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NBA Playoffs - I Believe

I believe in the unthinkable. I believe in the surreal. I believe, and this is honesty coming right up, records can be broken ... even the biggest records of them all.

That's the kind of thinking that's going around the Orlando and Phoenix camps, more so within Magicland. Both teams are slowly turning both conference finals into dogfights, which just under a week ago seemed like a distant, impossible dream.

Let's start out west, where the series is now tied going back to LA tomorrow. Whoever does get the win could edge the momentum magnet in their direction. Do that, and all the pressure falls into the opposing team's lap. So who'll get the win? LA will have the crowd backing them, but if the Suns can pull off the three point / zone d combo that's been so dominant the past two games, plus the huge bench work, anything's possible.

The Lakers need to break down the zone, that much is clear. Kobe's had little protection or backup from Gasol, the three's are drying up, and the big man rebounding factor has all but evaporated ... huh ... dry ... evaporate ... interesting pattern. Maybe the Lakers just need more Gatorade.

Orlando's passion and aggression may not gain them new fans, but to those of us following the revival closely (yeah, me), it was welcome viewing. Howard and Nelson did what they had to do, backed up nicely by Lewis (who has some kind of viral infection, that might explain his poor outings up until today). In fact, everyone chipped in at some point.

Doubts might be slipping into the Celts ranks. They've suddenly gone from no hopers to cleaning out the Cavs and Orlando, and now back to no hopers. They've lost a handful of players to injuries and suspensions (silly ones at that), and only Pierce and Rondo seem to be playing at the same intensity as the first three wins, with Garnett pulling up the rear.

So is the impossible possible? Can Orlando become the first team in NBA history to win a playoff series after losing the first three games? As the commentators enlightened me, Boston's already lost such a series this year already ... okay, NHL Boston Bruin's, not the Celtics, but it's still Boston!

In short, and I do hope he reads this ... I BELIEVE, NELSON, I BELIEVE!

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NBA Playoffs - The Magician Lives

Aaaaaaaaaand there goes the broom. Back in the wardrobe lil' fella.

Dwight Howard wakes up to the fact that he's a big man who can pull apart any defence in the league, and look what happens! Yes, overtime was an added twist, but the fact remains, Orlando played tougher and got the result because of it. It wasn't perfect, far from it. The extra period was a mess for the most part, even the shots that went down were thanks to luck.

The thing that got me was the interview with Howard after the game. The smile was nowhere to be seen, the enthusiasm invisible. The win should be a confidence boost, but you'd be hard pressed to see anything but that right now. They aren't resigned to a fate partially better than the Cavs, today is proof of that, but there's a little voice inside my head telling me 'it won't last.' No team, in the history of the NBA, has come back from three games down. I'd love to be there when history is finally made, but even with the win I can't see it happening.

Bring it back home and throw in a little respectability, I guess that's the only thing I can really hope for.

Nash did break his nose after all, and I'm still trying to shake the memory of him fighting to put it back in place. I may have been wrong about being on the other side of his face, but hey, at least it wasn't his arm on the other side of his body! Fingers crossed the Suns make it an even contest.

And Dwight, smile! Shine those pearly whites! Show the world no matter the situation, you won't let it get you down! If anything, do it for me! Just so I can stop using exclamation marks to prove my point!!
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The Lighter Side 24/5

Time for another lighter side of the NBA update:

* US President Obama is about ready to release his latest ground breaking change ... Lebron to the Bulls? Really? What about a tax break? I'm sure my US readers would like that just that little bit more.

Seriously, he may just go down as the most liked President of all time, but how about concentrating on improving your nation first, okay? ... I'd still vote for the guy, though. Just saying.

* Steve Nash just can't get a break ... no pun intended. First it's a black eye, now it's a nose on the other side of his face. But what's worse than breaking your nose? Putting it back in place ... yourself ... on your home court ... AND in front of an international audience. Think of the kids, Nash, please! Yet you can't keep a good man down, he went on with the show as if it didn't happen. Love ya Stevey!

* Still in Phoenix, someone put Channing Frye out of his misery? Four points in three games, that's including the single free throw he hit last night. He just can't buy a shot right now, poor fella. Either sit him out of game four, or get him shooting a few thousand buckets in training. Just don't ask Lebron for any coaching advice.

* Obvious NBA.com statement of the year: 'It's 'must win' time for Orlando'. Thank you, logical sports website. Couldn't have figured it out without you.
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Mike Brown Axed by Cavs

It begins. The Cavs clean out has started at the top, with head coach Mike Brown receiving his marching orders for failing to improve on last years conference finals loss. To put it another way, Brown failed to raise the King to his thrown.

But is it all his fault? The guy coached his team to two straight #1 team of the regular season results, a win/loss record of 272-138, and a coach of the year award. What went wrong? Was it his mentality? Or did he put together a team that just couldn't get the job done at the right end of the season


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NBA Playoffs - Suns Wake Up

To play a word pun, the Sun finally rose from its slumber. Phoenix keeps alive what seemed like an unlikely finals berth a few days ago, and you can bet they'll all be buying drinks for Stoudemire who burst out of his own goggles. What form slump?

See, now this is what Orlando needs to watch very, very closely. Or, more specifically, this is was Dwight needs to watch very, very closely. If you want to win, you need to play it hard. Get in the paint, make your voice be heard (but no whining about fouls, for God's sake) and play with spirit. Phoenix can tie the series and force the Lakers to six games minimum, seven if they hold home court. Again, that seemed like a hard ask considering the tall timber the Lakers have been able to take advantage of


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NBL - Think-tank Plans Ahead

The biggest names in Australian basketball will be gathering under one roof this weekend to come up with the next stage strategy for the future of the NBL and basketball in general down under.

Chairperson's and CEO's from every team in the NBL, WNBL and major state and territory leagues will become a massive mind of majestic magic ... or something like that. No doubt much of the chit chat will focus on rebuilding basketball in sydney following the return of the Kings, along with the new free to air era on the horizon for the NBL and what that will do for the sport money and advertising wise


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The Lighter Side of the NBA

Here's a few news stories a little lighter in tone from the last few days:

* Joe DeRosa will have to think twice when handling the ball next time, not because he's a player with a ton of turnovers to his name, but as the referee who for some reason decided to pass the game ball to a fan at half time of the Magic/Celtics game two. I can understand the 'interactive experience' side of that thought perhaps, but still, that seemed weird. What's worse? Mr DeRosa was suspended from his next outing without pay. Maybe the NBA should watch the English Premier League. The amount of balls into the stands


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Wizards Win the Lottery

Of all the teams to get the #1 pick in the coming draft, it had to be the one with the weirdest season of the year. No, not the Nets. Washington went from playoff hopefuls to poop in less than a season, thanks largely to Gilbert Arenas and his 'bringing guns to work' issues, followed by trading off the remainder of the talent to Dallas.

The problem is, they don't have all the luck on their side just yet. Sure, having the top pick will bring with it a little hope for the future, but cast your mind back to the last time Washington had the top pick. Kwame Brown, anyone


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NBA Playoffs - Another Round of Sweeps?

As unlikely as it seems, Boston and LA are not only on the verge of renewing a rivalry bigger than the Yankees and Red Sox, Manchester United and Liverpool AND Star Wars and Star Trek ... but they're also nearing another unlikely sweep situation.

Boston have found form at just the right time (which, in turn, makes it harder for a certain blog poster to say it), which could spell trouble for LA. We all remember the last time these two played it out ... right


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NBA Playoffs - Lebron Who?

That's the question Kobe Bryant was obviously asking, on the way to another 40 point game, all the while proving to the league that the only team to really fear, are the defending champs.

Phoenix held tight in the first quarter despite dropping a lead early on, but once Kobe got going, it was game over. No-one can stop that. Not even the King


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