NBA Playoffs: Celeb Sightings

Stars can be fans, too. They just get better seats than the rest of us. Check out who has been courtside to cheer on their favorite teams in the 2011 NBA playoffs.

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Lil Wayne was all smiles as he watched the Dallas Mavericks win their first NBA title by winning Game 6 in Miami 105-95. Though he owns courtside seats for the Heat, he's not a fan -- and more often than not, wears Lakers gear to American Airlines Arena.
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Atlanta native Usher watched The Miami Heat falter on their home court. Jason Terry scored 27 points and Nowitzki added 21 for the Dallas Mavericks, who won four of the series' last five games, a turnabout that could not have been sweeter after seeing the Heat win their first title in Dallas in Game 6 of the 2006 finals.
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Actress Gabrielle Union looked more than a little glum while watching boyfriend Dwyane Wade lose Game 5. Although she wasn't courtside for Miami's loss of the NBA finals in Game 6 she tweeted, " Heat Fans...I feel your pain and I applaud you for sticking it out this season thru all the ups & downs & never giving up. Love u guys!"
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin clapped as the Mavericks took control of the Finals. Sorry, Cowboys - your long-held moniker might have to be ceded to your city's NBA club.
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His Cowboys teammate DeMarcus Ware hit the AmericanAirlines Center, presumably to pull for the Mavs. Why so green, though? We know Ware's got a little blue in his closet.
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Grand Prarie, Texas native Selena Gomez and pop wunderkind Justin Bieber watched as the Mavs tied the NBA Finals series with a Game 4 win over Miami.
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Former NFL running back Emmitt Smith appeared awfully hungry for a win as he watched Game 4.
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The Mavs also have a color-coded former NFL quarterback to call their very own. Smith's former teammate Troy Aikman looked on in Dallas as the Mavs fell to the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
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Rapper Lil Wayne and girlfriend Dhea headed to Dallas as well, but they probably weren't cheering the Heat. Though Wayne has season tickets at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena, he usually roots against his adopted hometown's home team.
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Comedian George Lopez was courtside supporting Dallas, and provided some unintentional comedy when he stopped the game by accidentally spilling his drink on the court -- prompting the Dallas staff to send a clown car's worth of towel boys to clean up the mess.
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NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens -- of late with the Cincinnati Bengals -- doesn't have a great relationship with Dallas, but he was present and accounted for as they lost in Game 3. Keep clicking for more celeb sightings from the 2011 NBA postseason.
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Judging from this look, Serena Williams knew Game 2 of the NBA Finals wasn't going to go Miami's way.
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Singer Gloria Estefan, who lives on nearby Star Island, was a Miami Frown Machine as the Heat blew a 15-point lead and lost to the Dallas Mavericks. Not to blame: her heady participation in the team's "White Hot Heat" playoffs theme.
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Shooting guard Dwyane Wade's lady love Gabrielle Union cheered like she was starring in 'Bring It On' all over again -- and lit into the refs when a few fouls went unnoticed.
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One happy camper: rapper Lil Wayne, who repped the Lakers as usual in his season seats at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena. And he once complained that Lebron James doesn't speak to him during games...
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NFL player Julius Peppers of the Chicago Bears watched Game 2, but didn't give many clues as to where his fandom lay. Keep clicking for shot of celebs at previous games in this year's NBA Playoffs.
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Gabrielle Union who took in Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Dallas Mavericks in Miami.
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Of course, the 'Bad Boys II' and 'Bring It On' star has good reason to be on hand in the stands: she's dating Heat star Dwyane Wade, and a man needs air kisses at halftime.
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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, meanwhile, seemed to think there weren't enough explosions in ABC's live telecast -- which the Heat won 92-84 to take a 1-0 series lead.
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Rapper Ludacris was front and center and participating in the Heat's playoffs-long "White Hot Heat" theme. Though an Atlanta resident -- and presumed Hawks fan -- Luda performed on the steps of Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena for an Easter Conference Finals Game 5 Road Rally.
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Fellow rapper Lil' Wayne, on the other hand, is a Miami resident -- but though he purchased season courtside seats for the Heat, he goes to cheer against them. No white hot tee for this New Orleans native!
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Former Miami Heat player-turned-globe-trotting house DJ Rony Seikaly turned out to watch the Heat beat the Mavs. The "Spin Doctor" played for the Heat from 1988-1994.
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Serena Williams is a constant presence at Heat games thanks to an injury-plagued few years of tennis. She may not have worn white, but the South Florida resident matched her nails to team colors.
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Queen Latifah followed the rules -- up to wearing sunglasses at night, that is. The NBA Finals play Game 2 in Miami on Thursday before heading to Dallas.
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The Chicago Bulls boasted one of the biggest rock stars of the '90s during their series with the Heat. Illinois native and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan watched as his team lost the fifth and final game of the Eastern Conference Finals.
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The Heat can't claim local resident Lil Wayne, though they sold him season seats on the floor. The rapper was in his usual spot during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but the New Orleans native had the Lakers on his mind.
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Wayne's labelmate Drake was seated nearby, allegiances unclear. Heat? Bulls? It's hard to tell with Canadians, they're shifty. (Just kidding, Canada!)
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Gloria Estefan gets patriotic as she stands with her daughter for the National Anthem prior to Miami's Game Four against Chicago The rhythm may not have gotten the Bulls -- it was their inability to shoot and the Heat's good defense -- but the threat is always present.
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We're not sure why Miami native -- and loudmouthed NFL superstar -- Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson looked so forlorn at AmericanAirlines Arena. After all, his hometown Heat took Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals from the Chicago Bulls in overtime.
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Talk about Burn Notices -- actress Gabrielle Anwar was on hand in white to help Miami send one to Chicago in Game 2. The Heat blew up the Bulls to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
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The Heat also boast a tennis star who can't follow orders. Serena Williams eschewed the team's 'White Hot Heat' theme in favor of a red and black ensemble for their Game 3 against Chicago. No one, however, complained to her face.
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Kennedy clan member Anthony Shriver, right, speaks with former NBA great Scottie Pippen courtside during Game 3, which saw the Heat take a 2-1 series lead over Pippen's beloved Bulls.
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In Chicago, the Bulls had... Michael Clarke Duncan! The actor attended Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Bulls and the Miami Heat -- and here's guessing that smile faded as Miami evened the series at 1.
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Former Bull and current wildman Dennis Rodman gave a piercing glare (see what we did there?) as his former team fell 85-75 at home.
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's post-inaugural victory buzz wore off at some point in the second half. The best-of-seven series next heads to Miami.
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Why the long face, Scottie Pippen? Michael Jordan's right-hand man couldn't assist as Chicago allowed Miami to even the series. With a home in Fort Lauderdale and a marriage to a real housewife of Miami, we wonder if the former Bull's torn? Nah.
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In earlier action, tennis star Serena Williams partially complied with Miami's request of fans to wear white and watched as the Heat put away the Boston Celtics in Game 5.
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Fact: it's not an event in Massachusetts unless a member of the Kennedy clan shows up. But Boston-born, Florida-dwelling Anthony Shriver made his choice and wore a Heat jacket to Boston's TD Garden. Unfortunately for Shriver, it was the one game of the series the Heat didn't win.
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The Lakers boast a cast of A-list celebs and B-list reality wives. Khloe Kardashian cheered on Lakers hubby Lamar Odom during L.A.'s loss to Dallas in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
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Only the true die-hards, however, traveled to Dallas. Hilary Swank and boyfriend John Campisi caught their home team in the Lone Star state -- and the look on their faces isn't acting at all: the Lakers were swept by the Mavs, 4-0.
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Courtside mainstay Jack Nicholson greets Dallas owner Mark Cuban after the game. Here's guessing the purple one had a few choice things to say.
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'One Tree Hill' actors Austin Nichols and Sophia Bush watched helplessly as the Lakers fell to 0-2 in the series.
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Funnyman Adam Sandler managed a laugh even while backing the losing team.
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Less amused were sweethearts Nicky Hilton and David Katzenberg, who tried to wash the taste of loss away with Red Vines.
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Actress Eliza Dushku joined beau -- and former Laker -- Rick Fox in the stands.
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Actress Bridget Moynahan hit the floor seats to watch the Mavs and Lakers.
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Pretty, pretty, pretty bad: Comedian Larry David sat dejected -- and making tea -- as his Lakers lost to Dallas.
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Tennis star Serena Williams watched Miami take a 2-game lead on Boston at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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The Lakers stack celebs like they stock a roster. Funnymen Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly celebrate concessions snacks at the Staples Center during Game 1 of Los Angeles' series with Dallas.
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...and then gave the Kiss Cam what it wanted. Hope those sandwiches don't have onions!
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Yep, looks like there were onions. The Lakers had their celebrity supporters out in full force, but still lost Game 1 of their series with the Dallas Mavericks.
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Eddie Murphy looks a little glum over missing his own funny moment -- or perhaps he's looking at the scoreboard.
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'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter and newly pregnant 'Mad Men' woman January Jones sat courtside during game one. Jones was clearly pulling for the home team, but does a denim jacket indicate Dallas? We're going to need some teenagers, a dog, and a psychedelic van to get to the bottom of this one. Or perhaps Anna Wintour.
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Paul Wesley, Ben McKenzie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are definitely on the side of Lakers.
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Triple threat Justin Timberlake was also hand -- and tightly buttoned up -- in L.A.
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Not even a trip across the pond to attend the royal wedding could cause David Beckham to miss a Lakers game. The soccer star attended with fellow Brit -- and angry chef -- Gordon Ramsay.
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A week after showing up with his son, singer Seal enjoyed some daddy-daughter bonding time with his oldest, Helene.
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Basketball wife Khloe Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner rooted on Khloe's Laker hubby Lamar Odom in Los Angeles.
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Sean "P. Diddy" Combs hit Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between Miami and Boston in the Magic City's AmericanAirlines Arena -- wearing white, of course, for Miami's White Hot Heat playoffs theme. The media mogul owns a home on nearby Star Island.
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Also wearing white: R&B crooner Ray J, taking a break from VH1 reality shows for a little reality b-ball. The Heat pulled ahead in the series, 1-0. Keep clicking for shots of stars in the stands from previous playoffs games.
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Floor seats at Lakers games, of course, feature a Hollywood who's who on the regular. Perpetual referee menace Jack Nicholson hit the first round's Game 5 battle with the New Orleans Hornets with Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels.
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Earlier in Miami, actor Andy Garcia and his daughter Dominik Garcia-Lorido cheered for their hometown Heat in a final win over the Philadelphia 76ers. (He's cheering on the inside, promise). For the Heat, it's on to Boston.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"The Hills" star Whitney Port hit the Staples Center for some Lakers action.
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Nearby, indie rocker Christopher French, actress Kaley Cuoco, and "Community" star Ken Jeong formed a typical Lakers games celebrity voltron.
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Despite former California first lady Maria Shriver's best efforts at scaring the bejeesus out of the Lakers' competition (and everyone else at the Staples Center), the underdog New Orleans Hornets only trail Kobe and Co. by a game.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm was bright-eyed and bushy-haired while cheering on the Lakers. Which brings us to this: if the Lakers play a game, but no celeb is present, does it count? Trick question! That would never happen.
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David Beckham, in fact, has hit every single home playoffs game so far in L.A., kicking back at Game 5 with actor Jeremy Piven.
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Hollywood royalty Drew Barrymore took in a Lakers and Hornets game -- or just some of it -- with boyfriend Will Kopelman.
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson holds a bouquet of red roses to better cheer the Chicago Bulls -- and superstar Derrick Rose -- during Game 5 of the team's first-round battle with the Indiana Pacers.
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Is this basketball or a boardroom? At Lakers games in L.A., it's both. Producer/director Steven Spielberg talks with CEO of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg during the Lakers' Game 5 against the New Orleans Hornets.
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At Game 3 between the Knicks and Celtics, Tracy Morgan shared a laugh with -- or at -- director Spike Lee.
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The devil not only wears Prada, she wears Knicks colors. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour made a runway of the front row at Madison Square Garden before tipoff against Boston.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder aren't used to celebs in the stands, but they've got the Tulsa Shock's Liz Cambage -- at least until she's traded. The Thunder are currently up 3-1 in their playoffs series with the Denver Nuggets, so perhaps the bandwagon will pick up a few B-listers.
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Pop star Monica spurned her hometown Atlanta Hawks' series with the Orlando Magic and took in a Lakers' game with Khloe Kardashian.
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Actors Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman were on hand for Game 4 of the Knicks-Celtics, watching New York get swept in the first round.
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Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, "High School Musical" grad Zach Efron took in a game in the Lakers' series with the New Orleans Hornets.
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Efron, of course, wasn't the only Hollywood star watching the Lakers: Bradley Cooper and Jason Bateman yucked it up between quarters.
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In Atlanta, Jermaine Dupri and the formerly-Lil artist known as Bow Wow watched the Atlanta Hawks, who now hold a 3-2 series lead over the Orlando Magic.
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Also on hand in the ATL: media mogul Ted Turner, who once owned the nearby Atlanta Braves.
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At New York's Madison Square Garden, New York Giants star Justin Tuck took in Game 3. The Knicks could've used him at power forward, as they got swept.
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Tuck wasn't the only other pro athlete on hand at MSG: soccer legend Thierry Henry, now of the MLS New York Red Bulls, was seated next to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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Cash Money records head Birdman hit Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals to watch his hometown New Orleans Hornets play the Lakers.
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Actor Will Ferrell and soccer star David Beckham seemed confident their Lakers would survive the opening round.
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Can't get enough Zach Efron? Neither could Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson on the floor of the Staples Center.
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Lil' Wayne has courtside seats in Miami, but the rapper doesn't cheer for the Heat -- in fact, he goes to cheer against them. But when it came time for the playoffs, he caught his hometown Hornets on the road in LA.
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Spike Lee is such a die-hard, he'll head out on the road with the Knicks. The Brooklyn-based director was trolling the sidelines at the TD Garden in Boston, cheering his doomed team against the Celtics.
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Back on the west coast, Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am attempted to heal a fallen Kobe Bryant with his touch during the first game of the playoffs.
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Actor Jack Black managed a laugh even while watching the Lakers drop game one to the considerably less glamorous New Orleans Hornets.
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'Two and a Half Men' survivor Jon Cryer and his wife Lisa Joyner enjoyed a date night out at the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
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Steve Carell, on the other hand, brought his son.
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Pop crooner Seal also took his son Henry Samuel, thus denying the world another chance to gaze upon his wife, supermodel Heidi Klum.
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In Chicago, former White House chief of staff and current Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel watched the Bulls fend off the Indiana Pacers in Games 1 and 5.
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