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Just overheard 3 20-something guys comparing hair-gel application techniques. Would have made a great scene from a Judd Apatow movie.
Not too many huge games today as Championship Week opens today, just a few. A few
OFFICIAL: Panathinaikos fire coach Pedoulakis
it's the first time that the Lakers have ever allowed 130-plus points in each of three straight games.
Lakers allowed 407 PTS over last 3 games matching the most allowed by any NBA team over a span of 3 straight games over the past 23 seasons
Lakers become the first team after Nuggets (1990) to allow more than 130 points in each of three successive games
Al Jefferson’s shotchart of his last four games: 31.3ppg, 10.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg & 1.3bpg http://t.co/fgKly36Fp7
Lakers have $34.1 million in guaranteed salaries on books for 2015. $33.2 million of it is tied up in aging stars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash
With their win last night, the Nuggets swept the season series over the Lakers for the first time since they entered the NBA back in 1976
Riddick Bowe ring walk to Phil Collins' In the Air Tonight for the first Holyfield fight still gives me goosebumps to this day
Tears flowing. Check how Larry Drew looks at O.J. Mayo following his ejection last night. http://t.co/i0aiIVrvAa
Amazing how much better Dwight Howard looks this season without the weight of free agency on his shoulders.
ICYMI: Lakers are in trouble.
Long stretches of adversity shows character. I always like to take note of how guys respond professionally in losing situations
Larry Drew investing time in Jeff Adrien in Milwaukee and he has responded by averaging 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds over his last two
RE: Mirotic - the quicker he signs his first NBA contract, the quicker he can sign his second.
Drake's Best: 1. Take Care 2. Thank Me Later 3. NWTS 4. So Far Gone
Don't know about you, but I'm not that thrilled about Phil Jackson as an executive.
777 had perfect safety rating until SFO mishap and now there's the missing Malaysia flight. Still believe in the aircraft, tho.
This week's NBA rankings categories in LAT: Spinal Tap!
The NBA needs to expand to Hawaii. I'd cover that team. Plus my life hours would become normal if shifted five hours.
Another guy who belongs in that most underrated player discussion is Trevor Ariza.
With 29 wins on the season, the Bobcats have already exceeded their combined victory total from the previous two seasons
Guys I refer to as the most underrated player in the NBA on a regular basis: Ty Lawson, David Lee, Amir Johnson, Al Horford, David West.
BBL Trophy Semi-Final, 1st leg. Sheffield Sharks 60-62 Worcester Wolves 62. BBL Newcastle Eagles 94-74 Plymouth Raiders
Made it from downtown to the Mobil station in Cambridge on empty. Thank you Basketball Gods (and Based God). http://t.co/ZULgCeps1K
A more powerful message from Lakers fans would be, "We want Rudy!" instead of "We want Phil!"
OK, the "Smush Parker year(s)" were technically 2005-07. Point is similar.
Funny thought for the night: A bunch of Lakers fans -- I've no idea why -- followed me. They all disappeared last 3 weeks. Telling.
If '04-05 was the "Smush Parker year," '13-14 may go down as the year Crenshaw (girls) basketball was more compelling than the Lakers.
My best Rod Serling voice: "Picture a world where the Bobcats might be a playoff lock and the Lakers are everyone's punch line..."
Don't know why it continues to be written that OSU women are "improving" chances at NCAA Tourney. They're in. Talk should about seeding
Just spent a while going through Lakers' year-by-year game results. They've never allowed this many points (408) over three games. Ever.
Something's wrong when David Thompson never swept Lakers in a season series but Timofey Mozgov did.
I hear there is some 50,000-watt blow torch now open to being the flagship. Who could that be?
Don't be surprised if this up-tick for the Bobcats results in a new radio home. What a concept: Able to listen to games after sunset.
As much as Rockets might have wished they were still in East when were missing or barely making playoffs, they are 20-3 vs East this season.
Rockets 3 back of OKC for best in West, but still just a couple gms into killer stretch. Portland on Sun before @ OKC, Chicago and Miami.
That's the thing about regular season games. Rarely are things -- motivation, rest, preparation time -- equitable. That comes in playoffs.
Dwight Howard: “That’s all we talked about, every time out, every possession, how they blew us out. We wanted to get payback.”
Klay Thompson said he hurt his back on the play before he subbed out, but he could have played in the second half -- if needed.
Didn't think was 'just another game" to Harden as he said Wednesday. "Always wanted to get back against them.” Dwight Howard went further.
However, over these last 3 gms, these talks have happened out in view of us reporters. Guys not waiting to meet & debrief on these 3 Ls
"Wasn't anything worth talking about." Turner on Harden confrontation
Evan Turner on Harden confrontation: "We just got tangled up." Said never had beef w/ him b4. "Just a misunderstanding. Heat of the moment."
"We got to get better as a team and we got to get back to how we used to play." -- Paul George after 112-86 loss to Houston, 3rd straight L
Paul George: "It's the first time we probably lost three in a row. (Sh--)'s gotta change. Sorry for the language but it's gotta change."
Unsolicited advice from a New York writer on how to survive the final five-and-a-half weeks of this Jazz season: "Start drinking heavily."
"We just got to figure out how to get back to mucking the game up and playing our style of ball." G. Hill
"I feel like now we're at the point where we're letting teams do what they want to do.
Hill: "We're not the same team. I feel like last year, even the beginning of this year, we were a team that really mucked the game up...
It's not just David West this time raising the red flag of concern. George Hill and P. George both appeared ticked off yet ready for change
Several of those players remained in there for at least 15-20 minutes before showering, seemingly having a State of the Team session
James Harden on the third quarter: "(It) was probably the best I've seen us play offense and defense in one quarter. We were rolling."
Rockets have made at least half their shots in 26 games (23-3), the most since doing it 34 times in 94-95.
Andre Iguodala to KNBR on his shoes: "It's like a hue off."
That's it from Oakland as we fall 111-97 to the Warriors. Millsap scored 16 & grabbed 7 boards in his return, Scott scored 14 off the bench
Remember the hand-wringing about the royal screwup the Bobcats were making trying to get better now? That Jefferson dude. What a waste...
"We actually ran a play. It's called 'Get out of the way.' '' -- Dirk on a game-changing driving 3-pt basket by Devin Harris
Bobcats playoff chances good enough at this point that you want the Pistons to believe they can catch Hawks (draft pick).
If you open windows around town you might hear the music coming out of Rockets locker room again.
McHale said it looked like Jeremy Lin had his first step back: "I thought Jeremy had a lot of juice tonight."
Vogel (2/2): “…we’ve always worked our way out of it. I’m sure we will. It stings right now, it’s not fun right now, but we got a good team.
As expected, X-rays were negative on Pau Gasol's ankle.
Vogel (1 of 2): "Every team I’ve ever been a part of has had a stretch like we’re in right now. Since I’ve been here…
The Lakers' best pitch might be a pair of pink sidewinders and a bright orange pair of pants. In other words, Nick Young's everyday outfit.
Warriors whipping up on Hawks. An exceedingly good night on Bobcats' playoff trail.
X-rays on Pau's L ankle were negative. He plans to play against OKC as long as his ankle doesn't "blow up" between now and Sunday
McHale: "As just a fan of basketball, it was fun to watch the team play like that."
The Lakers could have John Calipari, Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith head their recruiting and still not land anyone this summer.
Ah, Twitter, I love it when you give me diametrically opposing mentions seconds from each other.
Pau on Phil Jackson: "I think he wouldn’t be OK being just a consultant, but (instead) being a guy that calls the shots"
Pau Gasol asked if Phil Jackson could use those 11 rings to sway free agents for a team: "I don't know if I picture him as a recruiter"
I'm starting to wonder (just a little bit) if Draymond Green might eventually pass Monta and Gilbert on list of W's best second-round picks.
Bucks 12 wins, 76ers 15, Magic 19, Lakers/Celtics/Jazz all tied at 21, Kings 22, Knicks 23
Houston reminds me of 2004-05 Heat. Elite center & SG, 1st year together. Decent role players. Got hot, got within game of Finals.
Just checking in after kids' talent show - looks like Lakers got the job done with the loss while Celtics get the win - plus NY won
Rockets 112-86 win two points shy of biggest of year. Move to 14-0 at home vs. East, have season-long 7-game home win streak, 22-6 in '14.
Antic for threeee! Hawks hanging tough, trailing Warriors 84-77 with under 1 minute in the 3rd
Rockets have added post-game interviews. Naturally, they ask about the fans instead of you know, basketball. Not many still here to hear it.
Impressive win for Rockets over Pacers Houston plays Bulls Thursday in Chicago. Rockets back to back home wins over Heat and Pacers
Miami and Indiana again tied in loss column. Pacers have 3 more wins. Heat play at Chicago on Sun, Pacers in Dallas.
Pacers on their 1st three-game losing streak of the season, falling in Houston 112-86. It’s their worst loss of the season (26). In DAL Sun.
The Knicks have picked up 2 1/2 games on Indiana in the standings in the last four days. Hence, the impact of just talking to Phil Jackson.
Rockets served notice to the rest of the NBA tonight with masterful massacre of Pacers. Houston wins 112-86. Quite a show.
FINAL: Rockets 112, Pacers 86. 14th win in last 16 as Harden (28p in 31m), Rockets cowboyed up, sent message to league: Houston's for real.
Antic stepback 22-footer over Bogut. This is a very winnable game for the W's that could turn losable in short order.
Andrew Bogut needs a new right shoe.
No surprise here: On game-winning 3-point play by Devin Harris, he thought the block call was the proper call. Damian Lillard did not.
Utah Valley beats Bakersfield, 64-55. Wins first WAC title. Went 11+ minutes w/o a FG. Overcame a 24-2 run in the second half.
Oh, right. Chris Copeland.
Klay Thompson will not return for precautionary reasons, W's announce.
Watching the West. OKC, Houston, San Antonio, Clippers, G-State, Portland. Two of these teams won't escape the FIRST ROUND
Update: After watching 63 Lakers games this season... http://t.co/tAn1EguI7z
Hawks open 2nd half on a 6-0 run, chipping away at Warriors lead 66-58
With eight minutes to play, Vogel sends in Donald Sloan and Solomon Hill. See if they can prevent the Pacers’ biggest L of the season, 24.
Pierce on a return to the Celts: "Yeah, why not? Maybe play for them. Maybe work for them. Who knows what the future holds?"
Thompson stays on the bench. Not sure if he's actually available or just there as a rotational decoy of sorts, to fake out Budenholzer.
Morrow on Tyreke: "He's not just a scorer. He can rebound, he can pass.He's a triple-threat right now.I think he can be an All-Star one day"
Looks like Mavs may be facing a fairly pissed off Pacers squad Sunday.
Klay Thompson is back on the court, in uniform, for post-halftime warmups, but he is not in the lineup to open 3Q. Barnes starting.
The Jordan Hamilton-for-Aaron Brooks trade has worked out really well for both teams.
The West first round will feature 2 of the best first round series we've seen, with HOU/LAC/POR/GS, in some combination.
The bonus really hurt Portland in that 4th quarter. 16 fourth quarter FTA's for Dallas. 4 for Portland.
Rockets unbeaten vs. East in Houston with a 32-point lead tonight and one game left here, vs. Philly.
Devin Harris: "We didn't want to give up. We knew we still had a chance to win the game, and guys just kept fighting till the end."
Even Jeremy Lin is getting into the act. He hits a stepback jumper, Asik with a rejection and Hamilton nails a trey. Rolling. 96-64 Rockets.
Not sure how this game can get any worse for IND. One guy crossed over, another swatted at the rim. Then, Houston cashes another 3pt. 96-64.
Will be overshadowed, but this is most Lin has looked like Lin since before All Star break. Not just that he's 3 of 4, he looks good again.
Texas has pretty much swallowed the Eastern Conference contenders this week.
Philly's lost 15 in a row. But they'll get the Jazz on the second half of a back-to-back and the last night of a six-game trip. Who you got?
Last 3 games Lakers have given up 132, 142 and 134.
Pau Gasol will receive an X-ray on his L ankle after the game as a precaution
Pau Gasol may get an X-Ray on his left ankle as a precaution. They think it'll be fine, as he played the whole 2nd half on it.
Everybody just sprinted out of the AAC and now we're all streaking through the quad
Nets were pretty frustrated after this one because they let it slip. More like Golden State, when they also missed lots of 3s, than Portland
MDA said players did a good job of not succumbing to 1 on 1s, like they did last night, "Thats why we didn't fall completely apart" (on TWC)
The Knicks (23-40) are now five back of Atlanta for the eight spot. So maybe the Jazz were just helping keep Denver out of the lottery.
According to Dirk and Devin Harris, the play Devin scored his and-one on is the "get the h--- out of the way" play.
The Salmons thing was me just hearing the bad audio wrong. Thought Salmons, a very religious man, swore in appreciation of Ross' abilities
Rockets 88, Pacers 59 heading to the 4th. Rockets hit 14-21 shots (6-7 3P) in 3Q and turned it over just once, turning this into a blowout.
It's all happening. Rox up 29. Harden masterful. Crowd electric. J-Lin getting on track, too.NBA's hottest team hammering point home tonight
The guy played here for 15 years. Do you really think he has no more feelings for the place? Give me a break.
Rockets 88, Pacers 59 after 3. Will McHale give JVG a Pop interview? Harden with 16 in 3rd, again had shot 24.6 % vs. Indy with Rockets.
Anyone who is getting worked up about Paul Pierce saying he wouldn't mind someday being part of the Celtic franchise again needs to relax.
Rockets torch the Pacers in the 3rd, 38-16, to go ahead 88-59. Harden had 16 by himself in the quarter.
With a group of Michigan alums in attendance, Burke and Hardaway combined to go 4 of 23 from the field. Good thing B1G title's wrapped up.
Pacers trail Rockets by nearly 30 -- like they're channeling the Lakers.
Tough times don’t last; real fans do. I still bleed purple and gold.
James Harden checks out to a loud ovation. He put up 16 of his 28 in the third quarter.
Clippers have come a long way since the day Steven Esparza was traded for three tacos.
Hawks head into the break down 66-52... Millsap scored 14 pts, Brand & Scott each put up 9
Gotta say, starting to feel about Mike D'Antoni after tonight like I did about Mike Brown after Game 5 in Utah last season.
The bleeding continues. Harden with yet another triple, HOU’s 8th of the game. Pacers’ backcourt thus far outscored 35-8.
We all have to acknowledge our limitations/flaws. Come on, people, stop being so serious.
James Harden nearly shook his beard off after 3-pointer. Tell me again James. Just another game?
The phony rhetoric doesn’t fool anybody. Heat players kicking themselves right now they’re not in first after tonight.
It's 31-10 Houston in this period. Which team is the league's best third quarter team again? 81-53 Rockets. Total party here at the TC.
Yeah, this game was just 1-of-82. Right, James?
Wanted to see Springsteen next month. Confident after tonight I'll be out of town that weekend.
Get comfy. Both teams over the limit and officials will call it very close for awhile.
At halftime, the Bighorns lead the Stampede 69-45. White has played 15 mins, has 2 points, 3 boards, 1 assists, 2 turnovers.
Evan Turner vs. James Harden pillow fight!
Push, push, shove, shove, oh hey it's David West. We're good here.
That worked out OK for Rockets. Crowd electric. Double Ts meaningless and David West didn't break anyone in two.
Tough night for Portland's PG's: Mo/Dame went 6-19 for 17 points while Calderon/Harris went 12-22 for 31 points.
With this loss, LAL move below Boston in the league standings to 3rd from the bottom (ORL, PHI, MIL).
Gasol added a final seconds bucket to finish with 27. Lawson had 30 points, 17 dimes for the Nuggets. Faried had 32 & 13.
The Lakers lose 134-126 to the Nuggets. Nineteen more games until ping pong balls.
The West is just better.
Van Gundy is right. Refs always look to cop out by calling double technical. Whether it's warranted or not.
Final: Denver 134, Los Angeles 126. Kelly had 24 & 11, Gasol 25 points, Farmar 24, and Marshall 14 assists in the loss.