NBA Playoffs 2011 grind onward Tuesday, with Eastern Conference powers the Chicago Bulls looking to close out a lower-seeded opponent after failing to do so in their last attempt, the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks continuing a somewhat ugly series, and the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers limping into the latest skirmish of an unexpected first-round dogfight.
The limping Laker on fans' minds is reigning NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant, who turned an ankle near the end of LA's Game 4 loss in New Orleans and hobbled out of the arena on crutches—he hasn't been heard from since.
Presumptive 2010-11 regular season MVP Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls is nursing an ankle injury of his own but has been more open than Bryant about his condition—including the possible treatment option that the Bulls superstar hoped to avoid.
Bleacher Report will have the latest news on the Most Valuable Ankles heading into the crucial clashes in LA—where the winner will leave Staples Center with a 3-2 series lead—and Chicago, where Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel has made a brash declaration regarding the outcome of tonight's Game 5 in a series the Bulls lead 3-1.
We'll also take a look back at last night's action. The San Antonio Spurs dynasty was pushed to the brink of elimination at the hands of a Memphis Grizzlies team seeking an upset of historic proportions, while the Dallas Mavericks surged into the lead in a hard-fought series with the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder failed to close out the Denver Nuggets in what may be a bad sign for their chances of making the leap to true title contender.
There's nothing like the NBA playoffs, where hoops legacies are rewritten with every bounce of the ball. Stick here for updates on everything you need to know as the battle rages on.