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NBA PLAYOFFS

THE BEAUTIFUL GAMES

THE STYLE AND SUBSTANCE OF AN ELECTRIFYING FIRST ROUND

BY LEE JENKINS

P. 30

CHRIS PAUL (WITH KOBE BRYANT AND ANDREW BYNUM) SET A DIZZYING PACE IN THE WEST

EXCLUSIVE

AUSTIN COLLIE BATTLES BACK FROM CONCUSSIONS

BY TIM LAYDEN

P. 56

BASKETBALL'S FORGOTTEN CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER

By JOHN ED BRADLEY

P. 60

PHOTO

ON THE COVER Photograph by John W. McDonough