LAst Night's Action: Lakers Shelled by Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder defeat LA Lakers 91-75. This game was as lopsided as an ugly baby’s head. Coming off of a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter against the Spurs Wednesday night, the Lakers did nothing to stop the Thunder. The Thunder got anything they wanted - points in the paint and open look jumpers - while harassing the Lakers in the paint. In fact the Lakers did absolutely nothing on offense not breaking the 50-point threshold until two minutes into the fourth quarter. The scrubs made it a more respectable game of it, but nothing could mask the fact the Thunder were quicker to the ball and quicker to attack on offense. Lamar Odom led the Lakers with 15 points while Kobe Bryant added 11 points while turning the ball over nine times. Kevin Durant got his for the Thunder with 26 points while former UCLA point guard Russell Westbrook scored 23, 13 coming in the first quarter. The Lakers now head to Houston for the second half of a back-to-back on the road.
Anaheim Ducks defeat Edmonton Oilers 3-2. The Oilers are horrible. League worst 55 points, 11 points worse than the next worse team Toronto Maple Leafs. But going into the third period the George Parros goal in the first period for the Ducks and Gilbert Brule’s goal in the second period for the Oilers had the game tight. But the Ducks went on the attack thanks to Oilers penalties when Corey Perry scored at the 12:30 mark on a 5-on-3 power play and 14:05 on a 5-on-4 power play to give the Ducks the 3-1 lead. The Ducks came unhinged thanks to stupid penalties giving the Oilers a 6-on-3 advantage after they pulled their goalie Jeff Deslauriers. Marc Pouliot took advantage of the situation with a goal with 20 seconds left in the game. The Ducks were able to kill off the ensuing 6-on-4 advantage to end the game. Curtis McElhinney was in goal for the Ducks and saved 34 shots. Deslauriers saved 37 shots for the Oilers.
Colorado Rapids defeat Chivas USA. Angel will have a good recap of the game in the top of the morning. Omar Cummings broke through for the Rapids thanks to Chivas’ defensive lapses at 54:48. Chivas couldn’t get anything going in the second half even when Colorado let up after scoring the goal.
- One of the fun things about going to sporting events is when the home team asks their fans to help out a little. The Kings are asking their fans to go “Back in Black” and black out the Staples Center for their remaining home games in the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings will wear their alternate all-black jerseys for the playoffs and three of their last five home games of the regular season including Saturday’s 7:30 pm game against the Dallas Stars. Let’s hope they honor my birthday the right way with a win.
Gus Johnson is a man above all men, and don’t you forget it. It was a stroke of providence that he was doing play-by-play on the Xavier-Kansas State game Thursday night that went into double overtime. His enthusiasm on the broadcast forced viewers to become emotionally involved with the game rather than mere spectators detached from the event. It also propelled him to the top of Twitter trends with people going so far as to tweet that they want Johnson to call play-by-play on their life. “Clemente... Fires! And we’re headed to double overtime! What a game! Instant classic! On the corner of John Stockton Karl Malone Drive!”
Locally most people will remember his call on the UCLA-Gonzaga Sweet Sixteen game in 2006 when UCLA came back from a nine point deficit with three minutes left in the game to send Adam Morrison face first on the hardwood in tears in his final college game. To quote Johnson, “Oh, what a game! What! A! Game! UCLA! Unbelievable! After being down by 17! Heart! Break! City!”
Not only does Johnson have memorable March Madness calls, he has a great one in the NFL. From week one of this past season at the end of the Broncos-Bengals game:
Johnson has cemented himself as the voice of college basketball surpassing the condescending coolness of Jim Nantz, the pedantic detachment of Billy Packer and the blubbering madness of Dick Vitale. Plus someone was dedicated enough to create a “Gus Johnson Soundboard.” Rock!
LA Lakers at Houston Rockets. 5:30 pm KCAL9, AM 710 KSPN.
Dallas Stars at LA Kings. 7:30 pm FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.
LA Galaxy at New England Revolution. 8:00 pm Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports Español, AM 1330 KWKW (en español).