The Lakers retired Shaquille O’Neal’s number last night at Staples Center before going out and clobbering the Dallas Mavericks, putting some separation between themselves and one of their pursuers in the Western Conference playoff race. It is a new era now at the Staples Center, nearly a decade removed from when Shaq was the alpha dog of the Lakers.
With just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the stakes couldn’t be any higher for California’s quartet of teams. The Clippers and Warriors are trying – with opposite results – to manufacture a roll heading into the playoffs, while the Lakers are scrambling just to qualify. Meanwhile, the Kings are simply trying to figure out where they will lay their heads next season. It’s always dramatic on the left coast, and this upcoming week should prove no exception. Here’s a look
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Busted brackets and baseball. That is what most sports fans are thinking about at the beginning of April. While the great majority of you guys and gals have been distraught over not correctly picking Wichita State to reach the NCAA’s Final Four, many have overlooked the fact that some of the NBA’s playoff races are getting more and more interesting with each passing week. And a bunch of our pending free agents have something to do with that. Josh Smith and his Atlanta
If you are an NBA fan, you should start rooting for the Milwaukee Bucks to snap out of their stupor and the Boston Celtics to stumble down the stretch. Because that will set up the first-round playoff series we all want to see. A slump by the Celtics and a boost from the Bucks over the last 10 or so games would drop Boston into eighth place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round matchup with the Miami Heat. And to paraphrase
It’s been mentioned a number of times in our blogs over the past few nights about the worrisome status of the Los Angeles Lakers after losing Metta World Peace for the season and narrowly escaping Minnesota with a controversial victory. After suffering a 113-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday – their fourth loss in the last five games – you have to wonder what it’s going to take for this team to make the playoffs. It matters so much more
Well, we don’t have the Heat to gush over anymore. The streak was fun while it lasted, but it became so all-encompassing that many of y’all may have lost sight of the broader landscape across the NBA.