13 assists. The series returns to San Antonio, in a matchup we may very well see in the playoffs. Kobe is finally returning, and everyone knows how much

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Tonight’s best game: Denver at L.A. Lakers

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With the news that Kobe Bryant would sit out another game, the Los Angeles Lakers will turn to their big men looking for another stellar performance. If Andrew Bynum can have a repeat of his 16 points and league-high 30 rebounds as he did against San Antonio, the Lakers may be equipped for success, even if he continues his quest to shoot threes or act rebellious in various ways. The Lakers (37-22) look to build upon a two-game winning streak without their leading scorer

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