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2012 April

Archive for April, 2012

NBA Playoffs 2012 Predictions: Identifying Winners from West’s 1st Round

There is no need to actually watch the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

‘ Round One NBA Playoff Predictions

In the first round of this year’s NBA playoffs, there are some pretty solid match-ups that will provide some excitement.

Lakers Notebook: Hard part of compacted season is over

Game 2 is Tuesday at Staples, with the best-of-7 series then shifting to Denver’s Pepsi Center for Game 3 on Friday and Game 4 on May6.

The NBA’s All-Time All-International Team

Over the last 25 years, the NBA has truly become a global entity. As recent as the late ’80s, the international NBA player was a novelty, with a handful spread around the league in any given year.

Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant hasn’t heard from Kobe Bryant yet; Daequan Cook rediscovers his touch

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant chose to sit out of his team’s regular-season final at Sacramento on Thursday night, which assured Thunder forward Kevin Durant of his third straight scoring title.

NBA Playoff Preview- Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers have met before in the NBA playoffs and it was a closer series than many thought.

Las Vegas oddsmakers tab Lakers as fifth choice to win NBA title

Despite the Lakers playing under a new coaching staff, experiencing several roster changes and learning a new system, Kobe Bryant has continually touted the Lakers as championship contenders.

David Stern wants changes to eligibility rules.

David Stern has taken an overwhelming amount of heat the past few years over the direction of the league, most recently, the decision to blockade the Los Angeles Lakers from garnering Chris Paul this off-season has been his biggest source of criticism.

Kobe Bryant earns mixed reaction for sitting

Game stories — The Times’ Ben Bolch explains why the Lakers ‘ 113-96 loss Thursday to the Sacramento Kings in their season finale meant absolutely nothing.

NBA MVP 2012 Rankings: How Kobe and LeBron Stack Up in Our Final Rankings

With the 2012 NBA regular season officially over, the postseason we’ve all been waiting for is about to begin.

Thunder Host Mavericks In Round One Of NBA Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs return to Oklahoma City with the Thunder taking on the Dallas Mavericks Saturday inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

NBA Playoffs 2012: Players Who Must Step Up For First-Round Underdogs

The NBA playoffs get underway tomorrow, and most of the lower seeds are facing serious uphill battles in the first round.

How Durant won a not so close scoring race against Kobe.

Coming into the last day of the season the scoring race between Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant was tight.

Kings go wild against Lakers’ backups, cap their 22-44 season on a positive note

José Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com The vibe was positive on the Kings’ bench in the final seconds Thursday, as evidenced by the smiles on the faces of Francisco Garcia, back, and Tyreke Evans.

Kings go wild against Lakers’ backups, cap their 22-44 season on a positive note

The vibe was positive on the Kings’ bench in the final seconds Thursday, as evidenced by the smiles on the faces of Francisco Garcia, back, and Tyreke Evans.