Dirk Nowitzki celebrates wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.Dirk Nowitzki celebrates wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

words // Nick Engvall

Every year the Lakers seem to have their internal struggles. This year has proven to be no different. However, this year, rather than move passed the issues as soon as the playoffs came around, the Lakers have faltered. Down two games to the Dallas Mavericks in their second round series, the Lakers cannot seem to get things going. For the most part because they have no solution to stop Dirk Nowitzki, who dropped in 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the Mavericks’ 93-81 victory.

In the East, Derrick Rose proved once again why he was deserving of the MVP award which he received before the game against the Atlanta Hawks. Despite an ankle sprain that was re-aggrevated in Game 1 of the series, Rose led the Bulls with 25 points and 10 assists. It was on the boards where Chicago dominated the Hawks, with Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah each hitting the double digit mark in rebounds.

Check out the latest Sneaker Watch coverage below courtesy of ESPN.

Sneaker Watch: A look at what shoes players are wearing in the NBA Playoffs.Carlos Boozer attempts to dunk in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.Carlos Boozer attempts to dunk in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

Damien Wilkins goes up for a dunk in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.Damien Wilkins goes up for a dunk in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.

Josh Smith shoots a floater wearing the adiZero Crazy Light.Josh Smith shoots a floater wearing the adiZero Crazy Light.

Joe Johnson looks towards the basket in the Jordan Prime 5 while Luol Deng defends in the Air Max Fly By.Joe Johnson looks towards the basket in the Jordan Prime 5 while Luol Deng defends in the Air Max Fly By.

Derrick Rose shoots a jumper in the adidas adiZero Rose 1.5.Derrick Rose shoots a jumper in the adidas adiZero Rose 1.5.

J.J. Barea drives to the basket wearing the Converse Star Player EVO Low.J.J. Barea drives to the basket wearing the Converse Star Player EVO Low.

Steve Blake in the And 1 Tomahawk Low.Steve Blake in the And 1 Tomahawk Low.

Jason Terry cheers from the bench wearing the Reebok Zig Slash.Jason Terry cheers from the bench wearing the Reebok Zig Slash.

Tyson Chandler with monster dunk wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.Tyson Chandler with monster dunk wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

Derek Fisher wearing the adiZero Crazy Light.Derek Fisher wearing the adiZero Crazy Light.

Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI looking a lot like MJ back in the day.Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI looking a lot like MJ back in the day.