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Links: Paul Pierce Tebows while leading Boston Celtics to 87-80 win over Atlanta Hawks

Yep. This happened.
Yep. This happened.

Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant took center stage last night, scoring 36 and 38 points respectively while carrying their teams to victory. Pierce also did something decidedly less-awesome during the game, but we'll get to that later. First, some Wizards links:

  • CSN Washington's season-in-review series of player profiles continues with a look at Jordan Crawford.
  • Video of Crawford's final media interview before departing for the offseason. []
  • Some parting thoughts from Wizards players as they left Verizon Center following exit interviews with Randy Wittman and Ernie Grunfeld. [Washington Times]
  • Another story about Nick Young and his awesome performance for one minute in one game (enough already!), though there is a cute little anecdote about how Young's agent first told his mother about the trade that sent him back home to L.A. [The Commercial Appeal]
  • It appears Josh Smith might become the latest star to miss playoff action due to injury. More on that, plus quick recaps of yesterday's games here. [ESPN Daily Dime]
  • Speaking of Smith, look! He pulled a JaVale!! [SB Nation]
  • But yeah, the injuries really are beginning to stack up. Jeffrey Tomik has a brief recap of the five most significant thus far this postseason. [Washington Examiner]
  • Because Paul Pierce hates all of us, he decided to remind everyone that Tim Tebow exists during his team's Game 2 victory over the Hawks. [SB Nation]
  • Ball Don't Lie offers Pierce an exhaustive list of things he can do next time that are better than Tebowing (and one thing that Tebowing is still better than).
  • Tebowing aside, Pierce was awesome yesterday. With Rajon Rondo serving a one-game suspension for chest-bumping an official in Game 1, Pierce scored 36 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while carrying the Celtics to an 87-80 victory over the Hawks, pulling the series even at 1-1. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Kobe Bryant feels healthy. No kidding. The guy scored 38 points yesterday to lead the Lakers past the Nuggets for a 104-100 win and a 2-0 series lead. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • More on Kobe taking back the postseason spotlight. [ESPN]
  • The Bulls' first game after Derrick Rose's ACL tear, a 109-92 loss to the Sixers, did not inspire confidence moving forward. [ESPN Chicago]
  • A lot of people took their turn calling Amar'e Stoudemire a moron for punching some glass after the Knicks dropped Game 2 against the Heat. Even the New York tabloids had their fun. Imagine that. [SB Nation]
  • Andrew Sharp on why the Knicks might be better off without Stoudemire and his fire extinguisher-assaulting ways. [SB Nation]
  • Those with weak stomachs should avoid this report on the severity of Stoudemire's hand injury. Gross. [ESPN New York]
  • Betcha never thought David Herman beating a malfunctioning printer with his bare hands in Office Space could get any better. Well, it just did. Oh Internet, you really are amazing sometimes. [SB Nation]
  • Wait, did I just say the Internet is amazing? I meant really, really strange... [SB Nation]
  • The Thunder are up 2-0 against the Mavericks in what has been the best first-round series thus far. So the obvious question is, are Kevin Durant & Co. in trouble? [SB Nation]
  • Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has won NBA Coach of the Year while Knicks center Tyson Chandler has won NBA Defensive Player of the Year. No surprises there.
  • The Brooklyn Nets debuted their new black-and-white logos Monday, and I kind of like them. Very clean, very retro. What do you think? [ESPN New York]