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IC Cold Links: Suns Stir Up Some Playoff Excitement

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Finally, we have some legitimate playoff intrigue.

Last night the Phoenix Suns evened up the Western Conference finals by simply outscoring the Los Angeles Lakers. I know, every team that wins outscores their opponent, but this was just a solid offensive effort from the Suns which included a bench-boosting effort with the reserves pitching in 54 points and knocking down 9 of 20 3-balls.

The beauty of this game was that Kobe Bryant was brilliant, efficiently doing his thing and scoring points, including a couple of 3-pointers, that no human could possibly defend. Literally a thrill-a-minute game.

Looking forward to tonight's Game 5 matchup with the Magic and Celtics. We'll see if the Orlando can grab another chunk of momentum, keep the series alive and set up a monster Game 6 in Boston.

After the jump, a few more links of interest.

Video: Robin Lopez enjoys Goran Dragic's approach to basketball
This pretty much sums up last night's win by the Suns.

Xavier Henry: 'You Always See Me With A Smile On My Face'
Sean Deveney chats with NBA draft prospect Xavier Henry. The former KU swing man is projected to be selected in the neighborhood of the Pacers' 10th pick.

Mathis, Hibbert to host game
Some details on the charity softball game Roy Hibbert is co-hosting.

Frye, Suns' reserves force stars to sit
Marc J. Spears reports on the Suns' bench rising up in Game 4.

Sources: New Orleans Hornets offer job to Boston Celtics' Tom Thibodeau
Marc Stein reports that Celtics' assistant, Tom Thibideau has been offered the top job with the New Orleans Hornets. Just another little variable for the Celtics to deal with as they prep for the Magic tonight.