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LAst Night's Action: Second Half Same as the First

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Lamar Odom fights for the ball. AP Photo/Gus Ruelas

LA Lakers defeat Atlanta Hawks 96-83. Well it wasn't exactly just like the first half for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant scored a season-low 10 points in the rout of the Hawks. However Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Jordan Farmar more than made up for it. Gasol got his third career triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists while Lamar Odom scored 15 points while securing a season high 20 rebounds. Farmar cleaned things up for the second unit scoring 10 points. The only negative for the Lakers in the game was they gave up 23 turnovers.

Phoenix Suns defeat LA Clippers 140-100. The scheduling gods looked favorably at the Suns before the season. Somehow the gods knew the Suns would sack their head coach Terry Porter and replace him with assistant coach and former Clippers head coach Alvin Gentry. They gave them a nice warm up game. The Suns reverted to their up-tempo style which made them so entertaining and racked up a 81-49 halftime lead. With just less than seven minutes to go in the third quarter, Lawler's Law was achieved - Phoenix had piled up 101 points ensuring their victory. This game was so ridiculous the Suns led by 52 points at one point in the game.

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Notable Notes

  • For those of you that missed A-Rod's circus act that was disguised as a "press conference", watch it here in its entirety courtesy of the YES Network. Everyone knows that A-Rod so desperately wants to be loved and comes off as ingenuine. While there are some parts of the presser that seemed genuine, a lot of it was just pure contrived nonsense. A couple of follow up questions I have. Why can't you answer a question straight up? Who the hell is this cousin, Vinny? Does this mean you'll start hitting in October?
  • Call and response. Over the weekend former Dodger and current Red Sox pitcher Brad Penny told Yahoo! Sports Tim Brown that the Dodgers treated him wrong. “A lot of stuff went on last year,” Penny told Brown. “There were a few people I didn’t get along with on the coaching staff that don’t respect people. I mean, me and Joe [Torre] got along fine. I just feel like nobody had my back there. You’re in the clubhouse and you have players coming up to you saying coaches are saying this to them about you. And that’s just not a good situation to be in.” Penny went out to specifically call out third base coach Larry Bowa as one of those "coaches". Uh oh. Response. And this is why I absolutely love Larry Bowa. Bowa told LA Times' Dylan Hernandez, "Is this the same Penny that never went to meetings, that came late, left early, was never in shape, always had an excuse when things didn't go right, didn't help the young kids at all?" Am I the only person who is imagining the veins in Bowa's neck standing out while he spit those words out in utter disdain? I didn't think so.

  • In other Dodgers news, the team came to terms with Andre Ethier agreeing on a one year $3.1 million deal. Thus he avoided a showdown with Kim Ng that would have definitely left some scars on his fragile ego.
  • Unrelated, but Dodger fans should be very scared that the top headline on the Dodger's official website reads, "Dodgers welcome mounds of reclamation projects." It's going to be very ugly folks.
  • Finally for those of you who get a total hardon for things like OPS+, ERA+, the author of Moneyball Michael Lewis did a 5-million page feature in the NY Times on Houston Rocket's forward Shane Battier. It's a very good piece on the use of statistics in putting together an NBA team.

Tonight's Action

LA Lakers at Golden State Warriors. 7:30 pm KCAL9, AM 570 KLAC.

LA Kings at Anaheim Ducks. 7:00 pm FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK (Kings Radio), AM 830 KLAA (Ducks Radio).