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She was destined to win from her first tryout. Sort of like the Magic were destined to win the NBA lottery from their first losing streak.
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If Kobe's Colorado commute today causes
him to miss part of the first quarter -- as speculated
-- he may only score 40.
So as long as the T'wolves are going to take a
half-hearted approach to the "Hack-a-Shaq" defense,
they might as well subjugate that useless effort to
the task of containing Kobe, whose last "Colorado
game" was the breath-taking 42-pointer in Game 4
versus the Spurs.
Use Kobe's motivation against him: He arrives
at these Colorado-commuter games desperate to
score, to take some control of his otherwise
uncontrollable day. If Minnesota knows he's
going to shoot (and he will), double him.
"Anyone but Kobe": Let Mailman or Glove score
40, but to know what's coming from Kobe --
shots, and lots of 'em -- and not be ready for it?
That would just confirm how overmatched the T'wolves
Pistons d. Pacers
There's only one stat from last night's
Game 3 you need to know to understand why the Pacers
won't get past the Pistons in the Eastern Conference
34 percent FG was the best the Pacers
shot in the series.
Detroit's nine 2nd-qtr points
would seem pretty pathetic, except that Indiana was
playing "can-you-top-this?" with an average of
15 points per quarter through Game 3's first three
Saunders Lobbies Refs
Phil Jackson's least appealing -- but most
effective -- playoff tactic is when he whines to the
media about the refs. Apparently, T'wolves coach Flip
Saunders thinks it's a good model, because he's
griping that KG doesn't get enough calls.
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Psst, Flip: Maybe if KG would take it to the
rack more often, rather than settle for his standard
array of wimpy jumpers, he might get more
NBA Lottery Results
Trade the pick! Sure, the Magic could
take Okafor, but is there a player in the league they
couldn't acquire if they dangle T-Mac
and the No. 1 pick?
T-Mac Out of Athens
Speaking of T-Mac... Larry Brown
announced -- through clenched teeth, no doubt -- that
McGrady dropped out of the Olympics.
No loss: Replace him with Richard Hamilton;
it's the easiest choice in the world. Rip would be the
first (er: only) U.S. player who could
consistently hit jump-shots, critical in the
Why college sports are screwed up:
Gary Barnett can survive this whole sex/recruiting
scandal with his job intact, but if he has a 5-6
season, he'd be as good as gone.
Today: Rookie of the Year
AL: MIN CF Lew Ford (.344?!)
(Runners-up: Bobby Crosby, Erik Bedard)
NL: SDP SS Khalil Greene
(Runners-up: Kaz Matsui, Chad Tracy)
Leave it to them to drop from a near-lock at No. 3 to No. 5 in the NBA draft order. (Psst: Josh Childress is Jared Jeffries with bigger hair.)
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