Staff writer Mike Bresnahan ties up some loose ends on days of Lakers playoff games.
Q&A of the day
Question: Andrew Bynum is my new hero. Finally, someone on the Lakers made some good, hard fouls in the paint. On several plays, Bynum made the Nuggets pay. Way to go Andrew!
--Clint Jacobs, Thousand Oaks
Answer: Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the only Lakers fan satisfied with Game 4!
View from the other bench
From columnist Woody Paige of the Denver Post:
"The Nuggets are playing hard ball. Nuggoons. Thuggets. Denver Brutes, Bruisers & Bullies.
"Call 'em what you want, Lakers, Mavericks and Hornets, but The Tough Guys won't back down. . . . The Nuggets have become the modern-day version of The Bad Boys, and that's not bad, boys."
Actually, it's really bad . . . for the Lakers.
Lakers worst-case scenario
Denver has three players with double-figure rebounds. Nobody else helps Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol with scoring. J.R. Smith makes a ton of ridiculous three-pointers. Sound familiar?
My worst-case scenario
It pretty much happened Tuesday.
My 7 a.m. flight back to L.A. was delayed, I sat in a middle seat, almost missed Bryant's interview session with reporters after practice, discovered that SoCal Edison was threatening to turn off my power because last month's check got lost in the mail (true story), and indulged in some soggy nachos at a sports bar.
Too much fun.
It's time to plan the victory parade. Start it at City Hall, bring it south on Broadway and end it at Staples Center. After all, I correctly picked a game in this series!
I'll take the Lakers this time but only by a hair.