It wasn't the game-high 31 points. It wasn't even the ridiculous 18-point third-quarter barrage. It was that s-i-c-k reverse layup.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
"You cannot be down 3-1 to the
Lakers ... In my book, there's no tomorrow." --
Kevin Garnett (quoted in Friday's Wash. Post).
Hasn't KG watched TV recently? Has he missed
the ubiquitous promotions for "The Day After
Tomorrow," cinema's hopeful romantic comedy... about
In fact, the next couple of days show that KG's fears
are oversimplified, but not without merit (kind of
like the eco-science of the movie):
Saturday: Comfortably ahead (say, 3-1), the Lakers turn into a
different team; with no sense of urgency, expect L.A.
to sleep-walk through Game 5, while KG and Co play
Day after tomorrow:
Sunday: Lakers return to LA, motivated
Day after day after tomorrow:
Monday: The Lakers know drama; they would
rather close out the series at home on a national
So it's Tuesday -- the day after they
are booted from the playoffs -- that the T'wolves have
KG Deserved Calls
"Seems like we were playing against
eight tonight," the NBA's MVP said. That won't help
Kevin Garnett's cause with the refs. But it can't get
much worse, anyway.
KG did everything critics said he should to get
foul calls -- taking the ball to the rack, rather than
settling for jumpers. And the refs STILL didn't
give him the calls! What a joke.
Swiping from the playbook of my friends
over at "PTI," what do you think the over-under is on
the number of points scored by Detroit and Indiana
combined over the next two games? See today's
poll (below, right) to weigh in.
There's talk of interest in pushing
back the 11 a.m. ET start time of the Indy 500 (on
ABC), but then we'd lose the traditional cramming of
pre-race spectacle. Check out this itinerary:
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Shaq: 19 pts, 19 reb; Shaq is why Kobe is Kobe, people|
Maria Kirilenko: Next Anna? Takes Serena to three sets
Curt Super-Schilling: NOW he's helping cops fight crime?
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Sam Cassell: Limited to 5 min (back); no shot w/o him|
Dodgers: Lose series in Milwaukee; have lost 11 of 13
Eddie George to Dallas: Nice idea, but will never happen
11 a.m.: Cars warm up engines
11:36: Florence Henderson(!)
sings America the Beautiful
11:40: Jessica Simpson(!)
sings the National Anthem
11:49: Jim Nabors(!) sings
Back Home Again in Indiana
(Henderson? Simpson? Nabors? How is everyone
not watching this?!)
11:51: The traditional phrase,
Gentlemen, start your engines!
Tampa Ties Cup Up
The Lightning beat the Flames at their
own game -- hard work and more than a little Western
Canada, Wolverine-style intensity.
A bit off topic, but relevant:
Shaq keeps comparing himself to a football player, but
if he gave the Stanley Cup a chance, he might really
see the more appropriate analogy to hockey
Scott to Hornets
So much for that rumor that new Hornets
coach Byron Scott was going to take over the Lakers
after Phil Jackson quits following his 10th title
three weeks from now. What a break for Jerry Buss that
Tim Floyd is still available!
NASCAR in New York?
Is NASCAR eyeing NYC? Discussions over
building a track on Staten Island leads today's NY
Times "Metro" section. Many think getting into NY is
NASCAR's real tipping point...
...But that's just East Coast Bias: New Yorkers
don't have the fascination with driving that is at the
root of NASCAR's appeal in just about every other
Well, now that we're at the end of this
very special, very premature awards week, why should
they even bother playing the last 120-ish
AL: Buck Showalter
Runners-up: Guillen, Francona
NL: Dave Miley
Runners-up: Bochy, Tracy
Plus: Extrapolated playoffs
ALDS: BOS d. ANA; NYY d. MIN
ALCS: BOS d. NYY
NLDS: SDP d. FLA; Cubs d. PHI
NLCS: Cubs d. SDP
W.S.: Cubs d. BOS
At first, I thought maybe they were just too stunned by KG's assertiveness to blow their whistle, but -- no -- they just blew it, period.
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MLB top weekend series: Possible playoff preview --
Anaheim at Chicago; Angels coming off being swept by
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Colorado P.S. p.r.: How can anyone use words like
"reform" or "overhaul" or "action" when no one loses
Apparently, the Magic getting the No. 1 pick doesn't
mean squat to T-Mac; all the more reason to bundle him
and the pick outta town...
Walk Bonds at your own risk: Arizona gave Barry a free
pass in the 10th (3rd of the game), and he promptly
scored the winning run...
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