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Get the ultimate lowdown on the playoff showdowns
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You watch the games, you see the scores, but how do you really know what's going on in the 2001 playoffs? NBA.com has infiltrated the action with the ultimate insiders -- the players themselves. As long as their team remains in contention for a ring, the following players will answer batches of fan email throughout the postseason. Make sure you include your name and your hometown and send in your questions now to find out what's going on behind the scenes of your favorite playoff teams!

Armstrong
Darrell Armstrong, Magic
Armstrong is part of the reason why the court at the TD Waterhouse Centre is always so shiny. He dives for every loose ball, long rebound or steal and winds up hitting the floor many, many times. Armstrong's aggressiveness has made him a fan favorite in Orlando and team leader for the Magic. He's averaging a career-best 7.0 assists per game to go along with 1.82 steals (8th in the NBA) and 16.0 points. Gunning for the playoffs, we don't expect him to let up on the intensity when he answers your questions.
Answers from Armstrong: April 26


Elie
Mario Elie, Suns
Elie gave the Suns instant championship experience when he signed with Phoenix as a free agent last September after winning back-to-back titles in Houston and then another one in San Antonio. As well, each of Elie's college and NBA teams, over a 14-year span, has participated in the playoffs. He still puts mammoth minutes on his 37-year old body, including 40 against the Mavericks on March 17 and he's in for the long haul when it comes to answering your questions.
Answers from Elie: May 1 | April 27 | April 23


Hill
Tyrone Hill, Sixers
Hill had such a blast last year as an NBA.commentator that he has returned for a repeat performance. He's part of the heart and soul of a Sixers team that has held the East's top spot virtually all season, despite being repeatedly bombarded with injuries. The 6-9 forward is just as likely to log double-digits rebounding as he is scoring, with 32 games having 10+ boards and 34 games having 10+ points. But we'll just grab his insight as he answers your questions throughout the playoffs.
Answers from Hill: May 7 | May 1 | April 24


Horry
Robert Horry, Lakers
When it comes to playoff experience, Horry doesn't have to say a word. He can just flash his three rings. Horry won back-to-back championships with the Rockets and then was a key contributor to the Lakers' title team last year, averaging 7.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in the 2000 postseason. He knows how to come up big in big games, such as Game 4 of the Finals last year when the Lakers needed overtime to get past the Pacers. Horry came off the bench to score 17 points, grab six rebounds and partially block Reggie Miller's game-winning shot attempt in the waning seconds. Horry's got the moves, the metal and the answers to your questions as his Lakers attempt to repeat this year.
Answers from Horry: May 25 | May 7 | April 27


Hunter
Lindsey Hunter, Bucks
Hunter came to the Bucks last summer in a trade for Billy Owens, after spending the first seven years of his career in Detroit. Hunter provides a spark off the bench with six 20+ point performances this season and leads the league in steals per turnover (1.52) and three-point field goals per 48 minutes (3.63). In Boston on Feb. 7, Hunter scored the 6,000th point of his career and he'll keep churning out information on the Bucks' playoff processes in answering your questions.
Answers from Hunter: June 2 | May 25 | May 3 | April 26


Marshall
Donyell Marshall, Jazz
While the Jazz make their 18th straight trip to the playoffs, it is the postseason debut for Marshall, who finished his first six seasons with the Golden State Warriors. Marshall has blended easily into Utah's vet set, averaging 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds. Against the Kings on Feb. 18, he scored 31 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and hit all 10 of his free throw attempts. Marshall's favorite foods are steak and shrimp and he'll provide you with a full feast of Utah's playoff doings when he answers your questions.
Answers from Marshall: April 27


Nash
Steve Nash, Mavericks
With Nash directing traffic, the Mavericks make their first playoff appearance in more than a decade. The British Columbia native is having a breakout season, averaging a career-high 15.6 points and 7.2 assists per game. He set single-game highs in points with 31 on Feb. 20 and assists with 17 on Nov. 20 and had 12 points/assists double-doubles in the regular season. Nash captained the Canadian National Team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and led the team in the tournament quarterfinals. He has two years of playoff experience with the Suns and while the Mavs rely strongly on his leadership on the court, you can rely on him to give you the full scoop in answering your questions.
Answers from Nash: May 14 | April 23


Rose
Jalen Rose, Pacers
Rose has spent this season running an offense for mostly unfamiliar faces as the Pacers had three new starters in their lineup. But his production has flourished to the highest numbers of his career in points (20.6), rebounds (5.0) and minutes (41.0) per game. He's scored in double figures in every game except three this season to go along with two double-doubles in points/rebounds and six in points/assists. He's been one of the most consistent players in the Pacers' roller-coaster season and he'll consistently give you the inside playoffs information when he answers your questions.
Answers from Rose: April 26 | April 23


Russell
Bryon Russell, Jazz
Russell has spent his entire eight-year career in Utah and has appeared in 87 career NBA playoff games, averaging 10.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg. A second-round draft pick who has worked his way into being one of the key contributors to a team that perennially contends for the NBA Finals, Russell averaged 12.1 points and 2.1 assists per game this season, while ranking 13th in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.412). His long-range skills will come in handy in the playoffs, while his answers to your questions will fill you in on the full Jazz concerto.
Answers from Russell: April 24


Williams
Jerome Williams, Raptors
Williams prowled the paint as the Junk Yard Dog of Detroit until he was traded to Toronto on Feb. 22. He's a ferocious rebounder who has grabbed 17 boards in one game twice this season. Along with his engaging personality, Williams is extremely active off the court in community outreach programs. He was also an NBA.commentator last year and absolutely barking at the chance to answer your questions again about Toronto's playoff experience.
Answers from Williams: May 4 | May 1 | April 23


 
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