April 26, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — There were hugs, high-fives and flying shoulder bumps involving Kobe Bryant on Thursday at Power Balance Pavilion. All to celebrate Bryant's winning the NBA scoring title on the last day of the regular season? Not so much. The Lakers star was taking part in a playful competition with teammates and assistant coach Chuck Person after the morning shoot-around to see who could make the most half-court shots. Bryant passed on the opportunity to make baskets that counted later in the day against the Sacramento Kings, essentially conceding the scoring title to Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant . Durant secured his third consecutive scoring title by averaging 28.03 points per game this season, a few ticks above Bryant's 27.86 average.
April 7, 2012 |
Whether healthy or sick, injured or fit, Katin Reinhardt of Santa Ana Mater Dei found a way to make an impact. There was the 35-point performance with nine three-pointers on national television against New York Christ the King in mid-January. There was the 17-point first-quarter outburst with five three-pointers against unbeaten Bellflower St. John Bosco in late January when he was running a 102-degree temperature during the day. And there was the 30-point performance against Sacramento Sheldon in the state championship game when he made a Division I-record six three-pointers despite wearing a soft cast to protect the injured thumb on his shooting hand.
April 5, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- This was a bounce-back game for the Clippers. It was a game to see how they would respond after losing a tough game to the Lakers on Wednesday night. It was a game to see how the Clippers would respond to playing a Sacramento Kings team that has one of the worst records in the NBA, to see if the Clippers would have the energy on a back-to-back night after exerting so much against the Lakers. Though it wasn't easy, the Clippers got the 93-85 victory over the Kings on Thursday night at Power Balance Pavilion, a game in which Blake Griffin and Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins got physical and exchanged words right up to the end. "That's what we talked about going into the game, bouncing back," said Chris Paul, who didn't have one of his better games.
April 5, 2012 |
When : 7. Where: Power Balance Pavilion. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 32-21, Kings 19-35. Record vs. Kings: 1-0. Update: This will be the first of two games the Clippers play against the Kings this week. The Clippers will play host to the Kings on Saturday. Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 18.2 points and 11.1 rebounds.
March 25, 2012 |
Who could have imagined a scenario where it would take a senior basketball player wearing a cast on his shooting hand because of a thumb injury to produce the best three-point shooting performance in a Division I state championship game? Katin Reinhardt's six three-pointers Saturday night during Santa Ana Mater Dei's 66-48 victory over Sacramento Sheldon at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento was both surprising and inspiring. The best record remains the single-game performance for most points in a state final established by Tracy Murray of Glendora when he scored 64 points in the Division II final in 1989.
March 24, 2012 |
Mike Brown's schedule has already proven hectic in this lockout-shortened season. There's time between games. He has less flexibility with practice times. And then there's the dizzying cross-country trips. On Saturday, the Lakers coach faced an even stiffer challenge. Brown planned to fly to Sacramento on a private plane after Lakers' practice so that he can squeeze in a pair of state championship games. Nirra Fields, a standout senior guard on the Mater Dei girls' team whom Brown and his wife Carolyn obtained legal guardianship of last year, will play in a state title game at 6 p.m. against Berkeley at Power Balance Pavilion.