Bernucca: West playoff picture pointing to Lakers-Clippers

Kobe Bryant

Less than three weeks ago, the Los Angeles Lakers were mourning the death of owner Jerry Buss, refuting rumors that Dwight Howard would be traded and staring down the draft lottery. With his team mired in ninth place in the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant defiantly told Sports Illustrated, “It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will. And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone – Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have


SH Blog: Ibaka defends groin hit on Griffin, Josh Smith thinks Howard will stay with Lakers


There are always two sides to every story. We saw Serge Ibaka chop down on Blake Griffin’s manhood on Sunday, and unless you have no sympathy towards any man that gets whacked in their jewels whatsoever, you would agree that Ibaka should probably have been thrown out of that game, and a suspension ought to be coming his way. Ask the Thunder forward, though, and he’ll tell you how innocent he was in the whole fiasco. John Rohde of The Oklahoman has


Five Fast Facts from NBA Games: 2.28.13


Thursday was a very light night in the NBA, as only three games made up the schedule. Joakim Noah made league history in Chicago against the 76ers, the Lakers continued their dominance over the Timberwolves as they push towards the playoffs and the Clippers accomplished something they had never done before since moving to Los Angeles. Here is another thought-provoking issue of Five Fast Facts.