Your NBA Playoffs Open Thread

A season, sense of entitlement and era could come to an ignominious end when the Los Angeles Lakers tip-off against the Dallas Mavericks sometime after 3:30 p.m.

If the Mavs win, the Lakers get swept out of the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Either way, at least one Mavs fan is sure to be pleased as long as he keeps his ladyfriend flush with courtside seats. Explains pervy tipster JW, "The Dallas Morning News took a "Gigapan" photo of Game 3 ... If you zoom in just over 50% and look to the right center of the picture, you see the screenshot below. Not sure whats going on here?"

Your NBA Playoffs Open Thread

Then, in the 8 p.m. Mother's Day nightcap, the Bulls can go up 3-1 on the Atlanta Hawks. Or, the Hawks can even the series at two all. Fantastic.

Lakers face a nearly impossible task, but Coach Phil Jackson doesn't want them to think about it [L.A. Times]

Phil Jackson's kids headed to Dallas just in case Game 4 is his last [Dallas Morning News]

It's always Mother's Day for Rose [Chicago Tribune]

Hawks want to get physical with Rose [Atlanta Journal Constitution]