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LAst Night's Action: Clippers Let Another One Slip Away

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Zach Randolph and Dwight Howard going after it. AP Photo/Gus Ruelas

Orlando Magic defeat LA Clippers 95-88. Man Dwight Howard has a tiny head, but boy can he play. He had a monster of a game scoring 22 points a notching 20 rebounds with six steals. And the Magic needed every point from their big man because at the end of three quarters the Clippers were leading by nine. Then the fourth quarter happened when the Clippers scored only two points in the first eight minutes. Now I've actually watched a couple of Clippers games recently, and they're not horrible. They have great shooters in Baron Davis, Al Thornton and Eric Gordon. It's just something happens in that fourth quarter where it falls apart.

Notable Notes

  • I feel very bad for Boise State. The Broncos were one of two schools to go undefeated in college football, was ranked ninth in the BCS and were left out of the BCS bowl games. Instead tenth-ranked Ohio State with two losses was picked to go to the Fiesta Bowl to face #3 Texas Longhorns. Looking at the Buckeye's recent spate of epic fails in bowl games (blow out losses to Florida and LSU in consecutive championship games) and their cupcake schedule with out-of-conference matchups against Ohio, Youngstown State and Troy, it seems they are hardly deserving of a Fiesta Bowl spot. So instead Boise State will play in the Poinsettia Bowl against #11 TCU Horned Frogs. This should be a very good matchup, however instead of getting $17 million payout, the Broncos will have to settle for $750,000.
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  • If you believe Ned Colletti, and I'm not one to believe a man who wears alligator shoes, then apparently CC Sabathia would like to play for the Dodgers. That is interesting and all, but there is one problem standing in the way: the Dodgers haven't made him an offer. They're still trying to go after Manny Ramirez, and they have a lot of questions still to answer in the middle of the infield. But all in all it's been a very quiet offseason so far for baseball. Things should change this week with the winter GM meetings being held in Las Vegas.
  • And to close things out here is an amusing clip from the NBA. The only other team to matter, the Boston Celtics, played a game against the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night. In the fourth quarter they had a 25 point lead, but it got whittled down to 13 points with the second team playing. Sound familiar Lakers fans? During a time out Kevin Garnett gave a tongue lashing to the guys which rubbed Glen "Big Baby" Davis the wrong way. And I suppose now we all know why he's called "Big Baby". THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASKETBALL! I was never impressed with Davis at LSU, and his actions here don't do much to change my mind. That being said, I cannot wait until the Christmas Day matchup at Staples Center.

  • Tonight's Action

    LA Lakers at Sacramento Kings. The Lakers go back on the road for one game to meet the Kings who always play the Lakers tough. 7:00 pm KCAL 9, AM 570 KLAC.

    LA Kings at Colorado Avalanche. Although the Kings can't beat the Avs at home, they do a better job against them in Denver. 6:30 pm FS-West, AM 1150 KTLK.