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Physical exam: Rockets-Lakers better

Originally Published: May 8, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

Listen closely to the words of the Lakers and the Rockets. You'll hear them talking about the physical turn their series took in Game 2, but you won't hear them complaining about it. They aren't lobbying insults and accusations of dirty play back and forth like a long tennis rally. They aren't crying to the officials or the league to make it stop. The underlying message is not only has the rough play heightened interest in the series, it's restored the manliness factor to the postseason.

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