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Clippers To End Lakers’ LA Playoff Monopoly in 2010

Nineteen wins in 2008-09. Playoffs in 2009-10. It's a bold prediction, especially for the Los Angeles Clippers. But if they're ever going to shrug off twenty-five years of Clipperdom and enter the exclusive world of NBA relevance, now is the best ... (Continue reading)

Why Nobody Likes the Clippers: Location, Location, Location?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,talented and fabulous?”- Marianne ... (Continue reading)

Angels Introduce Nick Adenhart Award—and Pray It Never Happens Again

Last week the Los Angeles Angels announced the Nick Adenhart "Pitcher of the Year" award, in memory of their young starting pitcher who was killed by a drunk driver on April 9.The award will go each year to the team's ... (Continue reading)

Forget Shaq; The Lakers Won This Title Without Kobe

  That's a lie, obviously.Kobe Bryant was the clearly the biggest part and the moving force behind the Lakers' 2009 championship run. But in the Finals, it felt like Kobe was behind the scenes. Like he was conducting the orchestra, instead of ... (Continue reading)

Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good: Graphing NBA Finals Game Four

Derek Fisher was the Lakers' hero for Game Four of the NBA Finals. Twice.His stat line doesn't look like much—only 12 points, and he only made 2-7 from beyond the arc—but his two trios came at the best possible times. ... (Continue reading)

Orlando Magic Shoot Their Brains Out: NBA Finals Game Three Graphs

The Orlando Magic hosted the Lakers in Game Three of the NBA Finals, and they weren't exactly gracious hosts.The Lakers shot an exceptional 51.3 percent from the field, and cut the Magic lead to zero within the final minutes of ... (Continue reading)

Lakers Get That Boom Boom Pau: Graphing NBA Finals Game Two

Kobe Bryant didn't score 40 points in Game 2, but he didn't have to. Pau Gasol came to play. The game went to overtime, but by the end it didn't feel like it—Gasol scored seven of the Lakers' 13 ... (Continue reading)

Magic Pick on Someone Their Own Size, Lose: NBA Finals Game One in Graphs

The Lakers and Magic met in LA, and the result wasn't pretty for Orlando fans. The Lakers had what the Cavaliers didn't: a slew of big men to throw at Dwight Howard, and enough length to put pressure on ... (Continue reading)

Lakers-Magic: Spider Graph Follow-Up

I think "Spider Graphs" is a good name for these, don't you? If you haven't seen these before, don't go any further before reading the original article. This article is a follow-up, based on feedback and comments received in the first ... (Continue reading)

Lakers vs. Magic: A Mathematical Breakdown of Matchups

I've developed a method of graphing players in order to compare styles and performance—and I can't think of a better way to give it a maiden voyage than comparing the two NBA Finals teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic.The graphs are ... (Continue reading)