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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Rebound While Kings Plummet

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LA Lakers defeat Houston Rockets 109-101. The Lakers looked just as stale as they did Friday night against Oklahoma City allowing the Rockets to score 34 points in the first quarter for a seven point deficit. However unlike the Thunder game, the Lakers found their defense and completely shut down the Rockets going on a 24-2 run in the second quarter and holding them to 11 points for a 17 point advantage going into the half.

The Rockets tried to come back in the third quarter getting to within 11 twice, but the Lakers made runs to bump the lead back up. After Kobe Bryant left with 5 ½ minutes left in the game the Rockets tried valiantly to get back into the game, but it was too little too late. After all this is the same team that lost to the Clippers at home earlier in the week. Kobe was an assist shy of a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while Pau Gasol led all scorers with 30 points. Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown were keys off the bench with 14 points and nine points respectively. Everyone can breathe again.

Dallas Stars defeat LA Kings 4-1. Read my recap of the game. All said it was pretty pathetic.

LA Galaxy defeat New England Revolution 1-0. Check out Angel’s recap of this game in the top of the morning.

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Notable Notes

  • Christopher Goffard of the Times wrote a great haunting article on Mike Penner/Christine Daniels. It details more of the struggles that Daniels had as she made the decision to go back to being Mike Penner. It still breaks my heart that he killed himself. Hopefully Mike’s/Christine’s struggles will help someone else going through the same battle.
  • With opening day right around the corner, I suppose it’s time to pay attention to what’s going on in spring training. Dodgers opening day starter Vicente Padilla couldn’t get past the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals when he allowed hits to four of the five batters he faced in that inning. He ended up giving up four runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Are you excited yet Dodger fans?The competition for a bench spot is pretty much sealed with Doug Mientkiewicz leaving camp after being told by manager Joe Torre he wasn’t likely going to get a roster spot. This ensures that Garret Anderson will be that left-handed hitter coming off the bench.

    It took practically all of spring training but relief pitcher Ronald Belisario finally made it on Saturday afternoon. Belisario had been stuck in Venezuela with visa problems complicated by his DUI arrest in Pasadena last summer. On Friday the Dodgers put Belisario on the restricted list for failing to report to spring training. This will give Belisario 30 days to get in shape before being activated. This also gives the Dodgers some options since Belisario will not count against the 40-man roster. However if he is not activated before the 30 days are up he will be put on waivers because he is out of options and cannot be sent to the Minor Leagues.

    In the race for the fifth starter, it appears the knuckleballer Charlie Haeger is the front runner. On Saturday he pitched 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball against the Seattle Mariners allowing only two hits and a walk in a Dodgers 3-1 victory.

    One guess as to what has caused Hong-Chih Kuo to be sidelined and likely placed on the disabled list to start the season. If you guessed a sore elbow, you are correct!

    And the resident wookie Ronnie Belliard finally made weight. He finally got down to below 209 pounds guaranteeing his $825,000 contract.

  • Florida football coach Urban Meyer came to his senses and apologized to Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel for his public outburst on Wednesday. Meyer and Fowler privately met with each other for 22 minutes Saturday after practice.
  • Congratulations to the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team for winning the NCAA Division II National Championship. After losing on a three-pointer in overtime against Findlay (OH) in the title game last year, the Broncos went through the gauntlet again this year and beat Indiana (PA) 65-53.

Tonight’s Action

Golden State Warriors at LA Clippers. 6:30 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 980 KFWB.