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August 11, 2009 | Mark Medina
Sparks tonight VS. NEW YORK When: 6. Where: Staples Center. On the air: ESPN2. Records: Sparks 8-11, Liberty 7-14. Record vs. Storm: 1-0. Update: A day after playing Indiana, the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Sparks play host to New York, the bottom team in the Eastern Conference. The Liberty has lost six of its last seven games and recently fired coach Pat Coyle. Before the Sparks game Monday, both teams were among the worst in team offense.
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April 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Among the highlights of my conversation with the Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman on the Lakers-Nuggets series: --Hochman jokingly laments Metta World Peace's six-game suspension because that also means Hochman can't perform standup comedy with him anymore. The two apparently fed off one another, and Hochman remains unsure how he'll adjust: --Hochman explains the Nuggets' 11-4 record to close out the season --Hochman believes Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari will benefit from World Peace's absence.
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August 21, 2009 | Mark Medina
Sparks tonight AT SAN ANTONIO When: 5 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: NBA TV. Records: Sparks 11-13, Silver Stars 11-13. Record vs. Silver Stars: 0-1. Update: The Sparks are in a tie with the Silver Stars for the third playoff spot in the Western Conference. Their 78-63 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday put the Sparks half a game ahead of the Lynx for the fourth and final spot with 10 games remaining. The Sparks face San Antonio two more times this year, a series that would prove pivotal if the teams ended the season with identical records.
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March 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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.
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June 8, 2009 | Mark Medina
AT DETROIT Time: 4:30 PDT. On the air: Web -- wnba.com. Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills; Auburn Hills, Mich. Records: Sparks 1-0, Shock 0-1. Record vs. Shock: 1-0. Update: This is the first of four straight road games, an early season trip Sparks players said could be beneficial. "You have to win championships on the road," center Lisa Leslie said. The Sparks beat Detroit, 78-58, in Staples Center on Saturday in the season opener. Shock Coach Bill Laimbeer said forward Plenette Pierson suffered a season-ending right shoulder injury after getting tangled with Sparks forward Tina Thompson.
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September 13, 2009 | Mark Medina
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.
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September 11, 2009 | Mark Medina
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.
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