>Lakers Game 2 Preview

>LOS ANGELES — Forget the blame game. It makes no sense to use it here. Although you could use it, if you really wanted. The Lakers squandered a 16-point third-quarter lead. They were seemingly outcoached, ended up with Pau Gasol guarding Dirk Nowitzki on the perimeter while up by 1. One foul and two free … Continue reading

>Los Angeles Lakers: Round 2 Preview

> LOS ANGELES– The Lakers finished off the Hornets rather easily in their first-round matchup. But to hear the critics tell it, they struggled to win the series, 4-2. In the Lakers’ two losses, the Hornets played as close to perfect as a team and a point guard, Chris Paul, can play. And they won … Continue reading

>Lakers v. Hornets: Game 5 Preview

> LOS ANGELES —  Game 5. Most Lakers fans would expect this to be an elimination game for the Hornets. Instead, the Lakers enter this game tied 2-2 in the series. The news doesn’t get any easier from there. The Lakers’ main scoring option, Kobe Bryant, has a severe left ankle sprain that occurred in … Continue reading

>Lakers v. Hornets: Game 3 Recap

>NEW ORLEANS — The Hornets came into this game trying to stun the defending champs again. They left with a loss and the realization that their fortunes may have faded in this series. Pau Gasol, the one factor the Hornets had working for them, seems to have found his game again. Gasol, who was still … Continue reading

>Lakers v. Hornets: Game 2 Recap

> The Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets April 20 at the Staples Center in what could only be considered an audition for WWE Tough Enough. The physical scrum, full of leg whips, high elbows, technicals and generally chippy behavior, was ignited in the first quarter when Kobe Bryant, charged with the task … Continue reading

>Lakers v. Hornets: Game 1 Wrap-up and Game 2 Preview

>If you haven’t already read the Knicks-Celtics recap, I’ll reiterate my excuse for not getting the recap up sooner. Traveling for little brother’s bachelor party, got back late Sunday, missed most of the game, fell asleep early, then did taxes Monday. Depression set in, no Game 1 recap. Excuse done. Now, on to the Game … Continue reading

>Playoff Preview – Round 1: Lakers v. Hornets

> Four or five? That’s the question for this series. How long will it take the Lakers to beat the Hornets. The question isn’t if they will win, but how fast can they dispatch them. The Lakers come sputtering into the playoffs and seem to be in disarray. For lack of a better word, the Lakers … Continue reading