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The NBA Finals Begin Tonight

Will Kobe win his fifth ring, and second without Shaq? Will the Big Three — or is it the Big Four now? — win their second title in three years? Is this Phil Jackson's last go-round in Los Angeles? Will Ron Artest make any post-game references to Queens housing projects? We won't find out any of these answers until later in the NBA Finals (except for maybe the part about Artest. Queensbridge in the building!) — but regardless, the series tips off tonight at the Staples Center.

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