Survive and advance.
It is a phrase conjured up most often in basketball when speaking about the NCAA Tournament, but without a doubt it is the most apt turn of phrase for what the Los Angeles Lakers did in Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night.
The evidence that the Lakers merely endured and outlasted Orlando [...]
In debating how best to sum up the events and repercussions of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, this correspondent conjured up a number of potential taglines.
I could be satisfied with, “The Taking of Staples Center 123.”
Alternatively, the Laker fan in me could sarcastically christen this contest “Derek Fisher and the Ghosts of Game [...]
Robin Sawh takes a look at Kevin Durant’s phenomenal sophomore season, the emergence of Jeff Green, the solid play of rookie Russell Westbrook and what the future holds for this franchise.Read More
Prior to the game I saw Washington Wizards announcer Phil Chenier and New York Knicks announcer Walt “Clyde” Frazier talking at the dinner table right next to me. In the 1970′s, Chenier and Frazier, who were both guards, had many legendary battles against one another. 30 years later, these guys can sit across from one another as friends, and just talk about their respective teams, their battles and life in general.Read More
Toronto made this a nail biter but Chicago was able to hold on for the 102-98 victory.Read More
Nick Young hit his second career high in three games, by scoring 30 points on 12-for-19 shooting, including 3-of-6 from the three-point line. And for the second consecutive game, Coach Tapscott ran isolation plays for Young down the stretch, instead of running them for Caron Butler or even Antawn Jamison.Read More
After letting Toronto make a late push, Boston made some key stops and escaped with a 94-88 win.Read More
The stat sheet will show that Bobcats’ guard Raymond Felton had nine points, 11 assists and six turnovers, but his impact went much deeper than that.Read More
After letting Memphis hang in the game during the first half, Toronto came out with an inspired effort in the second half to coast to a 103-83 victory. One of the highlights of the night was hearing the same fans that booed Andrea Bargnani less than a month ago give him a thundering ovation when he checked out of the game.Read More
Coach Tapscott told the media he looks at the season in seven game intervals as a way to motivate his team. Sometimes it backfires as it did in December when he went 0-for-7, and other times it is encouraging like during this current seven game stretch when his team is a slightly improved 3-4.Read More
Prior to the game, Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas said that he played two-on-two for the first time since his injury and he felt pretty good. Still no definite word as to when he’s coming back, but for a 6-25 team that is starved for some sort of bright spot, that sounded pretty good.Read More
Toronto withstood a 39 point barrage from Dwight Howard to escape with a 108-102 victory. Anthony Parker led the way for Toronto with 26 points while going a sizzling 13-for-16 from the field.Read More
No Jose Calderon? No problem. The Raptors defense was firing on all cylinders tonight as they held Houston to a season low 73 points.Read More
The Denver Nuggets won’t just be celebrating a win tonight, they’ll be ringing in the New Year in style as Denver head coach George Karl secured the 900th win of his legendary coaching career.Read More
After the game, Coach Tapscott was asked why he didn’t start second year guard Nick Young in DeShawn Steveon’s place, and if Young was in the doghouse. Tapscott responded by saying, “I don’t have a doghouse. I have a Palace of Good Play and I am waiting for someone to emerge with some good play from that two guard spot. When I see that, and when I see someone who is willing to play off our forwards, then I’ll play them.”Read More
The Raptors looked to have a firm grasp on this game heading into the fourth quarter but an inability to hit their shots doomed the teams chance to secure a win tonight. Toronto was out-scored 31-17 in the fourth quarter and failed to make a field goal until the 2:35 mark.Read More
Despite having success slowing down Chris Paul, the Raptors were done in this afternoon by James Posey who shot a sizzling 5-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first half. Posey finished 6-for-10 from beyond the arc with 20 points and 10 rebounds while providing a much needed spark off the bench.Read More
At several points during the second half, Dixon and House were matched up against one another, and I found that matchup to be intriguing. Both players are natural-born shooters, but due to their height limitations, they are forced to incorporate their point guard skills with their great shooting ability and at times they struggle to merge the two. Tonight, Dixon played that role perfectly by dishing out seven assists to go with his 17 points. The Celtics did not really need House’s point guard acumen this evening, but they did rely on his shooting in the fourth quarter.Read More
Tonight was a big night for the Toronto Raptors because Jay Triano got his first official win as a head coach in the NBA, Jason Kapono scored a season high 25 points and the team snapped a five-game losing skid.Read More
I know I’ve written this a lot, but Caron Butler is having an All-Star caliber season. He started slowly tonight by only scoring five points in the first quarter, but he eventually heated up and finished with 34 points, six assists and five rebounds. Every time his team needed a big shot or a big play, he was right there, and he set the stage for the Wizards second half comeback.Read More