On Wednesday night, the Lakers absorbed a huge blow to their quest for a third consecutive NBA title. The Mavericks’ bench played brilliantly, sparked by point guard J.J. Barea. Barea sliced through a lifeless Los Angeles defense. The legs of the big men appeared to be set in concrete, and Steve Blake was positively torched […]

At times, it appeared that Game 2 of the Lakers-Hornets series had devolved into a game of pinball. Bodies were flying everywhere, with hard screen after hard screen and plenty of contact in the lane. Welcome to playoff basketball. With the usual smile that accompanies the “why do I have to do this?” thought bubble, […]

As word spread that center Tim Duncan was on crutches and would be unavailable to the Spurs for the foreseeable future (more on that as it develops), the Lakers and Suns were locked in an instant classic. “Los Lakers” and “Los Suns” engaged in a triple-overtime thriller at Staples Center. Just look at the box […]

If you rewind to the NBA trade deadline, there was a lot of talk about the possibility of the Lakers parting with 23-year old center Andrew Bynum. There were many clamoring for Bynum to be shipped to Denver in exchange for Carmelo Anthony. For all of the excitement about Bynum’s skillset and potential (the always […]

Finally … I joked that I wasn’t going to sit and watch Game 7 after investing a ridiculous number of hours watching the three-month marathon that is the NBA Playoffs. Rip Van Winkle awoke to see that nothing had changed. The never-ending investigation of USC athletics … ended. Ubaldo won 13 games … almost as […]

On Tuesday’s edition of “the well-listened to Dan Patrick Show,” disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy called in to discuss the NBA Playoffs and sell some books. He cited examples of plays in the fourth game of the Orlando-Boston series that pointed to referees’ exertion of undue influence to thwart the potential sweep. He also […]

What else do you need to say? Nash and the Suns swept the Spurs to make their claim on one side of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. He did his part in spectacular fashion, finishing the fourth game of the sweep with stitches, bandages and a right eye that had swollen shut. That’s right. He […]

Remember those old “ALCOA Presents: Fantastic Finishes?” Sure, they were used for NFL games back in the day, but you couldn’t think of a better branding piece than that right now after watching The Big Spaniard, Pau Gasol, put back the game-winning shot with one-half second left. Seriously, the final minutes were a bit chaotic […]