May 10, 2011 |
Cheeses whose creamy centers give like a soft-serve cone on a hot day will always have dates to the cheese prom. The spreadable, sweet demeanor of crèmes leads to instant popularity, and their snowy rinds and plush interiors make them some of the best-looking wheels around. But even cheeses made of pure decadence and cream, whose presence can elicit sighs like Jake Gyllenhaal appearing shirtless in the "Prince of Persia," can bore. Talk to a cheesemonger who has been sampling Brillat Savarin or Fromage D'Affinois to customers for years, and you'll likely be met with a resigned sigh or shrug of the shoulders.
March 23, 2011 |
One suggestion for the next time the Clippers and Wizards happen to run into each other on the court: How about simplifying things, reducing the issue to two on two? Or maybe they could simply start with overtime. The Wizards could feature dunking impresario JaVale McGee and sensational rookie point guard John Wall. And for the Clippers, it would be sensational rookie power forward Blake Griffin and point guard Mo Williams. (No Kia required.) That would be preferable after Wednesday's painstaking, often painful-looking game, a 127-119 double-overtime victory for the Clippers over the road-challenged Wizards at Staples Center that featured the first triple-double of Griffin's career ?
March 19, 2011
Watch out for fans with cakes Charlotte Coach Paul Silas , on Kwame Brown , who averaged 9-9 and shot 54% in January, before sliding to 7-7 and 42% since: "I'm so excited for him. He's been much maligned in this league. Now he's playing up to his potential. " And it helps if one is Durant Cleveland Coach Byron Scott , on emulating Oklahoma City's rebuilding program: "You've got to admire the way they've done it, no doubt about that. It's nothing that's going to happen overnight.
March 19, 2011 |
Blake Griffin came within two rebounds and two assists of a triple-double, scoring 30 points, in the Clippers' 100-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. He made sure to give recognition to the human assist: shooting guard Eric Gordon. Gordon, who was playing his first game since March 5 because of a sprained right wrist, had 29 points and five assists, making six three-pointers. "Physically, him being out there just changes the game for us," said Griffin, who had eight rebounds and eight assists.
January 5, 2011
Rajon Rondo had 22 assists, 12 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th career triple-double, adding six steals to help the Boston Celtics beat the San Antonio Spurs, 105-103, on Wednesday night in Boston. It's the first time this season that the Spurs (29-6), who still have the best record in the NBA, have lost consecutive games. Ray Allen scored 31 points for Eastern Conference-leading Boston (27-7), but he missed a pair of free throws with 8.1 seconds left and the Celtics up by two. After a timeout, Manu Ginobili worked down the clock and put up a shot that was blocked by Paul Pierce and pulled down by Rondo for his 10th rebound.
November 7, 2010 |
OK, so it wasn't Miami. Or Boston. Or even Orlando. But the Portland Trail Blazers were supposed to pose some sort of threat to the Lakers' undefeated record against largely underwhelming teams. It didn't happen. In fact, it wasn't close. Pau Gasol had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Lakers continued to beat up on their opponents ? good, bad or otherwise ? with a 121-96 victory Sunday night over Portland at Staples Center. The Lakers led by 22 at halftime, improved to 7-0 for only the fifth time in franchise history and even got their starters some needed rest.
November 4, 2010
Reporting from Sacramento Maybe Kobe Bryant was right. Phil Jackson might owe him an apology. They had been ensconced in a mild debate since Bryant recently declared himself 100% recovered from off-season knee surgery, a decree Jackson answered with a roll of the eyes. Then came Wednesday, Bryant had a huge night statistically against the Sacramento Kings, and the gavel could finally be pounded. The debate was over. Bryant had 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the Lakers' 112-100 victory over Sacramento at Arco Arena.
June 6, 2010 |
It's said to win any NBA Finals series you have to know how to win on the road and that's exactly what the Boston Celtics did as they shocked the Los Angeles Lakers, 103-94, this evening at Staples Center to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1. Game 3 is set for Tuesday in Boston, where Games 4 and 5 will also be played in the Finals' 2-3-2 format. The Celtics took final control when they claimed a five-point lead with less than two minutes to play on a 20-foot jumper by Rajon Rondo, his eighth point of the quarter.
June 6, 2010 |
Kendrick Perkins knows the real Rajon Rondo, not some reasonable facsimile. More or less, Perkins knows what Rondo is truly capable of doing, rather than not capable of doing. This was, in part, why the Celtics center approached the point guard after the Celtics dropped the opener of the NBA Finals to the Lakers. "Last game, after we lost, I came to him, and I asked him, 'That's not the Rondo I know,'" Perkins said Sunday. "He can fool people sometimes.
May 27, 2010 |
Ron Artest received all the accolades, appropriately enough, after banking in the shot that won a game and possibly turned a playoff series toward the Lakers for good. But buried amid the celebratory mass of players was Kobe Bryant , the one who misfired badly on a three-point attempt with 2.5 seconds left but continually kept the Lakers afloat against the Phoenix Suns, once again coming close to another triple-double. He had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, the third consecutive game he's missed a triple-double by one or two marks on the stat sheet.