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Paul Ulane

10 Questions With...Robert Mathis 17

Three-time Pro Bowler Robert Mathis has won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts, but he’s just as super off the field. When Mathis isn’t working to better himself as an athlete, he’s working to better the lives of others. Every year, Mathis spreads joy throughout the community with his annual Indiana Wish Fund, an event where the Colts’ defensive end grants wishes to families and children in need. Recently, Mathis took some time out of his busy schedule to take on our questions. Keep reading to see what he had to say!

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Sachin Shenolikar

The Key Players On The Veteran Mavs 10

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  • Posted by: Sachin Shenolikar
  • May 6, 2011, 2:27 PM

Take a look at the Dallas Mavericks and your first thought may be, Wow, this is an awesome team...if it was 2004. With point guard Jason Kidd (age 38), shooting guard Jason Terry (33), forwards Shawn Marion (31) and Peja Stojakovic (33), and big man Dirk Nowitzki (32), the Mavs' key players are big names, but are no spring chickens. Yet, Dallas beat a strong Portland Trail Blazers squad in Round 1 and enters this weekend with a 2­-0 series lead over the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
How are the old men Mavs are getting it done? Here's my breakdown:

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Paul Ulane

Little Big Men 14

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  • Posted by: Paul Ulane
  • May 5, 2011, 6:37 PM

With Derrick Rose earning MVP honors this year, the NBA has officially become a little man’s league. From Chris Paul to Deron Williams to Rajon Rondo all the way up to John Wall, teams covet the young and fast point guard more than any other position in basketball right now.

Maybe they shouldn’t.

See, the thing is, you still need size to win the ring. The Lakers won back-to-back titles with a trio of 7-footers patrolling the paint. The Celtics won the year before that with KG and Kendrick Perkins guarding the basket. Before the Big Three, Tim Duncan was hoisting championship trophies. And so on and so forth.

This all brings me to Carlos Boozer and Pau Gasol. The two big men on each conference’s top seed have been missing in action so far in these playoffs. Both guys are posting numbers well below their career averages and both of those poor performances have led to their team’s struggles.

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