March 31, 2012 |
Among the highlights of my breakdown on the Lakers' 88-85 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday: The Lakers tried putting a positive spin on the late-game effort, but don't buy it. New Orleans (13-39) remains the worst Western Conference team and played without five key players -- Trevor Ariza, Carl Landry, Emeka Okafor, Gustavo Ayon and Chris Kaman -- because of numerous injuries. Only Kobe Bryant could overcome a three-of-21 performance by nailing a game-winner.
September 13, 2009 |
Sparks today AT PHOENIX When: Noon PDT Where: U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix On the air: ESPN2 Records: Sparks 17-16, Mercury 23-10. Record vs. Mercury: 0-3 Update: The Sparks already clinched the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs for the second year in a row, but they still want to end the season on a high note. Sparks Coach Michael Cooper and his players say playing the Mercury, the West's top-seeded team, will provide a good barometer for the postseason.
September 11, 2009 |
Sparks tonight VS. MINNESOTA When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: Prime Ticket. Records: Sparks 16-16, Lynx 14-18. Record vs. Lynx: 2-1. Update: The Sparks have already clinched a playoff berth, but a win tonight would further cement their position for the No. 3 seeding in the Western Conference. That's why center Lisa Leslie, who is playing in her last regular-season game before retiring from the WNBA after a 13-year career, said she hopes she will not be distracted by the festivities surrounding her farewell game.