April 24, 2013 |
Time never seems to run out on Chris Paul. Seven, six, five … He takes a pass from Jamal Crawford about five feet from half court and surveys the floor in front of him, the Clippers needing a basket with the score tied in the final seconds of Monday's playoff game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Four, three … He dribbles around Tony Allen and pauses once, then again, before continuing toward the basket. Two, one … He whirls past Allen, creating separation with a left forearm to the midsection, before elevating for a one-handed leaning jumper that banks off the glass and through the net with 0.1 of a second left.
April 23, 2013 |
With the score tied at 91-91 and seven seconds left in the game, Chris Paul drove to the basket and shot a one-handed bank shot from four feet away over Tony Allen. The ball glided through the net with one-tenth of a second left to give the Clippers a 93-91 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies. "He has a knack and a will and a desire to step up in those moments," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "That's what star players do. That's the best part of the game.
March 13, 2012 |
1. Can the Lakers finally correct their road struggles? Sorry for being redundant, but the Lakers have yet to solve a season-long problem. Their 7-14 road record featured two losses last week against Eastern Conference basement-dwellers in Detroit and Washington. Of course, part of the blame pointed to a lack of focus and letting up after holding double-digit leads. Memphis, which has won eight of its last 10 and holds a No. 4 playoff seed, should inspire the Lakers to play with more urgency.
June 11, 2010 |
The Celtics are a never-say-die tribe of ballplayers, but their stubbornness comes in strange ways. Some nights, they're akin to the Lernaean Hydra, the mythological Greek creature that sprouted two heads for every one that got sliced off. But they're resilient all right. They lost Game 1 in the NBA Finals and won Game 2. They lost Game 3 and won Game 4. Now, they're tied with the Lakers at two games apiece as both head into Sunday's Game 5 here. "That's been their MO of late, at least," Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said Friday.
June 10, 2010 |
Reporting from Boston Tony Allen stood at his locker with a swollen upper lip that had eight fresh stitches. He's not sure how the cut got there. An errant elbow, the Celtics guard thinks, at some point during his team's 91-84 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but he can't be certain. What he knows, though, is what happened during the fourth quarter, when Kobe Bryant's sneaker caught him in the throat, causing him to writhe in pain on the floor.
December 13, 2009 |
As the steady flow of international musicians performing in the United States grew to a torrent at the end of the 1990s, it seemed that the world truly had grown smaller. Over the past decade though, the flood has slowed to a trickle, with rising air fares, difficulty in procuring visas and diminishing support from cash-strapped record labels locking many foreign artists out of the U.S. market. Yet even if it's become more challenging to see acts from around the world play live locally, their music remains accessible.