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April 23, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The Rolling Stones famously expressed their sympathy for the devil, and now they'll get a chance to do the same toward the NBA, as the league's basketball playoffs have shifted what was to be the opening of the band's 50 and Counting tour back a day to May 3. Other dates on the tour, now consisting of 17 dates in 10 cities through June 21, are unaffected. Tickets for the originally announced tour opener on May 2 at Staples Center in Los Angeles will be honored on the new date. Those who cannot attend on May 3 will be able to get refunds at the point of purchase.
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SPORTS
April 21, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan and Lance Pugmire
SAN ANTONIO - Steve Nash stared at an unknown point way up high inside AT&T Center, shaking his head and muttering to himself as he went to the sideline for a timeout. Two minutes had barely passed in the third quarter of the Lakers' playoff opener Sunday. He was three for 10 at the time against the San Antonio Spurs and looked every bit like a 39-year-old coming back from a three-week layoff. "I'm not myself," Nash said. "I'm not moving that well. I'm struggling a little bit. I probably had a few shots in there that I probably normally make, but I still think it's important to try and contribute.
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April 19, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
  It's the playoff rematch of the Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies . They will be meeting in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs for the second consecutive season. And if this seven-game series that starts Saturday at Staples Center is anything like last year's, it will be another epic playoff between two teams that have a healthy dislike for each other. The Clippers won last year's series in historic fashion, taking Game 7 in Memphis against all odds.
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April 19, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The release arrived Friday afternoon with the breathless headline "LAKERS ISSUE FRAUD ALERT. " No, it wasn't about getting the No. 7 seeding in the Western Conference with a $100-million payroll. The Lakers wanted to warn fans about scams associated with buying playoff tickets from third-party sources while conveniently directing them to a ticket exchange on their team website. The Clippers issued a similar release about an hour later. It's a sad reality that the NBA playoffs are filled with cruel intentions.
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April 18, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
WESTERN CONFERENCE LAKERS VS. SPURS 2. San Antonio 58-24 (Home: 35-6; Road: 23-18) 7. Lakers 45-37 (Home: 29-12; Road: 16-25) Season series: San Antonio, 2-1. Key stat: Kobe Bryant will play zero games in the series after tearing his left Achilles' tendon April 12, taking his averages of 27.3 points and 6.0 assists off the board. His presence may be even more irreplaceable. Outlook: The Lakers unveiled a template for beating San Antonio in their most recent meeting, playing lockdown defense to disrupt the Spurs' precision passing game while holding them to 37.1% shooting in a 91-86 victory.
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April 18, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. pick which NBA team in each conference is the most likely to pull a first-round upset. Feel free to add your picks in the comments section. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times Golden State could beat Denver in the West. The young, athletic Warriors match up reasonably well with the young, athletic Nuggets. All it's going to take is for Golden State's Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to stay crazy hot throughout the series and for the Warriors to win a game at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets have an NBA-best 38-3 record.
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April 17, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
SACRAMENTO - For just the second time during his 11-year career, Caron Butler has played in as many as 78 regular-season games. And for Butler, being injury-free for the playoffs, which start Saturday for the Clippers, is key. When the Clippers met the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in 2012, Butler suffered a broken left hand in Game 1. He missed Game 2 but played in the rest of the Clippers'...
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March 23, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The Lakers and Clippers entered the season with more star power than a table at The Ivy featuring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence and Mila Kunis. So much for that. The Lakers are fringe playoff contenders. The Clippers, once owners of the best record in the NBA, are fading fast. It's not all bad news, though. There is a chance these teams could advance to the Western Conference semifinals! A look at the best- and worst-case scenarios for the L.A. teams in the first round of the playoffs: Best-case Lakers scenarios 1. Climb to the No. 6 seeding and play the Clippers.
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March 15, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Chicago Bulls' point guard Derrick Rose has reportedly made a kind gesture, offering to help pay for the funeral of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkin, who was shot multiple times by a gunman on Monday as her father changed her diaper on the front seat of his minivan in Chicago. According to NBC Chicago, a Watkin family spokesman said Rose made the offer, but the three-time All-Star has not publicly confirmed it.  Rose has been sidelined all season after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Game 1 of the first round of the NBA playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 28. Rose had surgery on his injured knee in May, and his return could be imminent.
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