March 31, 2012
BEN BOLCH'S RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY NO FOOLING AROUND 1. CHICAGO (42-11) Derrick Rose's groin not a growing problem for Bulls, who keep on rolling. (1) 2. OKLAHOMA CITY (39-12) Rejuvenated Derek Fisher doesn't need as much Bengay with Thunder. (2) 3. MIAMI (37-13) LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant MVP debate more compelling than 2012 political race. (3) 4. SAN ANTONIO (36-14) Box score against 76ers Philadelphia lists Tim Duncan as "Did Not Dress -- Old. " Really.
March 26, 2012 |
The emphasis Lakers Coach Mike Brown stressed on defense comes in many shapes and forms. There are DVDs. Brown wowed the Lakers' front office with these during his job interview so much that he quickly became the favored candidate. He then distributed them to all his players before the lockout so they'd get a head-start on learning and executing his defensive concepts. There are terms. The main one Brown reiterates involves "shrinking the floor," which entails closing off baseline drives.
August 23, 2011 |
It's been a season for the record books, one that might prompt sympathetic historians to wipe their brows in relief that there actually was a hitter worse than Adam Dunn. Bill Bergen once batted .139 for the Brooklyn Superbas, surrounded by teammates named Red, Doc and Nap. The year was 1909. No everyday player has fared worse since. In the live-ball era that started in the 1920s, Rob Deer holds the record for hitting futility among regulars with a .179 average for Detroit in 1991.
October 30, 2010 |
As he slowly dressed after the game, Lamar Odom sighed before he announced rather quietly, "I feel better. " The stat line Odom had was reason enough for him to feel that way. He filled up the box score for the Lakers during their 114-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night at US Airways Center. Odom gave the Lakers some offense, scoring 18 points, missing only four of his 12 shots, making his only three-point attempt. Odom gave the Lakers activity on the backboards, collecting a game-high 17 rebounds, three offensive.
April 5, 2010 |
Andre Ethier was as unfortunate as Vicente Padilla was wild on Monday. A couple of feet here, a few inches there and the Dodgers could have celebrated opening day with a victory instead of the 11-5 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. "You know, that's the way my season goes," Ethier said. "I don't get cheap hits." The final box score indicated that Ethier went one for five with a double and a run, but failed to show the hard-hit balls that somehow ended up in Pirates gloves at critical junctures in the game.
October 26, 2009 |
Do not trust the headline and the box score. The Angels did not lose the American League Championship Series on Sunday in New York. They lost the series on a Tuesday in Vallejo, a small town 30 miles inland from San Francisco. The date, to be exact, was Dec. 9, 2008. CC Sabathia had invited Brian Cashman to his home. Cashman, the general manager of the New York Yankees, did not leave until Sabathia had agreed to sign with his team and turn down the Angels. That decision haunted the Angels this October, and it could haunt them for Octobers to come.