Sunday, 27 February 2011


Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) talks with teammates Matt Barnes, left to right, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol and Shannon Brown during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on December 10, 2010. The Bulls won 88-84. UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

24. The new look Oklahoma City weren't exactly a breeze for the Lake Show today but the Lakers still took advantage of them on their own court with a 90-87 checkmate. This game came down to a last few seconds and chess moves as Kevin Durant and James Harden both failed to put winning 3-point checks on the board. Lamar Odom missed a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left but thanks to a cold final countdown of the game, the Lakers win and seed above the Thunder in the Western Conference was safe. The Lakers stand at third out west, 4 and a half games above Oklahoma. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum coupled and doubled up for L.A. Pau had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Bynum had 16 and 10. Kobe also added 17 as the Lakers overcame Russell Westbrook's 22 points and Kevin Durant's 21. The game was close throughout but when the Thunders last storm didn't turn to rain, the team of a thousand lakes whetted the competition.

48. Maybe the Thunder would have been able to tough it out with the Lakers if they had their centre in attention. New signing, Kendrick Perkins is expected to miss 2-3 weeks for his new ball club due to a knee sprain. Although this is his left knee, Perk missed the first 43 games of the season for Boston due to a right knee injury he picked up in last years Finals against the champion Lakers. As soon as Kendrick comes back and makes his Oklahoma debut sometime in March this new and improved Thunder team can really start their reign.

82. This aint 'Pirates Of The Caribbean', but with strange tides happening in the NBA we may have a mutiny on our hands. Sounds coming out of Motown say that coach John Kuester and former trade-bait Rip Hamilton have beef like a Sunday carvery special at a rest-stop. It still could be R.I.P for Richards Detroit basketball career as the star has been benched for many games and has even berated his coach as a several expletives failure. Many of Hamilton's team-mates are behind him however as Kuester loses his teams respect. Ben Wallace and Tracy McGrady even laughed at him when he was ejected in a recent game. Still Coach Kuester remains adamant this past week is behind him and the team, telling press "It was an internal thing. We're moving on. We're ready to go." Even before this looming lockout some NBA teams look in a state of disarray.

O.T. Despite their problems the Pistons motored past the new sounding Utah Jazz 120-116...Boston may have made solme alterations before the deadline but that isn't stopping them from looking at some new additions. They are looking at the talent of Troy Murphy, Dan Gadzuric, Sasha Pavlovic and Jason Kapono to add to their deep roster...after suffering from an ear infection the Miami Heat's Mike Miller is cleared to play against the rival New York Knicks. Now that's news Miami will be glad to hear...Carmelo will also play in the game despite an elbow injury...still Cleveland's new big trade acquisition Baron Davis will not play against Philly due to swelling in his knee. Still the player is glad to be in Cleveland and back with former coach Byron Scott, "It's a new beginning. I'm excited." This ends our beginning of this weeks 'Through The Wire'. Have a great day and join us tomorrow for more basketball news. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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