Mike Bresnahan covers the Lakers for The Times and ties up loose ends before all their playoff games. The Lakers lead Denver, 3-1.
Forget motivational speeches. Chalk talks too … as if anybody still uses chalk in NBA locker rooms.
The Lakers have all the reasons they need to finish off Denver tonight in Game 5. Two words: The Clippers.
The Lakers don't want to fall behind their neighbors, who also hold a 3-1 series lead.
That'd be like letting your little brother out-earn you with his highly popular lemonade stand. Can't happen.
The Lakers are on notice. The Clippers, who have gone further in the playoffs once in the last bajillion years, are right behind you.
Q&A of the day
Q: Not to be too presumptuous but do you know what day Game 1 Lakers/Thunder would be if the Lakers advance in 5 games over the Nuggets?