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NBA increases security at playoff games due to terror alert level

Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game One

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 02: of the Chicago Bulls of the Atlanta Hawks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jonathan Daniel

With the death of Osama bin Laden, the national terror alert level went up due to concerns about a retaliatory strike.

Among the potential terrorist targets are NBA games, which saw an increased level of security starting Tuesday.

It was very evident at Staples Center for the first game of the Lakers/Mavericks, where the police presence and the number of police dogs were noticeably higher than even previous playoffs games (or finals games, as memory serves).

The NBA mandated metal detectors at every gate for fans, something that had to be put in at the United Center for the Bulls game Tuesday.

These measures will remain in place through the playoffs, the league announced.