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Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | 12:29 PM

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JaVale McGee (34) of the Nuggets dunks for two of his 21 points coming off the bench in Tuesday's 102-99 victory over the Lakers in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarter-final at Staples Center. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images) JaVale McGee (34) of the Nuggets dunks for two of his 21 points coming off the bench in Tuesday's 102-99 victory over the Lakers in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarter-final at Staples Center. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

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Almost two weeks ago, I said the basketball would be better with the NBA playoffs starting. I could not have been more wrong.

Almost two weeks ago, I said the basketball would be better with the NBA playoffs starting. I could not have been more wrong. We are still waiting for the best ball of the season to be played and, at this point, it may be logical to write off this entire season as a lockout-contaminated gong show.

If you watched Tuesday's Game 5 between Philadelphia and Chicago or the first half of Denver-Los Angeles (ie. before JaVale McGee inexplicably made like Patrick Ewing and Kobe Bryant almost brought the Lakers back), you'll know what I'm talking about.

McGee, by the way, earned several million dollars with that performance and some lucky team will reward him with an albatross, I mean, contract, this summer.

As the injuries pile up, it was nice to see one healed. Al Horford won Game 5 for the Atlanta Hawks over the Boston Celtics in his first start since January.

But enough about on-court stuff. When the product is suffering, we can thank the Lord that the NBA has always provided us with the goods needed to entertain.

The past couple of days have only reaffirmed my faith in that, whether it was a woman stumbling onto the court in Denver reportedly asking, "Where's Kenyon?" (she reportedly has stalked Martin in the past, but obviously not well enough or she'd know he now plays for the Los Angeles Clippers) or Keith Closs (a man ahead of his time by a decade by being videotaped in a shirtless brawl) appearing at the Memphis-Los Angeles playoff game wearing his own Clippers jersey.

Nash-ional Pride

Among the feedback I received on Canada Basketball hiring Steve Nash was a rather cynical viewpoint that he's just a face and that the program is still bad.

They are right about one thing: the senior men's program is currently bad. But to assume that Nash is simply some puppet is completely uninformed.

At the absolute least, Nash will serve as a recruiter to help overcome one of the program's biggest problems -- getting players to play. It's simply harder

to say no to Steve Nash than to Leo Rautins. And if you don't believe Nash has already made a mark, consider that he is responsible for getting the "Sixth

Man" funding group on board, thanks to conference calls he made months ago.

C'mon, Bennett, let's party!

Seeing as sneezing is considered an NCAA violation in certain situations, UNLV alum Jimmy Kimmel may have done something wrong by tweeting his desire for Canadian Anthony Bennett to choose his alma mater.

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