Odds & Ends: Pistons, Carlesimo, Lakers

We've got four great playoff games on the docket today, starting with the Nets and Bulls at 1pm Central.  After that, it's Clippers-Grizzlies at 3:30, PacersHawks at 6:00, and ThunderRockets at 8:30.  Here's today's look around the Association..

  • David Mayo of MLive.com doesn't necessarily expect the Pistons to rush when it comes to finding a new head coach.  At this point it has become clear that there may be a wish list, but there is no clear front-runner for the gig. 
  • Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo finds himself in a must-win situation to keep his job, writes George Willis of the New York Post.  General Manager Billy King recently got a contract extension but its believed that Carlesimo has to take Brooklyn deep into the playoffs in order to get a contract for next season and beyond.
  • There will be plenty of finger pointing going on when it comes to the Lakers this summer, writes Brian Kamenetzky of SheridanHoops.com.  Some will blame coach Mike D'Antoni for the teams woes while others will put the onus on the front office.  No matter how things shake out, it figures to be an interesting offseason in L.A.
  • This was a season that was never meant to be for the Lakers, writes Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.  The Spurs cruised to a 120-89 victory on Friday night to take a 3-0 lead in their first round series.

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