Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

NBA playoff power rankings

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, Manu Ginobili,

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At the start of each playoff round, you can find updated power rankings in the Double Dribble. The rankings are formulated based on what team still playing is most likely to win the NBA championship. So, for example, you'd expect the No. 4 team to beat the No. 5 team in a playoff series, but the No. 4 team would likely lose to the No. 3 team.

1. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

The red-hot Spurs enter...

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First round NBA playoff predictions

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) and guard

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After the lockout, the Chris Paul trade fiasco, the Dwight Howard and Lamar Odom drama, the Metta World Peace elbow, and a lot of basketball in a short period of time, wer'e finally here: In less than 24 hours, the first round of the NBA playoffs tips off.

Here are predictions for the opening series:

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz Gregg Popovich’s management of the veteran...

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Flashback: Celtics return to the top

Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, left, Ray Allen, center,

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Day 30 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Boston Celtics. The Celtics franchise has won 17 NBA titles, and has 11 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 17, 2008

Situation: The No. 1 Boston Celtics lead the No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers, 3-2, heading to Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals

Context: It had been a long time since the Celtics won an NBA title....

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NBA announces schedule for opening games of playoffs

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Miami

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Earlier today, the NBA announced the schedule for the opening game of each first round playoff series.

Four series will open Saturday, and four on Sunday:

SATURDAY OPENERS

No. 7 Dallas or Denver at No. 2 Oklahoma City*

No. 8 Philadelphia or Knicks at No. 1 Chicago*

No. 7 Knicks or Philadelphia at No. 2 Miami*

No. 6 Orlando at No. 3 Indiana

SUNDAY OPENERS

No....

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How will league react to World Peace's elbow?

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace gives

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In the second quarter of yesterday's Lakers-Thunder game, Metta World Peace landed a hard elbow on Thunder guard James Harden while celebrating an emphatic slam.

Harden fell to the court for a minute, before being helped off and into the locker room. He didn't return.

World Peace was issued a flagrant foul 2, and was ejected from the game.

In the replay, you can see the elbow hit...

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Andrew Bynum tried to steal the ball from a teammate

Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum (17) reacts after

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What has gotten into Andrew Bynum?

After pulling down 30 -- THIRTY -- boards in the Lakers' 98-84 win over the Spurs last night, Bynum inexplicably tried to steal the ball from Steve Blake in the final seconds, presumably to take his favorite shot: a three.

Blake prevented Bynum from getting the ball, and time expired.

After the game, Bynum spoke about shooting the ball...

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Flashback: Horry, then Donaghy, sink Kings

Los Angeles Lakers' Derek Fisher, left, runs on

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Day 14 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Sacramento Kings. The Kings franchise has one NBA title, and has nine playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 26, 2002

Situation: The No. 1 Sacramento Kings lead the No. 3 Los Angeles Lakers, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

Context: For the first time since the team was in Rochester...

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Flashback: Nuggets move within two games of Finals

Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith reacts after making

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Day 11 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets franchise has never won an NBA title, and has 10 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 25, 2009

Situation:The No. 2 seed Denver Nuggets trail the No. 1 seed Los Angeles Lakers, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Context: George Karl’s Nuggets won the Northwest...

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Blake Griffin the reason for Pau Gasol's nightmares

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, goes

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Blake Griffin's got Pau Gasol wondering "Where did I go wrong."

Griffin posterized Gasol not once, but twice in the Lakers-Clippers game last night.

The first dunk came early in the game. Off a missed three-point attempt by Randy Foye, Griffin jumped over Gasol to slam home the put-back.

Later in the game, Griffin Mozgov'd Gasol, using the Lakers forward's face...

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Flashback: Wolves keep title hopes alive

Minnesota Timberwolves forwards Latrell Sprewell, right, and Kevin

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Day 5 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves franchise has never won an NBA title, and has eight playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 29, 2004

Situation: The No. 1 Minnesota Timberwolves trail the No. 2 Los Angeles Lakers, 3-1, heading to Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

Context: The Timberwolves set...

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