March 29, 2010 |
The Lakers faced another team with quality point guards Monday night, the New Orleans Hornets. Seeing All-Star point guard Chris Paul and rookie Darren Collison was another opportunity for the Lakers to deal with the type of quick point guards that have given them problems all season, an opportunity to close a little bit of what many consider a hole in their defense. It didn't turn out well for the Lakers. Paul and Collison penetrated and got to the basket too frequently in helping the Hornets to a 108-100 victory at New Orleans Arena.
March 28, 2010 |
The way Phil Jackson sees it, 60 is the new 50. The Lakers are 54-19, 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the NBA's best record and way off their long-ago dream of finishing 72-10, so they are settling for something else to keep their attention over the next couple of weeks — a 60-victory season. "It's kind of like a distinction in this game," the Lakers coach said. "Fifty used to be what everybody pointed toward, or 55. To get to 60 really wasn't a possibility when I was playing because of the travel schedule, and the way you travel, but nowadays there's a chance.
March 14, 2010 |
No one told Darren Collison about the pink carry-on bag. And no one mentioned that his transition to professional basketball would involve bringing along this girlish luggage whenever his team hits the road. "The Barbie doll bag," he said. "That's our rookie initiation." Hazing from veteran teammates isn't the only thing that caught Collison by surprise in his first season with the New Orleans Hornets. Injuries to All-Star guard Chris Paul have thrust the former UCLA Bruin into the starting lineup, an unexpected promotion that has produced unexpected results.
March 1, 2010
at Dallas 108, New Orleans 100: Dirk Nowitzki had 36 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Mavericks won their seventh straight. Darren Collison scored 35 for the Hornets, who cut a 25-point deficit to four in the second half. at San Antonio 113, Phoenix 110: Richard Jefferson scored 20 points in his best game since losing his starting job, and the Spurs ended the Suns' winning streak at five games. Amare Stoudemire had a season-high 41 points for Phoenix. at Atlanta 106, Milwaukee 102 (OT)
February 14, 2010
RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY THEN THERE WERE TWO? 1. CLEVELAND (43-11) Full of themselves, er, so confident they may not make a deal after all. (1) 2. LAKERS (41-13) Now we know what the problem was: too many stars. (2) CLOWN, ER, CROWN PRINCES 3. DENVER (35-18) Lakers of the Rockies trail real ones by 5 1/2 games for all-important home court. (3) 4. ORLANDO (36-18) Reports of Carter's death apparently exaggerated: Scores 48 to end slump.
January 31, 2010
New Orleans 109, at Memphis 102 (OT): Former UCLA guard Darren Collison, starting in place of the injured Chris Paul, had 17 points and a career-high 18 assists, and the Hornets erased a 21-point third-quarter deficit to end the Grizzlies' home win streak at 11 games. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol had 25 points apiece for Memphis, which hadn't lost at home since a 110-105 defeat to Boston on Dec. 4. Paul has a left knee bruise. at Orlando 104, Atlanta 86: Dwight Howard had 31 points and 19 rebounds, and the Magic coasted to its third straight win over the Hawks, its primary Southeast Division rivals.
December 3, 2009 |
When Byron Scott was the coach of the New Orleans Hornets, Darren Collison never started and his playing time was limited. Of course, Collison was playing behind All-Star point guard Chris Paul too. Then Scott was fired nine games ago and Paul went down because of a sprained left ankle one game after that, opening the door for Collison to become the starter. However the coincidence worked out, Collison, a former UCLA star, has taken advantage of his opportunity. He started his eighth game of the season Tuesday night against the Lakers at Staples Center.
November 22, 2009
Rookie Darren Collison had 22 points and 11 assists for his first double-double, and the New Orleans Hornets won their third in a row while ending the Atlanta Hawks' seven-game winning streak, 96-88 on Saturday night. Collison, the former UCLA point guard who is filling in for the injured Chris Paul, is averaging 14.5 points in the last six games. Fellow rookie Marcus Thornton scored 21 for the Hornets, who made 12 of 17 three-point attempts. Peja Stojakovic made five from long range and finished with 17 points.
November 20, 2009
at New Orleans 110, Phoenix 103: Peja Stojakovic made seven three-point shots during a 25-point, 13-rebound performance, and the Hornets won their second in a row under new Coach Jeff Bower. The score was tied at 96-96 when Stojakovic and rookie Darren Collison (15 points) made consecutive three-pointers. Utah 90, at San Antonio 83: Deron Williams scored 21 points and the Jazz won a regular-season game in San Antonio for the first time since 1999, a losing streak that spanned 20 games.
November 16, 2009 |
Talk to the young man about pressure and he smiles. "What's life without pressure?" he says. Tell him that everyone is watching, waiting to see whether he screws up. "I've noticed," he says. Jerime Anderson understands that as UCLA's new point guard, he not only controls the offense but also serves as the linchpin for a defense that has traditionally relied upon pressuring the ball. More than any other player on the roster, Anderson holds the key to the Bruins' season.