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A sport's Unwritten Rules are generally unwritten for a reason (that reason being unenforcability or absurdity), but for some players, they're of paramount importance. Kendrick Perkins hasn't been having the best season, but he was able to eject the Bulls' Joakim Noah from visiting the Thunder's locker room with Thabo Sefolosha. Sefolosha had visited the Bulls' locker room without incident after the Thunder's 107-95 win, but when Noah returned with him to the Thunder's den, Perkins took offense, saying "They just let anybody in the locker room?" Noah wisely made his exit, but the two exchanged words again outside the locker room. Fortunately, nothing else transpired, otherwise this would just be sad. Right now, it's sad and hilarious.
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Just when it looked like Kobe Bryant was starting to show flashes of his old self after his comeback from an Achilles injury, calamity: The Lakers legend has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee that will sideline him for at least six weeks. The Lakers are in a tough spot -- they're 12-13 and would have faced a tough road to the playoffs even with Kobe at full strength. Now they face an interesting decision: Do they go all-in this season and try to tread water until Kobe comes back, or do they bet on him still being an elite player come next season?
In all likelihood, the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints will both taste postseason football. But what a difference positioning will make. Case in point: The Saints hammered the Panthers 30-13 two weeks ago. ... But that was in New Orleans, where the home team is 7-0. Outside of the Superdome? N.O. is just 3-4. Can the visitors reverse the trend this week? Or will Cam Newton's crew get a leg up on a first-round bye?