The NBA playoffs keep trudging along and the big news that has come from the playoffs at this point is the surprising sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers by the Dallas Mavericks. Game 4 was played on Sunday and in that game, the Mavericks put an exclamation point on the sweep with an astounding 122-87 win.
The big story of the game was the outstanding three point shooting of the Mavericks especially by Jason Terry and Peja Stoijokavic. With the loss, Lakers coach Phil Jackson at the end of the game stated that he will be retiring for good bringing an end to a career which seen him as the head coach with the most NBA championships with 11.
In other playoff action, the Chicago Bulls went up 3-2 in their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with the Atlanta Hawks. Derrick Rose has been the catalyst and the man who has carried the team all throughout the playoffs and in Game 5 chipped in 33 points in a 95-83 win. In the other Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Miami Heat can eliminate the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night as they hold a 3-1 series lead.
The other Western Conference semifinal that is being played for a trip to take on Dallas has the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder and both of these teams are tied up at 2 games a piece. The Grizzlies and the Thunder will play their Game 5 on Wednesday night.
In other NBA news, the Lakers' Andrew Bynum has been reprimanded by the NBA league office for his hard foul on the Mavericks' Juan Jose Barea during the Game 4 contest on Sunday. Bynum done a hard flagrant foul on Barea and the result was a five game suspension that will be enforced at the beginning of the 2011-2012 regular season. Bynum has spoken out about the incident and apologized about it saying that it was out frustration. Barea has publicly accepted this apology.