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Links: James and Wade pull Heat even with Pacers while Spurs complete sweep of Clippers

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One day after links with zero Wizards coverage, we don't have much more. But sill plenty o' playoff action to get to:

  • There are few things basketball-related in which John Wall can compare to Kobe Bryant, but are both, to uneven degrees, victims of their surroundings? [Wizards Extreme]
  • Tom Ziller argues that it's Andrew Bynum who needs to get away from Bryant and the Lakers. [SB Nation]
  • Rashard Lewis gets failing grades on his 2011-2012 season from the guys over at Wiz of Awes.
  • The Spurs completed their sweep of the Clippers in L.A., setting up an awesome Western Conference Finals matchup with the Thunder. Meanwhile, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade came up big in Game 4, scoring a combined 70 points and pulling the Heat even with the Pacers at two games apiece. Recaps: [Daily Dime | Ball Don't Lie | Spurs-Clippers (SB Nation, SI, AP) | Heat-Pacers (SB Nation, SI, AP)]
  • The Spurs completed the sweep to win their 18th straight game, but it was the closest contest they'd played in awhile. No matter, Steve Perrin writes: San Antonio stayed steady through Game 4's final nail-biting moments. [SB Nation]
  • The Clippers are confident they can hang on to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. They'd better. [ESPN Los Angeles]
  • After a 2011-2012 season in which Nick Young proved to be the same one-dimensional player he's been the past few years, Frank Hanrahan doubts the former Wizard will get the contract he desires this offseason. [CSN Washington]
  • A recap of a crazy weekend at Staples Center. [ESPN]
  • After last night's performances from James and Wade, John Keim wonders whether the Heat are back in the driver's seat. [Washington Examiner]
  • I'm no basketball historian, but I have to believe that LeBron's 40 point, 18 rebound, nine assist game ranks as one of the best statistical performances in NBA playoff history. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • James and Wade get all of the attention in Miami, but no duo is playing better these playoffs than Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
  • After sinking the game-winning basket in three of the Thunder's seven victories this postseason, Durant is establishing himself as one of the league's best closers. [Washington Post]
  • Jason Reid writes that despite playing in the NBA's smallest market, the Thunder has been assembled to dominate for many years to come.
  • Looks like the Warriors are headed across the Bay Bridge for San Francisco. [SB Nation, San Jose Mercury News]
  • Bob Boozer, who won a gold medal with the 1960 U.S. men's basketball Olympic team and an NBA title with Milwaukee in 1971, died Saturday at a hospital in his native Omaha, Okla. [SB Nation, AP]