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Lakers are done in NBA playoffs

TNT's Marv Albert sounded less than convinced when he said the Western Conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks 'has a long way to go.'

May 05, 2011|Jerry Crowe
  • Mavericks center Tyson Chandler throws down a dunk off an alley-oop pass over Lakers point guard Derek Fisher in the first half of Game 2 on Wednesday night at Staples Center.
Mavericks center Tyson Chandler throws down a dunk off an alley-oop pass… (Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles…)

Not even TNT's Marv Albert sounded convinced when he noted near the end of the Lakers' second consecutive loss to the Dallas Mavericks, "This series still has a long way to go." …

Was he wrong? …

Yes! …

Charles Barkley nailed it: The Lakers are done. …

Kobe Bryant & Co. seem to have misplaced the plan that Matt Barnes referred to last month when he regrettably tweeted, "Me & the Golden St homies laid out the blueprint on how to beat Dallas..'PUNK'EM' Aint changed homey." …

Apparently it has. …

Barkley again, suggesting the Lakers need reinforcements to check Dirk Nowitzki: "Where's Michael Cooper at?" …

Coop, unfortunately for the Lakers, is at age 55 and counting. …

The deadliest Killer B in Game 2 was Jose Barea, who repeatedly stung the Lakers by driving to the basket. …

Unlikely couple: Barea and Zuleyka Rivera, a fellow Puerto Rican also known as Miss Universe 2006. …

Considering that baseball history includes more than 50 hitting streaks of 30 games or longer, talk of Andre Ethier's challenging Joe DiMaggio's record of 56 games is a little premature. …

Willie Davis' club record of 31, of course, is well within reach and could fall this weekend, a balky elbow permitting. …

Bobby Abreu and the Angels' offense in rainy Boston: Just add water and watch them spring to life. …

Before pitching a no-hitter this week, Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins had never even pitched a complete game — in the majors or the minors. …

Rookie of the year Blake Griffin, sidelined his first season out of Oklahoma because of a knee injury, is hardly the first veteran rookie (LeBron James' description) to win the award. …

Wilt Chamberlain spent a year with the Harlem Globetrotters before he won, Pau Gasol played professionally in Europe and David Robinson was a veteran rookie in the truest sense, serving two years in the Navy before making his NBA debut. …

Headline in the Sporting News after James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 80 points in the Miami Heat's Game 2 victory over the Boston Celtics: "Trio Grand." …

David Whitley of AOL Fanhouse, offering an explanation for harmony among the surging Heat, notes that Bosh seems "totally content" playing the role of "Joey Bishop" while James and Wade take on the roles of "Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin." …

Among the self-proclaimed Heatles, isn't it more like Bosh is playing George Harrison to the more celebrated duo's John Lennon and Paul McCartney? …

Reader David Israeli of Los Angeles, describing son Daniel as a "former Venice High tackling dummy" for linebacker Jonas Mouton, emails to note that Mouton (from Michigan) was a second-round pick in last week's NFL draft. …

Ex-L.A. University High wide receiver Titus Young (from Boise State) and former Valencia High running back Shane Vereen (from California) also were second-round picks. …

Southland sports fans might recall that Stephen Craig, again married to Marie Osmond after Wednesday's nuptials, is a former Brigham Young and Beverly Hills High basketball player. …

An Us Weekly report that Elin Nordegren has been dating again was less surprising than this: After buying a $12.2-million beachfront mansion in Florida, Tiger Woods' ex-wife plans to knock it down and rebuild. …

U.S. tennis reaches a new low next week, when Serena Williams drops out and the world rankings for the first time will include no Americans among the top 10 — men or women. …

A "Careers in Sports Broadcasting" panel, featuring Bob Miller and Chris Roberts and open to area college students majoring in broadcasting, is set for May 15 at UCLA. …

Information: (323) 650-1151. …

"The Kentucky Derby isn't just a horse race," Jim Murray once wrote of the annual first-Saturday-in-May spectacle at Churchill Downs, "any more than Elizabeth Taylor is just a woman, the Taj Mahal a building or Mt. Everest a hill." …

With the so-called "most interesting man in the world" still seen regularly in TV commercials, what horse in Saturday's 137th "Run for the Roses" qualifies as a good hunch bet? …

Stay Thirsty, my friends.

jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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