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LAst Night's Action: Clippers Play the Mavericks

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Dallas Mavericks defeat LA Clippers 117-94. Without Baron Davis, Eric Gordon and Drew Gordon, the Clippers had no shot. Suffering their 17th losing season in 18 seasons, the Clippers trailed by 37 points early in the fourth quarter before the battle of scrubs made a dent into the deficit to make the outcome appear a little more respectable. DeAndre Jordan had a double-double for the Clips with 10 points and 13 assists, while Steve Blake just missed a double-double with nine points and 13 assists. As for the Mavericks whom the Lakers could face in the Western Conference Finals, they have won four straight and seven of nine down the stretch.

Notable Notes

  • The gem of the first week in baseball comes not from Seattle Mariners’ outfielder Milton Bradley flipping off the Dallas crowd in his comeback to Rangers Park at Arlington. No. It was a postgame interview done after the final game of the Yankees-Red Sox series. Yankees reliever Chan Ho Park was asked why he was so horrible in the first game yet so great in game three when he pitched three innings of scoreless relief. He attributed it to… Well take a looksie after the jump:

    • He says the word diarrhea four times in that minute-long clip, and it makes me 100% convinced that my peoples have no issues discussing their gastrointestinal problem.

      My mom several years ago over Thanksgiving dinner told all of us how she got cuts on her face and cuts and bruises on her right knee. As she was in the middle of running 13 miles early in the morning in preparation of the LA Marathon, she really had to take a shit. For about a mile the urgency kept increasing until she fell and cut herself up. She got up and sprinted to the closest business area, but since everything was closed she ended up using a dumpster. Now mind you, she is telling us this as we are stuffing our face with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and the whole works.

      Also as many of my friends intimately know, I love discussing my shits in detail. This leads to only one conclusion: if you are friends with a Korean, then you are intimately friends with their gastrointestinal tracts as well.

    • The Kings on Saturday announced the award winners as voted by the media, players, Kings Care Foundation and the Kings Booster Club. They are as follows:
      Voted by Media:

      • Most Valuable Player “Bill Libby Memorial Award”: Anze Kopitar
      • Best Newcomer “Mark Bavis Memorial Award”: Ryan Smyth
      • Outstanding Defenseman: Drew Doughty
      • Defensive Player: Michal Handzus

      Voted by Players:

      • Most Inspirational Player “Ace Bailey Memorial Award”: Matt Greene
      • Unsung Hero: Michal Handzus

      Voted by Kings Care Foundation:

      • Community Service: Dustin Brown

      Voted by Kings Booster Club:

      • Most Popular Player: Dustin Brown

      Leading Scorer: Anze Kopitar
      Kopitar led the team with 81 points scoring 34 goals and 47 assists in all 82 games setting new career highs in all three categories. Kings head coach Terry Murray also set a new career high with 46 wins as a head coach. He had reached the 45 win mark three times before in his career.

      The sixth seeded Kings now face the third seeded Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The schedule is as follows:

      • Game 1: Thursday, April 15 at Vancouver
      • Game 2: Saturday, April 17 at Vancouver
      • Game 3: Monday, April 19 at Staples Center
      • Game 4: Wednesday, April 21 at Staples Center
      • Game 5: Friday, April 23 at Vancouver (if necessary)
      • Game 6: Sunday, April 25 at Staples (if necessary)
      • Game 7: Tuesday, April 27 at Vancouver (if necessary)

      It was announced Monday that all first round Stanley Cup Playoff games will be moved from KTLK-AM 1150 to KLAC-AM 570. Basically the “Petros and Money Show” will be the lead-in for Kings games giving them better exposure in the city.
      As mentioned before this is the first time Stanley Cup Playoff hockey will be played at Staples Center since 2002. Also in the last Olympic season in 2006, the lower seeds all upset the higher seeds in the Western Conference in the first round.

    • Those looking for Rihanna to show up in the Dodgers home opener pregame festivities will be sorely disappointed. LeAnn Rimes will be singing the National Anthem, Larry King will announce, “It’s time for Dodger baseball,” and the first pitch will be thrown by of the Black Eyed Peas. Having attended many sporting exhibitions in the past year, I don’t know if the public is as tired of hearing “I Gotta Feeling” before the games start as I am. But there you go.
      During the ceremony Matt Kemp will receive his Gold Glove Award from Steve Finley, the center fielder who won the most recent Gold Glove Award for the Dodgers. Also Eric Karros, holder of the most home runs hit as a Dodger, will present Kemp and Andre Ethier with their Silver Slugger Awards.

      The parking lot will open early at 10:10 am and the Stadium will open at 10:40 am.

    • And here is something from the karma-is-a-bitch files. Pittsburgh Penguins goon Matt Cooke took on someone who wouldn’t just lay down. In the Penguin’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday, Cooke decided to challenge Evander Kane. Kane took him up and needed only one punch to knock him out cold. Before you start feeling bad for Cooke, this is the same person who landed a blow to the head of Boston Bruins’ player Marc Savard a month ago that ended Savard’s season.

    Tonight’s Action

    Sacramento Kings at LA Lakers. 7:30 pm FSWest, AM 710 KSPN.

    Arizona Diamondbacks (4-2) at LA Dodgers (2-4). Ian Kennedy (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (0-0, 5.79 ERA). 1:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, MLB Network (nationally), AM 790 KABC.

    LA Angels (2-5) at NY Yankees (4-2). Ervin Santana (0-1, 6.00 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (0-0, 1.50 ERA). 10:05 am FSWest, MLB Network (nationally), AM 830 KLAA.