Posted on: May 20, 2009 10:45 am

Bryant lifts Lakers and the Red Wings take charge

West point

A fourth ring. Carmelo Anthony. What more motivation does Kobe need? Bryant scores 40 points to help L.A. edge Denver 105-103 in Game 1 -- a day after Jerry West says LeBron James is No. 1, Ken Berger notes.

Series: LAL 1, DEN 0 | Nuggets-WWE | East | Picks | Yo!

Picture is Cleary

Mikael Samuelsson Nets the winner in OT and Dan Cleary scores again as Detroit tops Chicago 3-2 in Game 2. The Wings take charge of the series, but Wes Goldstein says the 'Hawks still believe in themselves.

Series: DET 2, CHI 0 | Goldstein: Cleary | B/R | Talk!

Another brick in the Wall

John Calipari proves his recruiting expertise by landing John Wall, the nation's top point guard. Rest of the nation beware: This is only the start to the success bound for Kentucky, Gary Parrish says. | Wall to UK

Parrish: Scholly numbers | Doyel: Called it in March | Wall | B/R | Yo!

Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:06 pm

Can the Dodgers trust Manny in the future?

A bitter taste

Dodgers star Manny Ramirez violated baseball's anti-drug policy and is banned for 50 games. Scott Miller wonders if L.A. can trust him again. Danny Knobler says that this is hardly a shock. | Ratto | Freeman

Related Links: Statement | Talk! | Dodgers' streak ends

Wings lift

The defending champs needed this one. Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa score twice apiece to lead Detroit to a series-tying 6-3 victory at Anaheim. Detroit finally rattles goalie Jonas Hiller, Wes Goldstein says.

Related Links: Series: Tied 2-2 | B/R: Two minutes, too much? | Talk!

Blowout Part II

LeBron James and the white-hot Cavs are on a mission. For the second straight playoff game, James -- who scores 27 points -- and Cleveland crush Atlanta, this time 105-85 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead. Story

Related Links: Series: Cavaliers 2, Hawks 0 | B/R | Hey!

Posted on: May 6, 2009 11:11 am

Cavs crush Hawks and the Ducks catch a break

Rockin' Cleveland

Newly crowned MVP LeBron James doesn't disappoint. After eight days off, James scores 34 points as the Cavaliers beat the Hawks 99-72. LBJ and the East's best team live up to their top billing, Gregg Doyel says.

Related Links: Series: Cavs 1, Hawks 0 | LeBron | Yo!

Saved by the whistle

Fans will talk about this in Detroit for a while. A quick whistle negates a game-tying goal with 1:09 to play, and Anaheim prevails 2-1 in Game 3. Wes Goldstein says the Ducks have that championship look again.

Related Links: Series: ANA 2, DET 1 | Ducks' Wisniewski hurt | Talk!

False profit

Movies try to tug at the heart strings, evoke sympathy for the protagonist. It's expected, especially when the character is ... Mike Tyson? Sorry, but Mike Freeman isn't buying this work of emotional manipulation. Story

Related Links: Tyson: Finally, I get it | B/R: Tyson misunderstood?

Posted on: May 4, 2009 11:36 am
Edited on: May 4, 2009 11:36 am

Yanks eager to get A-Rod back and the Hawks soar

Welcome distraction

It's a delicate situation. The Yankees prefer to avoid all the A-Rod chatter, but they're eager for his return, Danny Knobler says in his Look Ahead. In Weekend Buzz, Scott Miller says the Dodgers are hunting for history.

Related Links: Book: A-Rod used PEDs | Girardi questions motives | Yo!

Putting it away

In maybe the first seven-game series devoid of drama, the Hawks cruise to a 91-78 victory over the Heat on Sunday. Now, just wait until LeBron James and the Cavs get a load of nutty Josh Smith, Ken Berger says.

Related Links: Series: ATL 4, MIA 3 | Bracket | Speak!

No Duckin' Anaheim

Beware of the No. 8 seed. Todd Marchant lifts the Ducks to a 4-3 triple- OT win to even their series with the Red Wings at 1. Wes Goldstein says the victory is reminiscent of an Anaheim 2007 playoff win in Detroit.

Related Links: Series: DET 1, ANA 1 | B/R: Season too long | Game on!

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