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LAst Night's Action: Farmar Continues to Lead Lakers to Victory

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Ooooh. Basketball! AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

LA Lakers defeat Charlotte Bobcats 102-98. Jordan Farmar led all Lakers scorers with 17 points in just 22 minutes played to help the Lakers squeak past the still-winless Bobcats. After trailing by six at half time and by as much as nine in the third quarter the Lakers started to clamp down on the Bobcats to get back into the game. With an Andrew Bynum slam dunk to open up the fourth quarter, the Lakers took their first lead since the first half. Although Pau Gasol and Bynum seem to be playing better together, they still have a lot of shore up. Scary moment happened in the second quarter when new Laker Josh Powell and Kobe Bryant both went up for a rebound and collided knees. Bryant landed awkwardly and hyperextended his knee. He will be day-to-day.

Anaheim Ducks defeat Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 (SO). I guess you couldn't expect them to win in regulation since they've only won once in this young season. Hell with less than a minute to go leading 2-1 and the Maple Leafs pulling their goalie the Leafs managed to get one by Jean-Sebastian Giguere. The Maple Leafs missed their first two attempts in the shootout while Teemu Selanne and Chris Perry (in front of his family and friends) made their two attempts. Overall a good hitting game. Video highlights below:

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Phoenix Suns defeat LA Clippers 86-69. With Marcus Camby, Baron Davis, Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas sitting out, the Clippers made do Chris Kaman and Al Thornton leading the scoring for the Clips. The Suns meanwhile gave a breather to Shaquille O'Neal, Raja Bell and Steve Nash. Some baskets were made, some defense was played.

Notable Notes

  • The douchey of the douche. It's best if you say that with Garbage's "Queer" in mind. Attention whore and president of the Eenie Meenie Teenie Weenie Club Jose Canseco said that he regrets naming names in his books. Really now? You feel so sorry that you wrote a second book. Whatever. He's now trying to kick the steroid habit because apparently his body has forgotten how to make testosterone. Can anybody say bitch tits?
  • Tonight is game one of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays. Both teams have great starting pitching, great situational hitting, great speed on the basepads, great managers, great defense and a great bullpen. This is a very even series that will be very entertaining. Just because the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Cubs aren't in the Fall Classic doesn't make this series any less compelling. I have to betray my allegiance to the NL and pick the Rays to win the series in seven.
  • And finally a little moment of zen. Here's a little clip from Saturday's game between LSU Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks. Well the Tigers and referee versus Gamecocks is more like it.

Tonight's Action

Philadelphia Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays. I know there's nothing LA related here. But think of it this way. The Phillies Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino and Rays Evan Longoria, James Shields, Troy Percival and Joe Madden all have Southern California connections. You want good baseball, here you go. Just remember to mute the damn thing cuz you really don't want to hear Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. And the radio won't help since you get Jon Miller and Joe Morgan. 5:00 pm FOX, AM 710 KSPN.