March 26, 2014 |
The individual matchup between Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin and New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis will be perhaps the most intriguing one to watch when the two teams meet Wednesday night at Smoothie King Center. Griffin has been on a tear, having scored 20-plus points in 29 consecutive games, the longest streak for a Clipper since the franchise moved from San Diego in 1984. He is averaging a team-best 24.2 points per game. Davis also has been on a tear, averaging 31.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in his last nine games.
March 4, 2014 |
This is what the Lakers do. They go out and beat one of the NBA's top teams on the road, only to return home and unfurl a clunker against a team that hadn't won since before the All-Star break. There's a reason the Lakers are 21-40. At least they made it somewhat entertaining. A crazed comeback from 21 points down fell short in the final minute Tuesday night at Staples Center, the New Orleans Pelicans doing just enough to emerge 132-125 winners. BOX SCORE: New Orleans 132, Lakers 125 Kent Bazemore and Jordan Farmar missed three-pointers that could have brought the Lakers to within one point and Bazemore followed by airballing a jumper with 13 seconds left.
March 4, 2014 |
New Orleans Pelicans 132 - Lakers 125 (end of regulation) The Lakers fought all the way back from 21 down, but couldn't close the deal against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night at Staples Center. A 40-point fourth quarter (74 in the second half) got the Lakers within three with 18.1 seconds left but a pair of Eric Gordon free throws, followed by a Kent Bazemore missed three-point attempt, was enough to stop the Lakers' two-game win streak. Small ball has worked in recent games with Wesley Johnson guarding power forwards like LaMarcus Aldridge, but Anthony Davis was a load for Johnson and the Lakers.
February 15, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - The kids are taking over the place. You can't toss a string of beads in the French Quarter this weekend without hitting a wide-eyed NBA All-Star. The festivities have become one extended Rising Stars Challenge between the six players making their All-Star game debuts Sunday at the Smoothie King Center and the five back for a second appearance. At 20, Anthony Davis can't even enjoy one of those oversized fruity alcoholic drinks so popular on Bourbon Street. Generation Next includes first-timers Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall, Paul Millsap and Davis in addition to second-time participants Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Paul George, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
February 8, 2014 |
Steve Nash finally returned to the Lakers' lineup Tuesday in a loss to the Timberwolves in Minneapolis. After sitting out a victory over the Cavaliers in Cleveland the following night, Nash celebrated his 40th birthday with a season-high 19 points in a win over the 76ers in Philadelphia. "To be able to just be back out there for two games -- yeah, I'm rusty, I'm not quite in game shape yet -- but to be moving freely and be able to do things you're accustomed to doing out there, it just makes the game a lot more fun," Nash said after practice Saturday.
November 19, 2013 |
Imagine if San Fernando and Granada Hills win out and meet in the City Section Division II championship football game. The alumni would be excited. The two schools have played some memorable games through the years, none more so than the 1970 City championship game between Dana Potter and Granada Hills against Anthony Davis and San Fernando. More than 15,000 filled Birmingham High. Granada Hills won, 38-28. San Fernando produced Heisman Trophy winner Charles White. Granada Hills produced Hall of Famer John Elway.