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What Are The Odds?

    We’re trolling around in our 2nd home, the always entertaining Las Vegas. Hit the over (202.5) for the Spurs-Clips blowout, but due to a brief case of blindness at the betting window, we bet the Clips instead of the Spurs. And the old lady wondered why I was cussing?
    Anyway…
    Your favorites for the NBA championship? The Heat (+165) and the Thunder (+280) are the picks now, but we all know how quickly that can change. The rest: Spurs (5-1); Clippers (6-1); Lakers (13-1); Knicks (12-1); Bulls (14-1); Warriors (16-1); Pacers (25-1); Celtics and Nuggets (35-1); and Rockets (60-1).
    Us? We like the Spurs. That could change too. If we’re wrong, we’ll plead another case of blindness. Seriously.

February 21, 2013   No Comments

Give Him A Break

    All of these yahoos hollering about Pau Gasol needs to shut up and accept his role coming off the bench for the Lakers need to get a clue. Seriously. The Lakers have treated Gasol worst than any player on the team. So for him to bitch and moan about misguided Mike D’Antoni’s inconsistent rotation and who he plays in the 4th quarter is Gasol’s right.
    The Lakers traded Gasol last year. For the past 2 years or more, he has frequently been the most mentioned Laker when the trade winds blow. Still, despite how he’s been treated, Gasol has been as professional as any Laker or any player in the NBA. Just bizness, right?
    Further, how about some of the L.A. media quit kissing Mike D’Antoni’s ass. Though we’ve always sucked at math, how many rings does Gasol have? D’Antoni?

January 30, 2013   No Comments

Even The Odds Say They’re Fakers

    Everybody loves a train wreck, particularly when it’s the Lakers. Unless you’re a fan, folks around the country are wetting their pants and dying laughing at what’s become of L.A.’s finest. Remember when Vegas was giving 2-1 odds on the Lakers winning the NBA title? Now, according to VegasInsider.com, they are 12-1. Good luck betting on that.
    And if you’re scoring at home (lucky you), the Heat remain the favorites to repeat at 7-4, while the Thunder (3-1) and the Clippers (4-1) are the other best bets.
    The Lakers collapsed again tonight against James Harden and the Rockets, and Wednesday they visit the Spurs, who are getting 7-1 odds to win it all.
    Friday, it’s back to the Ponderosa, where they will host Kevin Durant and the Thunder.
    Some folks still believe they’ll right the ship and make the playoffs. Right now, we’re not 1 of them. Even if they do, they will be bounced in the 1st round. They can’t hide that awful bench. And they can’t hide those huge holes in their defense.

January 8, 2013   No Comments

New York, New York

    If you’re scoring at home (lucky you), the Knicks are a 5-1/2 point favorite over the Lakers in their much-talked about clash tonight at Madison Square Garden.

December 13, 2012   No Comments

Speaking Of D’Antoni…

    Steve Nash is making a strong case for MVP.
    When it rains, it pours. The Lakers coach got a little testy when the loveable T.J. Simers of the former world champion (that would be the L.A. Times, if you’re scoring at home) started pressing the action after tonight’s debacle in Cleveland.

December 11, 2012   No Comments

It’s All About Joey Again

    Tip of the cap to Black Sports Online.
    The Lakers can’t blame last night’s fiasco and loss to the Pacers on the infamous Joey Crawford (Dwight Howard would surely object though). Regardless, the NBA ref, as he’s prone to do, made some curious calls during the contest. And since Joey always likes to be a centerpiece of any game he calls, it’s no surprise he had his dancing shoes on in L.A.

November 28, 2012   No Comments

Karma

    Did we mention Brian Shaw, the No. 2 man on the Pacers bench to Coach Frank Vogel since last season, has won on both trips to Staples since Jim Buss thumbed his nose at him? Didn’t think so.

November 27, 2012   No Comments

Any Takers?

    Maybe the Lakers can fleece Philly for Andrew Bynum? Kidding of course. But someone’s going to eventually bite on a deal for Pau Gasol, no? Is that you Atlanta?
    Hoops World

November 27, 2012   No Comments

See How They Run

    These definitely aren’t Mike Brown’s Lakers.
    They scored 40 points in the 1st quarter and 119 for the game. I don’t even have to look to know the Lakers never scored 119 in regulation during Brown’s short tenure. But that’s what they produced in a 119-108 over the Rockets on Sunday night at Staples.
    That’s what Mike D’Antoni brings to the dance. His system has been roundly criticized, but like we said before, D’Antoni hasn’t had a club stacked like these Lakers.
    “We’re playing free,” reserve guard Darius Morris said, an obvious knock on Brown and his overbearing coaching style. Morris, who barely saw the time of day with Brown, is benefitting from his departure and injuries to Steve Nash and Steve Blake.
    Now if D’Antoni were a magician, he would find a way to hide that weak-ass bench. Chris Duhon? Are you kidding me? He’s D-League material at best. How he has a job in the NBA is beyond us.
    Still, it’s much too early to grasp how good the Lakers will be when push comes to shove. So far, though, we like what we see. The up-tempo game fits this club.
    Mike Brown might not agree, but what does he know?

November 18, 2012   No Comments

Best In L.A.

    The Clip Joint is smoking out of the gate. With a strong lineup, and unlike the Lakers, a productive bench, they are off to a 6-2 start and lead the Pacific Division. Led by the pickup of the year, Jamal Crawford, who finished with 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting to beat the Heat Wednesday night, they have instant offense and a significant up-tempo attack.
    LeBron went for 30 against the Clippers, but D-Wade, who is hurting again, managed just 6 points on 2 of 10 attempts and ate some leather when Eric Bledsoe rejected a layup.
    Five Clippers scored in double figures, including Blake Griffin, who had 20, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks.
    It’s early, but we like what we see from 2nd city.

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November 15, 2012   No Comments