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NBA Playoff Action Open Thread - Wednesday, May 25. Dead Men Walking.

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The most valuable lessons one learns in life are often the most painful. And so maybe it will be that one day the Thunder will look back at their devastating collapse in the 4th quarter of game 4 at home Monday night as the painful but necessary lesson that eventually propelled them to a championship. For now though, it leaves them in a position that looks hopeless, as they will have to win the next three games against the Mavericks, two of them in Dallas, to win the Western Conference.

Notes:

Zorgon at Welcome to Loud City looks for optimism in the example of the 2006 Phoenix Suns, who overcame a 3-1 deficit to the Lakers to win that series.

It's hard to believe that the Mavs were once widely criticized for giving up Devin Harris for Jason Kidd.

The LA Times gives five thoughts on the Lakers' hiring of Mike Brown as head coach.

Tonight's game:

Thunder at Mavs, 6PM PDT, ESPN. Mavs lead series 3-1.

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